My second story is about the villas, and how they came to be. Jocelyne gives us some fun facts about the vacation property, as well as a peek into her own personal preferences.
I wish I could tell you that this interview took place in the gorgeous room above, but that would be a ‘tall’ tale, of sorts. What I can tell you is that we had the pleasure of having a wonderful coffee morning here, in one of the villa’s most stunning spaces, with breathtaking views of the sea in the near distance, and the pools and gardens at your feet, truly making it a luxury to be enjoyed, all year round.
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Crete Family Villas: An Interview
Jocelyne, you were born in Turkey, which is very similar to Greece in many ways. What inspired you to build on Crete, and especially, in our village?
We lived on the island in the 80's and loved it so much, and after many visits, we decided to build in this perfect village.
The villas are simply gorgeous! How would you describe them?
The villas are built in the traditional way using local materials. They are spacious with views over the vineyards, mountains and the sea.
Each villa has an interesting name. Could you please explain to our readers what they mean?
Eleftheria means freedom, independence
Kalithea/ good view
All three are stunning. Which one is your favourite and why?
Villa Irini is my favourite, as it has a better sea view from the second floor rooms.
How did you choose your colours, both for the interior and exterior?
We wanted to blend the villas with the village and the surrounding nature so they look more as one with it.
Did you have any assistance with the design and landscaping?
We used several of my brother’s ideas, having been in the travel industry for 30 years and travelled the world.
The property is so beautifully landscaped. I love all the hot reds and soft whites in the flowers and the many fruit trees. Could you tell us a little bit about the gardens and why you chose certain plants, trees and flowers?
The landscape is still in progress. We mainly picked trees and plants which already exist in the area, as we wanted to blend all the villas and garden with the rest of the village.
Building a house of one’s own is a huge undertaking. You had to deal with three! What was your most difficult challenge with the villas?
What do you miss when you are away from Crete?
I miss the weather, the views, the food, the peacefulness. But most of all, I miss the friendliness of our village, Pendamodi.
And when you are away from the States?
Well, I wished that all my family was able to share this beautiful place for the long period that I spend there, but unfortunately long vacations are not possible..for them.
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Choose one of the following:
City mouse or country mouse?
More of a country mouse but like to be near a city..
Colour or neutral palette?
I am more of a neutral person but like colour to accent.
Wood or painted finish?
Both! But I like wood better.
Stone or stucco?
Bungalow or two storey?
A two storey gives a better view.
Sea or mountain?
A bit of both to complement the picture.
Thank you Jocelyne.
Hope you enjoyed this introduction to Crete Family Villas. For more information, check out their website at: cretefamilyvillas.co.uk
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