Niki

Western Crete

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (TV, WiFi, fireplace) and kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with French doors to balcony and stable door to covered front terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C). Bathroom (half bath).
  • Upper floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and door to terrace.
  • Outside: Various open and shaded terraces. Barbecue. Poolside shower. Private parking. Outhouse with washing machine.
  • Gated access to private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with infinity edge. 

Lovingly built and commanding marvellous views over fertile valleys and olive groves to the mountains beyond, Niki is a wonderfully relaxing retreat that takes full advantage of its remarkable location. Whether lazing in the sunshine next to the sparkling pool or sat on one of the various appealing terraces around the property, visitors will not fail to be impressed by the range of spectacular sweeping panoramas that can be enjoyed.

This undoubtedly charming property, provides the most comfortable of bases from which to discover those renowned but sometimes elusive unspolit natural landscapes that feature so prominently on local posters, postcards and guidebooks. And any lover of nature, walking or cycling in particular could not be better positioned for easy access to the dozens of well-marked trails that criss-cross the tranquil surrounding hills.

Unfolding over several levels, Niki offers a sundry selection of balconies and patios adorned with colourful bougainvillea, terracotta pots and pomegranate trees. An attractive covered terrace on the ground floor incorporates a hand built stone table with a larger, upper patio making a picture-perfect location in whch to enjoy evening drinks accompanied by mesmerising sunsets.

Stepping through the delightful stable door, the open plan kitchen, dining and living room flow easily from one to the other, attractive beamed ceilings, walls of exposed stone and Cretan handicrafts adding character to the attractively unpretentious styling. A twin bedroom and separate bathroom are also on this level whilst upstairs, a double bedroom sits under the eaves with an en suite shower room, access to the upper patio and a multitude of widows to provide cooling breezes and frame those picturesque views.

However it is from the large infinity-pool terrace, looking out over the property's terracotta rooftop, that the miles and miles of breathtakingly beautiful scenery composing the Tsikalaria Valley is fully revealed in all its magnificent glory. And with such an unrivalled vista to enjoy, visitors to Niki could easily be forgiven for not wishing to leave the pool terrace... but if you do (!) you can find both a local café (2km) and the eco-friendly Rotunda Paradise Park (4.8km) which offers marked, circular walks plus an opportunity to pick your own vegetables and then have them prepared for you in the park café. Not far away, the famous E4 European walking trail, which crosses Crete from East to West, can be walked in small designated sections as preferred, whilst the Topolia Gorge at 9.9km is also well worth exploration.

The coastal town of Kissamos (7.2km) offers local amenities including several traditional kafenions and a choice of tavernas overlooking the Cretan Sea. Dotting the rugged coastline are a a wealth of inviting beaches and hidden coves with Nopigia Beach (11.2km) and the wide, sandy Falassarna Beach (21.4km) being two of the more popular.

Please note: The various steps and terraces around the property mean that younger children would need supervision.
Flexible changeover days are possible at this house - please enquire

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Great Things to Do Near Niki

Visit Chania

Chania is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. Chania is one of the nicest towns of Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares. The old city has preserved the charm of the Venetian and Turkish periods. Entire Venetian, Turkish and Jewish quarters are saved, with many well preserved buildings in the narrow picturesque streets. On Leather Lane near the harbour you will find all kinds and qualities of leather goods and a really interesting indoor covered market. Chania Town is worth a visit just for the shopping. The harbour is beautiful with an old mosque providing interesting architecture. Museums from the Naval Museum to the Byzantine Museum there is something for everyone. Restaurants and Taverna`s Surround the harbour and Boats leave from here for 2-3hr trips and you can also catch a horse and buggy. Have a wonder around the back streets, they are mainly pedestrianised and the houses and shops are very Interesting and pretty, with little restaurants and Café's tucked away in corners - very romantic.

Wine tasting at the Manousakis Winery Vatolakos

The Manousakis Winery is the culmination of the dream and passion of founder Theodore Manousakis. Ted, as he is more frequently called, was born in Vatolakkos in 1943, and spent his early childhood years in the village until the age of 11. For reasons much beyond his control and much too complex for a young boy to understand, he left his home to find a better future in the far away “Promised Land”, America. Following his university education in the U.S., he entered business and was successful in a number of business endeavours including industrial security, real estate development, and hotels. Meanwhile, he assimilated in the great melting pot of the world, America, and nearly forgot his native language and Cretan traditions. Yet during the years away from his native village he always yearned to return home and find his roots; if not permanently, certainly more than as a mere visitor. Wine was a way of life in the village for as long as he could remember from his boyhood years. What a way to pay tribute to and honour the Cretan traditions and way of life, he thought. And, what a wonderful and civilized way to bring people together to enjoy the simple joys of life! The combination of nostalgia or “nostos”, as the ancient Greeks made reference, along with the perfect soil, sun, and weather conditions of Crete were the driving forces behind our first vineyards in the foothills above Vatolakkos. For Ted, the Manousakis Winery represents his roots; his yearning to return, his tradition, his heritage, and, above all, his family. Our logo with the three flowers called “Manousakia” in the Cretan dialect, (from which our name is derived), represents his three daughters. It is only fitting that the inspiration of this symbol is a blending of the beauty and exquisite fragrance of nature and the warmth and comfort of family! Ted Manousakis has his permanent home in Washington, D.C., but the winery remains a family-run business. His youngest daughter, Alexandra, moved to Chania in 2007 following studies at New York University, and now manages the Manousakis Winery. - See more at: http://nostoswines.com

Local gorge walking

Hike and get to know three of the most beautiful gorges of the region. Topolia Gorge (1.5 hrs walking), Sirikari Gorge (4 hrs walking) and Deliano Gorge (2 hrs walking).

Balos Bay and Gramvoussa

Visit the spectacular Gramvoussa penninsula and Balos Bay. Boats leave the port of Kavonisi (Kissamos Kastelli) every day for Balos.

Terra Creta Olive Oil experience Kolymbari

Regular guided tours leave from near Kolymbari almost every day. The guided tour starts from an olive grove and the excellent olive trees of the Koroneiki variety where a harvesting demo can be seen.  Terra Creta Olive Oil is an innovative olive mill where all production steps and details are described thoroughly by the in-house experts.The last part of the tour is inside the bottling unit, where one can taste more than three different extra virgin olive oils, of different quality category or certification. Little secrets on storage, best use and healthy attributes can be discussed as well. An olive oil shop is available to visit.

Lunch by the sea at the quiet coastal village of Sfinari

This west facing rocky shoreline has a choice of small family tavernas. Great for shellfish, fresh fish and local dishes, which can be enjoyed watching the sun setting over the sea.

Elafonissi Island

At the extreme south west corner of Crete you will find the Elafonissi beach and the tiny islet of the same name. Wade acreoss the shallow lagoon to the pink tinged shoreline of this remarkable island which is protected by the Natura 2000 organisation. In high summer it does get very busy. Best to go as early as you can to beat the crowds!

Kournas Lake

This breath-taking natural lake is the only one in Crete, home to some of Crete's interesting birds and other wildlife and the brilliant aquamarine waters are a wonderful backdrop for a spot of lunch. Afterwards, you can rent pedaloes or a small boat for half an hour and row yourself around the lake, and work up an appetite for supper!

Watersports

All sorts of watersports available in this part of Crete Including Scuba diving,wind surfing, parascending, water skiing, kayaking, jet skiing, Rib inflatable trips and hire. surfing, fishing trips etc. Ask your representative for details.

Nearby

Towns

Kissamos 25 mins
Chania 60 mins

Beaches

Nopigia 20 mins
Falassarna 40 mins
Elafonissi 63 mins

Airports

Chania 65 mins
Times are approximate

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