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“Kyriaki's creatively traditional village house in the folds of Crete's western serene hills ”

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Essential Information
Sleeps (Max) 4
Bedrooms 2
Shower Rooms 2
Maid Service Included
Pool Private 8 x 4
A/C Included
Floor Area m² 114
Booking Information
Check-In Any day (after 16:00)
Check-Out Any day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay 5 nights
Local Facilities
Beach 9km
Restaurants 1.5kms
Mini Market 9km
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 63kms, 1 hour drive
Ferry Port Heraklion 181kms, 2,5 hours drive
Ferry Port Kissamos 10kms, 18mins drive
Ferry Port Souda 50kms, 50mins drive
Heraklion 183kms, 2,5 hours drive
Villa Equipment
Local TV
Dish Washer
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Cooking Utensils
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Villa Kyriaki, Koukounara    Sunday Times


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This pretty village house sits on a hillside  with beautiful views of green hillsides tumbling down in disorderly fashion to the azure sea in the bay of Kissamos. In contrast, the gardens in which the Villa sits is the undisputed domain of Kyriaki, mother of the owner who works away between bookings, imparting order to the tumbling flowers and shrubs, containing them behind neat stone walls  or within terracotta pots; lawns are watered and neatly mown and errant olive trees spilling over  from the neighbouring field have whitewashed neatly applied to their trunks. 


Inside, the ground floor of Villa Kyriaki is open plan, subliminally divided by  wide spanned mellow stone arches supporting the wood ceiling. There are four doors to the garden, one on each side of the Villa, so if there is a cooling breeze then you can’t help but catch it.  The sitting area is  comfortably furnished with a sofa and armchairs by a fireplace  and a flat screen TV. There’s a table and chairs for dining although the great outdoors will be a draw, where you can dine on the shaded terrace.


The kitchen cupboards are of  traditional  dark wood but with a sleek up date and they're  topped by  a run of gleaming white marble work top. There is  all the equipment  needed for cooking holiday meals or preparing food to be grilled on the nearby barbeque.


The double and twin  bedrooms on the first floor share a bathroom at this level and a shower room on the ground floor. They also share a terrace from where the views  down to the sea and across to the old village of Tsikalaria are simply sublime.


Georgos, the young owner and a carpenter by trade has extended his signature work from indoors to out with a beautiful hammock built in the garden.  Joining this handmade furniture is a swing seat, rattan sofa set and dining furniture and of course the beautiful  8m x 4m pool. 



If you enjoy walking, head inland just 2kms to the cafe/taverna Rotonda. The owner, Stelios, is a cousin of Kyriaki and  he will be pleased to  give you directions for a 2 hour a 2 hour walk around the village of Kalathenes or if you are really keen the 5 hour circuit walk to Milia and back. At Rotonda, although the menu isn't huge, it is as fresh as it gets with crisp cucumber and  juicy tomatoes picked straight from the garden below. The rear terrace has a lovely view of the surrounding area and its  a cool spot to sip a glass of raki or two and exchange nods with the locals.


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Villa Kyriaki, Crete Latest review - Villa Kyriaki, Crete
Wonderful Holiday
"A beautiful and lovingly maintained Villa. The holiday was wonderful and we can highly recommend the villa unreservedly. Thank you for your superb hospitality."
Christine - Apr 2019
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Villa Kyriaki, Crete Latest review - Villa Kyriaki, Crete
Wonderful Holiday
"A beautiful and lovingly maintained Villa. The holiday was wonderful and we can highly recommend the villa unreservedly. Thank you for your superb hospitality."
Christine - Apr 2019
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Beach 9km
Restaurants 1.5kms
Mini Market 9km
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 63kms, 1 hour drive
Ferry Port Heraklion 181kms, 2,5 hours drive
Ferry Port Kissamos 10kms, 18mins drive
Ferry Port Souda 50kms, 50mins drive
Heraklion 183kms, 2,5 hours drive
Location of Villa Kyriaki
Koukounara, Crete

Koukounara, Kissamos

Just over 9kms inland from the shores of Kissamos Bay, the quiet village of Koukounara is perched on the hilltop reached by a road that passes through several small villages. A small cafeneon for the local gents is in the centre of the village whilst the large church with bell tower is at the edge of the village, as always the church has the best view in town

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Wonderful Holiday
"A beautiful and lovingly maintained Villa. The holiday was wonderful and we can highly recommend the villa unreservedly. Thank you for your superb hospitality."
Wunderschöne Haus
"Eine wunderschöne und liebevoll gepflegte Unterkunft mit einer sehr gastfreundlichen Betreuung. Der Urlaub war wunderbar und wir können die Unterkunft uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen. Vielen Dank für die tolle und super gastfreundliche Betreuung!"
Exceptional hospitality
"Translation: Many thanks to Kyriaki for her exceptional hospitality! We feasted with all Cretan specialties. Without this stubborn rain, our stay would have been perfect. The house and its facilities are top! The location is a little isolated (8 km in the mountains above the first city) but it allows to be really quiet and enjoy a magnificent panorama with sea views beyond the olive groves."
Hospitalité exceptionnelle
"Un grand merci à Kyriaki pour son hospitalité exceptionnelle ! Nous nous sommes régalés avec toutes ses specialites crétoises. Sans cette pluie tenace, notre séjour aurait été parfait. La maison et ses équipements sont top ! La localisation est un peu isolée (8 km en montagne au dessus de la première ville) mais cela permet d'être vraiment au calme et de profiter d'un panorama magnifique avec vue sur mer par delà les champs d'oliviers."
Brad P
Highly recommended
"I couldn't recommend this place more highly - it's perfect for a family, or for a couple that wants more space. The location is absolutely stunning, the hospitality was the best I've ever had at any Airbnb and the house itself was everything you need."
"Villa Kyriaki was amazing, about 8km from the nearest main town on rural roads, all you can hear is surrounding goats and chickens. Kyriaki is the owners Mother, her hospitality as incredible, every other day she would arrive with hot homemade food and desserts, she even brought us the sweetest gift to bring home as a memory! People just don’t do enough of these things anymore! The villa was immaculate, spotlessly clean (cleaned again half way through our week) and had all necessary supplies for self catering. Taverna Rotonta is about 20mins walk, Stelios makes some incredible local homemade food, 22euros for a decent meal for 2 and wine! Topolia Gorge is nearby, we walked to it, down it and back in about 5 hours, leisurely stroll and nice to not have to get in the car. We would consider ourselves to have high standards and would highly recommend Villa Kyriaki to anyone wanting to see the rural side of Crete!!"
Beautiful views
"Lovely property very clean and tidy. Tucked away up in the hills behind Kissamos. Beautiful views down the valley across the bay and so peaceful less than five cars a day passing villa. The owner Kyriaki was so welcoming and brought many home made treats for us, which she made fresh in her kitchen down the road. If your after a peaceful and relaxing holiday with the option of making it a bit livelier then this is the place to go. Freelance provided an easy to use website to view the holiday villas. We liked the fact there were many filters to use, which allowed us to find just what we were looking for very easily. Freelance were very quick to reply to our emails when we had a couple of questions that the website couldn't answer. Would thoroughly recommend. "
Great Apartment
"Great accommodation, very nice hosts. The pool is really big. Good to explore the west of the island. The best beach nearby is Falassarna. It is not far to Chania. We liked it very much."
Tolle haus
"Tolle Unterkunft, sehr nette Gastgeber. Der Pool ist richtig groß. Gut um den Westen der Insel zu erkunden. Der beste Strand in der Nähe ist Falassarna. Nach Chania ist es auch nicht weit. Uns hat es sehr gut gefallen."
Gautier and family
Pretty villa
"Translation: Pretty villa located in the mountains, with a beautiful garden and a beautiful swimming pool. Located in the mountains, disadvantage 1 / 2h of road with turns from the seaside; advantage bcp of calm and a very beautiful sight on the bay and the olive trees. Perfect home, and charming owner"
Gautier et Famille
Jolie villa
"Jolie villa située dans les montagnes, avec un beau jardin et une belle piscine. Située dans les montagnes, inconvénient 1/2h de route à virages depuis le bord de mer ; avantage bcp de calme et une très belle vue sur la baie et les oliviers. Accueil parfait, et propriétaire charmante"
Robin C
Very nice villa!
"Thank you for your hospitality and your very nice villa ! We enjoyed the pool, the seaview, the climatisation, the taste of traditional food, and your kindness ! We definitely recommend this house. ."
Laurent B
Parfaite et très calme
"Aucune surprise, tout est conforme à l'annonce. nous avons passé d'excellente vacances en crete. en deux mots, la maison est parfaite et très calme, l'accueil aussi. notre hôte a été d'une très grande gentillesse nous cuisinant des plats typiques tout les deux jours. l'entretien de la maison est irréprochable. Bref, si vous voulez faire un séjour en crète, loin des centres à touristes, au calme et pourtant pas trop loin de superbes plages, cette villa est parfaite. encore un grand merci à notre hote ! "
"If you love nature and want to discover the Greek countryside in the olive groves with a high standard. Look no further, kiriaty is the host you need ... Extraordinary these days ... Xavier ""
"Si vous aimez la nature et souhaitez découvrir la campagne grecque dans les champs d’oliviers avec un haut standing. Ne cherchez-plus , kiriaty est l hote qu il vous faut... Extraordinaire ces jours"
Christophe et sa famille
"Endroit idéal pour se reposer, calme et vue magnifique. On a adoré la maison et la piscine bercé par le chant des cigales, des chèvres et des moutons Kyriaky nous a régalé avec ses spécialités maison délicieuses. Une des meilleures adresses de Crête"
Christophe and family
"Ideal place to rest, calm and magnificent view. We loved the house and the swimming pool cradled by the singing of cicadas, goats and sheep Kyriaky feasted us with his delicious homemade delicacies. One of the best addresses in Crete"
Best experience ever with a rental property
"I can’t say enough about the incredible hospitality from Kyriaki and home cooked local Cretan meals and snacks as well as the bucolic setting on the mountain with the perfect cool breeze constantly blowing. This has truly been my best experience ever with a rental property. Kyriaki made us feel like family. If you’re planning an active vacation and want to hike Tapolia gorge (highly recommend), hike down to balos beach, and Check out Elafonisi this is a great location set within an easy day trip of all three. We loved Kissamos town which was a quick 15 minute drive - definitely go to Gramboussa for great food and live entertainment. There was so much more left to do, we plan to come back to Kyriaki again soon!"
John & Harriet
We loved it!
"The villa is beautiful, a lot of care has gone into the garden, and the views are incredible. This is a quiet and peaceful spot, away from touristy places, but it is in a good location to access beaches by car. We are missing this lovely villa a lot! Many thanks to all."
John and family
Lovely house
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Kyriaki. Lovely house with everything you need. Best hospitality I've ever experienced. The house is wonderfully remote - so peaceful and the views and location are stunning with a fresh water pool to enjoy them from. All you will ever hear for the most part is nature chiming away or your wonderful host delivering something scrumptious to eat. Our toddler had a whale of a time too running around the spacious garden. Its also only 15/20 minutes drive from the beach. The local restaurants are amazing. Do visit the Rotonta cafe (just turn right) and there are also a couple of restaurants in Topolia which is about a 10 minute drive as well as a convenience store. Very conveniently there are also regular food deliveries - the baker comes round every other day or so around 10 am and the fishmonger also visited if you like your fresh food. Anyway can't recommend this place highly enough. We had a great time here and would love to visit again"
The Richards
Just wonderful
"Wonderful hosts who really care about their guests. Lots of thoughtful touches. Everything was taken care of, nothing was too much trouble. The place is well located for getting around this side of the island. We had a great time in this lovely part of Crete, and would happily visit again"
The Perfect Villa
"This was probably the very best holiday, ever. The Villa and the garden are so nice that for a few days we just decided to hang out at the pool! Close to Balos and less than an hour away from Elafonisi, this is really the perfect Villa."
Definitely recommended
"At our late arrival (23:00) , Kyriaki was there. She granted us local products: vegetables and fruits, olive oil and raki. Every day, Kyriaki brought us local specialities : moussaka, goat cheese, ... we felt really welcomed. The location is well placed to visit western Crete from North to South, including the gorges. Elafonissi can be visited over a day trip. we definitely recommend the place !"
The Watsons
Highly recommended
"We loved swimming, lounging poolside and the delicious treats made fresh each day by Kyriaki. Very private and quiet, away from the tourist spots but walking distance from a few local tavernas. Highly recommended."
Perfect location
"This villa has a perfect location, in the middle of olive trees among the hills and not far away from the coast and the village of Kissamos. We loved the tranquillity and the privacy, we could relax and recharge our batteries! highly recommended!"
Secluded & Beautiful Villa
"Kyriaki and the Freelance Holiday team were incredible hosts. Everything was well explained and clear about how to check in. Dianne also organised us a hire car after our booking fell through when we arrived in Chania. Once we were at the Villa, their hospitality was the best I have ever experienced. From local tips to Kyriaki bringing us over local Cretan food almost daily, they could not have made the holiday better! The Villa itself is secluded and beautiful. Surrounded by Olive trees and goats, the view out to the Ocean set the mood for what was a truly relaxing holiday. Both the inland and coastal towns are all easily a short drive away. We managed to find great places to eat in almost every village. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend staying at Villa Kyriaki. "
Great House
"Great house in a remarkable setting and very quiet in the middle of the mountains and olive trees. Family very available, warm and caring. Really nice .... thanks again "
Villa Karyaki is beautiful
"Villa Karyaki is beautiful, just like the pictures and a great view of the sea ! Highly recommend for a quiet holiday in the middle of beautiful nature and close to beautiful beaches in lovely Crete. "
Beautiful villa
"Excellent Service rating : Both uk and local crete contacts provided prompt effective service Product : Beautiful villa with all required facilities - would be more than happy to rent again if we return to Crete"
Hidden Gem
"People who like privacy, plug off the wires (still there is good wifi) and just like to do nothing in the mountains - this is for You. All the comfortable necessities are there - great kitchen with new kitchenware. Two toilets and bathrooms in the house. Pool and chairs plus barbecue corner and freshness of the whole building. Pictures tell You the truth, you are in a great place. Thanks for offering places that are hidden gems from the crowd and still have the todays comfort level in the house. "
Nissa &Abdelkrim
Juste adorable
"Nous etions deux couples d'amis et avons passé une super semaine dans la villa. kiriaki ( notre hote )est juste adorable, genereuse et aux petits soins, l'accueil était plus que chaleureux. La maison est bien équipée, nous avons profité de la piscine,barbecue et du jardin. La maison est accessible uniquement en voiture.Très belle expérience encore merci pour tout. Nous recommandons pour tout passage en Crète ."
Anastasia T
A wonderful place to stay!
"This is a wonderful place to stay! The house is well appointed, there is everthing you need. The garden is so lovely with the pool area and the beautiful flowers and nice decoration. Waking up to that view is breathtaking!"
Paul H
The villa was amazing!!
"The family that owned it were extremely nice. They gave us fresh fruit on arrival, vegetables from their garden and cheese which they had made. We drove around to a couple of beaches but we decided the villa was just too nice to leave so we stocked up and stayed put for the most of our holiday. It was just so peaceful. Occasionally you'd get a bit of noise from the animals in and around the valley but it just added to the charm of the place. I highly recommended it."
B Williams
Villa beyond our expectations
"Thank you for arranging this beautiful holiday, the Villa was beyond our expectations, the only thing to make it better was to have another week. The best birthday present I could have wished for B Williams"
2019 Car Hire in Crete
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Flights to both Chania (CHQ) & Heraklion (HER) Airports

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** Top Tip **, if you avoid flying at the weekends or in different durations, 5,10 16 nights, flights are often a lot cheaper, and remember with Freelance you can arrive ANY DAY at our villas, good eh ...

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Alan Garner - IAG If you prefer to speak to someone, we have found Alan Garner at VHG  Flights (A fully ATOL bonded company ATOL5889) very helpful (mention our  name when booking), you can call Alan on 01444 225 618 during office hours.





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Sean Newsom Published: 22 March 2015
Cretan serenity 
Careful now. There could be arguments about who gets the hammock, set at one end of the pool in a purpose-built frame. Otherwise, a week at Villa Kyriaki should be nonstop serenity. In the hills near Kissamos, it has terraces upstairs and down, a cool stone interior and a neat little garden, maintained by the owner’s mum.
Sleeps 4; 01789 297705, freelance-holidays.co.uk

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