Villa Giannis

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids

Six-bedroomed Villa Giannis is a beautiful traditional Cretan villa, sitting pretty on the hillside and offering the most amazing views of the port city Heraklion and the Cretan Sea. Surrounded by trees, vineyards and a large garden, the peaceful and tranquil environment, as well as the privacy offered and spacious design, makes this villa an ideal holiday home for families, friends and couples alike.

The extensive landscaped grounds set the tone of this luxurious villa. With a private entrance leading up to the stone-walled property and grassy spots dotted with plants and shrubs, there’s plenty of places for children to play and you to unwind with your favourite holiday read. There are also two swimming pools – including one shallower pool for kids – a football and volleyball net and several loungers for some family fun or well-deserved R&R while soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun.

For romantic evenings, you can cook up a storm on the BBQ and then dine al fresco on the covered outdoor table and chairs, while small lights illuminate the property into the night. Inside, the luxury features continue with a modern fully-equipped kitchen and comfortable living space with a 52-inch flat-screen TV and cushioned sofas. In the colder months, you can make use of the heated under flooring and charming working fireplace. There are also tubs with jets in two of the four bathrooms for a serene spa-like feel. The villa sleeps up to twelve across its six stylish bedrooms.

The location of Villa Giannis is also perfect for exploring the beauties of Crete. You can take long walks through the vineyards and hills, or head to Houdetsi village with restaurants, cafes and small shops. A hiking trail takes you from Houdetsi to the neighbouring village Agios Vasilios, passing by a small gorge and the ancient monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa, part of which is built into a rock.

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What you should know…

  • It’s secluded and private. However, you’re within walking distance of the centre of Houdetsi, a beautiful village with restaurants, shops and cultural sites.
  • The villa is perched into a hillside and has an idyllic rural location. To reach it easily and to explore more of the fantastic local area, like Heraklion, the capital of Crete, we recommend hiring a car.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ Satellite TV Spa/Massage DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Interior
-6 twin bedrooms (4 can be converted into doubles)
-4 bathrooms with showers (two of them also have spa tub with Jets)
-2 WCs
-Fully equipped kitchen
-Large open plan sitting dining room

Outside

-Private swimming pool 40 sqm
-Children’s’ pool 2.5 x 2m
-Sun beds and umbrellas
-Outdoor dining table
-Outdoor seating area
-BBQ
-Parking space
-Garden 2000sqm
-Football and volleyball field

Other
-Cooling system
-Floor heating
-Fireplace
-Satellite TV
-Home Cinema
-CD and DVD player
-Computer
-Internet Connection
-Washing machine
-Dishwasher
-Iron and ironing board
-Hair dryer
-Security system
-telephone
-Safe
-Baby cot and High Chair
-Espresso machine
-Microwave

 

- Use of Spa at extra cost

 

 

 

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Giannis
Rural Location Wine Tasting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Giannis is in Houdetsi, a beautiful village about 23km south of the city of Heraklion, Crete. It’s a peaceful spot that’s known for its wine with olive trees and vineyards and traditional Cretan music. Well worth a visit are the water fountain in the village centre and the folklore museum of music with traditional instruments from all over the world. There’s also a gorge leading to the Sacred Monastery of the Madonna nearby – magical natural scenery full of tall trees and plenty of running water.

For history lovers, if you drive 12km south-west of Houdetsi, you’ll reach the Monastery of Saint George, built around 1600. There’s also the impressive Monastery of Agarathos, 14km east which is considered one of the oldest monasteries in Crete or the castle of Nikiforos Fokas, 14km northwest.
In Heraklion itself, the capital of Crete, there’s plenty of things to see and do.

The Palace of Knossos, just outside the city, is a vast archaeological site dating back thousands of years to the Minoan civilization and includes frescoes and baths. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress, and there’s the Heraklion Archaeological Museum has an extensive collection of Minoan art. Heraklion isn’t all about out ancient sites though with top-notch restaurants serving Cretan cuisine, boutique shops and a lively nightlife. It’s also home to one of the richest markets in the Mediterranean where you can get traditional Greek products like olive oil, honey and herbs.

Heraklion’s bragging rights also continue with its serene beaches. The stretches of sand in this central part of Crete’s north coast range from the lively hangouts in Malia to the rugged bays of the deserted island, Dia. You can swim, snorkel, take part in water sports like sea kayaking and scuba diving or jump on a boat trip. Moreover, a modern golf course both for beginners and advanced players is not far away from the city of Heraklion, in the area of Hersonissos.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion

(24km)

Nearest Airport Chania

(166km)

Nearest Restaurant x2

(2.4km)

Nearest Supermarket Choudetsi

(2km)

Nearest Beach Heraklion

(23km)

Sightseeing Knossos - ancient site

(17km)

The Island/Getting There

The idyllic island of Crete is the kind of place to make all your dreams of a holiday in Greece come true. Crystal-clear blue waters, postcard-worthy seafront towns, history in spades and jaw-dropping landscape.

Take it easy on the terrace of your Cretan villa overlooking your own private pool with a glass of the enviable local wine, or crank it up on mountain bikes on a tour through the Samaria Gorge. Learn more about your ideal holiday in Crete with our comprehensive travel guide.

Download our Crete Travel Guide >>

How to reach Crete island

There are two ways to reach Crete Island: either by flight or by ferry.

By plane: Crete island has three airports: Chania (CHQ), Heraklion (HER) and Sitia (JSH). During the summer months, frequents overseas and domestic flights are performed. In most of the cases, there are available buses that connect the cities with the airport but if you want to feel safe that you will arrive on time you can prefer a taxi.

By ferry: If you want to live the whole experience try travelling by ferry. Crete island has three ports: in Chania (CHA), in Herakleion (HER) and in Sitia (JSH). You can take a ferry either from Piraeus port in Athens or from the Greek islands like Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. You can easily book your ferry tickets using the link below or the booking engine.

Book your ferry tickets to Crete here >>

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

With extensive grounds including a football and volleyball pitch, and a fantastic rural location with beautiful walking routes, Villa Giannis, the perfect villa for families with children.

One of the key advantages of this beautiful area in Crete too is that it offers numerous options for keeping children entertained, from calm swimming beaches to exciting ancient sites. Kids young and old can learn about the history of the glorious Minoan civilisation in the Palace of Knossos, just outside of Heraklion. If you have a smartphone, you can download the mobile app Kids Love Knossos, a series of audio stories about Knossos so they can listen while you’re there.

There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in water sports, or you can jump on a boat to explore the rugged coastline. For more family-friendly fun, there’s an aquarium a 15-minute’ drive west of Heraklion, alongside a labyrinth park with a maze to explore that’s 20 minutes away.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Terms & Conditions

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

Departure time Check out time is 11:00
Arrival time Check in from 16:00
Energy costs included? Energy costs are included in the rental fee
Linen & towels included? Linen & towels are included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? End of stay clean is included in the price
Smoking Allowed? Guests are requested not to smoke in the villa.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation, personal accidents and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Security deposit A credit card number will be required at check in as form of security deposit.
Internet access? Internet access is available at he villa

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Aug 6th 2019 £3,705
Aug 6th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 £4,619
Sep 7th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019 £3,705
Oct 26th 2019 - Nov 16th 2019 £3,299
Nov 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £2,690
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £3,046
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 £2,690
Feb 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020 £3,046
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 £3,299
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 4th 2020 £3,705
Aug 4th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £4,619
Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 £3,705
Oct 24th 2020 - Nov 14th 2020 £3,299
Nov 14th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £2,690
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £3,046
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 £2,690

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Aug 6th 2019 €3,924
Aug 6th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 €4,892
Sep 7th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019 €3,924
Oct 26th 2019 - Nov 16th 2019 €3,494
Nov 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €2,849
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €3,225
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 €2,849
Feb 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020 €3,225
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 €3,494
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 4th 2020 €3,924
Aug 4th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €4,892
Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 €3,924
Oct 24th 2020 - Nov 14th 2020 €3,494
Nov 14th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €2,849
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €3,225
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 €2,849

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Aug 6th 2019 $4,400
Aug 6th 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 $5,485
Sep 7th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019 $4,400
Oct 26th 2019 - Nov 16th 2019 $3,918
Nov 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $3,195
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $3,617
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 $3,195
Feb 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020 $3,617
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 $3,918
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 4th 2020 $4,400
Aug 4th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $5,485
Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 $4,400
Oct 24th 2020 - Nov 14th 2020 $3,918
Nov 14th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $3,195
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $3,617
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 $3,195

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Unique place to stay

    Posted by GL on 04/08/2018

    Staying in Villa Giannis gave us the opportunity to meet the locals in Xoudetsi, a small village but very active. There are concerts once or twice a week and it is easy to get to know the locals. I felt that staying there gave us a unique cultural experience in Crete. I am hoping to go back in the future.
    The house is amazing and very well taken care of. We stayed 9 of us in the house and there was plenty of space for everybody. The room acoustics of the living room are amazing, bring your guitar and a singer, totally recommended!

  • Magical...

    Posted by SM on 24/06/2018

    We were a family of 8, covering 3 generations from 2 to 65 years. Villa Selena sits majestically on a mountain surrounded by vineyards, with great views and seclusion, but within 30 minutes from beaches, Heraklion, the airport, waterpark, aquarium and other places of interest. It offers an exceptional amount of space indoors and extensive grounds outdoors. It is very well appointed with all the facilities you could possibly want and more - e.g. even a telescope to view the night sky! To cap it all the owner and the housekeeper couldn't be more helpful and attentive - meeting us at the airport, making dinner one night and fresh jam one morning. There are good quality towels, bedding and pool towels changed every couple of days, and your laundry is done for you! You do need a car to get around. Highly recommended for families and large groups!!!

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