The Olive Ranch

The Olive Ranch
Gavalohori 730 08, Greece
Recently Sold €328,000 + Expenses - Plot
CIKH-1840 70 sq m 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms


This spacious farmhouse offers a great opportunity for a couple or family to own their own extensive land and home with future income potential in this beautiful saught after part of Crete. 

Words from the current owner:

We have worked hard to create this lovely new ‘lifestyle choice’ business it works well with family life and provides a good  income. It has a license to operate, insurance and is very popular with tourists and Greeks alike. Although very new, we have had much repeat business already!

We have already hosted several birthday parties, group bookings and have a local hotel visit us once a week. We can advertise once per week on a Greek Facebook page for Chania mums which has over 10 000 members, plus we have our own Facebook page with number of ‘likes’ increasing daily.

We have had much interest since opening this season and instinctively know it will be a very successful business however we have a new baby and we are missing being closer to home….

The Farm house 70m2  with extra wrap around under cover veranda. Spacious2 bed house renovated sympathetically to nestle within the beautiful spot in which it resides. My husband is a creative craftsman/ woodworker and so all works are bespoke  including magical high bed in child’s room).  There is a Bathroom, kitchen/ sitting area and a utility space. Could use as family home or holiday let. Benefits from cheap rate agricultural water (with filtration system) and cheap rate night time electricity supply during the summer and the winter.  New white goods and new cooker. New boiler system which can be heated either by the sun, solid fuel wood burner or electric, satellite, pop up pool 24ft x 12ft and a private garden.

The Studio: (The Olive Store) 1 double bed + 1 high magical single bed/ bespoke quirky design includes white goods,  cooker, wood burner + own private garden. Provides income opportunities for short/ long term let (will have a lovely tenant from October 2018 for 3-6 months) can provide extra living space or possible art studio. (More Pictures to follow once completed )

The Boat House:  (The Wild-de-go Winner of Sawdays Award): Can provide accommodation to volunteers or can provide for extra income (Can be hired as a day trip experience on the boat combined with children’s farm or rent nightly)*

* Please note that the Boat house is not included in the selling price

The Olive Ranch: is set on 10 000m2 of fertile land. It is currently operating as an ethical family run children’s farm with onsite accommodation, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the White Mountains 360 panoramic views! There are paddocks,  parking areas, seating areas, wood sheds and a workshop.   At the Olive Ranch children can see, feed and touch an assortment of animals. There are various provisions and packages on offer picnic areas, children’s play spaces (Wooden), a play tent, A mini bikes and trikes area.

We currently host birthday parties, school visits,  bike hire, pony and donkey rides, workshops, horse loans, accommodation, venue hire and group bookings as well as wholesome and relaxing family days out! We have plans drawn up by an architect for two buildings; A small onsite cafe (wood/ cob) a small accommodation space (wood cob). The land is the correct size and has the correct ‘uses of the land’ for these to go through planning permission without problems.

The Trees: The land has 75+ Olive trees which provides a bounty of olive oil each year. Also boasts several fruit trees and bushes (including about 30 newly planted orange trees) and a walnut tree, young lemon trees, a young pomegranate tree, blackberry bush, young grape vines and more!

This venture would ideally suit a creative family who would love to address their work life balance and work in harmony with nature or anyone seeking a self sufficient lifestyle. It would also suit a company or business man/ lady who could continue the growth of the company or someone who has alternative ideas for business on the land.  We would ideally like to sell to someone who wants to continue the current business with an ethical approach, If a buyer want’s to explore other business opportunities on the land  (listed bellow) then we are happy to explore other options to ensure the well-being of the animals.

The uses alowed on the plot are

As the land is just over 10 strema it means certain businesses are allowed  and there is a large building allowance of approx 2000m.  The land is described as ‘irrigated agricultural land

  • private house
  • agricultural warehouses
  • greenhouses
  • winery
  • small scale tourist business up to 40 beds as motels , rent rooms
  • Agrotourism facilities after getting permission from the Directorate for rural development
  • restaurants ( maximum capacity up to 200 people )
  • refreshment bar
  • sports facilities


Other information:

  • of Beds: 2 bed house, 1 room has a magical high bed/  Olive wood studio with 1 high 1 low bed in one room/ 1 double in house boat
  • Furnished: Furnished
  • Garden: 2 x Private 1 x public
  • Plot (meters squared): 10 000
  • Parking: Off Street Parking
  • No of Outbuildings: The Olive store converted studio/ Reception pole barn/ small bike shed/ shed attached to house/ public toilet/ boat
  • View: Mountain
  • Distance from Sea: 7 mins
  • Distance from Airport: 30 mins
  • Distance from Golf: 30 mins
  • Distance from Main Attraction: Walking


About the area:

The Olive Ranch is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Adventuring through the green valley of avocado, orange and olive groves is an experience to be savored! The luscious orchards lead you to the River Kiliaris; a very important wetland for birds, turtles, amphibians, eels and crabs.

You can follow the cool river through the rich vegetation to the vast and beautiful beaches of Kalyves town. The local villages  have  many tavernas. The beautiful village of Armenoi  is only short walk away and Chania City is only 30 mins drive away.

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica.

Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, one of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece.

The capital and the largest city is Heraklion. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065.

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