Centrally located on the island of Crete , is a private entrance Studio Chalet with an incredible view of olive groves , the Mediterranean Sea and Dia Island . Fully equipped kitchenette , single bed , a double fold-out sofa that includes weekly linens and a fantastic large deck that looks out into the Mediterranean Sea . There is also a TV , Wi-fi and outdoor furniture ! By car or bus it's just minutes to the city center of Heraklion , beaches and airport . We can reserve a motorbike or car where we get great deals for our guests and have it right when you arrive , just let us know . Free airport or boat transfers when staying with us too . Lots of parking for the Chalet if you rent a car . You can catch the city bus that comes in front of the house twice a day , Monday thru Friday or walk down to the next village of Karteros ( 20 min.walk ) where the bus comes every 30 minutes . Only non-smokers please !
This quaint, comfortable and magical Studio Chalet is situated behind the main house and two other rentals . The house is surrounded by grape vines , fig , lemon , apricot , and pomegranate trees . Also large cacti with prickly pear fruit , geraniums , lavender , and the smell of jasmine at your doorstep .You will be able to enjoy the fruits from our garden depending on the season and we will supply you with our own fresh olive oil for cooking , a welcome bottle of our red wine , and olive oil soap for your showers too . You also will be provided with a delicious Cretan appetizer plate when you arrive and a continental breakfast . For your convenience in the village , there is a small family-run grocery store and a great coffee shop , serving drinks and small Greek specialty plates all within walking distance from the house ! There is a larger chain grocery store nearby you can get to by car too . Come and experience Crete with us :-)
I am an American who has lived on the island for 15 years now . It would be my pleasure to assist you in all your excursions and help you experience the real Crete , with all of her ancient mysteries and natural beauty . In the summer ( about 6 months long ) of course we have the pristine beaches everywhere you look , fall and winter we have the making of wine , raki ( or moonshine ) and the harvesting for olive oil through out the villages . There is a fantastic winery nearby to visit and tour called Boutari Winery that is just 4 kilometers from the house . There you will be able to taste , experience and buy some of our local wines to take back home with you too ! There is also a beautiful canyon called the Karteros Canyon just down the hill from the chalet where you can take long hikes through nature .There are over 6,000 villages , 3 ,000 caves and more than 350 beaches to explore on the island and all unique in their own special way . You will never forget Crete
Make sure to check out our other home listing here too ! A fantastic view apartment on the same property :-) Listed as Romantic Sea View Vacation Home on Crete here on Airbnb : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/311405
Also our 3rd new listing on Airbnb ! : Traditional Cretan Village Home in Avdou https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2513627
We can combine the two houses since they are next to each other for families or larger groups too We look forward to having you stay with us :-)
Our guests will have the entire house and garden to themselves !
Interaction with guests
We can assist our guests with finding a car rental at the best price ! We can also help in planning excursions throughout the island and directing them to the best restaurants and shopping :-)
Other things to note
The view from the house and deck is really spectacular of olive groves , Mediterranean Sea and Dia Island . With the Minoan Palace and the Karteros Canyon just minutes away by car from the house too !
HOUSE RULES :
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING , PLEASE !! IF YOU MUST SMOKE , IT IS ALLOWED OUTSIDE ONLY IN THE COURT YARD , NOT ON THE WOODEN DECK , THANK YOU !
WHEN COOKING AT ALL TIMES , PLEASE ROLL UP BLINDS IN THE KITCHEN AND OPEN WINDOWS FOR VENTILATION . PLEASE DO NOT USE ABRASIVE ON STOVE TOP AND ONLY USE FOAM OVEN CLEANER WITH SPONGE TO CLEAN AROUND THE BURNERS .
BEFORE WASHING IN MACHINE READ INSTRUCTIONS FIRST OR ASK FOR ASSISTANCE . WHEN WASHING HAS FINISHED TURN OFF THE MACHINE AND DO NOT PULL AT DOOR UNTIL YOU HEAR A CLICK FOR THE DOOR TO RELEASE .
OUR PLANTS NEED WATERING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT , WE WILL COME IN AND DO THEM TWICE A WEEK !
SUMMER MID-AFTERNOONS TO HELP MAINTAIN A COOL HOUSE , CLOSE BLINDS AND DRAPES , TO KEEP THE HEAT OUT .
WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR WEEKLY LINENS , PLEASE RETURN DIRTY SHEETS AND TOWELS BY THE NEXT DAY .
ANY BREAKAGE OR DAMAGES NEED TO BE REPLACE AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE , THANK YOU !
PLEASE TURN OFF ALL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES and HEATERS WHILE YOU ARE GONE FOR THE DAY AND TURN OFF MAIN HOT WATER SWITCH WHEN NOT IN USE and OFF AT NIGHT WHEN YOU GO TO BED .
WE REQUEST PLEASE , COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORTS FOR OUR RECORDS .
We are happy that you love our pets but PLEASE DO NOT FEED THEM , THANK YOU :-)
FINALLY , WE EXPECT YOU TO LEAVE THE HOUSE AS CLEAN AS YOU HAD FOUND IT AND ALL GARBAGE TAKEN OUT PLEASE WHEN YOUR VACATION TIME WITH US IS OVER : (
THANK YOU EVERYONE AND HOPE WE SEE EACH OTHER SOON AGAIN : )
I am an American woman living on the fabulous Island of Crete for the past 15 years ! Born and raised in Seattle , Washington by Italian parents who are both from Naples , Italy . I have spent many summers in Naples and attended two years of schooling there . I worked as a general manager for many years in my family's chain of Italian restaurants Vince's Italian Pizzeria in Seattle and also opened and ran two design stores !
I am happily married to Emmanuel , who was born and raised in Heraklion , Crete . He later moved to Canada and then to the U.S. where he became an engineer for Boeing for nearly 20 years in Seattle .
We both love Crete and we are thrilled to show people all her magic and natural wonders . We enjoy sharing the seasonal fruits from our garden , our yearly fresh olive oil , and our homemade wine . We also have olive oil soap made from our olive oil for all our guests :-)