The Kato house is a traditional jewel, lovingly restored and more than remarkable. Outside its private, shady courtyard with soft seating/dinning/barbecue area is dominated by the sweeping view of Elounda, the Mirabello Bay and the purple Sitea mountains.-perfect for lazy lunches or dinning on warm moonlit nights. An outside spiral staircase leads to the upper balconies and sunbathing, giving almost 360o views of sea and mountains.
Inside the open plan (well- equipped) kitchen/dinning/living space with it's original stone arches, latticed wooden ceilings,curious alcoves,authentic artefacts, intriguing staircase and stone walls make this unique house cool and restful in summer and cosy and intimate in winter. The large mezzanine bedroom above has a romantic view of the stone fireplace below. Both it and the outside rear bedroom open onto separate balconies.
Staying in The Kato House perfectly combines the charm, comfort and tranquillity of village life with the best of tourist buzz!
I am a commercial lawyer from Northern Ireland. My partner is Zacharias Petrakis, a specialist stone mason/builder from Pano Elounda. For the past 7 years I have split my time between Crete and the UK. Zach and I restore and build properties in the area, mainly for non Greeks.We now live in Pano Elounda in another restored village house. I have four children all presently working or studying in Ireland, London and Scotland who love coming out to stay in the Kato House in the summer, as do many other members of my large family who come from all parts of the world here to meet up.
Jessica Whittington purchased this house in 2001
My entire family fell in love with this house when I saw it. For us it was a rare chance to buy a traditional house with modern comforts, close to the village centre but still with a quiet village feel and wonderful view. We had loved Elounda for years but didn't want a standard new build. We lived in the house for a few years before we finished the one we currently have and have loved it winter and summer. Zacharias was initially against buying the house, He didn't like the lack of on street parking, Greeks don't walk! But even he has come to love it and he has added some wonderful features, including the elliptical stone fireplace, which in winter can be enjoyed from both the living room and the kitchen. The latticed wooden ceilings inspired him to do the same in other restorations.
I love this house and I have lived in it.When I decided to rent it in 2010, I wanted all my guests to enjoy it too. This is a much loved original family home and I hope that shows. Having been a tourist myself for many years for me the priorities are cleanliness, comfortable beds, a well stocked kitchen ( with large fridge and washing machine) and lots of hot water and towels! Because we are on hand, our guests know that any problems will be sorted very quickly. I don't think there is a comparable traditional house for rent in the area.
In spite of the photos you can see what a lovely, restored little house awaits. No matter where you sit you can have a gorgeous view and there is lots of seating so everyone can have their dose of sun, shade and, when necessary, protection from the wind. We, out of sheer enjoyment of the views, forgot to go on any big trips! We also couldn't manage all the trips Jessica recommended but two important ones we didn't miss: visiting the fish taverna Kanali, where one sits in a gorgeous place and eats delicious plates, and going to the Hope which was in the neighbourhood, 10 minutes away, where we passed an evening here or there with fresh Meze. In the surrounding area there is everything you need with enough Kafenions here and there to get a little coffee. We parked our car in the nearby olive grove, Jessica looked after us very well when we arrived and with basic food stuff in the fridge for us. That's never happened to us before- super! The kitchen is fully equipped, the beds are tip quality and the outdoor furniture complete and clean, what more would you want? More holidays, our week was much too short and we will come again! Because of that we almost don't want to give this recommendation in case it will be all booked up next time!
Within easy walking-Elounda, bars, restaurants,beach,shops,supermarkets,bakery,doctor,pharmacies,post office,market. Authentic villages of Mavrikiano, Pines, the protected village of Pano Elounda (famously now features in the series 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop). Archaeological-Sunken city of Olous Denis (780 A.D),Venetian Salt flats,Byzantine churches & mosaics. Fabulous mountain/olive grove walks.
10-15 minscar/bus-Agios Nickolaos (9km ) vibrant capital of Eastern Crete- late chic bars /clubs/restaurants,golden beaches,shopping. Plaka (4km) world class waterfront fish tavernas,spectacular swimming,boat trips to Spinalonga -Venetian fortified island,setting of 'The Island' & until1957, last leper colony in Europe - one of Crete's foremost tourist attractions.Inland village of Fourni (12km)- traditional open air restaurant 'Platanos'.Kritsa (12km) Famous hand weaving, galleries, tourist shops,cafés, kafenions,Doric site of Lato,Gorge walking.