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PASIPHAE ART COUNTRY HOUSE family friendly with terraces and courtyard sea views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,991 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom country mansion with panoramic sea views

This DESIGN COUNTRY MANSION part of DOROVINIS COUNTRY HOUSES, has the personal air and character of a leisure home of the Cretan countryside, capturing panoramic views to the sea.

Artistically restored and furnished with stylish furniture, it combines the lost qualities of traditional home architecture with modern facilities and luxury.

The house is laid out on 185 m2 in two levels. On the ground level It is arranged around a 60m2 courtyard, that captures panoramic sea views, and comprises 2 double bedrooms, one dining room with 2 sofa/single beds, a living room with seating corner around the Venetian style fireplace and folding dining table (seats 6 persons if opened) , two bathrooms and a large kitchen fully equipped with modern apparatus and utensils. On the upper level there is the third double bedroom that opens on a lovely porch and which gives access to the grand top terrace of 100 m2 with panoramic views to the sea. This upper terrace is reached also externally from the courtyard, by a stone stair. The house can accommodate from 6 to 8 persons (3 double bedrooms and 2 sofa/single beds in dinning room). It is furnished with original neoclassical furniture, art objects and paintings of contemporary Greek artists.

All rooms open either to the courtyard or the terrace, capturing breathtaking views to the sea.

It can function as a spacious, unique house for a demanding family or for two families or friendly couples, as the bedrooms accompanied by own bathrooms are laid at the ends of the house with communal areas in between.

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Property Manager
Ioanna Dorovinis
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
6 February, 2018

About Ioanna Dorovinis

IOANNA DOROVINIS is an architect (M.Sc. Columbia Un. NYC), specialist in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Settlements (M.A. York Un.UK), with a PhD in History of Architecture (Athens Polytechnique Un.).

I am a passionate restoration architect, specializing in Cretan home architecture. I like to discover new housing types, to get involved with the procedure of restoring them, by adding and mixing elements from traditional architecture, and watch them becoming great vacation houses with modern facilities and style. I enjoy the simple life of the Cretan village and talking with the old people. I am the author of many articles and studies on Greek historic architecture. I like to travel, cook the Cretan, healthy cuisine, live and create within art and spirit.

Ioanna Dorovinis purchased this house in 2000

Why Ioanna Dorovinis chose Anatoli

The house bears the wisdom and the qualities of Cretan domestic architecture, with origins from medieval times and maybe antiquity. Small interventions were enough to convert it into unique pieces of home architecture. The house is an original piece of domestic architecture, no similar houses will be found in the village or elsewhere. It is a big house, with severe exterior that opens though to a lovely courtyard with breathtaking views to the sea. It has a typical Greek village house agglomeration, that has changed very little over the ages, with rooms around the courtyard that is the center of life.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic sea views, peaceful and quiet environment, rich natural environment with excursions to the Cretan landscape, while being close to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of Eastern Crete.

The village has kept its agricultural character, is very peaceful and quiet without touristic exploitation. In the morning you might be awaken from the birds, while on the walkways you will meet donkeys, dogs and cats. A series of gigantic rocks "protects" the village in the back while in the front the eye captures spectacular sea views.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Anatoli in Lasithi

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1991 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 90
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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PASIPHAE ART COUNTRY HOUSE family friendly with terraces and courtyard sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Wunderschönes Haus mit fantastischer Aussicht

  • 5 of 5

Das wirklich schön restaurierte, gut und ansprechend ausgestattete Haus liegt in dem kleinen Bergort Anatoli ca. 650m hoch. Zum Meer hinunter fährt man ca. 15 Minuten über eine gut ausgebaute aber kurvige Straße. Von den verschiedenen Terrassen hat man einen atemberaubenden Blick über die felsige Gegend auf das Meer bis zur Stadt Ierapetra. Der nächste Supermarkt befindet sich an der Hauptstraße Richtung Ierapetra in ca. 20 min. In der Umgebung gibt es eine Reihe schöner Strände, wie z.B. in Tertsa (5 km westlich von Mirtos - ca. 35min Fahrt). Anatoli eignet sich hervorragend als Ausgangspunkt für die Erkundung des Südostens von Kreta. Hier sind eine Reihe schöner Badebuchten. Das Wasser ist herrlich !! Nicht verpassen sollte man eine Tour nach Kato Zakros durch die faszinierende Berglandschaft und von dort aus weiter nach Xeratokambos. Hier denkt man manchmal man sei auf einem anderen Planeten, so unwirtlich ist die Landschaft. Die Vermieterin Ioanna und die Hausdame Fr. Koula sind sehr nett. Ioanna hat wirklich gute Empfehlungen für Restaurants und Trips um die Umgebung.

Sollten wir mal wieder in diese Gegend Kretas reisen, würden wir dieses Haus definitiv erneut buchen !!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ghassan What a great review...You really had a great look and enjoyment of the area around. I was very happy having you as guests and would love to host you again with your friends and family.
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Nearest Airport
82 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
82 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
North and East Crete
Nearest Restaurant
Manolis Tavern
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Ierapetra and Mirabello Bay
Car: necessary

The village of Anatoli, folding down a slope behind the city of Ierapetra, is dating from Venetian times. Having kept its architectural and agricultural character is renowned for its healthy climate (dry and cool in summer, warm and sunny in winter), peaceful environment and splendid views to the sea.

The location is ideal for all season’s vacation, amidst a green and sculptured rocky environment of outstanding natural beauty, that offers peace and tranquility of mind and senses, while being in short distance from some of the most beautiful, sandy-blue flag- beaches of Crete. At 12 km (20min drive) the city of Ierapetra offers all facilities and activities of a big city (shops, supermarkets, banks, doctors, water front esplanade with restaurants and cafes, archaeological Collection, organized beach etc). At 22km (30min.drive) the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nicolaos, as Prefecture city, offers further services and facilities as well as variety of touristic attractions and sports as scuba diving, sailing, boat visits to resort beaches and nearby islands etc.

Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, churches and chapels and natural places of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to these beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.

WHERE TO SWIM: Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea). At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) are found two of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure waters, “Voulisma” and “Agios Panteleymon”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, among which the best are Agia Galini (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public), Agia Fotia, Ferma, Psaropoula, Koutsounari etc.

On the other side of Ierapetra the village of Myrtos offers also a beautiful, sandy beach. Beyond Myrtos extend very interesting places to visit and swim, up to Keratokampos, with beautiful, calm Cretan landscape and isolated beaches (no villages or towns around).

You should not miss a day trip to Chrissi Sand Island (the Golden Sand beach), the most renowned beach island (no building activities are allowed) in Crete. Natural environment of exceptional beauty, beach with sand and azure waters . Boat schedules from the port of Ierapetra.

SIGHTSEEING:This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments you should not miss on your first visit, together with others, representatives of the rich island’ s history..

Archaeological sites is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete) set in beautiful landscape with the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating.

HELLENISTIC CITY OF LATO flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos,

On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA considered a unique monument of its kind in Crete, all frescoed from 13th to 14th century, depicting the techniques towards renaissance, before the style was transferred to the West with the fall of Constantinople.


MONI TOPLOU, frescoed medieval monastery dating from the 14th century, and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. From there you can swim in VAI BAY one of the most famous shores of Crete, with fine sand and Palm trees, and visit ITANOS, the last eastern city of Minoan times, with ideal port location for exchanges with Anatolia and Egypt.

The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE is an impressive cave and archaeological site, located at the Lassithi Plateau, near the village of Psychro. It contains a Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus, A 15 min stepped walkway or donkey ride will bring you to the entrance of the cave, while it is worth visiting some of the villages of the Plateau, like St. George, St. Constantine and also Psychro.

MILATOS CAVE- a modern history cave, now a place of memory, where 3000 locals took refuge during Turkish occupation, to be executed after its seize.

MATALA CAVES-very famous place, ideal for swimming

SPINALOGA CASTLE ISLAND from Venetian times, now an open air museum .

For nature lovers don't miss an excursion to the Gorges of SARAKINA (between the villages of Anatoli and Malles) and KRITSA, the forest of SELAKANO (west of Anatoli). In Anatoli 3 walking paths start from different points of the village-marked with signs and charts- leading to the fields of the locals, that used to cultivate till recently, and with miniature chapels for their protection and worship while working there. All walking paths pass through landscapes of natural beauty.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS-COLLECTIONS OF AGIOS NICOLAOS (important) and IERAPETRA (a collection of sarcophagus only but worth visiting).



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Anatoli, Crete

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
17 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 13.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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