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  • Smartly restored boat in a private farm plot 10 minutes from Kalyves
  • Access to a well-equipped galley kitchen and woodburning stove
  • Half an hour from Chania for ferries and the Venetian Harbour

Ahoy there – fancy being captain of your own boat, but lack the necessary sailing skills? Step aboard the Wild-de-go and no previous seafaring experience is needed – this 1920s ferry is now happily berthed in dry dock at The Olive Ranch, having retired to north-west Crete after a lifetime cruising around the coast of Cornwall.

If this handsome vessel looks familiar to eagle-eyed Brits, it’s possible you may have spied her TV appearance on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. During her restoration project she’s kept her old portholes and beams but acquired a well-equipped galley kitchen, a woodburning stove and a cosy sleeping area. There’s space to relax out on deck, and it’s a short dash through the adjacent bamboo to the loo and hot shower.

It’s not just the novelty of the boat itself that’s the draw here; you happen to be moored in a prime spot for using the picnic and play areas. If you want to see more of the local area, you can pile into the car for beach days at Kalyves, 10 minutes away, or historical and harbourside ambles half an hour away in Chania. Tavernas and other eateries are about 15-20 minutes' walk away in the village of Armenoi.

The boat is home to a large double bed; travelling families are welcome to co-sleep with one infant in the bed and/or set up a tent alongside for a bit of extra room.

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Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year





Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy



Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


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  • Apokoronos, Chania, Greece, 730 03
  • Timezone Europe/Athens EEST (GMT+03:00)   GPS 35.4398°N 24.1496°E


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Local attractions

Look out from your deck and you’ll see that this place is surrounded by greenery – avocado, orange and olive groves are all around, and make for a most pleasant day of pedalling. Pick your way through the trees to the Kiliaris river to spy the birds, turtles and crabs that lurk in the wetlands.

Follow the river all the way and you’ll emerge in Kalyves (or drive down in about 10 minutes). This little seaside village has a tree-lined sandy beach and plenty of little harbourside tavernas for a local lunch. The folks on site also recommend you swing by Koumos restaurant, just outside the village – as well as some cracking cuisine, the owner crafts stunning structures and sculptures from whatever’s around (pebbles, driftwood, bottles… you name it).

If it’s traditional Greek villages you’re after, head to Armenoi or Neo Chorio, both of which are roughly 10 minutes away. For something more sprawling it’s worth making the half-hour drive to Chania to wander around the city’s historic centre, visit the archaeology museum and sip a coffee (or a cocktail) by the pretty Venetian Harbour.

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  • What attractions are near The Olive Ranch? Look out from your deck and you’ll see that this place is surrounded by greenery – avocado, orange and olive groves are all around, and make for a most pleasant day of … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Olive Ranch?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  12 a.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 40 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Bookings must not be for more than 40 consecutive nights.
Quiet hours must be respected between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via

You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

This area is not subject to city tax.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.