Instantly captivating, the tasteful eye-catching façade of Xara is an impressive monument to modern design while, in marked contrast, Kaliviani just 4km away is a truly authentic Cretan village hugging the shoreline with beautiful stone houses, colourful gardens, two tavernas and two cafés (even more conveniently there is a mini-market for essentials within 500m of the house). With the sandy beach of Vigla just 1.5km and the shops, restaurants, cafés and port at Kissamos (also known as Kastelli) just 6km, this is the ideal location from which to discover the dramatically unspoilt north and west coasts. Extending below Xara’s spacious terrace the views over bucolic countryside to the sea just across the valley are, quite simply, stunning.
A clever blend of glass, stone and chrome, the minimalist aspect of this two-storey property is furnished and equipped to a notably high standard both inside and out. A roomy terrace dominates the front of Xara with an elevated covered dining area in the corner and pretty gardens to one side. The delightful private pool has enticingly wide Roman steps and, viewed from water level, the infinity edge creates inspiring views out across the Aegean to a, barely discernible, meeting point between the sea and horizon.
Large picture windows showcase those panoramic views and allow light to flood in to the ground floor living room which is (obviously!) bright and stylish with a modern, feature fireplace.
The elegant kitchen is fitted with top-of-the-range appliances and has an attractive island with bar stools for informal dining. The living room combines soothing beige and white tones while an attractive piece of specially commissioned metalwork edges the deconstructed metal stair case.
On the first floor the double bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, wall-to-wall windows providing uninterrupted views and a large glass-walled balcony that will prove hard to resist in the evenings as the mountains to the east compete for ‘cocktail-hour’ attention with the captivating sea views. A equally attractive bedroom suite, accessed from the pool terrace, enhances privacy options for sharing couples or a family travelling with older children.
A 20 minute drive brings you to the valley and sandy beaches of Falassarna with the famously beautiful Balos Lagoon and Cape Gramvoussa an hour’s boat ride from Kissamos. Magnificent and timeless, this wilder and less populated area of Crete’s north west coast is a revelation and a real delight to explore… if you can bear to tear yourself away from Xara’s idyllic environs.