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The Traditional House Erato-Clio w/ private pool (E&C)

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
8 guests
3 nights minimum
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Take a relaxing walk in the village, then dine by the pool. Enjoy cozy evenings by the fireplace. Experience living in an authentic, traditional stone-built house. Renovated and specially set up for a one-of-a-kind holiday! Sleeps 8 people. Equipped kitchen, summer kitchen, BBQ, A/C, WiFi, 2 bedms, 2 baths, two living-dinning spaces w/ fireplace, private parking. Peaceful neighborhood, 8min walk to the beach,cafés,restaurants,s/m. 50min drive to Airport. Our villa is found in Mavrikiano, a small village at the top of a hill, over the Mirabello bay and the seaside village of Elounda, offering panoramic views towards the surrounding hills and olive trees. Even though this area lies, practically at the edge of Elounda, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Mavrikiano vill...Take a relaxing walk in the village, then dine by the pool. Enjoy cozy evenings by the fireplace. Experience living in an authentic, traditional stone-built house. Renovated and specially set up for a one-of-a-kind holiday! Sleeps 8 people. Equipped kitchen, summer kitchen, BBQ, A/C, WiFi, 2 bedms, 2 baths, two living-dinning spaces w/ fireplace, private parking. Peaceful neighborhood, 8min walk to the beach,cafés,restaurants,s/m. 50min drive to Airport. Our villa is found in Mavrikiano, a small village at the top of a hill, over the Mirabello bay and the seaside village of Elounda, offering panoramic views towards the surrounding hills and olive trees. Even though this area lies, practically at the edge of Elounda, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Mavrikiano village, manages to keep its character of a typical Cretan village so one can combine, the simplicity of a village with the cosmopolitan Elounda. The villa is practically divided into two separate, autonomous houses. ''Erato'' at the ground floor and ''Clio'' at the upper floor. The property used to be part of an old Church demolished by the Turks at the end of the 15th century. It has been rebuilt using only stone and wood. Reverence and respect of the old structure has been exercised with the help of the local people and their stories. A private swimming pool and a summer kitchen with BBQ lie right in front of the villa. The main entrance of House ''Erato'' at the ground floor leads to a comfy sitting room with two single beds and a beautiful stone fireplace. To the left is the kitchen and in the middle is the bathroom with Jacuzzi. The stairs will bring you up to the mezzanine floor and the master bedroom with an old double bed c 1920, dominating the room. The lamps belonged to the old church. An external staircase goes up to the House ''Clio'' at the upper floor. The house's layout is exactly the same as of ''Erato'' at the ground floor. All rooms at both houses are laid out just as they were originally built in the old days for a family, meaning that you must walk through one space in order to reach the next. Therefore, surprising as it might sound, there are no in-between doors, except for the bathrooms of course. Cartwheels dating back to the beginning of the last century have been transformed into the main lighting. Kitchen utensils are copies of originals and the plates are of a type still in use in most villages of Crete. All the furniture are copies of originals found in the Historical Museum of Heraklion, Crete, but the lamps and fittings are original. The tiles used for the house reconstruction are hand made, dated c 1920, and were taken from old demolished houses in the area. The marble sink was found in a Turkish Hammam. The taps are copies of those of the 1920's. The reddish plaster on the walls is made of ground tiles, the same material that was used in the monasteries of the period 14th - 16th century. Our villa has been especially set up for holiday makers who love authentic, local architecture and everything inside it lies right there for YOU, our valued guests, to use, observe and admire! The Amazing HISTORY OF THE HOUSE The Venetian occupation of Crete ended in the 14th century when Ibrahim Pasha, acting as Supreme General of the Ottoman Empire, took possession. For 400 consecutive years, the island suffered the Turkish occupation. Contrary to the Venetian occupying forces, who promoted free language and religion, the Turks prohibited both. For the entire period of Turkish occupation Language was taught in 'Secret Schools' and Religious rites were observed in small obscure Churches scattered in the mountains. When Erato, along with the the rest neighboring houses Clio, Dimitra, Penelope, Kalliopi and Efterpi were under re-construction, a fascinating discovery was made. An iron Christian Cross wrapped in a cloth was found within a wall as well as a number of Icons. These Icons are now, prominently displayed on the same wall in the Houses of EFTERPI and DIMITRA. Legends handed down through the generations have told us that on this site was a prominent Church dedicated to PROPHITIS ELIAS (the Prophet Eli), which had been constructed long before the Venetian period. It is probable that the Church being on the top of a hill overlooking Elounda/Elous, had served the Religious needs of the inhabitants of the region. The Church was burnt down and destroyed, by the Turks, at the beginning of the 15th century and was never reconstructed. A new, but smaller Church dedicated to PROPHITIS ELIAS, built in 1950, can be found just 50m away. The site came into the possession of the Mavrikakis family, who were the first to settle in the area, which in turn led to the village being named Mavrikiano. Descendants of the original family sold this property to its current owners in 1999, who undertook the reconstruction with reverence to its history and the environment. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 030903ΤΆΞΕΩΣΑMore
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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Anemos Epe-The Tradional Homes of Crete
Languages spoken:German, English, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2013
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Conditioning
Grill
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fireplace
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Parking
Patio
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Wi-Fi
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About the neighbourhood
Our home is located in the middle of Mavrikiano, a hill top village, full of stone built houses, overlooking the entire gulf around Elounda and the surrounding hills, which are full of olive groves.. All amenities for a comfortable and pleasant stay lie 10 to 15min walk away. Enjoy local delicacies and drinks in the Cretan pub just a few steps away and enjoy the warm sun on a fine sandy beach (8min walk away). The four villages of Elounda are spread out along the lower slopes of the mountain. Up(Pano) and down(Kato) Elounda, Mavrikiano and the new settlement of Skisma , the port of Elounda, bask in the glorious sea as it opens up before them offering its beauty and charm. Elounda is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated.The earl...
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