August 7, 2019
By Beacon_PR

Inspirational Villa on Crete for Late Summer Escapes

Between the beautiful beach at Kalives and the foothills of Crete’s White Mountains is an idyllic rural retreat that has inspired an artist: Villa Nikoletta, available through Med island specialist Freelance Holidays.

Professional artist and regular Nikoletta guest Matthew Berry has painted this corner of the island many times. Limited-edition prints of his work now adorn the walls of this white-washed house at the edge of the tiny village of Provarma.

“The house is ideally situated and has a very private feel with a lovely garden and pool,” says Matt. “The double bedroom with the views from its own terrace is quite special: a great place to chill out with a glass of wine or Tsikoudia!”

Villa Nikoletta sits behind double wooden gates and a stone wall, next to a small farm. Guests say the clucking of hens and the bells around the necks of the goats adds to the ‘away from it all’ atmosphere, while the country-style garden with tumbling bougainvillea, reclaimed millstones and huge terracotta pots is a beautiful backdrop for the free-form pool. A shady mulberry tree leans over the dining terrace beside the outdoor barbecue.

The double bedroom has its own terrace with far-reaching views over the village towards the coast seven kilometres away. An adjacent twin room shares the shower room upstairs, with a second shower room on the ground floor.

The villa works equally well for a couple or a young family with open plan living, air-conditioning and WiFi among the modern facilities that contrast with the rustic features of wooden ceilings, tiled floors and exposed stonework. The village of Stilos, a 15-minute walk away, offers several small and friendly tavernas plus a minimarket.

Available for stays of virtually any duration and any arrival day, a week in September (when Crete’s temperatures remain in the high 20s) costs £1143. Seven nights at October half term is just £723.

As with all Freelance Holidays rentals, car hire and flights are not included. Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, Tui and British Airways all fly direct from the UK into Chania airport, which is approximately 30 minutes’ drive away.

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

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