Entire home/flat

5 guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/flat

5 guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

"Village house on panoramic terrace with Pool"

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Doorman


Extra people: No Charge
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The space

Leaving Chania behind and setting off on the road towards the Omalos plateau you soon pass beyond the orange groves and with the White Mountains ahead, take the turning upwards from the village of Fournes following signs to the Therisso Gorge (several tavernas and an interesting little museum). The green mountainsides ahead will already begin to cast their spell as the road follows the valley. Slowly gaining height all the way until you reach the lovely village of Meskla where, in the whole of Crete, it would be difficult to find views that would better those found at journeys end (of only 25 mins in real terms) and the entrance to this lovely recently finished Villa and its blue, salt water, pool.

Set on the hillside and looking down over the roofs of the village below the villa has been designed in a topsy-turvy way which makes perfect sense, with the living area and its balcony with unsurpassed views on the first floor. On the ground floor there’s a twin and single bedroom which share a bathroom whilst the master double bedroom has a small ensuite shower and W.C. All three bedrooms each have a small balcony to step onto and take in the views.

Back to first floor level, the spacious open plan living area is decorated in typical Cretan style with sofas arranged around an open fireplace and TV and a kitchen fitted with all modern facilities at one end. Three sets of French doors connect the living area with the balcony which runs the full length of the first floor. Outstanding views constantly change as the sun moves across the valley and eventually dips, as lights are simultaneously flicked on in homes on the hillsides opposite and stars appear in the night sky.

Outside, a lovely shady patio is furnished for dining, conveniently close to the BBQ area and the lovely salt water pool set amongst sun terraces will be particularly refreshing after a day spent exploring the Cretan countryside.

NB Air-Conditioning In living area only

The village taverna, down by a dry riverbed and shaded from the baking sun by tall leafy trees is a relatively simple affair, with nevertheless a good choice of grilled meats and of course, whatever has been cooked in the pot that day. Sitting under the shade of the trees and soaking up the slower pace of life, it’s easy to feel like part of the village and in no time you’ll probably wish you could stay forever and join the growing numbers of expats who have made their home in this ‘away from it all’ village, that’s still only 20 minutes from the north coast.

Essential Information
Sleeps (Max)5
Shower Rooms3
Maid ServiceIncluded
PoolPrivate 4 x 3
Floor Area m²95

Booking Information
Check-InAny day (after 16:00)
Check-OutAny day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay5 nights

Local Facilities
Beach17 km
Mini Market4,5 km

Distances from Airport/Port
Chania37 km
Ferry Port Souda25 km
Heraklion157 km

Villa Equipment
Local TV
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Cooking Utensils

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

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.

The neighbourhood

Meskla, Crete

Just 25mins drive inland from Chania, this lovely mountainous village follows the river flowing between dramatically rising hills. Part of the village is on the hillside whilst the centre has a lovely taverna, cafe and beautiful twin tower church.

From Meskla it is easy to go further inland towards the picturesque villages of Zourva and Therisso. whilst in the other direction head towards Fournes which is known for its orange groves.

A few houses are dotted along the hillside above the centre of the village and the olive groves terrace down its sides.

Getting around

Chani 37 km
Ferry Port Souda25 km
Heraklio157 km

Other things to note

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.

NB Air-Conditioning In living area only


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

5 nights minimum stay

4 Reviews

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Emma User Profile
September 2015
The team ensured that booking and arrival at the villa was smooth and easy. We appreciated the excellent detiled directions for travel from the airport and a necessary and welcome tip about stopping at a supermarket on route! Diane, the local rep was swift to help us find a local dive centre and to help when we needed the safe unlocked - thanks! The accommodation was great, exactly as described. In particular the pool was lovely, no nasty chlorine and a fabulous view. The villa is within a small hill village with friendly locals and a good taverna within walking distance. We had a lovely, relaxing holiday and would happily recommend the villa to others.

Kati User Profile
June 2015
We had the most wonderful, peaceful, relaxing holiday. The house was the perfect location for us to retreat for a week. We really enjoyed the view and the pool. The village and the villagers were also wonderful and very welcoming. Top tip, get a car with a slightly higher ground clearance you need it a little for the steep drive up and down to the house. Also, ensure you do your shopping on the way in or have groceries pre-ordered - there is little to nothing available in the village shops. We will definitely come back :)

Dan User Profile
May 2015
A really lovely villa in a peaceful spot overlooking the valley and mountains. Chania is just 20mins drive (local shops closer) while there are a whole host of beaches within car exploring distance. If you feel you need move away from the pool and hammock!
The Freelance-Holidays Team User Profile
Response from The Freelance-Holidays Team:
Hi Dan, Thanks for your kind comments, glad to read you all had a great time in Villa Meskla and you managed to get prise yourselves away from the pool. Hope to see you all again in the future ! Thanks Dan Paul
May 2015

Marie User Profile
August 2015
L'équipe de Freelance et les correspondants sur place se se sont montrés très disponibles tant avant que pendant notre séjour. le logement correspondait aux photos et aux explications. Nous sommes très satisfaits de notre séjour dans cette région superbe. Le logement se situe dans les montagnes ce qui permet de s'éloigner de la ville de Chania tout en pouvant s'y rendre assez rapidement (20-30 mn), ce qui est agreable. La route pour accéder à la maison est relativement difficile, une voiture 4x4 aurait été plus adéquat. La maison et la piscine conviennent pour 5 personnes. La piscine n'est pas très profonde (1,60 m de profondeur au maximum). La maison est très propre et bien entretenue. Les propriétaires sont des crétois accueillants qui prennent soin de leur maison. Il y a deux salle d'eau, la seconde, plus petite est assez exiguë. Nous recommandons vraiment ce logement pour qui souhaite explorer l'ouest de la Crête en profitant de l'air des montagnes

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The Freelance-Holidays Team User Profile

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

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