“A tranquil organic farming estate near Chania, offering 3 self-catering apartments (for 2-4) with private pools and beautiful gardens”
There are 3 self-contained apartments spread over 2 buildings: Danae, Kyriakos and Kynthia, each sleeping 2-4 people.
Danae and Kyriakos are both on the ground floor. Cool and spacious open-plan spaces with large arches, original wooden beamed ceilings and some exposed stonework, each has a slick kitchen with a long wooden table for meals, and a lounge with sofabeds where 2 kids could sleep (or extra adults in Danae). The master sleeping area in each is on a mezzanine, reached by a half-flight of steps. Being on the ground floor and having thick centuries-old walls, ceiling fans suffice to keep temperatures cool in summer. The only thing missing is natural light, but to compensate you have your own garden and pool. Danae has a large lawn rimmed with aromatic Mediterranean planting and a pool backed by a high wall. Kyriakos' pool is set in a wild flower garden, with bright red poppies in spring. Please note that the pools are not available in winter (Nov-March)
We stayed in Kynthia, a first-floor apartment approached up a steep flight of outside steps. The main space is a big open-plan bedroom with a four-poster bed and an elegant Art Nouveaux wood-burning stove, a lounge with a wicker sofa and two armchairs, and a built-in kitchen. Expect ochre walls, cream linen curtains and a stone tile floor. The bathroom combines polished concrete with an old-fashioned bathtub, a magnificent grey marble washbasin with brass taps, and lovely Korres toiletries. There’s an additional small bedroom with bunk beds and an ensuite shower, making this ideal for a couple with two children. Kynthia’s secluded pool lies a short stroll through the garden, and has a stone patio which doubles as a living area with a big table and seating.
All apartments have a sound system with a decent CD library (mainly jazz, classical and Latin) and bookshelves with plenty of English-language novels and Crete guidebooks.
Each apartment has an open-plan kitchen equipped with a cooker (oven, grill and gas hob), fridge, kettle and filter coffee maker, and a juicer for the fresh oranges. For sitting down to eat, each has a big wooden table indoors, and an even bigger table in the shade by your pool, where you can dine by candlelight; Kynthia's has a fridge, kitchenette and toilet here too. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order meals to be delivered.
Upon arrival you’ll find your fridge stocked with eggs, yoghurt, milk, local cheeses, olives and wine, plus Metohi Kindelis’ own organic seasonal garden produce, including oranges, lemons, avocados, tomatoes, strawberries and apricots, depending on the time of year. Essentials such as coffee, Twinings tea, sugar, honey, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper are also provided.
Provisions for a hearty healthy breakfast are supplied on a daily basis and included in the price: fresh bread, homemade jams, and a restock of yoghurt, milk, eggs and delicious fresh fruit. For food shopping, the nearest supermarket is Marinopoulos, a 5-minute drive away on the road to Chania.
Highly recommended eateries in Chania (3km away) include Tamam (49 Zambeliou) serving Cretan dishes in former Turkish bathhouse; the Well of the Turk (1-3 Kalinikou Sarpaki) known for its unusual fusion of North African and Greek cuisine, and Kariatis (Platia Katehaki), a smart Italian restaurant popular with Athenians. If you ask, Manolis and his staff will recommend their favourite eateries in the nearby villages of Mournies and Perivolia (1.5km).
Each apartment is designed to sleep 2-4, making them ideal for a couple with 2 kids. Kynthia is recommended for families with older children as it has a separate small bedroom with bunk beds and ensuite bathroom, while the two open-plan ground floor apartments have sofabeds in their living areas, providing sleeping space. Baby cots and babysitting available on request. Kids will love the freedom of the spacious gardens, and being able to learn about plants in the orchard.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)