Looking for an inexpensive alternative to a hotel? Looking for luxury at a discount? Then please book a hotel in town. There are plenty that offer all the comforts Europeans have come to expect, even in the middle of nowhere, at a cheaper price than I can afford to offer.
If you have read all the reviews by people who have stayed here, are intrigued by the prospect of seclusion and are willing to forego your comfort zone and live like a local, you are most welcome to my home.
This Cretan home is older than anyone knows, built with thick stone walls on the top of a rocky outcrop overlooking a stream that once powered the mill. Over the tops of the olive trees that surround the building, the Mediterranean sea is just visible from the large front patio.
A sink, refrigerator, and gas stove for cooking and a washing machine for washing clothes. You can also use the world's worst shower (low water pressure) to wash the sand and salt from your body after enjoying the beach, before going into town for a frappe, a raki, or dinner and more.
Someone is always available nearby if you have any questions once you get there.
The area immediately around the house is called Milos for the old mill that used to grind grain for flour in the late summer and olive oil in the winter. You share Milos with two old cretan women, their chickens, and a few goats.
It is just a short walk (10 minutes) through the olive groves to the beaches or the center of Paleochora, or you can use bicycles (rent or use ours) to get there in under two minutes. A public bus goes by the house two or three times each day up to Chania or a taxi from Paleochora can be hired to take you there, or to the airport.
Zugang für Gäste
If I am not in Paleochora, I will have a neighbour look after you during your stay. I will tell you how to get in touch with her before your arrival.
If I am in Paleochora, you will not have been able to book your room, as I will be in it.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Someone is always available nearby if you have any questions once you get there. The house is cleaned and fresh sheets are put on the bed once each week for stays longer than a week.
You will probably not see me on your trip. When I am in Paleochora, I stay at my house. While you are there, that is where you will be staying. Do you begin to see the problem? (If I was there, there would be no place for you.)
Weitere wichtige Infos
There are quite a few cats in the area. We have them sterilized each spring, but their numbers continue to grow. We are trying to establish a feeding station away from the house, so please do not feed them on the balcony or they are likely to become a problem.
Because of poor design, the washing machine sits directly in front of the toilet, right up against your knees. If you have a slightly larger than normal sized body, like mine, you will find it impossible to sit straight on the toilet. When the house was built, indoor plumbing did not yet exist. The whole bathroom is an afterthought.
There is no coffee maker. There has never been a coffee maker. Coffee in Greece is made in a pot on the stove. You put in some water, some finely ground coffee, and some sugar. Then you put it over the heat, and stir until the mixture just begins to foam. You will see a golden foam. This is the moment you must stop, remove it from the heat and pour it into tiny cups, serve with a tall glass of cool water and drink it i tiny sips while it is still boiling hot.
Filter coffee is available in town, but the heat will probably push you towards the more appropriate cooling iced frappe.
There are no individually wrapped little scented soap and shampoo packets. Local soap, made in Chania from olive oil is made available. I have used it on my body and hair for many years and find it superior to perfume and lanolin in every way, despite the natural olive green color. My neighbour Maria occasionally makes soap from olive oil as well. Though very local and very natural, it is rarely in anything like a square well formed bar and if it is wrapped up at all, it will be in old newspaper.
There is free parking available just off the road above the house.
Please do not feed the cats on the balcony. If you do, more will come.
A siesta is observed during the hottest hours of the day. This is a good time to relax in the shade or rest up for the evening ahead.