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This charismatic, completely renovated stone-built village house consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en-suite, a guest WC, a kitchen and a living room with fireplace.
Many of the original beautiful features have been preserved during the restoration. The house is surrounded by a peaceful, private garden of trees and flowers. A spacious covered outdoor dining area offers plenty of shade, and there are parasols for the sun beds in the garden.
The property is enclosed with a fence and gate and has on-site parking for 2+ cars. The garden also comes with an additional dining table with marble top adjacent to the traditional BBQ.
The house is fully equipped for 6 guests and includes amongst other a fitted kitchen with dishwasher, a washing machine, wireless internet, hair dryers, high quality towels, linen, and duvets, and toilet amenities for your first night. There is air-conditioning in every bedroom, and special attention has been given to the beds and mattresses ensuring restful sleep and relaxation. The bedrooms are bright and airy with exquisite views (one of which has direct access to the 2nd floor terrace). From the 2nd floor hallway there is access to the 2nd floor terrace with sun-chairs and amazing views.
Amongst the pretty interiors, the rooms are complimented with traditional antique items, Kilim cushions, and local fabrics, all in resemblance with the original furniture of the house.
On the ground floor, the entrance door leads to the living room and kitchen with dining area. From here, doors lead to the spacious covered terrace with outdoor dining table, as well as the patio with an outdoor sofa and chairs. The ground floor also includes a guest WC and the staircase leading to the 2nd floor. Please note the existing interior staircase was built according to the space available. The steps are therefore higher than normal, and care should be given by guests with restricted/limited mobility as well as young children.
The second floor includes 3 bedrooms (one en-suite) and a second bathroom. Both bedrooms access a large terrace.
Both floors and most rooms have lovely sea views, views to the coast, the village, and the surrounding area.
The property is completely enclosed and private, and a gate from the road leads to the parking space next to the house.
An additional highlight to this lovely property is the on-site tiny chapel in the eastwards corner of the garden. The chapel was built as a token of the owners’ appreciation, in line with local and traditional custom.
Back in the first quarter of the 18th century, Crete was still under Turkish occupation. As a consequence the Sfakians built their homes in the form of castle houses (Greek: castrospita), in order to be protected both from their enemies and harsh weather conditions, especially the summer heat.
As a consequence, the great, great grandfather of the present owner of this house, Captain Fasoulis, built a home for his family made of local stone, lime and soil. The house has 80 cm thick walls, small openings for windows and large arches for ceiling support. All the windows were built with iron bars and the wooden doors carried heavy bolts and locks for protection. One very low arch served as the doorway to the kitchen, the housewife’s domain, and another defined the house’s loggia (Greek: oxiostis), a Venetian feature of the building, which protected the inhabitants from strong winds and the sun.
Having a small chapel near the house was very common at the time and this house harbors one dedicated to Saint Nicholas protector of seafarers. The village of Chora Sfakion alone was said to have 101 such family-owned churches.
The house was continuously inhabited until the 1920s, when the last tenant moved to the mainland. During World War II the deserted building served as a refuge to British, Australian and New Zealander troops, fleeing the Germans after the Battle of Crete was lost. Remnants of their lodgings in the house are a British soldier’s helmet and a few dozen of tin cans opened with bayonets.
In 2008 the house was restored stone by stone by its present owners, descendants of Captain Fasoulis, and has been used as their summer house. Memorabilia of the past within the house include a collection of metal parts of window and door bolts and hinges, converted oil lamps, a left arm armchair of the landlord (Greek: capetanistiki), for easy handling of a weapon with the right hand, tombstone fragments embedded in the wall of the chapel, a perforated stone by the side of the external arch for tying a pack animal (Greek: thematare) and an indented stone at the loggia, that served as stand for the water container. (Greek: stamnostatis).
Other things to note:
Please note the existing interior staircase was built according to the space available. The steps are therefore higher than normal, and care should be given by guests with restricted/limited mobility as well as young children.
Welcome to this traditional Sfakian home!
About the area:
Chora Sfakion is one of the prettiest villages on Crete. Seeped in history, this quiet, coastal fishing village offers the perfect place for peace and relaxation. Far from the mass tourism often encountered on Crete’s northern coast, this is an area where you can explore Crete off the beaten track, or just spend your holiday unwinding and enjoying the crystal clear sea and the scenery.
Lovely stone and whitewashed houses adorn the hillsides surrounding the old harbor, and along the seaside promenade there is a good selection of shops, restaurants with excellent food, and cafes.
Chora Sfakion is the perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful south coast of Crete. The area has countless opportunities for hiking and exploring the stunning and awe-inspiring ravines and mountains. Sfakia is famous for its approximately 50 ravines, the most famous being Samaria, Imbros, and Aradena.
From Sfakia one can glimpse the islands of Gavdos and Gavdopoula, 22 nautical miles south of Crete (link below). Gavdos with its 50 inhabitants is a small, beautiful green island with unforgettable sandy beaches and views. You can reach Gavdos by ferry or by an organized boat trip.
Notos Mare Marine Adventures in the innermost part of the new harbor offers diving lessons, boat rentals to explore the local coast, organized boat trips with a guide who can show you the most beautiful beaches of this stretch of coast, taxi-boat transfers for day trips to secluded beaches or the village of Loutro only accessible by boat. Guests at THOLOS will be offered special rates for these activities.