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Built on the upper levels of an olive grove of 3000 m2, Perry Cottage has unobstructed views to the White Mountains and over the village. The entrance leads directly into the inner flagstone paved courtyard. The original cisterns, carved out of stone, once used for washing and for watering the livestock and as the working well, collecting the rain water, give an idea of life in the past, and now hold an array of colourful flowers.
The courtyard leads to the hall and then the "fournospito" - oven-room, with its high interior chimney, now transformed into a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and all the necessary kitchenware and cutlery. On the same level there is also a WC/shower. The large sitting/dining room has a fireplace, a Cretan couch/bed and a long stone bench that can sleep two guests. There is a TV set, a DVD player, and a portable radio/cassette/CD player. There is also a washing machine.
A staircase of cypress wood and logs leads to the upper floor mezzanine (ondas) where there are two double beds. A second WC/shower serves this floor.
Erghina Cottage is a perfect example of traditional architecture of the houses of the area of Apokoronas (the so-called "kamarospito" i.e. house with arches). One can still see elements dating back to the 16th century (the carved stone doorway inside the house). Two old stone arches span the length of the sitting and dining rooms showing visible signs of centuries of use. The cottage has been awarded a prize by the Ministry of Culture for its restoration.
A few metres from the village square, the entrance leads into an enclosed courtyard, typical of the area, paved with flagstones and shaded by a plane tree. In the corners old earthenware pots (pithoi), once destined to store wine and oil, are now being used as decorative artifacts .The kitchen, once the stable of the house, is fully equipped with a stove, small oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and all the necessary kitchenware and cutlery.
The kitchen leads to the dining-room and from there, through the 16th century carved stone doorway, into the sitting room with its fire-place, two sofa-beds (sleeping galleries above either side of the arch accessed by wooden stairs) and a couch/bed. There is also a bathroom en suite with bath and washing machine. The sitting room is equipped with T.V., a telephone and a portable radio/cassette/CD player. The dining room has a wooden staircase leading to the Master bedroom (the "ondas") with a double bed and ceiling fan overhead. There is also a WC/shower en suite. From the bedroom there is direct access to a terrace overlooking the courtyard, also shaded by the plane tree and also to a large terrace with views to the village and the White Mountains and a shady pergola.
This cottage can accommodate up to 4 persons, making it a perfect choice for couples or families alike.
Arguably the best eco-settlement in Crete, it is a truly wonderful example of how sustain ability and environmentally friendly tourism can be achieved. It is perhaps best described by quotes from the management team, all of whom are local to the area.
"We actually throw away very few items. All natural products are recycled, and we try to find alternative uses for everything else. All edible fruit and vegetables end up in the kitchen, while their remnants and other plants feed the animals, who provide us in turn with milk and cheese, meat, leather, wool and manure."
"Our efforts towards an improved natural environment are intensified every year with reforestation and the cultivation of a wider variety of crops and other products. We appreciate and delight in the peculiarities which each season has to offer. In our recognition that every thoughtless act towards the
environment has its price, we practice humility in everything we do."
Milia offers 13 guest-houses/rooms. Each "room" is uniquely and originally furnished, and offers a distinct atmosphere from what one is normally accustomed to. The guest-houses have been built from the foundations of the old village houses with local materials - chestnut wood and stone, keeping to the architectural characteristics of the area, and are furnished with old restored furniture collected from the surrounding villages. Huge rocks comprise the walls of some of the houses, which the villagers used as parts of the buildings when they were initially built.
The comforts at Milia are basic. Rooms either have double or single beds, their own WC with shower and hot water, either fireplaces or woodstoves for
heat during the winter, and most rooms have some sort of sitting space. They all have either a balcony, small terrace or garden from which one can admire the view, take a deep breath and ask themselves for what strange reason people cram themselves into cities. And as the light of the day recedes from Milia, they light candles. Solar energy provides electric power.
Milia is located in the heart of Western Crete, ideally situated for short excursions to interesting places like Elafonissi, Palaiochora and Sougia for their superb beaches, or to Kandanos, with its Byzantine churches, or Ballos and Gramvoussa, Falassarna, Polyrrhinia and Ancient Diktynna.
Cooking courses, walking tours and personal guiding are available upon request. Please note that there is no swimming pool at this property.