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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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
We wanted to stay in a typical Greek house with the pace of life to suit and Kato House ticked all the boxes. The facilities are excellent and we loved the quirkiness. The views of Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula are spectacular! An idyllic Greek Island holiday.
This is a delightful property with stunning views over the sea and mountains. The house itself was fabulous. Lots of quaint nooks and crannies and lovely balconies on each level. The bedrooms were spacious with very comfortable beds and the house in general was extremely well equipped. My friends and I enjoyed some wonderful walks through the mountains and the views were breathtaking. We were a group mature women who wanted a holiday that offered more than beaches and bars and we certainly found it in Elounda.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
*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
*Payment preferred in GBP,or other currency on prior approval of the rate, by bank transfer.The payment
*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.