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Tastefully renovated Cretan traditional house with private pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet


About the property

Villa in Gavalohori, Chania, Crete - 3 Km From The Beach, 100 M From Bakery, Grocery And Taverna

Spiti Athinà is is a wonderful holiday house with large swimming pool (6x10m) in an authentic village, only a few miles from the coast. This traditional Cretan village house has been tastefully renovated into a cosy vacation villa for 6 persons. The 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1 down and 1 up) all have an individual character. During the restoration works, many of the original authentic elements were kept. In the living room the original natural stones are still visible! There is a wonderful shaded terrace, which adjoins the house towards the swimming pool. Under the shady vines is a magnificent stone table and bench, where you could spend many happy hours: for a chat, for a drink, with a view of the pool and garden with olive and citrus trees and enjoying the splendid mountain views. Here you can also enjoy a siesta on the sunbeds in the shadow, or spend delicious long evenings in the open air when the pool is lighted. The Mediterranean climate and the crickets does the rest.

Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
30 October, 2017

About Sabine

We are a Belgian family and hope you'll have a wonderful time in our holiday home!

Sabine purchased this villa in 2002

Why Sabine chose Apokoronos

Gavalohori is a lovely village with a typical atmosphere. It is situated about 3 miles from the sea, but the authentic Cretan atmosphere has remained. It is situated northwest Crete, between the 2 charming cities Chania and Rethymnon. Gavalohori has some nice kafeneions and tavernas, a bakery and mini markets, which makes your stay very pleasant and comfortable. You will feel at home ànd enjoy holidays at the same time!

What makes this villa unique

Our restored house is situated in the village and we enjoy being surround by Cretan people and the real Cretan life. Sometimes neighbors offer us olive oil, some eggs, oranges, grapes they cultivated themselves and they feel so proud about it! The Greek hospitality is amazing!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apokoronos in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom downstairs: Mediterranean style with shower and toilet. Bathroom upstairs: design sanitary with shower and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: downstairs, with a double bed. Bedroom 2: upstairs, with a double bed and balcony. Bedroom 3: with 2 single beds and balcony.
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This traditional Cretan village house has been tastefully renovated into a cosy vacation villa for 6 persons. You will choose this house for its wonderful atmosphere. Outside: There is a small garden with citrus trees and an old olive tree. Pool sizes: 6 x 10m. From 1m40 until 2m10 (not suitable for small children). Outside shower. Utility Room: Barbecue, washing machine, iron & iron table, sunbeds,... Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath and bedlinen are included. Beach towels are also available for you. Cleaning included. Midstay cleaning, if required: cleaning of the bathrooms and change of bed linen: 75 Eu. Other: Most extraordinary is the bedroom with the 2-person bed under the old stone arches.


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Tastefully renovated Cretan traditional house with private pool
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful place to sit back, relax & enjoy Crete

  • 4 of 5

- the house was neat and tidy, very welcoming (lights were lit on our arrival). The owners really have put in the work in improving the house and providing a quality stay.

- non-touristic village, in a relaxing environment, though not too far from the bigger cities in case you're interested.

- incredible view on the surrounding mountains!

- colorful plants on the terrace outside, a lemon tree in the garden, grapes growing above your head, providing cool shade

- all the necessary shops are nearby: bakery + small supermarket + cozy, romantic and tasty restaurants @300m, small supermarket @ 10min drive. Chania Airport not too far.

- internet has been provided for! No worries.

- the property is surrounded with a 2m wall and a big, wooden gate (hooray!)

- the pool water gets cleaned automatically + a guy came every other day cleaning the surface with a leaf skimmer. Plus, there are lights installed for an evening swim!

- superb beaches nearby, 15min drive

We had a very nice stay here and were able to roam freely through Crete, recommended!

Perfect morning routine: wake-up, jump in the pool, breakfast in the sun, with fruits and fresh bread from nearby. Superb!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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traditional charm and hapiness guaranteed

  • 5 of 5

my wife and I decided to go to Crete to join the local Easter celebrations and tradition is definitely what we got!

we were enchanted by the traditional and tasteful style in which the house has been refurbished, the cosiness of the different rooms,...

very well located in the heart of a small village Gavalochori, at 100 meters of a local grocery store, 150 meters of a restaurant with an original and creative kitchen (other restaurants in the neighbourhood as well) and at a 10 minutes drive from the seaside (Almyrida)

still a little bit too cold for me to have a swim (my wife was more courageous) - in a 15m pool (meaning long enough to really have a swim and not just paddle your feet)

great view on the White Mountains, nice environment to go jogging if you don't mind running in the hills or perfect to go tracking in the hills

needless to mention that Crete is a really cheap place to go out to have dinner, have a drink or whatever

we already know where to go to, next time we want to relax and just sit back to enjoy life

great value for your money

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Could do better!

  • 2 of 5

The house is charming, but not well maintained. It is in need of a deep clean; dust balls in all the corners and under the beds, the bed linnens were stained, the towels smelly, the fridge leaked, cockroaches, you get the picture. There was no internet, despite the advert stating that there was. On our second night the roof in the downstairs bedroom started to leak...straight into the bed. Needless to say, we didn't stay and were relocated to simple functional, clean villa with help from Spiti Athena's owners. Gavalohori is a great village though, well worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Crete is a wonderful island for hiking. Also smaller walks in the neighbourhood are recommended. We have information available in English and Dutch for you in the house.


Almyrida (3,5 km), Kalyves (6 km) are the closest seaside resorts with nice sandy beaches with sun beds and parasols, tavern's, bars and some shops.


30 km from Chania Airport (1/2 hour by car). 117 km from Heraklion Airport (1,5 hour by car).


26 km from Gavalohori to Chania (there is a bus several times a day from Gavalohori to Chania and back). 38 km to Rethymnon. 119 km from Knossos. 50 km from the Sfakia (south coast).

Further Details:

Shopping: in Kalyves (7 km from Gavalohori) you will find everything you need: a large super market (INKA), a bank and ATM, a pharmacy, a laundry, internet cafes, a good wine shop, a lovely bakery, 3 butchers, some nice groceries with a beautiful range of fresh fruits and vegetables, some nice restaurants, and 2 nice and sandy beaches


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season Summer 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season Summer 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
If you have chosen the period you'd like to stay, we'll send you the contract and some practical information. A deposit of 50% has to be paid upon reservation, the second part at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure can be chosen as you wish, so that you can find the flights that suits best for you.

Notes on prices:
Cleaning, bath and bed linen are included.
Mid stay cleaning of bathrooms and change of bath and bed linen: + 75 Eu.
For longer winter lets, please contact us so that we can negotiate a price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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