Entering by way of impressive solid wood, arched doors set into the substantial stone walls that encompass the house you are immediately aware that you have arrived at a property of considerable stature. Just 200m from shops and tavernas and 1km from the sweeping stretch of sandy beach that runs all the way along to Almirida, Epavlis Plaka enjoys an unrivalled location in the centre of the old village and yet, curiously, is so well hidden from sight that few people even know of its existence!
Few houses can boast such a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Inside, a restful colour scheme adds a homely glow with the attractive soft furnishings of the living room further enhanced by contemporary paintings and elegant artefacts. The dining area boasts wooden ceilings and traditional carved furniture while thick stone walls help to keep the house agreeably cool when outside temperatures are at their height.
All three of the bedrooms are spacious and tastefully furnished with their own en suite bath or shower room, air conditioning and seating area. The first floor at Epavlis Plaka is virtually a private suite comprising a double bedroom with vaulted beamed ceiling and four poster bed, a separate shower room and dedicated seating area. There is also access to the large shared roof terrace where a table, chairs and chunky hammock present the perfect place in which to relax and enjoy a cool drink, particularly at sunset with gorgeous Souda Bay backed by the craggy silhouette of the Akrotiri peninsula sparkling invitingly ahead.
Flanked by low sand cliffs with the imposing White Mountains towering behind, Plaka’s gently shelving sandy beach is considered very family-friendly, attracting swimmers and non-swimmers alike. The village also makes an ideal base for exploring this delightful corner of Crete which has so many interesting places to visit that it is no surprise to see so many visitors return year after year.
Art students, historians and amateur photographers regularly come to marvel at the abundance of well-preserved Venetian and Turkish architecture found in Chania (20km). With its warren of cobbled streets and narrow alleyways, the former capital of Crete is an iconic location and a town that merits visiting both during the day and again in the evening to experience the dramatic differences in atmosphere. Daytime is great for general sightseeing, shopping and perhaps a light lunch at the harbour front cafes while the evening sees the ancient monuments illuminated, the quayside lined with craft stalls and the walkways busy with locals and visitors alike enjoying the night air and trying to decide which of the chic harbour-front cafés has the most appealing dinner menu.
Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen (microwave, dishwasher) with seating area. Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with door to pool terrace. Cloakroom. Twin bedroom (A/C) with sitting area, en suite bathroom and steps up to roof terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with sitting area, en suite shower room and two small private terraces.
First Floor Suite: Seating area, separate double bedroom (A/C) separate shower room and doors to roof terrace.
Outside: Sun terrace. In built barbecue.
Private pool (6.5m x 3m).