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Windmill Heritage Home 1853

Bedrooms 1
Space 548 sq. ft.
Property type mill
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This windmill is located at the edge of a quiet agricultural town.

The mechanisms are all intact in the space which is compact and cosy. There are two balconies and a stone staircase to a large garden. There are many popular and also wild beaches within 20 minutes’ drive through beautiful countryside. Crete forms a significant part of the cultural heritage of Greece and so there are many places of interest in the Neapolis Lasithi area.

The Space

The windmill is on two floors totalling 51 sq. metres. There is a 150 sq. metre garden. This mill is small but perfectly functional and comfortably accommodates two people. The two single beds lock together to make a double bed. There is a double sofa bed for other guests in the living area downstairs. Please note the sofa bed needs to be closed during the day to make space.

There are places designed for all necessary activities. Cooking, breakfasting and dining, sofa slouching and sofa sleeping, laptop use with a large monitor for wide screen. There is a spiral staircase. Upstairs the double bed can be easily separated to make two single beds or sofas. The two balconies have enough space for dining with stone stairs outside down to the garden and bathroom. The view is of the town streets combined with mountains and hills.

Guest Access

There are many beaches within 20 minutes’ drive. The fishing village Plaka and the island of Spinalonga are great places to visit. Another fishing village Elounda is just along the coast from Plaka where one can cross over the sea causeway to rocky private coves and family beaches.

In the direction of Vlichadia there are many wild beaches where one can be alone. Swimming with turtles and shoals of fish make excellent company for the nature seekers.

There are many hiking trails and gorges to explore. Also organised walks are available with our Poppy Season sightseeing tours.

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Interaction with Guests

Hello this is your host Poppy Vassilaki and I welcome you to my home country Crete. I am happy to accompany anyone who would like to join in with my Poppy Season activities.

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Retreat into Crete and escape time, be in the moment, be kairos. Join Poppy Season local events. Responsible, reasonable and fabulous tailor-made holidays for the open-hearted.

Our friendly activities include:

Cretan music and dancing, archaeology bird watching, cycling, canoeing/kayaking, hiking in landmark places of beauty, for example a trip to the Venetian fort and old leper colony at Spinalonga Island opposite the local beach of Plaka. Exploring gorges, canyons and caves such as the local Kritsa ravine, church and monastery visits, swimming and snorkelling, cooking, eating and drinking, Greek lessons for useful phrases, museums, spa and health options, wildlife and fauna, wine tour, olive picking and olive oil production for winter visitors.

The Neighborhood

Neapolis is a small town and a former municipality in Lasithi, eastern Crete. There is a lively Greek community who frequent the countless cafes and tavernas. It is located 12 kilometres (7 miles) west from Agios Nikolaos in the green valley of Mirabello Bay where there are many beaches.

The main road does not run through the middle like most towns in Crete. The surrounding area is mountainous and is surrounded by olive trees. Olives and olive oil are a very important part of the local agricultural economy. Neapolis has traditional narrow streets and cobbled roads. The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary (Megali Panagia) is located on the central square.

Getting Around

The windmill is fifteen minutes drive to many wild and popular beaches. Plaka and Elounda are small fishing villages of Lasithi, which overlook the island of Spinalonga and the Kolikithia Peninsulaon. They are close to the historical island of Spinalonga. Tourist boats depart from Plaka to Spinalonga on a daily basis.

The windmill is walking distance to several cafes (Kafeneon) and tavernas. Neapolis nights are lively and authentically Greek.

By Car:

Heraklion Airport: 50min

Local villages Fourni, Kasteli, Voulismeni, Latsida, Limnes plus within 10 min

Agios Nicolaos: 15min

Malia: 15min

Elounda: 20min

Lerapetra: 40min

Sitia : 1h:15m

By Bus:

There are frequent buses from the town square one minute away to various beaches.

Close By:

Mirabello Bay (also Bay/Gulf of Mirabello/Mirabella) is an embayment of the Sea of Crete. It is the largest bay of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea.

There are many places of interest including Areti Monastery and Agios Gianni settlement.

Other Things to Note

Windmill History

The windmill was in fact a gristmill or flour mill. In the past the gristmill turned grain into flour. The millstones themselves turned at around 120 rpm and were laid one on top of the other. The bottom stone, called the bed was fixed to the floor, while the top stone, the runner, was mounted on a separate spindle, driven by the main shaft which is still intact. A wheel called the stone nut connected the runner's spindle to the main shaft. The distance between the stones could be varied to produce the grade of flour required; moving the stones closer together produces finer flour.

I will meet you outside the large church in Neapolis.

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More Details

Julienne Poppy
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, German, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday mill in Agios Nikolaos Municipality in Lasithi

Property Type:
  • mill
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 548 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 14:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming


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Windmill Heritage Home 1853
average rating of 4.0 based on 1 reviews

Atipique et bin situé

  • 4 of 5

Ce moulin rénové est bien aménagé avec toutes les commodités. Petit jardin idéal pour les petits déjeuner, et bien situé pour rayonner dans l'est.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I agree, the Windmill is "Atypical and well located"
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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