We are Sean and Helen who, together with our Border collie â€œBronwenâ€, moved to Crete in 2005 after three years of planning and preparation.
After 4 months in a caravan and then three months in a tent, we moved into our new home â€œAreteâ€ on Christmas Eve 2005 with two armchairs, a bed and a roaring log fire.
Our aim is to provide for ourselves as much as possible from our land & animals, the rest we source locally and from our neighbours .
We harvest our olives in the winter providing us with more than enough extra virgin olive oil for the year, grow vegetables all year round in the garden and keep chickens who provide us with fresh eggs every day.
Two bee hives give us the sweetest honey weâ€™ve ever tasted and local knowledge guides us to the best places for picking wild greens â€œhortaâ€, purslane and fennel, thyme and oregano.
Eventually we hope to keep a goat for cheese and a donkey for a ride to the Kafeneion.
Reviewed by Real Travelers
A unique property set on the edge of a small farming village, 20 kms west of the historical Venetian town of Hania, on the beautiful Greek island of Crete. JUST 2 self-catering apartments, each sleeping 2 people. SPACIOUS (42 sq meters each) and fully equipped for self-catering, both apartments are situated on the first…
44 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Left on Oct 01, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
Arete is well placed not a million miles from the main national road running along the north coast, making it ideal point from which to access the west of the island. The hosts were very welcoming, offering us food and wine on arrival. The property is set in its own orange and olive groves, on the edge of a quiet rural village. The hosts gave really good tips as to where to go and are full of … See more
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