Bedroom Choices in Each Villa Koukouvayia Residence
“The old queen went to the bedroom, took the bedding off the bedstead, and set a single pea below twenty eider-down mattresses. ‘Now we’ll find out if this is a real princess!’ the old queen then exclaimed”― Hans Christian Anderson
Main House Bedroom Accommodations
Villa Koukouvayia’s Main House has three formal bedrooms, two with multi-person beds, and a third with a single bed and extra room that can be easily fitted with a second bed. Typical sleeping capacity is 5 to 6, with a maximum of 7 by using the large sleeping sofa in the living room, or by adding a child’s bed to the Koukouvayia Suite.
The Koukouvayia Suite features a dedicated library and reading area, a hand-carved, Arabian teak king-bed, and in Crete’s colder months can be warmed by the room’s hand-hewn stone fireplace. The bedchambers are quiet and isolated from the other 2nd floor rooms by a long entry hallway. The suite’s exterior walls boast a series of high windows, with sliding French doors that access a broad private balcony embracing the Main House. Both inside and out, the suite affords 270-degree views of Gramvousa & Rodopou Mountains as they project dramatically into the Cretan Sea. The en suite bath continues the motif of simple luxury & integrated natural views. Across from a two-person glass shower, a long soaking tub is set into a wide window whose view encompasses the Tyflos Valley and the mountain opposite, upon which the charming village of Xarathiana and its night-lit chapel of Saint John frame the evening moon and morning sun as they rise. While the Koukouvayia Suite is designed for two, if needed, there is ample room to add a portable bed for a child to accompany their parents.
The Falcon Nest is the Main House’s second bedroom. The room’s smaller footprint is more than balanced by the room’s expansive views up the Tyflos Valley to Crete’s southern mountains, either from the large private balcony embracing the southeast and southwest sides of the Main House, or directly from the room’s antique maple bed through wide French doors that access the balcony. With morning coffees or evening glasses of wine, this is a perfect room for an intimate couple or lone traveler who want to balance time with the larger group against moments where they alone can enjoy the moon or sunrise, or watch the stars circle overhead.
The Griffon Nest rests within the Main House’s dramatic hand-hewn stone turret. The bedroom looks southwest, across an endless series of olive groves to where the cliffs of the Gramvousa Peninsula plunge into the Aegean Sea. With chambers at two levels, and bespoke single bed built into the upper loft’s circle of windows, the room offers the height, views and privacy preferred by its cliff-dwelling, namesake bird. Like the bed in the upper chamber, the lower studio’s wide writing desk is built into the turret’s curve of windows, providing similarly spectacular scenes of sea and sunsets, and offering a perfect space for student or professional to balance vacation time with tasks and work connections. The Griffon’s Nest also has direct access to the Main House’s roof terrace, a perfect place to go before the rest of the house wakes or after all are abed, when the morning light, moonrise, or stars will sparkle and call. The studio level also provides the space and privacy to add a portable bed and double the room’s occupancy to include a close travelling friend, or family sibling.
Guest House Bedroom Accommodations
Villa Koukouvayia’s Guest House has two formal bedrooms, one in the master bedroom with queen-sized bedding, and the second with adult-engineered single beds built, bunk-style, into the room’s northeast wall. The Guest House’s typical sleeping capacity is 4, but families of 5 with three children under 12 have been more than comfortable adding a portable bed into the second bedroom, and we’ve grown accustomed to allowing this economical exception to the Guest House’s typical occupancy.
The Hawk’s Nest is the Guest House’s master bedroom. Large, built-in closets allow guests to settle in quickly and feel immediately at home. The room’s luxurious queen-bed is set among wide windows, and the room’s sliding French doors lead to a large, elevated terrace. Whether you remain in bed reading or sit on the high terrace sipping coffee or wine, you’ll enjoy a dramatic, 27o-degree view of the Gramvousa & Rodopou mountain ranges as they reach north into the Cretan Sea. The Hawk’s Nest also boasts private access by spiral stairs to the Guest House’s roof patio, where your 270-degree view will expand to a full panorama of the region’s domain, from mountains to the sea. Or after midnight, survey the sky’s rare catalog of constellations and stars.
The Guest House Crow’s Nest, earns her name from her two single beds, whose matching-length window casements provide fantastic views from pillows to sea. Like a ship’s quarters, the Crow’s Nest’s custom cabinetry includes a host of storage options that join the room’s large closets and increase her effective size. Adding to her space, a large French door opens out onto a lovely coffee or reading balcony for two, with a view of the Tyflos Valley and Crete’s southern mountains. This room is perfect for two friends or two siblings in a family group, with an economical option for larger families to outfit the room for three children under 12.
Garden Suite Bedroom Accommodations
Villa Koukouvayia’s Garden Suite, the newest member of Villa Koukouvayia Farm’s three residences, has three formal bedrooms and a fourth room easily converted into a comfortable sleeping room for two. At ground level, every bedroom in the Garden Suite, and the living room, boasts a series of high-quality cabinet beds that provide an almost infinite array of lodging choices across the residence, whether for a small family or group of friends, or large families & gatherings who share complicated bed-assignment & room-assignment needs. To protect the budget of smaller parties, the Garden Suite is priced assuming 6 occupants, but with an easy and inexpensive supplement applied, larger groups of up to 13 guests can book and stay within budget.
The Garden Suite’s second bedroom is the Partridge Nest. Adjacent to and similar to the Pheasant Nest, the Partridge Nest also looks into the southeast groves, but adds a wall of high glass-brick and a skylight to keep the room both private and bright. Like all Garden Suite bedrooms, her cabinet beds include a queen that allows the room to serve as private quarters for a couple, or a series of single beds to allow the room to lodge as many as three friends or family members. Unlike other Garden Suite bedrooms, the Partridge Nest’s single-bed cabinet provides an automatically deployed desk and work area when the bed is closed and hidden, a handy feature for students or professionals who need to remain in touch with work-related responsibilities during their stay.