Cretanvillas Gardens and Pool
Cretan Villa Holidays North Western Crete

About

Our Villas

The villas have a large covered terrace at the front with a table and four chairs overlooking our lovely gardens and swimming pool. The pool measures 8m x 10m and has 3 sets of steps, two metal and one concrete there is a walled shallow end 1 metre deep and the main pool slopes from 1.1m to 1.75m.

Sun beds, umbrellas and small tables surround the pool. There are two large communal stone BBQ areas, one with a covered pergola with wooden furniture and cushions. The site is very peaceful and has a lovely view of the mountains which are covered in snow until early May.

Our Area

Things to See and Do

Beach on Northern Crete

Local Beaches

Photos and location of the beautiful beaches in our area

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Food on Taverna table

Local Tavernas

A selection of tavernas that we have tried and liked in our area

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Car for hire

Local Car Hire

Great value for money and excellent service from our local car hire company

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What They Say

  • Review 1 of 56 reviews

    BRILLIANT holiday

    The pool is fantastic - it has a small area that is 1m deep that is perfect for small children and the rest is between 1.5 and 1.7m deep. Lilos are provided (thanks!) and there are many sunbeds and umbrellas around the pool. There are only 3 villas to share the pool so it is never very crowded.

    Villa Eleni

    IngridB

  • Review 2 of 56 reviews

    Fabulous Villa Holiday

    We have just returned from a wonderful fortnight in Crete. The accommodation and surrounding grounds were faultless. The Villa was spotless and had every mod con that we needed. The pool was a welcome distraction from the relentless sun and the peaceful tranquil setting was a pleasure to behold.

    Villa Eleni

    John S

  • Review 3 of 56 reviews

    Wonderful holiday in Villa Eleni !

    Beautifull garden.

    Villa Eleni

  • Review 4 of 56 reviews

    Glorious Crete!

    We have just returned from staying in this villa. Our family had actually booked all three villas so we had the whole place to ourselves and it felt like our own private haven. The kids loved the especially with no time restrictions on when they had to get out (apart from dinner time!)Overall a very enjoyable, relaxing holiday!

    Villa Eleni

    Linda L

  • Review 5 of 56 reviews

    Blissfull holiday

    The villa was superbly equipped, extremely clean and the pool was a blessing after a long hot day at one of the many local beaches.We couldnt recommend this villa more highly

    Villa Eleni

    Trine R

  • Review 6 of 56 reviews

    Perfect Heaven in Crete

    Just returned from a 3 week stay at Villa Eleni - what a superb holiday.

    Villa Eleni

    Anton

  • Review 7 of 56 reviews

    The Lawrence Clan

    Villa and grounds first class. - We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.

    Villa Eleni

    The Lawrence Clan

  • Review 8 of 56 reviews

    Garbutt family

    We have had a wonderful holiday on our first visit to Crete. It is such a beautiful place and the people so friendly. We have explored a fair bit and tried lots of local cuisine - still lots more to see and we will definitely be back. Tom and Claire thank you so much - you have provided all we could possibly ask for (and more). You are great hosts

    Villa Eleni

    Garbutt family

  • Review 9 of 56 reviews

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Villa Eleni was immaculate, well presented and well equipped. There were 4 adults for our second week and we had more than enough space inside and out. The pool and grounds are fabulous

    Villa Eleni

    Chris & Elaine L

  • Review 10 of 56 reviews

    Cant Wait to Return

    The pool area and gardens are lovely, never feeling crowded even though there are 2 other villas on site. There are plenty of excellent Tavernas nearby, 2-10min drive, a couple within walking distance (15-20mins).The nearest beach at Tersanas is excellent for non swimmers and young children as it it a sheltered shallow cove, it has a small cafe that also rent sunbeds 7€ for 2 for the day and a taverna. Plenty of other beaches nearby too

    Villa Eleni

    InLoveWithCrete

  • Review 11 of 56 reviews

    Olive Grove Villas - fabulous accommodation

    The villa was exceptionally clean and very well appointed with dishwasher, washing machine, air con etc. The welcome pack was just right to avoid a quick shop when youve just arrived.We would thoroughly recommend this villa and the fact that there are three villas in the location is just right

    Villa Eleni

    Crockpots, Kent

  • Review 12 of 56 reviews

    Perfection at Olive Grove Villas

    We were so impressed in April 2007, that we have returned on two occasions subsequently. Perhaps we are biased as we love the area and have visited regularly,staying at various sites. This is the best by far in our experience. Not too far from the airport. Chania is readily accessible for trips in day or night. Beaches, such as Stavros, Tersanas and Kalathas, to suit all tastes within easy reach. Excellent local Tavernas

    Villa Eleni

    Cretofile, Cheshire

  • Review 13 of 56 reviews

    Olive Grove Villas - Fantastic

    Everything has been thought of a real home from home, and great hosts/owners who take a real interest in ensuring their guest enjoy their stay. Could not recommend them highly enough. Plenty of restaurants, beaches and things to do are nearby. A car is necessary but the local Car hire company is good too.

    Villa Eleni

    Tony & Dee Barwell

  • Review 14 of 56 reviews

    Another perfect holiday at the Olive Grove Villas!

    The pool, garden and barbeque areas are lovely and much appreciated! Beaches in the area are perfect when travelling with small children, and especially Stavros and Tersanas are recommended. New of this year is the wifi in each villa, something that gives us the opportunity to stay online when needed.

    Villa Maria

    Cecilie & Christer

  • Review 15 of 56 reviews

    A wonderful villa holiday

    We have had a wonderful holiday. Lovely relaxing location, beautiful villa and a fantastic pool. What more could we want?

    Villa Maria

    Maureen & Nick Lowing

  • Review 16 of 56 reviews

    Super holiday on Crete

    We recently arrived home from a wonderful summer holiday staying at the Villa Maria. We can honestly say that we have never stayed at such a lovely, clean, comfortable and well equipped property!

    Villa Maria

    Deborah S Wolfenbuettel

  • Review 17 of 56 reviews

    A wonderful family holiday in Crete

    Our hosts, Tom and Claire, have really provided excellent accommodation providing everything one needs for a relaxing holiday. The villas are well equiped even with a selection of CDs, DVDs and games for those late nights in or occassional wet days (in September onwards). The availability of two bar-b-que areas is very useful when the villas are individually rented as it ensures that everyone has a chance to use them.

    Villa Maria

    CretanSunLover

  • Review 18 of 56 reviews

    Excellent Introduction to International Travel

    The villa was an experience in and of itself! The gardens, the pool & barbecue area are absolutely beautiful! The villa was squeaky clean and very well appointed. We immediately knew we had chosen the perfect place when we saw what was stashed away in the wardrobes. The beds are comfortable and theres the perfect amount of room in the main area, besides why would you want to stay inside once you see the pool? The pool and surrounding area was clean and well kept. It was so cool to see the grape vines with fruit (which were delicious!) and the olive trees, and flowers and the wonderful cicadas. We live in the Pacific Northwest so we only get to see and hear them in movies.

    Villa Irini

    Tracy C

  • Review 19 of 56 reviews

    Just like coming home

    Whats not to say. Weve been coming here for some years now and it just seems to get better. Always a wonderful welcome. Property always spotless and ready to live in.

    Villa Irini

  • Review 20 of 56 reviews

    Fantastic Villa Holiday

    The Olive Grove Villas are the best that we have stayed in, Tom and Claire have done a wonderful job.

    Villa Irini

    Lockey Family

  • Review 21 of 56 reviews

    Topclass serenity

    We stayed as a family in villa Irini for the first week in september. Pure bliss!! If you want a very chilled but fun holiday , this is the place for you. The girls were in the pool even before breakfast! and we enjoyed the bbq area very much. The villas and pool are splendid. Well equiped with dishwasher and washing machine ( handy with kids) Also lovely welcome pack and fluffy beach towels. You could not get any better and our only regret was that we did not go for 2 weeks!!

    Villa Irini

    Fangs Family

  • Review 22 of 56 reviews

    A wonderful and relaxing week.

    This is a perfect place to stay when you want to relax and visit the western part of Crete = the house is comfortable and very well equipped, the pool is large enough to share with the other neighbours and we particularly appreciated the 'barbecue corner' where we spent lovely and peaceful evenings.

    Villa Irini

    Francoise

  • Review 23 of 56 reviews

    Fantastic holiday in Crete

    We spent a week in this lovely villa and i dont think you could ask for more from a holiday setting. Lovely clean, well equipped villa in a beautiful spot with a perfect pool for everyone from a young baby through to an adult wanting to soak up some sun. Our 3 children loved it (5, 10 and 12 yrs old) swimming in the day and also in the evening as the pool is lit up.

    Villa Irini

    Alex & James, Surry

  • Review 24 of 56 reviews

    Springtime trip to Crete

    The villa was well equipped and very clean - loved the outside sitting area where we had our breakfast every morning. Tom and Claire make you feel so welcome and things like the DVDs, books, beach towels, welcome pack and the tour of the area really single these villas out as something a bit special. Suggest suitable for all ages really - good sized pool, lots of outside space with very well maintained gardens. To make the most of the area you do need a car but they are not too expensive and you will see so much more.

    Villa Irini

    Welsh John

  • Review 25 of 56 reviews

    Brilliant Villa Holiday

    We came on a personal recommendation only to find the holiday was better than wed expected. The villa was a home from home but without UK weather. The villa was exceptionally well equipped and comfortable. Tom and Claire made us feel very welcome and went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay. The pool was lovely and well maintained and you can choose from the peace and quiet of this location or the bustle of nearby Chania. Lots of local beaches and some fabulous restaurants everyone was very friendly. We will definitely be back.

    Villa Irini

    Stu & Deb Hampshire

  • Review 26 of 56 reviews

    Superb villas - great hosts, fab holiday!

    The villas are immaculate - we have now stayed in all 3 and have taken family back with us for our third consecutive year. Very peaceful location amongst olive groves but with supermarkets, restaurants and beaches all a short drive away - beaches very uncrowded with tavernas. Our teenage daughters and nephews really enjoyed the pool and the BBQ is a lovely way to end the day.

    Villa Irini

    Paul & Sue, Newbury

  • Review 27 of 56 reviews

    Perfect Villa

    A purely perfect villa with everything thoughfully provided. We rented a car with a view to touring parts of the island but ended up moving from one sunbed to an other

    Villa Irini

    Hilscookies, Leatherhead

  • Review 28 of 56 reviews

    Cretan Villa Holiday

    If you are looking for a perfect holiday, in perfect surroundings the you have found the perfect place. This holiday had everything we could wish for, the villas are superb with everything you need, they are clean, in great condition and a wonderful location. The large pool was well maintained and the BBQ area was nice for spending relaxing evenings with other guests just eating and chatting and watching the sun go down.

    Villa Irini

    Bob & Melanie

  • Review 29 of 56 reviews

    Holiday at Villa Irini in Crete

    We have had a wonderful relaxed holiday in Villa Irini .

    Villa Irini

    Wim and Annemieke Klepper The Netherlands

  • Review 30 of 56 reviews

    Absolutely lovely, a perfect holiday!

    Tom and Claire have created the perfect place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The setting and gardens are a testiment to all their hard work and there was nothing that was too much trouble. The house was spotless with everything that you need, the pool was beautiful (a little chilly at this time of year but our 12 year old didn't seem to mind) and the village is an easy 15 minute stroll with lovely tavernas, supermarket and pharmacy. Great beaches only a few minutes drive away. Tom even took the time to take us on a tour of the best places to go. Lovely people, great house in a great location. We will definately be going back. Thank you for a brilliant holiday.

    Villa Irini

    The Wilson family - Cornwall

  • Review 31 of 56 reviews

    September family holidays

    We rented Villa Irini for a week in September and had a fabulous experience. The communication with Claire & Tom before we arrived was excellent and Tom was kindly waiting for us at the airport to guide us to the villa. The place was impeccable, very well equipped and perfect location to reach Stavros (5 minutes away) or Marathi (20 min drive) beaches! The house had everything you might need, the gardens are very beautiful and the swimming pool offers the possibility to stay in and still enjoy the sun! The Villa is fab place for families and very children friendly. We will definitely stay here again and recommend this place!

    Villa Irini

    Flavia Palacios

  • Review 32 of 56 reviews

    A beautiful chill out

    What a find!! We stayed here for a week with our son and his friend (15 yr olds). Really well equipped villa, a real home from home. We had a car, which we only used to pop to the supermarket and to eat in the evenings - the pool area was too inviting for us to leave and absolutely spotless. We ate at Boys, Ramblers, Sunset - all very good value and lovely food (burgers, steaks, moussaka, tuna fish). It is a little walk to the tavernas (about 20 mins) so we used the car. Twice we used the great barbecue area but to be honest by the time you buy the meat you might as well eat out (very reasonable). Some lovely little beaches dotted around - so chilled! Tom and Claire are lovely and really go out of their way to make sure everything is good for you =) We are planning to return next year handbook the 3 villas so that we can take the family and have the place to ourselves. It was very hot the week we were there so we didn't venture too far but we will probably go back, just the 2 of us, and do some walking. I have nothing negative to say as we just loved it! Thank you Tom and Claire!

    Villa Eleni

    White family

  • Review 33 of 56 reviews

    Fantastic Family Property

    We had a fantastic stay at Olive Grove Villas (2 adults, 2 children aged 2 and 4 and my parents - in a separate property), the property is very peaceful in a lovely setting. The villas themselves are very well clean and very well equipped with everything you may ever need. Provision of beach towels was also a bonus. Tom and Claire couldn't have been more helpful, showing us around and even coming to the rescue one night when we managed to lock ourselves out!

    Villa Maria

    Shewring family

  • Review 34 of 56 reviews

    No complaints at all !

    We knew within a very short time that we had made the right decision in choosing Cretan Villas for our holiday. The gardens, which we overlooked from Villa Irene, are beautiful. The pool is a generous size and kept immaculately. During our stay the water was pleasantly warm. The villa was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you could possibly need. In fact Tom and Claire, who were excellent hosts, go the extra mile in providing lots of little extras. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and have no hesitation in recommending Cretan Villas.

    Villa Irini

    Glenda M

  • Review 35 of 56 reviews

    Had a fantastic time!

    My wife and I had a great holiday. The villa and grounds are immaculate with much care and attention given to even the small details so you don't have to worry. There is a choice of beautiful beaches in very close proximity and with Chania on your doorstep you are spoiled for choice. We'll be back next year (again!!). Thank you Claire and Tom.

    Villa Maria

    John W

  • Review 36 of 56 reviews

    Fabulous

    Ik zou onze review in de Engelse taal kunnen schrijven maar doe het toch maar in onze eigen taal om toekomstige huurders te informeren over ons verblijf in een van de villa's van Cretian Villas. Bij het boeken hadden we een zeer plezierig mailcontact met de eigenaren Claire en Tom. Het gaf ons direct een goed gevoel. Bij het huren van een auto hebben Tom en Claire bemiddeld en we hadden een mooie vierdeurs auto voor een lage prijs. Onze aankomst op het vliegveld van Chania was al fantastisch. Tom stond ons op te wachten met de verhuurder van de auto en in no time was dit geregeld. Daarna reed Tom ons voor naar de villa's. Maar goed ook want alleen was het toch even zoeken geweest. Fantastisch de ligging van de villa's. Een kwartier rijden van het vliegveld. 20 minuten rijden van de stad Chania. 15 minuten rijden naar het zandstrand van Stavros. 5 minuten rijden naar de supermarkt van het dorpje Chorafiaka. Prachtig onze binnenkomst. Een mooi aangelegde tuin met een ruime zwembad met een temp. van 24 graden. De villa zelf zag er super uit. 2 mooie ruime slaapkamers met een ruime badkamer met douche en toilet. Een woonkamer/keuken vertrek erg ruim. Mooi terras bij elke villa. In de villa was letterlijk alles aanwezig. Wifi - TV/tuner vaatwasser -wasmachine -keukengerei die ik nog nergens in het buitenland heb gezien. Geen hulpmiddel voor koken etc. ontbrak. Schoon ja echt schoon was alles. Veel verhuurders zouden hier een voorbeeld aan kunnen nemen. Naast een mooi zwembad ook 2 afzonderlijke hoekjes waar je kunt BBQen. Zelf het gereedschap hiervoor zoals aanmaakblokjes /houtskool was aanwezig. We kregen van Tom en Claire, die dagelijks even langs kwamen om de prachtige bloemen en planten in de grote tuin te verzorgen, de vraag of er ons iets ontbrak zonder opdringerig te zijn. Ook kregen we van hun tips van leuke, goed betaalbare restaurantjes in de omgeving. We kunnen een ieder die van plan is een van de drie villa's van Cretian Villas te huren absoluut garanderen dat je een fantastisch vakantieverblijf in een mooie rustieke omgeving krijgt tegen een zeer betaalbare prijs. Een tip aan Tom en Claire = Goede bedden maar de matrassen mochten wel iets dikker zijn. Wij bevelen Cretians Villas van Tom en Claire ten zeerste aan. Theo en Jannie Bodewes Jan Willem en Letty Visser from Holland.

    Villa Irini

    Theo, Jannie, Jan and Letty

  • Review 37 of 56 reviews

    Perfect for a family holiday

    We have just returned from a super holiday at Olive Grove villas. Claire and Tom provide exceptional service. Being met at the airport, the quick tour of the area and groceries on arrival were such nice touches. The villas are great for families as they combine both privacy and a chance for the kids (and their parents) to socialise at the pool or over a BBQ. The villas are well equipped, and the proximity to both Chania and the airport make them very accessible. Thanks Tom and Claire, we hope to return! Recommended for = Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers

    Villa Maria

    Beccy M

  • Review 38 of 56 reviews

    Fabulous holiday!

    Just returned from a fantastic holiday in Crete. Villa Irene was just fantastic. It had everything you could think of - lovely clean well equipped house, really lovely pool and as for its owners, Tom and Claire, they could not be more helpful and friendly. Met us at the airport, showed us where the local shops, beaches are and recommended restaurants for us when we arrived. And as for Crete itself and especially the Akrotiri peninsula - beautiful beaches and the food was delicious everywhere we went - all fresh local produce and very well priced. Can't wait to return.

    Villa Irini

    Dee Keily

  • Review 39 of 56 reviews

    Wir verbrachten eine wundervolle Woche!

    Claire und Tom sind bei allem sehr hilfsbereit und boten uns eine schöne und bemerkenswert saubere Unterkunft an. Von den netten Nachbarn haben wir - bis auf angenehme Unterhaltungen - kaum etwas bemerkt. Der Garten, die Grillplätze und der Pool haben den Entspannungsfaktor noch erhöht und die Geräusche der gelegentlich vorbeifliegenden Jets und Flugzeuge haben uns nicht wirklich beeinträchtigt. Eigentlich ist die Unterbringung bei Tom und Claire so wunderbar, dass wir diese Bewertung lieber nicht geschrieben hätten, um keine 'Buchungskonkurrenz' zu verursachen. ;) Wir haben uns rundherum wohl gefühlt!

    Villa Eleni

    Thorsten A

  • Review 40 of 56 reviews

    Perfect relaxing family holiday

    We stayed in Villa Eleni for 9 nights with our 2 small children and had a fantastic holiday. The villas are so well equipped with everything you could need including beach gear, books and DVDs. Tom and Claire are extremely welcoming and helpful. They went above and beyond, organising our car hire, meeting us at the airport, taking us for a drive around the local area and accommodating us for an extra night when our flight was cancelled. They even provided a welcome hamper of food. The pool is beautiful, a great size and very well maintained as are the pretty gardens. The villa itself was immaculate and homely with a terrace plus additional balcony to the master bedroom. Location wise it's a short drive to the nearest village with half a dozen superb family friendly beaches and many restaurants all within 10-20 minute drive. We especially liked the French Arabic place on Stavros beach. In short, our holiday was perfect and we wouldn't hesitate to go back.

    Villa Eleni

    Claire D

  • Review 41 of 56 reviews

    It's more beautifull than seen in the pictures...

    We had such a great time. The villa is situated at a convenient location to go to Chania or the several beautiful beaches on the peninsula.Also the airport is nearby which saves a lot of travelling time.There are a lot of taverns and restaurants in the area but you do need a car to go there.We’ve rented a car for the whole holiday which is necessary.As far as the villa is concerned, everything you need is available in the villa. The kitchen is well equipped. The villas are very very clean and well maintained as wel as the garden and BBQ area.When we arrived there were already some things in the fridge like wine, few bears and soft drinks to get your holiday started . Things like salt, al kind of herbs, sugar, thee where also there. Even tablets for the dishwasher and detergent for the laundry (even though we had these thing with us).There is a bluetooth speaker in the villa that I used with my iPhone to listen to Spotify.Beach towels are already there which is also nice.Even though there are 3 villa’s, you have a lot of privacy because of the way the villas are situated and also because of the beautiful garden.The pool area is big enough for the 3 villa’s.The pool also.As far as Tom and Claire is concerned…..they are such nice people.Always concerned if you need something like clean towels or any information about the area.Tom even offered to drive us around to some nice beaches in the area. Because we went home late in the evening we still had a whole day but they arranged for us to freshen up at an apartment they had available in the village.Thank you for that, Tom and Claire.I am sure we will go back there.Maybe even next year.

    Villa Eleni

    Ron B

  • Review 42 of 56 reviews

    Absolutely lovely, a perfect holiday!

    Tom and Claire have created the perfect place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The setting and gardens are a testiment to all their hard work and there was nothing that was too much trouble. The house was spotless with everything that you need, the pool was beautiful (a little chilly at this time of year but our 12 year old didn't seem to mind) and the village is an easy 15 minute stroll with lovely tavernas, supermarket and pharmacy. Great beaches only a few minutes drive away. Tom even took the time to take us on a tour of the best places to go. Lovely people, great house in a great location. We will definately be going back. Thank you for a brilliant holiday.

    Villa Eleni

    The Wilson family

  • Review 43 of 56 reviews

    September family holidays

    We rented Villa Irini for a week in September and had a fabulous experience. The communication with Claire & Tom before we arrived was excellent and Tom was kindly waiting for us at the airport to guide us to the villa. The place was impeccable, very well equipped and perfect location to reach Stavros(5 minutes away) or Marathi(20 min drive) beaches! The house had everything you might need, the gardens are very beautiful and the swimming pool offers the possibility to stay in and still enjoy the sun! The Villa is fab place for families and very children friendly. We will definitely stay here again and recommend this place!

    Villa Irini

    Flavia Palacios

  • Review 44 of 56 reviews

    A beautiful chill out

    What a find!! We stayed here for a week with our son and his friend (15 yr olds). Really well equipped villa, a real home from home. We had a car, which we only used to pop to the supermarket and to eat in the evenings - the pool area was too inviting for us to leave and absolutely spotless. We ate at Boys, Ramblers, Sunset - all very good value and lovely food(burgers, steaks, moussaka, tuna fish). It is a little walk to the tavernas(about 20 mins) so we used the car. Twice we used the great barbecue area but to be honest by the time you buy the meat you might as well eat out (very reasonable). Some lovely little beaches dotted around -so chilled! Tom and Claire are lovely and really go out of their way to make sure everything is good for you:) We are planning to return next year handbook the 3 villas so that we can take the family and have the place to ourselves. It was very hot the week we were there so we didn't venture too far but we will probably go back, just the 2 of us, and do some walking. I have nothing negative to say as we just loved it! Thank you Tom and Claire!

    Villa Maria

    Anonymous

  • Review 45 of 56 reviews

    Fantastic Family Property

    We had a fantastic stay at Olive Grove Villas (2 adults, 2 children aged 2 and 4 and my parents - in a separate property), the property is very peaceful in a lovely setting. The villas themselves are very well clean and very well equipped with everything you may ever need. Provision of beach towels was also a bonus. Tom and Claire couldn't have been more helpful, showing us around and even coming to the rescue one night when we managed to lock ourselves out!

    Villa Irini

    Anonymous

  • Review 46 of 56 reviews

    Had a fantastic time!

    My wife and I had a great holiday. The villa and grounds are immaculate with much care and attention given to even the small details so you don't have to worry. There is a choice of beautiful beaches in very close proximity and with Chania on your doorstep you are spoiled for choice. We'll be back next year (again!!). Thank you Claire and Tom.

    Villa Maria

    John W

  • Review 47 of 56 reviews

    exceeded all expectations!

    I've stayed in Crete about 8 times over the last 25 years and absolutely love the island! These villas by far surpass anywhere we've ever stayed before - they are wonderful. They are spotless, well equipped (you could happily live in them!), and thoughtfuly planned. The owners (Claire and Tom) are two of the lovliest people you could ever wish to meet, and, perhaps more importantly, put their heart and soul into looking after the villas and their guests. The website and photos don't do the place justice! Before arriving, Claire was so fast to respond to any questions we had that I sometimes felt rude for not acknowledging her replies quickly enough!She is completely 'down to earth' and very practical in all of her replies - very impressive and trustworthy. (I mention this because we were a bit nervous about booking through homeaway!No need for it on this occasion!) Tom met us at the airport and within 20 minutes of arriving at the villa our car had arrived. Next day he gave us a quick tour of the area and pointed out some of the best places to eat etc. They are a fantastic team, and are always nearby, but never intrusive! OK, so the actual holiday: the villa was a fantastic base, the pool area is lovely and has lots of room and beds(plus spare beds that you can take to the beach), also lilos and toys for children.The garden around the pool and villas is stunning.Horafakia is a perfect greek village - with a really decent mini market, a couple of lovely tavernas and a fantastic 'sports bar'(we saw Burnley get promoted to the PL when we were here!) which serves the best steaks ever!The wifi is also really good - we regularly listened to radio 2 while lying by the pool!There are lovely beaches close by(kalathas was our fave - clear sea, sand and the best beach taverna ever - try the baked lamb!).Chania, possibly my fave city in the world, is only a short drive (and Tom will tell you the best place to park!). I've waffled on too much! All I can say is we can't wait to come back!And now I'm scared that it'll be booked up!Perhaps I should have kept quiet!I can honestly say that as long as you don't mind driving, you won't be disappointed.Prepare for a fantastic holiday!

    Villa Maria

    Susan M

  • Review 48 of 56 reviews

    Clean, comfortable, relaxing.

    This was the second time my partner & I have stayed here. The property's are like home from home and very comfortable and clean. Pool lovely & well maintained. Gardens are very pretty. And owners welcoming & friendly. We would opt to stay here again as the area is nice and authentic too with good eateries in the village, safe beaches nearby, a short distance from Chania airport which is handy and friendly locals. We have been visiting Crete for 12 years and have stayed all over the island from Sitia to Paleochora and this is one of the best value for money places we have found especially considering the facilities on offer like a washing machine and dishwasher - which was handy for us as we were on a two centre trip and so were able to do some washing before we moved on. The owners work hard to make sure you are looked after and are able to offer to good advice if needed - like telling me where the dentist was when I chipped a filling! I only hope they don't get booked up too quick next year as we'd like to go back again. We particularly liked Boys grill taverna in the village which was about a 5 min drive or a 20 min walk via the back lane - the locals there made us very welcome and the owner insisted on plying us with wine...We Love Crete!

    Villa Irini

    Anonymous

  • Review 49 of 56 reviews

    a wonderful and relaxing week.

    We stayed for a week at Claire and Tom's house with our two teenage daughters and we had a lovely time. This is a perfect place to stay when you want to relax and visit the western part of Crete: the house is comfortable and very well equipped, the pool is large enough to share with the other neighbours and we particularly appreciated the 'barbecue corner' where we spent lovely and peaceful evenings. Claire and Tom are very helpful, it's very thoughtful of them to put some food in the fridge for the first meal and to organise a tour of the best beaches and tavernas. The house is located 15km from Chania which is a very nice little town. Thank you again to Claire and Tom.

    Villa Eleni

    Francoise

  • Review 50 of 56 reviews

    Super Fewo

    Wir waren vom 24.05. bis 31.05. zu Gast bei Tom und Claire. Super Ferienhaus. Tolle Ausstattung. Sehr guter Service von Tom und Claire. Toller Pool, perfekter Grill. Wir haben uns rundum Wohlgefühlt. Eines der besten Ferienhäuser, welches wir in den letzten 10 Jahren gemietet haben.

    Villa Irini

    Holger and Eva

  • Review 51 of 56 reviews

    Gorgeous Villa

    Our holiday in Villa Maria will go in our memory bank as one of our favourites and that is in the main because of the gorgeous villa, pool and gardens which look exactly as the photos if not better. My daughter woke up the first morning, looked out and said I think I've woken up in paradise! Our children had hours of fun in the lovely pool. The villa itself was so clean and well equipped that I can't think of anything extra that we could have wanted. Thank you to the lovely Clare and Tom for a fabulous family holiday! And hopefully see you again next year.

    Villa Maria

    Jane D

  • Review 52 of 56 reviews

    Fabulous holiday - a true get away from it all.

    Accommodation was great, no detail overlooked, owners Tom and Clare available for advice and restaurant recommendations without being intrusive. Loved Melikas restaurant! Definitely up for a return visit!

    Villa Maria

    Jane Gillbard

  • Review 53 of 56 reviews

    Couldn't Be Better!

    My husband, daughter and I spent 10 days in Villa Maria in July 14 and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The setting is lovely, with 3 villas facing a shared pool and 2 barbeque areas set amongst delightful landscaped gardens. The villa was fresh, modern and extremely well stocked with condiments, as well as staples such as bread, milk and cereal, so that our first day's breakfast was waiting for us when we arrived. But our strongest recommendation is for the hosts, Tom and Claire, who were extremely warm, friendly and welcoming. Tom met us at the airport at 10 p.m. having previously arranged car hire for us. The next morning he took us for a 1-hour drive around the area to help us get our bearings and to point out some good beaches, restaurants and amenities. Tom and Claire obviously put a lot of effort into ensuring that their guests have an enjoyable holiday, and this was very much appreciated.

    Villa Maria

    Siobhan M

  • Review 54 of 56 reviews

    Superb accommodation in a beautiful location

    I was wary booking independently but was delighted to meet Tom at the airport waiting for us. Everything they say on the web site is exactly what you find. Immaculately presented accommodation set in beautifully kept gardens. Tom and Claire are always on hand with helpful advice. They take such pride in their property and can't do enough for you. I was concerned as I have dietary requirements being gluten and dairy intolerant, Claire bought me gluten free bread and was able to direct me to the nearest supermarket where I was able to get everything I needed. The villa was absolutely immaculate and well equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. Claire really does think of everything! The pool is lovely and clean and the perfect size. Fantastic value for a wonderful holiday set in a lovely village, close to all amenities. We'll be booking again for next year!

    Villa Maria

    Caron T

  • Review 55 of 56 reviews

    Fabulous Holiday

    We had a fabulous family holiday at Villa Eleni. The villa was immaculately clean and well equipped, set in beautiful gardens with pool which we could not keep the boys (aged 10 and 6) out of . Tom met us at the airport to guide us to the villa and returned the next day to give us a tour of the local area which was much appreciated. We enjoyed meals at Irenes, Ramblers, Sunset Taverna, Sunset Café and Boys all of who provided large portions for very reasonable prices.We visited Rethymno and Chania, and can recommend a trip to the Botanical gardens of Crete for a lovely shaded walk, complete with meal on the terrace afterwards from produce picked in the gardens. Tom and Claire have created a real jewel and we are already talking about a return trip.

    Villa Eleni

    Clair R

  • Review 56 of 56 reviews

    1st class Villas for relaxed vacation

    We travelled as a family (2 adults, 3 children) with Ryanair to Chania. We looked for a place where it was easy to come to the beach, but there should also be the opportunity for some sightseeing and see a little bit of Cretan nature and culture. The Villa fit perfectly for us, it had a lot of space for the five of us.All furniture and other items in the house were high - quality and everything was spotless clean.The owner had set a nice starter - kit(bread, butter, jam, water, wine, fruits,...) into the fridge, that was very nice after a long flight and arrival at 23:50 p.m.Thank you very much, Tom and Claire! The village of Chorafakia is located north for the city of Chania and close to at least 4 beautiful beaches.The owner had hired a car from the local bureau for us, and it was very easy to come around.There are 3 villas in the property, they are located close to each other, but not too close.We nearly didn't recognize that there were other guests in the other two villas. A beautyfull garden with olive-trees, wine and a lot of cretan flowers makes the property very green and pleasant looking and smelling. The swimming pool was a big attraction for our kids and us, it was very clean and warm. On our first day the owner showed us around the local beaches, restaurants and shops, and we really appreciated that, it saved us for at lot of time the next days. We would definately come back to this place, I think it is hard to find a better place for us on Crete.We truelly recommend this place.

    Villa Irini

    Jan V

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