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This country villa stands in its own walled grounds in an elevated position overlooking a valley, from which the famous white mountains rise in tiers to well over 8000 feet. A very Alpine feel. The country is densely wooded with Pines, Firs,Carob and some small Olive groves. The view is stunning and after 10 years we are still captivated! The area has recently been designated the Cretan equivalent of an" Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and were we to apply for planning permission now it would be refused. Apart from birdsong and the sound of sheep's bells there is little other noise as our nearest neighbour is 120 metres away and seldom in. The house is so named as the swallows found us in our second year and now visit every summer, skimming over the pool to drink on the wing, doing so whether you're swimming or not !
The main double bedroom with en suite is on the ground floor, two further double bedrooms each with en suite are on the first floor. There is a stable door between the stairs and the ground floor area, giving a degree of separation and privacy if desired between the floors. In addition there is facility upstairs to make coffee/tea or simple breakfast to be enjoyed on your own upstairs balconies for those who need 'me' time before socializing.
Back downstairs, we have a study area, utility room,well equipped kitchen, cosy sitting room/snug and separate large dining room leading to large covered veranda with steps down to pool terrace. The surrounding walled and fenced grounds extend to 2000 metres and are very private.
Following are a few extracts from messages sent to us by 2016 holiday guests:
From a family of five : "Your communications were always clear and helpful. Your home was set up extremely well, the tranquil setting superb, quiet and secure. The interior was comfortable, clean and spacious and the pool perfect. We found the local village Fres extremely convenient for daily bread and a bit further comprehensive shopping. The transport links were easy so we have no hesitation in recommending your home as an ideal spot in that area of Crete. Thank you so much we will come again and have recommended to our network of Friends"
A party of four including one child : "We had such a good holiday - Swallowpool is perfect; so peaceful and the scenery is truly stunning. We loved it. "
Family of four : I could go into a long list of the things that we enjoyed about the house but I get the feeling that would be rather pointless as I'm sure you're very familiar with the list but the mountain views, the swallows and the bats would be near the top of my list. 'Swallowpool' is certainly an appropriate name for the house." "We enjoyed glorious weather, it was 38 degrees when we arrived! We spent plenty of time in the pool and visited Samaria and Imbros gorges, Elafonisos beach and lake Kourna. We had a day in Chania where an American aircraft carrier, the Harry S Truman is visiting. Everyone is returning to the UK much the better for the trip and we'll certainly always remember where were when heard the referendum result, in the pool!"
Finally, be assured our house managers Nigel and Maria are brilliant at looking after the house and helping with any problems guest may have in our absence. CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY AND PRICE 0044 (0)777 579 9931 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org .. We look forward to hearing from you
By P Whitehead on 12-Oct-2017
A place where you can chill with beautiful scenery from sunrise to sunset . No noise or neighbours for total peace and quiet.
Sad to leave
By Family Sibley on 26-Aug-2017
"Really don't want to leave your fabulous home and wonderful place. We have experienced some truly memorable times. Festival in Fres, trips to the White Mountains and splendid food in numerous locations. I think our favourite has to be the local taverna Tzitzifia where we received the warmest of welcomes on our visits and enjoyed some tasty food and happy times. We would love to return."
By D & M Pomeroy on 17-Aug-2017
Wonderful holiday staying at swallowpool Aug 2017. Couldnt fault the villa with fantastic quiet setting and superb views over the mountains. Nice pool and terrace, all the mod cons you need and every effort made to make sure your stay was as comfortable as possible. Easy drive to local towns for nice restaurants and beaches! Would definetly go again. POMEROY family - Aug 17
By The Cohen Family on 15-Jul-2017
"What a lovely house and wonderful holiday! You have thought of everything. The house is brilliantly designed and built. Great sight lines everywhere. Hard to know what to rave about first|: the vista, the pool, the sun loungers, the lovely people at the cafe in Fres and at Taverna Tzitzifia (extraordinarily good food - a must visit), the excellent drinking water and even the top quality kitchen knives! A 10/10 holiday we would recommend to anyone"
By Miller Family on 28-Jun-2017
"A really memorable holiday in a lovely house we will never forget. Especially loved breakfast on the terrace with stunning views and sharing the pool with the swallows! A great base for exploring the northern coast. Many thanks for the welcome pack and the opportunity to stay in this wonderful house."
By The Redhead Family on 07-Aug-2016
" What a spectacular place this is. A view and a pool to die for and unbroken sunshine for a fortnight. Thanks for all your recommendations. We walked Myli and Imbros gorges and had the best meal of our trip at Mixelas at Chania's covered market. Also visited Falassarna twice and delighted to discover it's still the unspoilt beach and snorkelling paradise it was in the 1980s. Thanks so much Jonathan and Honor, we have loved every single minute." ....
By The Lumb Family on 19-Jun-2016
What a fantastic place to stan and relax on holiday - there is nothing you haven't thought of for the house. Thank you!! Fantastic facilities/pool and what a stunning view to soak in. Lovely holiday in proper Creten style. Here's to the next time :)
Chill out in the Countryside
By Roy & Jen Morrison on 12-Aug-2015
Date of Stay
8 Jul 2015
We have thoroughly enjoyed our family holidays in Fres. It is a lovely light and airy house with a homely feel. The views from the infinity pool are stunning and no photo can do justice to the experience of swimming surrounded by mountains and woodlands. However, if you want the sea it is not far away without the crowds that one usually associates with a beach holiday. This is a villa that is ‘off the beaten track’ but also within easy distance of the local town for supplies and of the national road taking you to the main tourist areas. If you want to experience a very traditional Cretan meal all you need do is walk down the road to meet Katerina and Manolis at their family tavern. Just wonderful!
Great to know you and family have had happy holidays at our home in Fres. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to share your thoughts about your stay. H & J
A lovely villa in a great location
By Richard Martin on 08-Jul-2015
Date of Stay
24 Jun 2015
Swallowpool is a lovely villa in a beautiful location at the foot of the white mountains. We have stayed there twice in the past 3 years, the first time in 2013 and again earlier this year. On both occasions we had friends to join us staying in the self-contained two bedroom apartment upstairs. They found this particularly appealing with their own shower rooms, balconies and kitchenette. The views and tranquillity are pretty unique with stunning views of the mountains and lots of little lanes threading their way through the olive trees and woodland. There are several local tavernas serving classic Cretan food at very reasonable prices and easy access to the beautiful coast via the national road just 5 minutes away. We love it and will definitely return!
Thank you for your comments. We are so happy you enjoy your time in our home and look forward to your return one day soon.
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