Villa with panoramic views of West Crete
Set in peace and tranquillity amidst wild and unspoilt Cretan landscape, this is a luxury villa with spectacular, commanding panoramic views of West Crete.
With a unique location on a hilltop in a traditional village in the foothills of the White Mountains of Crete, this modern villa commands spectacular panoramic views. Encompassing the mountains, the Mediterranean Sea and the entire Apokoronas plain, they stretch as far as Mount Psiloritis the highest point in the island. Surrounded by two gorges this property offers complete privacy and the rare advantage of views that cannot be obstructed. Yet it is only 50 mins from Chania airport and 35 min from Chania. The seaside town of Kalyves with sandy beaches, a variety of shops, bars and tavernas is only 12 km away.
The accommodation is on three levels each capable of being a self-contained apartment. On the middle floor is an open plan living area of over 76 m2 with a large awning covered balcony overlooking the Apokoronas plain and the White Mountains. The spacious dining area is enclosed by 4 stone camara arches, 2 opening out onto terraces in the garden. Thru a third arch is the large fully equipped central aisle kitchen with adjacent utility room. Completing this floor is a master bedroom suite with double aspect terrace with views of the sea, a walk-in wardrobe and luxury “his n hers” bathroom. On the upper floor the rooftop apartment has terraces facing east, west and south and comprises two ensuite bedrooms and kitchenette. On the basement level is a single bedroom apartment with shower room and a fully equipped kitchen. On the same floor opening out with concertina doors to the pool terrace is a large rec room/office.
This environmentally friendly villa was constructed by a reputable local builder to the highest standards with exceptional attention to detail. Walls, floors and ceilings are all insulated against the heat in summer and the cold in winter. Zonally controlled central heating is provided by a condensing oil-fired boiler in winter, whilst in summer energy efficient inverter air conditioners are available to cool the spaces if necessary. The large aluminium concertina doors and windows are double glazed with thermal break frames. A pergola mounted 24 panel photovoltaic systems provides for all the electricity consumption. Highspeed internet is available throughout the house and garden. There is building permission for the development of a picturesque 150 years old ruin and a further 240 m2 on the plot.
The large 12 x 5 m swimming pool set in extensive Mediterranean gardens offers privacy and views of the mountains. There are many shaded sitting areas to enjoy the views and the peace and tranquillity of the unspoilt nature and Cretan rural environment. The mountain climate with its cooling breezes and drier air makes the hot summer temperatures agreeable in contrast to the hotter and more humid coastal climate. Extensive automated watering systems look after the plants in the garden without wasting water and there are raised beds for the cultivation of vegetables.
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, the remnants of brilliant civilizations meet the island’s rich gastronomic culture with a background of glorious beaches, impressive mountains capes, fertile valleys and steep gorges.
Set in the Apokoronas, an area with an expat community which has created an economy which provides all the necessary services and products, it combines peace and solitude with ready access to shops, beaches and local amenities. There is a thriving arts group which offers talks, music, drama and film productions.
Although away from it all, and very much off the beaten track, the house is but a few minutes’ walk from a renowned taverna, and only 7 km from the nearest shops, and 25 mins from beaches and the coast. In around 45 min you can be sitting around the iconic harbour in Chania, exploring the Venetian Fortezza in Rethymnon, or flying away from Chania airport. There is a vibrant local cultural scene in Chania, with bars and restaurants open all year round, a thriving jazz scene and local festivals of Cretan traditional music and dance. A wide range of shops and supermarkets offer all modern amenities, whilst local farmers markets sell a wide range of tempting fresh local produce.
25 min from beaches
7 km from shops
40 min from Chania
45 min from Chania airport
50 min from Rethymnon town