About this listing
Our recently renovated house is situated in the centre of Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, in a quiet old neighbourhood. Its position is ideal for those who want to explore the city itself and also great for exploring the rest of the island.
Our house is situated in the centre of Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. Its position is ideal for anyone that wants to explore the city itself and indeed the rest of the island with the splendours of Chania, about a two hour drive west of Heraklion, or the charm of Agios Nikolaos, about an hour and a half drive east of the house.
The property is within the famous Venetian walls and we're only a few minutes walk from Lions Square in the very heart of the city. We're in an old neighbourhood which is surprisingly quiet and peaceful given its central location. Most evenings all you can hear is our jasmine tree lightly fluttering in the gentle breeze, when the smells are divine.
We spent five months last year renovating the property which now boasts an efficient solar-panel system for hot water, a brand new contemporary bathroom, satellite TV and WiFi throughout the house.
The house consists of:
Ground Floor: Large reception/dining room, kitchen, hall, toilet, outside toilet (in the small back yard) and outside patio.
First Floor: Large landing space, living room (with French doors to outside balcony), bathroom with shower, bedroom with double bed and French doors to a pretty outside terrace.
There is an Apple Mac computer (with internet connection) in the living room which guests are welcome to use, a TV with "OTE TV" subscription (included) so you can get BBC World News, CNBC, France 24 and DW, among many other Greek and International channels. There is also a DVD player (and a selection of movies) stereo system (and a selection of CDs) with FM tuner. There is FREE fast Wi-Fi available throughout the house. There are land-line telephones in both reception and living rooms, with FREE calls to phone numbers within Greece, which are perfect for ordering delivered take-out food!
The kitchen is well equipped with fridge, microwave with oven-grill, two gas-hobs, electric kettle, bread toaster and Gaggia espresso coffee maker & coffee grinder... and a washing machine!
Fresh towels and bedding are provided.
There is also an iron, an ironing board and hair-dryer available for your use.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the countryside about 25 minutes from the house and are always on call should you need help or advice during your stay.
There is FREE parking in the tiny street at the house (and in the area generally) and there is also a public car-park (3€ per day) just around the corner, a few steps from the front door.
There is a handy corner shop at the top of our street for all life's essentials including bottled water, bread, milk and fresh fruit & vegetables. There is a pharmacy 2 minutes from the house and many other shops including stylish boutiques, banks (with 24hr ATMs), a laundry and a large supermarket.
The colourful 1866 (Market) Street for herbs, Cretan olive-oil, souvenirs and much more is also just a short walk away, as is the fish market for a wide variety of fresh fish and other sea food. There are also plenty of restaurants & tavernas within easy reach and we'll point you in the direction to some our favourites!
Heraklion itself is rich in cultural heritage and we'll be happy to help you get the best from your visit here. The 'Municipality of Heraklion' hosts a wonderful programme of events (music, theatre, film and dance) for its "Summer Festival of Arts", July to September. Most events are held in any one of the four superb open-air theatres within the Venetian Walls - each within easy walking distance of the house.
The famous Knossos Palace is a 20 minute bus ride on the No.2 from a nearby bus-stop.
For sun-seekers, we recommend the large sandy beach at the lively resort of Ammoudara, a ten minute drive or easily accessible by bus, the No.6 from Freedom Square, near the house. Alternatively, the beaches at Karteros, Kato Gouves, Analipsi and Hersonissos are not far away.
If you'd prefer to explore the island, then Heraklion is a perfect base to do so. With a short drive to the 'National Highway' you'll be on your way east, west or south in no time! There really is so much to do and see here and we'll be delighted to advise you on getting the very best from your visit. The only problem you'll have is finding enough time to fit it all in!
Other Things to Note
If you require collecting from Heraklion airport or the port on arrival, we're be happy to pick you up and drive you to the house. If you'd prefer a car waiting for you on arrival we can put you in touch with our preferred car-rental companies. Alternatively, we can advise you where to go to hire a car after your arrive, when you've maybe had time to settle in a bit!
We will make sure that there is a complimentary bottle of wine on the table to welcome you and that there is plenty enough in the fridge for a good Cretan breakfast!
For those of you with business to conduct (meetings, seminars, demonstrations etc.) the downstairs reception room can be easily adapted. It can accommodate around 30 people and there are additional new chairs (see the yellow ones in the photos) in store at the house that can be used for this purpose.
We look forward to welcoming you very soon!
All we ask is that you respect our house and property like your own. We've stayed in many places with Airbnb ourselves and we've always tidied before leaving, so we'd be really pleased if you'd do that for us too!
We look forward to welcoming you very soon!
Sincerely, Clive & Chantal.