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Traditional Stone Cretan Village Home In The Mountain Village Of Agios Stephanos

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Dec-2016
House in Makry Gialos, Lasithi, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece - Spectacular Views Of The Libyan Sea, Tranquillity Of The Mountain But Only 12 Mins Drive To The Sea

Special price right now of- £315 per week or £357 in High Season (July to Sep 15)

Traditional stone built Cretan village house in the mountain village of Agios Stephanos, on the south east of the island, with spectacular views of the Libyan Sea.

The tranquillity of village life in the mountains, but only 12-15 mins drive to the coastal village of Makri Gialos with fabulous beaches to explore, and the practical facilities of supermarkets, banks and tavernas.

Agios Stephanos is a genuine Greek village, a spectacular drive up the mountain with hairpin bends and the smell of wild herbs, with no car access once you have reached the main square- the streets are then only wide enough for people or donkeys- if you are up early enough you will see the old man riding his donkey out to work in the fields beyond.

Makri Gialos is the nearest small town/ beach resort which is about 8 km down the mountain below Agios Stephanos. It is a pleasant family resort situated along a wide bay and also has a picturesque harbour. The beach is especially safe for children as it is shallow and sandy. Makri Gialos has all the main facilities, a number of banks, numerous tavernas, supermarkets, estate agents, etc.

Just out of Makri Gialos is one of my favourite beaches, Diaskari. This is a protected beach that has some old stone fishermens huts and a really lovely taverna, shaded by a tamarisk tree overlooking the beach. This is a place that the Greeks themselves go at weekends so you know its good! But the beach has never been busy whenever I have been there- only ever a handful of parties at one time. Perfect!

Most of the dwellings in Agios Stephanos, like my house, are built into the side of the mountain, creating interesting and individual dwellings, some on top of others, but usually with spectacular views. My house is to the side of the village, so it is particularly peaceful, but one can walk to the main square in a couple of minutes and be around people, both Cretans and other English speaking second homers or holidaymakers.

The house has been done out simply but comfortably- do not expect all mod cons such as dishwashers, shower curtains or wardrobes, but the simple basics are there- fridge cooker washing machine, hot running water. This is my second home so I aim for a relaxed and homely ambience. it is light and bright, simple and comfortable. Two beds, two bathrooms and two sofa beds. Beautiful roof terrace with sea view, flowers, covered hideaway sleeping benches/ sitting area, kitchen breakfast room, lounge with fireplace and balcony overlooking the sea.

This is an area that has many beautiful walks, amongst olive groves, pine trees and especially down spectacular gorges. There are a number of gorge walks around here, the nearest being at Pefki, a gorge walk of around 5km that takes you down through the artists’ colony, ‘Aspro Potamos’, to Makri Gialos at the coast. Pefki is the neighbouring mountain village, around 2 kms away, and this has a couple of tavernas, one in particular is well known as ‘Piperia’ which means ‘Pepper Tree’ and is built around a pepper tree. They host weekly music nights, with greek musicians, and if you are brave enough you can dance along greek style with them.

Ierapetra is the nearest big town/city. It is on the south coast and is about 35 minutes away on a main but winding coast road. Although it caters for tourists along the seafront, this is a real working town and I find it appealing for that. Someone recently told me that the name means- meeting place.

On the north coast, Sitia is about 40-45 minutes away. This is a gracious and attractive town with a Venetian influence and lots of small shops as well as lovely tavernas overlooking the harbour.

Comments

“This was the genuine Greek experience- staying in this light-filled village house full of character. Breathtaking views down to the sea and across to the olive groves made it the perfect place to paint and relax.”

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of a genuine Greek village. Every morning during my stay I would spend several hours on the roof terrace meditating and practicing T’ai Chi whilst looking across the mountainous view to the open sea. It was very peaceful and private. I look forward to being able to visit again at some time in the future.”

"I have had such amazing holidays at Lynne's house in Crete. The setting and view are breathtaking and the house is so cosy and beautifully, yet simply, decorated. The silence and peace were wonderfully conducive to yoga and meditation on the roof terrace, and there were ample opportunities for walks from the house. The beaches are incredible, without the throngs of tourists, and I had the most amazing swims in the warm and crystal clear sea. Lynne's house is truly a retreat and staying in this beautiful area is perfect to recharge one's batteries! Highly recommend it."

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have always dreamed of owning a place in Greece but was a bit nervous about how to go about it. When I read in a newspaper at home that there was an English lady who had set up an agency in Crete selling Cretan homes to non Greeks I was really interested. So my journey of exploring the island began...but it was when I hit the south east coast that I knew that I had found the right place for me. And then climbing the mountain to Agios Stephanos I knew that this was the village for me. I found my home quickly, a ruin though it was- as soon as I stepped in I had a vision of what it could be like, and the breathtaking view of the Libyan Sea confirmed my feelings. I was completely thrilled with the results of the renovations, which were above and beyond my hopes.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

“This was the genuine Greek experience- staying in this light-filled village house full of character. Breathtaking views down to the sea and across to the olive groves made it the perfect place to paint and relax.”



"I have had such amazing holidays at Lynne's house in Crete. The setting and view are breathtaking and the house is so cosy and beautifully, yet simply, decorated. The silence and peace were wonderfully conducive to yoga and meditation on the roof terrace, and there were ample opportunities for walks from the house. The beaches are incredible, without the throngs of tourists, and I had the most amazing swims in the warm and crystal clear sea. Lynne's house is truly a retreat and staying in this beautiful area is perfect to recharge one's batteries! Highly recommend it."
May 2013
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  • 4 of 5

Lynne's House was beautyful and the little village still authentic, although rather abandond.

We liked the Old Kafeions and the friendlyness of the People.

View on the Bay: astonishing!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Marie-Louise, I am glad you enjoyed my house and your stay in this friendly rustic village. Its really an authentic village experience isnt it, although the number of donkeys one sees in the village has diminished over the years! I think the view was what entranced me when I first saw the house. Thanks for your review
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Crete - August 2015

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Crete. Lynne's house is close to the beach but not too close!! We have 2 children (a boy of 14 & a girl of 11) we spent mornings on the roof terrace and afternoons on the beach. We all had a great time without getting burnt. You need a car to stay here and we hired a jeep so we could explore some of the 'shortcuts', I can speak for all of us when I say we will return!! A great place for to relax and and enjoy the Greek culture. One of our best holidays ever.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

I love to come here whenever I can. It’s a retreat and a chance to soak up some much needed sun. I have made good friends here over the years and I always get a warm and enthusiastic welcome when I return, it really is so heartwarming. The villagers are so kind and helpful, usually leaving me olive oil or fruit and veg that they have grown, they are so generous and always ready to connect even though speaking different languages.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

12 minutes drive to the village of Makri Gialos (Long Beach) This is a lovely family resort which is a beautiful curved bay lined with sand and gently sloping into the sea. There are tavernas all along. There is a pretty harbour part at one end, with tavernas and beachside bars, also with an area of beach. Just outside Makri Gialos is a more secluded beach, my favourite, which is in a protected conservation area. Short drives can take you to a further selection of beautiful beaches and coves

Travel:

Nearest international airport is Heraklion, around 120 km (2 - 2 1/2 hours drive) away. Sitia airport has flights from Athens and is around 45 km (45mins) away

Distances:

Walking distance within Agios Stephanos. 12 mins drive to Makri Gialos or two buses down each day- around 7am and 2pm (its the school bus) so really, hiring a car is essential.

Further Details:

I can put you in contact with Stelios, my man who deals with car hire and he can arrange to have a car meet you at the airport. If you want to be driven to the village if you are tired when you first arrive, I can arrange for you to get a taxi to Agios Stephanos. Then you can have the hire car brought to the village whenever you like.

There is a lovely English couple who live in a neighbouring village, who oversee my house and will be on hand if you need help with anything. They will meet you and can provide a welcome pack for you on arrival, and this can be personally tailored for your requirements. This is at cost price plus 5 euros to be paid to them

There is air conditioning unit in the main upstairs bedroom. Use of this is an extra £5 per day.

Makri Gialos is the nearest small town/ beach resort which is about 8 km down the mountain below Agios Stephanos. It is a pleasant family resort situated along a wide bay and also has a picturesque harbour. The beach is especially safe for children as it is shallow and sandy. Makri Gialos has all the main facilities, a number of banks, numerous tavernas, supermarkets, estate agents, etc. Makri Gialos has all the main facilities, tavernas, supermarkets, banks, shops, market on friday mornings, car hire, petrol stations.

This is an area that has many beautiful walks, amongst olive groves, pine trees and especially down spectacular gorges. There are a number of gorge walks around here, the nearest being at Pefki, a gorge walk of around 5km that takes you down through the artists’ colony, ‘Aspro Potamos’, to Makri Gialos at the coast. Pefki is the neighbouring mountain village, around 2 kms away, and this has a couple of tavernas, one in particular is well known as ‘Piperia’ which means ‘Pepper Tree’ and is built around a pepper tree. They host weekly music nights, with greek musicians, and if you are brave enough you can dance along greek style with them.

Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
£100 secures booking. Full balance to be paid 8 weeks before dates, or on booking if it is a late booking

Changeover Day:
Negotiable dependent upon flights

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Facilities

From the Owner

What I particularly love about the location of my house is that I can be quiet and spend time alone if I like, but I can participate with the others when I want some company. I love the fact that, at night, the kafenions suddenly come to life. I know that I can walk around the corner and see whats’ happening- who is out tonight? Is it a quiet night or a lively one? I can usually just join others at a table and have a nice time, feeling welcome and relaxed.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom is upstairs off the lounge. Wet room style (hand held shower and no curtains as the Greek style), fully tiled, toilet and basin. Downstairs in 2nd bedroom, dipping your head takes you to ensuite with original beams, again wet room style.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom is upstairs down a few steep steps from the lounge, with high ceilings and a double bed. Air conditioner available. 2nd bedroom is downstairs, off the kitchen, a quirky, cosy room, cooler with low ceilings, beams, en suite, with double bed

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Air conditioning in main bedroom if required. Two portable fans available. Bedside tables in bedrooms. No wardrobes but hooks with hangers. Outside: Roof terrace - This is my favourite place, sitting secluded with the spectacular vista down the valley to the sea. This is a place one can sit and relax, or entertain, day or night, breakfast or dinner. There are flowers and a pergola and also a completely open area for those who want the full heat of the sun Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathtowels and hand towels are included. Linen included. There is no daily laundry change or cleaning unless requested for a negotiable fee Other: From the back of the lounge is a real treat- some lovely stone effect steps take you up to the roof terrace. The terrace has a completely covered area with concrete sleeping benches with rugs and cushions around a coffee table. Spectacular vista to sea

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