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Single-storey villa with heated private tiled pool. Wi-fi incl.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,162 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


About the property

2-6 person Modern Villa in Gavalohori, West. Crete - Quiet Location Overlooks Traditional Village With Views of Mountains & Olive Groves To Sea

An exquisitely designed single-storey, beautifully appointed villa is set on a hillside with views of both sea and mountains. Built to exacting standards to owners' own requirements and specification, for year-round comfort and enjoyment.

Greek tourism licence (EOT) number MHTE 1042K10003252401 updated 2017.

This unique architect designed, modern property has all the comforts of home and more, enjoying a very special wrap around pool that runs along all along one side of the house. Comprising two large bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms, the accommodation, all on one floor, offers a variety of sleeping arrangements and lends itself to occupancy by families, couples, friends travelling together etc. as well as offering equipment for babies, younger children, teens and people with restricted mobility.

Wander nearby and you are surrounded by groves of olive, almond & orange trees, with the tinkling of goat bells & the calling of birds of prey circling in the vivid blue skies above you. From February to June the fields around Villa Mia abound with native wild flowers. In winter it is the perfect comfortable haven - sunshine in the day and log fires at night ! In high summer the solar heated pool is delicious day or evening. In autumn the temperatures remain high and the gardens continue to burst with exotic colours.

Within 5 minutes walk from the villa enjoy the shaded secluded Venetian wells in a glade of ancient plane trees above the village.

Within ten minutes drive (and visible from the kitchen window) the ruined Roman city of Aptera continues to astound with new finds every archaeological season. Within an hour's drive you will find deserted beaches, rocky coves, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Turkish castles (including one in clear view from the pool terrace), Minoan ruins, caves & gorges to explore, Venetian harbours & bridges, a fantastic water park and two of the most picturesque towns in all Crete (Chania & Rethymnon).

A little further away is the world-famous Minoan site of Knossos, & several more Roman cities, as well as one of the most idyllic shallow, sandy beaches in the world at Elafonissi. Other activities include: eating out, wild flower walks, snorkelling, safe sandy beaches, sunset watching! But the villa is so well appointed most guests find it difficult to leave...

For peak season we are looking for Saturday-Saturday lets to accommodate flights from the vast majority of UK airports, however out of peak season we will try to accommodate other changeover days.

More Details

Wendy Davies
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About Wendy Davies

Villa owner Wendy, her husband Eddie and their 2 sons come from Cheshire and have been holidaying in the Apokoronas region of Crete since the boys were little, enjoying the family friendly welcome in the local tavernas and the sandy beaches of Almyrida bay where the boys learnt to swim.

Wendy Davies purchased this villa in 2006

Why Wendy Davies chose Chania area

After years formulating ideas of their ideal 'home from home' the couple distilled all the best facets of villas they had stayed in, added their own unique twist of a wrap around pool, and designed and built Villa Mia towards the end of 2006. They bought a plot of land overlooking the quiet traditional village of Gavalohori, the olive groves and the sea yet within easy strolling distance of the village bakery, shops and eateries. Equipped as their year round retreat, the Villa enjoys panoramic views, jaw dropping sunsets and offers solace from busy professional lives in the UK – a guaranteed stress-buster stay at any time of the year.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is quiet and above the village, so with superb views, but with all the village facilities just a gentle stroll away.

The mosaic tiled pool is heated all year round by energy-efficient solar heating, at no cost to the guests and is entered by a set of gentle non-slip steps from the terrace.There is a pool "robot" ionising system to clean the water with minimal use of chemicals so no chlorine smell when in the water.

With uninterrupted views across the olive groves to the village of Gavalohori, and beyond to the sea and mountains, this is an ideal place for a private, quiet, get away from it all holiday.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a selection of comments from our guest book...

Villa is just great and Gavalohori is a perfect village to stay just outside of - Ros & Alan (Oct 2012)

Everything we had hoped for - (Sept 2012)

Villa Mia is amazing, everything you could possibly need - Viv & Chris (July 2012)

Position of the villa couldn't be more beautiful - Laura & Peter (Jun 2012)

Villa more than comfortable - will miss those glorious views - Liz & Shane (Sept 2012)

Perfect - villa, pool, views all fabulous! The taverna in the square a short walk from the villa has some of the best food we have ever tasted ! - Fran and Iain, (Jul 2011)

Extraordinary villa - Martin (Jul 2011)

Repeat Custom says it all - Sue & Steve (Oct 2010)

Villa Mia is, without doubt, the best that we have visited in many holidays in Greece and Turkey - Dave & Jane (Jun 2010)

We give this villa 11 out of 10 - Tom & Charlotte (Oct 2009)

So well equipped and attractively furnished ! - Dave & Judi (June 2009)
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gavalohori in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1162 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Corner, sunken bath in fully tiled spacious bathroom
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to master bedroom
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower room reached from pool patio
  • Bathroom 1-toilet, bath with shower, sunken corner bath, basin, cupboards and mirror cabinet Bathroom 2-toilet, shower enclosure, extra large lower access shower ensuite to master bedroom. Bathroom 3-toilet, shower enclosure, accessible from poolside.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , imported orthopaedic mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , single beds comprise bunk + pullout 3rd single trundle below
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , with imported orthopaedic mattress. Dressing table, wardrobes, hair dryer, en-suite. Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed with imported orthopaedic mattress, 2 single bunk beds + trundle child bed, cot. Dressing table, wardrobes, TV & DVD, stereo, games consoles
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check out our own website as we cannot format the text properly here! As the villa has been built as our home in Crete - not just a holiday-let - the property is furnished and equipped with every home comfort, including kitchen aids (scales, blender, juicer etc), quality kitchen knives and crockery for 10. In the bedrooms there are ample mirrors (well lit makeup area, hairdryer, full length mirrors) and plenty of storage space, including full length hanging space and ample drawers in both bedrooms. A profusion of lighting (lamps, dimmer switches, recessed spots) allows you to create any mood and this follows outside with lights set into walls and around the gardens. Pets not allowed. Low allergen environment. Non smoking only on both house & grounds. Children welcome, but must be supervised by the pool. Outside: Unique private solar-heated pool (9m x 4m) with gentle steps into the shallow end. Terrace to all sides of the villa, shady gardens at the rear, well stocked beds at the front and side of the property with exotic plants and palm trees and a gated drive with parking and turning space for several cars. Outside there are numerous chairs, tables and sunbeds which can be moved into sun or shade as required, three large umbrellas, plus a BBQ and a covered terrace to keep out of the fierce summer sun. We have an environmentally-friendly, solar-powered pool robot which dramatically reduces the levels of chlorine required and ensures the water is always crystal clear and pleasant to swim in. The pool is heated by solar panels at no cost to you. The pool lights up automatically at night and provides a blue shimmer in the archways of the covered terrace which can be seen across the valley to welcome you home from your evening out. Utility Room: There is a dedicated utility area with separate washing machine and tumble drier, plus drying racks and washing baskets, iron, ironing board and Henry vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quoted weekly price includes electricity, laundry, house towels, bedding, groceries on arrival, twice weekly cleaning service, pool cleaning, conditioning, unlimited use of the wi-fi system and local and international calls Other: The villa has facilities galore, including 40' LCD wall-mounted TV, with surround sound stereo and satellite system, DVD player, Nintendo Wii, bedroom hi-fi system and DVD, li-lo pump.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


Great Villa, fantastic views, short trip to beach!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very helpful, kept us informed and answered all our questions before the holiday as we had not been to Crete before. The villa was exactly as described, lovely! It had all the mod cons, was clean and well maintained. Beautiful location with views of the mountains and sea, in a very unspoilt picturesque village. It was ideal for us as it was not far from the seaside but we had the advantage of staying in a very peaceful and relaxing place. We've had a number of interruptions to our stay at previous villas due to gardening, pool cleaning and housekeeping. Villa Mia accommodated our request for minimal housekeeping and disturbance so we could fully relax. The wi-fi was a bit ropey but Yvonne (housekeeper) sorted it. The owners recommended Auto Club who were very good and met us at the airport. A small car is best for the narrow roads. Directions were detailed so we arrived easily in the dark due to late flight. The pool was a good size, with outdoor furniture and BBQ,warm enough to swim for us Brits(!) and sun was very warm especially in the second week! There are nearby villas but it still feels private. The village has a couple of eateries and Monica's by the square is a great place to eat as is Kritiko restaurant with seaside views in Kalyves. There is lots to do at the beach or for the more adventurous snorkelling and diving. There is also a lot of historical sites to visit such as Aptera and Knossos (the latter by car or you can go by boat trip). The beaches were practically deserted as we were just out of season but it was warm enough to spend time there at Almerida (good for kids) or further up past Kalyves. Chania is the large city nearby with a beautiful venetian harbour for a day out.The village in which we stayed has a small but very nice folk museum and old olive oil factory from the 16th century that has been preserved as well as very old houses and a site that used to house an ancient turkish coffee house, you can see the arabic tablets on the wall! A local lady sells handmade lace from a house in the square (ask at the museum for opening times). Unfortunately it was shut whilst we were there for Easter. On Easter Saturday there is a service at the big church (past the museum) where they burn an effigy of Judas. Really amazing to see! We stayed for 2 weeks and it wasn't long enough to enjoy all that western Crete had to offer! We will definitely go back again to Villa Mia and will recommend to our family, friends and colleagues.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you enjoyed the villa and got out and about to appreciate what Crete has to offer. There really is an amazing amount to do and see without going too far afield. Will talk to the housekeeper to see what she had to do to improve the wifi!
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A winter stay

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mia is a very comfortable home to stay in and it was good for us that it was as Crete experienced one of its coldest and wettest winters in decades. Consequently we spent a lot more time indoors than we otherwise would have. The house is heated by oil so were able to keep it warm but in Greece this is expensive because of the cost of fuel. We were never able to use the pool even though is was heated by solar. It did however look very attractive, as did all plantings around the house. I was always able to have a bouquet of flowers on the table.

The kitchen is very well equipped and we did use it quite often as in February the Gavalochori taverns had not yet opened. By March they were opening on the weekends. Monika's and Arismari both serve excellent meals. Fortunately 3 tavernas in Vamos stay open through the winter months and we especially liked Parasia which has live music Saturday nights.

We did quite a bit of travelling through out Crete and found that outside the big cities very little is open during the winter months. The area around Gavalochori fortunately does have tavernas, shops etc that do stay open because of the large mostly British expat community living in the Apkoronas area.

Wendy and Eddie were easy to work with and the local British staff that they employ were equally nice.

We enjoyed ourselves despite the weather.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic villa with stunning pool

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully presented villa with a gorgeous pool, suitable for young children and older. Peaceful location with breathtaking and uninterrupted views of the village below and the mountains, but within walking distance of small local shops and tavernas serving delicious food, especially Monica's. We enjoyed our relaxing stay, spending most of our time round the pool and found the villa so well equipped, with all mod cons and plenty of books, games and DVD's if you needed. The owners were extremely helpful in all areas, from booking the villa to answering questions and providing extensive information about the property and area. I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to all my friends and to anyone visiting this area of Crete.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing villa in an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect Holiday at Villa Mia and can't recommend it thoroughly enough. The owners are so nice and helpful, the villa itself its clean, bright and airy and spacious. The pool is wonderful and our littlest loved the steps as he could stay in that end without being scared of going into the deepest part of the pool. The village that the villa is within is a really lovely village with great Tavernas, bar, shops and bakery but still feels very rural. This will be a hard one to beat.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Villa Mia - home from home

  • 5 of 5

The villa is exactly as advertised. Spacious, well equipped internally and plenty of pool side furniture. It is clean and towels changed on a regular basis and everything is in good working order. The villa is private but on a hill side which gives superb views over the local village down to the sea and of the White Mountain range. The pool has varied depths to suite all ages.

The walk down to the local village is short. The village has plenty of character and has excellent tavernas for eating out. The local shops are quite adequate for shopping for your groceries. The nearby sea side resort just a short drive away has many more excellent tavernas by the sea and souvenir shops. We ate out at Dimitris's which is right on the beach. We used Elia and Thyme for take aways on three occasions. You can have anything on the menu.

The villa is handily placed for further exploration inland through the mountains and visits to the towns of Chania and Rethimno.

The owners Wendy and Eddie are friendly and helpful, providing you with all the information needed for a smooth holiday. Yvonne kept the villa clean and provided clean towels on a regular basis.

Guy and Sharyn

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything you could want from a holiday villa!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is in a great location on the outskirts of a quiet village, which has a couple of super tavernas, a small supermarket, bakery and museum. Just a 10min walk down the hill to the bakery every morning and the taverna in the evening (with live music some nights). Also a short drive to a pretty seaside town with more great tavernas, an excellent scuba and snorkelling school, shops etc. This is not a big resort just nice and low key and relatively unspoilt.

The location isn't isolated, you do have a couple of villas above you and a new one being built next door (did not affect us at all) but they aren't close and don't overlook the villa at all. It's very private but looks out over the village and you can hear all the rural sounds. This is a local traditional village with a little bit of exclusive development, not surprisingly as it is perfect for holiday villas. The local people are all friendly and you can wonder around the small quiet backstreets.

The owners have thought about pretty much everything with this villa. I couldn't find anything we needed in the kitchen, bathroom, lounge etc. there were so many great DVDs, games and books that we could have stayed in for a full week, if it had rained....of course it didn't! The pool was perfect for our two boys (aged12 and 16) and it was really hard to get them out of the villa. There is so much to do in the local area, that it is shame not to go out exploring.

From start to finish the owners have been so helpful, answering all of my questions really promptly by email. They use the villa themselves every year so they know all about the area and this is really helpful. We hadn't been to Greece before so their knowledge was priceless. The local English staff were very good, the house manager to sort out any problems quickly and Yvonne the cleaner who was lovely, cleaning and changing towels midweek and even folding our toilet paper into origami, nearly too pretty to use!! Bathrooms and showers all great, plenty of room for everyone to spread out. We are a family of four and it is perfect for 4. It can accommodate 4 adults and 3 kids, but I think it would only work well for that many if it was a couple plus another couple sharing with their small children. there are only two bedrooms, although they are big, one room can accommodate 5.

I am missing the view so much since we got back and our meals at the taverna. I would not hesitate to return because I know the villa ticked all the boxes for us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you all had such a great time, we too miss the views when we're not there. We are really pleased that somewhere we find so special you loved too.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late spring 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late May
20 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid summer
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early October
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late October
14 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off-season 17-18
4 Nov 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
28 night minimum stay
for 28 nights
Easter 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
14 Apr 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late autumn 2018
13 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Summer season - As a matter of trust electricity is not via removable card nor do we charge extra for air con or for pool heating

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible wherever possible to meet the variety of flights into either of the easily accessible airports - Chania or Heraklion.

Notes on prices:
For short-term in-season lets :
Rates quoted are weekly for 2 person occupancy.
Extra persons (to max 6) pay an additional £4 per person per night to cover laundry and cleaning
20% deposit required at time of booking.
Balance due 8 weeks before departure.
Payment welcome in GBP or EUR via funds transfer to our UK or Greek accounts, or via cheque drawn on a UK bank.
Welcome groceries included (in season).
Rates quoted (in season) include utilities, power, twice weekly cleaning, all house towels & bedding, unlimited wi-fi and services of staff.
Note - beach towels not provided but luxury embroidered pool towels available locally for small charge

For long term rentals over 4 weeks out of season :
4-weekly rates (ie WINTER ONLY) quoted are exclusive of heating and electricity costs, which are paid locally to ensure you only pay for what you use.
Meters read at start and end of stay. Water is included as are free telephone calls (except to mobiles)
Oil and log deliveries can be arranged.
Internet charged at £10/week
Refundable deposit taken for long term bookings, at £50 a week, against non-accidental damages and utility charges
Initial sheets, towels and bedding supplied, sufficient sets for you to launder your own
Housekeeping can be arranged at your cost, or we provide all the facilities for you to self-service
Shopping can be brought to the house for your arrival (at additional cost).
Full details on winter letting terms and conditions available on request.

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  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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