4 bedroom, 2 bathroom country mansion with panoramic sea views
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About Ioanna Dorovinis
IOANNA DOROVINIS is an architect (M.Sc. Columbia Un. NYC), specialist in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Settlements (M.A. York Un.UK), with a PhD in History of Architecture (Athens Polytechnique Un.). I am a passionate restoration architect, specializing in Cretan home architecture. I like to discover new housing types, to get involved with the procedure of restoring them, by adding and mixing elements from traditional architecture, and watch them becoming great vacation houses with modern facilities and style. I enjoy the simple life of the Cretan village and talking with the old people. I am the author of many articles and studies on Greek historic architecture. I like to travel, cook the Cretan, healthy cuisine, live and create within art and spirit.
Ioanna Dorovinis purchased this House in 2000
Why Ioanna Dorovinis chose Ierapetra
The house bears the wisdom and the qualities of Cretan domestic architecture, with origins from medieval times and maybe antiquity. Small interventions were enough to convert it into unique pieces of home architecture. The house is an original piece of domestic architecture, no similar houses will be found in the village or elsewhere. It is a big house, with severe exterior that opens though to a lovely courtyard with breathtaking views to the sea. It has a typical Greek village house agglomeration, that has changed very little over the ages, with rooms around the courtyard that is the center of life.
What makes this House unique
Fantastic sea views, peaceful and quiet environment, rich natural environment with excursions to the Cretan landscape, while being close to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of Eastern Crete. The village has kept its agricultural character, is very peaceful and quiet without touristic exploitation. In the morning you might be awaken from the birds, while on the walkways you will meet donkeys, dogs and cats. A series of gigantic rocks "protects" the village in the back while in the front the eye captures spectacular sea views.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:3
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
Please shut off air condition and lights every time you leave the house / electricity is extremely expensive in Greece
In departure please leave the keys on the coffee table of the sitting room
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful restored property
Persephae house is a wonderfully restored villa in the hills overlooking Ierapetra. Every comfort is provided. It is large and comfortable, full of interesting furnishings. It is not at all surprising that the owner is a restoration architect! We were at first a bit intimidated by the tricky drive to the village on Anatoli but then spent a day admiring the many restorations in the village. In the end, we would have liked to stay longer than our short 3 days.
Dear William thank you so much for this great review. Hope to see you back some day
Beautiful home away from home!
Spent an amazing week at Ioanna‘s place in a group of four. The house is very spacious, has an amazing terrace overlooking the sea, and all you need to feel right at home during your holiday. Ioanna and Koula - the housekeeper - make sure that you can enjoy your vacation right from the start, and Anatoli is the right place for people that want to enjoy a quiet and peaceful retreat and venture into southern Crete‘s stunning nature. Truly happy we came here and will certainly keep it in mind for the next trip!
Ruhiges Haus ohne Kompromisse
Das Haus ist sehr ruhig in einem Bergdorf (Anatoli) gelegen. Es liegt zwar im Dorf aber viele umliegende Häuser sind unbewohnt. Es bietet viele Zimmer und eine sehr gute Ausstattung. Wir wohnten dort zwei Wochen mit zwei Kleinkindern (9 Monate und 3 Jahre). Die Badezimmer sind zwar klein aber sehr funktional und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Im Gesamten eine tolle Unterkunft, die es ermöglicht ab vom Trubel abzuschalten.
Wunderschönes Haus mit fantastischer Aussicht
Das wirklich schön restaurierte, gut und ansprechend ausgestattete Haus liegt in dem kleinen Bergort Anatoli ca. 650m hoch. Zum Meer hinunter fährt man ca. 15 Minuten über eine gut ausgebaute aber kurvige Straße. Von den verschiedenen Terrassen hat man einen atemberaubenden Blick über die felsige Gegend auf das Meer bis zur Stadt Ierapetra. Der nächste Supermarkt befindet sich an der Hauptstraße Richtung Ierapetra in ca. 20 min. In der Umgebung gibt es eine Reihe schöner Strände, wie z.B. in Tertsa (5 km westlich von Mirtos - ca. 35min Fahrt). Anatoli eignet sich hervorragend als Ausgangspunkt für die Erkundung des Südostens von Kreta. Hier sind eine Reihe schöner Badebuchten. Das Wasser ist herrlich !! Nicht verpassen sollte man eine Tour nach Kato Zakros durch die faszinierende Berglandschaft und von dort aus weiter nach Xeratokambos. Hier denkt man manchmal man sei auf einem anderen Planeten, so unwirtlich ist die Landschaft. Die Vermieterin Ioanna und die Hausdame Fr. Koula sind sehr nett. Ioanna hat wirklich gute Empfehlungen für Restaurants und Trips um die Umgebung.
Sollten wir mal wieder in diese Gegend Kretas reisen, würden wir dieses Haus definitiv erneut buchen !!!!!
What a great review...You really had a great look and enjoyment of the area around. I was very happy having you as guests and would love to host you again with your friends and family.
The village of Anatoli, folding down a slope behind the city of Ierapetra, is dating from Venetian times. Having kept its architectural and agricultural character is renowned for its healthy climate (dry and cool in summer, warm and sunny in winter), peaceful environment and splendid views to the sea.
The location is ideal for all season’s vacation, amidst a green and sculptured rocky environment of outstanding natural beauty, that offers peace and tranquility of mind and senses, while being in short distance from some of the most beautiful, sandy-blue flag- beaches of Crete. At 12 km (20min drive) the city of Ierapetra offers all facilities and activities of a big city (shops, supermarkets, banks, doctors, water front esplanade with restaurants and cafes, archaeological Collection, organized beach etc). At 22km (30min.drive) the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nicolaos, as Prefecture city, offers further services and facilities as well as variety of touristic attractions and sports as scuba diving, sailing, boat visits to resort beaches and nearby islands etc.
Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, churches and chapels and natural places of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to these beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.
WHERE TO SWIM: Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea). At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) are found two of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure waters, “Voulisma” and “Agios Panteleymon”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, among which the best are Agia Galini (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public), Agia Fotia, Ferma, Psaropoula, Koutsounari etc.
On the other side of Ierapetra the village of Myrtos offers also a beautiful, sandy beach. Beyond Myrtos extend very interesting places to visit and swim, up to Keratokampos, with beautiful, calm Cretan landscape and isolated beaches (no villages or towns around).
You should not miss a day trip to Chrissi Sand Island (the Golden Sand beach), the most renowned beach island (no building activities are allowed) in Crete. Natural environment of exceptional beauty, beach with sand and azure waters . Boat schedules from the port of Ierapetra.
SIGHTSEEING:This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments you should not miss on your first visit, together with others, representatives of the rich island’ s history..
Archaeological sites is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete) set in beautiful landscape with the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating.
HELLENISTIC CITY OF LATO flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos,
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA considered a unique monument of its kind in Crete, all frescoed from 13th to 14th century, depicting the techniques towards renaissance, before the style was transferred to the West with the fall of Constantinople.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GOURNIA and MALLIA
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed medieval monastery dating from the 14th century, and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. From there you can swim in VAI BAY one of the most famous shores of Crete, with fine sand and Palm trees, and visit ITANOS, the last eastern city of Minoan times, with ideal port location for exchanges with Anatolia and Egypt.
The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE is an impressive cave and archaeological site, located at the Lassithi Plateau, near the village of Psychro. It contains a Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus, A 15 min stepped walkway or donkey ride will bring you to the entrance of the cave, while it is worth visiting some of the villages of the Plateau, like St. George, St. Constantine and also Psychro.
MILATOS CAVE- a modern history cave, now a place of memory, where 3000 locals took refuge during Turkish occupation, to be executed after its seize.
MATALA CAVES-very famous place, ideal for swimming
SPINALOGA CASTLE ISLAND from Venetian times, now an open air museum .
For nature lovers don't miss an excursion to the Gorges of SARAKINA (between the villages of Anatoli and Malles) and KRITSA, the forest of SELAKANO (west of Anatoli). In Anatoli 3 walking paths start from different points of the village-marked with signs and charts- leading to the fields of the locals, that used to cultivate till recently, and with miniature chapels for their protection and worship while working there. All walking paths pass through landscapes of natural beauty.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS-COLLECTIONS OF AGIOS NICOLAOS (important) and IERAPETRA (a collection of sarcophagus only but worth visiting).