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!
We stayed here for five nights and have to say it is in an amazing and unique location. The old village nearby is great to walk around in, and the area is very peaceful overall with a river and mountains surrounding the cabins.
We stayed in the small lower cabin and the amenities are basic. The biggest downside to this cabin is that it doesn't get much sunlight. When you book the place it's a bit confusing as there is only one rate for a property with two cabins, and the upper cabin seems to be much nicer with more sunlight. It's unclear if the rate is for both cabins or only one, and if the rate is the same for both.
A nice thing is that Angela left us some amazing eggs and veggies in the fridge and also brought us some cheese pies. The village has some small shops, and nearby there is another village called Spili which is really nice.
Overall this is a really relaxing place and we would recommend staying here.
Not a very good experience. If you have the pictures of the stone cottage in mind and you get the lower cottage instead you'll be very disapointed. No greek paradise about that for sure... There is one picture of the lower cottage among all the others, and it doens't show much. It has a smell of moist, that stayed in our clothes after leaving the place.
The lower cottage is not worth the amount of money that the host is charging for it.
One good thing is that when the tube on the hot water tank went off and almost boiled my boyfriend, a new tank was installed the next day...
Angela has been a comprehensive and welcoming host. Although we arrived much later than what was expected, it was not a problem for her. We loved the experience of the village, which is not crowded with tourist. We had a lovely experience at the cafe where we also bought some excellent local product (such as delicious olive oil!). The surrouding of the cottages is charming. Angela has two cottages for rent. Maybe you want to ask for which one is available because one is more charming than the other. The cottage we had was rustic but well equiped. The only thing: the bed could have been more comfortable. Overall, it was good for the price!
A wonderful stay, a wonderful place, and a wonderful host (family)! The cottage is charming and peaceful – it became “my little paradise” – but the best part of my stay has been the sensational “welcome” extended by Angela, Zoe, and their family. Such kindness! I could not write a higher review or one with more fondness ☺
Thank You for getting an impression of living in a greek paradise garden :)
It was an unique experience I'll always be thinking of.
Our visit to Angela's stone cottage was everything promised and more! The property is beautiful and quiet and felt like we were miles from anyone else, despite being a short walk from the little village of Mixourroma. It's a short drive to Spili where shopping and restaurants abound, and only 30 minutes to the beautiful beaches at Plakias. There is also a little cafe and a mini-market in the village for basic needs, and even free Wifi. When we return to Crete, we will definitely stay at Angela's Paradise again!
The cottage was beautiful especially at night with the lights. Definitely a unique experience !
Angela's little house was a complete delight - small, rustic, and a great place to spend a few days - we would have stayed longer if we could. The house is in a small hamlet, and is the only habitable building apart from Angela's other cottage, which is further down the garden, close to the river. It is approached by a short footpath,from the parking place, and you reach the cottage via stone steps which drop down through the terraced garden which is full of flowering shrubs - and at night there are lights which transform the garden into a magical paradise....Everything about the house was charming - and Angela was charming too. She brought us some lovely cheese pies. This is a really relaxing ad enriching place to stay - nothing but peace and quiet, and the occasional passing flock of sheep. Bliss.
(We were in the "upper" apartment fit for two persons.)
We - young couple - had a great time in Angelas Paradise - and a paradise it truly was! We weren't quite sure what to expect and then you bet that we were overwhelmed by it. A fair warning first: Expect a apartment close to nature, not full of luxury. The "luxury" is provided in other terms here: You're about alone in a vast abundance of greens, flowers, trees, can hear the bells from goats and sheeps nearby (other side of the river), can watch the semi-wild ducks (they will agree to eat what you feed them, but they make clear that they prefer to not be bothered :-) ) that occupy the lower of many terraces. The building itself is clean (stone/concrete floor!) and functional, and adorably decorated. Some cooking plates allowed us to cook/heat food, there's a sink. The bathroom is attached to the building, but there's direct access to it from the apartment we were using.
The surrounding area is interesting. A full village - deserted long ago (except the church, which is renovated, just like the apartments below it - that's this offer). It's a good origin for wandering through Cretan nature.
The bed is well and the sheets were clean - also, clean towels were provided.
The place is a creation of caring and love, and a clear vision. A success! I would also suggest it for groups of people - you can't even disturb other people, since there are none in the area around you (except maybe a shepherd now and then) :-)
It's a bit challenging to find the place - but a friend of Angela was there to show us the way. Thanks! Unfortunately we were out when Angela came around so we only met on the last day. That didn't stop Angela to leave food for us in our absence - delicious! And plenty, too. We ate two full days from it - so tasty! Thanks again!
Overall strongly suggested to people who want some time off, close to nature. I don't want it to sound too esoteric (it's great for that, too, I guess!), but it's a place for the soul.
Angela's place is truly a little paradise. The traditional stone house sits in a gorgeous multi-level garden on the bank of a river. From the roof of the neighboring (empty) building there are great views of the surrounding hills during the day and the stars at night. Our last night, there was a birthday party in the village and we were treated to the sound of traditional greek music drifting down to the house. Nice surprises included the outdoor shower and fresh plums to be picked from the garden.
Angela herself was so sweet and really went out of her way to make our visit special. The house was stocked with home made wine, raki, bread, olive oil, stuffed vegetables, even some produce and eggs in the fridge. There's a bakery down the road with plenty of good breads, cheeses, as well as some general items. Would recommend a car as the place is a little isolated (which is its charm!) but there are many places within 10-30 minutes drive (Spili, Plakias, Preveli ...).