Situated high on the Eastern ‘Metoche’ side of Aptera village, The Sculptors House and Studio Cottage command impressive views down to Souda Bay and, in the opposite direction, towards the White Mountains.




The Sculptors’ properties have been restored in co-operation with Pure Crete to provide two separate dwellings of unique charm which may be rented together or individually. The Studio Cottage was where sculptures were created, some of which still adorn the buildings and surrounding gardens.The main House has large northerly facing windows making it particularly well lit for painting all year round. The large swimming pool has a short diving board and shallow end. Both properties benefit from air-conditioning.

Clients are reminded that they should take all proper precautions in the pool area at all times.

A choice of tavernas and the village store at Aptera is within easy walking distance (3/4 mile) and 4 miles to the nearest sandy beaches and shops at Kalyves.

The pool is 1m to 2.2m in depth. There is a childen section 0.4m in depth


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The Sculptor's House

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The main house has a spacious living/dining room with kitchen facilities and a single bed. Living room leads through a Cretan archway to a double bedroom which may be closed off completely by a curtain. The bathroom (with shower) is off the bedroom and has a second entrance outside. Air-conditioning.

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 The Sculptor's Studio Cottage

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 The living room is complete with traditional fireplace. Bathroom with shower. The kitchen area has a mini oven and dining area.  There is a double bed beneath a Cretan gallery with a single bed above. Access to the gallery is by a steep staircase, with wide railings above - not suitable for children. Air-conditioning.                  



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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 sause, 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 occassionally unsteady, was always a pleasure. Anna Pavord




Pure Crete should be a pleasant surprise. They specialise in refurbishing traditional stone houses in hideaway villages far removed from the brash tourist towns. We stayed in Megala Chorafia, where our house, complete with pool, offered panoramic views of snow-capped mountains on one side and the turquoise waters of Souda Bay on the other. There are good tavernas nearby and, even with children, eating out is stress-free and enjoyable. Crete is warm until the end of October and there is plenty to see. Don’t miss the ruins at Knossos, Chania old town and Panagia Kera church in Kritsa with its 14th and 15th century frescoes. Melanie Hart