Archontissa’s Spiti (Lady’s House) is a house by the Cretan countryside, surrounded by trees and with a beautiful view to the imposing Cretan mountains. It is a great place for all those who wish to experience real life in Crete in a traditional village. The area is quiet and could be ideal for families or people who want to connect with nature. Lots of places of interest around the area, a great starting point for your hiking or biking adventures but also near to all the beaches of the north!
If you want to experience life in a Cretan village, close to Chania and yet quite secluded and surrounded by the beauty of the Cretan landscape as it unfolds in the colorful summer days, Archontissa’s House is just the place for you.
Situated in the beautiful village of Vatolakos, it is close to the touristic Platanias and to the city of Chania, very short distance to Samaria Gorge, and yet, it is a lively village, where you can live your life in slower terms, mix with local people, enjoy traditional food at the local tavern while listening to traditional music.
The house is surrounded by flowers, has a beautiful veranda and a garden and it can accommodate up to 6 persons. However, you should keep in mind that smoking is allowed only on the outside areas of the house.
Archontissa’s House has 2 large bedrooms. The first bedroom has one double bed with vanity and bedside tables, with a large closet and an air-condition. It has its own balcony with a view to the mountains. The second bedroom has two beds with a large closet, vanity tables and is also equipped with an air-condition. And of course, you will have your own balcony with a view of the mountains.
We have one Βathroom with a bathtub, fully equipped with all kinds of toiletries, essentials and of course towels for our guests. There is also a washing machine which you can use for free.
A large kitchen will be just what you need whenever you decide to cook a meal with your friends or your family. All necessary equipment, pots and pans are there. Furthermore you will find, a dishwasher so you will not spend your time cleaning plates. A kettle is available and a juicer for those tasty oranges of the Cretan countryside, and also a coffee machine.
There is a bar with 4 stools and a large table with 4 wooden chairs where you can sit and enjoy your meal. There is also a door that leads to the veranda, in case you want to enjoy your meal outside, with a view to the garden. And of course, we provide to all our guests raw organic, fresh Cretan olive oil of our own production!
• Living Room
You will find that a large living room is just what you need after a long hiking trip. Here, you will rest at the 2 big sofas (convertible to sofa beds). There is also a Tv set and a coffee table. Right next to it you will find the dining table where you can enjoy your meals if outdoors is not a choice for you. Through the window you will have a view at the beautiful garden.
Archontissa’s House is a place with a large veranda and a garden equipped with all kinds of outdoor facilities. You will find a big table with 6 chairs and 3 deck chairs. There is also a smaller table with two more chairs and sun loungers. Veranda has a pergola and is surrounded by endemic flowers and plants which provide the perfect shade under the warm Cretan Summer sun and also bath the environment with beautiful fragrances! You will not have a problem with parking since the house has its own parking space. You can also use our barbecue, if you feel like it.
-- List of amenities and equipment found in the house
• TV (Satellite Channels)
• 2 Airconditions
• Fully equipped Kitchen plus kettle, juicer, coffee machine
• Coffee, tea, salt/pepper, olive oil, sugar
• Washing machine
• Iron & Hair Dryer
• Parking space
• Garden & Veranta
• Baby cot and Highchair (on request)
Archontissa’s House is located in the peaceful village of Vatolakos, just 100 meters from the center of the village. The house has very friendly neighbors. Just some meters from the center of the village you will find a famous little traditional tavern called «καπηλειό» where you will be able to taste real traditional Cretan food with good homemade wine. Ask on which days of the week there will be live traditional music. I am sure you will enjoy it.
Most people in the village work as farmers and collect oranges. During summer time, the village is full of life with locals walking on the streets or enjoying their coffee at the more traditional cafeteria or the modern one if they want an espresso.
2 km of distance from Vatolakos you will find Alikianos village where there is a bank and an ATM, a pharmacy, doctor and a supermarket. Located centrally in the village is the 22 meters high village square clock which was created by Vangelis Markoulakis, in memory of those killed by the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Crete. The village has its own festivals every 28th of June and 27th of August with traditional food, music, and a lot of dance. We always dance. In both joy and sorrow. :)
There is also a beautiful hiking road you should try by the river Valsamiotis. Only some meters from the center of the village you will find the Museum of Olives & Olive Oil. 700 meters of distance from Vatolakos is the famous Manousakis Winery, widely known as Nostos Winery which you can visit, take a tour and try different kinds of wines produced in the Cretan land. Close by there is also the Botanical Park with hundreds of different kinds of endemic plants and trees and a truly great restaurant which uses only fresh organic and straight from the cretan land products!
Last but not least we are located just some minutes of driving distance to the north of Chania and Platanias area where you will find some of the most beautiful and clear beaches of the region. Also at less than 4 km distance you will find Agia Lake and the cafeteria of the area where you can enjoy a coffee in a perserved natural environment!
And of course, our home is the perfect basecamp for your excursions to Samaria Gorge and the Mountainous Crete. Samaria gorge is at a distance of less than 30 km from our home!
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