Villa Anise

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2


Pool Villa/House Modern Self-Catered Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village


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It’s all about the light, when you vacation at the artist studio Villa Anise, located in the village of Ammoudi, on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete, a jewel in the Aegean Sea. This contemporary two-storey villa has three spacious double bedrooms, and can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests, ideal for a family or group of friends sharing. The villa is built out of local stone, set into a gently sloping hillside, with stunning azure Aegean Sea views. Villa Anise is set in its own small terraced grounds, surrounded by stone walls for privacy, and home to a sea view private infinity pool. The property comes with garage parking, and complimentary air conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout.

The villa is uniquely arranged with the living space on the upper level, and the bedrooms on the lower level, with immediate access to the pool terrace. Villa Anise is light and airy, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open onto the terraces, and reward the guest with breathtaking sea views. The property has been furnished with contemporary pieces, lots of natural wood, and decorated in a classic clean crisp white throughout. There is a relaxing vibe about Villa Anise, a casual luxury that makes it a welcoming holiday home from home.

Park the car in the garage, and enter the villa at the upper level, where you will find a bright and breezy open-plan living space, with WoW factor sea views. The room has a high vaulted ceiling with wood beams and double doors that open onto the top terrace. The very spacious seating area has two big squishy white sofas, a scattering of white coffee tables, an artist’s easel, a flat-screen television, and an open wood-burning fire for those cooler months and evenings. The adjacent fully equipped kitchen is super smart and fitted with all the appliances you will need to cater for your holiday, including that must-have morning coffee maker. There is an indoor all-white dining set, perfect for breakfast and making plans for the day. A glass-fronted terrace runs the length of the upper floor and is home to a six-seater dining set, that has straight out to sea views, just right for feasting alfresco under the stars. Take the stairs to the lower level where there are three beautifully-appointed double bedrooms, with sliding doors leading onto the pool terrace. There are two modern bathrooms, one with a bathtub, and one with a walk-in shower.

The sea view tiled terrace has a decked pool area and a small well-manicured lawn. The infinity step entry swimming pool has an easy shallow entry and is long enough for a few lengths before breakfast. A white canopied pergola is a home to a deep cushioned sea view day bed, whilst classic sun loungers and handy side tables surround the pool. There is a shady soft seating spot, ideal for relaxing with this year’s best-seller, or meeting for cocktails at sunset when you can raise a glass to the most memorable holiday.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • We recommend hiring a car to see all the sights you’d like to see
  • The bathrooms are not ensuite, there are two shared bathrooms on the lower level, and a guest cloakroom on the upper level
  • All three bedrooms have double beds, there are no twin rooms, perfect for a small family or group of friends sharing

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hairdryer TV Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Conference Facilities Seaview

The Villa

A 147sqm property with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 storey villa with private infinity pool, small garden, and sea views

Upper floor:
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining are a
- Open plan living area
- Guest cloakroom

Lower level:
- 3x Double bedrooms
- 2x Bathrooms

- Infinity swimming pool
- Canopy day bed
- Sun loungers
- Terrace with outdoor dining
- Sea views

Additional facilities

- Garage parking
- High chairs
- Books
- Toys
- Baby monitor
- Television
- Stereo
- Games
- Ping pong table
- Artists easel
- Open fire
- Stereo equipment


About the surrounding area of Villa Anise
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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Villa Anise is a thirty-minute drive from Heraklion International Airport, a half hour scenic coastal route drive to your holiday home from home. Located in the North of Crete, the island is equidistant from east to west, you’ll have no difficulty getting to any attraction of your choice. Whether you are looking for a relaxing time sunbathing on sandy beaches, yearning for some culture and visiting archaeological sites in the cradle of civilisation, or trek the trails through the local flora and fauna, before dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone with a holiday on the island of Crete. The villa is within a few minutes drive from the village of Mades. with its beautiful horseshoe bay sandy beach, crystal clear waters, and populated with sun loungers and shady parasols, and some sail and fishing caiques too. Other notable beaches within the vicinity can be found at the quiet Agia Pelagia, Liguria with its beach bars, scuba diving and water sports, and the splendid Gulf of Heraklion. In the village, you will find provisions to cater for your holiday, family-run tavernas serving traditional Cretan food, and lots of cosy bars for a glass of local wine and people-watching.

For those who love walking, explore the three hundred caves the island hides, hike over hillsides, streams, and rocky ravines to discover watermills and ruins, and stop along the way at a local winery and taste the fruits of the many vineyards The area is soaked in history, particularly Minoan and Dorian, Crete was conquered by the Venetians in the fifteenth century, who built fortresses to keep the Ottoman pirates at bay, then finally gaining independence in the nineteenth century and becoming part of Greece. If you prefer the sea to land, all aboard a boat trip where you can scuba or snorkel underwater ruins, and strap on your jet skis or paraglide with one of the many water sports clubs.

The town and port of Heraklion is a short drive from the villa, don’t miss a tour around the ancient Palace of Knossos, a visit to the Archaeological Museum, a walk along the Venetian walls, and a stroll through the old quarter, where you can shop for souvenirs, before enjoying a souvlaki and ouzo like a local. Go further afield to Vai, Crete’s easternmost tip, where you will find lush forests and a unique date palm. Explore Psychro Cave, reputedly the birthplace of Zeus, and rock climb Mount Ida to find the Ideon Cave. Sitia Geopark is three hundred and fifty square kilometres of the island’s diverse ecosystem, where you can trek through gorges, bathe on beaches, walk the wetlands, become a bird-watcher, and be at one with nature. Get active and hike the Richtis Gorge, and stroll through streams to reach the twenty-metre waterfall, where you can cool off in the inviting pool. Find peace and solitude in the fifteenth-century Toplou Monastery, where you can see beautiful Byzantine icons.

Take a boat tour to visit the intriguing island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony until as recently as the 1950s, home to a Venetian fortress, and now an open-air museum. No visit to Crete is complete without a trip to Agios Nikolaos, a harbour town that uniquely houses a lake in its centre, is home to the archaeological museum of Minoan treasures, and is full of tavernas, shops, bars, and restaurants, in which to sit and watch the local life go by.

Read more about Heraklion

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion Airport


Nearest Restaurant BaR.B.Q a'la carte Restaurant


Nearest Beach Mades Beach


Nearest Supermarket Spiros-Soula Mini Market



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are loads of things to do and places to see for your kids of all ages when you stay at Villa Anise. Let’s start with your own private pool, where there are no set hours, so they can splash and swim all day. The beach is within walking distance of the villa, in ten minutes you can all be sitting on the shore making sand castles, and swimming in the sea. Villa Anise is very family-friendly, with lots of amenities, including a high chair, baby monitor, toys and games for children of all ages, and a ping pong table too.

The Aegean Sea is a safe place to enjoy snorkelling and underwater fish spotting, whilst for older children, there are lots of centres to learn to scuba dive. All aboard a boat for a fun day out at sea is a great way for the family to spend time together, discover hidden coves, enjoy locally cooked food, stop off for a swim, and relax and sunbathe on deck. The family will love a day out at the Watercity Waterpark, an aquatic park set in a huge eight seven thousand square metres, with thirty-six water games, lots of swimming pools, and slippy slides to keep your kids amused all day. Whilst the adults can enjoy a day in their own dedicated area.

Children love a day out in Heraklion, ignite their interest in history with a visit to the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum, walk along the harbour walls, and enjoy a meal of local mezes in a family-friendly local taverna. Your kids will love the CRETaquarium, located in the town of Gournes, which is home to two and a half thousand aquatic species housed in sixty fish tanks. After the aquarium takes a short drive to Dinosauria Park, where you will find animatronic dinosaur models and fossil replicas. If theme parks are their thing Labyrinth Park is a short drive away, let them get lost in a Greek mythology maze, practice their putting at the mini golf, learn to ride horseback, or shoot some arrows with a bit of archery, something to keep kids of all age groups amused. Go cross country in off-road Land Rover and open-top Jeep Safaris, and see the Cretan countryside in a thrilling ride.

Travel further afield for days out by car or organised trips to Agios Nikolaos, a statue spot around the town’s central lake, climb the stairs and take in the culture of contemporary art, or learn about Minoan history in the Archaeological Museum. If nature is their thing, hike the island to see the local flora and fauna, find the cave that Zeus was born in, follow the stream trail to hidden waterfalls, and visit the open-air Sitia Geopark and discover Crete’s diverse ecosystem. A visit to Crete isn’t complete without a trip to Spinalonga, now an open-air museum, reached by a short boat trip from Elounda, the home of a former leper colony and a ruined Venetian fortress, and now the setting for many a film, it makes for a fascinating day out for children and adults alike.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following: 

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3 pm to 6 pm
Departure time 11 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that on occasions, in Greece, extremes in weather can cause water and/ or electric supply to be cut or reduced. Services are normally restored as soon as possible.
Changeover day Flexible.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €50 to be paid. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Other 2 Social gatherings not allowed.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Minimum stay March, April, May, October 3 Nights June, September 4 Nights July, August 5 Nights.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Other 3 Minimum check-in age – 18 or above

The Greek government requires owners to collect a Tourist Climate Tax, your property manager will collect this in cash:

March-October €10 per night per unit

November-February €4 per night per unit

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 £1,127 £1,503 £1,878 £2,629
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £831 £1,107 £1,384 £1,937
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £988 £1,317 £1,646 £2,304
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - £1,755 £2,194 £3,071
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - £2,866 £4,012
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - £2,866 £4,012
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - £1,755 £2,194 £3,071
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 £854 £1,139 £1,423 £1,992
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 £831 £1,107 £1,384 £1,937
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 £988 £1,317 £1,646 £2,304
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - £1,755 £2,194 £3,071
Jul 1st 2025 - Aug 1st 2025 - - £2,372 £3,320
Aug 1st 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 - - £2,372 £3,320

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 €1,226 €1,635 €2,043 €2,860
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €904 €1,205 €1,506 €2,107
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €1,074 €1,433 €1,791 €2,506
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - €1,910 €2,387 €3,342
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - €3,118 €4,365
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - €3,118 €4,365
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - €1,910 €2,387 €3,342
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 €929 €1,239 €1,549 €2,168
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 €904 €1,205 €1,506 €2,107
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 €1,074 €1,433 €1,791 €2,506
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - €1,910 €2,387 €3,342
Jul 1st 2025 - Aug 1st 2025 - - €2,581 €3,612
Aug 1st 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 - - €2,581 €3,612

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 $1,327 $1,769 $2,211 $3,095
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $978 $1,304 $1,629 $2,281
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $1,163 $1,550 $1,938 $2,712
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - $2,066 $2,583 $3,616
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - $3,374 $4,724
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - $3,374 $4,724
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - $2,066 $2,583 $3,616
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 $1,006 $1,341 $1,676 $2,346
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 $978 $1,304 $1,629 $2,281
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 $1,163 $1,550 $1,938 $2,712
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - $2,066 $2,583 $3,616
Jul 1st 2025 - Aug 1st 2025 - - $2,793 $3,909
Aug 1st 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 - - $2,793 $3,909

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Incredible house in a magnificent location!

    on 09/11/2023

    Incredible house in a magnificent location! This place has absolutely everything. Privacy, luxury, multiple outdoor areas, a terrific pool, a magnificent view. It's just amazing, our host was incredibly helpful and o lovely!

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