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Set on a small hill above the village of Armeni but only 800 metres from the village square, Villa Galania is ideally placed to enjoy the rural idyll whilst still being within reasonable walking distance of local shops and tavernas and just ten minutes by car from the sandy beaches of Kalives.
Parking the car for the first time and then walking up past a small copse of Holme Oak trees where a hammock has been slung and around the corner of the villa, it is easy to imagine you have stepped into a page of Harpers Bazaar or Vogue The pale pastel rose facade of the villa and beautiful pool at one with the serenely peaceful backdrop of rural Crete and the White Mountains which may still have snow during Easter Holidays in Crete.
The young owners of Villa Galania have created a very atmospheric period style property with the skillful use of simple local materials. Covered balconies and terraces provide shade and respite from the heat of the sun, whilst the villas stone faced doorways and rough hewn timbered ceilings add an authentic touch of the past.
Despite the historic Crete flavour, Villa Galania is furnished and equipped to a very high standard and the owners really have ticked all the boxes down to the smallest detail.
Outside around the 9m x 4m pool and adjoining children's pool, there's a huge amount of living space including a smart alfresco cover dining area, a lounge area, a table soccer, plus a rusticated covered barbecue complete with Cretan oven and a small fridge for drinks.
To one side there's a large area of lawn and in the shade of the Holme Oaks is a well stocked herb garden with the folk song classics of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme as well marjoram, mint and a number of other local herbs that Kleanthi uses for brewing tea.
Two covered terraces extend the length of the Villa overlooking the pool. The ground floor is open plan with warm terracotta style tiled floors throughout decorated with interesting rural artefacts and attractive wall hangings. To one side is a dining area with table and chairs and beyond is the small well equipped kitchen, with a very large fridge freezer full oven with ceramic hobs and a dishwasher plus a kitchen sink with the bonus of lovely rural views towards the mountains.
At first floor level and reached by a wooden staircase is one twin bedroom (A/C) with en-suite shower room and the slightly extravagant master bedroom with double bed (A/C), lovely stone fireplace and en-suite bathroom with a lavish corner bath to languish in. Both bedrooms have warm and tactile wood floors and french doors opening out onto covered balconies overlooking the pool and with views towards the mountains.
From the landing at the top of the stairs a few steps lead up to a tiny gallery with a desk and chair.
Off the living area at ground floor level of the villa is a further guest shower room where there is also a washing machine. The villa also has a TV with DVD player and a portable CD player.
PoolPrivate 9 x 4
Floor Area m²105
Check-InAny day (after 16:00)
Check-OutAny day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay5 nights
Distances from Airport/Port
Ferry Port Souda15 km
Mosquito Bed Net
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Acesso de hóspedes
The villa and pool is for your private use only as well as the garden. Bed linen & towels are provided as well as pool towels. The cleaner will come in during your stay & change them, depending on how many days you are staying. All of this is included in the price.
Interação com hóspedes
We, at Freelance Holidays, manage the properties on behalf of the owners. We will provide you the details of our 24/7 contact person, Diane, who lives on Crete and is there to ensure everything goes smoothly, before & during your stay with us.
She will send you a message just before your holiday starts so you will have her details. Should you need anything during your stay, please contact her as she has had nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality field & knows Crete very well.
We provide very good directions which you need to download from the Airbnb Itinerary once you have booked. On these directions it explains where the keys will be & step by step on how to get to the accommodation.
Once you arrive, you just let yourself in & start to enjoy your holiday.
Freelance Holidays provides a Property Manual inside the accommodation which tells you all about the important things ie. wifi codes, hot water systems, where to take your rubbish & how things generally work in the villa.
Plus, there is a very good Freelance Holidays information booklet about Crete in the accommodation for you to use throughout your stay It it you will find further details about places to go, beach maps plus a taverna guide.
You may meet the owners when they come to change the linen with the cleaner or when they look after the pool. They are a lovely couple & you will probably get the feel of Cretan hospitality after meeting them. They are there to ensure that you are enjoying yourselves too.
Outras coisas a ter em conta
The cleaning service:
If 5 days rental, you will get fresh towels mid-stay & a general clean, usually on the 3rd day.
If over 7 days rental, you will get fresh sheets & towels every 3rd or 4th day as well as a general clean.
If you need a baby cot or high chair, please request when booking so we can have it in the villa for you ready.
Note that this is a professionally run rental villa which as been licensed by the Greek National Tourist Organization, EOT, which is required by the Greek law. This license allows the property owners to legally rent their accommodation to holiday makers, so that they comply to a set of standards and specific conditions for the safety & comfort of it's paying customers. EOT MHTE (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
We ask that you treat the villa with respect as if it were your own, but other than that, just enjoy yourselves. Should you break or damage anything, please let us know so it can be replaced & if necessary you can sort out damages before you leave.
Hi, our names are Diane (rear left) Paul (rear right) Chris C (front left) & Chris L (front right) together we are the team at Freelance Holidays: We've been in the villa rental business since 1984, and are still going strong.
Since 1984 we have been keen as mustard about seeking and offering the best villa rentals in the best locations. In the beginning these were simple village houses and studios in Crete, and some villas in Mallorca. over the years we have added more choices of Mediterranean islands where we have sourced some great villas. Tastes have changed and we are now able to offer some fantastic villas, each with something special and different from the mass market operators usual selection. We have continued to keep our roots and proudly continue to offer typical village accommodation