Situated in the small and unspoilt hillside village of Douliana. Half an hour drive from the Venetian influenced city of Chania and its international airport, and just a ten minute drive from the nearest sandy beach of Almirida and Kalives.
Our complex of four Traditional Stone built cottages, is surounded by olive groves, carob trees and fields full of herbs and wild flowers. By the cottages you will find our small vegetable garden with tomatoes and peppers and a few fruit trees, such as lemons and pomegranates, for our guests to harvest themselves and enjoy any time.
Also our small farm is only a short walk away. There you can help feeding the animals in the morning , collect fresh eggs and in the evening enjoy home cooked meals with localy sourced products.
The olive groves the family owns for generations, are located only a few kilometers away. Our guests can participate in the anual harvest early in November. To follow and witness the process of olive oil , from field to bottle and make their own olive oil soap.
A unique peaceful village, viewing the White Mountains. With small narrow streets and most of the buildings dated back to the 1885. A place where you can still witness, the true rural way of Cretan life and be part of it. Douliana is well hidden from mainstream tourism, away from busy main roads. Ideal for families, hikers and nature lovers with many countryside footpaths to explore. With a mixture of easy walks and challenging hikes, something to suit all tastes. Douliana has been awarded with protected Village status due to its historic stone buildings and church, and awarded the title of the national conservation area of beauty "NATURA".
During winter time, we are collecting oranges and lemons from our garden and preparing homemade jams and tasty liquers.
Our guests may join in harvesting such as : Olives (during November), picking up seasonal herbs from the fields and cooking classes of traditional dishes.
We may provide and advise guests for:
Bicycle hire and tours, Horse Riding, Sea Kayak (Almyrida beach).
Upon arrival, you will find a complementary at your refrigerator with local products to enjoy breakfast at the terrace.
Natalia and Vasso, will be happy to prepare for you breakfast, traditional cretan receipes for dinner and meze for raki or ouzo. Fresh coocked meals are prepare everyday by the ladies of the house. just ask for the dish of the day and enjoy by the pool or have it at your house.
Grocery shop and Kafenion
We own the traditional grocery shop, which is inside our complex, whereby one can buy local products
such as: olive oil, honey, jams, herbs, carob products, home made soaps, a variation of wines from small
producers of the area, and many other traditional products.
At our Kafenion, next to the pool, every day is offered breakfast, coffee, mountain tea pies and cakes.
Vasso and Natalia Louraki
Douliana 73008 - Crete