The lounge area with comfy sofas and wood-burning fireplace

Facilities summary

  • Solar-heated, low-chlorine, mosaic-tiled wrap-around swimming pool with non-slip, shallow, Roman walk-in steps
  • Private gardens and terraces
  • 2 Double bedrooms - one with additional bunks and pull-out child's bed
  • 40" LCD TV with 5-speaker surround-sound and satellite and digital TV system with USB input for watching movies
  • iPod dock and charger
  • Sony Playstation 2 and selection of games in the family bedroom
  • Nintendo Wii and selection of games in the lounge
  • DVD/CD players in both lounge and family bedroom
  • Hi-fi in the family bedroom
  • Wi-fi throughout the villa and grounds with unlimited fast broadband
  • Fridge/freezer, fan oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, juicer, smoothie maker, coffee maker, toaster
  • Washer and tumble-drier, iron, board and drying rack
  • Inclusive air-con in sleeping areas
  • 3 shower rooms - 1 en-suite, 1 with corner bath
  • Full central heating & log fire for winter lets
  • Did we mention the views?
  • Facilities in detail

    The villa offers every modern convenience to optimise your comfort and enjoyment in this "home from home". Although traditional in design, its stone arches, lemony plastered walls and terracotta pantiled roof blending subtly into the surrounding environment, the villa offers every modern convenience, including English plumbing. The large open plan living area is exceptionally well furnished with contemporary white leather sofas of Italian design. The extendable dark wood dining table seats up to 10 in stylish elegance, whilst overhead the wooden ceiling soars to a height of over 5 metres. view of lounge

    Floors are tiled throughout. From the 7.5m lounge two sets of french windows lead out onto the arched covered dining terrace, the twin arches reflected in the azure blue mosaic-tiled pool which uniquely wraps itself around the house. A further set of patio doors leads out to the cool rear of the house where a shady garden awaits. The provision of these doors allows a cooling breeze to circulate through the house on even the hottest summer days, or can be closed and shuttered with fine linen curtains to make a cosy evening en-famille at the cooler ends of the season.

    One corner of the kitchen

    The ultra modern kitchen features imported Siemens and Bosch appliances all in brushed steel. The copious cupboards and extensive work surfaces are complemented by a large stainless steel pull-out larder unit with ample space for food storage for the hungriest family. The stainless steel Siemens dishwasher is all but silent in operation, topped by a 1 ½ bowl sink and vegetable preparation area. The kitchen has two large windows and is bathed in natural light. For evenings undercupboard light shines down from concealed panels and there are modern spotlights set into the ceiling above. The ceramic hob and fan assisted oven is topped by a state-of the-art Siemens extractor hood, the light of which elegantly fades when extinguished.

    crockery view of kitchen

    The kitchen units have soft-close doors, either of birch wood or smoked glass. The supersized stainless-steel fridge freezer with digital teperature displays and stainless-steel combination oven/microwave complete the ensemble. Equipped for the British or continental holiday maker, the villa offers as standard an electric kettle, teapot, 4-slice toaster, full set of (sharp) kitchen knives, a proper coffee maker for steaming filter coffee all day, electic juicer and smoothie makers and ample cutlery, crockery and kitchen equipment to cook everything from a snack to a 5 course meal. In short, all the extras one often struggles for in a holiday property. We have even included a whole shelf full of plastic and melamine crockery and drinkware to make for "safe" meals by the pool - and there is a window which doubles as serving hatch from the kitchen straight out onto the poolside.

    Fully-tiled family bathroom Sunken corner bath

    Beyond the sitting area a hallway leads to the sienna tiled main bathroom with sunken corner bath, shower, toilet and mosaic tiled sink area as well as cupboard units for laundry and toiletries. Cleverly concealed lighting set above an opaque panel in the bathroom ceiling lends this room a feeling of designer chic.

    Both the bedrooms are deliberately located to either side of the main bathroom and laundry area, meaning that the bedrooms do not share a common dividing wall, for added privacy.

    Fed-up with squeezing round the edge of doorways and the end of beds in so many cramped properties we have stayed in in the past, we decided to provide the villa with 2 large bedrooms, with ample space for clothes storage in its spacious fitted wardrobes, and French windows that open fully against the walls, blurring the distinction between inside and outside, and yet enabling the bedrooms to become a cosy retreat all year round, with full hard-wood shutters allowing you to sleep in after a night's Greek dancing at the local taverna !

    Master king-sized bed En-suite facilities

    The master bedroom features kingsize double bed with imported posturepedic mattress with integral memory-foam topper. Floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes of beech and birch offer ample storage space to both bedrooms, with extra heaters, blankets, pillows and duvets enhancing winter comfort, whilst silent-operation fans augment the state-of-the art Samsung air conditioning units to each bedroom. This bedroom overlooks the length of the swimming pool - the reflection of which makes the ceiling sparkle with light when illuminated in the evenings. To the other side, double patio doors open out onto a paved stone terrace surrounded by palm trees which is perfect for sunbathing and overlooking the stunning views.

    The master ensuite shower room is finished in black and tiles, with double sized shower, toilet and wash hand basin.

    Family bedroom

    The second bedroom, over 6 metres in length, offers a combination of sleeping arrangements to render the villa suitable for almost every family configuration and party size. There is a double bed (with orthopaedic mattress) and additionally there is set of an imported pale wood single bunks (again equipped with superior mattress which was also new for 2012) and an extra child's trundle bed beneath, which enables adult couples or up to 5 children to be accommodated comfortably. There is also a dressing table and mirror, and a TV with DVD player and Playstation! Double French doors lead from this bedroom to its own patio, directly overlooking the magnificent White mountains.

    Outside shower room

    A third bathroom at the living end of the house is reached from outside, offering shower and toilet facilities without going inside with wet or sandy feet. This third shower also offers the opportunity for everyone in the party to get ready to go out in the evening, or on rising in the morning, without the normal family queues or arguments! A fourth shower is adjacent to the pool.

    A separate laundry area, conveniently situated near the bedrooms so you do not even have to carry clothes through the house, comprises an automatic washing machine, tumble drier, full ironing board and iron, and external drying facilities. All towels for use inside the house, and all bedding, is provided and renewed by our housekeeper twice a week. All you have to bring are beach towels/towels for poolside use.

    fireplace with fire

    Unlike many "holiday homes", this is not just a summer rental property. The villa has been built with year-round comfort in mind, comprising state-of-the-art Samsung remote-control air-conditioning (with warm air option)as well as full central heating and double glazing in all rooms. There is a large modern fireplace for open fire, with log storage onsite and additional electric heaters too. The TV, Playstation 2, DVD and hi-fi and large selection of DVDs, CDs, books and games provide entertainment in winter evenings and the provision of an immersion heater ensures masses of piping hot water on the rare cloudy days when the solar isn't operating but it is not yet cold enough for the central heating.

    Favourable longer term rates can be negotiated during the Winter season, particularly for those visitors not requiring the Maid service.

    Surrounding Area

    Villa Mia is the low-level property with the arches

    The villa offers the wonderful compromise of solitude and privacy whilst forming part of a small group of villas on the hillside, each set in its own grounds, so you won't feel too isolated and can seek company when you want to. The pine forest behind the villas is protected green belt and abounds with wild life - Cretan martens often scamper down from the cover of the trees to drink at the poolside in the evening. Immediately to the front of the villa there is a paved access road, receiving only a handful of vehicles a day but making the villa easily accessible by car from all local routes. Below this, at the far side of the road, an olive grove rustles with rabbits hopping in the shade of the trees, wild almond and fig trees dot the boundary, and beyond there are magnificent views to the idyllic hilltop village of Douliana (where there is an outstanding traditional Cretan restaurant) and across to the blue waters of Souda Bay. In the evening, the sun sets over the White Mountains, flooding the skies with oranges and purples in full view of the villa, whilst you sip your Martini on the terraces.

    Meadow flowers Wild lupins Meadow flowers Wild orchid Venetian wells, just a short stroll from the villa One of the two main town churches - you will pass this on the way to the bakery for your freshly baked bread

    With so little man-made light in this area (the village lights twinkle at dusk in the settlement spread out below you) the night sky offers a stunning view of the Cosmos, with the Milky Way soaring overhead. To enhance your star gazing opportunities we have provided the villa with a spotter-scope which can be easily set up on the roof terrace for a panoramic and uninterrupted view of the skies above you.

    In summary, the villa offers you :

    • 2 bedrooms - sleeping 4 adults and up to 3 children (plus cot)
      • Spacious double-bedded master bedroom with en-suite shower room and fitted wardrobes. Views of the White Mountains from the French windows to the pool terrace and further views over the pool to the sea at Souda Bay. Dressing table with mirrors and hairdyer.
      • Second bedroom sleeps up 4 adults/5 children in a variety of configurations : with comfortable double bed, additional single bunks and pull-out single trundle bed, with fitted wardrobes, dressing table and French windows to its own private terrace. Entertainment systems.
    • 3 bathrooms - with "English plumbing" !
      • Fully tiled main bathroom with luxury sunken corner bath, WC and shower
      • En-suite with large walk-in shower, WC and washbasin
      • Additional cloakroom reached from the pool terrace with shower, WC and washbasin
    • Fully fitted spacious modern kitchen with stainless steel plinths and appliances including Siemens fan oven, ceramic hob & extractor, dishwasher, Bosch fridge-freezer, combi-microwave, 4-slice toaster, kettle, coffee maker, juice extractor, smoothie maker, digital timer, larder and carousel units
    • Large living room with open beamed ceiling, feature fireplace, TV with satellite system , digital terrestrial receiver and 5-speaker surround-sound amplifier, Nintendo Wii, CD/DVD player, reading & reference library, board games, sofas and French windows to the pool. All furniture is of contemporary style in natural materials and has been either imported especially from the UK or tailormade for the property in Greece or Italy
    • Arched dining area with large table and chairs for 6 people, with French windows overlooking the pool and rear terraces
    • Utility area near the main bathroom with automatic washing machine for ease of laundry, plus ironing and drying facilities
    • Swimming pool. The pool is 8 x 4.5m mosaic-tiled with shallow, non-slip Roman-style steps at one end, making access easy. The pool is tucked into the L-shape of the villa, with the arches from the covered terrace appearing to dip into the water. There is a shallow end of 1.1m and a deeper end for swimming. Unlike infinity pools featured in some other properties, the pool is ideal for family ball games. The pool is heated automatically by an almost silent solar-powered thermostatically controlled heating system fed from hidden panels above the covered terrace. This heats the water by several degrees whenever the sun is out, and only switches off when it hits its maximum in the summer. There is also a floating solar-powered pool robot which reduces the amount of chemicals needed.
    • Covered terrace with graceful arches running the whole length of the living room to allow you to eat or relax out of the heat of the sun whilst still enjoying the fresh air and magnificent views.
    • Roof terrace with patio furniture and uninterrupted views of the White Mountains, and over the village to the sea.
    • Private grounds, terraces and driveway On the terrace
      • Gated driveway with ample turning space
      • Parking for at least two cars
      • Well stocked gardens and flower beds including olive and palm trees
      • Paved terraces of local stone
      • Open countryside to two sides of the villa
    • Outside furniture and facilitiesPool view
      • Sun loungers and umbrellas
      • Tiled outside dining and drinks tables with chairs
      • Shady covered terrace with serving hatch from the kitchen, for outside dining
      • Large indoor/outdoor chess set
      • View from the drive
      • Poolside shower
      • Ample garden and drive lighting including LED spot lights on the olive trees
      • Spotter-scope for star gazing
    • Full air conditioning, central heating & double glazing
      • State-of-the art remote control air conditioning in the bedrooms
      • Silent-running fans for additional air flow
      • Breakfast on the roof terrace
      • Double glazing on all windows and doors
      • Central-heating, log fire and space heaters for off-peak use
    • the village square is a 7 minute walk away which provides you with the bakery, five tavernas, bars and mini-markets as well as the folk museum and craft shops
    • 7 minutes walk up hill, away from the village, takes you to an ancient site with capped Roman wells, and the nearby Church
    • 7 minutes by car will take you to the nearest beach at Almyrida, or to the nearby hilltop village of Douliana, or to Tsivaras where they press olives in the winter and sell the oil.
    Local church Gavalohori war memorial Almerida bay and beach