The stonehouse which overlooks the sea, has a private swimming pool It Is the ideal place for a relaxing secluded mature holiday for those who like village life and quiet surroundings..
Now has fenced off pool area and pergola for extra privacy
This property is in a very quiet settlement of approx 25 privately owned houses which are off the main tarmac road, accessed by a concrete and dirt road up into the hillside. Only suitable for those who want to be away from it all and have total peace and quiet The little village Keratokambos/Kastri is situated a mile down the road and a car is needed to get to the village and local sights, etc. This village situated next to the sea on the southeast coast, is a small resort that has long been enjoyed by the local Cretans. The last few years have also attracted visitors from further a field who have begun to discover and enjoy the tranquility and real village atmosphere of this place.
The weather is always better than the commercial north side and you would be in the furthest south part in Europe making a sun filled holiday
No other Greek or Mediterranean island has such a combination of landscapes, the distinctive character of the Islanders and impressive archaeological remains from different periods of Crete’s history: Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches, Venetian castles and Turkish minarets and many roman ruins still there to be explored.
The Ida mountain Mountains’ that dominate the mid area give the region its wealth of fertile lands, fed by the melting snows high above. Visit any time up until May and the mountains really are covered with the most beautiful snow caps.
It would be difficult to miss the chance to discover at least some of Crete’s unique treasures. Hiring a car is therefore recommended, whether to visit the Minoan palace at Knossos, or the fascinating old towns of central and eastern Crete.
Crete also offers a great variety of family activities for all ages and is the perfect place to unwind, whether relaxing on your terrace with a cold beer or out walking in the gorges amid the spring flowers.
In Southern Crete you can still see a traditional lifestyle of shepherds, olive growers, beekeepers, vineyards, fishing boats. Villages celebrate feast days and name days with delightful festivals and welcome visitors to join them in their meals, dancing and drinking. Greek Orthodox Easter is the best-known festival and should not be missed if visiting during early May.
Through picturesque scenery of pretty hillside villages, whitewashed churches and olive groves. 'Life' in Keratokambos centres around the
one 'main' street which lines the long sand and shingle beach where you can find a local supermarket, cafés, and a handful of taverns, ensuring you don't need to go far to experience real Cretan cooking and hospitality at its best. 10 minutes east and you are at the seaside village of Toutourous which boasts a beautiful beach, also in only 1 hour you reach the capital of the south of Crete, Ierapetra the south’s city since Minoan times still having a Venetian harbour castle and a large modern shopping centre, harbour bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Many other places are within easy reach and can be found on a car hire map, normally provided.
We stayed here at the beginning August. Definitely excellent sea and mountain view. The house inside was clean and there are a lot of towels incl. beach ones, no need to bring any one more. Nice (but unequipped!) beaches are not far as well as local tavernas with fantastic local food.
No barbeque, no TV (seems like it has been taken out prior our arrival), pool area is not private at all - completely overlooked from the next to the Stonehouse villa Terracote located just a few meters upstairs. No sun protection as the only sun umbrella was damaged. All the territory is not fenced in so that even parking is available for any one. Airco is rather noise. We would not recommend the accomodation to our friends.
Nicola from Southampton
Stayed 16 Aug 2010
Had a wonderful 10 days in the Stone house. The Villa was lovely and bigger than it looked in the photos. Well equippied with everything we needed for a wonderful stay. The pool was lovely and always warm, the children would have happily stayed in it all day everday.
The road up to the villa wasnt as bad as we thought and our little car made it up with no problem.
The villa is in a wonderful location with the best views ever and if you really want to get away from it all this is the prefect place, we didnt want to leave!!
Our best holiday ever!
ivor from milton keynes
Stayed 11 Jun 2010
Great seaview once you overcome the initial hurdles of the driving route instructions & poor signage on the Island and the appaling steep and rocky modified goat track leading up to the rural property.
Upstairs has NO aircon, fans dispurse hot air fully unbearable for the children - main room however is tasteful and has a great aircon.
Fascilities adequate except for broken bed upstairs and broken patio chairs meaning property is unsuitable for more than 2 persons. No poolside cushions pool usually dirty.
Rat / mice infestation in the roof. 3 TV channels, not unusual.
Excellent and very reasonable local cuisine but a limited menue.
Philip from Stockport
Stayed 18 May 2010
The Villa has lovely views down to the sea as per the pictures. The pool is deep and therefore we had to keep a close eye on our toddler and it was in need of cleaning but as we were there only a week it didnt seem worth troubling anyone as it was only stones and leaves in there. Another issue was the gap in the railings of the upstairs bedroom messaine which my 3 1/2 year old could walk through so we had to gate it over as the main double bed is downstairs.
The road up to the property is not for the faint hearted as it is a narrow dirt and large stone affair with a steep dro p. Our Peugeot 308 had no problems with it though. No way would my partner have driven it though.
The village is a 5 minute drive away and is extremely friendly. Try to learn a little greek as they appreciate the effort. We ate in 3 of the tavernas and all offered good greek homecooked food at a not unreasonable price. There is a choice of little supermarkets and even a trendy drinks bar! Otherwise you really do feel like you are away from it all and the pace of life is very relaxing.
Alistair from Uckfield
Stayed 26 Oct 2008
Probably our best. most relaxing holiday ever. The villa was just what we wanted in a breathtaking spot. Weather was superb, views to die for and all in very well-equpped, comfortable accommodation. Terrific value as well. Couldnt recommend it highly enough.
Sharon from Milton Keynes
Stayed 18 Sep 2007
The property itself was well maintained, in a peaceful location with a good view. The villa has all the amenities you would need and the pool is lovely. The local area has several nice beaches, plenty of tavernas and a few small shops. The unpaved road to the villa was okay but our small car did find it a bit challenging. We saw some interesting wildlife in the area, watch out for the kingfishers by the local seashore.
The swimming pool requires cleaning and maintenance which is done every two days and this can be when you are at the premises which may not be suitable or incoveinent for some customers but essential
Air conditioning is only in the Main bedroom. Not the gallery twin bedroom where a fan is available.
DVDs are not supplied. We feel more than normal utensils and items are provided to make your stay more home from home.
Because the edge of the terrace is unprotected we do advise parental care will be required at all times , the pool is 1.4 mtrs deep and again parental supervision is requred
About the owner
Our first discovery of crete was on a package holiday to Chania on the west side of the island over ten years ago. A few days spent exploring and we were taken in by the beauty of the island and friendly people. Along with the fresh cusine, local wines and perfect sunny days and we were hooked.
Over the next few years I spent a week a year on a motorcycle touring around the Island exploring and looking for a spot that had everything we wanted. In Keratocambos we think we have found that and hope you also find the area as beatiful and romantic as we do.
Our local knowledge and understanding of what we in the UK and want in a holiday means the Villas are designed and fitted out to give a greek feel, but with all the home comforts we are used to in the UK. The villas are aimed at independent travellers like us who want to explore and have the privacy, peace and quiet, beatiful scenery and a local village life.
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