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Small terrace with southerly views across the village to the White Mountains
Private main terrace with sunloungers providing northerly panoramic views across Souda Bay, ideal for eating ‘al fresco’
Spacious living/dining room with kitchen area and log burning stove. Solar panel, WIFI & CD/Radio
Main twin bedroom with air con. Second twin bedroom with ceiling fans. Bathroom with shower.
Aptera village with choice of tavernas and village store 1/2 mile
Kalami Beach and Blue Beach 5 minutes drive
Kalives Beach, and Almerida Beach with tavernas, bank, shops and post office 20 minutes drive
Venetian port of Chania with shops, nightlife and tavernas 20 minutes drive
The Metoche Penthouse has breath-taking sea views over Souda Bay and is within five minutes drive of a choice of golden sandy beaches. It is spacious and in a quiet setting within easy walking distance of a choice of tavernas in the village square of Aptera. The property has WIFI and a private terrace with sun loungers and table and chairs to eat ‘al fresco’ whilst enjoying the dramatic view and glorious sunsets.
External stone steps from the pretty courtyard lead via the first terrace to the Penthouse. Its marble floors, thick stone walls and beamed ceilings keep the property naturally cool throughout the summer month, helped by gentle sea breezes. The property has a spacious and comfortable interior with large patio doors in the living room opening up the fantastic view across Souda Bay. A log burning stove keeps visitors cosy during the Spring and Autumn evenings.
Metoche Penthouse is one of three romantic dwellings – The Metoche Properties each of unique charm and character. Each has its own separate patio for private sunbathing and sea views. In the Eastern “Metoche” part of the village, they are locally owned by the charming and attentive Michalis, up on the road towards the Aptera ruins. The original large eighteenth century farmhouse has thick stone walls which ensure it is cool throughout the long summer months. Each enjoys its own privacy and separate entrance from the pretty courtyard.
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What The Papers Say
“We ate every night at the tiny Taverna Aptera where the food was the best I have ever had in Greece. Not a sign of moussaka or souvlaki. Instead there was lamb with lettuce, in an egg and lemon sauce, black-eyed beans with fennel, salt codfish in filo pastry."
"The taverna made all the difference to our stay. It meant minimal shopping (bread, yogurt, oranges – all local – for breakfast) and no need to use the car at night. It was a full moon while we were there and the walk back up the track to the house, if occasionally unsteady, was always a pleasure.”
Anna Pavord, The Independent
"There is nothing joyous about being woken up by a screeching cockerel at the crack of dawn. But in rural Crete you come to accept it, like the sea of bleating goats which block the mountain tracks every morning. The rustic charm of the island is epitomised in the village of Megala Chorafia near the Venetian port of Chania."
"With its cinematic backdrop of the White Mountains, the hamlet has a thriving community who farm the olive groves and vineyards. We stayed above a farmhouse, complete with donkey and goats, owned by the local Botonakis family; its balcony overlooking the deep blue bay of Souda was a haven of calm – despite the cockerel. The holiday was organised by Pure Crete Ltd.”
The Mail on Sunday