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The Garden of the Gods

  • 14 guests

  • 6 bedrooms

  • 4 bathrooms

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Gather all your favourite people for a stay at this palatial estate housing two identical villas within nearly two acres of private Cretan landscapes. Both villas offer gold-standard amenities, with a lengthy outdoor swimming pool to soak up the panoramic views of the sea and the Psiloritis mountains and a professional tennis court at the heart of the grounds. And don’t get us started on the crisp, minimalist interiors and unique collection of paintings by award-winning artist Kostas Tsolis. Location-wise, you’re just fifteen minutes from the airport and Heraklion city, and Ammoudara Beach is even closer.


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What to expect


Highlights

Break up pool days  at Ammoudara Beach, just under five kilometres away

Break up pool days at Ammoudara Beach, just under five kilometres away

Drink up the morning sunshine with coffees on the top floor balcony

Drink up the morning sunshine with coffees on the top floor balcony

Dial in a private chef for a sunset supper on the alfresco terraces

Dial in a private chef for a sunset supper on the alfresco terraces

Get together for pre-dinner drinks and star gazing here

Get together for pre-dinner drinks and star gazing here

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Home truths

    Due to its rural location, a car is recommended for this home, and there is ample private parking outside.

    Each home is set out over two floors with internal stairs, which may be unsuitable for guests with restricted mobility, and there are external steps to reach the poolside area.

    Each villa sleeps six guests, with the last two guests sharing a double sofa bed in the third bedroom.

    While not all the bedrooms and bathrooms are photographed, we expect the style and quality to be consistent with the rest of the home.

    If you’re travelling with little ones, a cot and high chair can be provided.

    A welcome basket is included to help settle you in.

About this stay


Amenities

Tennis court

Outdoor seating

Desk

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Air conditioning

Bedrooms & bathrooms

6 bedrooms, 10 beds

4 bathrooms

Extras


VIP services

24/7 concierge

Airport pick up

Arrange a chef

Baby sitting

Massage

Tickets and experience booking

Additional fees

  • Your host can help arrange various methods of transport for an additional fee, including airport transfers and drivers, car hire, private helicopters and jets, and yachts and sailing.

  • Your host can also provide luxury concierge services and offers guided island tours, massages, babysitters, sports coaches, and a private chef for an additional fee.

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Heraklion Town

Affectionately dubbed ‘small Athens’, Heraklion is Crete’s largest and most populated city. What started out as a fortified harbour town has grown into a bona fide tourist hotspot, popular for its year-round warm weather and palm-tree-lined seaside promenade. You only have to glance at a photo of its glistening port to understand why this place attracts so many visitors each year, but Heraklion has much more to offer than just...

Explore the area

Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Dine at To Rodi Tavern

Dine at To Rodi Tavern

Indulge in authentic Cretan cuisine at this family traditional taverna with amazing views. Try the grilled lamb and homemade dishes like dolmadakia and kokoretsi for a truly memorable dining experience.

25 min
Dine at Papadakis Taverna

Dine at Papadakis Taverna

Enjoy magnificent Greek cuisine and a breathtaking view of Iraklio at this friendly and affordable restaurant. Highly recommended for delicious food, great service, and an incredible atmosphere.

27 min
Dine at Heaven Beach

Dine at Heaven Beach

Enjoy a great beach restaurant with good service and ambience. Try the delicious chicken mini burgers and Arabic pie with chicken. Don't miss the mocktails and ice tea.

18 min
Relax at Yuri Gagarin Park

Relax at Yuri Gagarin Park

A tribute to Yuri Gagarin, this park offers a pleasant seaside walk and a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and reflection.

15 min
Try the authentic Cretian cuisine at Petousis Restaurant

Try the authentic Cretian cuisine at Petousis Restaurant

A local favourite in the eastern part of the island, Petousis Restaurant offers high-quality service and traditional Crete and Greek cuisine. With large portions, friendly staff, and complimentary desserts and drinks, it's perfect for families and food lovers.

17 min
Explore the mythical Knossos Palace

Explore the mythical Knossos Palace

Step into the reconstructed royal palace, linked to the myth of the Minotaur. Marvel at its beauty and historical significance. Take time to fully appreciate this impressive archaeological site.

21 min
Explore ancient Minoan culture at Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Explore ancient Minoan culture at Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Immerse yourself in the breathtakingly beautiful exhibition showcasing artefacts from the Minoan age, Cretan art, sculptures, and archaeological finds. Discover the rich history and exquisite artwork that will transport you back in time.

22 min
Be amazed by the aquatic life at CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos

Be amazed by the aquatic life at CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Mediterranean at this modern aquarium. Discover over 200 species of marine animals, including sharks.

30 min

Get around

Airport

Heraklion N. Kazantzakis

21 min

Sitia Public "Vitsentzos Kornaros"

2 hr 9 min

Chania International Ioannis Daskalogiannis

2 hr 16 min

Train station

Club Calimera Sunshine Kreta

12 min

Bus stop

ΧΑΤΖΑΚΗ - & ΑΓΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ - ΔΙΑΣΤΑΥΡΟΣΗ ΓΟΥΡΝΕΣ

13 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

7 min

Cafe

18 min

Pharmacy

11 min

Points of interest

Beach

Παραλία Ξεροπόταμος

16 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Children welcome (1-12 years)

No pets

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 15:00

Departure before 11:00

Air con

Wifi

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 30 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Victor

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Victor and his team look after some of the very best Grecian homes to be found. However, that's not all – they're on hand to arrange luxury extras and events to make your stay truly unforgettable.

Registration or licence number: 00001753530 .

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