In contrast to most other village houses, this is a large 3 storey character home and garden (in total approx. 319 square meters) with extensive views of sea and mountains in the ancient village of Kato Elounda within easy walk of Elounda shops, restaurants and beaches and one hour from Heraklion airport.
Original Cretan village house modernised and extended in 2005 with 360 degree views to mountains and sea with partial views of Victoria Hislop?s ?The Island?, Spinalonga and its bay. Constructed of ancient stone with newer extensions, reinforced with steel framework, the house occupies a private and high, commanding position with large (approx 22 square meters) balcony overlooking extensive olive groves to the north to the village of Pano Elounda ringed by mountains. From the roof terrace (of approx 28 sq.meters) there are panoramic sea views toward the Villages of Pano Elounda, Mavrkiano, Spinalonga and the distant Thripti mountains of Mirabello bay.
The interior of the house (approx. 89 sq.meters) comprises:
Ground floor, a tiled entrance hall leading to cloakroom, family bathroom, double aspect master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, and a double bedroom.
Stone stairs lead to an upper floor with triple aspect lounge/dining area opening to balcony and stone arch to kitchen.
Balcony spiral stairs lead to tiled roof/ sun terrace.
A ground floor spiral staircase leads down from the hall, to lower guest suite with its own bathroom and kitchenette.
There are views to the west and north and its own rear exit door to stone paved (Shepherd?s) path leading to olive grove, lower parking area or up to adjacent village Church.
The downstairs, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette with own separate entrance can be easily closed to provide a self contained rental unit.
There is air conditioning/warm air heaters on three floors and an excellent large open fire in the living room.
Plumbing is already installed for central heating if required.
Ground floor hall also has side door with steps down to low walled garden (of approx 139 sq.meters), which is terraced with flowers, olive & almond trees (automatic watering system) and views to the mountains and olive orchards. Additionally, there is a storeroom and railed, covered area.
It is possible to build another 129m2 of house, on this land of 319m2
Immediate and greater country area is excellent for walking, hiking, bird watching, swimming (many beaches shallow sloping and calm for children and families), snorkelling , boating, fishing and water sports.
* 5 minute walk to beach
* 10 mins to province capital Agios Nikolaos
* Less than an hours drive from the international airport of Heraklion.
Elounta was a small fishing town on the Mirabello Bay, on the island of Crete. Although fishing is still a large part of life in this very picturesque area, tourism has taken over as the main industry of Elounda. It is part of the municipality Agios Nikolaos. It is popular with European tourists and has many hotels including several 5*hotels. Elounda is also the closest major town to the former leper colony of Spinalonga.
The town is a 10 minute drive to Agios Nikolaos and the village of Plaka (Lasithi).
Agios Nikolaos is the capital of the county Lasithi and is located at the Mirabello Bay, north-east Crete, only 45 mins away from the international airport of Heraklion.
Geographically the town is well protected from strong winds allowing sea sports and swimming nearly all year round.
Although Agios Nikolaos has a population of less than 20,000 it has a several banks, supermarkets, shops of every kind, doctors, a modern hospital of high standard, public swimming pool and tennis courts, yacht marina, harbour, cinema, theatre, gyms, a 9-hole golf course, schools ranging from nurseries to 6-level high school and generally all the amenities you would expect to find in a modern European town.
The microclimate is one of the best in Greece and the moderate temperatures rarely exceed 30c in summer or fall below 15c in wintertime. This wonderful dry climate together with the natural beauty of the area has attracted most of the high class hotels of Greece to operate here.
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