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  • Stylish and spacious hillside villa
  • Panoramic sea and mountain views
  • Private and tranquil setting
  • Excellent base for exploring Western Crete

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Villa Iro is an immaculate property set in private, gated grounds just ten minutes from Rapaniana beach. Architect-designed and classically proportioned, the house has been finished with the care and detail normally reserved for a private home, giving it a luxurious feel both inside and out. The terraces, pools and flower-filled gardens invite you to linger and contemplate the exceptional views of the sea, the White Mountains and a great swathe of this lovely western corner of Crete. A modern classic, Villa Iro is also ideally placed for days out to Gramvoussa, Balos Lagoon, Falassarna beach, Chania town or the beautiful Deliana Gorge.

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  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining area
  • Kitchen with full oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 190cm beds, can be converted into a double on request)
  • Shower room

First floor

  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, balcony
  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite bathroom, balcony


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • TV (English speaking news channels), Netflix (Europe account provided), Blu-Ray player
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Safe 
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor shaded dining area
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Private swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.1m – 1.5m) with children’s section


  • 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):1042K10000049300


  • Beach (Rapaniana) 10min drive
  • Tavernas/shops 10min 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 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*

Group K – Automatic SUV Jeep Renegade 2WD or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcase*

* 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

Wow! What a lovely villa, great proportions and fantastically equipped. Everything you could possibly need is here. We particularly appreciated the filter coffee machine! Thank you for allowing us to stay and for ensuring it was so immaculate on arrival. The fresh flowers and pastries were a lovey touch too. The maintenance of this villa is perfect – thank you to the staff – you were friendly and very kind. We visited Anosnili and tasted wine and olive oil (very good). The 3,000-year-old olive tree was fascinating. But our most relaxing day was spent on Falasarna beach. It was very quiet as it is the end of season, but the beach taverna was still open and provided great food and drinks. The beach is sandy with clear water and gentle waves, perfect for children. A day trip to Chania was well worth it. Thank you to the owners and to Klaudia for her advice. Hope to be back soon.
The Logan family – October 2019

We had a great time in the place. I loved the food. We will come back soon.
Georgina (age 6) – October 2019

I loved the villa and I am sure we will be back soon. All the beaches and villages were amazing. Thank you.
Flo (age 8) – October 2019

Fantastic as always. Villa amazing – Stavros and Sophia wonderful hosts. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your very special villa and your friendship.
Jill & Brian – September/October 2019

Our second stay at Villa Iro and just as enjoyable. A great place to enjoy and explore. The botanical gardens are well worth a visit and Tavronitis has everything you need. Thank you to Klaudia, the maid and garden assistant.
Ian & Amanda – September 2019

We had a lovely week at Villa Iro. Thank you to Klaudia and the villa owners for your excellent hospitality. The villa was so well equipped, very comfortable and lovely little touches. The view, pool and having somewhere to sit in sun or shade was great. We enjoyed exploring the area – beaches and mountains, excellent food and wine made for a lovey week.
Sarah, Julian, Hannah & Alex – August 2019

A fabulous couple of weeks in a beautiful part of the world. We found everyone friendly and so helpful. We have had a mixture of lazy days and some touring the rest of the island – from a horse and carriage ride in Chania to mini-golf on the coast. Although Elafonissi was busy at first sight, if you keep walking left along the beach it becomes much quieter. We have had a great time. We’ve tried a number of the recommended restaurants but would also recommend the fishmonger in Tavronitis and, if you want something slightly different to the normal fare, Symposium in Platanias is excellent. Thank you to everyone who has made us welcome.
Mike, Angela, Fleur & Felix – August 2019

We were welcomed by friendly hosts at the airport, which refreshments and clear instructions to the villa. Our first impressions of the villa was WOW! The views are to die for and accompanied by the relaxing ambience made a perfect family holiday. We enjoyed dining al fresco. Both the rep and housekeeping were attentive and professional. We visited Kissamos and had lunch in the square. Our last day we went to Elafonisi beach. A 90-minnute mountainous drive – good fun and spectacular views en route. A great family holiday. Making memories.
The Wilson family – August 2019

We have enjoyed staying in this lovely house with its beautiful views and convenience for exploring the west of the island. The furnishing and fine details in the house, in particular the pretty vase of roses, made it all so welcoming. The outside so nice too. A marvellous first week of our two-week stay in Crete.
Caroline & Paul – May 2019

This is a lovely place. We have had a wonderful time here. Thank you Klaudia and thank you Simpson Travel.
Ian & Amanda – Plymouth Oct 2018

If you’re just beginning your holiday in Villa Iro, you’re in for a great time. We spent two wonderful weeks with our two daughters (13 and 20 years). There is plenty to do – we would totally recommend visiting Falassarna Beach and Elafoni beach but get there before 11am. We also visited Knossos (Klaudia, our rep arranged an overnight stay) and we had lunch in Kethymnon on the way. All were worth seeing but so lovely to get back to Villa Iro with its amazing views. So much we still haven’t done so hope to return. Thank you to the villa owners for providing a very comfortable and lovely place to stay which is kept immaculate by the very friendly cleaners. Thanks also to Klaudia for booking restaurants and our hotel in Heraklion.
The Hillier Family – August 2018

What a lovely villa, and what a fabulous week we had. We managed to pull ourselves away from the palatial splendour of this great place every day. We found the beach at Falassarna particularly magical – stunning views, sand, brilliant snorkelling and surprisingly cool sea which gave us the refreshment we craved. The taverna there is very good too. It’s a good 45-minute drive but we liked it so much we went twice. The beach at Afratan is good too and nearer. A quick word too for the amazing villa – really liked the small touches like the fly screens which really help and allow you to enjoy a breeze without midges.
Ben, Miranda, Daisy & Matilda – August 2018

Villa Iro is a special place with friendly locals, and Klaudia, the Simpson Travel representative, looked after me very well.
Ruby Cameron – May 2018

Villa Iro was a last minute booking for us and we could not have been happier choosing here as it made for a very relaxing holiday, in a clean, well maintained home with everything you need for a superb holiday. The owners are lovely people and were so accommodating. Klaudia, the Simpson Travel representative, is very friendly and thoughtful, one of the best reps we’ve had. We loved the variety of shops in Tavronítis – everything you could possibly need – great restaurants too. The Botanical gardens was a lovely trip out – beautiful planting and a much needed walk after all the eating and relaxing.
Nick & Lindsey Lamb – May 2018

Villa Iro is an exceptional property. The attention to detail and the quality of the finishes everywhere is first class. Obviously a labour of love for the owners. We had some stormy weather for our week in September but at least we had somewhere so comfortable to stay. Great views and good access to the surrounding area. All the usual great back up from Simpson Travel. A flat battery in the hire car was sorted in no time by the reps, Sarah and Harvey and George from Lato who should get a prize for friendliest, most helpful car hire company proprietor.
Mr Simkins – October 2017

We had our first experience of Simpson Travel during our one week holiday to Crete in June 2017. All I can say is from the moment we arrived, we were thrilled with the villa and both the owner and our rep, Harvey, were excellent. Despite having other beds to choose from, Harvey brought us a mattress topper to try to help me sleep, which at 26-weeks pregnant is a challenge. The owners came to visit and also brought us some traditional homemade pies, and spent a good deal of time engaging and answering our questions. Having usually booked all prior villa holidays via other operators, we will most certainly consider Simpson Travel as our first choice in future.
Emma & Neil Rugby – July 2017



This was our third holiday with Simpson Travel to the same villa in Crete. Once again, an excellent holiday with everything very well organised. You feel welcomed and that nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend Simpson Travel to anyone.
Mrs Wilson – July 2017

This is our third holiday with Simpson Travel and we will definitely travel with you again. Your villas are always of a very high standard.
Mr Underhil – August 2016

All we can say is absolutely fabulous. Fantastic villa, beautiful views, pool, food, etc. We are so sad to be leaving but will be back hopefully next year. Without Phil and all his superb knowledge of the island we would have been lost. Thanks Phil.
Mrs West – August 2016

We were here in June/July 2015. We came back. I suppose that says it all. You see, very little to moan about when staying at Villa Iro.
Mrs Wilson – June 2016

An amazing two weeks have flown by at Villa Iro. Lovely villa and breathtaking views of the mountains. The villa is of a very high standard and had everything we needed and more! We would certainly recommend the wine tasting with 'Wines of Crete' (approx. 10-minute drive) and visiting Terra Creta olive oil factory which was very informative. Products reasonably priced as well. Overall had a very relaxing two weeks and could not recommend Villa Iro more. Hopefully will be back again some day!
Mr Hooper – May 2016

Fantastic stay in this lovely villa. Thanks to Phil for making our holiday so special. Have enjoyed every place he has recommended. The villa has also been the best I have ever stayed in. Don't want to go home. But all good things have to come to an end!
Ms Barnes – May 2016

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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