- Over in the West, in the rolling, rural foothills between the ancient port of Chania and the glorious White Mountains, is a Crete that seems frozen in time, along with its unpretentious tavernas, its farming villages, its gorgeous orange groves, its twisting mountain roads, and its secret gorges. To be a tourist here almost seems a crime; you feel that you might somehow dislodge the delicate workings of a society that gives off an aura of absolute tranquillity. (By Richard Morrison)
A peaceful red-roofed stone-built house with glorious views over rolling countryside. A charming hideaway, in Aptera village North West Crete, this small and cosy old village house has a large courtyard with natural shade from which to enjoy the views of the White Mountains.
From the courtyard through the doorway up two steps into a compact kitchen area with traditional Cretan fireplace with a wood burning stove. One step up to a tiny seating area with a 2 seater sofa. Two steps up to the bathroom with shower. Down two steps to the double bedroom with king size bed, leading through to a separate twin bedroom.
Angeliki’s has a large Cretan courtyard with stunning mountain views and a carob tree for shade.
Angeliki’s house, is 1/2 mile from the village of Aptera , Western Crete which has three Tavernas, a Cafe and a local store open 6 days a week with fresh bread delivery. At the top of the village lies the fascinating ruins of Ancient Aptera, with its Roman cistern, Greek temple and amphitheatre. 4 miles away lie the nearest beaches and shops of Kalives village with its sandy beaches and beach lined tavernas and cafes. The beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania is just a 25 minute drive away.
There were wildflowers and garden blooms everywhere. The countryside around my house was full of colour with vivid oleanders, plumbago, campsis and bougainvillea through the summer months, there’s masses of vibrant colour from exotic plants all around the coast – 1500 species of wild flowers, 150 unique to the island. Crete certainly is a beautiful place to visit, the people are friendly and the food is incredible. And if this isn’t enough, the plants and flowers might well tempt me back for another visit with Pure Crete next year!
MHTE number 1042K91002893101