Samonas Traditional Villas
Greece, Crete, Chania, Apokoronas
Address: [Samonas, Apokoronas, Chania, Crete]
Type: [Traditional villas/apartments]
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The traditional settlement of Samonas is a complete neighbourhood located in the village of Samonas, in the district of Apokoronas, at an altitude of 400 m and at a distance of 25 km from Chania. Apokoronas Prefecture is well known for its hospitable inhabitants, its beautiful traditional villages and the unique nature beauty. It is worth visiting all of them, since each one has its own particular colour, traditions, folkways and history.
The village still preserves its picturesque character since it is really very small and has very few inhabitants. Their main occupation is stock-raising, agriculture and apiculture. The settlement is built on a hill slope and it has such an orientation that it offers an impressive view from all dwellings. Looking over from the settlement's location, we get the impression that we could touch the Lefka Ori, or dive into the vast Cretan sea.
All dwellings have two main entrances with traditional rustic locks and big iron keys. They are decorated with many small folklore objects and antiques. All incorporate the same comforts and luxury, although they differ in size and layout. On the ground floor, a) fully equipped built-in kitchen with oven, ceramic cook-stoves, refrigerator, freezer, dish washer, microwaves, coffee pot, toaster, small electric sweeper, pressure cooker and a whole line of well-known kitchen items and top quality dinner service. b) Dining room with a large table made of wood and marble and hand-made engraved chairs. c) Sitting room with fireplace, TV, DVD-player, stereo, telephone, double or triple couch with orthopedic mattresses which very easily converts to two single or one double bed. On the first floor, a) bedroom with double bed with orthopedic mattress, toilet-mirror, wardrobe, screen, full-length mirror, iron, ironing-board, telephone etc b) bathroom with shower, washing machine and washer dryer, hair dryer All dwellings have at least one independent courtyard or veranda and balcony with traditional outdoor furniture. Apart from the fireplace, all dwellings have air-conditioning on both floors and hot water from solar and electric water heater. All furniture is handmade, carved made from beech. The linen draperies are embroidered and of top quality while the quilts and pillows are feather. Communal areas The reception area is common for all dwellings, presenting the image of a small coffee house where visitors may taste tsikoudia, wine, herbs and local dishes. During their stay, visitors can find in this area buy all types of local products as well as a small variety of necessity items. This area provides the possibility of internet connection and also includes a small library, music cds, dvd films and board games. The settlement also includes a large traditional wood-oven and barbecue, swimming pool, well equipped gym and Turkish bath.
The rooms are named after certain herbs from Crete and they are the following: Mantzourana Double room dwelling of 50 m² which may accommodate up to 4 persons. Its areas are made up in four deferent levels. It comprises a balcony and one covered veranda. It is dated since the end of 1800, while in the past served as a store room for grains, oil, and wine. One of its areas was part of the wine press which does not exist now. Diktamos Double room dwelling of 60 m² with the possibility to easily accommodate up to 4 persons. The bedroom is located on the ground floor and its two walls is natural rock under the soil. It incorporates one independent courtyard. This dwelling was built in 1913 and the ground floor in the past was used as a barn-stable, while the first floor as a weave room and elementary school.
Faskomilia Double room dwelling of 70 m², easily accommodating up to 4 persons. The characteristics of this dwelling are the traditional wooden stove, the large chimney and the well, all found inside the house. It incorporates an indoor veranda, a large independent courtyard and has access to the roof with a magnificent panoramic view. It was initially built in the mid 1800's and was used as a kitchen-dinning room while inside the well they kept cheese products and wine due to the temperature difference. Malotira Triple room, newly built dwelling of 75 m² easily accommodating up to 4 persons. It is built with traditional materials and in a traditional manner and totally blends in with the natural environment. It has one internal arch and incorporates one indoor veranda with view to the Akrotiri and the entire area of Apokoronas, two independent courtyards and it has access to the roof with view to the mountain as well as to the sea. It has immediate internet access connection.
Fliskouni Triple room new dwelling of 80 m², in total harmony with the area and the oldest buildings. It may accommodate up to 6 persons. The only one with canted tile roof in the bedroom, located higher than the remaining dwellings. It incorporates two indoor verandas with view and has immediate internet access connection.
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