Beautifully renovated traditional stone house in unspoiled village East Crete

Beautifully renovated traditional stone house in unspoiled village East Crete


Jul 2015

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home in Eastern Crete is a beautifully restored, traditional stone built house in the unspoiled hilltop village of Tourloti. This area of East Crete has a dramatic and rugged landscape, of mountains, olive groves, sleepy white villages, cliffs, rocky coves and beaches, largely untouched by tourist development.

There are many walks from and around the village, including hill and coastal walks, and the area is rich in wildlife, flora and fauna. The house, with stunning views over the Mirabello Bay, is an excellent base for exploring East Crete, the attractive towns of Aghios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra, as well as the gorges of the South coast. It also benefits from its proximity to the well known village of Mochlos, a short drive down the hillside, with its renowned fish tavernas. Beaches are available at Mochlos, or the coastal resorts towards Aghios Nikolaos.

Suitable for those wanting tranquillity and a taste of traditional Crete, the house is intimate enough for a couple, yet large enough for 2 families, as it can sleep up to 8 people.

The house is accessed through, and built around an attractive, traditional courtyard, furnished with plants and pots, table and chairs, and providing an additional shady seating area for hot summer days.

Living/dining room
The generous living/dining area features a stone floor, beamed wooden ceiling, Cretan arch and open fireplace. It is furnished with dining table and chairs, leather sofa bed, armchairs and coffee table, TV/DVD and CD players. The style of furnishing within the house is modern yet rustic, in keeping with the traditional charm of the house, but providing a high level of comfort and style.

Open plan to the living /dining area, this kitchen has been fitted with all modern appliances, including oven, hob, large fridge freezer, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, coffee maker etc, and all cooking/catering equipment required for up to 8 persons.

Courtyard bedroom
This charming double bedroom is accessed through the courtyard, and is self contained with its own small ensuite shower room. Stone walls, and floor, with wooden ceiling. Air conditioned.

Twin bedroom
On the ground floor of the main house, this large twin room had many attractive features including an original stone basin and recessed shelving, stone floor and wooden ceiling, two windows with view into the courtyard. Beds can be moved together. Air conditioned.

Upstairs bedroom
Delightful upstairs bedroom with kingsize bed, again with beamed ceiling, wooden floor, two windows, and views onto the roof terrace and beyond. Air conditioned.

Additional beds
A large comfortable sofa bed is located in the living room, providing sleeping accommodation for 2 more persons.

The bathroom on the first floor is very large, comfortable and well equipped, with toilet, basin, bath and over bath shower.

Mezzanine lounge
The mezzanine provides lovely, bright additional seating, on comfortable wicker sofa and chairs, with views through patio doors to the roof terrace.

Roof terrace
The is the centre of the house - a stunning “L” shaped roof terrace, with spectacular views all around, to the sea, mountains and lots of sky. This is where you will gather to enjoy meals, wine, conversations, quiet, fabulous views, superb sunsets and starry nights. Equipped with large dining table and chairs, partly shaded by a pergola, built-in BBQ and sun loungers.

The Area
The village is located just off the main E75 route which runs from west to east along the north coast of Crete. Tourloti is about half way between the towns of Aghios Nikolaos (40 mins) and Sitia (30mins). Heraklion airport is 1.5 hours drive.
Car hire is recommended to take advantage of this delightful area.

There are a number a small, rocky coves and beaches below Tourloti and around Mochlos, a short drive down the hillside, or there are larger sandy beaches in the resorts towards Aghios Nikolaos (e.g. Istron, Amoudara, Almyros), or the south coast eg Ilerapetra, Myrtos, Magrikolas).

Tourloti itself is a small, traditional village, the largest of a group of four, dotted across the hillsides in this area which are covered in olive groves and wild flowers. It has changed little in the past few decades, and remains untouched by tourism. However, it retains a healthy vibrant Greek community, of families living and working in the local area. The village has a prominent church, primary school, two small mini-markets, a bakery, chemist, post office, two kafenions and one small traditional taverna. The narrow streets with white washed houses, flower filled alleyways, and glimpses of spectacular views, give the village a unique, timeless sense of tranquillity, far removed from modern city life. It is the centre for several religious celebrations and festivals, especially over Easter and the summer months.

A holiday in Tourloti offers the opportunity to experience a real Cretan village and way of life, and while Greek is the spoken language here, the residents of the village are friendly and welcoming to visitors, as are all Cretans.

April through to November is the best time to visit, to enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside and rich ancient culture, walking, enjoying the simple relaxed lifestyle or simply soaking up the sun. This is our holiday home and is available for non-simultaneous swaps or points. The house is well equipped and very comfortable, but we have tried to keep its character simple and rustic in keeping with the village around it.

Our main home is in LONGNIDDRY, EAST LOTHIAN SCOTLAND just outside of EDINBURGH and is available also through this website.

Please note that our house in Crete is accessed by a steep narrow lane, not suitable for cars, Parking nearby but with short uphill walk, as is usual in these old villages.

We will ask points only guests to contribute 75 euros towards the cost of cleaning/laundry/meet and greet if we are not available to do ourselves.

Oct 2017 - Wifi now available in house.


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More about us

  1. We are a retired professional couple

  2. We have family in Melbourne and are always interested in swaps there, but are also open to other destinations.

  3. We love to travel, walk, read, theatre, eat, being out enjoying nature.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
We love the tavernas at Mochlos - hard to choose which one is the favourilte
Cool bars
Panorama taverna for great coffee and views of the bay
Retail therapy
Agios Nikolaos is great for shops - a fab day out with its own sandy beach
Bit of culture
Minoan remains everywhere - Itanos is our favourite for remains with a great beach beside it.
Walks in the park
This is a fabulous area for walks - through olive groves, up mountains, down gorges.
Spot of exercise
Walking, diving, kayaking, windsurfing on east coast. The roof terrace is the most wonderful place for yoga, and star gazing!
Day tripping
There are great day trips in every direction, or explore further into west crete and spend a night in a taverna that takes your fancy. We love a day trip to the east coast with its lovely deserted beaches - only an hour any.

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