Take a tour of our grounds and villas here at Crete Retreat
Crete Retreat is nestled at the foot of the mountain Malaxa, Tsikalaria, in Chania. It is located in the Northwest of the island. A very convenient 2.5 kilometres from the port of Souda, and 6 kilometres from the beautiful city of Chania. Tsikalaria is a traditional Cretan village known for its rosewater production, and the site of the "Battle of Crete". The village has 2 mini markets, a traditional Greek taverna, a coffee shop and pharmacy.
Crete Retreat was originally a 1 acre orange grove which we have transformed in to a beautiful green oasis. Our 3 villas have been situated to provide privacy and tranquillity each with its own garden area and veranda for you to enjoy. The pool is an impressive 20 meters by 15 meters surrounded by lawn and ancient olive trees and is the focal point of oasis in Crete.
Perfect location to discover Crete
Here at Crete Retreat we are striving to become more self sufficient and ecologically minded.
Water for gardening and the pool comes from our very own well, our next step is to provide the villas with water from here too.
We have installed photovolatic panels on all our villas to provide power to the air conditioner units, we are looking to expand this system to provide the villas with 100% of their power.
We have installed log burning stoves in all the villas, this we have found is the most effective way of heating our villas during the winter months taking into account the high humidity on Crete. These stoves also have ovens in them allowing a multi purpose use to cook without using additional energy of a mains powered oven.
Really well-equipped, comfortable place, great pool, big bedrooms, had a private barbeque, and they provide all amenities - salt, detergent, some oil, etc. washing machine! - things you really appreciated when travelling. Gardens are lovely and the people are too.
Lara from; Sitges Spain August 2021
Maison idéal pour 5. au sein d'un superbe jardin arboré bien entretenu. Clim uniquement dans les chambres insuffisant pour rafraîcher la pièce principale. la piscine est grande et agréable.
Ian et sa famille ont toujours été présents quand nous avions besoin.
A 10/15 minutes de Chania. La côte ouest regorge de sites magnifiques à visiter. dela vaisselle et un petit rafraîchissement de la maison serait le bienvenu.ainsi que des accroches murales dans la salle de bain! faire en sorte que la porte fenêtre de gauche s'ouvre plus facilement. prenez soin de vous.
Jessy , from Le Grand-Quevilly, France, August 2021
We spent two weeks at Crete Retreat for our summer holiday, staying in Olive Tree Villa. The place is very nice, in a calm location and the villas are in a wonderful garden with pool/ Ian and Rob were there to help and give advice whenever needed. We'll certainly book again for future holidays.
Benoit , from Ris-Orangis, France, July 2021
We enjoyed an amazing 7 nights at Jasmine Villa, part of the Crete Retreat villa complex. What a fantastic green oasis Ian created in the arid Crete. Amazing big swimming pool and all the amenities to have a perfect family vacation. Rob, who;s managing the property, goes above and beyond to help you with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Highly recommend and will come back for sure!
Gabriel , from Romania, July 2021
Come and enjoy our impressive pool at 20×15 meters you’ll get a good swim, or relax by the pool and soak up some of the sun.
Find some peace and tranquillity in our vast gardens, amongst the botanical oasis that we have on display.
We produce our own gin on site in our own boutique label “Orange Tree Distillery”
We gather many of the botanicals used to flavour our Gin from our own grounds or from local sites.
We are huge animal lovers as such we rescue dogs and cats, we currently have 6 dogs and 3 cats. They all love meeting new people.
We also keep chickens, who provide us with their eggs, and manure to spread on our gardens. Please feel free to come visit them.
We also keep a flock of parakeets in our aviary, who love to have visitors come and see them.