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Villa 14056 Crete, Greece

Sleeps: 2

Arosmari Village Retreat  Basil Cottage
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Arosmari is a haven; a cluster of stone and cypress wood cottages with a beautiful garden at their heart, set in the timeless village of Vamos. Here, among roses, jasmine and lavender are many secret corners to read, meditate or sleep the afternoon away. Touches of the rural past: a shepherd's hut, a threshing circle and even a small chapel are spread among the olive trees and lawn. A leisurely day begins with breakfast served in the gardens, using local produce and later, light lunches can be served by the pool. There is a delightful reading room with open views over the pool and garden plus a cosy sitting room with its old photographs and memorabilia. An extra dimension is a small spa for guests including a Turkish Hammam and treatment room for a combination of traditional massages and therapies with scented oils.

The village of Vamos is set against the spectacular backdrop of the White Mountains. Shepherds still herd their sheep along the flag-stoned lanes and russet-haired goats amble between the olives. Vamos is a small slice of old Crete infused with the values of traditional hospitality. The village is famous for its local crafts and organic produce: including thyme honey, pickles, jams, cheeses and olive oil soap. It also has a local bakery, a 19th Century kafenion and traditional tavernas where mouth-watering Cretan specialities, such as chicken in red wine, cuttlefish and fennel, artichokes or chickpea puree are cooked in stone ovens and served with some of the island's best wine. In low season, log fires create a wonderful evening atmosphere and in summer, large plane trees provide welcome shade. For those who want to explore authentic Cretan food a little further, local cookery courses are available. The village is also the starting point for walking tours of the surrounding countryside


Basil Cottage (2 guests) semi-detached:
Ground floor: split level open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with 2-ring hob, mini-oven, fridge, TV/DVD
First floor: double bedroom (air-conditioned) with balcony, shower room
Breakfast included
A cluster of 7 semi-detached or detached cottages with communal gardens, reading room, small sitting room, honesty pool bar, light lunches available, Hammam and massage room (paid locally)
Shared swimming pool 13.5m x 5m (depth 1.1-1.8m) with children's pool
Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane


Beach (Kalyves) 10min drive
Tavernas/shops (Vamos) 8min walk
Chania 45min drive
Chania airport 1hr drive

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