2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath, Swimming Pool. Gorgeous Views. Private Yet Close To Town.
Richard Harriman and Heidi Palola
- english, Functional in Greek but not fluent
About Richard Harriman and Heidi Palola
We are international educators who left the U.S. and our home state of Maine in 2002 to live and work overseas. We have worked in northern Greece and most recently the Mideast. We are now retired and live in Villa Koukouvayia's Main House, only leaving to visit our two grown children in the States from time to time. We have been proud to establish our new home in Western Crete, one of the loveliest communities we've ever experienced.
Richard Harriman and Heidi Palola purchased this Guest House in 2011
Why Richard Harriman and Heidi Palola chose Kastelli Kissamou
Our first overseas positions were in Thessalonkiki, in northern Greece; and it was during that time that we fell in love with our adopted home country. We wanted to design from scratch a property that we could share with our colleagues and extended family, and which would serve as a gathering place for friends, friendship, and celebrations, and we discovered western Crete as the perfect spot to build upon this dream. We are American citizens, but are now retired and live at Villa Koukouvayia permanently.
What makes this Guest House unique
Villa Koukouvayia is a custom-designed home built for families, fun, and social relaxation. Kissamos is a working town that thrives on agricultural business year round and some tourism in the high season. Some of the most beautiful parts of Crete can be found within a short drive from our home: Balos Lagoon, Falasarna Beach, Elafonissi Beach, Samaria Gorge, the villages of Elos, Mylia, Polyrinnia, Paleochora, and of course the beautiful town of Chania with her Venetian lighthouse and Old Town full of shops and tavernas.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
After pre-approval; Increased damage deposit.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Check-in and -out times above are flexible, depending entirely on our other arriving/departing guests. Just let us know!
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Olive Grove Paradise
We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at Villa Koukouvayia . It was the perfect base for our exploration of Western Crete. Our hosts are expats from Maine, USA and have lived in Kissamos for a number of years. Initially, I did wonder whether it would be better to have local hosts, but in retrospect I am satisfied that our hosts were the best choice. In there time in Kissamos they have developed a wide number of contacts and they were able to provide a wealth of local information and valuable advice for the overseas visitor.
In itself, this is truly a home away from home. They have been thoughtful and have anticipated every need. It is modern, clean and comfortable, literally, all you need are the clothes on your back and food.
The tranquillity was overwhelming. Imagine looking out from every vantage point to see the twinkling Mediterranean and olive groves as far as the eye can see, waking up to the chime of bells in distant churches and in the evening the sound of crickets chirping in the groves. Imagine walking through the groves to local cafes, tavernas and shops and going home to jump in the pool on a hot afternoon. Far enough away from mainstream Kissamos to experience all these things, it is conveniently close enough if needs be. Your hosts are accessible if you want but if isolation is what you crave, you can have that too.
This guest house is a gem and certainly value for money.
Helen, Rob & Ange (& Mos!) you guys were great guests. It was fun meeting you all, and SO glad you enjoyed the villa. I know that you needed a break from the "Tazzy winter," and you deserved it!!
Lots of good wishes for a smooth landing back in the real world, and fond hopes you come again soon,
Richard, Heidi & Logan
Beautiful Villa & Perfect Hosts
From their pre-arrival communications with easy to follow directions and reassuring contact phone numbers, to their final farewell with a bottle of olive oil made with fruit from the villa's trees, the owners, Richard and Heidi, had done everything to ensure we had a relaxing, authentically Greek holiday, with a touch of luxury.
Everything has been thought through for you. The kitchen is well equipped and has basic foodstuffs stocked up prior to arrival. Bathrooms are spacious. Bedrooms more than comfortable. Plug sockets are plentiful and even some adaptors provided. Wifi was good. Etc, etc... But this villa is all about the outside space. A covered verandah surrounds three sides of the building, so there is always sun or shade to choose from. Each bedroom and the first floor bathroom have balconies, the main bedroom balcony being huge, and there is a rooftop terrace reached by a cast iron spiral staircase from that main bedroom balcony. There's an infinity plunge pool - big enough to splash about in and cool off after a trip out, and the surrounding olive trees hum to the constant song of cicadas.
We loved it here.
A big thank you to Richard & Heidi.
Dave, Bernie (& Lily!) thank you so much for such a lovely review. Heidi and I are doubly glad that you enjoyed the place so much. Great guests like you guys make hosting a joy!!
You'll come again, eh? We hope so!
Beautiful quiet house, beautiful area, great support
This house is just amazing. It has everything you can imagine, great views, various places to relax, eat and enjoy the nature. Richard was very welcoming and helped us out with everything. We arrived late and he had some food for us in the fridge! Thanks a lot for everything!!! We enjoyed our stay very much and would love to come back!!!!
Dear Matthias, Marike & (Morritz!)
Thanks so much for your review, and for being such great guests here at Villa Koukouvayia.
Hope your year back home is going well, and that we see you again soon!
All the best, Richard and Heidi
We had a great stay in amongst the olives
The property and plunge pool were fantastic for all of us. Great location and easy access around the west of the island. Kitchen was spot on for the chief.
Brian, Jools and their two lovely sons were terrific guests. Respectful of our home, and great & interesting company, too! We recommend them to anyone else who has an opportunity to rent to them.
Wonderful Crete Retreat
Wow! The perfect spot for a getaway, with all of the amenities and comforts of home. Lovely location, in the hills just outside of Kissamos, surrounded by olive groves. Both houses are fully-furnished with everything to make a short or long stay very, very comfortable. Lots of nice touches.
Fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, sitting rooms and outdoor spaces with furniture. Small pool that is perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
Small grocery shop and restaurants close by (just a quick walk down the hill), and Kissimos within an 8-10 minute drive away.
Wifi access very good.
Owners are very friendly, and will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is pleasant.
Recommendation: Rent a car ... you will want to do some day trips to the beach, to the Samaria Gorge, to Chania, and other ... there are SO many lovely places to explore in this part of Crete!
Highly, highly recommend. Will go back for sure.
Heidi and I really appreciate your review, and we loved having you stay!
Listen to the music of olive tree cicadas while taking in a gorgeous view of the Aegean Sea.
Nothing missing here! If this place doesn't have it, they you don't need it! The villa--set in olive groves with a stunning view of the Aegean Sea and surrounding hills--is new, modern, well-appointed, sparkling clean, and spacious. Throw the windows open in the evening and go to sleep on the hum of cicadas and the caress of a cool Aegean breeze. Soak in the very unique two-tiered pool--it's sports a little waterfall--during the day, or anytime for that matter, and take your meals on very spacious, tiled balconies (We never ate indoors). Shopping for food and sundries is a short trip--and easy walk if you will--down the hill in a quintessential Greek village. There's also a good open-air restaurant there with very friendly and interesting staff. Beautiful, numerous, and uncrowded beaches sporting tavernas are a short drive away. Excellent food and drink abound. The sea is clear, clean, and warm. If you have kids, you won't be able to get them out! And don't miss Xania! What a gorgeous, thriving, and interesting little city! The hosts are wonderful people, exceedingly knowledgeable about the area, and incredibly helpful, especially in terms of suggesting things to do, sights to see, and in giving explicit directions (Oh,and you'll need a car). Trust me, you won't want to leave and you'll certainly want to go back.
You were great guests, and we're grateful you enjoyed your stay. It will be great if you can come again!!