Metohi Kindelis

Chania, Crete, Greece Book from Book from £207 per night

A tranquil organic farming estate near Chania, offering 3 self-catering apartments (for 2-4) with private pools and beautiful gardens
In western Crete, between the White Mountains and the sea, just 3km inland from the Venetian harbour town of Chania, lies Metohi Kindelis. A world unto its own, in a vast walled garden with towering palms, cacti and eucalyptus trees, the ambience is deliciously laidback. Enter through an elegant archway draped with bougainvillea, and you find yourself in 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 flowered garden. While the style and character of the original farmhouse has been retained, the furnishing and facilities are an attractive blend of antique and modern.

The owner, Manolis, has had the property in his family for several generations, and now spends his days looking after the adjoining orchards, which produce award-winning organic fruit. The day-to-day running of the property is in the hands of his niece, Danai, who is a passionate and warm host: on hand when you need her and armed with a wealth of knowledge and recommendations. 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, glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice in hand - pure bliss.

Highs

  • Your fridge is restocked daily with delicious local (and often organic) breakfast ingredients and fresh garden produce - oranges, strawberries, avocados, bread, cheese, olives, eggs
  • The best of both worlds: close to central Chania for shops, restaurants and bars but far enough away to be peaceful and secluded
  • Perfect for a romantic retreat - our garden, pool and outdoor dining area felt wonderfully private
  • A very warm welcome, with all the assistance or privacy you prefer

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 suitable for toddlers due to lots of uneven ground, steps, 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

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

Make the most of Danai’s knowledge of the local area and also further afield. As well as recommendations for beaches, activities and sights worth seeing, she will happily book restaurant tables for you at her favourite spots, and even look at your whole itinerary to help you plan your time on Crete.

Great for...

Eco
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • 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:

  • Barbecue (on request)
  • 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. 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 Sklaventis or Lidl, both a 5-minute drive away.

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

Features include:

  • 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

  • Go scuba diving with Blue Adventure Diving, based in Chania

  • 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)

  • If you want some guidance exploring western Crete, Metohi's sister company arranges various tours including a guided walk around Chania's old town, and the classic day hike through the Samaria Gorge (May-Oct; not for the faint-hearted!) - ask for details

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:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

A very beautiful and unique place to stay. The location is fantatsic, close enough to Chania to access its services and beaches but far enough to feel remote, secluded and peaceful. Don’t let the fact that it’s close to a busy road put you off, you hardly hear the traffic over the sound of birds and croaking frogs. The staff are wonderful and very helpful and made us feel very welcome. Danai’s recommendations were spot on and they helped us with all our enquiries, which were many since we were travelling with an 8 month old baby. They made sure we had all the baby equipment we needed, even buying some equipment for us.
The fridge is stocked up daily with delicious local produce from the garden/farm. We were given a bottle of wine as a welcome gift on arrival and some local olive oil and marmalade to take home as a leaving gift.
The room was lovely and the beds were so comfortable!
We would definitely recommend this place and stay here again.

10/10,

We had a lovely time at Metohi Kindelis. The setting and the building were beautiful, the pool was glorious, and the local food which was provided for us was fantastic. We were welcomed warmly and efficiently, and it was an easy taxi ride from Chania when we wanted to eat out. The garden (especially the lovely swing over the pond) was beautiful and we loved getting to know the dog and cats! Only minor downsides were lack of a mosquito net and very noisy air-conditioning in the bedroom - meant we had to choose between having the window closed and overheating at night or having the windows open and being bitten by mosquitos. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would definitely return (but would love mosquito netting!)

9/10,

A really beautiful holiday. Such a large space to have as our own (pool/room/garden). Really wonderful warm welcome and loads of local information, they couldn't have been more helpful. We hired a car but to be honest the villa is so fab you don't really need to leave. We would go again.

10/10,

The place was charming and we were looked after very well. It was lovely being able to pick our own strawberries and lettuce from the farm.....not that you needed to as they very generously always supplied lots of lovely fresh organic food. It was a great experience and a very special place. Not the place if you want everything new and modern .

9/10,

We had such a wonderfully relaxing stay at lush organic oasis that is Metohi Kindelis, just what was needed with 3months left until our first baby is born. We were here in Spring and the smell of orange blossom from the farm was incredible!
We received an incredibly warm welcome with lots of information for our stay, the food provided was outstanding, we loved our apartment (Kyriakos) the garden and the pool. We found the location of Metohi Kindelis perfect for us to be close to Chania, the beaches and the mountains, all for days out. We would certainly recommend a staying here and with out a doubt we will be coming back.

10/10,

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