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Villa Harmonia

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Matala | Bedrooms: 3 | Sleeps: 6 + 1

Rates: from £2,112 per week

Wood, stone, style - combined with the creativity and craftsmanship of the owners - these are the key elements of this stunning holiday villa, set among endless olive groves in the wonderfully unspoiled and peaceful southern part of Crete. A great variety of sandy and remote beaches as well as nearby historical sites are worth exploring before finishing the day with a glass of Greek wine and a relaxing meal in one of the numerous beachside tavernas.

Built in 2010 on the slope of a small hill with views over the village Pitsidia, Villa Harmonia is conveniently close to small shops, tavernas (Greek restaurants) and most importantly the beautiful beaches that line the southern coast of Crete, some of which you might get the chance to enjoy by yourselves all day long. The nearest beach, Komos, is not even 1.5km away from the house, and other picturesque areas like the famous resort of Matala are also only a short drive away. Apart from the wonderful swimming beaches there are many places to see and to keep you occupied, if so wished. Only a 5-minute drive from the villa you can find the Phaistos Minoan Palace which was home of the Minoan Greeks, the very first civilisation of Europe even before Athens and Rome. The first Christian church was built (and still stands today) in Gourtes which is half an hour away from Villa Harmonia. There are many other interesting sites that your locally based A&K Rep can point out to you during your stay. Traditional Cretan festivals welcoming visitors to enjoy dance and music; local tavernas serving fresh fish and authentic dishes including scrumptious lamb, pork, chicken and organic vegetables - they all invite you to experience the Greek way of life and the hospitality the locals are known for. Villa Harmonia is entirely built from natural stone and set among 2000m2 of private land, 400m2 of which is a manicured garden area with lawn, flowers, shrubs and herbs, as well as a small vegetable garden from which guests are welcome to pick anything that takes their fancy. There is also a hand-crafted wood stove and large grill for BBQ. The 8x5m swimming pool offers welcoming refreshment from the hot summer sun.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION


Ground Floor

There are 2 comfortable bedrooms, one with 1.60m bed plus single bed and the other with twin beds (the latter has a flat-screen TV), both extending onto terraces with access to garden and pool.
Both bedrooms share a bathroom with shower. There is an additional shower room next to the entrance hall.
Furthermore there is a well-equipped kitchen and open-plan living area with fireplace and doors leading onto a dining and lounge terrace.

First Floor

An internal staircase leads up to the impressive 100m2 master bedroom (1.80m bed) with a native cypress tree trunk emerging through the floor up to the high ceiling.
The bathroom is open-plan and features a Jacuzzi bath tub in the centre. Sliding glass doors open up onto a private sun terrace with stairs leading down to the pool area and garden.

January
  • Inokritika - an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.
March
  • Memorial Parade, held in Heraklion to celebrate the uprising of Greeks against Ottoman Turks in 1821.
April
  • 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.
July
  • 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.
August

  • Houdetsi Festival, Heraklion - a four day celebration full of music, art and food.
November

  • 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 general activities:
  • Iráklio (Heraklion) Archaeological Museum
  • Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre
  • Grotina - Greco-Roman city ruins
  • Archaeological and Folk Museums, Sitia
  • Panagia Kera - Crete's most famous Byzantine church
Suggested sporting activities:
  • Hike the Crete gorges
  • Snorkelling
  • Fishing

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.

Guest Book

31st July 2013
Many thanks for making our stay at Villa Harmonia so special - we feel as though we have been staying at the house of a friend rather than in a rented villa! The villa is beautiful and has clearly been deigned with love and artistry. Special thanks for all of the homegrown produce - eggs, tomatos, cucumber, melon - as well as the delicious cheesecake, orange marble chocolate cake and tzodzuki! All thoroughly enjoyed. We had a super barbecue with the fish too. Finally, what a splendid seafood meal we enjoyed at The Dolphin.
Theodora really is the hostess with the mostess!
Love, thanks and best wishes The Cobain Family

VILLA LOCATION

  • The villa is located a very short drive from the village square of Pitsidia and only 1.5km from the nearest sandy beach called Komos.
  • Also the world famous resort of Matala, “home of hippies” in the 60s, is only 4km away.
  • Many archaeological sites, which organise daily tours, are to be found within easy reach of the villa.
  • Local tavernas and a supermarket are 500m away.
  • More restaurants, shops, pharmacies, doctors etc. can be found in Mires (15-min drive).
  • Heraklion Airport is 70km away and Chania Airport 140km.

*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

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.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our Villa Only and A&K Hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Makean Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Maid service every fourth day.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (changed every fourth day).
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wi-Fi internet.
  • Underfloor cooling and heating system.
  • Additional Air-conditioning in Master bedroom.
  • Private swimming pool (8x5m), can be fenced upon request.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available at EUR 50/day.
  • Pool heating available at EUR 50/day, payable locally. Please note the pool will only heat 5-7 degrees higher than the atmospheric temperature at the time of travel.
  • A pre-arrival grocery shopping service is available on advance request. A service fee of EUR 30 will be charged locally plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries.
  • Cook or food delivery service available on request.
  • Transfer from Heraklion Airport to the villa (one way) available from EUR 305 (up to 7 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.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Cooling System (Under floor)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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