Metohi Kindelis

Chania, Crete, Greece Book from Book from £235 per night

A tranquil organic farming estate near Chania, offering 3 self-catering apartments (for 2-4) with private pools and beautiful gardens
This is a secret slice of Crete, a farmhouse full of history. In a vast walled garden with towering palms, cacti and eucalyptus trees, tucked between the White Mountains and the Venetian harbour town of Chania, lies Metohi Kindelis. You enter through an elegant archway draped with bougainvillea, into a cobbled courtyard, backed by a terracotta farmhouse dating from 1650. This and a neighbouring stone building have been renovated to provide 3 delightful self-catering apartments, each with a private pool and flowering gardens.

The Kindelis family, who have owned it for over a century, still run it today, and are passionate about the land, its fruit, and its future. Manager Danai is a warm and cultured host: on hand when you need her and armed with a wealth of knowledge and recommendations (her English is perfect). Uncle Manolis still spends his days tending their organic orchards, which produce award-winning citrus fruit, avocados, kumquats, strawberries and more. Couples, friends and families adore the sense of space, privacy and freedom here. Expect cats in the courtyard, vases of freshly cut flowers and days spent reading by your private pool, or picnicking in their botanic gardens with your own freshly-squeezed orange juice. Pure bliss.

Information provided by Metohi Kindelis on 23/04/2021.

Cleaning and hygiene
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols, including steam cleaners for the disinfection of fabric surfaces such as sofas and curtains. Frequency of housekeeping and turndown service is at our guests’ discretion. Linen change is performed upon request. Hand sanitiser will be available in the entrance of the guesthouse. We have received the official national training in hospitality hygiene.

Common areas
Guests are welcomed outside in the yard. The only common area is the botanical garden which is easily big enough for social distancing.

Food and drink
Our fresh produce will be stocked in your kitchen as usual.

Facilities
The three guesthouses are completely independent, like separate holiday homes (with the addition of some hotel comforts). You can happily stay in the privacy of your garden or by the pool, dining on your terrace. If you require our help or travel suggestions, we can easily do this sitting outside.

Policies
More flexible cancellation policies are in place.

Highs

  • This is the best of both worlds: close to central Chania for shops, restaurants and beaches, but far enough away to be peaceful and secluded
  • We loved having our fridge restocked daily with delicious local breakfast ingredients and garden produce
  • Perfect for a romantic retreat - our garden, pool and outdoor dining area felt wonderfully private
  • Danai is a born concierge, sharing her favourite local beaches, restaurants and under-the-radar sights with us; even advising on our wider Cretan trip

Lows

  • The proximity to the main road means you can hear the faint hum of traffic, but, thanks to the lush walled gardens, you can’t see it
  • Not ideal for toddlers due to uneven ground, stone floors and unfenced pools
  • In July and August you have to stay 4 nights or more
  • You're 5km from the nearest beach and town so you'll probably want to hire a car, although taxis to/from Chania are very reasonable
  • Breakfast supplies are provided on a self-catering basis, not served

Best time to go

To avoid the crowds, visit in shoulder season (May-June or Sept-Oct) when the days are sunny but not too hot (ideal for hiking) and the sea is still warm enough to swim. During high season (July and August), Chania and the surrounding coastal resorts are overrun with visitors, while in low season (Nov-April) most tourist facilities close down completely.

Our top tips

Having Danai on hand for local advice is one of Metohi Kindelis' trump cards - so make the most of it! For example, if you fancy a truly secluded sandy beach (and don't mind a 1-hour drive and 15-minute walk), ask her for directions to idyllic Kedrodasos on Crete's wild west coast. Or if you're interested in local wine tastings, or a lesson in traditional bread-making, or a delicious lunchtime picnic packed with farm-fresh goodies, just ask her.

Great for...

Eco
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3 self-catering apartments (for 2-4)
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

There are 3 self-contained apartments spread over 2 buildings: Danae, Kyriakos and Kynthia, each sleeping 2-4 people.

Danae and Kyriakos are both on the ground floor. Cool and spacious open-plan spaces with large arches, original wooden beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, slick kitchens and lounges with sofabeds. The master sleeping area is on a mezzanine, reached by a half-flight of steps - in Danae this bedroom can be separated by a sliding door but in Kyriakos it opens out to the living area. The only thing missing is natural light, but to compensate you have your own garden and pool. Danae has a large lawn rimmed with aromatic Mediterranean planting and a pool backed by a high wall. We stayed in beautiful Kyriakos, where the pool is set in a wild flower garden that is part suntrap, part covered chill out area - complete with a speaker dock, daybed and rope swing chair.

Kynthia is a first-floor apartment approached up a steep flight of outside steps. The main space is a big, open-plan bedroom/lounge with a four-poster bed, a wicker sofa, 2 armchairs, and a built-in kitchen. There’s an additional small bedroom with bunk beds and an ensuite shower room, making this ideal for a couple with two children. Kynthia’s secluded pool lies a short stroll through the garden, and has a stone patio which doubles as a living area.

All apartments have sound systems with decent CD libraries (mainly jazz, classical and Latin), and bookshelves with plenty of English-language novels and Crete guidebooks. Please note that the pools are not available in winter (Nov-March).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Communal washing machine
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Each apartment has an open-plan kitchen equipped with a cooker (oven, grill and gas hob), fridge, kettle and filter coffee maker, and a juicer for the fresh oranges. For sitting down to eat, each has a big wooden table indoors, and an even bigger table in the shade by your pool, where you can dine by candlelight; Kynthia's pool area has a fridge, kitchenette and toilet, too, as it’s a short walk from the apartment itself. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order meals to be delivered.

Upon arrival, you’ll find your fridge stocked with eggs, yoghurt, milk, local cheeses, olives and wine, plus Metohi Kindelis’ own organic seasonal garden produce - maybe oranges, avocados or other fruit. Essentials such as coffee, Twinings tea, sugar, honey, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper are also provided. Further provisions for breakfasts are supplied on a daily basis and are included in the price. For food shopping, the nearest supermarkets are a 5-minute drive away.

Highly recommended eateries (3km away) include Salis, which serves modern Cretan cuisine on the waterfront in Chania; and Evgonia, Manolis’ favourite local taverna for fresh fish. There are also plenty of ideas provided in your welcome pack in the apartment.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore Chania, with its lovely Venetian-era fishing harbour ringed with cafes, and its romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and market stalls
  • Visit the monasteries on Akrotiri peninsula, 10km east of Chania. See the 17th-century Agia Triada, the more sombre Gouvernetou, and the abandoned ruins of Katholiko
  • Spend a day on the beach. The nearest ones lie just 5km away, but for something really special, drive to Falasarna, on the west coast, or Elafonisi, on Crete’s southwest tip
  • Hike the length of the dramatic 18km limestone Samaria Gorge, descending from the White Mountains down to the village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast
  • Drive across the island to Chora Sfakion on the south coast and visit the nearby 14th-century Frangokastello Venetian fortress. From Sfakia you can also take a taxi boat to the lovely beach of Glyka Nera (naturist-friendly)
  • Massages and reiki can be booked in Metohi Kindelis' gardens, as well as other wellness activities such as yoga and qigong
  • If you want some guidance exploring western Crete, Metohi's sister company arranges various tours, including guided walks around Chania's old town, and several gorge hikes

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Massages
  • Museums / galleries
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Yoga

Kids

Each apartment is designed to sleep 2-4, making them ideal for a couple with 2 kids - though they are much better suited to babies or older children due to various hazards for toddlers. Kids will love the freedom of the spacious gardens, and being able to learn about plants in the orchard.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Kynthia is best for families as it has a separate small bedroom with bunk beds and an ensuite bathroom. Danae & Kyriakos have sofabeds in their living areas, providing additional sleeping space. Danae is more family friendly than Kyriakos due to the large flat lawn and the ability to close off the bedroom from the living space.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Set in a peaceful walled garden with towering palm trees, Metohi Kindelis lies just off the main road, 3km southwest of Chania, between the sea and the mountains in western Crete.

By Air
Chania is the closest airport, served by daily flights from Athens the year through, and by charter flights from most European capitals in summer. Heraklion airport is a 2-hour drive away.

By Sea
Chania’s port, Souda, is served by daily overnight ferries from Athens’ port, Piraeus, on the Greek mainland.

By Car
To explore the region better, you really need to hire a car.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Chania Souda 25.0 km CHQ
  • Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis 150.0 km HER

Other:

  • Beach 4.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

It was a wonderful holiday. The apartments were lovely, as were the grounds and pool, while the fresh organic produce provided was delicious and topped up every day.
The only downside (for some) is something they can do nothing about - the location. It's a great location for travelling around the island as it's near the main road but that main road can be a little noisy.

8/10,

This beautiful old mill is a perfect respite from the hustle and heat of Chania, which is a 5 minute taxi ride away. Lounging by the pool at the bottom of the huge lawn, swinging in a hammock and looking at the chateau-like house, we felt like rock stars on holiday. The interior is incredible and so was Linda, who looked after us so well.

10/10,

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