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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

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 an unmade, private road and Car hire is essential.

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

LICENCE - MHTE 1042K10003004001

More Details

Gary and Sallie Hill
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Gary and Sallie Hill

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.

Gary and Sallie Hill purchased this villa in 2008

Why Gary and Sallie Hill chose Apokoronos

We purchased the land and had our 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.

What makes this villa unique

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).

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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: When enquiring about the Villa we may 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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A+ Luxury Villa with private solar heated pool, in Kokkino Chorio near Almyrida
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful villa and views. Really well finished

  • 5 of 5

Great villa, well equipped and very well finished inside. Aircon in all bedrooms and the living area was appreciated and the first time we've had a solar heated pool, which really took the edge off the kid's 8am swims! Also noticed the location provides some protection when the wind when it gets up. Definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words, we're so happy you had a great time. Sallie and Gary
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Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Craftsman's Pride

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this spectacular location. The villa was well supplied - plenty of crockery and cutlery and furnished to a high standard. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of storage in the bedrooms. We were particularly pleased to have pool/beach towels provided, as this can take up a lot of luggage room! The children were entertained by videos and games at the villa and we spent wonderful days at the beach (the one at west end of Kalyves was great) and the pool was well used as the solar heating took the chill off the water. The road to the villa was a bit challenging due to holes and rocks but we had two small cars which managed this perfectly well. The instructions for finding the villa were very helpful although we were glad we arrived in the daylight.

The view from the villa is to die for! We have stayed in dozens of villas but have never come across one with such a wonderful view. In October, the weather was warm and we only had one rainy day in a fortnight.

There is a good supermarket near Kalyves beach and a big one on the way to the villa from Chania airport, so you can stock up before arriving.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda for the great review and thank you for the note you left Walter and Isobel. We hope to see you again. Kind Regards Gary & Sallie
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Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The property was superb, tucked away on the edge of a small village. The views over the Sea of Crete were amazing. The pool was a welcome relief from the heat and everything about the property was very well maintained. We had a really chilled time and would return in a heat beat. Thank you so much to Gary and Sallie for being so attentive and also thanks to Walter and Isobel the local property managers.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review, we're very happy you had a good holiday. ** NOTE ** Since this review we have (with our neighbours) re-surfaced the track to our Villas. You will not need a 4x4 to get to the villa, we have just arrived in a Fiat Panda without any issues whatsoever.
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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: 14-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 24-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Kokkino Chorio
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Kokkino Chorio
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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.



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2/18
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3/18
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4/18
1 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5/18
14 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
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. We are very flexible and will, where possible accommodate any arrival day, just ask. Flights into Chania are available from Ryanair, Aegean Airways, EasyJet, Norwegian Air and Jet2.

Notes on prices:
Confirmation & payment terms.

£500.00 per week booked deposit secures booking. (Price includes a basic welcome pack (water, fruit juice and wine), weekly towel for stays longer than 10 days (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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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