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Villa In A Unique Location With Pool, Beautiful Gardens And Sea Views.

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Plaka, Chania, Crete - Almyrida Blue Flag Sandy Beach Is 5 Mins Drive Away Or 20 Mins Walk.

This is the downstairs house which is completely independent with separate access. It comprises one bedroom, a living area with dinning area and kitchen and a wc shower room.

The neighborhood is quiet and offers peace and tranquility.

There is ample parking for your car. Upon finalizing your booking you will be given detailed information of how to get there.

A car is essential as the house is located at the top of a hill with no public transport nearby.

George Karvounakis
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Greek
Calendar last updated:
5 May, 2018

About George Karvounakis

My name is George and since my retirement in 2014 I like to spend most of time my in Crete my birthplace. I enjoy socializing with the local people tasting local dishes and exploring the island of Crete which has so much to offer.

George Karvounakis purchased this villa in 2004

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely place very comfortable and clean. The location is superb with mountain and sea views. Very quiet and relaxing holiday.

We were able to relax and rest away from the husle and bustle. Plaka square is very close and easy to access. The host is very hospitable and discreet. We will come back.

We were a bit concerned at first considering this is a downstairs accommodation. To our surprise it turned out to be real gem. We recommend this place without any hesitation.

An exceptionally well maintained and equipped apartment with all amenities. The owner was born and bred in the local area and was always willing to give information and advice regarding restaurants and places to visit. The apartment is set in well maintained grounds with a very relaxing pool and patio area. The pool was always maintained to a very high standard. Having stayed at this apartment on 2 occasions, I can recommend it for a very relaxing holiday and the marvelous views it offers but a car IS essential due to the position at the top of a hill. (North family 2013 & 2014)
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apokoronos in Chania Region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower, wc, sink, hair dryer and washing machine.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with twin beds and plenty of wardrobe space.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside: The main feature of the outside area is a lovely stone built yard and patio and the shared swimming pool. There are armchairs and deckchairs for relaxation in the sun or a shady spot. There is also a roof terrace offering unlimited mountain and sea views and a sun trap for those who can take the heat of the sun. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Fresh bed linen and towels can be supplied on request at the end of each week. Other: Upon arrival you will find a welcome basket with bottled water, bread, marmalade, tea, coffee and milk to get you going.


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Villa In A Unique Location With Pool, Beautiful Gardens And Sea Views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Best holiday in years!

  • 5 of 5

We have just arrived home after enjoying one of our best holidays ever!

George and Nana were perfect hosts and their lovely home was a perfect choice.

The villa is well equipped with just about everything you could need and more.

The Plaka, just a 15 minute walk down the hill (25 minutes coming back up!) and has some very good restaurants and Tavernas serving excellent food (good vegetarian options too), all were very friendly and value for money.

Further down the hill is the lovely coastal town of Almyrida. This was a real plus for us as it is busy enough to have everything you could want whilst staying quite traditional. Plenty of choices to eat or drink, all good value and either traditional Greek or more simple fayre. Many of the restaurants are right on the beach itself, a wonderful place to eat around early evening.

The beach offers the chance for quiet sunbathing or something a little more lively and the gently shelving sands provide a great place to swim. Some water sports (not noisy motorised!) and because of the way way the bay is shaped, we saw plenty of people enjoying paddle boarding and surfing on one side of the bay while others swam in the calmer opposite side.

The weather was perfect too while we were there, so all in all we were so pleased we chose the area and George and Nana's villa, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim and John, thank you so much for being good guests and for your great comments. We will be happy to have you back anytime. Kind regards George
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Lovely idyllic, restful, spacious holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Oh, wow, such a beautiful, idyllic, spacious holiday home. Love at first sight! It is located on a hill, with fantastic views to the mountains and surrounding areas Plenty of little thoughtful extras when we arrived, which was a nice surprise and very useful.

George and Nana are such lovely people who own the property, they are so helpful, and knowledgeable about the area, restaurants, sandy beaches etc. They live in the upper part of the house, so are usually around if you need anything. George is always up for a chat, if you need one, like me!

The pool is exceptional, very clean and well maintained. It is set in the lovely gardens which are very picturesque and a pleasure to relax in.

A small supermarket which has everything you need is only a couple of minutes away. The restaurants in Plaka, a three minute drive away, are excellent, There is know need to go any further. Harokopos was very friendly, reasonably priced and excellent food. It is only five minutes to the next village, Almyrida, where there are several restaurants on the waters edge. We had a sharing platter of fish at Thalami, a large portion, cooked very well, and good service.

We had a fantastic holiday, one of the best and can't praise it enough!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy and John, so pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Crete you were great guests and thank you for taking such good care of the property. Thank you for your nice comments and we hope to see you back again. George
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A delightful, comfortable, clean apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here in the bottom half of George and Nana's house. We arrived to find a very warm welcome, an extremely well cared for and equipped apartment, with all sorts of litttle "extras" which make you feel at home immediately, and wanting for nothing. George and Nana are excellent hosts - always friendly, available if needed, but also very discreet. We loved sitting out in the gorgeous peaceful garden. We swam in the immaculate pool, which was still warm enough to enjoy, and we had it to ourselves as the owners of the other 2 houses which share it were away (as we understand they are a lot).

We have been to Crete quite a few times before, and love walking in the Apokoronas area (we recommend 2 books of walks in the area by Geoff Needle). Plaka was a superb centre for the area, with good local shops and tavernas, yet very quiet and "away from the madding crowds".

Can't wait to return!

Linda and John, Chester UK

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for being great guests and for your kind words. It is rewarding to receive good feedback and recognition of our efforts to contribute towards your holiday in Crete. We will be pleased to see you back anytime. Nana and George.
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Struck gold

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Crete and we could not have chosen a better location. We felt we had struck gold with this fantastic villa. We were slightly apprenhensive going to a new and unknown destination but our concerns were totally unfounded. The villa is located at the top of a very steep hill in a fantastic location with stunning views of both mountains and Souda bay. The villa has every thing you need for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. This is much, much more than a typical holiday rental, more like home from home. The property is a totally self contained ground floor apartment with every amenity you could require. The owners, George and his wife Nana, live on the upper floor and as such are available to offer advice and guidance about the area and Crete in general. George, who is rightly proud of his award winning garden, is usually available for a friendly and interesting talk, always attentive but never intrusive. Although only 2 kilometers from the centre of the local village of Plaka a car is essential unless you have the ability of a mountain goat. The village offers what we were delighted to discover is typical Creten hospitability. The tavernas offering traditional greek food of excellent quality at a reasonable cost.

The nearby resorts of Almyrida and Kalyves both offer excellent beaches with safe bathing. The beach fronted tavernas providing excellent food and hospitatilty. An added bonus, free sun beds and parasols for customers.

If you are looking for a ralaxing, peaceful holiday in a superb property, this is the place to choose.

A word of caution, if this is your first visit to Crete, take great care when driving. The roads leave a lot to be desired and the standard of driving is at times frightening.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. Pleased to read you had a good holiday and you felt comfortable in the villa. Thank you for being wonderful guests and for recognising our efforts to provide comfortable accommodation. Will be glad to have you back.
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A perfect peaceful tranquil holiday hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Helen and I arrived in Crete in untypical Greek weather....we were miserable because of it. But when we arrived at the apartment and were shown around by the owners George and Nana our grey mood changed along with the weather. The apartment was spotlessly clean with every facility we required available. The pool was beautifully clean and water temp varied between 27 and 30c. George is jusitifiably proud of his garden and it was a pleasure to be allowed to enjoy it with him. If you are looking for a peaceful private retreat for two in the sun look no further.

We loved it....and intend to return later this year!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to your next visit.
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Beautiful, quiet location with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this villa. Villa was spacious with lovely pool and outside seating area. Great location for the village and restaurants within walking distance. Beach a short drive away and a lovely pretty area. Really enjoyed the peace and tranquilty of the villa, weather was great too. Had a lovely holiday and we would return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: we will be very glad to see you again.
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Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Almyrida sandy blue flag beach is 5 mins drive away or 20 mins walk. This is a lovely bay and offers a good selection of bars, tavernas, supermarkets, car and bike rental, sea excursions and other amenities and services all reasonably priced.


The use of a car is recommended as the property is on top of a hill without public transport near by. Chania airport is 40 minutes by road and the port of Souda is 20 minutes by road.


Plaka village square is 10 minutes walk away and it offers good local food in bars and tavernas at reasonable prices.

Further Details:

The village of Kalyves is 10 mins drive away offering a good selection of shops, tavernas, bars and a long sandy beach.

The town of Chania is 25 klms away, this is a place worth visiting.

The greater area around Plaka offers lovely scenic drives and country walks that can be explored at your own pace.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Apokoronos, Crete

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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 100€ is paid upon booking and the balance is paid any time up to 6 weeks before the arrival date. Details of payment will be emailed to you after booking. Payment is made to my UK bank current account.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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