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Captivating village house, spectacular views, close to beach/bars/shops/tavernas

Bedrooms 3
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 Storey house 90 m2,3 bedrooms, 2 baths,sleeps 5/6, private terraces/balconies

The Kato house is a traditional jewel, lovingly restored and more than remarkable.We are confident that it is the best accommodation of its type in the area. 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.An excellent wet room off the courtyard has a rain shower, WC, washbasin, perfect for showering after the beach,

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. There is a large single bedroom with charming built in bed off the living room on the ground floor with built in wardrobe, olive beams, original features.The large mezzanine bedroom above the kitchen L/R has 2 single beds ( which can be combined to form one super king )and a romantic view of the stone fireplace below. The mezzanine bedroom has a sheltered balcony overlooking the bay and the mountains, a truly spectacular view, with the night time lights of Elounda harbour reflected in the sea.Perfect for watching early sunrises, fishing boats chugging out over the bay through the canal and romantic moonlit nightcaps.

The outside rear bedroom has a queen sized (5ft) bed with single bunk above.It has large picture window looking out on the circle of montains, olive groves and up to the picturesque protected traditional village of Pano Elounda, only a short stroll away. It has its own balcony and access to the courtyard below by the spiral outside spiral staircase. It shares the inside bathroom.

Staying in The Kato House perfectly combines the charm, comfort and tranquillity of village life with the best of tourist buzz!

The Kato house is fully certified by EOT, the Greek Tourist Board, certification number 5839.

More Details

Jessica Whittington
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Elounda in Lasithi

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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Captivating village house, spectacular views, close to beach/bars/shops/tavernas
average rating of 4.894737 based on 21 reviews

The house in Elounda is exactly as described. Loyd worldly and quirky.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 5 night stay. Our hostess Jessica picked us up in the square and drove us up the hill to the house. She also picked us up at 5am on our return trip. She provided wine, bread, milk, water and fruit on arrival. Answered all of our questions in a timely manner. Wonderful view from the balconies. Have to be a little agile to climb the stairs in the house and up the steep hill to the house. It was a good workout after a delicious meal in town which is only about a 6-10 minute walk. Would go again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Aurora Ontario Canada

Fantastic time,perfect house

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to stay in this very authentic Greek house, extremely comfortable,especially the beds. The view was just amazing,every morning I just loved to sit out with my coffee and marvel at the view.

The house was very well stocked , e.g lots of towels , kitchen equipment, a good coffee maker!.

We will be returning. I don't think anyone would be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super charming, adorable house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last Spring on a trip for my birthday, it was perfect! The house is so cute, it's like something from a fairy tale. The views from the terrace are fantastic. Hanging out in Elounda was great fun. There's a beach right at the bottom of the hill and the town has loads of great places to eat and drink. The next town over is also lovely and not too far a walk (or a quick bus ride). We had a great time, I'd highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a group of friends for a week. We are in our early 30s and were looking for somewhere to stay that was quiet but within easy access of restaurants and bars - the house was perfect for this! The house has several different outside areas, allowing you to make the most of the amazing view. It was very clean, with all essentials available and very nicely maintained. Elounda is also lovely, relaxed but plenty of things to do and great food! Would absolutely recommend others to stay here, and I will definitely plan to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks girls . Delights you enjoyed it. 😊
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Excellent time

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a week and it was excellent. It has idyllic views of the bay and of distant pink mountains,the cottage is rustic, comfortable and charming. And the town itself is great fun. Brilliant holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Our honeymoon in this romantic house was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I arrived in the sunny Elounda church car park at 6pm to be greeted by Deborah. We were shown to the stunning romantic house at the top of the village, overlooking the beautiful bay. I couldn't wait to get inside the little gate as I knew there was a breath-taking view just waiting to be admired. I wasn't disappointed. We just stood there in silence for a few moments and let it all in. There was a lovely welcome pack with wonderful local delights & the essentials (wine!!). We sat out watching the lights twinkle loving the whole feel of the house and the place. The next morning the sun rose over the hill across the bay and woke us up with a glorious bright shining light. The master bedroom is upa tiny spiral stairs with it's own en-suite and ample cupboard space. We went out to the balcony to the stunning morning sunshine and again beautiful views and spectacular colours and shades of blue everywhere.

We spent 10 days in this gorgeous romantic hosue, loving every minute of it. We fell in love with Crete, with Elounda, with the people, the local historical sites (Lato is so close), the mountains, the quiet beaches (we had them to ourselves a few times). We will definitely be back and we strongly recommend it. We had a car and the road up to the house is a little small, but we live in rural Ireland so we are used to this! Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon with amazing memories. Orla ....Mrs Ward!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Agios Nickolaos
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
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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Fees No additional mandatory fees

*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 flexibl

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