The Retreat Villa stands majestically above the village of Kokkino Chorio in the beautiful Apokoronas region of North West Crete. With far reaching views across the village to the White Mountains beyond and the shimmering coastline below, this is one of the best locations in the area.
The villa is stunning and very stylishly presented with materials and colours chosen to reflect the natural colours of the area. Constructed in the local white stone, the villa is light, airy and cool.
Entering the villa, you are immediately met with a feeling of space and light. Although constructed in stone, many of the internal walls are rendered and painted which successfully combines the modern with the traditional.
The owners have young children and have a number of items at the villa for babies and small children which can be made available, on request and foc. Please ask us for further information.
The ground floor is open plan; lounge areas lead off the well equipped kitchen which occupies a central location, two sets of double doors open up to terraced and decked areas with views of the sea and the pool. One of these terraces provides a private, shady area for outdoor dining with a large marble table and 6 rattan chairs. Inside, sofas and chairs are modern and there is a traditional sofa that converts to a double sofa bed if this is required (please note that the maximum occupancy is 6 adults + one child using a cot. There is a charge for the sofa bed at the rate of £7 per person per night). A TV screen for viewing DVD’s/ DVD player and a CD player are provided for your entertainment. There is a fireplace and central heating which makes the villa suitable for early and late season holidays when heating may be required on chilly evenings.
All the bedrooms are air-conditioned. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor; this is furnished with twin beds.
There is a cloakroom with wc and wash basin on this floor.
Two further bedrooms and the luxurious bath/shower/wet rooms are on the first floor. The master bedroom is simply furnished with a double bed and cupboards for storage. The ceiling is timber and finished in a white wash thus continuing the feeling of space and light from the ground floor. En-suite facilities consist of a large shower in the style of a wet room. The other first floor bedroom has twin beds and storage for clothes. The family bathroom is spacious and light with a bath, shower, wc, wash basin and large mirror. Both bedrooms on this floor have double doors leading to a private terrace with views of the pool, the garden and onwards to the sea. There are also double doors off the landing area which open up to a private little balcony, perfect to get away for a quiet read.
The modern styling is continued outside with luxurious, comfortable, sun beds around the private pool which has a separate children’s section.
The terraces immediately around the villa and its pool have been paved in light coloured tiles interspersed with denim blue decking. Whilst the garden area immediately surrounding the villa has been paved or decked, the rest of the garden has been left in its natural state.
The villa is in a fabulous quiet location and currently the final access of approx 150 metres is via an unmade track, however, vehicular access is perfectly possible in an ordinary saloon car.
The internet is provided by means of a satellite system providing unlimited wi-fi. Full instructions on connecting etc are in the Villa Information Book in the villa.
Holiday Rental Licence
The Retreat Villa is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number 1042K123K2967901.
- Villa size - 100m2.
- Plot size - 2000m2.
- Gated plot
- Air conditioning throughout
- Ceiling fan (lounge and master double bedroom)
- Internet access via satellite system
- Cot on request
- High chair on request
- Sofa bed (suitable for a child) on request - extra charge (see prices tab)
- All bed/bath linen except cot linen.
- Maid service and linen change (see prices tab)
- Welcome pack on arrival
Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms
1 x double & 2 x twin bedrooms. 1 x bathroom, 1 x en-suite shower room & 1 x cloakroom as follows:-
- 1 x twin & 1 x cloakroom on the ground floor
- 1 x twin, 1 x double with en-suite shower room + family bathroom on the first floor
Living Area & Kitchen Equipment
- Full cooker
- 4 ring hob
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine
- Iron & ironing board
- TV screen for watching DVD's
- DVD & CD players
- iPod docking station
- Private pool - 40m2 (8m x 5m incl childrens section). Depth - 1.5m + shallow children’s section
- Sun loungers, parasols + outdoor tables and chairs
Chania airport - 45 minutes. Heraklion airport - 2 hours.
Nearest Beach - Almyrida - 10 mins drive
Nearest Taverna - Kokkino Chorio - 1 km
Nearest Shop - Kokkino Chorio - 1 km
NB; all times are approximate and based on average driving and walking speeds.
10% of total rent
Prices quoted are in gbp sterling, per week, for up to 7 people occupying the villa, using the 3 bedrooms. There is a sofa bed which can sleep up to 2 people but please note that maximum occupancy is 7. There is an additional charge for anyone wishing to use the sofa bed at the rate of £7 per night.
Alternative length of stays of more than 7 nights are accepted and are charged pro rata.
Prices include air- conditioning, a welcome pack, all linen excluding beach and pool towels, and maid service and linen change.
Maid service and linen change - twice weekly.
Options & Extras
There are NO hidden extras.
Options & Extras
- Sofa Bed: £7.00 per person per night
- Cot: £0.00 per booking
- High Chair: £0.00 per booking
Low Occupancy Discounts
A low occupancy discount for a single couple (use of 1 bedroom), of 15%, is available at this villa except for July and August dates.
Not allowed on late availability or special offer prices.
If you are a returning client and this is your 3rd (or more) consecutive booking with Crete Escapes or your 2nd separate booking in one season, you will qualify for our loyalty discount. Please quote voucher code LOYALTY05 when asked to do so during the online booking process or let us know when you contact us. Your reduction of 5% will then be deducted from the total price.
Short breaks are normally only available for a minimum of 5 nights and will be charged at the 7 nightly rate unless otherwise advertised. However, if the number of available days between existing bookings is less than 7 nights we may be able to accept bookings at a reduced rate subject to the owners agreement.
Short breaks are allowed within 3 days of arrival.
Change-over days are totally flexible but are subject to existing bookings taken either side. If a booking means that the owner would be left with too many "void" days we might not be able to accept it. If this is the case we will contact you without delay to discuss alternatives.
Payment can be made by bank transfer (sterling or euro) or by debit or credit card.
Our travel information provides details of how to get to Crete including flights to both Chania and Heraklion airports.
If you want to book, please use the availability chart above to check your dates, you can then either book on-line, email or call us on 0330 111 0061.
Please note: although the calendars show live availability and you can book on-line, please note that your booking is not confirmed until we have issued a confirmation of booking. You may prefer not to book your flights until we have confirmed the booking.
Low occupancy discounts - unfortunately the online booking system automatically calculates the single couple or small party discount based on the number of people entered onto the booking form and the start day of your rental. There are 2 problems with this:-
a) If you are 2 people but not a single couple, or 3 or 4 people but not 2 + 1 or 2 + 2, the system will have automatically calculated a discount when it is not due. Please make use of the "additional notes" box on the booking form to tell us and we will adjust the price accordingly before we confirm your booking.
b) If your rental overlaps from a discounted period to a non-discounted one (or vice versa), the discount calculated will be wrong. In these cases we have to make the adjustment manually. You can still book on-line but we will need to change the price on receipt of your booking request. If the price increases we will contact you to confirm the new price before we confirm your booking and take your deposit.
Please don't let either of these issues put you off making a booking. The discounts are genuine and our villa owners welcome couples and smaller parties out of high season. We just can't fine tune the booking system to account for these 2 circumstances - sorry.
Just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks at the Retreat Villa in Kokkino Chorio. This was our second visit to the villa over the last two & half years. As expected everything was as we remembered it & the villa was well appointed. Undoubtedly we will return - June 2018.
Thanks again Julie and Jan for another successful stay at The Retreat. I have recommended Crete Escapes to friends - October 2017.
We had a wonderful time at the Retreat Villa - August 2017.
We had a wonderful time at the beautiful Retreat Villa and Debbie and Martin were absolutely lovely! - August 2017.
Thank you so much for all your help and assistance regarding our recent trip to The Retreat Villa in Kokkino Horio. The villa was very comfortable and we loved the location. We walked all the trails from the house and enjoyed visits to the local villages and eating in the local tavernas particularly the one down the road next door to the glass workshop. Because of the location and comfort we didn't venture far! The whole booking process and information provided was excellent. Debbie and Martin were also very responsive. Overall, a great experience - October 2016.
We had the most wonderful time in Crete. A holiday that we desperately both needed. The villa was perfect. More than perfect. We were seeking a luxurious gateway and Crete Escapes delivered. Many many thanks for a wonderful, stress free holiday - October 2015.
We had a wonderful holiday at The Retreat Villa. Everything went smoothly and accordig to plan. Thanks for your help and advice. I'm sure we'll be back! - June 2015.
Ten blissful days at The Retreat villa in Kokkino Chorio. Can we keep it as our secret please. Lovely comfortable outside sitting area, fantastic pool and the most amazing views. Great service from start to finish. I think we will be back for more before too long - May 2015.
Hi - We have just returned from the Retreat villa (unfortunately back to cold and rain).We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful place we thought it was, we loved it! Couldn't get over the amazing view and the outdoor area was brilliant and there was so much stuff for the children. So just wanted to say thank you for recommending it, we had a fantastic holiday! -
We hope we will have the chance to come back here one day as this place is just kinda magical - July 2012.
Jan - we had the best holiday ever. We thought the villa was superb with a setting that has to be seen to be believed. Even towards the end of the holiday we watched the views and the sunsets in disbelief. What a sight! We spent such a lot of time in the villa, particularly around and in the pool. This was partly due to the fact that we liked the atmosphere so much and partly due to the high temperatures. We had wall to wall sunshine whilst we were there although we confess to seeing a few clouds one morning over the White Mountains. We ventured out for dinner every third day or so but to have dinner overlooking Souda bay and watching the sun setting was something we enjoyed so much. We went into Chania and Rethymnon but we did not stay as long as planned and soon returned to the villa. Martin and Debbie (property managers) did a great job looking after us. We got on with them very well. Thanks again for all your help, Jan, pre the holiday. We thought this would be a great holiday, and it certainly was. I am sure we will return to this villa. We loved the villa and the surrounding area so much. So I am sure we will be in touch again one day - June 2012.
We said we would come back and we did! As good as we remembered and we feel privileged to stay in this wonderful place - May 2012.
Been coming to Greece for a while now and never had a villa with a view like this one. Thank you very much for a most brilliant villa. It is a pleasure to come home every evening - Sept 2011.
Snow covered mountains and spring flowers. A stunning location and a lovely villa - April 2011.
Villa lovely, view exceptional and a great holiday - thankyou - September 2010.
Villa is absolutely first class, everything we hoped it would be - August 2010.
Villa brilliant - everything absolutely super - July 2010.
Life is perfect here, the villa is really amazing, nicely decorated, not like a typical rental villa, the location and views are excellent - June 2010.
We love this place and will come back. The location, views, peace and quiet make it such a relaxing holiday. We can't fault a single thing, everything is just so perfect - May 2010.
This is the best location we have ever stayed in for a villa holiday - you can look out across the bay for hours and the sunsets always look different. Beautiful villa too and nicely decorated. On the whole this has been a wonderful holiday - September 2009.
We have had an amazing week at Villa Retreat. The villa and pool are beautiful and the views are stunning. We will be back - September 2009.
Back again for another fantastic holiday, sorry to be going home. Still not tired of the amazing views. Thanks for a fab time in The Retreat - August 2009.
We're finding it quite difficult to put into words just how beautiful and fantastic this place is. No matter what we come up with, it just doesn't seem to do it justice. We've enjoyed every single second of being here; the hardest part of the holiday was deciding which fabulous view to look at or whether to soak up the rays on a comfy sun bed or float around in the pool. Despite always wanting to go somewhere new each time we go on holiday, The Retreat has worked its magic on us and we definitely intend to come back in the future. Thanks for a brilliant week filled with the msot incredible memories - July 2009.
2nd time at Retreat and there's nowhere to beat it. Wonderful view, wonderful people and wonderful villa. Watch the unfolding panorama of The White Mountains early in the morning - spotlit into full relief through the sun dipping down at sunset. We will be back - July 2009.
Amazing villa with fantastic views. Very nicely finished and furnished throughout. Overall a lovely holiday with plenty of sun. Will miss the lovely views and the relaxing sound of the goat bells - June 2009.
Have had a wonderful holiday and the boys have had a riot. The villa is beautiful and the view is breathtaking every day - cannot get bored of looking out over the bay and at the mountains - July 2008.
The house is beautiful and in the perfect spot. Amazing pool, gorgeously warm, almost like taking a bath but refreshing from the heat at the same time - July 2008.
You have a beautiful house, well equipped and in an extraordinary position - it's been a real joy for us all to share it for 2 weeks! It was our first time to Crete and we've loved it. Thanks for a wonderful time - May 2008.
Perfect, absolutely perfect. Views, design and layout are wonderful, great orientation - we have loved it all. Had a really great time, hope to come back and explore some more - September 2007.
The view is magnificent from early morning until early morning ! The panorama of the Lefki Ora across to the mouth of Souda Bay is simply stunning. Brilliant sunsets are followed by twinkling night scenes and then we hit dawn again. Overall, Villa Retreat is excellent and all of our party concurred in this opinion. We hope to use your services again in the future - July 2007.
Crete is the most southerly Greek island with an agreeable climate. The tourist season usually starts around April and lasts until the end of October. The spring (April) is a good time to visit for hiking and to see the beautiful flowers.
In early summer (May and June) the temperatures will be climbing steadily to an average in the mid 20's. This is a good time to visit if you don't have to keep to school holiday dates as the climate is very pleasant and there are few crowds.
July and August are the busiest (and hottest) months with tourists from all over Europe choosing Crete for their holiday destination. The north westerly winds usually moderate the temperatures but it's best to make sure your holiday accommodation offers shelter from the hot sun. It goes without saying that the sea will be warm.
September is still high season with warm, sunny days and the sea is still warm. The season draws to a close in October but this is a perfect month for visiting the island as the sea is still warm for swimming and activities such as hiking and visiting the archaeological sites can be undertaken in pleasant temperatures.