|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
PERSEPHONE HOUSE: This DESIGN HOUSE part of DOROVINIS COUNTRY HOUSES has the personal air and character of a leisure home of the Cretan countryside, capturing panoramic views to the sea.
Artistically restored and furnished with stylish furniture, it combines the lost qualities of traditional home architecture with modern facilities and luxury.
The house is situated at the core of the historic village of Anatoli, in a walkway –the market street of old times-. It is surrounded by walkways, thus assuring tranquility and isolation, while free Parking is allowed on widening of the main street, at the junction with the walkway (about 50m distance)
The house is laid out in three levels and in 150m2, with open areas in each level. It comprises 5 main rooms -2 of which double bedrooms- 2 baths, 1 WC and can accommodate up to 8 persons.
On the ground level there is a courtyard of 40m2, through which is the main entrance of the house and around which open the living rooms that lead to the two bedrooms- like the “atrium” of antiquity. This courtyard has an open and a covered – patio type- part. In the open part an exterior stone stair leads to the upper level terrace. On this ground level there are 2 living rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette –with a sink and a small refrigeratorl.
The main living room, which is laid in front of the master bedroom, is an oblong, spacious room with seating arrangements for 10 persons and a Venetian style fireplace, ideal for off season sojourns. Among its furniture is a long couch, easily converted into a double bed for two children or adults (160cm wide).
The master bedroom is a spacious room with an old fashion iron bed (160cm width) , a French style closet and a toilet with two upholstered chairs on each side.
The second, smaller in size, bedroom (double bed of 150cm width), is ornate with a deep red, arched , back wall and opens to the reception room, in front of it, with a large- 4 pieces- glass door. This sitting / ante room has a second entrance door to the house and comprises the interior stair leading to the upper level. It also gives access to the two bathrooms and the kitchenette. Washing machine is fitted under the interior stair.
The bathrooms are spacious and equipped with showers, counters in marble or porcelain for sinks and with marble or glass shelves.
The upper level comprises a large room, with 2 sitting corners and the main kitchen, a WC and a utility closet. On the side of this large room extends a very spacious terrace of 70m2 which is reached from ground level by an exterior stone stair. The terrace captures view to the sea and the village. This level is also reached externally by another stone stair terminating in an iron balcony of the façade. There are two sitting corners with couches, tables and chairs /armchairs and buffet. The sitting corner next to the street entrance (with the metal balcony) can easily be converted into a double bedroom, since the couch converts into another double bed (140 cm wide) that can be isolated with a full height curtain. This potential bedroom is fully isolated from the rest of the house, since it is reached from the outdoor stair and supported by WC next to the kitchen.
An exterior stone stair starts from this upper level terrace and leads to the top, 45m2 terrace with sitting furniture, capturing panoramic views to the sea and the village.
The Kitchen is fully equipped for preparation of meals with modern electric apparatus, smart utensils and cutlery. There is a four ring electric stove, oven, full size refrigerator with separate freezer, a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster etc.
The house offers free WF Internet and satellite TV, air condition in all rooms and central heating with fuel.
IOANNA DOROVINIS is an architect (M.Sc. Columbia Un. NYC), specialist in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Settlements (M.A. York Un.UK), with a PhD in History of Architecture (Athens Polytechnique Un.).
The village of ANATOLI in Ierapetra, Southeastern Crete, was the last stop in her long journey for the safeguard of Cretan Architectural Heritage, for which she has devoted the last 20 years of her career by the Ministry of Planning, Department of Traditional Settlements.
When she first visited the village, in 1997, in an autumn rainy day, the ruins and the landscape around exerted such strong influence to her that she decided to buy a house in Crete, the Pasiphae, and convert it into a family resort. Another house, the Kallirhoe, followed soon, and as the merits, beauty and diversity of local architectural patterns were revealed, more ruined houses were added to the family’s property, while other owners were inspired to save and restore their houses. Today the family Dorovinis owes 3 houses, PASIPAHE, SMARAGDA and the recently renovated PERSEPHONE, while a 4th house the KALLIRHOE has been sold.
She is the writer of many articles concerning architectural heritage, while her doctorate thesis will soon be published under the title “The Domestic Architecture of Mytilene, Lesbos island, (1830-1920) Historical background-City Planning-Architecture”.
Ioanna Dorovinis purchased this house in 2006
The village of Anatoli has retained very significant historical architecture that comes intact from medieval times. Eastern Crete lays intact from mass tourism, having protected its natural landscapes from mass building. The area combines rich natural environment-gorge, forest, walking paths, country chapels, etc- with easy access to beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of southeastern Crete, rarely hit by winds. It is surrounded by important archaeological sites of Eastern Crete, Byzantine and Venetian monuments and monasteries, historic villages, exotic restaurant and taverns- by the sea or in unique natural landscapes-
Cool micro climate during hot summer and warm during winter.
Unique architecture with perplexity and diverse corners to enjoy
Fantastic sea views. Enjoy sunrise on the top terrace, nights with full of stars sky.
The village of ANATOLI holds its written history from Venetian times, although Byzantine chapels, in and around it, denote a much earlier origin. It has retained its medieval architectural character and its rich natural environment, while it is at close distance to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of southeastern Crete. At 600m altitude it captures fantastic views to the sea while being surrounded by the olive groves, typical of the Cretan landscape, gigantic rock formations and natural spring waters. At 12 km the city of IERAPETRA offers all facilities and activities of a big city (shops, supermarkets, banks, doctors, water front esplanade with restaurants and cafes, archaeological Collection, organized beach etc),while the cosmopolitan city of AGIOS NICOLAOS (capital of the prefecture) is just at 20km
Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, churches and chapels and natural places of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to these beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.
WHERE TO SWIM: Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea). At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) are found two of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure waters, “Voulisma” and “Agios Panteleymon”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, among which the best are Agia Galini (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public), Agia Fotia, Ferma, Psaropoula, Koutsounari etc.
On the other side of Ierapetra the village of Myrtos offers also a beautiful, sandy beach. Beyond Myrtos extend very interesting places to visit and swim, up to Keratokampos, with beautiful, calm Cretan landscape and isolated beaches (no villages or towns around).
You should not miss a day trip to Chrissi Sand Island (the Golden Sand beach), the most renowned beach island (no building activities are allowed) in Crete. Natural environment of exceptional beauty, beach with sand and azure waters . Boat schedules from the port of Ierapetra.
SIGHTSEEING:This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments you should not miss on your first visit, together with others, representatives of the rich island’ s history..
Archaeological sites is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete) set in beautiful landscape with the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating.
HELLENISTIC CITY OF LATO flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos, where you can admire the model of planning of an archaic Greek city, also recognizable in Roman cities.
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA considered a unique monument of its kind in Crete, all frescoed from 13th to 14th century, depicting the techniques towards renaissance, before the style was transferred to the West with the fall of Constantinople.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GOURNIA and MALLIA
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed medieval monastery dating from the 14th century, and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. From there you can swim in VAI BAY one of the most famous shores of Crete, with fine sand and Palm trees, and visit ITANOS, the last eastern city of Minoan times, with ideal port location for exchanges with Anatolia and Egypt.
The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE is an impressive cave and archaeological site, located at the Lassithi Plateau, near the village of Psychro. It contains a Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus, who according to mythology was born there, before being taken to the Ideon Cave and nurtured by the goat Amaltheia. A 15 min stepped walkway or donkey ride will bring you to the entrance of the cave, while it is worth visiting some of the villages of the Plateau, like St. George, St. Constantine and also Psychro.
MILATOS CAVE- a modern history cave, now a place of memory, where 3000 locals took refuge during Turkish occupation, to be executed after its seize.
MATALA CAVES-very famous place, ideal for swimming
SPINALOGA CASTLE ISLAND from Venetian times, now an open air museum .
For nature lovers don't miss an excursion to the Gorges of SARAKINA (between the villages of Anatoli and Malles) and KRITSA, the forest of SELAKANO (west of Anatoli). In Anatoli 3 walking paths start from different points of the village-marked with signs and charts- leading to the fields of the locals, that used to cultivate till recently, and with miniature chapels for their protection and worship while working there. All walking paths pass through landscapes of natural beauty.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS-COLLECTIONS OF AGIOS NICOLAOS (important) and IERAPETRA (a collection of sarcophagus only but worth visiting).
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