"Space and privacy, within easy reach of the beach"
Set on a hillside on the edge of a small hamlet 1.5 km from Vrisses this handsome air-conditioned villa provides an exceptionally comfortable base for exploring this green and verdant area in the rural heart of Crete, yet it's still only a 10 to 15 minute drive to the "Blue Flag" sandy beaches of Georgioupolis.
Owned by Manousos and named after his young daughter, this lovely old house has been painstakingly renovated, then fitted out and equipped to a remarkable high standard furnished with many beautiful pieces. Polished wood floors, high beamed ceilings and exposed stonework all add to the period flavour yet contrast perfectly with the two lavishly appointed bathrooms and the equally well equipped, modern kitchen.
The main entrance door of the villa opens into an elegant sitting room with a lovely stone archway that leads through to the open plan kitchen/dining room with large fridge-freezer, dish washer and full cooker with ceramic hob. To one side through a smaller archway is a hugely romantic seating area set around an open fireplace, great for roasting chestnuts perhaps, or just enjoying a nightcap on a cool evening.
All the bedrooms are furnished with fitted wardrobes, dressing tables and comfortable beds with quality mattresses. On the ground floor is a double bedroom, with adjoining bathroom with a turbo massage bath and a washing machine.
At first floor level there is a further attractively furnished sitting room with open fireplace and two large sofas, plus one twin and one double bedroom sharing another luxurious bathroom with turbo massage bath. These two bedrooms also share a spacious, partially covered roof terrace, with quality cane patio furniture and stunning views towards the mountains.
High walls and electric gates appear to provide more than sufficient privacy from the tiny lane that leads past the villa and the only passers by we spotted were a flock of sheep without a shepherd and a few geese. Once through the gateway, the garden opens up and a fragrant jasmine bush marks the edge of the villa's extensive terrace tiled in local stone. On the far side of the terrace and a few steps from the kitchen, is a purpose built barbecue complete with chimney and oven, with nearby a covered gazebo with dining table and chairs, where you can wine and dine whilst savouring the gorgeous and extensive rural views over the pool and countryside to the distant White Mountains. Five steps below the terrace the large 10m x 5m pool is surrounded by areas of lawn bordered by pretty flowerbeds.
All bedrooms and both living rooms have TV's with the TV in ground floor living room also having a satellite receiver. Both double beds have two single mattresses providing more space and comfort.
Villa Faye is situated in a rural area and although you are unlikely to ever see any passing traffic, local geese, chickens and sheep will in all likelihood make their presence known.
Many of the villages in the surroundings still remain virtually untouched by tourism and we were very taken with the atmospheric village of Vafes where there are some lovely old houses, some dating back to Venetian times. We had lunch outside at the taverna on the square and the food was simple, but very good.
NB. If you want to wine and dine without driving, there are some good tavernas in Vrisses, which is no more than a 20 minutes walk.
PoolPrivate 10 x 5
Floor Area m²120
Check-InAny day (after 16:00)
Check-OutAny day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay5 nights
Mini Market1,5 km
Distances from Airport/Port
Ferry Port Souda25 km
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
The villa and pool is for your private use only as well as the garden. Bed linen & towels are provided as well as pool towels. The cleaner will come in during your stay & change them, depending on how many days you are staying. All of this is included in the price.
Interaction with guests
We, at Freelance Holidays, manage the properties on behalf of the owners. We will provide you the details of our 24/7 contact person, Diane, who lives on Crete and is there to ensure everything goes smoothly, before & during your stay with us.
She will send you a message just before your holiday starts so you will have her details. Should you need anything during your stay, please contact her as she has had nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality field & knows Crete very well.
We provide very good directions which you need to download from the Airbnb Itinerary once you have booked. On these directions it explains where the keys will be & step by step on how to get to the accommodation.
Once you arrive, you just let yourself in & start to enjoy your holiday.
Freelance Holidays provides a Property Manual inside the accommodation which tells you all about the important things ie. wifi codes, hot water systems, where to take your rubbish & how things generally work in the villa.
Plus, there is a very good Freelance Holidays information booklet about Crete in the accommodation for you to use throughout your stay It it you will find further details about places to go, beach maps plus a taverna guide.
You may meet the owners when they come to change the linen with the cleaner or when they look after the pool. They are a lovely couple & you will probably get the feel of Cretan hospitality after meeting them. They are there to ensure that you are enjoying yourselves too.
Other things to note
The cleaning service:
If 5 days rental, you will get fresh towels mid-stay & a general clean, usually on the 3rd day.
If over 7 days rental, you will get fresh sheets & towels every 3rd or 4th day as well as a general clean.
If you need a baby cot or high chair, please request when booking so we can have it in the villa for you ready.
Note that this is a professionally run rental villa which as been licensed by the Greek National Tourist Organization, EOT, which is required by the Greek law. This license allows the property owners to legally rent their accommodation to holiday makers, so that they comply to a set of standards and specific conditions for the safety & comfort of it's paying customers.
We ask that you treat the villa with respect as if it were your own, but other than that, just enjoy yourselves. Should you break or damage anything, please let us know so it can be replaced & if necessary you can sort out damages before you leave.
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