Haritakis House - 1
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Haritakis House, Agia Paraskevi, Crete
*** Featured in Sunday Times Europe`s 100 Sexiest Summer Villas ***
Haritakis House is set in its own garden, perched on a high bluff overlooking the village with the most stunning panoramic views of the coastline and the sea.At the entrance to the house an attractive, partially covered patio area paved with local stone and fringed by bougainvillea makes an inviting spot for dining in the open air.
Inside, the open plan living room has a dining table with built in bench seating and a breakfast bar separating the living and kitchen areas.At the rear is as mall landing with a door to a twin bedroom, plus a wooden staircase to first floor level where there is a further twin bedroom, plus a double bedroom with patio doors to a gorgeous terrace sitting in a froth of bougainvillea and just the spot to watch the sun rise over the mountains to the east (if you`re awake in time)and set over the mountains to the west. Both these bedrooms have sloping beamed ceilings, pine flooring and magnificent sea views. The 3 bedrooms share one shower room located off the staircase a few steps from ground floor level. Despite being built with traditional materials, Haritakis House has a pleasing modern ambiance.
Accommodation in a nutshell: All our four village houses command superb sea views and all have a minimum of two bedrooms, plus one shower. Each house has a well-equipped kitchen with an electric cooker and fridge-freezer and there`s an open fireplace in the living area. An innovative feature in many of the houses is full-length French windows in the first floor bedrooms, protected by wrought iron balustrades. Each house is supplied with two sunbeds and three of the houses have air con in the bedrooms, whilst Haritakis has fans for the bedrooms.
EOT MHTE 1041K111K2824901
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ligres 2.6 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||16 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania 103 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private 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.
Agia Paraskevi, Crete, featured in the Sunday Times "Beat a path to the heart of secret Crete"
Hidden away on the south coast between Agia Galini and Moni Preveli and a good 2 hours drive from Chania or Heraklion Airport, the tiny hamlet of Agia Paraskevi, stands high on the hillside looking out over the Lybian Sea. Virtually abandoned for 25 years, the village has over the past decade been slowly restored and brought back to life and now provides the setting for a unique holiday experience and the ultimate place to unwind!
Ag Pag, as we affectionately call it, has two churches and a score of houses, dotted haphazardly over a wide area of the hillside demarcated by rocky bluffs and olive groves sloping downwards towards the sea. All the houses are built in traditional style from local stone and wood, with terracotta tiled roofs, but all are different shapes and sizes and have their own particular character, based on the lie of the land and the vision of their individual owners.
Apart from the very occasional passing car, Ag Pag is amazingly peaceful and by day you can clearly hear the tinkling of goat bells on the hillside a kilometre away. By night its even quieter and the sound of silence is almost tangible, save for the occasional soft hoot of a Skops Owl, or the distant murmur of the sea breaking on Ligres beach, 2km away down the hill.
With no large villages let alone towns nearby, the sky at night is a further revelation with a vast and dazzling canopy of stars, seemingly close enough to touch.
Finally, it is important to appreciate that Ag. Pag is not a new, purpose built holiday village, but a wonderful old village, that has been restored to life by the enthusiasm and dedication of some of its younger sons and now acts like a magnet to all whose lives it has previously touched. A recent champion of Ag Pags renaissance is Kyriakos, who appeared out of the blue a couple of years ago. returned from the island of Ios together with his wife and young son and built a taverna with a few rooms and a swimming pool just below the village (10 mins walk from the square). Kyriakos who speaks good English, is quietly spoken but with a hugely infectious laugh, he's a real man of the people and loves company so all our customers will be made very welcome.
Local Information: The sandy Ligres beach, well served by two tavernas, is just five minutes drive away, whilst a ten minute drive will bring you to an excellent fish taverna on the little harbour in Agia Fotini. Twenty minutes further west of Agia Fotini the unsurfaced road follows the coast to Swallows Canyon where a palm fringed fresh water lagoon backs the sandy beach below the spectacular hilltop monastery of Moni Preveli.
Ten minutes drive to the east, are the superb beaches of Trio Petra and beyond, Agios Pavlos. All the beaches on this stretch of the south coast are sandy and relatively quiet even in high season, with a good half dozen strategically placed tavernas. For bakers, mini markets, banks and a little more civilisation, the hill town of Spili, with its handsome Venetian fountains, is a good 40 minutes drive, so it's worth stocking up whilst you're there (we found the delicious bread from the traditional wood fired oven baker froze very well ). Several tavernas offer enticing coffee or lunch stops to make the trip worthwhile.
N.B. Car hire is essential and although metalled roads now link most of the small villages and beaches, hiring a 4-wheel drive vehicle gives you the exhilarating option to explore the myriad tiny roads and tracks.
Walking - In spring and autumn the area is excellent for walkers and there are footpaths to Ligres and Trio Petra beaches and also to Agia Fotini and even distant Moni Prevelli.
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