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The Olive Ranch

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General

  • Smartly restored boat in a private farm plot 10 minutes from Kalyves
  • Half an hour from Chania for ferries and the Venetian Harbour
  • Pony rides, bike hire, play areas and friendly farm animals on site

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 also happen to be moored on a private plot at a kids’ farm, a prime spot for meeting the animals and using the picnic and play areas. Bikes can be hired to pedal through the surrounding fruit groves, or 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.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Apokoronos, Chania, Greece, 730 03
  • Timezone Europe/Athens EET (GMT+02:00)   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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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  11 a.m.

The Olive Ranch cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

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

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 40 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The balance is due 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance should be paid as soon as possible.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
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.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

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

General
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.

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

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

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

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

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

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

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