This fabulous estate sits impressively in 25,000 m2 of grounds on a hillside overlooking the sea, near Elounda. Although there is no direct access to the sea, the property benefits from spectacular views, and guests can use watersports facilities, golf course, spas and restaurants at nearby Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda or Peninsula hotel at additional cost.
The extensive grounds include an olive grove, a Roman tank, protected by Greek laws on antiquities and several large outdoor sculptures. Outside the house, an infinity swimming pool (12 x 6m) faces the sea, and has a large terrace on three sides, with a dining area and barbecue. There is also a bathroom with changing area and shower. Pool heating, if required, is included in the price. A large terrace off the living room and dining room, also has an outdoor dining area with barbecue under pergola. Further away from the house, on a hillside, is a Davis Cup size tennis court, with an adjacent boules court. On the edge of the sea is a 6 metre by 4 metre platform with steps into the sea. On request, there is additional accommodation in a charming two bedroom cottage, on a lower level from the main house. The steepness of the grounds, makes the property unsuitable for unsupervised small children.
The interiors have a wonderful feeling of space, with very high ceilings, and the rooms are furnished with antiques from around the world. Full air conditioning/heating (controls in each room) is included in the rental price. The huge living room, with its 600-year-old fireplace and sea views on three sides, is furnished with large, comfortable sofas and fine art.
The well stocked library also has a Boston Steinway grand piano, broadband wireless internet connection, fax and printer, and opens to a large balcony with sea and mountain views. On the lowest floor, there is a games room with billiard table and satellite TV, opening to the pool area on one side and a patio on the other. There are three superb bedrooms on the top floor, all with balconies and views, and four on the lowest floor, which open to patios and the garden.
Entrance hall, leading to living room, with sea views on three sides. Library, opening to large balcony. Dining room. Fully equipped kitchen, with dining table and sea and mountain views on three sides. Outside the kitchen is a table and four comfortable chairs. Laundry/pantry. Bathroom.
Master bedroom with king-size bed, fireplace and large porch. Two en-suite bathrooms, one with large shower room, and one with Jacuzzi. Blue Room with king-size bed, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower) and balcony, overlooking the swimming pool, with sea views. Moroccan Room with king-size/twin beds, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower) and balcony with mountain views.
Gounalakis Suite of two bedrooms, each with king-size/twin beds, and sharing a living room and bathroom (bath and shower). These bedrooms open to two patios. Manolis suite of a bedroom with king-size bed and a sitting room with sofa-bed. En-suite bathroom with shower. This suite opens to the garden. Games room, opening to pool area.
Porto Elounda, Elounda Mare and Penninsula Hotels with restaurants, spa, golf and full watersports are 20 minutes walk
Nearest beach 10 minutes drive
Heraklion Airport 55 minutes drive