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The olive grove and us
The name Saint Basil Olive Grove is derived from the Greek name for our land: AGIOS VASILLIS pronounced agg-ee-oss va-see-liss. Agios is 'Saint' and 'Vasillis' is the name Basil. Saint Basil is also the patron of Greek Christmas. So he is also Santa Claus!

The adventure began in 2004 when Marcus & Kirsty fell in love with Crete and persuaded their lifelong friends John & Tina to join them in building some holiday villas.

To cut a very long story short, the original vision became much bigger than any of us could have anticipated when we realised that, along with the land, we had also bought hundreds of olive trees. The land is very flat and the soil enriched with minerals washed down from the hills above. This makes it very fertile, with the trees producing olives of exceptional quality.

Besides farming olive oil, the holiday home business is our full time occupation. We have been in business in the UK since 2001 ( ) and in Crete since 2005 ( ) offering quality self-catering breaks in our own privately managed properties. We know what you are looking for in a holiday and we know how to provide it, with professional full-time staff available at all times.

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* the olive grove and us

* photostory: the harvest

* olive picking holidays


* villa summer holidays

* adopt an olive tree

Saint Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available by mail order in the UK.


one of 200 olive trees that we eventually owned
the olive grove in Crete before we found it
Photos above: A very unloved and neglected olive grove, circa 2004,

desperately seeking a buyer with vision...

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Saint Basil Olive Grove, Almyrida-Gavalochori, Apokoronas, West Crete, Greece

Telephone us in the UK: 01298 871004