We searched long and hard for a villa in Crete with airy interiors and the right feel of light and space, plus pool, terraces, good rooms etc. In short we were being quite fussy as this was to be a special family holiday, well overdue.
The Bleverde Estate villas looked lovely and so after much deliberation over whether we should go for something a little less expensive, we decided to treat ourselves and chose Villa Elia (the other more contemporary villa on the estate was already booked, but looked equally stunning).
We booked through Abercrombie and Kent, who were very professional and helpful, and were met at the villa by the owner, Penelope, who is Greek and who's father was born in the village, Gavalochori. Penelope was fantastic, just so welcoming and friendly, and couldn't do enough for us, even though she really didn't need to do anything as everything was perfect. The design of the interior, exterior and gardens is beautiful, we had enough snacks on arrival that we didn't need to go shopping immediately, many other essentials were provided (including beach towels), and the whole feel was of a 5* hotel, but with the whole place to ourselves.
Several different terrace options for all meals, stunning planting and landscaping, a hillside location which meant views out to the sea, an excellent pool, sun loungers, shade, pool room, lovely bathrooms…all ingredients for a wonderful time - we couldn't fault it, and spent all week deciding who to bring back with us next time! Highly recommended, best villa I have seen or been lucky enough to stay in by far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One Estate - Two Luxury Villas! Welcome to Bleverde, a wonderful olive grove estate with two luxury holiday villas on the Greek island of Crete. Bleverde is known for its tranquility and privacy. It combines remoteness from busy vacationers flows with closeness to the tranquil Gavalohori village, one of Crete's well kept secrets. Bleverde is an estate of 8,000m2 surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the picturesque village of Gavalohori and the the distant Aegean sea. Bleverde hosts two charming pool villas: Villa Elia and Villa Levanda. Each villa offers accommodation to max 6 people. With absolute comfort, leisure and privacy in mind Villa Elia and Villa Levanda offer a luxurious accommodation. Each villa is surrounded by its own private gardens and pool . The many terraces enjoy spectacular uninterrupted views into the valley and the distant Mediterranean sea. ... more less