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  • 12
  • 6
  • 6
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi

“Space, privacy and top quality, on edge of village, near sea”

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Sleeps (Max) 12
Bedrooms 6
Shower Rooms 6
Maid Service Included
Pool Private 9 x 5
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
DVD
Video
CD
Satellite TV
Dish Washer
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Toaster
Kettle
Sun Lounger
Microwave
WiFi Connection
Safe
Fan
Table Tennis
Departure Day Room
BBQ
Juicer
Mosquito Blind
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Espresso pot
Fridge
Freezer
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Villa Metapothia, Gavalochori, Crete    Free wifi

With soft ochre walls below a neat ensemble of terracotta tiled roofs, Villa Metapothia stands on a quiet hillside overlooking the village of Gavalohori in prime position to enjoy magnificent vistas towards Crete's distant White Mountains and sea views down the green and wooded valley to nearby Souda Bay.

 

For many years it was the dream of Diane, our Crete Operations Director, to build with her husband Yiannis, the perfect villa. Diane started repping for Freelance Holidays in 1988 at the tender age of 19 and four years later married Yiannis, a builder by trade. Finally, they pooled their experience and created this holiday home of which to be truly proud.

 

Given Diane's credentials, it will be no surprise to learn that this villa is extremely well appointed, furnished and equipped down to the minutest detail, including a cold water machine that holds 10L bottles.

 

On the upper two floors, all four bedrooms have the bonus of air-conditioning and en-suite facilities as well as French windows to their own individual terraces, complete with patio furniture and sea or mountain views.

 

Three of these bedrooms have twin beds matrimonial style with en-suite shower rooms, whilst the master bedroom has a large double bed and an en-suite WC and wash hand basin with a hydro massage bath  in a corner of the bedroom. This wayward bath also has a shower attachment and comes complete with its own window with sea views down the valley.

 

At first floor level, the main entrance leads into the extensive open plan living area. To one side, a comfortable sitting room has sofas and an easy chair grouped around a large fireplace set in an attractive wall of local stone, plus a massive picture window to make the most of the views down the valley.

At the far end of the villas living area, a breakfast bar separates the superb living kitchen, designed by Diane rather than Yianni, with an abundance of storage cupboards and work surfaces, plus all mod cons, including eye level oven, ceramic hob, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and espresso coffee machine. To the rear of the kitchen is a guest WC and wash hand basin and also a washing machine.

The dining area, set between the kitchen and sitting area, has its own large picture window with views over the village to the mountains as well as a useful little bar to one side, complete with a CD, Hi-Fi system (which can be used with iphones/ipods or USB). 

 

Doors from here and the kitchen, open onto a covered terrace, with two large marble topped patio tables for informal meals and from where steps lead down to the beautiful 9m x 5m pool (Depth: max 1.8m, min 1.2m) with a Jacuzzi bench in one corner, plus adjoining children's swimming pool (Depth 0.6m).

 

Below the living area at pool level and with their own entrance doors are two further spacious bedrooms both with en-suite shower rooms. One has its own covered terrace overlooking the barbecue area with twin beds & two futon sofas, that open up into double beds, plus a fridge which is useful for extra drinks as it is near the BBQ area. The other bedroom faces towards the entrance driveway and has a double bed and small L shaped sofa plus it's own sitting area near the garden.

 

These groundfloor bedrooms have external access only to the upper floors. All rooms are spacious both inside & out, which is why this is a perfect villa holiday for large parties. A large selection of holiday reading material is available as well as puzzles, backgammon & of course, table tennis to keep all ages entertained.

 

The lawned gardens of the property are surrounded by high stone walls and terraced down the hillside. There's a lovely shady olive tree in one corner, whilst in a sheltered spot to the far side of the villa is a purpose built barbecue area with a huge table. 

 

In the lounge there is a satellite TV and DVD. Plus the master bedroom has it's own smaller plasma TV with satellite channels.

A lane from the village winds gently up the 130 metres to the villa past a number of neighbouring houses and is just a whisker too narrow for a normal car, although this is not really surprising in a village where, until recent times, donkeys were the favoured form of transport! The obvious advantage of course is that Villa Metapothia has no passing traffic apart from the long eared, four-legged variety.

 

 **As an extra service at Villa Metapothia, for those clients who would prefer to enjoy their beautiful surroundings at the villa without cooking, Diane has arranged for a take away delivery service with one of the tavernas in Almirida, who will deliver your meal to the villa on serving  plates (not tin foil dishes) and  lay your table in readiness. Crockery etc can be returned the following day.**

 

 
"This is the BEST Greek Villa with pool 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) " Chris Brooks & Family


 

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Villa Metapothia, Crete Latest review - Villa Metapothia, Crete
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..."
Klaus Franzmann - Jul 2014
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Villa Metapothia, Crete Latest review - Villa Metapothia, Crete
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..."
Klaus Franzmann - Jul 2014
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Distances
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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Klaus Franzmann - Jul 2014
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 - Apr 2014
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 - Jun 2013
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 - Jul 2012
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 - Jul 2012
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 - Jun 2011
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!"
Christophe - May 2011
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 - Aug 2010
Perfect
"I can't say enough, the whole experience was perfect. Thankyou for a wonderful holiday."
Ingelise Moeller (Denmark) - Oct 2009
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 - Sep 2009
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."
Jane - Aug 2009
"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 - Aug 2009
"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 - Jun 2009
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 - May 2009
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 - May 2009
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 - Jun 2008
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 - Apr 2008
"An ideal holiday venue!"
Mr J Coleman - Aug 2006
"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 - May 2004
"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 - Aug 2003
"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 - May 2012
"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 are our flight tips.

** 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 - IAGIf 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 0845 0710 130 during office hours.

 

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30 European villas for families to share

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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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