Main House Bedrooms
Villa Koukouvayia’s Main House has three formal bedrooms, two with multi-person beds, and a third with a single bed and an extra chamber room that can easily hold a temporary 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 wide private balcony that wraps across two sides of the Main House. Both inside and out, the suite affords dramatic 270-degree views of the Gramvousa & Rodopou mountain ranges jutting 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 room to add a portable bed for a small child to accompany their parents.
The Falcon Nest is the Main House’s second bedroom. The 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 a pair of French balcony doors. With the balcony available for morning coffees or evening glasses of wine, this is a perfect room for an intimate couple or lone traveler who wants to balance time with the larger group against moments where they alone can enjoy the moon or sun rising.
The Griffon’s Nest rests within the Main House’s dramatic hand-hewn stone turret, looking southwest, across an endless series of olive groves, the raw Gramvousa peninsula, and the Aegean Sea. With chambers at two levels, and with a bespoke single bed built into the upper loft’s circle of windows, the room offers the height, views and seclusion preferred by its cliff-dwelling, namesake bird. The lower studio’s wide writing desk, like the bed in the upper chamber, has been built into the turret’s curve of windows, and provides similarly spectacular scenes of sea and sunsets, but is also a perfect space for a student or professional who needs to balance vacation or program 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 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 a close travelling friend, or family sibling.