2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Villa in Apokoronos

Villa Eleni - comfortable, traditional style house with private infinity pool and beautiful garden.
At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Air Conditioning, Parking, Private Pool, Garden.
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Owner: Elaine Rhodes
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  • Property Type: Villa
  • Location: Apokoronos
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum nights stay: 7
  • Low season price per week: £654
  • High season price per week: £1709
  • Property Rating: 5/5 Average Rating (9 Reviews)
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The villa is privately situated along a track at the entrance to the village of Douliana, in the Apokoronas near Chania, Crete. Perfect for a taste of authentic Greek life in a very friendly village, it is also close to several good beaches, one just a short 10 minute drive or away, or a 20 minute walk downhill. The garden is an oasis, well screened from other properties, and is always colourful, with a variety of fruit trees, palms and one ancient olive. This beautiful old tree is just one of several areas of shade around the house, its leaves fascinating as they change from silver to green in at the gentlest of breezes. The bougainvillea covered pergola at the front of the villa provides a popular al-freso dining experience, with a panoramic view over a pine clad green valley and glimpses of a distant sea.

Villa Eleni is designed as a traditional Greek home, with a large airy open-plan sitting room with a high wooden beamed ceiling.
Two comfortable sofas are arranged round a low coffee table to offer comfortable TV viewing on the flat screen TV (with satellite channels), or relaxed reading of some of the many books that fill our two bookcases.

A WiFi Router is installed with free internet use. A wood-burning open fireplace occupies one corner, a useful supplement to the central heating for cosy evenings at each end of the season. There are two sets of French doors for welcome ventilation in summer, one leading to the balcony overlooking the pine-forested valley, and the other to the garden and a crystalline turquoise infinity pool. Pool dimensions 7 x 4 metres, Depth 1.1 to 2.1 metres.The pool is for the sole use of visitors to the villa and both are cleaned and maintained to a high standard.

The kitchen is fully equipped, with an extensive range of cooking utensils, crockery and glasses, good quality appliances and a selection of picnic plates and tumblers for use near the pool to ensure your safety.

Six-seater dining tables both in the kitchen space and on the terrace provide a choice of eating al-fresco or indoors, both with a view of the sea. There is also a mosaic table at the side of the pool with a beautiful panoramic view of the forest down to the sea, and of the swallows visiting the pool for refreshments.

The two double bedrooms are light and airy, one with a king-size bed with a comfortable pocket sprung mattress, an en-suite shower, and French doors leading to the balcony.

The second has comfortable twin beds and a sunny double aspect. Both rooms have plentiful wardrobe and drawer space and each has a a safe.

The sparkling and spacious family bathroom has a full size bath with handles and a glass screened shower. All plumbing is UK standard, so toilet arrangements are not of the Greek bag-and-bin variety.

All linen is changed twice weekly during the season. Fresh, clean white sheets, bath and hand towels, and blue pool (not beach) towels are supplied.

The extensive roof terrace with marble table is accessible via an outside staircase, and has a spectacular view over the pine trees to the sea. Equipped with marble table, sun umbrella and sun-beds, this area is ideal for sunbathing, as below the level of the parapet it is not overlooked, except by the birds in the surrounding pines.
The gardener may visit briefly, by arrangement. The pool is serviced twice per week.

****The house is suited to visitors with limited mobility. Cars may be parked at the bottom of the drive, from there on everything is on one level with the exception of the roof and the wild terraces. However, it should be noted that There is no assistive equipment in the bathrooms.


Washing machine/ hair-dryer/ portable fan/ air-conditioning in bedrooms/ ironing board and steam iron/ safety deposit boxes/ free Broadband/ Satellite TV/DVD player/ I-Pod speaker deck

Full size Neff oven with ceramic hob/ small dishwasher/ fridge-freezer/ microwave/ filter coffee maker/ cafetière/ toaster/juicer/ small food mixer. Weighing scales for serious cooks!

Oil central heating to radiators in all rooms, solar heating for water and a supplementary water heater for cooler days.

Sun loungers and umbrellas at the pool-side and on the roof terrace/outdoor dining tables.

Blue towels for use by the pool, but not at the beach, and toilet rolls ARE SUPPLIED and silky-soft white cotton sheets are changed twice per week.

A Weber electric outdoor oven is available for barbecues.

The cost of rental is based on four sharing. We do not charge for two and then add a supplementary amount for any visitors above that. Four is also the maximum number of visitors of any age. Extremely young children are not normally encouraged, due to the accessibility of the unfenced pool, and the drop to the terrace below.

The house is on the edge of a friendly, quiet village, and the well planted and tended gardens provide relative seclusion from neighbouring houses. The garden is tended out of season by organic means at the hands of a Greek gardener, so a free supply of oranges, lemons, guava and bay leaves is available in season.

Below the house is a wild garden which is home to Cretan wildlife such as Martens and badgers, the latter being kept from the garden by secure gates. A wander down the terraces is a glimpse of the real Crete, largely untamed and populated by untended olive trees, bay, asphodel, and tiny bee orchids in Spring. The scent of wild thyme wafts around you as you brush past the plants. Quiet and peaceful walks abound around the village, that is until you meet Andreas the shepherd with his flock on his daily expeditions.

The villa is licensed by the Greek Tourist Organisation, as all holiday accommodation should be, by law.

EOT LICENSED: MHTE 10 42 K 9 2003245501

9 Reviews - 5/5 Average Rating

Una deliziosa settimana

By Anonymous on 06-Nov-2018

Abbiamo trascorso una settimana davvero speciale .anche il piccolo villaggio di douliana con i suoi abitanti ,la taverna ,le cen a casa,insomma siamo stati veramente bene. Abbiamo avuto anche un problema con la macchina a noleggio e ' l'aiuto dei nostri vicini / custodi e stato prezioso.li ricordo con affetto per la loro gentilezza. Sono una viaggiatrice di lunga data quindi i complimenti sono sinceri .... Bravi bravi bravi! Spero di tornare una settimana e stato un periodo troppo breve!

4 of of 5

Traumhaus mit Garten

By Regina W on 06-Nov-2018

Unser Urlaub in Villa Eleni war perfekt. Der Kontakt zur Vermieterin war von Anfang an herzlich und unkompliziert. Bei unserer Ankunft und Abfahrt wurde auf unsere Wünsche großzügig eingegangen. Die Lage des Hauses garantiert ganz viel Privatsphäre, der Garten ist wunderbar gepflegt und mit vielen Blumen, Bäumen und Büschen ein richtiges Paradies. Es gibt mehrere Tische, Stühle und Liegen, so kann man jederzeit einen passenden Platz zum essen oder entspannen finden. Die ganze Ausstattung des Hauses ist hochwertig, es hat nichts gefehlt. Die Zentralheizung, die wir an manchen Abenden gebraucht haben, erwärmt die Räume schnell. Besonders gemütlich fanden wir den offenen Kamin. Auch die Bäder und die Schlafzimmer bieten einen hohen Komfort, im Gegensatz zu manch anderem Urlaubaufenthalt sind die Matrazen in einem sehr guten Zustand. Unsere einzigen Nachbarn waren der Housemanager und seine Frau. Sie sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Douliana ist ein winziges Dorf in einer wunderschönen Landschaft. Man kann hier durch bunte Blumenwiesen wandern oder auch kurz an den Strand fahren. Andere Wanderziele sind schnell mit dem Auto erreichbar. Die Taverne im Dorf ist nett eingerichtet, das Essen gut und man wird sehr freundlich bedient. Wir werden dieses Haus auf jeden Fall unseren Freunden empfehlen und hoffen, dass wir bald wieder Urlaub in Villa Eleni verbringen dürfen. Regina My Response

5 of of 5

A getaway with peace, tranquility and comfort

By Mark J on 06-Nov-2018

The villa is beautiful & well equipped. It is also well serviced. The maid and gardener turn up when they are supposed-to, and do a really thorough job. We had one issue & the property manager answered the phone straight away & came round within the hour to sort everything out. All are nice friendly people. The pool is a good size & depth, & there is enough space to position loungers for sun or shade as you wish at any time of day. It is still just possible to see the sea from the edge of the infinity pool, but the trees growing down-slope have obscured the view a little compared to the picture-postcard - a pity. The pool is screened by lovely shrubs & trees providing a good degree of privacy. There is a lot of space outside, with the pool area, veranda & roof-terrace, so its easy to either be sociable or get a bit of quiet-time as you wish. The village seems to have been badly hit by the recession. Of the two taverna's in the village one was closed throughout our fortnight there. Messages on a blackboard often announced it's re-opening, but it didn't happen. The other one, on the opposite side of the village to the villa, was fine with good food at reasonable prices and friendly staff. The village has clearly been extended in recent years, but most of the properties in the new area were empty when we were there, giving it a 'ghost-town' feel. Not necessarily unpleasant, but 'vibrant' it isn't. Similarly, the only shop in the place, in the 'Natalia's Houses' complex, was mostly shut, and when we did catch it open it had a very limited selection. However the lady there was extremely nice and helpful. You're going to need a car to bring supplies back from Kalyves, which has enough shops & taverna's to supply anything a holidaymaker is likely to want, and the drive there & back isn't too bad once you've got used to the two hairpin bends. One tip: don't drive through Kalyves itself. The streets are narrow & busy. Instead when you get to the T-junction with the main coastal road head through a gap in the wall opposite onto a rough beachside car-park & walk from there. Kalyves is small enough to get around on foot. On cars, be careful how long it is. We had a Volvo S60 and it was a pain to get in and out of the gates. Shorter = better! Finally, I come to Oliver the resident cat. He's old but a real charmer, and kept well fed he keeps the many other cats away. A win-win for him and us. We'd definitely like to come again some day.

5 of of 5


01/04/22-30/04/22 Per week 653.71
01/05/22-31/05/22 Per week 899.86
01/06/22-30/06/22 Per week 1239.43
01/07/22-31/07/22 Per week 1531.52
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Children Welcome
Wheelchair Access


Pantry Items
Coffee Maker
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Air Conditioning
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Living Room
Ironing Board
Video Library
Private Pool


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Tourist attractions