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  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi


“Perfect for larger groups, with exceptional space both inside and out. Walk to village with 3 good tavernas ”

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Essential Information
Sleeps (Max) 12
Bedrooms 6
Shower Rooms 6
Maid Service Included
Pool Private 9 x 6
A/C Included
Floor Area m² 296
Booking Information
Check-In Any day (after 16:00)
Check-Out Any day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay 5 nights
Local Facilities
Beach 4kms
Tavernas 300m
Mini Market 250m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 35 km
Ferry Port Souda 20 km
Heraklion 131 km
Villa Equipment
Satellite TV
Dish Washer
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
Table Tennis
Mosquito Window Blind
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Espresso pot
Nespresso* Machine
?Pool Airjets?
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Villa Metapothia, Gavalochori, Crete


Incredibly spacious both inside and out and exceptionally well equipped, Villa Metapothia is the perfect holiday villa for large parties.  The lovely 9m x 6m pool, with integrated jacuzzi bench seating and shallow childrens pool is surrounded by plenty of sunbeds and parasols of such a generous size that there's space for all.  For those who'd also like a little 'time out',  each of the 6 en suite, air conditioned bedroom (except for one which has a small sitting area nearby) has it's own private balcony furnished with rattan furniture. There's also a lovely  'chill out' area under a pergola in the garden.

Did we also mention the magnificent views encompassing Crete’s White Mountains and the blue sea of Souda Bay glistening down a green and wooded valley.....? 



The Villa sits on a quiet hillside at the end of a lane that winds gently up the 130 metres from the village past a number of neighbouring houses, originally the width of 2 passing donkeys, it has now been widened to accommodate a normal saloon car. 

Amongst the village streets in  Gavalohori you'll find  3 excellent tavernas, a bakery and a couple of minimarkets, one of which offers a delivery service by quadbike.  It's also useful  to know, for larger groups, that one of the village tavernas offers a great take away service and another in nearby Almerida will deliver.  Just a few minutes drive away,  this small and low key resort offers a choice of tavernas strung around the crescent of soft sand where shallow waters lap onto the shoreline. There is also a selection of shops as well as a few cafes and bars.

The White Mountains beg to be explored and Chania and Rethymnon are both within an easy drive.


Outside Villa Metapothia

Swimming Pool - 9m x 6m with circular area,  depth 1.20m - 1.80m, bench with air jets in shallow area plus children pool area depth 0.60m.

Barbecue dining terrace -  Wooden dining table and chairs for 12 with very large parasol, purpose built barbecue and sink. Table tennis to the side.

Covered dining terrace - Large marble topped table with seating for 12 next to kitchen.

‘Chill out’ Pergola - Shaded pergola with rattan sofas and armchairs.

Garden - Terraced lawns with a shady olive tree.

Covered First Floor Terrace -  Rattan sofas and coffee table with mountain and sea views.

Bedroom balconies -  Each bedroom has its own covered balcony with table & comfortable seating.

Kitchen balcony - useful for drying clothes plus views towards the White Mountains.



Inside Villa Metapothia

Ground floor

Open Plan Living Area - 

Living room area - Sofas and an easy chair grouped around a large fireplace. Massive picture  window with wonderful views down the valley to the sea. Windows towards mountain views.   Bar with stereo system. Air Con Unit.

 Dining Area - large dining table and chairs. Patio doors to covered dining terrace. Iced       water machine (starter water bottle supplied).

 Kitchen Area - Wood fronted cupboards and ample countertop space. Ceramic hob, electric  oven,  microwave, dishwasher, double sink with mountain view, large fridge/freezer. Breakfast  table and chairs. Patio doors to covered dining terrace, door to ‘drying’ balcony. Air con unit.

Cloakroom WC., hand basin and washing machine.

*Twin Bedroom 1, ensuite shower room - 2 single beds, patio doors to covered balcony with rattan furniture, ensuite  shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Air Con Unit 

*Twin Bedroom 2, ensuite bathroom -  2 single beds, walk-in closet, patio doors to covered balcony with rattan furniture, ensuite bathroom with shower attachment, WC and wash basin.  Air Con Unit


First floor

Double Bedroom 3, ensuite bathroom - 1 double bed, french doors to covered terrace with rattan furniture, corner bath with shower over, in one corner, Satellite TV.  Ensuite with WC and wash basin. Air Con Unit

 *Twin Bedroom 4, ensuite shower room - 2 single beds, patio doors to covered balcony  rattan furniture, ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Air Con Unit

 Lower Level - with external access only to main part of Villa

*Twin Bedroom 5, ensuite shower room - 2 single beds, sofa bed, patio doors to covered balcony overlooking barbecue area, fridge (useful for storing drinks near the pool and barbecue area), ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Air con unit.

Double Bedroom 6, ensuite shower room -  1 double bed,  sofa, door to entrance terrace, ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Opposite the covered terrace with ratten sofas. Air con unit.

* All twin beds can be pushed together with no ‘gap’, but can’t be made up as doubles.



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. The price is inclusive of a light midweek clean.

Welcome pack - You will find in the fridge a welcome pack with drinks and snacks whilst unpacking.

Pool towels are provided.


Wifi  - free



There is space to park 2 saloon cars within the gates of the Villa

There is space for parking people carriers or minibuses at the bottom of the lane or close by, in the village. 


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Villa Metapothia, Crete Latest review - Villa Metapothia, Crete
Beautiful villa
"Beautiful villa, fully equipped for 12 people in a cute village, just a few minutes from the sea and sandy beach in Almyrida - wish we could have stayed longer."
Wendy and Co - Oct 2018
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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 Metapothia, Crete Latest review - Villa Metapothia, Crete
Beautiful villa
"Beautiful villa, fully equipped for 12 people in a cute village, just a few minutes from the sea and sandy beach in Almyrida - wish we could have stayed longer."
Wendy and Co - Oct 2018
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Beach 4kms
Tavernas 300m
Mini Market 250m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 35 km
Ferry Port Souda 20 km
Heraklion 131 km
Location of Villa Metapothia
Gavalochori, Crete

In the centre of the scenic Apokoronou Penisula, 3.5 km inland from Almirida and at the end of a green and wooded valley leading down to the sea, the village of Gavalohori has enjoyed something of a renaissance. This is in part thanks to a woman's co-operative where they make and sell local handicrafts such as lace and silk products. Many of the houses have been renovated in traditional fashion and the village has a pleasant air of both rural charm and prosperity.

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Wendy and Co
Beautiful villa
"Beautiful villa, fully equipped for 12 people in a cute village, just a few minutes from the sea and sandy beach in Almyrida - wish we could have stayed longer."
Excellent !
"Everything from start to finish was professional and friendly. Made it all very stress free "
Utterly brilliant
"The villa was fabulously, amazing layout, well equipped perfect for large groups as every room is well proportioned and has their own bathroom so no one felt on top of each other, stunning views, well manicured garden and pool, ever room and the garden were fully equipment. The villa was so clean and organised we wanted for nothing. The village was a minute walk away and the locals and restaurant friendly and more. Great value for money. Will be using them again. Thank you."
Beautiful sea views
"The view from the villa is even beautiful than the photos! Apart from the beautiful sea view, the Mountain View is also amazing! The villa is located in a beautiful village called Gavalohori with Nice Nearby beaches within 5 minutes driving and lots of mini markets and nice restaurants within walking distance. Meanwhile one can still enjoy whole privacy! The villa is fully equipped and is very functional. One can always find some shade the whole day! Swimming pool is really big for a group of people and we enjoyed it quite a lot ! As we do not have a car, a Taxi nearby is really a great bonus! Diane is the most kind host we have ever met and the home made cake is really tasty!Highly recommend for anyone who are having vacation in Crete and want to experience the true colour of Crete!"
Leon's Group
"We had a great stay and the villa is wonderful. It is very spacious and easily accommodated our large party. The pool and bbq area are especially good. The Wi-Fi also worked very well. The location is excellent with an easy walk to the charming village. We had a great holiday and loved the villa."
Debbie & Friends
Most brilliant week
"We had the most brilliant week thank you! We will certainly be looking at your properties for next years trip!"
"Wow! Where do I start! An amazing villa in a cute village with outstanding views all around! Superb pool with jacuzzi. Table tennis was also a great hit with our group! Facilities within the property are brilliant, I can't think of anything lacking. Lovely restaurants & tavernas down in the village just a few minutes walk away, also local 'supermarket' owner will deliver shopping to the villa on his quad bike! Nice 40 min walk down the lane ( not the main road) to Almirida. Excellent butcher there for BBQ meat! Walk to the left side of beach & its lovely & sandy with beach bar! Also boat trips 2 mins further on! We would definitely recommend this villa & the owners were very helpful to us if we had any questions."
Victor and family
Wonderful Villa !
"We had a wonderful week at Villa Metapothia. The house is huge, the pool is great, the kitchen is spacious and well equipped and there are plenty of tables and sitting corners to hang out at. Diane and Yianni are super nice and responsive. I would like to mention the cleaning crew, who came at the middle of our stay and brought us a home made cake! The village itself is small and very nice. The grocery shop owner showed the us the way to the house when we first got there and would deliver your groceries for you. Monica's Tavern is also great and even got live music there one night. All in all, a wonderful stay. I recommend whole heatedly!"
Fantastic Villa
"Thank you very very much for the stay in your fantastic villa. It is just perfect and so much space. And the good service from Diane. We will book next year another villa of yours."
Judith and family
Spectacular villa
"A spectacular villa, perfect for family or friends. Plenty of spaces to eat and drink together but also lots of nooks and crannies if you need a bit of peace and quiet. It surpassed our expectations. It is somewhat off the beaten track so a car is essential but the local tavernas are very welcoming."
Beautiful villa, fantastic village
"This is our third holiday with Freelance -- all in Crete. Of course Crete is great (I don't think Freelance can be credited with that...), but the villas are amazing, and even the car hire is just right. Their local knowledge is fantastic (thank you for everything Diane!) and the villas are really just right. It was very useful for us to for the exact days we wanted, and they even accommodated some changes after our deposit was paid. "
Just great !
"Everything was really great:)"
Wow !
" Excellent Villa and service, my grandson's comment on arrival was "wow, what an amazing lifestyle" says it all. It's also great having Diane to get advice about local facilities."
Tim & co
Astonishingly lovely villa
"Would rather keep the secret to myself, but I have to be honest: this is an astonishingly lovely villa. Gavalochori is a charming little village with a bakery, an all hours corner shop and a couple of lovely and friendly restaurants. About 10 minutes drive to Almerida, tiny seaside resort with decent beach and fantastic restaurants. Freelance are really great -- second villa with them, and the care I get from them is superb."
"The hosts were brilliant and most helpful in every aspect. Helped us with our luggage, every time we had issues they attended in a timely manner, and spent so much time helping us in every way they could, from detailed emails to booking taxis, food, etc. The villa is very comfortable, loads of games, toys, kitchenware and anything you need which was great."
Stunning 5 Star Villa
"We were a family group of 12 . Three pairs of parents and 6 teenage children. The villa is in a stunning location above a traditional Crete village with great tavernas and bakery and shop . The villa is huge with 6 double bedrooms all ensuite. Even with such a large group we all had our own space . The bedrooms and common areas were superb and the thought that has gone into the design and fitting out are second to none. We had the perfect family holiday and can't wait to get back . Thank you freelance for helping our family have such a memorable stay."
Klaus Franzmann
Perfect has become better.
"For the second year in a row we have stayed for two weeks in this wonderful villa with our four grandchildren and their parents. Now every room have aircondition, and the maintenance of the house and the surroundings is just impeccable. We just love the house and the village. Everybody in the city is so friendly and the tavernas are of a great quality. My oldest grandchild (six years) just asked his parents if this holiday was for real. It was just so great? He thought is was good last year, but now when he has been here before, and knows the house, the village and the beach it's just perfect. I had to promise him that we will return, and we will!"
Klaus Franzmann
An amazing villa in amazing surroundings!
"Right now my wife and I have our two daughters their husbands and our 4 grandchildren staying with us for the annual family vacation. We all agree: This is by far the best villa we have stayed in, and we have tried quite a few over the years. The description is 100% correct. Everything is in fact perfect. The village has several very good tavernas (check tripadvisor), and the beach Almyrida is only 10 minutes away by car. It's a very child friendly beach, and here you also find lots of good tavernas. It takes app. 45 minutes to drive to Chania, so everything is within reach. This is a place we most certainly will return to! "
Gareth Leigh
You will not be disapointed
"Amazing - Nothing else to say. The photos don't do it justice. The views are phenomenal. The owners are great, kind and extremely friendly and helpful. The village is perfect (Try Monica's for a fantastic Greek meal). The local area is just piling with wonderful places, beaches. My children have made me promise to go next year and we will be staying here..."
Bleathman Family
Highly recommended
"Just returned from a wonderful stay at Villa Metapothia. What a wonderful Villa with space for all 3 generations of our family. The smallest children were happy splashing about in the small pool while their big cousins moved regularly between ping pong and pool and loved going into the village (very pretty village, with excellent tavernas). We enjoyed barbecues long lunches and a trip into Chania and Granny and Grandpa occasionally took time off on the upper terrace with their books (reading with their eyes shut became a bit of a joke). Have never found a better equipped Villa and can not recommend it highly enough "
James Tapping
Excellent villa,in a relaxed and friendly village.
"Our party of 11 (8 adults and 3 children) had a wonderful week at the villa. It is very well equipped, and the proximity of the excellent tavernas in the village was a welcome bonus. We would recommend the taverna opposite the bakery for its excellent mojitos and good service. Diane, the owner of the villa, was very helpful when a last minute hitch forced us to adjust our travel plans, she was very kind. We wouldnt hesitate to recommend the villa to our friends, very suitable for a relaxing break. Thank you."
Marit Eikrem
We really enjoyed our vacation at villa Metapothia
"We really enjoyed our vacation at villa Metapothia, it was a beautiful house with a lot of space, both inside and outside. Great pool area, even for small kids. Very grateful for the pooltowels!! A small drawback that it didnĀ“t have aircondition in all bedrooms and we would also prefer to have AC in the kitchen aswell, since it was really hot while cooking/foodpreparing. Except that, it contained all the equipment we could think of! Great service, we quickly got help when we asked about something. Not the best location if you want to stay central, but we had rental cars and used them for both beachtrips and shopping. Very friendly people in the small charming village. "
Martijn Beekhuizen, Netherlands
Great luxury villa
"Mid June 2011 we had a wonderful marriage week in the villa. The villa itself is exceeded our expectations we had based on the photos (and those look already great). It has all the facilities you'll need, the workmanship is detailed, great service by Diane and even a mid-week cleaning service. We are sure we will be using a villa from Freelance Holidays again in the future, with the large selection of villas it won't be difficult to find one. P.S. Diane thank you very much for your present on our wedding day!"
What a wonderful house
"We are back to Normandie now. We have spent a great week. What a wonderfull house. Good time and best memories. Hope we'll come again in This beautiful country, which remind us Corse island. Thanks for your disponibility. Christophe"
Head Family
"I can't say enough, the whole experience was perfect. Thankyou for a wonderful holiday."
Ingelise Moeller (Denmark)
A wonderful Villa in Crete
"We had a very pleasant stay in a wonderful house in a beautiful little town with an excellent restaurant with very friendly people and fine service. We will most certain recommend the house and your company to friends and family. Thank you for very nice service from you office before we left. "
Rosemary Brayshaw
Super, well appointed Villa
"I believe that was the 12th or 13th holiday we have enjoyed with Freelance, which speaks for itself. Super property which met our needs perfectly, well appointed and within walking distance of all basic requirements."
"Villa Metapothia is a fantastic villa. It is expensive but lovely and we have stayed there many times. Freelance continue to offer lovely villas and good service with local knowledge. "
Joanna Parry
"Great pool and table tennis made it difficult to find time to go out! Very spacious so, as two families sharing the villa, everyone had their own space if they wanted it. Lovely to be able to walk into the village to 3 recommended tavernas/cafes and Almyrida was great for the children. Overall, a fantastic holiday location and we all feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to stay there."
Ruth Harris
We were able to totally relax
"We returned on Tuesday after a lovely week in the Villa and just wanted to thank you so much for suggesting it. I am so grateful for such a lovely place and quiet village and so many lovely people around. We were able to totally relax and were very impressed at how lovely the villa was, inside and out and we will definitely look at returning and also recommending it to friends as we enjoyed it so much. It was a real help having everything organised before we got there including the grocery basket, car hire etc. Thanks again for everything. "
Magaret Davey
A beautifully equipped Villa
"All agreed that the villa was beautifully equipped and the village location second to none. Our only problem was that we only booked for one week and even with the kindness of our friends living in Gavalochri arranging our excursions there was still so much to see and we needed more time. Thank you for providing such a delightful holiday location. "
The Broughtons
Exceptionally well equipped villa
"Exceptionally well equipped villa, ideal for our family party of 9 with an age range of 8 months to 65 ! Ditto about the location. Attentive agent/owner. No critisiscm other than too many birds singing in the morning! "
Kate J & Family
Villa was gorgeous
"Just to say how much we enjoyed our holiday at Metapothia last week . The villa was gorgeous and Gavalochori was a lovely little village. Thanks too for being able to stay in the accommodation a little later in the morning - it meant that yesterday wasn't just a day travelling. We were able to enjoy the morning and shower before heading off. It's that little touch that really makes a holiday great. Thanks again and we hope to book something a little later in the year. "
Jill and Steve
"An ideal holiday venue!"
Mr J Coleman
"An excellent holiday, beautiful villa & great destination we thoroughly enjoyed our stay & hope to return to the villa again. Diana was superb & came into her own when our flight was delayed. A great holiday enjoyed by young and old!"
Wells Party
"The rep contacted us to let us know we had left a couple of things in the property. Your service really was beyond the call of duty and suggests that not only do you run a company which offers good customer service, but one where staff are a happy lot as well. We look forward to travelling with you again and would certainly recommend you to friends. As you will see from all the ticks in the "excellent" column on your questionnaire, we all had a wonderful time."
Phil Ludgate and family
"Villa Metapothia has been designed and built to a very high standard and is ideally situated, a truly great holiday..........see you next year! "
Chris Brooks & Family
"This is the BEST Villa we have ever stayed in and would like to rebook for next year, the best points of the villa are; * Quality of finish * Size & privacy of pool * Location to village & position of Villa * Location to beaches * Space (nothing is cramped!) * Balconies * Jaccuzzi * en-suites * Barbeque area (sunshine & size) * Views * Big bedrooms (plenty of space & wardrobes) "
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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 ...

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30 European villas for families to share

Julia Brookes and Kate Quill

Gavalochori, Crete

Villa Metapothia in Gavalochori is a modern building with six bedrooms, three of them with private balconies, and two of them located away from the main house, which guarantees everyone some privacy should they need it. The large pool has an adjoining spa bath and children’s pool, and there’s a games room with darts and table tennis, and an outside covered dining or lounging area that extends from the main living room. The two separate rooms have their own entrances and terrace — perfect for teenagers in need of their own space. 

Details 01789 297705, freelance-holidays.co.uk

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