The Beach Villas, The Shore House

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

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  • Beautiful beachside villa
  • Stylish and comfortable
  • Direct access to beach
  • Tavernas/supermarkets 5-minute drive

Thanks to strict planning regulations, it is not usually possible to build villas directly on the beach in Crete. However, the land on which these magnificent villas stand was gifted to a group of Cretan civilians in recognition of their efforts during WWII. With this land came building rights by the seashore, and the opportunity to create possibly the best placed properties on the island.

The Beach Villas are situated directly on Rapaniana Beach, just a short drive from Kolymbari, a small authentic fishing village with fish restaurants and the fortified monastery of Panagia Odigitria. The villas themselves have a faintly fortified air, a monumental grandeur which echoes the rugged surrounding scenery. Set in a cluster of four, we have selected the front two houses for Simpson Travel guests, giving uninterrupted sea views and, of course, direct access to the sweep of sand and shingle beach.

The Shore House has an exceptional outside area with a rectangular swimming pool and expansive terraces with elegant sunbeds. Interiors are stylish and practical, with the thoughtful addition of a spacious playroom where little ones can escape to in the heat of the day. There is a barbecue for alfresco dining and for relaxation all day and into the warm, starry nights there are funky beachside stone sofas taking full advantage of the spectacular location.

The Shore House and The Summer House are entirely independent of one another, but close enough to make them an ideal choice for two families holidaying together.

Fifteen minutes away is the town of Kissamos, from where you can take a boat trip to the incredible Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon. Whilst less than half an hour away is the famous Falassarna Beach, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and renowned for its variety of flora and fauna.

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  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining room with Satellite TV/DVD (English speaking news channel); leads to pool terrace
  • Kitchen area includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher

First floor

  • Master double bedroom (160cm x 190cm bed) with en-suite bathroom; private balcony with sea views
  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm beds) with en-suite bathroom; private balcony

Lower ground floor

  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm beds) with raised platform bed and sofa bed
  • Bathroom
  • Washing machine
  • Table tennis table


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Air-conditioned 
  • Outside beach shower
  • Beachside pergola seating area
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 10.5m x 3.5m (depth 1.0m – 1.5m)


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

National tourist licence (EOT): 1042K91002966501


  • Cafe/bakery 5min walk
  • Tavernas/supermarkets (Kolymbari) 5min drive
  • Chania 30min drive
  • Chania airport 50min drive
  • Heraklion airport 2hr 15min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C, Hyundai i20 or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D, Peugeot 208 or similar*
  • 5 guests – 1 Group E, Citroën C-Elysee or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 Group C, Hyundai i20 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group C – 1.2-1.3 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group D – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group E – 1.4-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group F2 – Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 3 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group G – Fiat Doblo 6 seater or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, no suitcases with full occupancy*

Group G3 – Jumpy Multispace L2 9 seater or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 4 large and 4 small suitcases*

Group H – Automatic Hyundai i20 or similar, 1.3-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group H2 – Automatic Toyota Auris or similar, 1.3-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group I – Cabrio Peugeot 207 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

Group I2 – Cabrio Peugeot 308 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

We booked last minute and the service from beginning to end was highly professional, responsive and just outstanding. The quality of the villa we stayed in was superb and the location was just what we needed, i.e. away from the crowds, peaceful and private. Prior to this holiday we did not use tour operators, but now have no hesitation to use Simpson again.
Mr & Mrs M Gill – August 2019

This is our second holiday with Simpson Travel and as with the previous holiday the service we received was exceptional. Getting to and from the UK to the villa in Crete was so easy. Everything had been organised and all we had to do when we arrived at the villa was to sit back and relax. The food hamper is a really lovely touch and means that the first day is not spent driving around to get provisions! Our rep, Klaudia, was so welcoming and friendly. She was able to provide us with local knowledge of places we wanted to visit and offered other suggestions too. Customer service at its very best! Thank you Simpson for providing such an elegant base for our holiday. We would recommend The Shore House to anyone looking for a true experience in Western Crete.
The Greens – June 2019

Having spent a very pampered week at Simpson’s lovely Arosmari Village Hotel, we were delighted to arrive at Sonatina to enjoy the peaceful ‘away-from-it-all’ location. Gorgeous villa. We loved Crete and will be back.
Lynda & Jim – June 2019

We have had a lovely relaxing week at The Shore House – done very little!
Colin & Anne-Louise – June 2019

The Shore House was as lovely in real life as it looked on the website. We are loyal customers of Simpson Travel and will use them again. Klaudia, our rep, was absolutely excellent and extremely helpful.
Alison & William – May 2019

We have booked with Simpson Travel for two years running so far and I would recommend them to anyone who stays still for long enough to listen, they have been marvellous. You can trust the information on their website knowing that you will be buying first class customer care and fantastic service, they think of everything. We experienced a cyclone during our stay in Crete, and our rep was keen to buy us dinner and organise activities if we so wanted whilst we had no electricity. It was the weather, not Simpson's fault, but they wanted to make sure we were happy. First class – Graham Simpson was born to be in the travel/hospitality industry! Well done.
Jacky Carpenter – September 2018

The Shore House is idyllic – we had a fantastic family holiday that we will never forget, thank you Simpson Travel for giving just the right level of care and attention to make it perfect.
Kim Slater – June 2018

We wanted to stay longer…going to sleep at night and waking each morning to the sound of the waves is pretty dreamy. We will certainly miss the view and the delicious treats. Thank you Eleni for being the most wonderful of hosts and sharing your wonderful villa with us. With two little people we didn’t venture far, but did drive to Falasarna Beach – wild and beautiful and worth a day trip. I have a feeling we will be back to The Shore House again.
Jimmy, Ruth, Poppy, Florence & Libby – May 2018

It would be difficult to improve on the location or the standard of the villa. We all four enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets, the swim in a warm sea before breakfast. The friendliness of the owner and the warmth of the sun on our backs.
Mr Lamb – September 2017

An absolutely lovely villa in a spectacular location. There were interesting places to go and enjoyable day trips to make...and a delightful villa to enjoy. All enhanced by the 'oh so helpful' Simpson Travel staff and villa support team. Brilliant!
Mr Cornick – September 2017

Beautiful island, very friendly and welcoming people, great villa, great location, great Simpson Travel service, and lovely owner close by who lives by the ethos of Greek hospitality. Does not come much better!
Mrs Bishop-Clark – May 2017

We love the villa, lovely swimming pool and stunning views! It is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you to Eleni for being an amazing host and bringing us delicious daily treats! Overall, we loved our holiday here. The villa is spacious and clean, the pool was amazing to swim in on a hot day.
Mrs Palmer – August 2016

What an amazing place! We absolutely loved the house, which had everything we could have imagined. The location and the magnificent view of the water was such a magnificent highlight. We are all so grateful for the wonderful hospitality of our hosts Eleni and George who did everything imaginable to make us feel very welcome. The daily treats and surprises were just amazing and very unexpected – Eleni you are an amazing cook and a great hostess. Thanks to Phil from Simpson Travel for giving us such wonderful suggestions for bars, restaurants and tavernas. We went to Palio Arhontiko twice – fabulous food! Strata in Chania was fantastic – big servings! The fish restaurant at the little marina at Kissamos was fantastic. Finally Anemomylos Windmill is very unassuming but a real find! We had a fantastic holiday and we will definitely be back!
Mr Wood – August 2016



Another amazing holiday! We have now come back to The Shore House for three years and it really is a true sanctuary. Eleni and George are simply amazing hosts and it almost feels like they are now family. The villa is just perfect and always immaculate, as is the pool and surrounding area. We have been so well looked after it makes it feel even worse leaving! We truly love it here – it is a piece of heaven on earth! Phil, as always, has been great and is always more than happy to help with any questions or requests and has great recommendations on everything depending on what sort of holiday you are looking for. Phil – you are a star! Thank you so much from us all!
Mrs Gibbins – July 2016

As soon as we turned left off the coast road and came down the hill and spotted the four beautiful villas up against the coast we knew that we'd picked a brilliant place for our holiday, and when we were shown round by George we realised how truly lovely The Shore House is. It is truly a luxury villa, spotlessly clean and beautifully positioned. The villa was too lovely for us to want to leave it very often but we have ventured out to many local tavernas, the highlights being Palio Arhontiko and Argentina (try the fish soup, it’s amazing). Phil has been a fabulous rep, full of great recommendations for places to go. Eleni and George are fabulous hosts who make you feel very welcome without intruding. Eleni's homemade treats were a lovely bonus in the mornings, thank you!
Mrs Mawdsley – May 2016

An excellent holiday from start to finish, service, location and delivery.
Mr Wadd – May 2016

We have had the most wonderful stay at The Shore House. Perfect setting, perfect villa and a perfect host, George. The daily treats of home grown and homemade produce were truly amazing. After good advice from Phil we visited the Deliana Gorge – a beautiful walk highlighted by the amazing sight of the Griffon vultures. The Gorge Taverna is a MUST!
Mrs Barnes – May 2016

Our experience of using Simpson Travel was excellent. From the initial booking to the holiday itself we felt thoroughly looked after. The standard of service from the representative was very high, the villa was superb, it even exceeded our expectations and we are quite picky!
Mrs Wilson – September 2015

From A-Z the service provided by Simpson Travel before and during our holiday was of a very high standard. The on-line property details, administration and documents were easy to navigate and the quality of accommodation superb. Will certainly recommend them.
Mr Webb – July 2015

We've had a fantastic stay here at The Shore House. The location cannot be beaten and it's been fabulous waking up to the sunshine and sound of the waves. Eleni and George have been wonderful hosts – friendly and very helpful. Eleni's hospitality has been exceptional, every day new home-made treats delivered with a smile and a chat. We've loved our time here at the villa and particularly enjoyed the pool and using the barbecue. Phil has been a first class rep – always on hand to help and full of wonderful suggestions. We will definitely return to Crete and The Shore House as we've had such a fabulous holiday.
Mr Cook – May 2015

Here we are again having had a great holiday at The Shore House in May 2014. The house has not changed and the standard of cleanliness is superb. Huge credit to the cleaners. The hospitality shown to us from Eleni and George was the same high standard. Eleni is truly an exceptional lady. We spent a lot of time around the pool, eating out most evenings. Phil, our Simpson Travel rep, again provided an excellent service with his detailed local knowledge. Another truly memorable holiday.
Mr Wadd – May 2015

Absolutely wonderful holiday, it really did live up to our expectations. We thought the whole procedure was extremely professional.
Mr Salter – October 2014

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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The soaring White Mountains, known in Greek as the Lefka Ori, are at the heart of West Crete’s dramatically beautiful landscape and the villages in their foothills offer traditional Cretan fare in glorious abundance – that’s if Chania’s twinkling harbour lights and waterfront dining don’t entice you first. Spring brings an abundance of flowers, turning hiking trails and gorges into welcome destinations for walkers, and in summer, the many beaches offer sun worshippers a choice of scenic locations to spread their towels.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas and boutique hotels in Chania and West Crete to complete your luxury holiday in West Crete. 

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