Standard, Premium, & Luxury Accommodation Options at
Villa Koukouvayia

“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

Villa Koukouvayia Farms was envisioned & designed as home, not a hotel, and the result is that her various bedrooms are as unique as the estate itself. While all rooms have full & luxurious adult bedding, climate controls & A/C, and represent beautiful additions within a beautiful estate, they are not “hotel” rooms with identical size, parallel locations, or common views. Furthermore, almost half of Villa Koukouvayia’s bedrooms are flexibly configured, with high-quality wall-beds needing only the flip of a handle to convert from queen-bed accommodations for a couple or lone participant into single-bedding suites comfortably lodging up to four adults.

So, as you plan any event involving multiple overnight guests, you can rest assured there will be a range of rooms, luxury, and bedding configurations with which you can ensure the happiness and comfort of those attending your event.

To simplify how you might assign the villa rooms, you can consider most of the villa’s rooms to fall within two primary categories:

  • Standard
  • Premium

And then consider three particularly unique rooms whose luxury rises beyond a typical Premium room or whose features lack a characteristic common to a Standard room, as either:

  • Luxury
  • Non-Standard

Standard Rooms

Like all Villa Koukouvayia Rooms, Standard rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable, and only differ from their Premium cousins by lacking some dramatic feature like a balcony, upper view, and/or larger size. The Garden Suite’s Pheasant Nest & Partridge Nest, and the Guest House’s Crow’s Nest (which does have a beautiful balcony & view but offers only single bedding) are all considered Standard rooms.

Pheasant Nest

The Pheasant Nest is the Garden Suite bedroom with the largest floorplan. Her wide windows look out into the quiet vista of our southeast olive groves, and her built-in cabinet-beds can be deployed in a simple queen-bed configuration or in an albergue style with four single-beds set up as two bunks. In fact the Pheasant Nest’s size lets both style beds be deployed at the same time, allowing one or two children accompanying a guest or guest couple to efficiently lodge in the same room.

Partridge Nest

 Adjacent and similar to the Pheasant Nest, the Partridge Nest also looks into the southeast groves, but adds a row 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 single guest or couple, or can deploy its series of single beds and lodge as many as three guests. 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 guests who need to remain in touch with professional  responsibilities during their stay.

Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest, earns her name from the way her two single beds, engineered into window casements as wide as the beds are long, provide fantastic views from pillows to sea. Like a ship’s quarters, the Crow’s Nest 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, the village of Potamida, and southern mountains beyond. The Crow’s Nest is a perfect choice for a lone guest or two related guests, like siblings in a family.

Premium Rooms

Villa Koukouvayia’s Premium rooms each have features that provide special guests with the amenities they deserve. These features usually include extra size, private exterior balconies or terraces, or extra chambers within a suite. For reasons described below,
the Guest House’s Hawk’s Nest, and the Main House’s Falcon’s & Griffon’s Nests are all considered Premium rooms.

Hawk’s Nest

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 your guests remain in bed reading or sit on the terrace sipping coffee or wine, they’ll enjoy a dramatic, 27o-degree view of the Gramvousa & Rodopou mountain ranges as they frame the Gulf of Kissamos and plunge into the Cretan Sea. The Hawk’s Nest also boasts private access by spiral stairs to the Guest House’s roof terrace, where a 270-degree view expands to a full 360-degrees. During daylight hours, scan the region’s domain from mountains to sea. Or, after midnight, climb the patio’s spiral stairs to survey the rare spectacle of the sky’s full catalog of constellations and stars.

Falcon's Nest

The Falcon’s Nest balances its smaller footprint with 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 a pair of French balcony doors. With the balcony available for morning coffees or evening glasses of wine, this is a perfect room for a guest couple or lone guest who wants to balance time with the larger group against moments where they alone can enjoy the moon’s or sun’s rise.

Griffon's Nest

The Griffon’s Nest is a two-level chamber resting within the Main House’s dramatic hand-hewn stone turret. At both levels its southwest view is dramatic, falling across an expanse of olive groves to where the cliffs of Gramvousa Peninsula plunge into the Aegean Sea. With a bespoke single bed built into the upper loft’s circle of windows, and a wide custom writing desk embraced by the windows in the studio below, the room offers the height, views and seclusion preferred by the cliff-dwelling bird after which it is named. 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 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—perfect for two guests who are close friends or siblings.

Non-Standard Rooms

Villa Koukouvayia’s Garden Suite has two additional accommodations that are perfect for certain guest assignments but lack some feature included in every Standard room. The Swallow’s Nest, while matching its sisters the Pheasant & Partridge Nests in features and bedding options, lacks a view of any kind. And the Auxiliary Accommodation, while spacious, with garden views and an adjacent bath, is semi rather than fully private.

Swallow’s Nest

The Garden Suite’s third bedroom, the Swallow’s Nest, boasts the same high-quality bedding, climate control, and appointments as all villa bedrooms. A networked office alcove provides a handy connection for professionals with responsibilities during their stay, while built-in lighted closets and stone features provide this cozy room with a special warmth and charm. While it lacks the view of other villa bedrooms, this feature also makes the Swallow’s Nest a perfect option for event guests within a common group, like bridesmaids, groomsmen, or the younger cousins in a large family. Like all bedrooms in the Garden Suite residence, the  Swallow’s Nest can easily switch from a queen-bed configuration for a lone guest or guest-couple, into a true albergue suite comfortably sleeping up to four. And when groups need a private space for specific tasks like a playroom for small-children, the Swallow’s Nest is ideal. Just close the beds into their cabinets, and the room and its floor space become a multi-purpose area.

Auxiliary Accommodations

In addition to the three fully private bedrooms in the Garden Suite, the suite’s living area hides an adult-engineered bed built into the room’s library. Deploying this bed converts the Garden Suite’s living area (either each evening or for the duration of your event) into a fourth bedroom, easily separated from the rest of the suite by an available privacy screen, and with its adjacent bath effectively en suite. It’s a great option for extra family members, late arrivals, or event staff, increasing the Garden Suite’s capacity to 13 guests.

Luxury Accommodations

Finally, Villa Koukouvayia does offer one selection, the Koukouvayia Suite, whose size & luxurious features demand its own category, distinct from even the Premium Rooms cited above.

Koukouvayia Suite

The Koukouvayia Suite features a dedicated library and reading area, a hand-carved, Arabian teak king-bed, and for Crete’s colder months an active, hand-hewn stone fireplace. The bedchambers are quiet and isolated from the other 2nd floor rooms by a long entry hallway. The suite boasts a series of high windows, with sliding French doors that access a wide private balcony wrapping across two sides of the Main House. Both inside and out, the suite affords dramatic 270-degree views of the Gramvousa & Rodopou mountain ranges projecting north 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, where the charming village of Xarathiana and its night-lit chapel of Saint John frame the moon and sun rising at dusk and dawn. While the Koukouvayia Suite is designed for two, if needed, there is ample room to add a portable bed for a small child to accompany their parents.