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About this listing

Beautiful country villa with private garden and 8m x 4m swimming pool. Lovely sea views of the Kissamos bay. Just 9kms inland from Nopigia beach. Wonderful place to experience Cretan village life. Spacious living area with two bedrooms.

The space

This pretty village house sits on a hillside with beautiful views of green hillsides tumbling down in disorderly fashion to the azure sea in the bay of Kissamos. In contrast, the gardens in which the Villa sits is the undisputed domain of Kyriaki, mother of the owner who works away between bookings, imparting order to the tumbling flowers and shrubs, containing them behind neat stone walls or within terracotta pots; lawns are watered and neatly mown and errant olive trees spilling over from the neighbouring field have whitewashed neatly applied to their trunks.

Inside, the ground floor of Villa Kyriaki is open plan, subliminally divided by wide spanned mellow stone arches supporting the wood ceiling. There are four doors to the garden, one on each side of the Villa, so if there is a cooling breeze then you can’t help but catch it. The sitting area is comfortably furnished with a sofa and armchairs by a fireplace and a flat screen TV. There’s a table and chairs for dining although the great outdoors will be a draw, where you can dine on the shaded terrace.

The kitchen cupboards are of traditional dark wood but with a sleek up date and they're topped by a run of gleaming white marble work top. There is all the equipment needed for cooking holiday meals or preparing food to be grilled on the nearby barbeque.

The double and twin bedrooms on the first floor share a bathroom at this level and a shower room on the ground floor. They also share a terrace from where the views down to the sea and across to the old village of Tsikalaria are simply sublime.

Georgos, the young owner and a carpenter by trade has extended his signature work from indoors to out with a beautiful hammock built in the garden. Joining this handmade furniture is a swing seat, rattan sofa set and dining furniture and of course the beautiful 8m x 4m pool.

If you enjoy walking, head inland just 2kms to the cafe/taverna Rotonda. The owner, Stelios, is a cousin of Kyriaki and he will be pleased to give you directions for a 2 hour walk around the village of Kalathenes or if you are really keen the 5 hour circuit walk to Milia and back. At Rotonda, although the menu isn't huge, it is as fresh as it gets with crisp cucumber and juicy tomatoes picked straight from the garden below. The rear terrace has a lovely view of the surrounding area and its a cool spot to sip a glass of raki or two and exchange nods with the locals.

Essential Information
Sleeps (Max)4
Shower Rooms2
Maid ServiceIncluded
PoolPrivate 8 x 4
Floor Area m²114

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

Local Facilities
Mini Market9km

Distances from Airport/Port
Chania63kms, 1 hour drive
Ferry Port Heraklion181kms, 2,5 hours drive
Ferry Port Kissamos10kms, 18mins drive
Ferry Port Souda50kms, 50mins drive
Heraklion183kms, 2,5 hours drive

Villa Equipment
Local TV
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
WiFi Connection
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.

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. EOT MHTE (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
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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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

12 Reviews

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Raphael User Profile
June 2017
Kyriaki and the Freelance Holiday team were incredible hosts. Everything was well explained and clear about how to check in. Dianne also organised us a hire car after our booking fell through when we arrived in Chania. Once we were at the Villa, their hospitality was the best I have ever experienced on Airbnb. From local tips to Kyriaki bringing us over local Cretan food almost daily, they could not have made the holiday better! The Villa itself is secluded and beautiful. Surrounded by Olive trees and goats, the view out to the Ocean set the mood for what was a truly relaxing holiday. Both the inland and coastal towns are all easily a short drive away. We managed to find great places to eat in almost every village. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend staying at Villa Kyriaki.

Anja User Profile
May 2017
Vila Karyaki is beautiful, just like the pictures + view of the sea ! Highly recomend for quiet vacation in the middle of beautiful nature and close to beautiful beaches in lovely Crete.
The Freelance-Holidays Team User Profile
Response from The Freelance-Holidays Team:
Hi Anja, So pleased to read you enjoyed the villa and the great sea views!, sounds like you discovered all the nature and beaches Crete has to offer, we hope you are all able to return soon. Kind regards Paul Freelance Holidays
May 2017

Andres User Profile
October 2016
People who like privacy, plug off the wires (still there is good wifi) and just lik to do nothing in the mountains - this is for You. All the comfortable necessities are there - great kitchen with new kitchenware. Two toilets and bathrooms ne the house. Pool and chairs plus barbeque corner and freshness of the whole building. Pictures tell You the truth and if You dont mind driving a car to the shop and beach then You are in a great place. Thanks for offering places that are hidden gems from the crowd and still have the todays comfortness level in the house. Andres Torm

Rachel User Profile
August 2016
The villa is wonderful. It is exactly is depicted in the photos. It is located in a small and quiet village but yet not too far from nice places. There are some really little issues that can be fixed really easily and I am sure they will be. We enjoyed the place a lot, it is very special and authentic.

Anastasia User Profile
July 2016
This is a wonderful place to stay! The house is well appointed, there is everthing you need. The garden is so lovely with the pool area and the beautiful flowers and nice decoration. Waking up to that view is breathtaking!

The house is on a great location, close from a lot of interesting hikes, with great views on both the sea and the mountain. The house itself is very nice and comfortable. we could even enjoy the pool despite the early period of year. Kyriaky and her family is very welcoming and even gave us fresh products from her farm. Finally the instructions on how to get there and how to use the house were well done and useful... we had a great stay !
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Response from The Freelance-Holidays Team:
lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully you will book a Freelance Villa for your next holiday, Best wishes, Chris
April 2016

Sissel Astrid User Profile
October 2015
Beautiful villa in the hills near Chania. Warm and welcoming host family, lovely people, lovely place. Nice pool. Goats and sheeps next to you, plus lots of olive trees. Wonderful surroundings.

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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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