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Beautiful House In Venetian Convent

Bedrooms 2
Space 70 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful House In Venetian Convent

This summer home in the most beautiful city of Crete has a rich history and charm!


70sqm, 2 bedrooms with air conditioning, 7 Beds (several double and single beds), gallery and interior patio, fireplace, stone floor, idyllic with vine arbor covered courtyard, central, yet peaceful location, 150m to old harbor and town beach for refreshing morning bath as well as a charming village square with numerous taverns


Build by the Venetians about 500 years ago as part of a monastery right behind the old port, it was later used by the Turks as a residence. The Turks expand the smaller of the two rooms on the upper floor by a typical wooden oriel. Then 100 years ago, the Turkish inhabitants in this idyllic village atmosphere Splantsia district are replaced by Greek refugees from Smyrna (now Ismir). Our Greek-German family bought the house about 15 years ago in completely desolate condition. We lovingly modernized it and kept the original style, so that the charm of the house is still preserved today.


The house has a living space of 70 square meters. On the ground floor a living/kitchen room with a fireplace and a bathroom with a washing machine and hot water boiler. Upstairs are two bedrooms with several single and double beds. Additional space for beds is integrated on the gallery on the upper part of the large bed room. Likewise upstairs the house has a inside patio covered with an vine arbor. The patio has an open shower and space for two more beds, mostly used by us for siesta. Finally the most beautiful room of the house is the courtyard right in front of the house. It is also covered by a vine and bouganvilla arbor. This idyllic courtyard you will leave only just for shopping or for a refreshing bath at the 150m distant city beach 'Koumkapi'.

More Details

Mihail Manouras (Michalis)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Mihail Manouras (Michalis)

I belong to a Greek - German big fat Greek family. We rent our summer house on our home island of Crete in Greece. It is newly refurbished and is waiting to be rented out by you.

I am looking forward to your inquiries.

Mihail Manouras (Michalis) purchased this house in 1996

Why Mihail Manouras (Michalis) chose Old Town

We bought this house in a complete run-down condition in 1996. Our family comes from a mountain village in crete and now lives in Germany. In order to have a family location close to the sea side as well we decided for Chania. Chania is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and we fell in love with the neighborhood. I am sure you will do so too.

What makes this house unique

The house and the micro location in old neighborhood of Spantia is just perfect. We sit in the courtyard all day and once in a while we go swimming at the city beach 200m around the corner. It takes us just one minute to the vivid square with restaurants and bars and another 5 min to the old venitian harbour. Still the location is quiet and village like.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Old Town in Chania

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 70 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Heater
  • bathroom with - heater for colder days - hair dryer - towels - washing machine
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • both bedrooms with - double bed 1,60m - air condition - wardrobe - ventilator
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful House In Venetian Convent
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Montpelier, Vermont

Wonderful home, perfect location, marvelous host

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 9 perfect days in this wonderful, historic 2-story (plus loft) house. The house is a remodeled part of an ancient monastery next to the beautiful church of Agios Nicholas. If you are looking for perfect 21st century features (like dishwasher and instant hot water) and you don’t like ringing, nearby church bells, find a different apartment. If you appreciate historic places, like to wash dishes by hand after heating the water in a kettle, love church bells, comfortable mattress, lovely bedding, a sea of bougainvillea when you walk through the entry way, a perfect location in Chania’s historic district, an extremely helpful host, and his wonderful on-site “agent,” Maria, you will be absolutely happy here. We were. We are looking forward already to our next stay! Thank you, Michalis, for all your kindness and helpful information and quick communication.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location.

  • 4 of 5

The refurbished convent, or part of a convent, worked great for the two of us for ten days. We even had room for guests, should they have made it to Chania. The parking could be "iffy", even in mid-May (there is not designated parking) but with a little scouting around it worked out every time we needed a spot. The old stone place (with WiFi and working plumbing) has a certain charm that made the question of where we would park each time we were returning with the car worth the slight hassle. The kitchen/common area on the ground floor has pots and pans for everything you could imagine cooking. People have left behind (or Michail has ensured) there are all sorts of odds and ends of oils and pasta and other things left behind, if you want to use them. We weren't sure how old some of the stuff was, though. But we did eat lots of the pistachios that were there on the table when we arrived. And there was even some bottled water in the fridge. The hot water heated up very quickly, for showers and using the bathroom sink. Although, we never figured out how to get hot water in the kitchen sink, so we just heated some up in the kettle when it was time to wash dishes. The clothes washing machine came in handy, as did the clothes line on the second floor patio, for our ten days at the Venetian Convent. Although, on occasion, we could hear a little noise at night from the plaza down the street , overall the place is a quiet little sanctuary a short walk from the life of the old city. And MIhael gave us great tips about things to do and places to go and places to eat.

Oh, and there was a cat, a white cat with black markings, on the ground floor patio by the front door. (Someone had left out some cat food for him (her?) on a piece of cardboard.) We began to consider him (her) the guard cat,. He (she)checked us out, and in, each time we went out or came in. We missed him (her) on the rare occasion he (she) was not by the door, watching us go out or come back with those ever so alert and watchful eyes. Maria, who welcomed us and showed us where things were and the quirks of the place when we arrived, warned us about cats sneaking in when we opened the door, so we were careful about guarding the convent from the guard cat. And yet, we found we missed him (her) each morning when we went out and she wasn't there by, the door.

Roger & Marina

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer, ak

Historical home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for our stay in Chanda. Beautifully restored but still retained touches of the history it holds. It is a nice size for the three of us. We loved the small covered patio. It was perfect for sitting out mornings with coffee and evenings with wine. The best part is the perfect location for exploring Old Town Chania. We were just feet away from the bustling, maze of streets and alleys to explore. However, it was very quiet once we stepped off of the main street. A few minutes from the sites, the harbor, and endless shopping and eating, this was a great base for our stay. Michalis and Maria were very helpful in answering all of our questions during our stay. They also provided a great list of recommendations which we too advantage of. We hired a car and were able to explore the area as we wished. Despite the haphazard parking, we were able to find a spot on our street every day.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying in this old Venetian charmer. It was in a fantastic location, right in the old town, but off the walking paths, so very quiet except when a car went by. There were so many beds to would sleep far more than the three of us. We were met when planned, and were given all the information and items we needed. There was a small plumbing leak, that the owners fixed when we let them know about it. And Chania itself was by far the nicest of the towns we visited (Heraklion, Rethymnon, Kissamous and smaller coastal towns) to base ourselves in for central or western Crete.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an amazing experience! Everything we hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

The house is so beautiful and unique in its layout. It makes one feel going back in history for centuries. The house has everything one needs, ranging from linen to cookware. It has a charming attic. My wife and I wished we had brought friends along since the house easily sleeps three couples. Everything is very accessible. In less than 5 minutes walking we were at the seaside where we enjoyed walks and sampled great restaurants. In spite of that the house surroundings are very quiet. Now I have to mention how wonderful our hosts were. Michalis, the owner, responded promptly to every email with a wealth of information. Maria who maintains the house was equally helpful and very hospitable. There is no doubt in our minds that would would like to stay at the same property when we visit Crete again , hopefully very soon!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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great home in a lovely neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

Nicely maintained home was perfect size for the three of us and in a very central location in Chania. Finding a parking spot on Saturday night however was no easy feat - though no issues the rest of the time. Walking distance to the harbour and many restaurants. We didn't want to leave. Great communication and instructions from the owner - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hallo Alex, danke für Eure tolle Bewertung. Ich hoffe, Ihr hattet eine tolle Zeit und konntet den Frühling genießen. Bitte kommt gern wieder und empfehlt uns weiter. Alles Liebe, Michalis
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The house is located in the Splatsia district, which lies directly behind the old port of Chania. It is characterized by Venetian style of narrow streets, narrow but deep houses and courtyards. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Who has been here once knows why. The immediate neighborhood is characterized by a rural idyll. Nevertheless, the center and the always lively port are nearby. The Splantsia Square or Plateia 1821, is also a place with a moving story. It is surrounded by cafes, taverns and the local church of Ag. Nikolaos. It is recognizable by the Venetian campanile as well as the Turks minaret. The area immediately adjacent to the north east on the waterfront 'Koumkapi'. This can be reached by finding your path through the maze-like streets of the neighborhood. Have fun :-). The adjacent waterfront is busy at night as well as during the day. Especially in the morning it is ideal for a refreshing bath. The water is suitable for swimming and it is continuously monitored. Pensioners and children of the neighborhood are daily swimming here too. You will make new friends daily.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Old Town, Chania area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autum/Winter 2018/19
28 Oct 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Final cleaning fee £44.16

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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