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More about this property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Large mature gardens

Bespoke handmade kitchen cupboards

Working well

Swimming pool

Solar panels

Underfloor heating

Open fireplace

Treehouse with guest accommodation

20 minutes from Rethymnon

A rare opportunity to purchase a unique traditional semi detached house for sale in Monopari, Crete, dating back to the 1800's, with original Cretan arches, big fireplace and sheltered secluded courtyards. The property has been renovated with love over the last 11 years by the present owners. Peace and Harmony come hand in hand with this house and the views are worth a Million Dollars!

Being an old house, the walls are 50cm thick and its top-grade electric underfloor heating makes it an ideal residence to live all year round. This property suffers no damp due to its good insolation. Set in manageable grounds spreading over 3 levels with mature and maturing trees including, Avocado, Cherry, Apple, Fig, Lemon, Lime, Sweet Chestnut, Walnut, Grapefruit, Orange, Greengage, Mandarin, Mulberry and Olive. In the local green lanes surrounding Monopari you will find Pear Trees and Pomegranate Trees too. The front entrance is unassuming and hides what lies behind (a property that opens up its land and your mind), entering the first of two courtyards you find a traditional bread-oven, plus 2 storage areas. Step up through the classic archway to the main courtyard, which is ideal for breakfasts and eating out, shaded by mature vines with unspoilt views over the Castle and Southern Valley. Just off this courtyard you can access the utility room with a chest freezer, fridge freezer, washer and dryer and shelving for storage.

Entering the main house, you walk straight into the kitchen area with its bespoke handmade wooden units, and high wood panelled ceilings. A full-size duel gas and electric cooker caters for all occasions and a generous American style fridge freezer has chilled water and an ice making machine. A full-size double "Carbon Phoenix" sink with gold coloured taps sits next to the inbuilt full-size dishwasher. Leading off the kitchen there is a changing/dressing room (once used as an office) and a shower room. The hot water for the house is generated by solar panels throughout summer and by an immersion heater switch during the winter. Returning to the kitchen you take a step up, below an original large archway into the lounge/ living room which houses a solid fuel open fire behind another tradition smaller Cretan stone arch. Off to the right of the living room under the stairs there is a 2nd storage area/utility/office room.

Ascending right of the butterfly stairway, you enter the first bedroom with Arabic designed partitions, large enough for a King-size bed. To the left of the stairway you enter a library (which was originally a 3rd bedroom), a space just to sit, read and relax. Leading through the library on your left there is a bathroom. Bedroom number 2 had a double bed, built in cupboards, dressing table, ceiling fan, bedside lights and French style double-glazed doors leading onto a private balcony that is a pure suntrap, large enough for sunbeds or a dining table with chairs.

Exit the main house via an "airlock/conservatory" where you can sit in the morning with sun pouring through the windows.

To the left of the back door there is a good-sized workshop with shelves and workbench. To the rear you have a large paved walled patio with an ancient well that was used to supply the village before the mains water. The land then splits left and right onto lawned areas with fruit trees on the right, and a large area to grow vegetables on the left. Passing to the next level there is an avenue of fruit trees to the right leading to the pumphouse and to the left more fruit and nut trees, plus a second well and a double gate. On the next level up, there is the 9x4 meters swimming pool with lawn and paved area ideal for BBQ's.

Entering into the oak woodland (with 4 different types of native oak) follow the steps and winding path which will leads you to a true treehouse. Built 4 years ago on two levels "Elvenholm" is a magical self-contained unit with double bed, kitchenette area and fully functioning toilet, washing area and shower including electrics. Elvenholm is built to grow and move with the trees and has withstood whatever weather Crete has thrown at it. The Treehouse and bathroom below is approx. 30 square meters.

This Magical Hidden Retreat has been built and restored with love and dedication keeping as many of the original features as possible, creating a home filled with peace and harmony, which is also echoed in its large gardens and outside areas. The house is fully fitted with telephone lines, internet, electricity and natural drinkable spring water pumped from the valley above. This house is an ideal family home with plenty of room inside and out and is ready to move into. Rethymnon Centre is just a short 20 min drive while beaches on the South Coast are 20 km's away. The 165sqm property sits on a generous 1,713sqm plot. Energy certificate, and topography are available on request. Most of the furniture and all the white goods are included in the sale.

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Descriptions of the property are subjective and are used in good faith as an opinion and NOT as a statement of fact. Please make further specific enquires to ensure that our descriptions are likely to match any expectations you may have of the property. We have not tested any services, systems or appliances at this property. We strongly recommend that all the information we provide be verified by you on inspection, and by your Surveyor and Conveyancer.