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  • 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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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room


Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access



Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




Hikers’ paradise


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Horseback 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

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby



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  • Apokoronos, Chania, Greece, 730 03
  • Timezone Europe/Athens +0200 (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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Terms and conditions

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

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 40 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £10.00 ($12.94) fee.

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.

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Motorcycle(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 midnight and 8 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior 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 bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

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

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

You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

This area is not subject to city tax.

Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.