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  • Ground floor: Living area (Sat TV, DVD) with doors to central courtyard and shaded dining terrace. Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Shower room (washing machine). Twin bedroom (A/C) with door to private courtyard.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with en suite shower room, Juliette balcony and shared terrace. Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with en suite shower room and shared terrace.
  • Outside: Open and shaded terraces. Dining terrace. Barbecue. Shower.  
  • Shaped, private (heated*) swimming pool (7m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Architectural creativity, imaginative design and numerous stylish decorative touches help make Sterna a wonderful holiday house. A cherished family home for several generations, the local owner has taken great care to preserve the essence of his Cretan heritage, ensuring the addition of present-day comforts both complement and enhance the past.

Amongst the property’s many highlights are a sunny private pool, ample open and shaded patios and an eye-catching sea view from the first floor terrace across the pantiled rooftops to Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula.

Internally, a powerful stone archway, impressive log beams, charming family heirlooms and multi-hued walls of ancient, exposed stone maintain that tangible connection to a bygone era, with the open plan living area, designer kitchen, contemporary bathrooms and brushed concrete walls of the comfortable living room all firmly rooted in the twenty-first century. The overall effect is to fashion a holiday home with a welcome atmosphere.

Also situated on the ground floor are a shower room and a twin bedroom with its own private courtyard while a custom-made steel staircase ascends to the first floor where two further bedrooms each have en suite shower rooms plus access to the beautifully tiled upper terrace with sea views.

Linking the house and pool area, the charming central courtyard is sheltered by old archways and  indented walls of angled stonework, a vintage Patitiri (wine press) and antique weaving frame lending further ambience to al fresco dining.

And who would guess that a village house could offer such a delightful pool and terrace? A spacious oasis, fringed with uplit bamboo plants and mini cypress trees: over-sized cushions and dreamy day beds invite relaxation.

The loosely arranged hamlet of Xirosteni with its simple taverna and everyday mini-market (both within walking distance) makes a great base from which to explore the wilder, abundantly scenic western side of Crete. The nearest sandy beaches of Almyrida (4km) and Kalives (5km) are set alongside pretty villages with plenty of tavernas and shops while the stunning Venetian harbour front of Chania, ancient capital of Crete, is a lovely destination for a leisurely meal in one of the abundant tavernas, followed perhaps by a good-humoured haggle for bargains with the friendly spice shop owners!

Please note:
  • The twin bedroom can be made up as a double on request (please ask at time of booking).
  • *Pool heating is included in the rental rates for weeks commencing:  01/05, 08/15, 15/05, 22/05, 29/05, 05/06 and  18/09, 25/09, 02/10, 09/10, 16/10, 23/10.

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Great Things to Do Near Sterna

Walks around the Vamos area

The area around Vamos and Apokoronas is a great place to discover on foot! If you stay in Vamos it is great to go for a nice walk in the countryside. There is an interesting book available about the traditional village of Vamos, Discover Vamos...On Foot. The book contains many beautiful pictures and information about the history of the village. There is a village walk that brings you along the sightseeings of the village and there are additionally 7 easy country walks in the area of Vamos. Each walk description includes extra information and a detailed map. A second book in this series is about the area of Georgioupolis (Discover Kavros & Georgiouplis...On Foot). This area is very close to Vamos and easy to reach from Vamos. Both book you can buy in the Tourist Office in Vamos.

Chania Old Town

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.

Kournas Lake

This breath-taking lake is one of the two freshwater lakes on Crete, you may be luck and see freshwater turtles and other local wildlife and the brilliant aquamarine waters are a wonderful backdrop for a spot of lunch. Afterwards, you can rent peddaloes or a small boat for half an hour and row yourself around the lake, and work up an appetite for supper!

Visit Loutro

Only approached by boat from Hora Sfakia in the South, this amazing tiny village has a simplicity of lifestyle and an incredible beauty untouched by the outside world. It is a town consisting of three rows of white-washed, blue-roofed hotels, restaurants and homes built around the edge of a beautiful bay. There are no tides, but simply long hot days of water, swimming and kayaking. It's probably too far to try for a day trip, but check out the small pensions there and stay overnight - it's magical! There are no cars or motorcycles there, only boats that peacefully come and go from the little town.

Visit a 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 Vatolakos 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:

Visit Gavalochori

Interesting village with museum, old olive oil mill, ancient wells and a selection of superb family run tavernas, just a few minutes from the house.

Ancient Aptera

Visit the ancient site of ApteraHere you can visit the remains of a very important city dating back to the 5th century BC. It really is a lovely walk with magnificent panoramic views

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