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“Cretan country life, dressed up for best with pool and air con, 7kms from the beach.”

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Essential Information
Sleeps (Max) 4
Bedrooms 2
Shower Rooms 2
Maid Service Included
Pool Private 7x3
A/C Included
Floor Area m² 75
Booking Information
Check-In Any day (after 16:00)
Check-Out Any day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay 5 nights
Local Facilities
Beach 7km
Tavernas 1.6km
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 34km
Ferry Port Souda 18km
Heraklion 128km
Villa Equipment
Satellite TV
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Cooking Utensils
Nespresso* Machine
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Villa Nikoletta, Provarma 


Villa Nikoletta offers simplicity and tranquility to those who'd like to experience authentic rural Cretan life without having to forgo the luxuries of a private pool, wifi and air conditioning. A stone wall hides the pretty gardens from the tiny lane that passes the villa where the wooden double gates give no clue  of the lovingly created garden behind them where the free form pool sparkles amidst a tiny sample of Cretan horticulture abundant with  lemon, orange and pomegranate trees,  bright pink bougainvillaea, jasmine and morning glory  all tumbling over earthenware pots and reclaimed mill stones. 



Just 7 km from the coast and on the edge of a tiny hamlet, next door to a charming small farm with all its sights and sounds. Where goats and sheep with bells round their necks are tended by their shepherds, and clucking chickens, turkeys and even exotic peacocks wander freely among the olive trees and fields around the villa. This is true country living amidst a mosaic of little villages, each with at least one and often more, family run tavernas. 

The village of Stylos is just 1.6 kms downhill, where there is a mini market selling basic provisions as well as several very authentic Cretan tavernas (we ate the most delicious hortarina kaltisounia, the little pies filled with mountain greens, at the Faraggi Taverna).

It’s 7kms to the sandy beach at Kalives, with tavernas right on the waters edge and only 25 minutes from this rural idyll into the heart of Chania.


Outside Villa Nikoletta

Swimming Pool  -  7m x 3m freeform swimming pool. Depth 1m to 1.70m. Ladder entry

Garden  - flowering shrubs, small trees and small lawn (the owner is a horticulturist)

Purpose built barbecue -  beside the kitchen

Sun terrace - sunbeds

Dining terrace - table and chairs in the shade of the spreading branches of an old mulberry tree.

First floor balcony with distant sea view - covered balcony with table and chairs


Inside Villa Nikoletta

Ground  Floor 

Kitchen -  run of fitted cupboards, dishwasher, electric oven and 4 ring hob, fridge freezer, double sink, windows to distant sea view, door to BBQ area.

Living room

Sitting area - 3 steps up from kitchen, comfortable sofa. Flat screen satellite TV, DVD Player. French doors to covered terrace and garden. 

Dining area - table and chairs.

Shower room 1 - walk in shower, hand basin, W.C., washing machine.


First Floor

Double Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed,  wardrobe, french doors to balcony with table and chairs, distant sea and mountain views. Air Con Unit

Twin Bedroom 2 - 2 single beds,  wardrobe, window to pool and garden view. Air Con Unit

Shower Room 2 - walk in shower, WC. handbasin



Your Villa will be prepared for you on arrival with fresh bath and hand towels, beds will be made up.  

For stays of 7 nights or more - house towels  and bed linen will be changed every 3 - 4 days.  A light midweek clean.

Welcome pack -  drinks and snacks to enjoy whilst unpacking.

Pool towels are provided

Wifi  - free

Parking - on the (quiet) road.

Extra Note:   If you’ ve noticed the beautiful prints adorning the plain white walls of Villa Nikoletta then you may like to know that they are the work of  Matthew Berry who exhibits his work in London and Cornwall. His paintings explore the abstract possibilities  within landscape and he's painted these landscapes of Western Crete during the time he has spent at  Villa Nikoletta over several visits.  


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Villa Nikoletta, Crete Latest review - Villa Nikoletta, Crete
Very tasteful cottage
"Very tasteful cottage in the middle of the Cretan mountains. Lovely again"
Julia A - Oct 2019
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Who at Freelance has visited or stayed at this villa

  • Diane - Greece Operations Director
  • Chris - Operations Director
  • Paul - Managing Director
  • CJ - Finance Director
  • Sylvia - Crete Operations Assistant
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Villa Nikoletta, Crete Latest review - Villa Nikoletta, Crete
Very tasteful cottage
"Very tasteful cottage in the middle of the Cretan mountains. Lovely again"
Julia A - Oct 2019
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Beach 7km
Tavernas 1.6km
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 34km
Ferry Port Souda 18km
Heraklion 128km
Location of Villa Nikoletta
Stylos & Samonas , Crete

Charming Cretan Village of Samanos enjoys breathtaking sea views, most famous for the nearby Byzantine Church Of Ag Nickolas and the most fantastic taverana, 6km down hill is the village of Stylos famous for its natural spring, this is the source for the popular Samaria bottled water and many others, 6 or 7 fantastic tavernas, minimarkets, and a bakery.

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Julia A
Very tasteful cottage
"Very tasteful cottage in the middle of the Cretan mountains. Lovely again"
Julia A
Sehr geschmackvolles
"Sehr geschmackvolles Häuschen inmitten der Kretischen Berge. Sehr gerne wieder"
Highly recommended
"Generously Pool and garden, great house, very rural area. We had a great time. The communication with the Freelance was very uncomplicated and fast. Highly recommended."
Villa Nikoletta is incredible !
"Villa Nikoletta is incredible, the pictures don't do the garden or the view justice, we have an amazing time with you and we'll always remember our trip with you, thanks also for all the help with the baby extras and your kind hospitality, highly recommend!"
"Fabulous Villa.Great location.Perfect base for discovering this delightful part of Crete with Kalyves and Georgioupoli easily accessible.Pretty garden and lovely pool were a feature and we enjoyed 2 great BBQs. Dining round the table under the tree was always a pleasurable experience. Would definitely recommend this Villa.Roger "
Debbie and Co
Beautiful Villa
"We had an amazing 5 days at Villa Nikoletta, beautiful villa with stunning views of sea, snow capped mountains and hills. Lots of animals nearby, beautiful peacocks, goats, sheep etc! Near to villages and the beaches. Great tavernas, such friendly people, always willing to chat and give directions etc. Will definitely stay again, I highly recommend staying here"
W Slade
Clean and Comfortable
"We enjoyed our family holiday at the rural Villa Nikoletta. The directions and local information sent via email and in the booklet were really useful. The facilities were clean and the cleaners friendly. The villa has a wonderful terrace with views to the sea and to the White Mountains. Expect to see and hear the local farm animals (peacocks, guinea fowl, chickens, turkeys, dogs, goats and sheep) as well as the jangling of bells. The local village is a short walk downhill and has a couple of small stores and tavernas. Chania is a 30 minute drive and the lovely Aptera village with wild flower-filled amphitheatre is a very short drive away. A clean and comfortable base for a holiday in a lovely part of Crete"
The de Serio family
Superb View
"Perfect for people who wish to be away from the crowed. Superb view over the valley. Nearest beaches in Kalyves village at 10 min drive, easy to access in car. Good spot. Quite isolated House as we needed that time. Great garden with pool well looked after. House located next to a rustic farm with animals (poultries, goats, cheeps and dogs), our young girls loved it. Great Host, Professional"
Pennoyer Family
Absolutely fantastic
"Villa Nikoletta was an absolutely fantastic country getaway. We LOVED the meticulously maintained garden and pool area. Kostas truly has a way with plants and flowers. Sitting outside on the stone patio in the morning and evening was a highlight of our trip. Our children enjoyed swimming in the pool and playing in the garden area. We loved hearing the goat/sheep bells jingling in the distance. Diana, the point of contact in Greece, was extremely responsive and helpful throughout our entire stay. :)"
Isabelle and Family
Nice place to recommend.
"Translation - A cute little house and its garden with a beautiful view, especially from the upper terrace where it is very nice to have dinner. The location is perfect between Chania and Rethymnon, and the surrounding area is lovely with lots of taverns away from crowded resorts. It is in the countryside but the explanations for finding the house are perfect. The shops and restaurants are very close. The owner is very responsive to any question. Nice place to recommend."
Isabelle et Sa Famille
Bel endroit à recommander.
"Une mignonne petite maison et son jardin avec une belle vue, en particulier de la terrasse supérieure où il est très agréable de dîner. La situation est parfaite entre La Canée et Rethymnon, et les alentours sont charmants avec beaucoup de tavernes loin des lieux hypertouristiques bondés. C'est en pleine campagne mais les explications pour trouver la maison sont parfaites. Les commerces et restaurants sont très proches. Le propriétaire est très réactif à toute question. Bel endroit à recommander."
The Hein family
Lovingly restored house
"Translation: Beautiful, lovingly restored house with beautiful garden and pool! "
T Hein
"Wunderschönes, liebevoll restauriertes Haus mit schönem Garten und Pool! "
Beautiful Villa
"Beautiful Villa in the heart of Cretan life, very authentic. The beach of Kalives at 10 minutes is pretty. The garden and the pool are very nice. The best memory will be the breakfast under the tree, the best time of the day. "
Très jolie maison
"Très jolie maison au cœur de la vie crétoise, très authentique. La plage de Kalives à 10 minutes est jolie. Le jardin et la piscine sont très agréables. Le meilleur souvenir sera les petits déjeuner sous l’arbre, le meilleur moment de la journée.”"
Great Villa
"We had a great time in Villa Nicolette. The garden is one of the highlights of the house. The house is exactly as presented in the pictures. Everything is surrounded by fields and mountains with a fantastic view. We had a great time there and the house was perfect for us. We can recommend to stay in the house"
Magical place !
"Villa is in a magical place. From the terrace you can watch the stars and in the morning wake up to the sounds of lambs and goats. The villa is clean, neat and has a unique atmosphere. The pool is perfect during hot weather, the garden is the perfect place for family breakfast. I highly recommend staying in this unique place and will definitely come there again with family or friends. Thank you for everything! :)”"
Just lovely
"Had a lovely, relaxing rural stay. Thanks"
Lovely hideaway
"Lovely hillside hideaway but only 10 minutes from the beach. Highly recommend as good place to relax with good access to towns, beach and countryside. "
Amazing Villa
"Great place to stay, in the mountains, surrounded by fields of goats. The house was beautiful but the real selling point was the gorgeous and very private gardens. This is where we spent most of our time. An unexpected high point for us was our contact with the (farmer) neighbours. Despite a language barrier we got to see aspects of a working farm in this part of the world... amazing!"
Matt Berry
Fantastic views
"I have been coming to this part of Crete since 2002 but it wasn’t until this year that I found Villa Nikoletta on the Freelance Holidays website. It looked to be perfect for me as it’s situation at the top of the village of Provarma gives it some fantastic views for me to paint. As a painter working in London and Cornwall I have also spent time in recent years painting in Western Crete. I especially love the area around Stylos and Provarma and the countryside leading down to the sea as well as the beautiful mountain villages above in the foothills of the magnificent Lefka-Ori (White Mountains). The house is ideally situated and has a very private feel with a lovely garden and pool. It is very attractive and has spacious and comfortable living space and nice bedrooms upstairs. The double bedroom with the views from it’s own terrace is quite special! – A great place to chill out with a glass of wine or Tsikoudia! A few recommendations: Swim and have lunch at Piperia taverna at the Eastern end of Kyani Akti beach just west of Kalyves. Georgios and Georgia who run the taverna are lovely and their traditional Cretan organic food is superb. It is also about the most peaceful place I know to swim then sit and eat watching the sea lapping against the beach. Have an evening meal in any of the Stylos tavernas but also try 'To Karydia' in Armeni which has a superb varied menu and serves Dark red dry wine as well as the ordinary village wine (Romerico). Take an evening drive up to Samonas then left down to the church of Agh Nikolaos in its deep shady valley then up through Kyrakoselia and left up a wonderful high mountain road to Tsakistra and back to Samonas via Kambi. The taverna in Samonas just down the lane opposite Hotel Samonas is fantastic with beautiful (almost 360 degree) views and fantastic food cooked by Katerina. – The sheeps cheese she uses in her Greek salad is rich and creamy! The view of the Lefka - Ori from the old church in Samonas is a favourite and provided the subject of one of my larger paintings (http://www.mattberryart.co.uk/LefkaOri_L.html) If you want a good hike into the mountains, I would suggest driving up to Tsakistra but turning left to Madaro where you can leave the car and walk up the track to the Volikas Mountain refuge (closed unless you have a key from the mountain club in Chania). Allow two and a half to 3 hours each way. Best to make an early start to avoid the heat on the way up and take as much water as possible! Check weather forecast before you go! There are also more leisurely walks around Stylos and down to the sea through the agricultural plots around the Koiliaris river. A great guide to these can be found here: https://www.discoveronfoot.com/pages/sub/3/30980/Discover_Almyrida_on_foot.html "
Great Villa
"We had a great time at Villa Nikoletta! The well-kept garden with pool and BBQ were the highlight for us. Facilities and accommodation are as described. The surrounding area is very rural with a small farm around the corner. The nearest beach is by car easy to reach. "
Tolle Zeit
"Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in der Villa Nikoletta! Der gut gepflegte Garten mit Pool und Grill waren für uns das Highlight. Ausstattung und Unterkunft sind wie beschrieben. Die Umgebung ist sehr ländlich mit einem kleinen Bauernhof um die Ecke. Der nächste Strand ist mit dem Auto einfach zu erreichen."
Sally C
Perfect Spot
"Perfect spot for a relaxing, totally rural week - lovely views, night skies and pool. The information booklet was first class and of great help. "
Anthony P
Excellent !
"Freelance are friendly, efficient service have used them for 20+ years and always get treated like old friends, nothing is too much trouble."
Authentic Crete
"I loved the privacy and the fact that it was in a real Crete village. The outside space is amazing and the Villa and gardens were clean. Thank you for the complimentary wine and snacks- it was very thoughtful of you!!!"
Dana D
Perfect Villa
"Villa Nikoletta is exactly like is presented in the pictures, We had everything we needed and the house was fully equiped. It is a beautiful village, very authentic and calm. We had privacy and a relaxing holiday. Thank you very much for the amazing honeymoon vacation. We had an amazing time in Crete and the Villa was perfect for us. "
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Flights to both Chania (CHQ) & Heraklion (HER) Airports

We don't book flights, we prefer to stick to what we love doing ( finding the best villas in the best places) below is  a rather good app showing flight routes, airlines, prices with links to the airlines to book.

** 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 ...

If you prefer to talk;

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.





The Times

The 50 best holidays in Greece

  26. Head to hilly Crete

Crete is so vast it may as well be its own country. Most people head to the coast but you can get great value slightly inland, especially in the serene hills that back on to the port town of Chania. Villa Nikoletta is a two-bedroom stone house, with a private pool, set in lovely gardens with lemon trees — with prices from as low as £69 a night. The nearest thing to traffic is a flock of passing sheep, but the village of Armeni, with its bakery, deli, and three tavernas, is close by.


James Ellis

Published at 12:01AM, February 6 2016


The Times

 The 50 best villas in the Mediterranean

 Villa Nikoletta, Crete, Greece

Get a taste of traditional rural Cretan life at this sympathetically renovated two-bedroom farmhouse on the edge of a hamlet a few miles from the coast. All the original features, such as high wood ceilings, doors and exposed stone have been retained in the simply furnished bright and light interior. The garden is a delight, with citrus trees, bougainvillea and colourful plants tumbling out of earthenware pots and reclaimed mill stones next to a lovely pool. Walk a mile down the road to the village of Stylos with a mini-market for basic provisions and tavernas selling authentic local cuisine (don’t miss the delicious pies stuffed with mountain greens at Faragi Taverna).

Details A week for four is from £483 (01789 297705, freelance-holidays.co.uk)



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