Villa Eleni is situated alongside an agricultural track in the ancient Cretan village of Douliana in the Apokoronas. It is secluded, but not isolated, with two tavernas, kafeneion, bar and mini-market within easy strolling distance.
It has a large airy open-plan sitting room with a traditional Greek high wooden beamed ceiling. A wood-burning open fireplace occupies one corner, a useful supplement to the central heating for cosy evenings at each end of the season. There are two sets of French doors for welcome ventilation in summer, one leading to the balcony overlooking the pine-forested valley, and the other to the garden and a crystalline turquoise infinity pool. An extensive supply of books and DVDs fills two bookcases.
The kitchen is fully equipped, with an comprehensive range of cooking utensils, good quality appliances and a selection of picnic plates and tumblers for use near the pool.
Six-seater dining tables both in the kitchen space and on the terrace provide a choice of eating al-fresco or indoors, both with a view of the sea. There is also a mosaic table at the side of the pool.
There are two light and airy, double aspect bedrooms, one has a king-size bed with a comfortable pocket sprung mattress, an en-suite shower, and French doors leading to the balcony.
The second has good quality twin beds. Both rooms have plentiful wardrobe space and a safe.
The sparkling and spacious family bathroom has a full size bath with handles and a glass screened shower. All plumbing is UK standard, so toilet arrangements are not of the Greek bag-and-bin variety.
The large roof terrace is accessible via an outside staircase, and has a spectacular view over the pine trees to the Cretan sea.
Equipped with marble table, sun umbrella and sun-beds, this area is ideal for sunbathing, as below the level of the parapet it is not overlooked, except by the birds in the surrounding pines.
****The house is ideally suited to visitors with limited mobility. Cars may be parked at the bottom of the drive, from there on everything is on one level with the exception of the roof and the wild terraces.****
Washing machine | hair-dryer | portable fan| air-conditioning in bedrooms | ironing board and steam iron | safety deposit boxes | free Broadband | Satellite TV | DVD player | i-Pod speaker deck
Full size Neff oven with ceramic hob | small dishwasher | fridge-freezer | microwave | filter coffee maker | cafetière | toaster | juicer | small food mixer | scales
Sun loungers and umbrellas at the pool-side and on the roof terrace | outdoor dining tables.
Pool towels and toilet rolls are supplied.
A Weber electric outdoor oven is available for barbecues
We regret that a large outdoor brick barbecue is not part of the garden furnishings due to the position of the villa in the pines, and the real danger of fire. Our wonderful view is irreplaceable.
An idyllically situated village house