Celebrate life’s beautiful moments simply, in a simply beautiful place.

“Celebrations break us away from the mundane.”

― Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Combining intimate indoor facilities with outdoor spaces that overlook the Aegean Sea, Tyflos Valley, Crete’s southern mountains, and a green embrace of agricultural groves, Villa Koukouvayia can platform catered outdoor dining and ceremonies that range from simple to sacred.  Modern facilities and WiFi access points serving the entire estate are integrated into the estate’s traditional architecture and ambience.  Most importantly, the estate accomplishes all this while lodging celebrants onsite amid informal luxury.

Areas for gatherings, social events, and formally catered or informal dining include:

  • 90m2 of shaded verandas
  • 100m2 of open terraces & patios
  • 90m2 of elevated terraces.
  • 27m2 roof garden with bar facilities.

Areas for formal ceremonies include:

  • Two larger lawn & garden areas of 90m2 & 325m2 with natural presentation slopes for audiences of 25 & 90.
  • Two intimate lawn & garden areas of 49m2 & 85m2 (one with elevated stage) for audiences of 15 & 20.
  • A dedicated platform of 77m2 set among the ancient trees of adjacent olive groves for an audience of 20 (with extra seating capacity available off-platform in the grove.)

And during the days prior to (and after) the ceremony, the villa has the equipment and opportunities to host activities that foster new friendships and further older ones.

  • Pool & Patio for sunning & relaxing among smaller groups, and for active play among the younger members (of all ages 😊.)
  • A 36m2 multi-purpose game room for personal exercise or social gathering around table-tennis and other games.
  • Equipment for croquet, badminton and other lawn games; interior board games, bicycles, snorkeling, beach & picnic gear, kayaks and even a small racing dinghy for experienced sailors.
  • Additionally, Villa Koukouvayia’s gates open onto a network of safe walking-trails that traverse the acres of olive groves and hills surrounding the estate and offer valuable opportunities for individuals or small groups to retreat from the larger group and return to the celebrations recharged.

Occupancy Capacities & Available Configurations

As you consider lodging your event, note the capacities for each of the villa’s three homes and the entire estate as seen in the table below.  And while the villa’s Main House & Garden Suite have the capacity to host larger groups easily, we’ve set a base rate to more fairly price typical, smaller groups, providing larger groups an economical way to access our higher capacities using a simple supplement of €10/night for each person beyond the “typical” group’s size cited in the table.

And if needed, we can configure several spaces with comfortable extra beds and/or bedding to further maximize occupancy.  For example, while the Guest House comfortably serves four adults, it can easily lodge five for families with three children 12 years or younger at arrival.   (Note: infants under 2 at the time of arrival can be excluded from your capacity limit and supplement calculations. 😊)

Villa Koukouvayia Whole-Estate Occupancy Notes:

  • As in the Garden Suite, the base rates for the entire villa are set low to allow a typical group of 16 persons to stay economically. The extra capacity needed by larger groups can be easily adjusted by adding a small supplement (+€10/person/night) for each additional guest beyond 16.

Main House Occupancy Notes:

  • The Main House can accommodate up to 2 extra people (1 without charge) using the two bedrooms where an extra bed can be easily added, or the long living room sofa as a nightly bed.
  • While there are unique circumstances we might discuss (e.g., an extra small child sleeping in a parent’s room, a family member showing up for only one vacation night), for your and the house’s comfort, we rarely recommend lodging more than 7 people in the Main House.

Guest House Occupancy Notes:

  • For your comfort and the house’s, we don’t recommend exceeding the Guest House’s maximum capacity of 4, except when 3 guests are children under 12. This configuration is easily achieved by adding a portable bed into the 2nd bedroom.  It is free of charge, and guests with 3 small children have found this a comfortable, economical alternative to renting a larger home.

Garden Suite Occupancy Notes:

  • Because Garden Suite bedrooms can be comfortably configured to handle groups from 3 to 11, “typical” occupancies are often fewer than the “standard” occupancy listed above. But to decide how your specific group can take advantage of the Garden Suite’s flexibility, simply remember that:
  • 2 bedrooms can sleep up to 4 adults in single beds, or host two people (or a single person) in a queen bed.
  • 1 bedroom can sleep up to 3 adults in single beds, or host two people (or a single person) in a queen bed.
  • Additionally, the Garden Suite can host 2 extra adults using the living room’s comfortable cabinet bed.
  • The Garden Suite’s base rates are set low to allow a typical group of 6 persons (2 per each bedroom) to stay economically; but adjust easily (+€10/person/night) for the extra capacity needed by larger groups.

Bedrooms & Baths

Eight formal bedrooms provide accommodation levels to match a variety of guests.  Three rooms have king or queen bedding.  Two rooms have multiple chambers.  Two rooms have single or multiple adult engineered & sized single beds.  An additional three rooms have integrated cabinet beds that allow customized configuration as queen-beds hosting couples or as single-beds hosting up to four individuals—perfect for lodging a family’s younger generation of cousins.  All rooms have air-conditioning and full climate control.   Total sleeping capacity with all rooms fully utilized is 20.  Additionally, one semi-private room boasts an additional cabinet bed easily deployed to host extra family members, increasing accommodations to 22.  And finally, there’s space in three of the bedrooms to add portable beds that sleep young children, increasing capacity to 25 without any loss of adult beds.

Seven bathrooms ensure even well attended celebrations offer attendees comfort and care.  Five baths are dedicated to bedroom areas, with one bath en suite.  Three baths are sited to serve living areas, and three baths (one in each of the Villa’s three lodging residences) have integrated laundries (with one washer & dryer large enough to serve the entire villa), so hosts can conveniently address clothing needs during even the longest reunions—or can hire out such service to remove that burden entirely.

Special Wedding-Party Considerations:
  • Three rooms have integrated cabinet beds that can quickly convert from lodging chambers into bed-free areas to provide space for special celebration preparations.
  • The Garden Suite, an entire residence on the estate, can be easily configured to host groomsmen and/or bridesmaids separately from main party.
  • The Koukouvayia Suite is an isolated and luxurious en suite bedroom that can serve as a bridal preparation chamber prior to the wedding. And if groom and bride want to remain after the ceremony to celebrate more fully with friends and family, the Koukouvayia Suite can serve as a beautiful bridal suite, allowing a more relaxed honeymoon departure the following day.

Kitchens & Dining Areas

All three of the villa’s residential homes have fully equipped kitchens—two with the preparation space, pantries, and equipment suitable for communal meal provision, either self-prepared or catered.  Three large outdoor grills (two gas & one charcoal) service the terrace & pool areas and allow for evening BBQs. 

Three interior and three exterior dining areas provide seating from 4 to 25 and allow siting meals outdoors in sun or shade, or indoors during Crete’s cooler months.  A fully accessible roof terrace with wet-bar and spectacular views can further extend social, cocktail, and light-dining options during special events or evenings.  

Living Rooms & Salons

Three living rooms of 20m2, 18m2 & 15m2 comfortably seat 12, 8 & 6 persons respectively.  Suitable for intimate socializing, music and entertainment, and relaxing in the days and hours as the event approaches.

Other Areas, Spaces & Features

Three dedicated office areas are available, two within bedrooms and accessible for general attendees.  A third fully private office with networked computer docking, printer, monitor and other peripherals will allow hosts to connect with and manage guest arrivals and departures, continue and/or adjust celebration preparations, and stay connected to outside resources & organizations.

The villa’s recreational gear is extensive.  Bicycles, kayaks, lawn games, interior board games, hiking, snorkeling & beach gear, and a professional table-tennis space all allow either informal or planned off-hours play & extracurricular activities among celebrants & guests.

Additionally, Villa Koukouvayia’s gates open onto a network of safe walking-trails that traverse the olive groves and surrounding hills, and offer opportunities for individuals or small groups to retreat, reflect, and return to the formal celebrations recharged