“Three stylish cottages and two apartments (sleeping 2-9) converted from fishermen’s houses, right on the harbour of this sleepy town in eastern Crete”
These 3 cottages and 2 apartments vary in size and layout, but one thing they all have in common is style: splashes of bright colour against whitewashed walls, pretty wooden or wrought iron furniture, and a few antiques(fading kilims, brass candlesticks, a historic diver’s bell). Some have wooden floorboards and beamed ceilings, others marble floors and bright downlighters set into the plaster overhead. And a few have retained the corner hearth from their days as fishermen’s homes. All properties have a well-equipped kitchen, gratifyingly efficient bathrooms (some ensuite, others adjoining; some with tub, others with shower).
Pride of place goes to the White House (sleeps up to 7), with its two gorgeous double bedrooms, one with a wrought-iron four-poster, and a pair of generous sitting rooms with massive wooden sofas. The Double House is the largest, with 2 lovely bedrooms (one has stairs to a roof terrace) and 3 cosy rooms which can be used as single bedrooms or sitting rooms; it boasts a small private chapel with bucket-style terracotta chairs (based on a Minoan design). The Winter House is smaller, newer and cheaper than the other 2 - perfect for families of 3-4 - with the same blue-on-white minimalist design, including a blue-tiled shower cylinder planted inside the master bedroom.
The apartments would suit a couple, each occupying one floor of a newer building. They are clean, white and refreshingly minimal, but lack the exotic touches and decorative flair of the cottages. The Balcony Apt has (you guessed it) a balcony overlooking the harbour; the Harbour Apt has no outside areas but, unlike the others, there are no stairs to negotiate.
All properties have a well-equipped kitchen (fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine, toaster), with a dining area for the appropriate number of guests. They too are decorated with rustic chic - old bread trays and meshed larders on the wall, or huge amphorae and clay vases on the floor - and stocked with breakfast provisions and cooking staples, including organic oil from their own olive groves. All the cottages have some form of outside dining area; guests in the ‘Harbour Apt’ can take a table out onto the quayside and have a Greek-style café breakfast.
If you prefer to eat out, Makriyialos harbour has a string of old-fashioned tavernas serving fresh-grilled fish, home-baked veg dishes and the juiciest of Greek salads, all accompanied by tangy retsina and goats’ cheese. Alternatively, Olympio café serves good snacks and pizzas, or there’s an Italian restaurant in neighbouring Analipsi.
Children are welcome and the houses are perfect for families or groups. Extra beds cost the same whether for children or adults.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Whatever the size of your family, there's something at The White Houses to suite you. Apartments can sleep 2 adults and a child, and the cottages can fit up to 9! Do note that none of the bathrooms have a tub.
English-speaking babysitting is available by arrangement, see Rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The well-equipped kitchens have blenders and microwaves so little ones will be looked after as well as older kids.
There are some steep steps. There is a shop very close by for nappies, food and beach toys.