A natural secluded villa with gardens and pool near Chania
Mr Ian Johnson
- english, french
About Mr Ian Johnson
Eighteen years ago we finally realized our long held dream and set off from England to our new life on the warm and sunny island of Crete. We had already purchased a plot of land with a house and one acre of orange trees and olive trees. In the time honoured fashion of the island it took over a year to overcome the paperwork and legalities connected with our purchase but then we were able to start our huge project. The gardens and villas slowly took shape, each year bringing exciting changes as the trees and plants matured. The result is now three villas set in beautiful gardens. Having been to Greece on previous occasions we wanted to make the accommodation spacious. A large bathroom was a must and raised sun terraces were top priority. We wanted to create individual privacy without being isolated and a pool that you could really swim in.
Mr Ian Johnson purchased this House in 1999
Why Mr Ian Johnson chose Tsikalaria
Our place is a unique, huge landscaped garden with mature shady trees, green lawns, exotic plants and a large swimming pool. A perfect environment for people who wish to enjoy Crete, the fresh air, the sun, the shade, the food, the wine and the swimming pool. Our pet cats and dogs live together in sweet harmony, a memorable experience especially for children. Families have a great opportunity to relax together or find space, peace and quiet knowing that their loved ones are in a safe enclosed environment. Friendships do often develop between families, children playing in the pool or on the lawns while Mum and Dad chat. Our location makes it easy to explore the important historical sites dotted around close by and the countless beaches, busy or secluded. The two amazing gorge walks are within easy reach and if you decide to go inland into the mountains and villages with their tavernas, you will experience the timeless life of this beautiful island. A walk to the local village taverna in the evening is a great way to end the day.
What makes this House unique
The extra large swimming pool and lawn sunbathing areas are ideal for a workout and relaxing. The abundance of greenery is very easy on the eye especially the beautiful flowers. Right next door to us is the important site of the battle of Crete on 42nd street which is marked by a memorial.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Rustic and quiet
The villa is squirrelled away in a nearly hard-to-find track in quiet Tsikalaria, near Chania. I used StreetView and Google Maps to find the location before I left the UK! The villa itself is pleasant, with two ample bedrooms with fantastic aircon. There's a functional kitchen, lounge area and a bathroom with a reasonable shower. Don't expect top of the range fittings or mod-cons...this is not that type of villa. For example, there's no TV. It is rustic, private and perfectly usable. There's a small outside dining area that is a big sun-trap and gets hot.
There are two other villas on the complex, both set away from this one. You don't really hear the others, unless they have an Eastenders-style shouting match....
The grounds are fine and well maintained by Ian, who you do see often tending the grounds. The shared swimming pool is large, wide and deep. There is a small shallow area for smaller people, but this isn't that big. Two thirds of the pool are over 1.9m deep. It is a very nice pool with sunbeds around it on grass. You can have sun and shade as you want. The grounds are shared with Ian's three peaceful dogs and some cats. You also see lovely dragonflies and unfortunately some mozzies!
Access to the national road is extremely easy - 1 min away. You are 10 mins drive from Chania and 30 mins from Kissamos. 20 mins away is the waterpark. There is a bus stop within a few mins walk.
Ian, the owner, was very friendly and helped us when required. On-site wifi is intermittent, so I used 4G instead - it was very quick for me, just make sure you have sufficient data in your plan. There's a local supermarket called "AB" five minutes away which is really nice but a touch expensive. Lidl is another 5 mins away.
In all, very nice quiet and rustic, so don't expect clean lines and mod-cons.
Thank you for your review that reflected the image and facilities very accurately.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay here.
great place to discover Chania & surrounding
Very satisfied of our stay at Ian's house. The house was well furnished and clean. You have all you need to spend a cosy and confortable stay. Swiming pool is very large and you can relax in several seats around. The BBQ set is fantastic for a happy meal and easy to use. Ian is often available for any question & tip. The location is easily accessible.
Thank you for your review
We are please you had a good time here in Crete and enjoyed our place
L accueil de mr Johnson est très bien
Quelques difficultés à trouver la location
Mais le séjour fut agréable et mr Johnson fait le maximum pour vous rendre la vie très sympa
Je conseille cette location mais il faut un véhicule pour profiter de la région.
Lugar muy agradable y tranquilo. Buena piscina. Casa bien distribuira. Ian atento y agradable.
La casa esta integrada en una finca muy tranquila con mucha vegetacion. La piscina esta muy bien y se comparte con poco vecinos. Ian el propietario es muy atento y agradable. La ubicacion es muy buena para conocer el oeste de la Isla. A solo 12 m del centro de Chania y con las principales visitas a 60 o 90 minutos. (Balos, Elafonisi, Retinmo, Falasarna. Sfakia....)
Un sitio para desconectar. A mejorar un poco el equipamiento. Una nevera mas grande, un microondas, persianas, mosquiteras en ventanas.
Un sitio para volver.
Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and experienced the beautiful surrounding places and beaches. Thank you for your comments as we are always wanting to make improvements.
L'endroit idéale pour découvrir l'ouest de la CRËTE
Mrs IAN est trés attachant
Un endroit trés bien situé au milieu d'oliviers,à 10 minutes (en voiture) de Chania ; arrêt de bus pas loin de la location.
Moins de 50km de Rethimon.
Endroit très paisible pas de bruit ,confort, terrasse au soleil avec un abri;barbecue.
Piscine entretenue et propre.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour et IAN est de bon conseil pour les visites.
Merci IAN .
Merci pour votre avis
Je suis content que vous ayez passé un bon moment ici en Crète
Situated on 42nd St the site of the battle of Crete. The memorial depicts the battle