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CAPTIVATING VILLAGE HOUSE, SPECTACULAR VIEWS, CLOSE TO BEACH/BARS/SHOPS/TAVERNAS

Jessica Whittington

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CAPTIVATING VILLAGE HOUSE, SPECTACULAR VIEWS, CLOSE TO BEACH/BARS/SHOPS/TAVERNAS

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Elounda - The Kato House

2 Storey house 80 m2,3 bedrooms, 2 baths,sleeps 5/6, private terraces/balconies

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!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jessica Whittington (Owner)
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About Jessica Whittington

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

Why Jessica Whittington chose Elounda

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Apr 2014
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

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Captivating village house, spectacular views, close to beach/bars/shops/tavernas
average rating of 4.857143 based on 9 reviews
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Elounda Lassithi
5

Wonderful holiday in a charming home.

  • 5 out of 5
We spent a wonderful week in this unique property where you're not far from the wonderful hustle and bustle of Elounda but far enough away to enjoy some peace and tranquility. I know we were there out of season (just) but very few people seemed to venture into the labyrinth of tiny streets that comprises Kato Elounda and those that did, did so with respect and wonder. No boxy apartments or villas up here. Now we're home we long for the view from the main bedroom window, sunrises were beautiful....every day! Ok, so the house is a climb up uneven ground but even the unfit can do it gently. We loved it and would recommend it highly. The house itself has everything you could wish for and I'm sure if it's not there, Jessica will put it there for you. Nothing is too much trouble and we really appreciated the introduction to the house, from the initial pick up and drive up to the house to get the lay of the land, to the really useful information sheet provided, telling you everything you need to know and more besides. We had hired a car although you don't need to do this and we were shown where to park this and walk up to the house. If you hire a very small car and you are feeling brave, it's possible to get closer. Elounda is very self contained with a huge choice of cafes, bars and restaurants. Jessica's recommendation of Kanali Restaurant should be followed up, we had a lovely meal there. Also The Carob Tree in Plaka is well worth a visit, we went twice. If you are going to Spinalonga, go early and go from Plaka, which is about 4km along the coast. The crossing is quieter from there and doesn't seem so commercialised.Plaka has some charming shops, 'The Green Shop' is just lovely. Elounda gets very swollen with visitors bussed in to visit Spinalonga, no doubt thanks to Victoria Hislop. The Eden Bar in Elounda has great service, a brother and sister set up, both really friendly and super efficient.
We also visited Agios Nikolaos and whilst great for shopping, it wasn't as intimate as Elounda. Another day we took a drive all the way around the bay to Muchos. We had sat and looked at the view for nearly a week and it kept inviting us to go and take a closer look.... we're glad we did, some of the views are spectacular.
We'd highly recommend this property to you, it has charm and character that you rarely see in rented holiday accommodation.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Moira for that really all encompassing review, it is great when guests who are new to the area like it so much. It was lovely to meet you both- the outside light on the terrace has now been installed! I do hope you come back sometime.
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Elounda Lassithi
5

Fabulous cottage, wonderful holiday

  • 5 out of 5
My friends and I had a wonderful holiday here. The house is just perfect, it has everything you could possibly need and is very relaxing. Evenings spent looking out to sea on one of the two balconies. Its a steep walk down into town but very pleasant, there are plenty of bars and restaurants and the coast is beautiful. Jessica was very friendly and welcoming, she went beyond what we expected and was very charming. Its a shame we ran out of time to have a social drink with her and Jak, maybe next time because we will be back !
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lynn. It is always so good to meet people who visit Elounda and the house for the first time and enjoy it so much. I know you all made the most of the area, the introduction to diving day and the kayaking to name just two! I really looking forward to seeing you all again, we'll definitely get together properly next time.
Jessica
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Elounda Lassithi
4

Amazing village house

  • 4 out of 5
We loved the house, full of character, spiral staircase, beams, wonderful views. We enjoyed the walk up the hill, not for the unfit, less than 10 mins walk to the sea. My friend and I shared the house, I used the outside bedroom, she the beautiful main bedroom. We liked the weathered outside furniture, rustic chic, suits the house. A bit chilly at night in October needed extra blankets also more cooking utensils and pans required. Not suitable for children, 3 terraces. We really appreciated the lifts with our luggage up and down the hill. We could have stayed longer than 2 weeks, lovely village and neighbours, Elounda very friendly we were made very welcome. Very helpful owners, lots of local information.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elounda Lassithi
5

We Loved It. !

  • 5 out of 5
We have just returned from 3 weeks stay at ‘The Kato House’. The description is fair, and the views are quite amazing. We had wonderful weather, and as Elounda does attract a strong breeze, it was welcomed when sunbathing on the compact terraces. The house was clean and tidy on arrival, with ample space for the four of us. It does sleep six, but this would be quite a squeeze for 6 adults, and more appropriate for maybe 2 adults and 3 or 4 children. The air con was a welcomed addition, as the evenings and nights were very sticky. The house is quite well equipped, but could do with a little updating in the outdoor furniture department, but I’m sure it will be by next season. We also found that it lacked a sharp knife, which we brought locally. We did most of the cleaning ourselves despite the offer of a weekly service, but with a washing machine and all the cleaning utensils on site, it was no problem. As stated the location is not for the elderly or infirmed, and the walk up and down the hill will help burn the calories off from all the wonderful food available at the local tavernas, but we also cooked some wonderful BBQ’s , and one or two spag bols with local salads, and then enjoyed the night views over Elounda. The location is very peaceful and tranquil, and the village has a charm about it. Elounda has a variety of restaurants, tavernas and bars to suit all tastes and ages.
There is a TV, which was not connected to an aerial, but the DVD and VCR did work on it, we took CD’d with which played through the DVD. There was plenty of hot and very strongly pumped water, which was welcomed after a day on the local beach.
We had issues with a broken lock, which Zack tried to resolve with some WD40; however after Zack also locked himself in, having to escape out of the window, we ended up removing it as it was safer. We have no complaints and would recommend the house for those wanting to partake in village life. The location is perfect for sightseeing or simply unwinding, with the beautiful Plaka just down the road or Ag Nik a short bus ride or drive away.
All in all a very enjoyable stay which we will be happy to do again next year.
  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your postive and thorough review. This is our first season and we're hoping to build on repeat customers and personal recommendations so it means alot to us that you took the time to write. We will certainly be upgrading the outside furniture next year as you suggest and hope to have the wi-fi connection too. So sorry about the kitchen knife- defintely will be sorted asap! Hope you enjoyed our DVD and book selection, I know you found our brief local information guide useful. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon.
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Elounda Lassithi
Athens, Greece
5

Our favourite place in Crete!

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at Kato house in Elounda during the beginning of September 2010 as we had planned our wedding in Elounda. A fairy tale house located on a hill, with breath taking view of the gulf of Elounda. Very quite but also within walking distance from the village centre where the life is!

Jessica and Zach are very kind and helped us in every way we needed. The house was spotlessly clean and comfortable. We had bbq on the front yard with friends who came for the wedding, the well equipped kitchen made it even easier. We also enjoyed lazy mornings sunbathing and romantic nights dinning in the upper balcony overlooking the lit up village centre.

In few words it was perfect and we highly recommend it. We are definitely going back this year!
  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Elounda Lassithi
5

Ein Traumhaus

  • 5 out of 5
Wir haben, zu zweit, Anfang Oktober 10 Tage in diesem Traumhaus verbracht.
Es liegt in einem der älteren Ortsteile von Elaounda in Hügellage, so daß man einen wirklich tollen Blick über das Städtchen, die Bucht und die angrenzenden Berge hat.
Es ist ein älteres Haus in kretischem Stil, das von seiner Besitzerin liebevoll und umsichtig renoviert wurde. Den unverwechselbaren Charakter dieses Gemäuers kann man überall sehen und spüren, freigelegte Wände, alte Türrahmen, frei Holzdecken, etc.
Es liegt, wie in einem solchen Ortsteil üblich, in sehr engem Kontakt zu den Nachbarhäusern, trotzdem fühlt man sich weder beengt noch bedrängt.
Die Aufteilung ist sehr geschickt, und bietet auch 5 Personen ausreichend Platz.
Es mangelt an nichts! Von Grillkohle bis zu einer Grundausstattung an Lebensmitteln bei Anreise, alles vorhanden. Sollte dennoch etwas fehlen, Anruf genügt!
Die Tipps bezüglich Restaurants, Ausflugszielen, Wandertouren, etc. war sehr gut und hilfreich. Außerdem hatte Jessica immer ein offenes Ohr für Fragen und Wünsche.
Wir haben am liebsten bei "the Hope" gegessen. Es liegt im gegenüberliegenden Dorf und bietet leckeres Essen zu sehr guten Preisen in sehr ausgesuchter Lage! Die Besitzer sind sehr freundlich. Wir wünschten sie würden bei uns zu Hause um die Ecke wohnen ;-))
Das Beste des Hauses sind die vielen Sitzmöglichkeiten draußen! Wir wußten gar nicht so recht, wo wir zuerst sitzen sollen....Überall bietet sich eine wirklich tolle Aussicht, und eine unglaubliche Ruhe. Wir haben es sehr genossen, und fast nur draußen gesessen.
Einkaufmöglichkeiten sind ausreichend vorhanden, ein Auto ist sinnvoll.
Die Strände in Elounda sind okay, wir waren aber lieber im 5 km entfernten Plaka.
Der nette Nachbar Peter hat sich immer mal wieder nach uns erkundigt, sehr lieb!
Wir empfehlen dieses Haus sehr gerne weiter!

Es ist allerdings nicht für Menschen geeignet, die nicht gut zu Fuß sind, da der Aufstieg steil ist.
Wer mit dem Auto anreist, kann dieses sicher in einem Olivenhain parken, ad neben oder vor dem Haus, ob der Enge der Gasse, kein Platz vorhanden ist.
Auch hier sollte man daran denken, daß jede Tasche getragen werden muß, egal ob Strandtasche, oder Einkaufstüte.

Wir haben es sehr genossen, uns gut erholt, und werden gerne wiederkommen!
  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Heraklion
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Elounda
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Heraklion
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Agios Nickolaos
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Elounda
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Elounda
Car: not necessary

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.

1hr-Herakloin -Knossos/Museum.

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LATE SEASON
15 Oct 2014 - 11 Nov 2014
7 night minimum stay
£475
 
extra night: £70    

Notes

  • *Payment preferred in GBP,or other currency on prior approval of the rate, by bank transfer.
    *20% booking deposit secures dates,on cancellation this is only refundable if the owner secures a replacement booking.Full payment is due 6 weeks before the start of the rental period.
    *A refundable damages deposit of £100 is payable at the same time as the final payment or in Euros on arrival.
    *The rental price includes weekly bed linen, towels and beach towels and cleaning twice weekly. Additional cleaning/laundry services are available at reasonable rates on request.
    *The rental price includes a few basic food items, to start your holiday.
    *The house will be ready for you at 15.00 on the day of your arrival and you should vacate by 11.00 on departure day, if we can we will be flexible about this. up to the house. We will meet you in Elounda square and take you up by car. We are happy to wait for you to do a little grocery shopping in the square first.
    *Smoking outside only please
  • Airport bus transfers from Heraklion available, try Resort Hopper or Thomas Cook/ First Choice.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Elounda in Lassithi

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The downstairs shower/wet room opens off the courtyard , as is traditional in Greece! It is very handy for those returning from the beach. The second floor bathroom is a full bathroom with wall mounted blow heater. Hot water is provided by solar heating with a back up Imersion heater. Excellent water pressure is ensured by a roof pump.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • The downstairs built in traditional bed is a large single/small double. The upstairs mezzanine bedroom has 2 very good quality singles that can be put together. The upstairs outside rear bedroom has a large queen size lower bunk with good quality mattress and a single, fairly high bunk above.(Suitable for older children only- see photo) The upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Air-conditioning in the second floor bedrooms only. Downstairs has floor fans. The property is not suitable for young children or older people due to the nature of the inside stairs and low balcony walls. Parking is on street and is limited in high season, the street itself is very narrow and driving up it is not for the faint hearted! Easy parking is always available below the church, approx 200 metres away. Kato Elounda is on a hill, so the downhill walk to the village is an easy 7 minutes,the uphill walk home is a lot more taxing! Car rental is not essential, but you have to be fit enough for the hill. No taxi access. We are local owners and are more than happy to provide lots of information about almost anything. This house is very suitable for those wanting to experience both Greek village life and the good tourist facilities of Elounda,Previous guests have been families with teenage children, couples and girls only activity holidays.

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