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No Stairs! This single story villa has a private pool (9x4m), and is located outside of the village yet close enough to walk in every morning to collect freshly baked bread. Perfect for families with young children as the pool is fully gated for parents' peace of mind. British plumbing! (no small-bore WC pipes!) Selene is surrounded by olive trees in our own private olive grove of 5 acres (that's 4 football pitches!) where we have only 4 other villas nearby so you get lots of space and do not feel overlooked. Satellite/DVD with a 32-inch wall-mounted TV to entertain the kids. Satellite TV offers 4 channels of English language movies 24 hours a day.
Our guests often comment that this villa is in the perfect location: within walking distance from two villages, close enough to enjoy their facilities but not too close to be disturbed by barking dogs, crowing cockerels and noisy human nightlife that happens in any and every Cretan village or town.
Sleeps up to 8 people in comfort in total. All mattresses have 2-inch thick memory foam for your added comfort! All linen is high quality Egyptian cotton.
The olive grove is secure, being fenced and hedged by colourful oleander, and surrounded by olive trees. It is the perfect base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny white hamlets nestled on green mountainsides. Apokoronas, just 10 km east of Chania, is a designated area of natural beauty, protected in a similar way to a UK National Park. At all times there are breath-taking views of the White Mountains which are snowcapped until late May. Literally on your doorstep there are numerous foot-trails through this most spectacular area of Crete, a genuine walker’s paradise.
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Serious peace and quiet amongst olive groves and fabulous scenery
By Richard F on 16-Oct-2017
A short drive out of Almiryda, the main coastal resort nearby. The village provides just about whatever you'd need in a Cretan holiday on the coast. It's almost little England - and just a bit reminiscent of some of the small Cornish villages 30 or 40 years ago - but with the pleasure of almost no rain, lovely sunshine, warm seas, wonderful swimming, stunning 8000 foot mountain views, enticing tavernas, and very friendly people.
If you want all of this, plus the option of solitude and quietness when required, this is a great choice.
Would I recommend this holidayrental to my best friend? Yes.
Our return visit
By Sheri S on 10-Oct-2017
This was our 3rd visit to St Basil's Olive Grove, and our 2nd to Villa Selene. We were looking for a relaxing week, and we weren't disappointed. It's a lovely spacious villa, especially as there were just 2 of us, and clean and well-appointed. We love having the pool just outside and Almyrida with its lovely sandy beach is just 2 km away. If you don't fancy self-catering, there are plenty of restaurants in Almyrida, and a shop and very good taverna in even-closer Gavalchori. I'm sure we'll be back.
Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017 Date of Stay: September 2017 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Perfect villa and location
By Vs051265 on 19-Aug-2017
This was our second visit to Villa Selene and it was as lovely as we remembered it. The location, for us is perfect- far enough away to feel peaceful and relaxed yet near enough to enjoy the shops and restaurants. We walked down the hill almost every day and even enjoyed walking back up it- although not every day!
The villa is clean and bright and Mark was very discreet when he came to clean the pool and villa.
I would strongly recommend Villa Selene as the perfect holiday villa.
Excellent property in ideal location
By Mike F on 29-May-2017
Well maintained property in excellent location as described on the website.Clean and comfortable inside and out. Local management helpful and friendly and quickly sort out any problems.
Beautiful scenery around the villa and surroundings with excellent tavernas nearby.Would definitely recommend and will be returning for a 5th time next year
Review Submitted: 29-May-2017 Date of Stay: May 2017
Excellent villa and pool in lovely location
By C1016KC on 29-May-2017
Lovely location with striking views of the White Mountains. Well equipped comfortable villa inside and out with excellent pool. Spoilt for choice where to eat . Nothing too much trouble for friendly, helpful local management. The setting takes some beating.
Excellent second holiday
By Glynn T on 26-Mar-2016
After enjoying a 2 week stay in the villa Angelos with family we were lucky to get away in September and chose to stay in the Villa Selene just the wife and I this time.The Villa Selene is situated among the olive groves,and it is all on one level like a bungalow its within sight of the other villas but not overlooked at all.It is off the main road down a track which is a little bumpy.It is gated onto the olive grove and there is ample parking. A graveled area through the olive trees leads you to the villa.The villa is very spacious ,the kitchen which is very well equipped with every thing you could want,is open plan to the dinning /sitting room.The 4 bedrooms are also spacious and have plenty of storage space(1 bedroom with safe).1 bathroom with with full suit and one shower room,both with good quality sanitary ware.The towels and sheets are of the finest quality.Outside there is a huge terrace/patio with furniture and dinning table /chairs to seat 8 comfortably,it overlooks the safety gated swimming pool ,which is also a good size with steps down into the water ,there is plenty of sunbeds and parasols for shade from the sun which is on the pool sunup to sundown (brilliant).It is a very peaceful and relaxing villa. Almiryda is a short drive away or a pleasant walk if you feel up to it.Plenty of tavernas/restaurants/bars/Markets etc...and of course 3 lovely beaches.There are also plenty of Tavernas in the surrounding villages .Gavalohori is a short walk away (downhill) if you dont fancy the walk back (uphill) there are plenty of taxis.A car is a must to explore the surrounding area The food is varied and very good.The Cretans are very hospitable and are only to pleased to stop and chat and give information of places of interest .Mark the manager makes sure the pool area and the villa is kept clean as well as bedding / towel changes twice a week,he is also there if you have any problems/ quieries . If you choose to stay at Villa Selene you will not be disappointed any way.The only thing to bear in mind is if visit later in the year or intend staying out late....... you need a good torch.....as it is very dark
From booking to arriving and leaving John and his team are exstreamly helpful and make everything run like clockwork
Villa selene - a wonderful haven in crete
By Patrick H on 22-Jun-2015
A villa in amongst an olive grove with views that dreams are made of. Beautifully finished and surrounded by breathtaking views, a place we will visit over and over again. The local travernas are hosted by warm and friendly people and the food is delicious. We will be making Villa Selene a regular holiday for us from now on, can't wait to go again and again. Highly recommended
Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015 Date of Stay: April 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Very well Designed, safe & comfortable villa
By John G on 18-Jun-2015
This was our third visit to Villa Selene, which is quite simply the best villa we have ever stayed in. It was important to us to have all the accommodation on the ground floor, with no steps or trip hazards. The gates by the pool also gave us peace of mind.
Each time we return we have been impressed by the improvements and adjustments the owners have made to the villa, in response to visitors' suggestions.
Selene is always clean and has been very well maintained. The local (ex pat) staff are helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable.
Three generations of our family have visited the villa, all have loved it.
The location is quiet, with stunning and ever changing views of the mountains. the little seaside town of Almyrida is charming and busy but not brash or over the top. Some of our party were content just to stay on its beach. The neighbouring village of Gavalochori has an irresistible charm, and excellent tavernas.
Car hire is essential, but through the recommended local company, is reasonably priced.
To our amateur eye, the Cretan economy seemed to be ticking over quietly, not buffeted by storm from Athens.
Lovely Villa, great location
By Lynda W on 27-Jul-2014
Spent two weeks in June in Villa Selene in Alymrida, Crete. The villa was spick & span on arrival, fully kitted out and was exactly as described. The pool was a really good size and was cleaned regularly while we were there. Particularly appreciated the fresh towels and bed linens every 3 to 4 days. The extra little touches do make a difference, such as fans in every room, which means you don't always have to run the air conditioning if it doesn't suit (my husband has a real aversion to air-con!). The location of the villa was perfect for exploring - not just the local villages of Amlyrida and Gavalorchi but also Souda Bay and my personal favourite - Chania town. The old town is just beautiful and just big enough for a couple of hours exploring and shopping...and of course there are lovely cafes, and restaurants all along the harbour front. The weather was fantastic for the whole 2 weeks, and all in all a fabulous holiday - Thank you John!
A perfect place to stay
By JAY1GEE2 on 18-Nov-2013
What's not to like about the Villa Selene?
First, its location in the hills above Almyrida, 15 minutes walk from the delightful tavern in Gavalochori, with only the sheep bells and ciccadas breaking the silence, is wonderful.
Second, being all on one level, the villa is ideal for the elderly, infirm or toddler. The gated pool is lovely, the bedrooms well appointed. A big kitchen / living area, two bathrooms and a flat screen TV are key features.
Third, Almyrida is attractive, friendly and not overcrowded. Local car hire is reasonable, and the larger supermarkets have everything you need.
Fourth, the local staff are friendly, efficient ex pats, who have the answer to every question.
If you haven't fallen in love with Crete yet...be prepared to be smitten.
Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2013 Date of Stay: September 2013 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway