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★ 1870 wood-stone mezzanine

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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A prestigious character property in a traditional rural village 4km from Neapolis, 10km from the sea and only 14km from picturesque Aghios Nikolaos.This spacious 66m2 property, built in 1870 was renovated in 2006 with strict attention to every small detail. The accommodation comprises, an open plan living/ dining area with fitted kitchen and a breakfast bar, a very stylish ground floor bathroom and 22m2 mezzanine bedroom.both the sinks have been cut out of solid stone and the breakfast bar is made out of the finest Iroko timber. The roof timbers have been left exposed, the floor is paved with flat stone and wide grouted to include decorative pebbles there is a large wooden arched fireplace (with small wood store) and the grilled windows have internal shutters. The internal walls are large...A prestigious character property in a traditional rural village 4km from Neapolis, 10km from the sea and only 14km from picturesque Aghios Nikolaos.This spacious 66m2 property, built in 1870 was renovated in 2006 with strict attention to every small detail. The accommodation comprises, an open plan living/ dining area with fitted kitchen and a breakfast bar, a very stylish ground floor bathroom and 22m2 mezzanine bedroom.both the sinks have been cut out of solid stone and the breakfast bar is made out of the finest Iroko timber. The roof timbers have been left exposed, the floor is paved with flat stone and wide grouted to include decorative pebbles there is a large wooden arched fireplace (with small wood store) and the grilled windows have internal shutters. The internal walls are largely exposed pointed stone and externally there will be an attractive stone walled terrace to match the exposed stonework on the front of the house and an outside water supply has been turned into an attractive feature. 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / Towels available / air conditioning / fireplace /woodstove/ kitchen / yard. Accommodates 4 adults (1 double bed and also has one double convertible couch-bed). Winter in CRETE Many visitors to Crete always believe that the island is only for summer holidays. That's true and millions have discovered that while being on the long beaches or exploring the hinterland and the numerous historical places. But Crete is also a perfect winter destination. By winter, we mean November until late March The island lies in the subtropical part of the Mediterranean and it offers mild winters with specially along the coast line many sunny days with pleasant temperatures. Mid October to Xmas is possibly the best time of year in the Southeast with consistently calm and sunny days. January and February are the rainy months, but this you must see as maybe 1 or 2 days some hours with heavy rainfall turning streets into rivers. Very soon after this you will have sunny and dry days. Temperatures vary from 14-23 celsius at daytime. The Night can be cooler because of the hummidity and temperatures fall down to 10 celsius sometimes. Freezing cold you will find it only in the high mountains. In this period the fields are covered in a blue and white tapestry of Wind Anemones. The locals are 'more alive' than in the summer, since there is lots of work to do in the olive groves, fruitgardens and building. The sheep are eating the fresh green from the mountains. When coming to meet Cretan friendship than there's no better season than the winter. Touring around with a car, walking the country side, biking, bird watching or just strolling through the cities they offer you a relaxed holiday or maybe you'll stay all winter. Springtime is perfect season for walking and you will find botanic beauties that you will find nowhere in the world. You can enjoy the most attractive face from Crete, its nature that offers you a carpet of flowers, the highest mountains with snow on their tops and cities and villages that bring out daily life with all its social aspects.There are regular snowfalls in the mountain villages and the White Mountains are usually snow-covered from November to April. If you are in Crete in winter a trip up to the snow is a must. The main Gorge Samaria is closed in the winter but there are plenty of others offering their footpaths for a long day hiking and all major museums and archeological sites are open for the public. Included for guests - Woods - Our cretan olive oil, - My family wine - Our homemade raki(traditional drink of Crete from grapes) - Greek coffee - Breakfast(cerials, carob honey, bee honey, tea) - Food*(Cottage has some pasta, rice, in cases of late arrival, etc.) - Linen and towels - Stove I am living in another home in Mirabello so it will be my pleasure to provide you information concerning the sightseeings,monuments, churches and my own back-roads routes, also via internet. I can make you a small cirle (15min)around village and Neapoli to show you supermarket, bank, bakery, gas station, etc. You can call me for information about routes, places, etc. Every Sunday(except Summer) our Mountaineering and Hiking Association of St. Nicholas trekking in our mountains, Let me arrange you the meeting! Call me on time(ONE HOUR PRIOR REACHING NEAPOLI), I will be waiting for you in Neapolis to lead you home, otherwise you might have to wait for a while. In case I am out of town, a member of my family will act on my behalf. There are exits towards Neapolis with signs along the main national road. During February & March, April visit watch the local Halloween festivals that taking part and follow the local diet of their tradition before Easter come in April!, become part of the villagers' company and enjoy delicious appetizers, plenty of raki and traditional music by local musicians!!! DECEMBER and JANUARY you can join olives collection and after you can watch the whole procedure of olive oil production EASTER in AGIOS NIKOLAOS and also in villages!A unique expirience! Easter in Agios Nikolaos is perhaps the most impressive in Greece. The faithful start gathering round the lake at 11 p.m. on Easter Saturday in order to get the best positions. The best view is if you climb up to the small park above the lake of Agios Nikolaos, from where the scene is even more spectacular. The priests come to the lake from a nearby church around 11:30 and the service of the Resurrection is held on a special platform. At midnight the chant “Christos Anesti” (Christ is Risen) is heard, and night turns to day as hundreds of fireworks are let off. At the same time the effigy of Judas, hanging on a raft in the middle of the lake, is set aflame. AGIOS NIKOLAOS EASTER is around our famous lake with the panoramic and picturesque view! See photos and check youtube! During the SUMMER MONTHS there are a lot of festivals on the occasion of local Holy Monasteries, temples and also there are organized various festivals dedicated to local products. For example the eftazimo(traditional bread) festival in Kroustas, the Afentis Christ festival in Voulismeni(6 August) and celebrations for Mother Mary in August, in Neapoli(15 August). To learn more about festivals and celebrations sent me a message. I use to go in the most of them! So it will be my pleasure to come with me or to arrange you a visit! I can inform you and arrange local activities depends on the period! September: Collection of vegetables October: Planting garden, Preparation of grapes November: DISTILLATION OF RAKI (traditional drink made of grapes) December: Olive oil collection January: Olive oil collection February: Fruits and wild herbs collection Time to other locations via car: -Heraklion Airport: 40min -Malia: 10min -Elounda: 20min -Ierapetra: 40min -Sitia : 1h:15m Flat walking distance to Neapolis with all its amenities and with an excellent bus service from the highway 20 minutes to Agios Nikolaos and 15 minutes to Malia. Bus passes from the village every one hour The way from the airport to the village is 40 minutes. It is in the national road Heraklion - Aghios Nikolaos, you turn right to Neapolis and after 2km is the village. Car parking is 150m from the house, at the main road of the village. Flights There are daily flights throughout the year to and from Athens with Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, Ryanair and Sky Express S.A. to Heraklion, Chania, Sitia. Airlines offer cheaper fares if you book in advance, and online, with their etickets. They also offer cheap add-on fares if you book their through flights from/to another country, e.g. London/Athens/Chania. Look out for special winter offers on off-peak winter dates - usually in November and January/February/March - when prices start from around 30 Euros one way, including all taxes, between Crete and Athens. Ferry Ferry services run daily to and from Piraeus to Chania and Heraklion throughout the year. ANEK lines run overnight services to and from Piraeus/Heraklion and Piraeus/Chania daily (approx 9 hour sailings). Blue Star / Superfast Ferries run services to and from Piraeus/Heraklion daily. Minoan Lines run an overnight service to and from Piraeus/Heraklion daily (approx 9 hour sailing) All have large modern ships with comfortable lounges, bars and restaurants. At peak times - weekends and holidays throughout the winter (e.g. Christmas, New Year, Apokries, Easter) as well as during the summer, the ferries can be very crowded and advance booking is essential around peak dates. Ferry prices start at 29 Euros per person one way for deck class. Interesting villages to go: LASSITHI PLATEAU Lassithi Plateau is one of the few areas in the Mediterranean with permanent inhabitants at an altitude over 800 metres. Lassithi plateau is 11 kilometres on the east-west axis and 6 kilometres on the north-south - an area of 25 square kilometres. Have your camera loaded as there are many photo opportunities, especially early in the morning and in late afternoon. Dikteon Andron, the cave where Zeus was born, is located here, but have shoes with a good grip with you, as the stairs leading down to the cave are quite slippery. There are many small villages on the plateau which maintain their traditional colour and character. Don't hesitate to come out of your car and walk along the little streets. You will be rewarded with nostalgic sights of windmill in Lassithi plateauauthentic farm living. Reading most tourist guides about the area, you are sure to see it described as a plateau of 10,000 windmills. There are also some old black and white photos showing thousands of windmills scattered throughout the area. Unfortunately, most of these windmills, with crude pumping engines and iron towers of simple technology, no longer exist. Originally, the locally-constructed windmills made their appearance in the valley at the end of the 1800s. During the 1950s there were about 4,000 of the structures offering invaluable assistance to local farmers. Today, with more modern means of irrigation and power supply, that number has been greatly reduced, depriving Lassithi of its unique identity. windmills in Lassithi plateauHowever, there is much renewed interest in the restoration of the windmills, which would bring back the picture of the Lassithi Plateau as it once was. Exiting the Lassithi Plateau and heading towards Heraklion, there's an area just before the village of Kera where 24 stone flour mills dating back to the 1800s once stood. They operated until the end of WWII, but today most are in various stages of ruin, with only three restored so far. Just beyond this area is the Kera Monastery, famous for its beautiful frescoes. Anyway, they're both worth a look-see if you have the time. DICTEON CAVE The Dikteon Cave (or Dikteon Andron or Dictaean Cave) is one of the most important and famous of the 3,000 caves in Crete and the 8,500 in Greece. It is in the impressive Dikteon Cave, rich in stalagmites and stalactites, that Zeus was born according to legend. This is why the Dikteon Cave was already famous in antiquity, dedicated to the worship of the greatest of the gods, as the many offerings found there indicate. In our days the Dikteon Cave continues to receive many visitors, no longer worshippers, of course, but travellers from all over the world. SPINALONGA - PLAKA - ELOUNDA Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. Today thousands of tourists visit Spinalonga each summer by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka, for a tour of its ruined buildings, which the Archaeological Service is laboriously trying to maintain.According to the data for 2009, Spinalonga has (phone number hidden) visitors daily during the summer months and is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos. The strategic position of the rocky islet for the control and defence of Elounda harbour could not but mark Spinalonga with a turbulent history of fierce battles and much human suffering. The name Spinalonga Today the name Spinalonga is only applied to the islet, but the Venetians used it to include the large peninsula of Nissi or Kolokytha, which is connected to Elounda by a narrow isthmus. Apparently Kolokytha used to be joined to Spinalonga (which is why it shared the same name), but in 1526 the Venetians cut a canal between the two, forming this small island. This information comes from the Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli, but it may not be true. However, the islet is only 170 metres from Kolokytha and the water is shallow, so perhaps the Venetians did indeed carry out this project to form an impregnable island fortress. The name Spinalonga appeared around the 13th century, bestowed by the Venetian conquerors, who, unfamiliar with Greek, corrupted the place-name “Stin Olounda” (“at Olounda”), originally to Spinalonde (13th century) and later to Spinalonga. It is no coincidence that the small island of Giudecca near Venice was also known as Spinalonga. According to another interpretation the name of the island is derived from its shape, like a long thorn (spina longa), but this theory is not widely held. Much later, in 1957, another name, Kalydon, was proposed for the island, in an unsuccessful attempt to replace the Latinate Spinalonga with a Greek name. How to get to Spinalonga To get to Spinalonga you must take the boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka. Boats depart from Agios Nikolaos in the morning. Apart from the trip to Spinalonga, they also offer lunch and the opportunity for a swim off the beaches behind the Kolokytha Peninsula, before returning to Agios Nikolaos in the afternoon. From Elounda harbour, there is a boat to Spinalonga every 30 minutes throughout the summer. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the island, while the sea voyage sometimes includes a sail around the Kolokytha Peninsula. There are also boats from the little village of Plaka just north of Elounda. The trip from here is shorter, taking about 10 minutes, as Plaka is directly opposite Spinalonga. Elounda is located in east Crete, north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the seaside resort of Plaka. Elounda was once a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay. The inhabitants lived from farming, fishing, salt extraction from the Venetian saltpans, and emery mining. In the hills around Elounda is found a mineral unique to Greece, “akonopetra” or whetstone, a type of fine emery used to make whetstones and emery paper to hone tools used in many different jobs. The emery of Elounda had long been known in Europe by the name of “Turkey stones” or “Naxos stone”. Once discovered by tourism, Elounda developed into a resort famous for its beautiful scenery and the luxury hotels which are still being built in the area. It is said to be the place with the most five-star hotels in Greece. The former Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou was particularly fond of Elounda and came here on holiday at least once a year. He introduced it to French President Mitterand and Libyan leader Gaddafi, while Elounda was also a favourite resort of Kostas Simitis, another more recent Greek Prime Minister. Apart from politicians, Elounda often welcomes Arab princes with their large families, film and music stars, Russian tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world. This is also part of its magic, as many people dream of spreading their towel on the beaches of Elounda, where some famous person has been swimming. From Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. There are frequent buses from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda, while it will take you about 15 minutes to drive there in your car. The route from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda is one of the loveliest in Crete, due to the view of the coastline and Mirabello Bay. VOULISMENI - FRARO – LATSIDA A very nice walk for any visitor is the distance between Neapolis and the settlements of Fraro, Voulismeni and Latsida In the mid way between Voulismeni and Latsida, the settlement of Fraro planted all over with trees and vineyards, was first appreciated in the 13th century by the Franciscan monks who were looking for a suitable place to built their Catholic church. Voulismeni maintained for centuries its nobleness and is considered even today one of the most beautiful and tidy villages. At the west side of the village there is the church of Agia Ekaterini of the Venetian period with exceptional sculpted icons. Four hundred metres from the village at the foot of the mountain Kavalara is located the Byzantine Church of the 'Virgin Mary- the Vigliotissa', an old church destroyed by the Ottomans. Some ruins of the old cells are still saved and under the ruins there is a water spring. Latsida, a small traditional and picturesque village, is at one kilometre westwards from Voulismeni. VRAHASSI - SISSI - MILATOS Seven kilometres from Neapoli is the settlement of Vrahassi spread out on the rocky slopes of Anavlohos.Vrachasi is a village of a few hundred people and typical of many around, but it has some interesting features and the traditional Cretan architecture is well preserved here. The main square of Vrachasi sits close to the road and has an excellent view into the valley below, through which passes the main highway between Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion. Vrachasi's fiercely independent streak mirrors that of nearby Sissi and Milatos and can be seen by the many hand painted declarations of 'Demos Vrachasiou' around the area. Sissi is located 10 km from Voulismeni, 40 km from Iraklion and 25 km from Agios Nikolaos.Sissi's main road reveals none of its particular beauty and character. It's a sort of haphazard affair, with a collection of small hotels and rent-rooms, a sprinkling of tourist shops and fast-food snack Sissi Cretebars scattered about and many cars disorderly parked this way and that. But don't get discouraged. The real Sissi, its inner soul, becomes apparent when you reach the end of that road and come face-to-face with the lovely little port in the rich, blue sea. You immediately want to stop and fill yourself with this idyllic vision, and well you should. However, parking at this point is limited, and you may have to continue to the right for several metres to the clearing surrounded by many beach tavernas. You may leave your car there, then double back to Sissi's charming port. The harbourage, which is literally a work of art by Mother Nature, was created by the sea burrowing deep far into the land, forming a long and narrow bay, protected by a small stone wave-breaker. This bay is so deep that it's easy for someone to think it's an estuary of some mysterious river, which, of course, it isn't. When you get to know this lovely little port you'll discover it's not 'just another pretty face' - it also has a personality and history all its own. During the Cretan revolution, it was strategic spot for unloading guns and munitions for the daring Lassithi rebels. Today, there is a pier on one side of the harbour where the local fishing boats are secured, and a common, picturesque site is one of the fishermen's women cleaning the catch of the day by the shore. Sissi CreteThis fresh fish, and the other edibles of the sea, is what lures many local residents from Heraklion to Sissi's tavernas, which are built high on the port's pier. And, of course, every new visitor should remember the golden rule of dining: 'If the locals eat there, you know the food is good!' f you're a bit more adventurous or inquisitive, check out the interesting Malia archaeological site, or visit nearby Milatos, which has popular seaside tavernas. In the same area, you'll find Milatos Cave, and learn about its tragic history. Milatos is located a few km east of Sissi and Malia, approximately 30 km west of Ag...More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Suitable For Children Under 5
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Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Beautifully restored maisonette, situated on the edge of Voulismeni village, with a terrace overlooking village, dense olive fields and mountains - Crete for connoisseurs. About 2km from Neapoli and 20min by car from Agios Nikolaos. Parking about 50 - 100m from the house. Helpful host...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2015

Great place and everything well laid out and new with a lot of style, good wifi, kitchen supplies and equipment. Be clear that the flat is in a very quiet village with only one taverna in walking distance which does not do a range of...More

Date of stay: June 2015
Thank Ian T
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Languages spoken:English
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Listed Since:February 2015
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