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On Top of the World! -tranquility, panoramic views

On Top of the World: See yourself here, relaxing poolside?
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On Top of the World: See yourself here, relaxing poolside?
Living room with wide open concertina doors The whole top floor is yours - elegant, cool and luxurious
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On Top of the World: See yourself here, relaxing poolside?
Living room with wide open concertina doors
The whole top floor is yours - elegant, cool and luxurious
Tremendous views of the White Mountains from your roof terrace, amidst the bourgainvillea
Panokosmos - the house on the hill
The pool is set in spacious gardens with plenty of shade and sitting areas
In amongst the foliage...
...Are secret corners where you can enjoy our special breakfasts (optional extra)
Renowned for our breakfast fruit platters!
We are passionate foodies - here making the handcrafted fresh ground coffee
Waffles are a special favorite - ask us about breakfast as an extra
We serve breakfasts around the garden and pool
With our breakfasts you can stay in bed a little longer - to look out onto the mountains
Or laze out in morning sunshine with views of the Apokoronas
Try the retro deckchairs on the pool terrace, with views of the White Mountains
Chill out in the sunshine
The west bedroom has concertina doors to a sunny terrace, shaded with a pergola
Maybe backgammon in bed?
Later on, a glass of wine? or sweet, sweet Cretan oranges
For 4 guests, there's a double sofa bed in the living room
Candle lit romance in the apartment...
...or a meal served to you on our balcony overlooking pool and wild Cretan scenery
Poolside with the house in the background
...or next to the old ruin in our Fountain square,...
...lovely and shady in the morning...
...you'll be able to enjoy nature
Sit with the mountains behind you, and with views from your bed to Mt Psiloritis!
Take a stroll in the gardens, with views of the sea,...
and the mountains
Sit out on the East terrace to watch the sun rise
Cosy up on the roof terrace for a quiet coffee
There's a stylish kitchen
With tiles inspired by the Spanish artist, Gaudi
Kitchen has a hob, m/wave and fridge
All you need to cook and prepare drinks - and a view of the hills too!
Luxury ensuite shower rooms for each bedroom
Elegant linens and lots of towels, extra for pool and beach
Our guests love to watch the sunset from outside their room
Before coming down for an intimate dinner on the edge of the pool
And finishing with a digestif on the balcony
We aim to give you a very special time!
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Chania Prefecture, Crete
In the rooftop apartment, high in the foothills of the White Mountains you will feel "on top of the world". Lie in bed, gaze thru wide open concertina doors at views of towering mountains, deep gorges slicing thru Mediterranean landscapes, rural villages nestling under the mountains. You have huge terraces with lots of seating options to choose from - the sea, nearby Samonas village, the wild and barren White Mountains. Surrounded by pots of bourgainvillea, geraniums and olives, you can listen to the flocks of sheep, bells tinkling, meandering up the hillside opposite, watch eagles circle lazily over the gorge, or scent jasmine on the clear mountain air.

The Apartment has its own independent access, and comprises the entire upper floor of Panokosmos - two rooms with a large roof terrace with panoramic views. A bedroom with doub...
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About the Owner, John F
Languages spoken: German, English, French, Dutch
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 4 days ago
Listed since : Mar 2013
Overall rating: 4.9 / 5.0
Based on 14 reviews and 6 properties
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Listing #HL458149 by: Holiday Lettings
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English first
Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had an incredible stay at the "On Top of the World". We travelled 4 people (two couples in the early 30's) and rented the top villa for one week. The location in the moutains is truly exceptionnal and John and Jasmine run this property with passion and it shows. Everything is very well kept, and on top of it...

Management response:

Thanks very much for this review and the constructive input which we do take on board. Point by point: Great that you enjoyed our food – it may seem expensive by Cretan (but not Northern European) standards, but we take a great deal of time and effort to prepare very special meals, using the best ingredients, tailor and serve them...


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Yuval, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Panokosmos is not for everybody. We wouldn't recommend it for families with small children or for people that need many attractions around them to keep them happy. But, if you want to spend a few days in a real authentic place, far away from the crowded touristic areas, up in the mountains with lots of fresh air and amazing views,...

Management response:

It was great to have you here, and we both enjoyed our discussions. Our goal is to provide a place where guests can really take a break from busy lives, destress, and chill out. We are so glad that it helped you do this, and we look forward to seeing you again soon, work permitting!


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Bucharest, Romania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We traveled to Panokosmos in the summer fo 2013 Overall impression: What to expect in Chilimoudou: a really “away from it all” experience. If you have the patience and are open to non-standard tourism, you can discover lovely places such as local tavernas, small art & crafts workshops…and lots of others to make for a truly unique holiday that will...

Management response:

We are so glad that we were able to meet your likes/dislikes - it was good to be able to discuss this before you came. And its great that you had a good time - we certainly enjoyed looking after you, you were all so appreciative.


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (2)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Staffed Property
  • Stereo System
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
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The rooftop apartment is the top floor of the villa, which also has a further apartment for two on the floor below which may also be let out. The swimming pool is completely private and for guests sole use, as is access to the large garden and grounds.

The owners live in another small apartment in the basement, where they will keep the pool in tip top condition and maintain the extensive gardens. They will also be on hand for help and advice.
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How to get there
Airport: Chania Intl Airport: 40.0 km
Ferry: Souda: 30.0 km
When you've booked we'll send you detailed instructions to get here. It takes about 45 mins from Chania airport and about 2h from Heraklion.
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 13.0 km.
Nearby cities
Crete Villas (3,756)
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