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A+ Luxury Villa with private solar heated pool, in Kokkino Chorio near Almyrida



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Villa in Kokkino Chorio, Chania, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Peaceful location, Heated, Private infinity pool.

Breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, white mountains and olive groves are the inspiration for this detached luxury villa, with private solar heated infinity swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, BBQ and alfresco dining area set in a landscaped garden. Beautiful patios and balconies take full advantage of the stunning panoramic views. Uniquely positioned, the Craftsman's Pride Villa, built by award winning Hellenic Homes is perfectly situated in a very private, peaceful setting just outside the village of Kokkino Chorio. The beach resort of Almyrida is a short car drive away with shops, tavernas and restaurants nestling around a perfect sandy cove and pretty little harbour, which is only a 7 minute drive away. Nearby are lovely traditional Greek villages, while the beautiful medieval city of Chania with its international airport is just a 40 minute drive away.

Access to the Villa is via a steep, unmade, private road and Car hire is essential. You may want to consider a car that is not too low to the ground.

Licenced by the Greek Tourist Authority (E.O.T.)

LICENCE - MHTE 1042K10003004001

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Craftsmans Pride was built especially to Gary and Sallie's own specification and is their second home. Gary runs his own IT / Business Services company from their home near Colchester. He is also a musician and plays an active role in his local community.

We work in the UK for most of the year and live in Crete at our beautiful home at least six weeks each year until we retire, whereupon we will spend more of our time in Crete. Should you decide to stay in our beautiful home for your well deserved holiday I can guarantee that the service you receive will be outstanding. The villa is our own private residence and not a holiday let and it is very rare to be able to rent such a property directly from the owners. Enjoy your stay at our home.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you very much letting us stay at your wonderful villa in Kokkino Horio. We had a wonderful time. The view is spectacular and the villa is beatiful and very well equipped. We had wonderful sunny and hot weather." - Asle and Mari

"What a great house :-) We love it!!" - Heidi and Renny

"Wow, we knew it was a nice Villa. but this blew us away, a fantastic place. Thank you so much" - Simon and Camilla
May 2014
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful villa with a fantastic view!

  • 5 of 5

Once we had eventually found the villa(check out the you tube clip that the owners email you prior to your visit...we didn't!) we arrived to a spotlessly clean, well equipped villa.

You definitely need a car and would recommend a 4 wheel drive with enough ground clearance to manage the steep, uneven track leading to the property.

The owners had given careful consideration when equipping the villa with more than enough plates, glasses, cutlery etc. Nice extras such as a bottle of wine, milk and bread on arrival.

Fantastic view of Souda Bay from the veranda and pool and areas of shade around the property for when it got too hot!

Air conditioning in the bedrooms lovely at night but downstairs in the day you got enough breeze through the doors to keep it cool.

Nice to be able to use adapters provided in all rooms for your own appliances. Loads of games and books provided for entertainment however we lost the will with the 'genius' version of Trival Pursuit!

If there was one criticisum it would be the hard double bed but it is really tricky to please everyone and for 1 week was fine.

We enjoyed eating in Plaka in the evenings which is only a 5 min drive away.

The owners are particularly accommodating and speedy with the paying back the breakage deposit ( I guess if you don't break anything!)

All in all I would highly recommmend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review, we're very happy you had a good holiday.
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A fanastic, secluded gem of a villa.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two week family holiday staying in this beautiful villa.

It is a real gem. We were delighted and excited when we arrived - it is even more lovely than the photos on line make it look! It was perfect for us as a family of 6. Well worth the drive up and down the unmade track to the secluded, very private location. The setting is amazing with spectacular views out to sea which we loved and were a joy to wake up to everyday. It was peaceful and relaxing. The pool is perfect and it was very nice to have the use of lilos and balls too. We enjoyed the covered outdoor terrace at lunchtime and in the evening. The well compiled file/book in the villa has all the information in it that you need to know. Easy driving distance to lots of lovely locations - we particularly enjoyed Chania, the capital of the west of Crete with its beautiful old Venetian town and harbour and pretty lighthouse.

The property has a well equipped kitchen and it was great to have the use of a washing machine!

We highly recommend Craftman's Pride and very much hope to stay there again one day.

The owners provide very good customer service indeed and the property is well maintained and clean.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words - we hope to see you again soon. Gary & Sallie
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Lovely Villa, lovely views

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa in a secluded spot, with views over the bay and coastline. Beautifully kept villa, furnished to the highest standard. Everything you need is there, from DVD's, books, a good wifi internet connection, air conditioning, towels, coffee maker, satlellite tv, bbq. Nice quiet area, good pool. Would recommend this to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic villa, equipped with everything you need and more. It is a very peaceful location and the views are stunning. The infinity pool is brilliant and the whole property is kept in pristine condition by the very friendly managers, Isobel and Walter.

The tavernas in Plaka offer a great variety of delicious food, or drive down to nearby Almyrida and eat beside the sea. Don't miss a visit to the wonderful bakery in Almyrida.

We love to visit Georgioupolis, the Venetian harbour in Chania and Rethymnon. We also booked a day trip to Santorini which sailed from Rethymnon. The bus then took us on a tour, visiting Oia and Fira, followed by a choice of shopping, swimming or a sail round the volcano. It was a little expensive, but well worth a visit.

This was our second visit and we are already planning to go back next year.

As a general note, the island is quite hilly and the roads are both steep and tortuous - our recommendation would be to hire a car with automatic transmission and a reasonable ground clearance !

The owners, Gary and Sallie, are very friendly and make the booking process easy. They provide you with all the information you need to have a great holiday in Crete.

Marji and Steve, Norfolk

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this beautiful villa as a party of 6, 4 adults and 2 children. Gary and Sallie have thought of everything to make a perfect holiday. The villa itself is built to a very high standard and the attention to detail is second to none. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday this is the ideal location. The village is a 10 minute walk away and has a very well stocked supermarket at reasonable prices and a taverna. You will need a car and a 5/10 minute drive will take you to the larger villages. The shops, pharmacy, beaches and amazing tavernas are within easy reach. We all enjoyed this holiday and the WIFI and TV with good film channels even kept our teenager happy! As a family we were always in the infinity pool with stunning views. Isobel and Walter were very helpful and friendly. Craftsman's Pride is an idyllic spot in Crete! We are looking forward to our next visit!!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This villa has everything for a perfect holiday, our party included 4 adults and 2 children. With 3 bedrooms (2 with balconies), 3 bathrooms, inside and outside kitchen, infinity pool, WIFI, TV with good film channels, we had everything we needed and this even kept our teenager happy!! The property is beautiful and is built to a very high standard, Sallie and Gary have thought of everything. If you are looking for a relaxing break in the sun with stunning views you will not be disappointed!! The village is a 10 minute walk away and has a local supermarket which is well stocked and a small taverna, however, you will need a car and 5 minutes down the road there are some larger villages, which have shops, pharmacies, amazing tavernas and beaches etc. The locals are very friendly and welcoming! We are looking forward to our next visit, an idyllic slice of Crete!!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We purchased the land and had house built by Bentley Award Winning Housebuilders, Hellenic Homes. We were shown around various plots and houses and when we both saw this plot we looked at each other and instantly knew 'this was it'. After looking at several 'concrete' houses we saw the quality of a stone built home and were sold. Although a lot more expensive to build than pouring concrete into a mould, we think the quality and look of the house speaks for itself. The location is very quiet, but suits us just fine, we have one neighbour who visits about 3 times a year and so rarely meet up. This villa is in the perfect getaway-from-it-all location.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Chania at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Kokkino Chorio at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Souda at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Kokkino Chorio at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Almiryda at 6 Kilometres Car: necessary


The property is accessed via an rough, unmade road/track and it's recommended you hire a car with sufficient ground clearance. Having said that a Fiat Panda copes perfectly.

Special interest holidays:

There is a PADI scuba diving centre located in Almyrida, and dives to the famous underwater elephant cave are regularly arranged.


The pretty sandy beach of Almyrida is only a seven minute drive away and the village has a host of traditional Greek tavernas, sea front restaurants, shops, cafes, mini-markets and water sports.

Further afield is the town of Georgioupolis which has many resort shops and tavernas and a sandy beach which stretches approximately 10kms!


The nearest airport is Chania, which is about a 40 minute drive away. A hire car is essential for the Villa and you can arrange a hire car directly from the airport. The hire car firm Flisvos located in Almyrida offers great rates and will have a representative waiting for you in arrivals for the hand over. Heraklion airport is about a 2 hour drive. Please contact us if you would like contact details of car hire companies.


The nearest beach is the stoney tiny cove in Kokkino Chorio and is perfect for Snorkelling. If a sandy beach is more you, Almyrida, with it's safe, sandy beach, tavernas, sea front restaurants and mini-markets is a 7 minute drive. Kalyves is a 12 minute drive. A host of other small Greek villages are only a short drive away. The villa location is simply unique and possibly the best location for access to all areas. We always recommend a hire car.

Further Details:


You are booking our property at your own risk and we will not be liable for any loss you suffer as a result of doing so, howsoever caused.

The swimming pool does not have a safety fence or gate and it may not be suitable for children below five years of age, due to its accessibility. You should always satisfy yourself as to the suitability of this villa for the safety of any children who will be in the location of a swimming pool.

The swimming pool is unattended at all times. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times, who will assume full responsibility for the safety and supervision of the child during the rental period.

All swimming pool safety rules / warning signs must be complied with at all times and the rules enforced by the party leader who accepts this responsibility.

It is a condition of accepting your booking that you have fully considered the suitability and risks of renting a villa with a private swimming pool and you agree and accept full personal responsibility and liability for swimming pool safety and supervision, especially where young children are concerned. Private rental of the villa and use of the swimming pool is at your own risk and we will not be liable for any loss you suffer as a result of doing so howsoever caused.



Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Sep 2017 - 11 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Changeover Day:
Flights into Crete operate on many days, but our preferred change over day is Tuesday. Other days may be possible, just ask. Flights into Chania are available from Monarch, Thomson, First Choice, Aegean Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair and Jet2.

Notes on prices:
Confirmation & payment terms.

£250.00 per week booked deposit secures booking. (Price includes a basic welcome pack (water, fruit juice and wine), weekly towel (not beach towels) and linen change.)

For security reasons all booking enquiries and payment options must be confirmed by telephone with us. the owners.

Licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT)
MHTE : 1024K10003004001

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From the Owner

Craftsmans Pride is located in one of the nicest locations in the area. Uniquely positioned above olive groves and the sea in the distance, it is situated in a superbly elevated position The villa is situated a short drive to the, blue flag beaches, amenities, tavernas and sea front restaurants of Almyrida. This is what gives Craftsman's Pride a clear advantage over most other villas in the area. Its location is perfect for that very quiet getaway The villa is fully licensed by the Greek Tourist Authority (EOT).

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. On-Suite bathrooms one with walk in shower, WC and wash basin and one with bath (shower over) and WC and wash basin. Outdoor shower next to pool.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor bedroom with double bed, fitted wardrobe and patio doors leading to garden, pool and alfresco dining area. Two 1st floor bedrooms, 1 with a double, 1 twin, fitted wardrobe and patio doors to private balconies.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: When enquiring about the Villa we will phone you back if you leave a number and you can ask us questions etc. We are happy to offer advice on flights, car hire and driving. Feel free to call us as well. Please note that we provide pool/beach towels but these are not changed mid stay. You are welcome to use the washing machine to wash them. Outside: Set in a 1200m sq plot of landscaped gardens including rockeries, flowerbeds with many quality plants, lemon, orange, apricot and olive trees and oleander. Set just above the swimming pool is a shaded alfresco dining area with a large table with seating for 6 people. It is rare to find a heated swimming pool, which takes the chill out of the water during the early and late season. The 30m sq solar heated infinity swimming pool, depth 1.2 - 1.5m is ideal for children over five years, as well as adults and is cleaned and tested on regular basis. Around the pool area are sun beds and an outdoor shower. The patio areas around the the villa enjoy areas of sunshine and shade. The sun sets in a spectacular display to the front/left of the villa each night as it slowly disappears behind the distant hills. Utility Room: The washing machine is located in the ground floor utility room, which contains a laundry basket, iron, ironing board and general cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The villa is fully managed and maintained. Towels and linen are changed midstay, on stays of 10 days or more. As the villa is a private residence, guests are kindly requested to keep the villa and its facilities in an immaculate condition at all times. Other: Dining areas are all located inside and outdoors. Breakfast and evening meals can be prepared and enjoyed in the outdoor alfresco dining area, which has a large solid table and 6 chairs. The indoor Kitchen/Lounge has a large dining table

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