Stunning luxury house in Crete
This is a spectacular modern home in a beautiful warm location, a house to refresh body and soul.
This villa is an exceptional quality contemporary home built to the highest specification in an amazing and beautiful location. Spacious and uncluttered, but designed in numerous features to interest and amuse, whilst providing essential comfort and utility. Clean and crisp construction lines please the eye, whilst unexpected tree-filled courtyards and hidden windows add subtlety. The design is modern contemporary with a strong Asian influence utilizing the principles of Feng Shui to create a beautiful and calm zen-like sanctuary, in harmony with its natural environment. The plot is large at 11,000sqm and sits on a bluff with outstanding and uninterrupted sea views down the coast of Crete towards the Venetian city of Rethymno and overlooking the mountains. It has been sited to maximise those views whilst also being a single storey design cut into the hillside so as to sit naturally within the landscape. The location is exceedingly quiet and peaceful, the only background noises you can hear are the sea breeze, the chirping birds and insects and of course musical goat bells.
The heart of the house is a massive open plan living and dining room with kitchen adjacent. This space has huge picture windows and sliding glass doors front and back giving amazing views and exceptional light. The picture windows open onto the front terrace with sea views, and onto the hidden rear terrace and pool. Wanting to surprise, the two hidden open air courtyards inside the house either side of the living room, separating this space from the sleeping quarters. The master suite, built around its own private courtyard, comprises a double bedroom and separate dressing room, an en-suite bathroom and walk in shower, and a sauna. At the other end of the house is the second bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and walk in shower, and the fully fitted media and entertainment room. The house also includes a library, a laundry room, and a cloakroom off courtyard one, next to the main entrance door. An interesting issue was how to build a house which can easily sleep 8, but not feel empty when there are only 2 of you. The solution was a guest house built alongside the main house, and beside the pool. It comprises double and twin bedrooms, bathroom and open plan living room and kitchen, all built to the same specification as the main house.
The large and deep elliptical fresh water pool is lined with beautiful deep blue Spanish mosaic tiles, and is fed from a waterfall and stream running between terrace and garden. It is sited immediately behind the house and adjacent to various sun terraces and under a stone retaining wall cut into the hillside to create a feeling of intense privacy and seclusion.
The garden design is inspired by the gardens of Japan. Stone paths wind their way around trees and rocks to create a sense of discovery and joy, whilst beside the front terrace sit two zen gravel gardens. The planting scheme is in keeping with the wild landscape around the plot, and several hundred plants from the Mediterranean and other like climates have been planted: no lawns or roses in this garden. Behind the guest house is a large built-in barbecue with pizza oven and food preparation area, perfect for evening outdoor entertainment.
Crete is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean being 160 miles long but only 35 miles at its widest point. The geography is dramatic: snow-capped mountains run the length of the island, often crashing directly into incredibly clear blue seas. The weather is nearperfect with approximately 300 days of sun a year, but plentiful rain in the winter months. In April and May the island is covered in wildflowers, the days warm and the evenings pleasant, the summer months are reliably hot but always comfortable with the prevailing sea breeze. Then the heat becomes more gentle as the days move through September, October and November. There are numerous accessible beaches and beautiful architecture in historic towns and villages, which show the enormous diversity of the island’s inhabitants from ancient Minoans and Greeks to Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans.
10 km from Georgioupoli beach Chania and Rethymno are approx. 45 minutes’ drive away
26 km from Souda port
40 km from Chania airport
108 km from Heraklion