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Grapevine Cottage     Gavalohori  Chania / Apokoronas / Vamos   |   2 Bedrooms   |   2 Bathrooms   |   Web Ref: 3301  |   Sleeps 4
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Walking distance to shops and tavernas, a timeless cottage in a traditional village setting

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Grapevine Cottage   2 Bedrooms   |   2 Bathrooms   |   AC | WiFi | Village House | Beach 4km | Taverna 600m   |   Sleeps 4

  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, WiFi). Kitchen (oven, microwave). Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace. Bathroom (washing machine).
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with small en suite wet room (WC, basin, shower)
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Shaded and open terraces. Private parking.
  • Crescent-shaped private swimming pool (5m x 4m).


Originally an old farmhouse and stables, Grapevine Cottage has an authenticity that resonates from its wooden rafters inside, to the ancient threshing circle outside, which still dominates the terraces in the shape of the semi-circular swimming pool. An interwoven latticework of grapes offering shade above the cloistered courtyard gives this charming cottage its name and lends an enduringly peaceful ambience.

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In refurbishing his property Panayiotis, Grapevine's charasmatic owner, has artfully preserved the essence of a traditional village house, creating an air of appealing simplicity whilst at the same time ensuring that modern appliances and homely creature-comforts are well catered for.

An ancient domed doorway set in a plain whitewashed exterior belies the many layers of this exceptionally well preserved property.

Off the central courtyard are two separate buildings (one is unused, the other is Grapevine Cotage) while in front, through a pair of stone archways, you will find the private swimming pool, sun terrace, barbecue, an ancient kiln and a well complete with bucket!

A magnificent plane tree stands guard towards the back of the pool terrace, with a wall encircling the entire outdoor patio and ensuring privacy. A solid exterior staircase leads to the upper terrace offering wonderful views of the Apokoronas Mountains and its villages dotted here and there as the countryside tumbles down to the sea.

The two storey main house on the left of the courtyard has green wooden shutters and thick granite walls, the front door opening into the main living/dining area with aromatic wooden beams giving the traditional farmhouse kitchen a timeless appeal. An old Singer sewing machine, a pestle and mortar, and a heavy Victorian iron all indicate the slower pace of life that Panayiotis' ancestors lived by. The double bedroom has doors opening onto the terrace leading to the swimming pool. On the first floor, the open plan vestibule has elegant wrought iron railings from which to view the floor below and a twin bedroom overlooks the courtyard.

Gavalohori is a large old village, located on Cape Drapanos in the Vamos municipality of the Apokoronas region. Surrounded by hamlets and settlements that stretch up to the Lefki Mountains, it has the added advantage of Almyrida (4km) and its two large beaches and beachfront tavernas a 10 minute drive away. In the village, several family run tavernas offer tasty Cretan dishes, with shops, two cafes, a pastry shop with cafe bar, the village school, bakery, three grocery stores and a handicrafts shop all creating a traditional way of life.

Famed for the Gavaliana wells still standing on the outskirts of the village, the local villagers are proud of their ancestry. The ancient churches of Panagia and Agios Sergios, an eighteenth century olive oil press, a folklore museum and a cottage industry of embroideries and lace-making; all contribute to keeping their unique heritage alive. This matchless and fascinating island's charms are all encapsulated in this little slice of heaven!

Please note: the second building visible to the left in some of these accompanying photos is not in use.


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