Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The Mill is a beautifully restored mid 17thC Venetian Olive Mill (Fabrica) with private garden and swimming pool in an elevated location surrounded by a swathe of olive groves in the quiet hamlet of Harvata, near the fishing village of Kolymbari.
The Mill is situated about 500 feet above sea level, and offers stunning mountain views to the south and sea views over the Bay of Hania and the Rodopou Peninsula to the north.
Although The Mill is in a secluded location and requires car hire, it offers easy access to the surrounding country side and coast (not to mention the oldest olive tree in Greece!).
Local amenities include mini-markets, bakers, tavernas, pharmacy and garage.
Historically, Crete has always been a wine growing country, and it was only in the Venetian period that the cultivation of olive trees was encouraged.
The production of both wine and olive oil continued for over 200 years until 1974, when over 95% of the Cretan vineyards were destroyed by Phylloxera (a parasite that destroys the roots of the vine), which resulted in the Cretan farmers planting the olive trees which are evident around The Mill today, most of which are over 35 years old.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil prices have slumped in recent years, and the trend is currently to replace the olive groves with vineyards.
Grape picking takes place between mid August and the end of September, and olives are harvested between late October and February.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tavronitis (pebbles) and Platanius (sand) 4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania (CHQ), Nearest railway: Not applicable (there is no rail network on Crete)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The Dining area, Sitting area and Kitchen are positioned around the original mill stones on the Ground Floor.
The four En-suite Bedrooms are arranged with two Triple Bedrooms on the Ground Floor, and one Twin and one Double Bedroom on the Mezzanine floor. The Double Bedroom has its own balcony.
The Crete region
Crete is the largest and most southern of the Greek islands, and is land of natural beauty, boasting some 3,500 years of human occupation.
So what makes Crete so special?
• the fiercely independent, passionate and friendly Cretan people, who have endured generations of foreign occupation until its unification with Greece in 1913,
• the climate, which gives long hot summers and mild winters,
• the diverse topography ranging from the largely impenetrable and sparsely populated snow capped 'White Mountains' to un spoilt sandy beaches and inlets offering the opportunity for swimming and snorkeling,
• the early Minoan settlements and palaces and latter Byzantine churches,
• the unique and ever vibrant city of Chania with its Old Town and Venetian fortifications, houses and harbour, the quayside restaurants and narrow pedestrian streets and squares with local shops and the Agora market offering fish, home grown vegetables and hand made handicrafts and ceramics,
• the tavernas serving delicious fresh fish accompanied by home grown produce and locally produced wine and tsikoudia (raki).
The Mill provides an ideal base from which to explore the west of Crete.
Within 15 minutes drive down through the olive groves can be found the bakery, pharmacy and mini-markets in Tavronites, the fishing village of Kolymbari with its excellent fish tavernas, the Gonias Monastery, a Minoan 'Tholos' tomb and the oldest olive tree in Greece!
For those interested in WW2 history, there is the dis-used Maleme aerodrome, and the German War Cemetery overlooking the airfield, the resting place of over 4,000 young German parachutists who lost their lives during the German invasion on 20/21 May 1941 (the Battle of Crete). The Allied War Cemetery is located at Souda Bay.
For those wanting to take day trips through, and around, the 'White Mountains', there is the fabulous beach at Falasarna with the remains of its Roman harbour, and the beautiful and secluded 'island' of Elafonissi, with its sandy beaches and turquoise water.
From the town of Kissamos-Kastelli you can take boat cruises round the Gramvousa Peninsula to the Balos Lagoon.
Guests preferring a little more 'action' visit the towns of Platanias and Agia Marina on the coast road to the east of The Mill which have long sandy beaches, water sports, restaurants, shops and night clubs.