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An authentic stone Cretan windmill

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

It offers two bedrooms and sleeps 4 close to the town of Sitia.

The 80-sq.m windmill lies in a 12.000-sq.m garden overlooking Sitia Bay.

The fully furnished rental features a reception area with a fireplace, a fully fitted eat-in kitchen, a bedroom with two single beds and a fitted wardrobe, a wooden mezzanine level with a double bed, a cupboard, a bathroom with a shower, and a laundry room. The house is entirely air-conditioned.

The white stone courtyard offers outdoor garden furniture and a round coffee table made from an old millstone from a windmill.

An olive grove, a vineyard, a vegetable garden, and 30-year-old pines surround the house.

The property is 5 kilometres from the town of Sitia and the local airport. The beach is 350 metres away. The local beach is 4 km away, while there are other stunning beaches are a 20 to 40-minute drive away.

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Property manager
Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hagia Photia in Itanos

Property Type:
  • house
  • floor 0
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Small and practical bathroom flooded with light
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , On the wooden mezzanine
  • Traditional wooden attic room has a double bed, cupboard, and satellite TV. The second bedroom has two single beds and a fitted wardrobe. We can provide a cot.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Disco club
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • wind-surfing
The television offers all major international networks along with pay-per-view film and documentary channels. The sound system has a USB port for MP3 players and ADSL wireless Internet. The house is entirely air-conditioned. The white stone courtyard enjoys sea views and comprises wooden chairs, sun loungers, and a round coffee table made from an old millstone from a windmill. In addition, there is a large dining table should you want to enjoy al fresco dining with the sea breeze in the background.


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An authentic stone Cretan windmill
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 48 reviews

Beautiful place to stay, well euqipped, nice host!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the windmill. The garden where the house is place is very nice and peaceful, the holiday home itself very well equipped - from living room to kitchen. We especially liked the large courtyard outside, which was practically our real living room, to sit out, relax, eat, read, talk to the landlord, etc. In the surrounding you are within 5-10 min at Sitia, a small town where you can get all things needed for daily live, as well as in about 15 min at Vai Beach, a splendid place for sunbathing and also watersports. We tried Wakeboarding with Emanual, enjoyed it a lot (from 2nd day onwards) and appreciated his calmness in coaching us (always with a smile). All in all a super holiday thanks to the friendly and always helpful reception of the landlord (Lefteki) as well a the very nice location!!!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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beautiful house on a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Special house, fully equipped. The owners were very hospitable. It was possible to hang around the house all day, space and privacy enough. Also there is enough to see and to do in the area. The surrounding is amazing. Green, empty, rough. The weather was fantastic. We had a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wir haben Anfang April als Familie mit zwei Kindern eine Woche in der Mühle verbracht und uns dort sehr wohlgefühlt. Das Haus und der Garten sind sehr charmant, mit viel Liebe und Geschmack angelegt, sauber und sehr gut ausgestattet. Die Zimmer verteilen sich auf insgesamt vier versetzten Ebenen; ganz unten ist ein Schlafzimmer mit zwei Einzelbetten sowie das Bad, ein paar Stufen darüber die Küche, eine Treppe höher das Wohnzimmer mit der Eingangstür und eine weitere Treppe höher die Empore mit dem Doppelbett. Alle Zimmer haben Fenster und/oder Türen nach draußen.

Die Vermieter waren sehr freundlich und haben uns mit Obst, Olivenöl, Kuchen und stets guten Tipps für Ausflüge und Wanderungen versorgt. Sie wohnen auf dem Grundstück und sind bei Bedarf jederzeit ansprechbar gewesen.

Wir können das Haus nur wärmstens empfehlen!

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Crete and this property was a big part of the reason. First it was a close driving distance to world class beaches (Palm Beach at Vai was excellent) and we went to five different beaches in as many days. The locals were all very welcoming and helpful - chief among them were our hosts who provided us with maps and useful information we couldn't have found in a guide book about best places to eat and sights to see.

The property itself was great - with a well equipped kitchen and lots of room throughout. The surrounding orchards and gardens were all beautiful and luckily in full bloom when we visited. We felt like we on some country estate - but close enough to all the services we needed at Sitia ( less than 10 minutes away)... Also - Zakros Gorge was close enough that if you're into hiking you'd be in for a treat as well.

We would recommend this to families, or as a romantic getaway - and are definitely looking forward to staying again. I could write a lot more about this property - but after seeing the pictures - you'd agree I don't need to. Book it and have a great time!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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"The owner was generous, ...

  • 5 of 5

"The owner was generous, helpful and discreet. The place was clean, well furnished and decorated, with all the amenities. Will return with pleasure!"

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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"My husband and I spent e...

  • 5 of 5

"My husband and I spent eight days in this converted mill that was furnished more like a good home than a holiday apartment. Its superb location in its own grounds and lavish gardens between mountains and the sea, Siteia a short drive away and 1001 delights (ancient sites, beaches, country footpaths, and tavernas - Metohi near Vai, Balcony in Siteria) made Greek myths into a Cretan reality which was, quite honestly, remarkably attractive. Lefteris, and Kate too, were generous hosts/hostesses with ample supplies of local knowledge that made our visit all too short."

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
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By air, catch an internal connecting flight to Sitia Airport from Athens International Airport.

By car, get one of the many flights into Heraklion Airport and from there take a rental car.

By boat, you can arrive on either the Athens-Heraklion or the direct Athens-Sitia service.

A few words about Sitia region

Sitia is a town situated in the far east of Crete, in the prefecture of Lasithi. It lies to the east of Aghios Nikolaos and to the northeast of Ierapetra. It lies in a region unspoiled by mass tourism. Even during the busy summer peak, Sitia retains a certain charm and laid-back style. In the town but especially in the region's villages you will enjoy authentic Cretan cuisine made with quality local olive oil and other local produce. During the day you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing in Sitia beach or in the numerous untouched beaches lying towards the Eastern tip of the island.

What to do in Sitia

For history and archaeology enthusiasts, Sitia's archeological museum display's exhibits dating back to the Neolithic era in 3,500 BC while the medieval fortress of Kazarma, situated at the top of Sitia is a reminder of the town's medieval past. Furthermore, the folklore museum exhibits items from the past century such as weavings, woodcuts and other everyday life items.

During the evening you can visit one of the numerous small restaurants ("Rakadika") situated along the town's fishing port, which serve delicious variety plates along with Cretan spirit "Raki". And if you are up to it you can continue your night out until the early morning hours in one of the local bars and clubs.

What to do in the region

Archaeology / History / Religion

On your way to Vai and Erimoupoli you will pass from the monastery of Toplou. Here you can visit the monastery's museum with items dating back to the Ottoman empire period up to the Second World War. In Erimoupoli bay you can visit the ruins of the ancient town of Itanos. Further to the south east, Zakros is one of the four major Minoan palaces unearthed in Crete. The ruins of the palace await you at the lower entrance of the Zakros gorge.


To the east of Sitia lies Europe's only natural palm forest of Vai. In a short distance from Vai lies the bay of Erimoupoli with the ruins of the ancient town of Itanos. To the south east of the region lie the long sandy beaches and warm waters of Kserokambos . There are numerous other deserted beaches we can help you discover.


For windsurfing enthusiasts the world renowned Kouremenos beach is a must visit. The club offers equipment hire and lessons. For the hardcore athletes, the Faneromeni bay offers excellent wave conditions (depending on the weather). Here you will need to bring your own kit. Mountain bikes are a fun way to explore the region's endless olive groves. Spring and autumn is the best period for this since the weather is cooler during the day.


The areas rugged terrain offers numerous gorges that are walkable with no special equipment. First and foremost the 4km Richti gorge, near the village of Mesa Mouliana will dazzle you with the year-round waterfalls and dense vegetation all the way down to a deserted beach. The 4.5km gorge of Zakros starts at the village of Ano Zakros and meets the sea next to the archaeological site of Kato Zakros. It is one of the most impressive gorges in Crete with steep sides and dramatic rock formations. It is also known as the Gorge of the Dead because ancient Minoans buried their dead in caves high up on the gorge's sides. The 3.5km Chochlakies or Karoumes gorge ends in the magnificent and isolated bay of Karoumes.

Culinary Delights

In Sitia's "Rakadika" and small taverns scattered in villages throughout the region you can try, apart from local meats, also some delicacies of the region cooked in locally produced olive oil, like "chochlious" (snails cooked either with tomato or vinegar and rosemary), "omaties" (stuffed pig intestines), "anthous" (stuffed courgettes) and other. When you visit Toplou don't forget to grab a bite in the monastery's small tavern and purchase organic products from the monastery's extensive agricultural produce (honey, olive oil etc).


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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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