House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Milo Petra House 1 and II, Douliana
Park in the small village square and walk passed the traditional cafenion, at the beginning of a narrow village street and enter a gateway to discover the secret hidden from eye to passersby of this ancient mill house. For here in the courtyard you are met by a sparkling pool with wonderful rural views from its terraces. Converted with oodles of Cretan charm into two higgledy piggledy houses with cool stone floors and wood beamed ceilings, each house is perfect for 2 guests with a sense of fun and a love of all things Cretan.
Leaving the lovely traditional cafenion on the square aside, there are two excellent tavernas in Douliana and a small minimarket for lifes essentials. A holiday here is all about relaxing and soaking up village life - but for a little exercise there are several walks from Douliana on paths which lead to the village of Gavalohori or down to sea at Almirida or Kera Beach.
Milo Petra II
The main entrance to Milopetra II is off a narrow village street which is the start of a footpath that leads down into the valley where a tiny chapel is hidden away, brings you into the lovely spacious living room where a feature fireplace is set into the sunken living area, furnished in a manner typical of many Cretan village homes with lace edged table linen and Cretan sofas and arm chairs gathered around the fireplace. At the far side, in a cosy corner, a large day bed makes an inviting spot to curl up with a good book for a long siesta out of the sun.
A few steps up and under a wide stone archway, the spacious kitchen is equipped with a large fridge freezer and full electric cooker. A further stone archway suggests a division of space with the dining area where a long wooden table and a Cretan sofa offers more than sufficient seating for entertaining, should you feel like throwing a party.
A second door from the living area leads out onto the patio that is shared with the Milopetra I guests. Here, the lovely pool area with sun beds on its terrace and a long narrow table and chairs, set under a network of vines, is an ideal place to relax and unwind whilst listening to the village life around you and taking in the views down the lush green valley towards Gavalohori.
Back inside, the original mill stones are decoratively deployed in the ground floor shower room (watch your head on the doorway, if you're above average height).
A wooden staircase leads to the romantic galleried double bedroom built into the wooden eaves of the roof. With polished wood floors and Cretan white lace at windows with lovely rural views, you can look down into the living area under the very top of a huge stone arch.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almirida 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||150 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania 33 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Crete region
Still relatively refreshingly authentic our old favorite West Crete & Chania just waits to be explored. Here, the magnificent White Mountains bestride the landscape and melted snow from their high slopes waters the fertile coastal plains, where orange, lemon and olive groves flourish and superb fruit and vegetables of every description grow in amazing profusion.This part also boasts some of the island`s best beaches, especially the coast west which is one long 15km stretch of sandy beach broken by rocky outcrops and bustling villages with numerous waterside tavernas, virtually untouched by time or tourism.
20km east of Chania with truly spectacular views of Crete's White Mountains, this idyllic little village of Douliana perched atop a hill overlooking Souda Bay is surrounded by olive groves and terraced farmland criss-crossed by drystone walls and ancient Byzantine donkey paths. There's a well stocked mini-market, taverna and a rustic little kafenion in the tiny village square and from here narrow little streets with whitewashed walls garlanded by flowers wend their way to the church. On the edge of the village you will also find a delightful little taverna serving authentic and very tasty Cretan fare. From here, a track bends its way down the hillside to the nearest beach, which is just under 3 km and a wonderful walk. For the less energetic the track is also navigable by car if you take it nice and slowly over the rough spots. For a good selection of tavernas and shops of all descriptions, Kalives 5km away is the best choice although Almirida 4km distance, also has some excellent tavernas and lovely sandy beaches.
Less than 5km inland, the attractive villages of Gavalohori and Vamos offer a further choice of tavernas and some interesting local craft and produce shops. We consider car hire is essential when staying in Douliana.
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