Country House in Gallou, Rethymno Crete, Greece

Country House in Gallou, Rethymno Crete, Greece


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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms
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Characteristics of the Villa:

The Villa Svega has been part of our family's property for the past 100 years. It is believed that it belongs to the second half of the Venetian era. The estate occupies 2500m2 and includes a two storey neoclassical house of 170 m2, built late 19th century, attached to two Venetian vaults and a building, which was formerly an oil-mill, adjoining the western vault
Respecting tradition, together with architectural knowledge, and using traditional materials, we have turned the west vault and the old oil-mill into a luxurious two storey house of 140m2.
Indoors, a tasteful combination of mellowed stone, solid wood fitments, beamed ceilings, soft natural colours, and the graceful scale of the building combine to give a unique atmosphere. The villa is equipped with under floor heating (at an extra local charge) and a huge stone fireplace for the cooler times of the year. In the spacious main hall (Venetian vault) is the sitting room, dining area and kitchen, while an old stone passageway takes you to the two storey oil-mill house. A hallway leads to the ground floor twin-bedded master bedroom and the neighbouring, separate, full bathroom. Upstairs via a wooden staircase are a further two bedrooms, each with two singles beds each.
A further flight of stairs brings you to an enormous, private, tiled roof terrace with far-reaching views to the sea, over the village rooftops and of the beautiful surrounding countryside. The view from the terrace is magnificent: an oak forest to the East, the sea view to the North and then the village lying all around the terrace. The terrace could be the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee or, at sunset, during your evening meal - with a glass of good wine - as you watch the sun slowly going down.
The south patio, surrounded by its high Turkish walls can be your hideaway for sunbathing as well as for lunch, supper, dinner or even a barbecue. Total privacy is the unique characteristic of the villa’s patio.
Villa Svega is also a wonderful retreat for a winter vacation as it is fully equipped for the mild winter of Crete. The east vault can be used as both an outside and sheltered space.

Property features

Who we are

  1. We are a four member family. Our children in their early twenties. We are in our early fifties we like travelling and we also like making friends around.

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Where is it?

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Local Amenities:
The villa is in the main square of the village. The village has two small supermarkets (Mini Markets), a modern café with American billiards, a children's playground and an excellent taverna for lunch and dinner.
In walking distance from the village is the local stadium, available for jogging from 8.0 a.m. to 8.0 p.m. on weekdays, and also two tennis courts of the local Tennis Club which can be booked if requested at the time of booking the Svega (payable locally).
The bus stop is only 30 meters from the villa.

Walks Around the Village:

Short walks around the village can offer the visitor a pleasant sightseeing opportunity and provide a chance for some exercise.
• An easy 20 minute walk will take you to the Byzantine Monastery of Saint Paul & Saint Peter and the nearby gorge, along small tracks. The Monastery celebrates the Day of Saint Paul & Saint Peter on 29th June each year.

• The church of the Virgin Mary is within just 5 minutes walking distance from the villa. The local people celebrate her name day – and therefore that of the church - on 15th August.

• If you want to take a longer walk, then set out for the nearby village of Atsimopoulo (half an hour) through the small gorge running to it.

• Finally, an enjoyable walk is to follow the road the Church of the Virgin Mary, then continue walking south and you will find the path to Saint Antonios’ Church, built within a cave, and, at the bottom of the gorge, the old water-mill that belongs to our family.

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