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Get away from everything that doesn’t count.

“It’s best to take a vacation twice a year, and to make sure each one lasts six months.”― Anonymous

With so quiet a place, with so many activities on the estate and nearby, and with three beautiful homes from which to choose, Villa Koukouvayia can form the foundation of a true vacation for you and for those you love best.  Here is where people reattach and recharge—through activity, through relaxation, or by enjoying a healthy balance of both.

One private estate; three private homes.

“It’s easy to face life with care, courage and love when you have a home filled with all three.”― Anonymous

Villa Koukouvayia’s three private homes form the heart of her hospitality and flexibility.  For individual families, couples or friends seeking a simple vacation rental, each home’s air-conditioned bedrooms, separated entrances, private parking, gardens and spaces create a comfortable quiet residence isolated from the estate’s other homes. 

The farm’s Guest House, the oldest of the three homes, sleeps 4 adults (or a family of 5 with children who are under 12.)  The Guest House was built in 2012, set back at the highest and farthest position from the farm’s entrance, and faces northwest where Gramvousa’s mountains slope into the sea. 

The Main House typically sleeps 5 adults, with the space to host an extra adult in any one of several rooms.   Completed in 2017, the Main House is set further down the property’s slope from the Guest House, and by facing northeast and pivoting slightly offline from her smaller sister, both houses have unobstructed views of the Gulf of Kissamos and the dramatic Aegean mountains that form the bay. 

The villa’s Garden Suite, her third residence, was finished in 2022. Of all Villa Koukouvayia’s homes, the Garden Suite has the greatest flexibility and capacity.  Her three bedrooms can be configured from queen-bed apartments to singles sleeping up to 11 adults.  And with a large living area easily converting to a semi-private bedroom via a hidden cabinet bed, two additional family members or friends can increase occupancy to 13.

Use the occupancy table and notes below to see if the Main House (MH), Garden Suite (GS), Guest House (GH), some combination, or the entire estate (VKF) will provide the most comfort for your group.

Occupancy Capacities & Available Configurations

For simple vacation rentals the capacities for each of the villa’s three homes and the entire estate are easily seen in the table below, with one, two or the entire estate’s three homes available to match your party’s number and needs.  And while the villa’s Main House & Garden Suite have the capacity to easily host larger groups, we’ve set their rates to fairly price typically smaller groups, while providing larger groups an economical way to take advantage of those high capacities using a simple €10/night supplement for each person beyond a typical group’s size.  And if your group or family chooses, we can configure several spaces with comfortable extra beds and/or bedding to further maximize your 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. 😊)

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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.

Garden Suite Occupancy Notes:

  • Because Garden Suite bedrooms can be comfortably configured to handle groups from 3 to 13, “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.
  • If hosting beyond the Garden Suite’s typical group of 6 (2 persons per bedroom) simply add €10/person/night beyond to comfortably include up to 7 extra guests.

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.

The Main House

Villa Koukouvayia’s Main House is perhaps the most luxurious of the villa’s three homes, with wide terraces and balconies that offer spectacular Aegean & mountain views at all three of its levels. The ground floor boasts a sunken living room, stone fireplace, large dining area and kitchen, food pantry, and a bathroom convenient to living areas and pool patios. For guests needing to keep in touch with professional tasks during an extended stay, a dedicated private office featuring network docking, monitor, printer and other peripherals provides a simple plug & vacation-to-work connection.

Upstairs, three bedrooms each access either a spectacular balcony or the Main House’s roof terrace and wet bar.  Bedroom 2, the Falcon Nest, shares its antique maple bed with French doors, large closets and perfect views of the moon or sun cresting the steep eastern slope opposite the Tyflos River Valley.  Bedroom 3, the Griffon Nest, is built into a dramatic stone turret with two levels—a studio and upper sleeping loft—connected by spiral stairs that also lead to the Main House’s roof terrace.  Both the wide desk at studio level and the extra-long single bed in the loft are built into the turret’s wrapping windows to create a romantic 180-degree view spanning the the island’s western edge to its northern Aegean shore.  The lower studio is perfect for professional work or, with an easily installed 2nd bed, another adult—either friend or sibling—can comfortably double the suite’s capacity.  The 2nd full bathroom on this level also hosts the Main House’s convenient laundry facilities, adjacent to a dedicated laundry balcony for fresh, air-dried linens.

The Main House’s 2nd floor accommodations are crowned by the master bedroom or “Koukouvayia Suite.”  The suite’s luxuries include built-in closets & hidden hampers; a library, reading area & stone fireplace; and a hand-carved king-sized teak bed set into windows tall enough to display the night’s galaxies and constellations.  The Koukouvayia Suite is privately isolated from rest of the 2nd floor by a long entry hallway that passes by the chamber’s en suite bath.  The bath is large enough for a two-person shower and long soaking tub where one can bathe as a rising moon lights the mountain chapel of Saint John. 

Together, the Main House’s accommodations are perfect for larger families or families with mature children who need extra privacy and space. 

The Guest House

Villa Koukouvayia’s Guest House, built in 2012, is the oldest and most economical of the villa’s three homes.  Set back at the highest and farthest position from the farm’s entrance, her design echoes the Main House below her and includes the same continuous verandas, large, spectacular balconies, and a private roof terrace where star-gazing feels more like star-touching.  The house’s open-design first floor provides space for large living areas, a fully equipped kitchen, and a convenient bath.  Upstairs, two bedrooms include a master bedroom (the “Hawk’s Nest”) whose sliding doors open onto a 270° wrapping balcony large enough for entertaining and with spiral-stair access to the roof terrace.  The second bedroom (the “Crow’s Nest”) also opens onto a private balcony, gazing south up the Tyflos Valley to Crete’s higher elevations and famous White Mountains.  The Crow’s Nest sleeps two adults comfortably, each with a single bed, built bunk-stye into a full-width window that integrates each bed into a soaring view of the sea below.  And if needed, families with three small children under 12 can outfit the room for a third child. The 2nd floor’s final feature is a large full bath with a two-person shower, laundry, and a clothes balcony to make the necessity of vacation washing days—quite literally—a fresh breeze.

Together, the spectacular views and efficient design make the Guest House a perfect choice for a young family, a traveling couple, or a group of four friends wanting to relax, explore and recharge together.

The Garden Suite

Completed in 2022, Villa Koukouvayia’s Garden Suite is the estate’s most unique and flexible home and—being her newest addition—arguably her most luxuriously appointed.  A ground-level residence resting beneath the Main House, the Garden Suite’s private entrance, French doors, wide windows, and her integration into the site’s slope let guests step immediately into her private gardens and gaze directly into the extensive olive groves surrounding the estate. 

Entering from her yard below the pool waterfalls, a hand-hewn stone foyer embraces the chambers, leading in one direction to a spacious living area with winter-stove, stone hearth, large library and entertainment center.  In the other direction a professionally outfitted kitchen, breakfast and dining area handily serve the largest & hungriest of families & friends.  Each of the Garden Suite’s three bedrooms and her living room are outfitted with bespoke closets and bookshelves, antique furniture or other charming features, and each has a series of high-quality, built-in cabinet beds that let you custom configure your space, from luxury queen-bed apartments to albergue style rooms sleeping 3 or 4.  Her two largest bedrooms, the “Pheasant Nest” and “Partridge Nest,” look out onto the southeast groves sloping into the Tyflos Valley, and her third bedroom, the Swallow’s Nest, makes up for a lack of view with dramatically lit custom shelving, charming stone features, and a private office alcove.

And for larger families and groups, the living room’s beautiful library cabinet pulls down to reveal a fully mattresed bed that converts the area into a semi-private room and increases Garden Suite capacity to 13.  To service such larger groups, the Garden Suite has modern, professional-grade appliances, storage pantries, and two full bathrooms.  The second bath & laundry are adjacent to the living area, and  a luxurious master bath is positioned near the three bedrooms, large enough for a long, deep soaking tub on one side, and on the other a romantic two-person shower surrounded by hand-hewn stone.

And although the Garden Suite can be easily configured to sleep 13, her pricing allows a more typically sized party of 6 to rent inexpensively, and grants larger parties access to the Garden Suite’s extraordinary capacity using a simple supplement of €10 per/person/night for each guest beyond 6 up to 13.

Common Spaces

Villa Koukouvayia proudly positions herself not as a hotel to be rented, but a home to be enjoyed. Historically, and as echoed in countless reviews, her guests have easily taken up this characteristic during their stays, enjoying the privacy of their separate home’s gardens, terraces and spaces, but enjoying, too, the sharing of the few resources the estate holds in common. While privacy is always an option, guests often enjoy the luck of meeting other good people, or their child finding a new friend the same age to share the ping-pong table or pool.

The friendly culture allows easy sharing of the estate’s common resources.  The extensive recreational gear of bicycles, kayaks, lawn games, interior board games, hiking, snorkeling & beach gear, the exercise room with a professional table-tennis facility, and the estate’s deep plunging pool and patio have always met everyone’s needs, even when the villa has the privilege to host three families as guests.

The villa’s isolation among the silent groves affects those staying here, too, creating a common culture of quiet, and a consistent respect among guests for the opportunity to relax.  

The extensive gear allows guests to avoid most vacation-specific expenses, yet still enjoy the toys and equipment that often add fun to time away from home.  The pool especially serves a variety of guests, offering the chance to cool off from the Cretan sun, to plunge off the salt from a coastal swim, to safely dive into its depths, or play beneath the waterfalls.  And when the patio is quiet, the splash of the waterfall creates the perfect background music to inspire your nap.