This property is an exceptionally beautiful, individually designed villa. It is constructed to a high standard in a marvellous location overlooking the village of Gavalochori. The villa has views of the White Mountains to the west and to the north the view reaches beyond the village below to Souda Bay and the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by outstanding gardens and many terraces; each room has its own terrace whose privacy is assured by its orientation and garden vegetation. The villa has a large swimming pool and luxury interior, this property is truly beautiful and perfect for a serene life in Crete.
INTERIOR – As you enter the villa at the ground floor you are not only welcomed by the huge lounge but your view is directly taken out to the covered veranda from where you have the most beautiful view of the sea. The lounge with its high ceiling and large glass front that can open up to double the size for those special occasions is the heart of the villa. At the right hand side you have the spacious fully fitted kitchen. In addition to this, there is a good size storage pantry that also houses the washing machine and tumble drier.
Next to the kitchen is the lift shaft connecting all three levels. The lift shaft has purpose built in lift doors on each level and is wired ready to take a lift should this be desired; currently used as storage. Beyond this are the marble staircases to the other floors. To the left hand side of the lounge there are two good sized double bedrooms and a separate bathroom with walk-in rain shower, basin and toilet.
Following the stairs up to the first floor you reach the opulent en-suite master bedroom with its wooden vaulted ceiling and views across Souda Bay to the Akrotiri peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea.
This is not just a bedroom but a place to relax with a book or chill out on one of the three private balconies to the north, east or west of the bedroom.
The bathroom has a warm atmosphere and a feeling of luxury. It has a classic style basin, a double walk-in shower, double bath with a picture window designed to allow you to take in the view while you bathe, a tiled make-up table to one side of the bath and a step leading up to an easy access seat on the other.
The lift shaft extends to the master bedroom and is used as storage.
Finally the basement comprises large garage, large storage, boiler room, study with French Doors leading to its own private court yard, its glass fronted fireplace for relaxing winter days and a shower room. As for the other floors the study has an own private court yard which can also be accessed via external stairs from the garden area and French Double Doors. There is ample sun light due to well placed windows and doors and this might also be used as a self contained unit if desired.
The preparations for the elevator to every floor in addition to the wide door openings and smooth floors, makes this a luxury villa that is also convenient for those who may have special mobility needs.
EXTERIOR – As for the exterior, here too the design is both practical and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. You overlook the mountains and the sea of Souda Bay and across the Akrotiri peninsula. Each evening you will experience a beautiful sunset as darkness falls you can watch the play of lights on the waters of Souda Bay and the stars in the night.
At the upper level the Electrically Operated Entrance Gates leads to an extensive driveway leading to the Main entrance of the villa with the garage beyond with its electrically operated door. Next to the garage there is a double pergola covered car port and the 100 foot driveway means there are parking spaces for many cars. Mature plants and trees offer shade and the greenery enhances the whole area.
From the covered terrace of the lounge the land to the right and left of the garden staircase, falls away in a series of terraces like a crinoline skirt with an array of mature plants and trees in each one with the view of the pool Pergola, lounge and kitchen below.
As you reach the bottom you will see the beautiful pool area with its kidney-shaped swimming pool, and stone laid extensive sun terrace and 100sqm pergola, with BBQ area and much more. You will smell the lavender and your eye will be drawn to the flower beds, with their display of colour and central palm trees offering shade while you relax at the poolside.
An Italian renaissance fountain provides a gentle background of trickling water and is lit at night complimenting the pool area.
Beyond the pool area there is a vegetable garden and orchard with many fruit trees including; Orange, lemon, lime, pomegranate, apple, apricot, peach, nectarine, cumquat, fig, plum and more; all are serviced by an automatic irrigation system.
A unique design feature of the house and garden is that from each of the basement and ground floor terraces paths curl through the gardens leading towards the pool area and to romantically hidden spots.
The Villa is situated in a peaceful location yet close to all kinds of facilities. It is set on a hillside between the traditional and picturesque villages of Vamos 1.5km and Gavalochori 1.5km and enjoys beautiful views in all directions.
Gavalochori is a large old village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. In this officially protected, traditional village a lot of interesting buildings can be found, such as the 18th century two-roomed, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school and many residences. Visitors can also find the unique folklore museum of the prefecture of Chania, organized by the Ministry of Culture, filled with a wealth of displays of folk life. The landscape around the village still has its natural beauty. With the charm of a traditional Cretan village, interesting attractions and the close proximity to the beaches at Almeryda, this village is the perfect place for holiday and permanent living.
The village of Vamos is a charming traditional village set in the countryside, between the towns of Chania and Rethymno, in the beautiful rolling foothills of the White Mountains and only a short distance from the northern Cretan sea, with panoramic country views. It is a village untouched by time where small white washed cobbled streets lead to hidden taverns, where the locals are friendly and welcoming. Located 30km East of Chania with links to the main roads and airport and offering a 24hour health centre, local school, post office, banking facilities and supermarket, Vamos is a desirable country village popular with those looking to live with the locals.