2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Villa Rental 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.

Villa ref : P161427
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Owner : Elaine Rhodes

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  • Property Type Villa Rental
  • Location Apokoronos
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week£623
  • High season price per week£1422
  • Average price per week£1078
  • Customer rating 4.9 / 5 ( 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 ideally 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.****


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


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
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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

Tranquil beauty

By Anonymous on 06-Nov-2018

We stayed there for a week with our adult daughter and were absolutely delighted with our choice. The villa is a true home-from-home, the best equipped we've stayed in, and with top drawer fittings and furnishings, making for a very comfortable stay. The pool area is private, with beautiful views. We really enjoyed being so close to some of the lovely beaches close by, most of which had really excellent and well priced tavernas for lazy lunches. Villa Eleni is definitely a villa we highly recommend, and would be very happy to return to in future.

5 of of 5

A corner of paradise

By John D on 06-Nov-2018

Step off the plane in Crete and you relax. Step into Villa Eleni and take this to a whole new level! The villa is close to the centre of the village, but its location is secluded,giving peace and total privacy, with splendid views down the valley to the coast . The posted pictures look good, but the reality is much better. Having stayed in various holiday rentals, this house is clearly not in that catagory, but a true home away from home. The layout and fixtures are exceptional ,with extensive garden areas around the villa and pool to relax in, as well as a roof terrace for serious sun-seekers. The villa furniture is comprehensive and comfortable, particularly the beds, which we were reluctant to get up from. Villa equipment is second to none and we found everything we could possibly need for our stay.
If you enjoy self-catering, you will discover the extensively equipped kitched but, if not, the two excellent village tavernas are within a short walk, with one delivering pizza fresh from their oven.
Should you feel the urge to leave the villa, there are leisurely walks in the village or more extensive routes around the area. For the more adventurous, the gorges of the South coast are withing easy driving distance. A variety of beaches to suit all tastes are a short drive away, with Chania a little further for those who like shopping.
The villa is in superbly maintained and, although we had no problems, David in the villa next door is there to sort them out.
Crete is a place you will want to return to. Villa Eleni is too good not to come back to. Why would we want to stay anywhere else? J&M UK & QatarResponse

5 of of 5

Perfect, beautiful and secluded villa

By Boojuice on 06-Nov-2018

Villa Eleni gave us a perfect holiday. It is beautiful, well kept and clean and situated in gorgeous gardens with lots of wildlife. Despite being private and secluded, it has a village shop and two tavernas within easy walking distance with plenty of other places on the coast within easy drive. Comfortable, spacious, well equipped with plenty of helpful information and many touches that made it a fabulous home from home. We can't wait to visit again!

5 of of 5

wonderful quiet , chilled, secluded and well equipped home from home.

By Debbie S on 04-Sep-2018

the stunning views and secluded gardens were just perfect for us to unwind. dont think there was anything we would change or want different.

5 of of 5

Wonderful adult home in tranquil village

By Carole C on 22-May-2016

We say 'adult' in the same sense as the owners, so to say not kids!! The nearness of the deepish pool and the drop down to the wilderness underneath makes it better for bigger people! The house is very well equipped - the only things we didn't find were clingfilm and foil, but we were maybe looking in the wrong place. Apart from that, everything was at our fingertips. There were neighbours but not in our view (or us in theirs) so our only privacy breakers were the cats! And they were perfectly polite and friendly......... The garden is beautiful and well-tended and has fresh oranges and lemons and lots of rosemary. I only wish we could grow bougainvillea where we live - such an exhibitionist of a plant!! The village is as lovely as we remembered it from about 10 years ago. There has been some development with EU grant money but it hasn't spoiled the place, just introduced some pedestrianised paving. The Taverna serves great food and the Kafenion is good for people watching. Don't believe the signs to the up-market restaurant which died within 4 months - you can still get a meal for less than 20 euros pp with raki and desserts for free.

5 of of 5

Fabulous, just fabulous

By Nigel J on 29-Apr-2015

Firstly the communication with the owner Elaine was excellent. She advised and reassured us regarding access issues for one of us with mobility issues which proved to be no problem for us, obviously check out your own issues if this is a consideration for you - but Elaine will give you sound honest advice. She also went as far as speaking to the cook at the local taverna to ensure she was forewarned about our strict vege diet, although in actual fact eating out in Crete wasn't an issue. The villa itself is lovely. Well maintained and equipped being very spacious for four people. A comfortable lounge with heating and a fire so if like us you go out of season, so you can be warm and cosy once that sun goes down. There are a number of different places to sit outside including a good sized table which made for a very pleasant breakfast; sun umbrellas around the pool with comfy loungers, somewhat distant views to the sea but over lovely tree tops, all located in a quiet area where I don't recall hearing a car all week but I certainly heard lots of bird life. The location on the edge of a small pretty village means you can stroll in 5 minutes or so to the local taverna and after the red wine, raki and good food we were happy to have that walk back. There is a shop of sorts in the village but I quite enjoyed driving to the nearby village to buy bread, oranges whatever in a morning. There is plenty to see in the area and whilst we had very enjoyable days out in Rethymnon, at the fascinating ruins of Aptera and (the very lovely) Chania, as the week progressed we found ourselves staying closer and closer to the local area and relaxing at the villa. Perhaps we'll explore more upon our return one day? Future holiday rentals will be measured against Villa Eleni and Crete for us.

5 of of 5
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Children Welcome Wheelchair Access
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Microwave Dishwasher Pantry item
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Dining room Internet Fireplace
Air conditioning Heating Linens provided
Washing machine Parking Living room
Hairdryer Ironing board Television
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Games Books Private pool
Balcony Garden
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