This attractive stone retreat is privileged to magnificent sweeping views across an undulating tree covered landscape stretching dramatically down to the Cretan Sea. Distinct burgundy patterned tiles embellish the pool terrace which itself appears to jut out into the dense, verdant wave of hills around the house. To one corner, a covered dining area takes full advantage of the outstanding vista while oleander and palm trees add further poolside colour.
Complementing the natural copper-tinged strains of locally quarried granite, the exterior plasterwork at Isadora has had terracotta added to the mix giving the façade a distinctive (and very traditional) dusky pink hue. The impression is that you are looking through rose-tinted spectacles, particularly at sunset when the dramatic amber skies turn the house walls ever-deeper shades of cerise.
Homely and welcoming, a combination of exposed brickwork, simple tiled floors and wooden ceilings imbues Isadora with a timeless air. Deft touches with the house décor sees traditional Cretan styling sympathetically fused with modern fixtures and fittings ensuring established character is maintained and the mood kept informal. Comfortably furnished throughout, the double bedroom has an en suite bathroom while a further bathroom serves the two twin rooms each of which has access to either a front or back terrace.
For everyday essentials the little village of Panos Stalos (1.5km) comprises a handful of houses, three tavernas, a mini market and local kafenion where invitations to join the locals in their beloved pastime of backgammon are not unusual. Just two kilometres downhill the plentiful shops and restaurants of Kato Stalos include Maria’s Taverna, a long-established landmark popular with the locals and several laid-back bars fringing the sandy beach.
Regularly included amongst the top ten beaches in Greece, this north western corner of Crete is also home to Falassarna, a vast stretch of coastline that is actually five consecutive, unspoilt beaches of fine white sand lapped by tropical blue sea. Some 49km from Isadora it makes a great day trip destination for a swim and picnic.
Closer to base, the delightful old harbour of Chania (10km) is backed by a historic domed mosque and houses a wealth of lively waterside tavernas beneath its crumbling Venetian façades. Modelled on Marseille market, the Agora is a huge indoor marketplace offering a unique shopping experience we think everyone should sample at least once!
Accommodation: Open plan living/dining room area (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, A/C) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace. Bathroom (washing machine).
Outside: In built barbecue. Covered and open terraces. Private parking. Poolside shower
Private swimming pool (6m x 8m) with designated children’s section (2m x 1m).