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.
This is a luxurious one of a kind villa set atop a foothill of the White Mountains. Built to a design concept based in the Minoan palaces of 4,000 years ago: “inside out, and outside in” enabling wonderful views from the inside, whilst outside terraces face each of the compass points so you can always find sunshine, shade or shelter. The villa is constructed to an exacting standard with pride by a renowned local builder using the best modern materials and the latest techniques and is luxuriously finished with quality fittings. The elegance and spaciousness of the interior, complements its exquisite secluded setting and unsurpassed views. Outside apart from the pool there are extensive terraces for sunbathing, shady hidden spots for contemplation and relaxation, and gardens to stroll in, bounded on two sides by perpendicular gorges with sheer drops of over 150 metres down to the famous Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos. Entering through the grand arched door is an entrance area with delightful mosaic tiled fountain. Leading off a spacious cool 26 m2 reception room opens out with concertina doors to the upper pool terrace. Also from the entrance area, up several steps, is a charming self-contained 30 m2 one bedroom apartment with ensuite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen. A charming shady north patio opens off the bedroom. A third door from the entrance area opens into the garage with an extended mezzanine storage level. The tiled stairs wind around the fountain to the main floor and on again to the rooftop apartment. The main floor is over 154 m2, comprising bedroom suite, living and dining area with kitchen and utility room. To the right from the entrance lobby, the bedroom suite has concertina doors onto a double aspect terrace with views of the Mediterranean sea, the Akrotiri peninsula, and the coastal towns of Kalyves & Almerida. Through an archway is the walk-in wardrobe with mirrored doors on both sides, leading off to a luxury bathroom designed for two – double sinks, a large double bath, double rainhead shower, toilet and bidet. To the left from the lobby an elegant and refined living space, with seating around a fireplace, equipped with a hifi home theatre. Beyond floor to ceiling glazed doors is a large south facing balcony with views over the Apokoronas and the White Mountains. An adjoining library has shelving for over 1000 books. The charming spacious dining area is enclosed by four wide stone arches with glazed doors offering views of the mountains and the gardens. Through one of the arches the kitchen has a central aisle and all facilities, and is linked to a fully equipped utility room (washer and dryer), opening outside with step free access to the parking area and driveway. Glazed arched doors from the dining area on two sides lead to a south terrace with stunning views of the Apokoronas region stretching to 2,500m Mt Psiloritis, flanked by the entire range of the White Mountains. On the west is an intimate square bounded by the ruined village house and with concealed fountain. Up a second flight of stairs from the main floor, is another fully self-contained apartment (56 sqm) with two rooms, each with an ensuite shower room, a bedroom, and a living room with modern design wood burning somba. An archway gives access to a charming kitchen. The huge roof terrace has spectacular and uninterrupted views in all directions, and there is a further west facing covered terrace off the kitchen. Outside are 2,600 sqm of mature landscaped gardens with carob, cypresses and fir trees, with a wide range of Mediterranean and imported shrubs and flowers. Apart from the garage there are extensive storage rooms around the house including a rooftop store. There is building permission for a further separate 200 sqm construction, and a picturesque old village house which could be developed into further characterful accommodation.
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