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Big 2016 discounts already applied. Villa with heated private pool. Wi-fi incl.



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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.

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
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

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)
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


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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A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and well-appointed villa just above the tranquil little village of Gavalochori, with views of the sea and with the seaside only 7 minutes' drive away.

The villa is beautifully maintained (by friendly people who look after pool, garden and housekeeping), with a lovely pool and plenty of places to sit and relax in the sun or in the shade. There are plenty of recommendations in the villa information for places to visit to eat or to soak up the local culture.

A particular positive is the professionalism with which Villa Mia organises the holiday, with detailed instructions for everything.

We could not think of a better place to spend time relaxing away from the pressures of normal life. We shall return to it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 4 of 5

The villa was really great. We loved the little village of Galvachori, there are two tavernas, both of which were excellent. It did miss a bar, but a sundowner around the pool was just as good. The villa was spacious and comfortable. A couple of comments; there were no pool towels/ beech towels. Not a problem if it had been clearer up front (we have our own of course at home) but it wasn't clear to us so annoying to have to buy them, and the pool in very early season is still quite cool, worth knowing if you expect the water to be heated to a warm temperature - the solar can't manage that. But all in all, a great place and a very good break. Wendy, David (local manager) and Yvonne (local house keeper) were all brilliant.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed the villa and the village. Thank you for the comments about towels - we are happy for house towels to be used around the pool, but as you rightly say do not supply towels for beach use. This is clearly stated on our own website and on the full terms and conditions which you signed up to, under the "pricing" and "not included in your price" sections, although we see that this is not mentioned on the OwnersDirect portal and so are amending this to make this obvious. As to pool temperature, this is very dependent on preceding weather conditions and there was a lot of rain in early April this year, which, whilst making the island greener, inevitably lowered the pool water temperature which the solar heating then takes longer to rectify. It is still several degrees warmer than it would be without the solar heating assistance, and has negligible environmental or financial impact compared to electric pool heaters which are charged at hundreds of Euros per week, whereas our is included in your price.
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"Very pretty quiet village with backstreets to explore, lots of photogenic doorways, two of t..."

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Chania (CHQ) at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Gavelianos Kafenes at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Souda at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Kalyves at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gavelianos Kafenes at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Almyrida at 4 Kilometres Car: recommended


Just 7 minutes drive to the nearest beach (family friendly and shallow Almyrida at 4km) and numerous other sandy beaches within easy reach. Excellent snorkelling coves nearby as well as scuba facilities and a specialist water park less than an hour away.


Nearest airport: Chania 45 minutes at 25 Kilometres, whilst Heraklion is less than 2 hours drive

Nearest ferry: Souda at 15 Kilometres (regular ferries to Athens)

Nearest motorway: Kalyves at 3 Kilometres.

Car hire is recommended but not essential. We can assist with car hire using a friendly local company we have used for many years.


Nearest Barpub: Cafenion at 0.5 Kilometres.

Nearest Restaurant: Monica's Gavelianos Taverna at 0.5 Kilometres

Bakers just 7 minutes walk

Ancient wells just a stroll up the hill and native pine forest at the back of the villa. Roman, Turkish and Minoan ruins a very short drive away.

Further Details:

Local services & businesses: baker, mini-markets and tavernas in Gavalohori village (walking distance), ATMs and health centre and pharmacy as well as numerous bars and restaurants in adjoining villages.

Leisure activities: So much to do within easy reach, such as scenic drives, glass-bottomed boat trips, scuba and snorkelling, walking, horse riding, bird watching, beachcombing, sight seeing.

Attractions: forests, water parks, ruins, museums, live theatre, bay, botanical garden, autumn foliage, churches, restaurants, caves.

General: fireplace, iron & board, air conditioning, linens provided, clothes dryer.

Our aim is to deliver first class accommodation for the independent traveller at affordable prices, & to cater for all needs - including impaired mobility/disability. This property has been described as too good to let - but we do!

A short walk from the property takes you past ancient wells into virgin pine forest, or, if you turn the other way you are at the bakers & town square with cafeterias, tavernas & shops in less than 7 minutes.

For additional guest reviews and more details and photos see our own website - www.villamia.co.uk (link below)


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Off season 2016-17
5 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
28 night minimum stay
for 28 nights
Early April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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 £25 per person per week 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 is free (unlimited) wi-fi and telephone calls (except to mobiles)
Oil and log deliveries can be arranged.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • villa


  • 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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 108 m²


  • 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


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: 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. Both the house and pool are licenced by the Greet Tourism authorities. Our EOT licence number is MHTE 10 42 K 12 3K 03618 0 0 Outside: Unique private solar-heated pool (9m x 4m) with steps from terrace. Pool is not overlooked. 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 sweeping 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, two 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, gardener, air conditioning to all sleeping areas, 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 (and many DVDs), Sony PS2, Nintendo Wii, bedroom hi-fi system and DVD, digital thermometer, li-lo pump...

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