In our quest for quality properties with character and style, it was indeed a pleasure to come across the Old Bakery. Located on the outskirts of Vamos, a sleepy and beguiling village just 7km from the gorgeous sandy beaches of Almyrida, the building's fascinating, historic origins have been sympathetically preserved through a sensitive, lovingly crafted restoration.
Tucked away to the rear of the house is a charming courtyard enclosed by mature shrubs and bushes. The tower of the village church scenically peeps over the top of two magnificent olive trees that dominate one side of the stone pool terrace, their distinctive, gnarled trunks and silver-leaved branches providing dappled shade. On the opposite side a tastefully designed covered dining terrace cleverly incorporates the ancient bread oven once used for baking the villagers' daily staples.
A comfortable mix of traditional and contemporary styles, the living accommodation seamlessly integrates modern comforts alongside traditional, characterful features which include beamed ceilings, exposed stone window frames and a second wood fired oven in the kitchen useful for preparing homemade pizzas and fresh loaves. From the ground floor twin bedroom patio doors open onto the front terrace, whilst upstairs, the delightful double bedroom has a balcony with far-reaching views across the surrounding Apokoronas countryside to the sea and an outer staircase descending directly to the front terrace.
A fifteen minute stroll brings you to the leafy village centre. Bordered by orchards and olive groves, magnificent views to Souda Bay and the White Mountains imbue it with a rarefied air. Vamos’ three local tavernas specialise in home made Cretan cuisine, the Arts café regularly hosts live music and film shows while various minimarkets, kafenions, an internet café, post office, and a health centre help create a sense of community that is in marked contrast to the village’s chequered history. It was Arab pirates who first settled here in the eighth Century closely followed by the Venetians and Turks. Their combined legacy includes several striking, neo-classical houses as well as a rich cultural heritage enthusiastically overseen by a preservation society established by the villagers.
Tempting as it is not to stray far from the peaceful ambience of the Old Bakery, for a day on the beach, the coastline between Alymirida and Kalives (3km) is hard to beat. Here you will find two gently shelving sandy beaches (one with a coveted Blue Flag), some little coves, a small fishing harbour and several enticing waterside tavernas.
Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining area (Satellite TV, DVD, CD, A/C) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (microwave). Twin bedroom with doors to front patio. Shower Room (washing machine)
First Floor: Landing with access to large balcony. Double bedroom (A/C) doors to private balcony. Bathroom (half bath).
Outside: Shower. Sun terrace. Covered dining terrace. In built barbecue and bread oven. ( Washing machine). Private parking.
Private swimming pool (6m x 4m)