No1 Old Vineyard

Western Crete

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room (Sat TV, DVD, A/C) with doors to shaded dining terrace. Main kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to terrace/steps to garden. Shower room. Door to open tread staircase leads directly to…
  • Lower level: Sitting area (TV, DVD, A/C) with door to pool terrace and mezzanine area. Twin bedroom and fully independant kitchen (sink, hob, oven and fridge) with door to terrace, shower room.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with terrace. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Sun terrace. In built and free-standing barbecues. Garden. Garage (washing machine). Private parking.
  • Private kidney-shaped swimming pool (6m x 4m) with Roman steps.

Tastefully furnished, equipped and decorated, No1 Old Vineyard is a delightful family house situated only 1200m from one of the most appealing beaches on Crete and 150m from the nearest taverna (with a further three easily walkable) as well as an excellent minimarket. Such an appealing balance of comfort and convenience is guaranteed to enhance any holiday.

Well-proportioned and imaginatively designed, the property flows easily over three floors, including a large, open plan lower level where a kitchenette, living area, shower room and twin beds offer an added degree of independence sure to appeal to families with older children or perhaps a nanny/childminder to accommodate.

Hallmarks of the house décor include colourful modern and abstract artwork, soft pastel shades and eye-catching ornaments. Plump soft furnishings adorn the living room while a variety of terraces (including one off each bedroom) provide space in which to admire the country or distant sea views, dine together, enjoy a snooze or just escape for a quiet moment to oneself with a drink and a book.

Outside, wrought iron gates welcome you at the front entrance with a separate driveway and garage providing ample parking to one side. The grounds house an interesting selection of indigenous shrubs, an herb garden and a lovely kidney-shaped private pool bordered by a spacious sun terrace of natural sandstone fringed by mature olive trees offering shade.

Horafakia village has two mini-markets and four tavernas - the nearest found 100m from the house, one more at 200m and another at 700m. You will also find a popular beachside taverna perched on the rocks above the pretty cove of Tersanas which is 1.2km or about a 15 minute walk.

Also easily accessible is Kalathas Beach (2.8km), a fine swathe of sandy coastline facing a picturesque little island and where two more tavernas will surely tempt you. A drive of just ten minutes northwards, the magnificent beach of Stavros is renowned for its role in the 1964 Hollywood movie Zorba the Greek starring Alan Bates and Anthony Quinn. The film ends with both men dancing the famous folkdance, the sitaki, on the beach where today several local tavernas offer tasty meals, refreshments (and occasional sitaki performances!) throughout the day. We should also mention two other enticing sandy beaches, Marathi and Loutraki which are 20 minutes by car and very deserving of a visit.

The nearest large town, Kounoupidiana (6.3km), has comprehensive amenities that include supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, a petrol garage, newsagents, doctor, dentist, greengrocer, bakery, zaxaroplastio (cake shop), post office, pizzeria and various bars and tavernas.

With a delightful Venetian harbour and some of the best restaurants and night life on the island, Chania, Crete’s second largest town is a thirty minute drive (twenty minutes to the airport).

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Great Things to Do Near No1 Old Vineyard

Chania harbour

Chania is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. Chania is one of the nicest towns of Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares. The old city has preserved the charm of the Venetian and Turkish periods. Entire Venetian, Turkish and Jewish quarters are saved, with many well preserved buildings in the narrow picturesque streets. On Leather Lane near the harbour selling all kinds and qualities of leather goods and a really interesting indoor covered market Chania Town is worth a visit just for the shopping. The harbour is beautiful with an old mosque providing interesting architecture. Museums from the Naval Museum to the Byzantine Museum there is something for everyone. Restaurants and Taverna`s Surround the harbour and Boats leave from here for 2-3hr trips and you can also catch a horse and buggy. Have a wonder around the back streets, they are mainly pedestrianised and the houses and shops are very Interesting and pretty, with little restaurants and Café`s tucked away in corners - very romantic.

Spend a day in Chania

The original capital of the island (since 1971 that honour has been passed onto Heraklion) Chania is one of the prettiest towns in the whole of Greece (perhaps on a par with Monemvasia, Nafplion and Corfu town). The city is reputed to be the oldest city in the world, and the mix and match of Venetian and Turkish influences and architecture.

Go have a look at Souda

Souda Bay is one of the largest and deepest harbours in the Mediterranean. The word “souda” is derived from the Arabic language, and means narrow passage. This bay is now populated by the Greek Navy, NATO and a large American base and accounts for the eclectic and cosmopolitan feel to the former capital - Chania

Visit the palace of Knossos

Excavated in the year 1900 by an English archaeologist by the name of Sir Arthur Evans, this is a most impressive palace, and we recommend that you hire a guide in order to benefit from their wealth of information.

Try the Cretan hooch!

Raki or Tsikoudia is distilled from the stalks and skins of grapes left over from wine pressing. It is drunk widely and you are likely to be offered a thimble-full glass of raki wherever you go. It can contain anything between 35-65% alcohol – you have been warned

Get Reading

The Cretan Runner written by Giorgos Psychoundakis is a great book describing some of the heroic exploits the Cretan resistance along with British soldiers and pilots got up to during the second world war. Giorgios was originally a shepherd but became a member of the resistance after the German invasion. His heroic and selfless exploits and the general population are described in the book. It is regarded as a classic book of its type. There are two British War cemeteries in Souda Bay, however, much of the action took place around Maleme where a large German War cemetery dedicated to German soldiers was until recently tended by Giorgos himself. The British cemeteries are in a beautifully kept place, moving and humbling.

Visit the wonderful Naval Museum in Chania

(Maritime Museum) - it delivers a superb introduction to the History of Crete and is by no means only for maritime mavens, you will learn more here in half an hour than most could teach you, about the events that filled Crete's moving past.

Drive through the Amari valley

Perhaps the most breathtakingly beautiful drive on the entire island, in particular the stretch of road between Mount Idi and Mount Kedros.

Kalathas Beach

Just ten minutes - drive from the house brings you to Kalathas BeachThe sea at kalathas is relatively shallow, and the golden sandy beach is well provided with with sun beds, umbrellas and two canteens in case you want a snack, a cold beer or a refreshing ice coffee or ice cream. The more adventurous and strong swimmers can swim out the tiny island just off shore from Kalathas beach.

Seitan Limani

Just 20 minutes from the house.Seitan Limani Is a small bay on the North of the Akrotiri penninsula it is a magnificent site which you can drive to and admire the amazing landscape. The more adventurous can climb down the rough path to the pristine white sandy beach (beware loose stones and rocks)The swimming is great and the limestone walls of the inlet give the water a turquoise tint.

Manousakis Winery

Wine tasting at the Manousakis Winery VatolakosThe Manousakis Winery is the culmination of the dream and passion of founder Theodore Manousakis. Ted, as he is more frequently called, was born in Vatolakkos in 1943, and spent his early childhood years in the village until the age of 11. For reasons much beyond his control and much too complex for a young boy to understand, he left his home to find a better future in the far away “Promised Land”, America. Following his university education in the U.S., he entered business and was successful in a number of business endeavours including industrial security, real estate development, and hotels. Meanwhile, he assimilated in the great melting pot of the world, America, and nearly forgot his native language and Cretan traditions. Yet during the years away from his native village he always yearned to return home and find his roots; if not permanently, certainly more than as a mere visitor. Wine was a way of life in the village for as long as he could remember from his boyhood years. What a way to pay tribute to and honour the Cretan traditions and way of life, he thought. And, what a wonderful and civilized way to bring people together to enjoy the simple joys of life! The combination of nostalgia or “nostos”, as the ancient Greeks made reference, along with the perfect soil, sun, and weather conditions of Crete were the driving forces behind our first vineyards in the foothills above Vatolakkos. For Ted, the Manousakis Winery represents his roots; his yearning to return, his tradition, his heritage, and, above all, his family. Our logo with the three flowers called “Manousakia” in the Cretan dialect, (from which our name is derived), represents his three daughters. It is only fitting that the inspiration of this symbol is a blending of the beauty and exquisite fragrance of nature and the warmth and comfort of family! Ted Manousakis has his permanent home in Washington, D.C., but the winery remains a family-run business. His youngest daughter, Alexandra, moved to Chania in 2007 following studies at New York University, and now manages the Manousakis Winery. - See more at: http://nostoswines.com

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