This property has it all: large swimming pool, tennis court, boules pitch and croquet lawn, games room with antique snooker table, extensive library with a Boston/Steinway grand piano and magnificent sea views. Beautifully furnished with antiques, completely air-conditioned and with a private sun deck right at the waterfront, Simeroma provides the perfect retreat for a luxury holiday in the popular Elounda area with its various resorts, of which some are in walking distance to the villa.
Simeroma is set close to the Cretan town of Elounda. Once a small fishing village, it has retained many of its traditional charms and paired it with great restaurants and a lively nightlife. Numerous beaches, with various facilities abound in the area. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for those wishing to lounge away the day in the sun and water activities are available including water-skiing for those adventurous enough to take a speedy trip on the water. Elounda has a plethora of places to dine out or enjoy a drink including traditional ouzeria, kafenio and tavernas, modern bars and restaurants, located throughout the centre and in the villages beyond.
Simeroma has it all: private swimming pool, tennis court, boules and croquet lawn, games room with antique snooker table, extensive library with a Steinway grand piano and magnificent sea views. Beautifully furnished with antiques, fine art and personal touches, completely air-conditioned this superb villa is set front-line to the sea in large private grounds, including a grove of mature olive trees, a sea-facing Greek Orthodox chapel and a sun deck by the sea. There is a great feeling of space with the lowest ceilings being 3 meters ranging to peaked ceilings in the living room and kitchen reaching almost 5 meters and higher in the front hall which is two stories.
The local villa staff is very friendly and does their utmost to provide excellent service for all house guests, including daily maid service and regular linen changes.
The main house is on a hill with three floors as follows:
Top Floor - Three bedrooms and a hall overlooking the living room and front hall
- Master bedroom with a king size bed, large porch, decorative fireplace, a private balcony and two en-suite bathrooms - one with a large shower room and the other with a Jacuzzi bath tub.
- Blue Room with a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and balcony with breathtaking sea views.
- Moroccan Room with two twin beds which can be put together for a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and balcony overlooking the front of the house with mountain views.
Ground Floor - Main living areas
- Front hall on mountain side leading to a sundrenched sitting room with a 600 year old decorative fireplace, high ceilings and access to outdoor terraces from where to enjoy stunning sea views.
- Study/ library with a Boston grand piano made by Steinway, broadband wireless internet connection, fax/ printer, a vast collection of books (classics, best sellers, non-fiction, etc.) and a balcony with sea and mountain views.
- Dining room which seats 12 and with access to outdoor terraces.
- Spacious kitchen, fully equipped with a table seating 8-10 and sea and mountain views on three sides. Outside is a table and four comfortable chairs protected from the morning sun.
- Laundry/ pantry and W.C. near the front hall.
- Between and around the dining room and the living room is a large patio with a marble table seating 12 with sea views.
Lower Ground Floor - on sea side
- Gounalakis suite with two bedrooms, each with two twin beds which can be combined to one king size bed. These bedrooms share a living room and a bathroom with bath and shower attachment. They also lead out to a covered terrace.
- Manolis suite with one bedroom and a separate sitting area with sofabed. The bedroom is equipped with a 2x2m bed, an en-suite shower room and with access to a private terrace.
- In addition to various utility rooms and a W.C., there is a large TV and games room with billiards and satellite channels as well as french doors leading out to the pool area.
Separate Annex (on request) - To accommodate up to 4 guests (16 guests in total with main house)
- Separate apartment underneath the tennis court with two bedrooms (one with twin beds and a bathroom en-suite with bath and shower attachment and the other with a double bed (1.60m) and small en-suite shower room). They share an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. This cottage is 65 meters away from the main house, is never rented on its own and is not included in the rental unless specifically agreed. Please note that the interior design of the apartment is of lesser quality than the main house.
Grounds and Gardens
- The pool is 12 x 6 meters large and overflows on the sea side. On three sides is a large patio with barbecue and an eating area made for at least 12 guests.
- There is a Davis Cup size tennis court with an adjacent boules court. Play equipment can be provided.
- There is a croquet lawn leading down towards the sea to a Greek Orthodox chapel with a lovely patio and sea views. At the chapel there is a path to the sea to a wooden platform with two sun loungers, a refrigerator and steps into the sea. This is a rocky area and the sea is dangerous unless still.
- The grounds include an olive grove with 50 mature trees and a Roman tank protected by Greek laws on antiquities with newly planted grape vines around it.
- The grounds are 25,000 square meters but some of it is too hilly for easy use and while it’s on the sea the slope becomes steeper when approaching the sea and a convenient access to the sea is planned. While there are walls and planted thorny bushes near dangerous drops, young children cannot be left unsupervised.
Due to some low-railing balconies and unprotected drops on the grounds, young children must be supervised at all times.
- Inokritika an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.
- Memorial Parade held in Heraklion to celebrate the uprising of Greeks against Ottoman Turks in 1821.
- Burning of Judas celebrations. Easter is the main public holiday in Greece and in Ayios Nikolaos, it is celebrated with the burning of an effigy of Judas on Lake Voulismeni accompanied by the sound of firecrackers.
- Heraklion Summer Festival. This arts festival runs until September and has welcomed arts groups such as the Kirov Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and the Vienna Opera.
- Houdetsi Festival, Heraklion - a four day celebration full of music, art and food.
Suggested general activities:
- St Minas Parade, held in Heraklion by the townspeople to commemorate their patron saint, who rescued Christians from slaughter by Turks in the 19th century.
Suggested sporting activities:
- Walk to the Spinalonga Peninsula and see the remains of the Sunken City of Olous and its five windmills.
- Relax on one of Elounda's stunning beaches.
- Take the Happy Train and travel from Elounda to Plaka, a fishing village with spectacular views.
- Boat Trips
- Blue Dolphin Diving Centre
TIME ZONE Greece operates on GMT + 2 hours.
LANGUAGE Modern Greek (as opposed to Ancient) is the national language of Greece. Vernacular speech contains many borrowings from foreign languages, including Italian, French, Turkish and English, so you may hear some familiar words in everyday speech. "Tourist Police" whose lapel badges picture a Union Jack or American flag speak English. In Greece, people whose work brings them into contact with visitors from overseas are generally excellent English speakers.
CURRENCY The Euro, divided into 100 Cents.
MONEY MATTERS Travellers cheques can easily be converted into Euros; some larger stores will take them as payment. Smaller denominations are preferred. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread.
TIPPING Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.
WEATHER Greece enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, occasionally wet winters. Summer temperatures can reach the upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and sun protection in the form of sun cream, a sun hat and lightweight clothing is recommended.
CLOTHING Style is fairly casual throughout Greece though in more rural areas and during Easter more conservative dress may be observed, for example covered shoulders. Cathedrals, churches and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime as the heat can be extreme during summer months. You are advised to take lightweight light coloured items, including a sun hat to protect your skin from the affects of sun damage. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate light to medium-weight clothing selections and in winter you will need a pullover and a coat. When dining at better restaurants and for any special occasion during your journey, dress is more formal. For gentlemen, a "jacket and tie" standard is appropriate, with an equivalent standard of eveningwear for ladies. Bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels.
HEALTH For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
ELECTRICITY Electrical service is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.
I did want to tell you how much we enjoyed the house. It is a simple masterpiece and clearly was a labor of love. The infinity pool was exquisite and the view of the house was unimaginable. However, what was equally impressive was the detail of every room. The six bedrooms were extremely comfortable and each done with a purpose and philosophy. The mosaics of the dolphins when you walk in and over the door when you walk in near the pool are wonderful. Because our two daughters and son love to cook, the huge kitchen with a high ceiling and fully stocked was a pleasure and the grill outside was great.
Most importantly, Georgia, Dimitri, and Sophia were extraordinary and assisted us in every way. We imposed beyond their job descriptions as they helped us to buy fish at the market, start the grill and advise us in cooking the fish. This was our third visit to Crete and by far a memorable occasion. Best regards.
Nicholas, 7th September 2013
- Elounda with sea front restaurants, shops and bars 3km
- Agios Nikolaos with restaurants and shops 7km
- Fishing village Plaka 7km
- Areti Monastery 24km
- Spinalonga Island, Venetian fortress and once a leper colony 10min by boat from Elounda
- Heraklion Airport 67km
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
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Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
- The 12-guest price is only valid for the main house. If you wish to rent the bedrooms in the annex, the displayed 16-guest price will be due.
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- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
- Daily maid service 6 hours per day.
- Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (changed mid-weekly).
- Final Cleaning.
- Broadband internet.
- Telephone, local calls only.
- Full Air-conditioning.
- Central Heating.
- Private swimming pool (12x6m).
- Pool heating on request in advance (approx. EUR 1200/ week).
- Extra Maid hours available at EUR 20/hour.
- Chef and waiter service available on advance request. Cost of groceries payable locally. Please enquire for more details and sample menus.
- Transfer from Heraklion Airport to the villa (one way) available from EUR 350 (up to 16 guests). A supplement may apply for transfers at night time.
- We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience. Please contact your A&K Villas Travel Consultant for further information.
- Please note that in case of cancellation all confirmed services are non refundable.
- KINDLY NOTE:
- Due to some low-railing balconies and unprotected drops on the grounds, young children must be supervised at all times.