If you wish to write, paint, live...come to the fairytale old village of Kato Mixorouma, and stay in a stone-built cottage in a garden flooded with flowers and trees on the bank of the river full of ducks and gees, and let the singing of the birds and the splashing of the river rock you to sleep and calm you. The property contains two small cottages, approximately 50sq m in a 1000 sq m lot. The first cottage has a small but practical kitchen. The sleeping area for 2, is on the built-in mezzanine. The second cottage can accommodate up to 4 people, it has a kitchenette and is located on the lower tier next to the river. Both cottages share the same bathroom which can be found outside, as traditional Cretan homes were built. The cottages are quite simple, but appropriate. Mrs Angela, the owner, will offer true Cretan hospitality during your stay.
The History of Kato Mixorouma
The village is in a very calm place surrounded by mountains right on the river. It is in the old historical village of Kato Mixorouma where very few people currently live, as the new village is built about 200-300 meters away. The village has old houses of traditional cretan architecture, which we are now in the process of trying to get the state to fund in order to preserve and define it as a traditional village. Here is a little bit of history….The settlement of Kato Mixorouma is referenced in the first known recording of settlements in Crete by Fr.Barozzi in 1577 and in the Basilicata in 1630. It is also referenced in the Turkish census in 1659 and in the Egyptian census in 1834.
The Kato Mixorouma is built on the north bank of the river which starts in Spili, running year round with lush vegetation dominated by trees, willows, myrtles, oleanders, reeds and citrus. The spectacle that the visitor sees is impressive. The beauty truly captivates the senses. It is a picturesque village with stone houses of special architecture with three mills which (despite the ravages of time) are characteristic monument of the life of the local residents combined with the exploitation of natural resources.
One of the three water mills had multiple uses as it was used in parallel as a flour mill, olive mill and a fabric mill (to create more coherent fabrics). All water mills are located in the same building with three separate wells. So the village soon became an innovative industrial center of the time and we can understand the importance of Kato Mixorouma in the local economy and its contribution to the further development of the region. Similarly, the vegetation along the river gave the raw material for the basketry craft to be developed and become an exquisite craft. Villagers still create lovely baskets in Mixorouma.
Hints & Tips from the Owner:
There is a supermarket, bakery and plenty of "kafenia" (traditional coffee shops) located at about 200m in the new village of Mixorouma. About 2.5km away, in Spili, you can find everything you need from services (post office, bank, pharmacy, health center etc) to coffee shops, super markets, taverns and more. From Kato Mixorouma you can explore both the northern and southern part of the island, the beautiful coastal towns of Ag. Galini, the famous beaches of Triopetra and Agios Pavlos, Preveli lake and monastery, the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko gorge, the less known beaches of Ammoudi, Sxinaria, Damnoni and lastely the cosmopolitan village of Plakias. The city of Rethymnon is about 20km away for plenty of nightlife options. For the most adventurous, the E4 trail, which begins just next to the cottage, will eventually lead you to the magnificent Preveli lake!
Please treat our house as you would treat your own. Check out is flexible, during daytime hours, to be confirmed with me. Don't hesitate to ask for whatever you need.
We enjoyed our stay in Angela's cottage SO much!!
It is a wonderful, cute, excotic paradise =)
Beautiful and such a great get-away!
Angela is exceptionally friendly and humorous. She picked us up at the bus station and had prepared cokies, raki and wine and made dinner for us one night =)
Mixoruma is an amazingly beatiful area!
Hope to see you again =)
Angela a été très accueillante et s'est montrée très disponible lorsque nous avons eu besoin de conseils et de bonnes adresses dans les environs. L'un des deux gîtes est une belle bâtisse en pierre. C'est effectivement une expérience unique car ces deux gîtes sont situés dans une partie presque "abandonnée" du charmant village de Mixourouma, tout près d'une vieille église et au bord de la rivière. Parfait pour y résider en pleine saison touristique si vous cherchez plus de calme que dans les villes de la côte. Peut-être moins idéal en quasi hors-saison (fin octobre) car assez frais et humide. Bref, dépaysement garanti.
Die Unterkunft von Angela ist ruhig und idyllisch, Angela eine total klasse Person, sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Ich finde nur, dass die Bilder die Unterkunft, die wir hatten, nicht wiedergeben, man denkt, man ist so untergebracht, wie die Bilder es zeigen. Es gibt jedoch zwei kleine Häuschen und das untere, wo wir waren, was nicht abgebildet ist, ist nicht so schön wie das, was man auf den Bildern sieht. Insbesondere ist das Inventar sehr alt und es gibt nicht genug Besteck z.B. Aber wir haben uns alles in allem sehr wohl gefühlt. Vor allem, weil der Garten toll ist und man ja eigentlich nur zum schlafen drinnen war.
The house is perfect for a quiet stay in the mountains. I saw goats in the morning outside the bedroom window, and the stars in full force at night. A peaceful place with ducks and geese, and the stream are the only sounds you'll hear.
Angela is a wonderful host, and brought me homemade treats one day!
I highly recommend this place.
Nice and lonely place near of Spili, where you can find nice restaurants. The smaller cottage has a basic interrior, but it is sufficiant. I Misses some more pictures of the appartment in advance. The terrasse and the garden were very nice to enjoy the hottest time of the days and to relax. There are a lot of steps to go, so I would recommend to leave a part of the baggage in the car.
Angela's cottage is an oasis of peace. An almost mystical hut in the cretan countryside, you will be one with nature. You will wake up with the deafening sound of crickets, and wi be visited by a lovely cat we called ginger (for obvious reasons) and a couple of geese (much less friendly than the cat). We stayed in the cottage upstairs. A perfect hide-out for those wanting to escape modernity and chaos...and you will have to, because there is no phone or internet connection! If you develop web withdrawal symptoms, the local bakery has free wifi, as well as some delicious home made cookies. Best spots nearby: the st. Anthony canyon, and lots of beaches. Our favourite was shenaria, a 20 minutes drive. Magical little place.
I have been delaying writing this review as all and all, I have had a great experience with Airbnb and would recommend it to anyone whole isn’t into very structured travel and staying in hotels. I just discovered Airbnb in the spring and booked all mine and my granddaughter’s lodgings through Airbnb on our three weeks trip to Greece. All together we stayed with seven different hosts and were pleased if not enthusiastic, with all but one, “Angela’s Unique Cretan Experience” near the village of Spili, Crete. First I will say what is positive about Angela’s cottages. The setting is beautiful and so very peaceful. It is just above a stream with ducks and geese which come and visit. It has mountains surrounding it. The two nights we were there high winds hit the area making being outside unpleasant. Being in a sheltered location, we retreated to sitting our garden and reading after a harrowing drive to the coast feeling like we would be blown off the road. We stopped to take a photo and the wind almost tore the door off the car. It seems like Crete is hit by such winds in July and August. But know there is a price for the solitude at Angela’s cottages. There is no Wi-Fi, nor mobile phone reception until you get to the main road. This I think should be explained in the description of the cottages and location. As far as our stay, the biggest problem arose when we arrived. When I finally reached Angela about our arrival which was a problem in itself, she told me I didn’t have a reservation. I said I certainly do and I have been in touch with her a number of times by email. It seems her daughter is the one who actually handles the booking and email communication with guests. For some reason communication between Angela and her daughter had broken down and she had no idea about my reservation. She had no knowledge of my emails about traveling with my granddaughter, or about saying that yes, we would use sofa bed in the cottage giving my granddaughter the bedroom. Also I asked about the water quality. I am an Asia traveler and always carry a water purifier if I think I will need it. I don’t by plastic bottled water unless I have no other choice. To top it off, her daughter was away in England. When I called the only number I had from Airbnb, I reached her in London. She told me I needed to call her mother and gave me her number. When I called it all I got was a voice mail in Greek which of course I couldn’t understand. I explained to the people in the bakery where I was to meet Angela of my dilemma. Being a very small village, they knew Angela. They called her on their phone and did reach her. After telling me I didn’t have a reservation, she agreed to come...