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Villa Rosemary

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Gavalohori | Bedrooms: 3 | Sleeps: 6

Rates: from £2,057 per week

Beautifully crafted and designed for ultimate comfort and luxury, Villa Rosemary with its unique location in the green hills of northern Crete offers spectacular views over the nearby villages and the distant Mediterranean Sea. A cool contemporary villa with pristine white interiors, funky artwork, a bright and sun-flooded ambience as well as 3 en-suite bedrooms and large swimming pool make Villa Rosemary a preferred destination for a group of friends or families on a stylish summer escape.

Located in the northern part of the island where the rolling olive- and cypress groves are backed by a rocky ridge that drops to Crete's north coast, Villa Rosemary is a spaciously designed hide-away which is favoured by those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the island's various tourist areas. Together with its sister property, Villa Melie, it is set on a 2-acre estate overlooking the sun-bathed valley that surrounds the picturesque but sleepy village of Gavalohori and that has the Aegean Sea as backdrop.


Top Floor (Entrance level):

• Entrance from private parking space (the estate’s driveway is partially shared). W.C.
• Spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The dining table seats 6 guests and faces sliding doors leading out onto the al fresco dining terrace and pool area. The living area with L-shaped sofa, fireplace, TV and DVD player opens onto a covered lounge terrace with wicker chairs and fabulous views over the valley and distant sea
• Well-equipped open-plan kitchen includes dishwasher, espresso machine, microwave, electric cooker etc. and has access to a laundry room with washing machine and dryer.

Middle Floor:

• Master bedroom with 1.80m bed, walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and a balcony as well as separate terrace with distant bay views

Lower Floor:

• Double/twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and separate kitchenette (fridge and sink)
• Double/twin bedroom with fireplace and en-suite shower room as well as separate lounge area with access to private covered terrace 


• Villa Rosemary is sharing the grounds of the estate with Villa Melie which is located a few meters diagonally to the front and on a lower garden level. Villa Melie has its main outdoor living and own pool areas at the other side/front of the building and is therefore out of sight for Villa Rosemary guests. Both villas can be rented together on request.

• Due to the terraced nature of the grounds and various drops, young children require constant supervision.


  • Inokritika an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.
  • Apokries, the Greek version of Mardi Gras is an event not to be missed. Thousands of people flood the streets of Chania in masquerades and costumes to celebrate through song and dance
  • 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.
  • Yakintheia - three-day festival filled with cultural events including Cretan folk tradition, music and food tasting. For a true inisight into Crete traditions and heritage, this is a festival not to be missed.
  • 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.
  • Festivals - a number of festivals are arranged by the municipality during this month including art exhibitions, theatrical events and music concerts.
  • 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:
  • Visit the many archaeological sites and historical monuments including Ancient Aptera, Firka Fortress, Egyptian Lighthouse, Giali Tzamisi and the Byzantine Wall of Chania.
  • Relax on one of Chania’s beaches famous for its clear waters and golden sands.
  • Explore Chania’s history on a tour through the Old City.
Suggested sporting activities:
  • Cycling,
  • Scuba diving,
  • Mountaineering,
  • Riding,
  • Paragliding,
  • Limnoypolis waterpark.

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.


Nearest villages/towns: Gavalochori village with several tavernas and a couple of general stores (approx. 10-min walk);
Amirida and Vamos have a wider range of restaurants and shops (5 km);
Chania town with huge variety of good restaurants, shops, supermarkets, etc. (27km, 30-min drive)
Nearest airport: Chania Airport (37km, 45 min)
Nearest beaches: Almyrida (5km), Kalyves (10km), Akrotiri peninsula (40km) with 2 jewels in Marathi and Stavros

We'd like to make you aware that Villa Rosemary is sharing the grounds with its sister property Villa Melie.

*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

  • Please be advised that only 2 bedrooms will be made available when the 4-guest price has been paid. For any additional bedrooms, the price for the full occupancy will be due.

  • The above rates are on a per villa per week basis. For further information on our Villa Only services please visit 'Villa Rental Options'. Your Abercrombie & Kent Villas Consultant would be more than happy to discuss your specific needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or give us a call.

  • Kindly Note: Villa Rosemary and its sister property Villa Melie can be booked together, provided availability is given at both houses. Please enquire for more details with your Abercrombie & Kent Consultant.


  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen.
  • 3 hours mid-weekly maid service.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wi-Fi internet.
  • Underfloor cooling and heating system.
  • Private swimming pool (13x6m).

Extra Services

  • Maid service available at EUR 20/hour.
  • A pre-arrival grocery shopping service is available on advance request. A service fee of EUR 20 will be charged locally plus the cost of groceries.
  • Arrivals at the meeting point after 23:00 will be charged an additional EUR 50.
  • Cook service available on request from EUR 40/hour (a minimum of 5 hours per service are payable in advance, the cost of groceries are to be settled locally).
  • Transfer from Chania Airport to the villa (one way) available from EUR 250 (up to 6 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.

  • Villa Rosemary shares the grounds of the estate with Villa Melie which is located a few meters diagonally to the front and on a lower garden level. Villa Melie has its main outdoor living and own pool areas at the other side/front of the building and is therefore out of sight for Villa Rosemary guests. Both villas can be rented together on request.
  • Due to the terraced nature of the grounds and various drops, young children require constant supervision.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Central Heating
  • Cooling System (Under floor)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Swimming Pool
  • 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

Call 01242 547 705 to speak to a specialist Enquire

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