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Villa Galania, Armenoi, Crete - 134

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2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
4 guests
5 nights minimum
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Villa Galania, Armeni, Crete *** Featured in Sunday Times Europe`s 100 Sexiest Summer Villas *** Set on a small hill above the village of Armeni but only 800 metres from the village square, Villa Galania is ideally placed to enjoy the rural idyll whilst still being within reasonable walking distance of local shops and tavernas and just ten minutes by car from the sandy beaches of Kalives. Parking the car for the first time and then walking up past a small copse of Holme Oak trees where a hammock has been slung and around the corner of the villa, it is easy to imagine you have stepped into a page of Harper's Bazaar or Vogue The pale pastel rose facade of the villa and beautiful pool at one with the serenely peaceful backdrop of rural Crete and the White Mountains which may still have sno...Villa Galania, Armeni, Crete *** Featured in Sunday Times Europe`s 100 Sexiest Summer Villas *** Set on a small hill above the village of Armeni but only 800 metres from the village square, Villa Galania is ideally placed to enjoy the rural idyll whilst still being within reasonable walking distance of local shops and tavernas and just ten minutes by car from the sandy beaches of Kalives. Parking the car for the first time and then walking up past a small copse of Holme Oak trees where a hammock has been slung and around the corner of the villa, it is easy to imagine you have stepped into a page of Harper's Bazaar or Vogue The pale pastel rose facade of the villa and beautiful pool at one with the serenely peaceful backdrop of rural Crete and the White Mountains which may still have snow during Easter Holidays in Crete. The young owners of Villa Galania have created a very atmospheric period style property with the skillful use of simple local materials. Covered balconies and terraces provide shade and respite from the heat of the sun, whilst the villas stone faced doorways and rough hewn timbered ceilings add an authentic touch of the past. Despite the historic Crete flavour, Villa Galania is furnished and equipped to a very high standard and the owners really have ticked all the boxes down to the smallest detail. Outside around the 9m x 4m pool and adjoining children`s pool, there`s a huge amount of living space including a smart alfresco cover dining area, a lounge area, a table soccer, plus a rusticated covered barbecue complete with Cretan oven and a small fridge for drinks. To one side there`s a large area of lawn and in the shade of the Holme Oaks is a well stocked herb garden with the folk song classics of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme as well marjoram, mint and a number of other local herbs that Kleanthi uses for brewing tea. Two covered terraces extend the length of the Villa overlooking the pool. The ground floor is open plan with warm terracotta style tiled floors throughout decorated with interesting rural artifacts and attractive wall hangings. To one side is a dining area with table and chairs and beyond is the small well equipped kitchen, with a very large fridge freezer full oven with ceramic hobs and a dishwasher plus a kitchen sink with the bonus of lovely rural views towards the mountains.At first floor level and reached by a wooden staircase is one twin bedroom (A/C)with en-suite shower room and the slightly extravagant master bedroom with double bed (A/C), lovely stone fireplace and en-suite bathroom with a lavish corner bath to languish in. Both bedrooms have warm and tactile wood floors and french doors opening out onto covered balconies overlooking the pool and with views towards the mountains.From the landing at the top of the stairs a few steps lead up to a tiny gallery with a desk and chair. Off the living area at ground floor level of the villa is a further guest shower room where there is also a washing machine. The villa also has a TV with DVD player and a portable CD player. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: EOTΜΗΤΕ1042Κ91003008401More
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Freelance Holidays - Villa Rentals Since 1984 - ABTA MEMBER Y1824 (Property Manager Freelance Holiday Villas)
Languages spoken:German, English, Italian
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2007
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a beautiful villa in a stunning location. We do have very high standards for our accommodation and always spend a long time choosing the perfect villa - and this really was just that! It is even better than the photographs show. The villa...More

Date of stay: September 2016
Thank pinkyd
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

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Date of stay: June 2013
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

Villa Galania is luxurious accommodation offering magnificent views of the snow capped hills (we visited in April) and countryside. It is situated 600m from a lovely little village (Armenoi) complete with mini market, bakery (must try their ham and cheese pie) delicatessen and several tavernas....More

Date of stay: April 2013
Thank Choppah67
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Bristol, United Kingdom
31
Reviewed 12 June 2012

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Date of stay: May 2012
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Housekeeping Included
Highchair
Safe
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
Water Park Nearby
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Fireplace
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Although the villa was only recently completed the young owners have created a very atmospheric period style property with the skillful use of simple local materials. Covered balconies and terraces provide shade and succour from the heat of the sun, whilst the villas stone faced doorways and rough hewn timbered ceilings add an authentic touch of the past. Despite the historic Crete flavour, Villa Galania is furnished and equipped to a very high standard and the owners really have ticked all the boxes down to the smallest detail.Outside around the 9m x 4m pool and adjoining children pool, there's a huge amount of living space including a smart alfresco cover dining area, a lounge area, a table soccer, plus a rusticated covered barbecue complete with Cretan oven and a small fridge for drinks, as well as a big string of crisp red onions hanging from a nail; there may even be some left as we only pinched a couple! To one side there & a large area of lawn and in the shade of the Holme Oaks is a well stocked herb garden with the folk song classics of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme as well marjoram, mint and a number of other local herbs that Kleanthi uses for brewing tea. Two covered terraces extend the length of the Villa overlooking the pool and inside the ground floor is open plan with warm terracotta style tiled floors throughout. The living area decorated with interesting rural artefacts and attractive wall hangings is very appealing and has two sofas and large coffee table grouped in front of an open fireplace, To one side is a dining area with table and chairs and beyond here is the small well equipped kitchen, with a very large fridge freezer full oven with ceramic hobs and a dishwasher plus a kitchen sink with the bonus of lovely rural views towards the mountains.At first floor level and reached by a wooden staircase is one twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and the slightly extravagant master bedroom with double bed, lovely stone fireplace and en-suite bathroom with a lavish corner bath to languish in. Both bedrooms have warm and tactile wood floors and french doors opening out onto covered balconies overlooking the pool and with views towards the mountains.From the landing at the top of the stairs a few steps lead up to a tiny gallery with a desk and chair. Off the living area at ground floor level of the villa is a further guest shower room where there is also a washing machine. The villa also has a TV with DVD player and a portable CD player.
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About the neighbourhood
Something of a foodies paradise, the village of Armeni is notable for its large shady plain trees lining the main street where you will find a choice of simple cafeneons and three excellent tavernas. There is also a small mini -market and amazingly, a well stocked delicatessen with wonderful local cheeses, yoghurt and charcuterie as well as a large choice of frozen fish! Of a morning, fresh bread is delivered to the cafeneon on the small triangular central square, you`ll see what we mean!Kalives village (just 5min drive away) is still very much a Greek village that has taken tourism in its stride and the bustling main street reflects the status quo with local shops, mini markets, tavernas and cafes happily doing business with all and sundry.
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