House in Elounda


Details of the House

We believe that every old house has its own history. The owners have made a thorough study to produce a historical picture by seeking information from the relatives of the original owners and from the neighbours, all of whom gladly provided the information contained therein. The House was built in 1840, by G. Mavrikakis, whose family comprised of six children earning their living with sheep and cultivating the land producing carobs, almonds and wheat. This was the time of the Turkish occupation with the Headquarters of the region being in the main village of Elounda. Around 1865, Mavrikakis eldest son, was discovered as having a love affair with a favourite woman of the local Pasha. The news resulted in the anger of the ruler. In a subsequent clash, Mavrikakis killed the Pasha and fled. The result was that the family was forced to move away to Sitia, in the east of Crete, to escape Turkish revenge. The house was then occupied by Turkish officials, until the beginning of the 20th century when a population exchange took place between the Turks living in Greece and the Islands, and the Greeks living in Asia Minor. Partially destroyed, the property returned to the Mavrikakis family until 1960, when it was then sold to the well-known Greek film producer Kounduros. As a lover of tradition, he rebuilt the House adding the attic/loft area (upper bedroom), the terrace, the kitchen and bathroom on the left and right of the main entrance. The ground floor sitting area remained unchanged retaining all the basic features of its Cretan culture. Fifteen years later, in 1975, he sold the property to International Greek actor Fokas, who used it as a summer residence for ten years. In 1985, Fokas sold the House to Margarita Elliott, an American Consul working for the American Embassy in Athens. Later, after she resigned from her post she lived in it for long intervals, earning her living by making independent economic studies for companies and writing essays. She sold the House in 1994 to its present owners. The company will be renting the house from now on, having made extensive preservation work to the terrace adding a summer kitchen, wood and stone repairs, with reverence to the traditional style and history of the property. On entering, the courtyard there is a small fully equipped kitchen on the left and a bathroom on the right .The ground floor consists of a sitting room with a stone fireplace, dining room and up a few steps to the first of the three bedrooms containing a double bed. From here, the stone steps lead to the first floor master bedroom with twin beds, up another flight of steps to the third bedroom with twin beds and a door leading to the veranda/terrace with a summer kitchen and dining area. Spectacular views of Elounda and Elounda Bay from the terrace. All the furniture is old and handcrafted. Location: The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometer.

Facilities of the House

General / living area
  • Log fire
Kitchen / utility
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
Bedrooms (3)
Includes: Double beds (0), single beds (0), en-suite bath/shower rooms (0)
Bathrooms (1)
Includes: Bathrooms (1) of which en-suite (0). Shower (0) and WC (0)
Swimming pool

This holiday house is located in Elounda, Aghios Nikolaos

  • Heraklion: 60 km
  • Nearest Ski: 99 km
  • Nearest Shops: 15 km
  • Nearest Restaurants: 15 km
  • Nearest Bars: 15 km

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Rental rates from €1220 - €1630 per week
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Property ID: 1135792
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