Secluded comfort in a peaceful Crete village close to beach
Villa • Aspro Greece
2 Car spaces
Exchange types accepted
Listed December 2019
Villa Calista, nestled among a secluded olive grove in the foothills of the Lefke Ori (White Mountains) of north western Crete, is a privately owned, comfortably furnished, 2 bedroom/2 bathroom villa, with private pool and fenced orchard and gardens. Secluded and peaceful, yet not remote, the Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with superb views of the mountains and the crystal blue Cretan Sea. Just 2 minutes from the resort beaches of Almyrida and 25 minutes from the beautiful city of Chania, Villa Calista is located in the tiny historic hamlet of Aspro, in the region of western Crete called the Apokoronos.
Just 25 km from the beautiful city of Chania and 2km from the popular beach and lively tourist village of Almyrida, Villa Calista is perfect for a quiet retreat amidst the stunning natural beauty of western Crete.
The Villa is a perfect base to explore Crete - gorgeous beaches, hiking trails, traditional villages, lively cities, museums and archaeological sites, and so much more!
Villa Calista is a comfortably furnished, detached 2-story, 2 bedroom villa with a pool, lovely terraced gardens and orchard, located in the tiny historical hamlet of Aspro. The Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with views of the mountains and the crystal blue Cretan Sea.
Villa Calista has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 maximum. The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed, wardrobe, mirror, nightstands, bureau, and lighting. It is fully air conditioned and has central heating for winter season, along with a wood stove. Full double doors from each bedroom lead to a beautiful balcony overlooking the pool and orchard and beyond to the Cretan Sea and mountains.
The main bathroom is on the second floors, adjacent to the bedrooms. It has a large bath and shower, with sink and toilet. The washing machine is also conveniently located here.
The main floor of the Villa has a half bath (powder room) with sink and toilet.
Our kitchen is fully equipped and there is a full dining set for 4 people both inside and outside the Villa.
Villa Calista is a 2-floor property, with stairs leading the the bedrooms and master bath. It is not ideal for those with mobility challenges.
We do not have furniture or equipment for babies or very young children.
We chose this property for our retirement home, as it has everything we were looking for - quiet privacy, comfort, and close to the amenities in the towns and villages.
Villa Calista is a non-smoking property both inside AND out. This is strictly enforced. Violation of this rule will mean immediate termination of any stay agreement.
Villa Calista is ONLY available for exchanges from November to May. The rest of the year, in high season it is a rental property from June to October. As a rental property, Villa Calista currently enjoys 40 out of 40 5-star reviews from our guests. :)
High Speed Internet
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Covered porch / verandah
EV Home Charger
Sport and leisure
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Unsuitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
Dates of Availability
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We love the peaceful setting of the sleepy old village of Aspro, but we also love the lively villages and towns of Almyrida and Kalyves close by. Aspro itself has no commercial establishments, but everything you need is in Almyrida or Kalyves, including tavernas, cafes, bakeries, boutiques, pharmacies and banks. When we need a taste of nightlife or shopping, the city of Chania is less than a half hour away. This is not a property for loud partying - we like our neighbours and respect their privacy and right to quiet enjoyment!
Our villa is perfect for those seeking a private home to stay while exploring the wonders of Crete. It's great for gentle hiking, cycling and exploring. Surrounded by lush olive orchards, you can enjoy the peacefulness of the Cretan countryside, where the tinkle of goat bells, bird song, or distant church chimes are the only sounds. Enjoy our gorgeous views of the Cretan Sea or the mountains from the terrace and balcony. Wander through our orchard garden, snooze in the hammock among the wildflowers, or plan your excursions from the comfort of our outdoor terrace. A Blue Flag beach is only 2 minutes away, with many others within a short drive. Shopping, dining, banking, nightlife are all to be had close by. From the villa, you can visit fascinating archaeological ruins, enjoy your pick of great tavernas and cafes, explore charming historic villages, or access some of the most famous beaches in Europe. Winery tours, cooking classes, sailing, biking, hiking, caving - are all options to consider when staying here. Then again, it's hard to resist lounging by our private pool!
Getting to my home
Villa Calista is 30 minutes drive from Chania airport (CHQ) or 2 hours from Heraklion airport (HER) The ferry port of Souda is about 20 minutes away - ferries arrive daily from Pireaus the main port of Athens.
A car is required and we do not provide one for exchange.
Villa Calista is 30 minutes drive from Chania airport (CHQ) or 2 hours from Heraklion airport (HER)
A car is essential for this property and we are happy to recommend the local rental companies we use ourselves. An International drivers licence is required.
There are local taxis based in Almyrida and regular bus services to Almyrida and/or Kalyves. There are many tour operators offering great excursions in season.
Our area of Crete is served by the local airport of Chania (CHQ) about 25 minutes from the Villa and by Heraklion airport (HER) about 2 hours drive. Chania and Heraklion have major ferry ports as well.
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From the rear of the property, where the pool and orchard are, you can see the Cretan Sea (Souda Bay) and the beautiful White Mountains (snow capped in winter).
Cretan houses are typically plain on the outside - this is our entryway leading from the parking area - with lots of flowering plants and pots. The grounds are fenced and gated and we share a common driveway with our neighbour.
The rear of the house opens to the pool terrace and the path leading to our small orchard and garden - from here, the views to the sea and the mountains are stunning.
Something is always in bloom at Villa Calista, including roses, jasmine, lavender and so much more. This archway leads from the parking area to the side and the pool terrace.
When our guests enter the Villa Calista, they are immediately drawn to the "avli" or covered terrace just off the kitchen, with its spectacular views of the magnificent mountain range. The avli is sheltered from the strong Cretan sun and is always kept cool by mountain breezes. It features large lounging areas along with a dining set for meals al fresco. The avli leads to our private pool and terrace with comfortable sunbeds and umbrellas. Imagine yourself relaxing here with a cool drink after a full day of sight seeing!
The kitchen opens onto the terrace and pool deck. Fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, oven, coffee maker and other small appliances. A gas grill is on the terrace.
Our cozy living room - full screen smart TV, great wi-fi, a small woodstove for chilly nights and air conditioning for hotter weather.
Master bedroom - new Queen-size bed in 2021.
Bedrooms open onto a lovely shaded balcony.
Bedroom 2 opens onto the balcony, features 2 single beds that can be made up to a large double bed. The room has ample wardrobes and a safe.
Totally renovated in 2021 - large walk in shower in the main bathroom off the 2 bedrooms. Washer (No dryer - we use the Cretan sunshine!). All new fixtures.
Each bedroom's double doors open onto the shaded balcony that overlooks the orchard, valley and crystal blue Cretan Sea.
Follow the lavender path and a meandering walkway down through the two lower terraces through our tiny olive orchard. Yes! We harvest our olives for oil every year!
Our orchard garden is an ongoing labour of love! Depending on the season, there is an ever-changing assortment of colourful flowers and unusual cacti and plants.
A hammock in the shade, perfect for an afternoon snooze.
Fancy a game of chess in our garden?
Love this shady area for dreaming, playing tavli, or a glass of wine at sunset.
This is Almyrida Beach - just 2 minutes from the Villa. Calm shallow waters and all the lively beachfront cafes and tavernas make this a fun place to enjoy a swim.
So many beaches to chose from! From the stunning blue lagoon of Balos, to the pink sands of Elafonissi on the south west coast - hidden coves and excellent snorkling bays!
The tiny hamlet of Aspro is nestled in the valley - overlooking the crystal blue Cretan Sea, with Drapanos mountain in the back.
The archaeological site of Knossos is just outside of Heraklion, about 2 hours drive from the Villa - an easy day trip.
The fascinating ruins of Eleftherna with an excellent museum are a great day trip from Villa Calista
Off the beaten track (about an hour from the Villa) is the pottery village of Margarites - dozens and dozens of potters welcome you to their wonderful studios and shops! After, you can visit the lovely monastery of Arkadia.
Gorgeous woven and embroidered textiles are much sought after souvenirs.
Visits to the lovely monasteries across the island are generally welcome. They often have gift shops selling what they produce in their vineyards and orchards.
Seaside taverna - one of our favourites - near Kissamos.
The pretty harbour of Rethymnon at night
Our local markets are a foodie's delight!
Chania harbour - old town - in winter with the snow capped White Mountains behind.
Several excellent tavernas and cafes line the waterfront of Almyrida Beach... perfect for sunset watching
Some of the earliest churches in Christendom are on Crete.... it is not unusual to find churches like this one dating to the 600s AD.
Lovely Chania harbour - so much to explore!
For the cooler winter months, Villa Calista is equipped with central heating and a cozy woodstove.