|Description of the Traditional Hotel Elia|
Just a 5 minute drive from the coast, this 200 year old farmhouse was historically a hideout when it was infamously used during the Cretan Wars to hide from the islands invaders. George, the owner, was the fortunate choice of fifteen Grandchildren to inherit the home of his famous Grandfather of the same name; an important player in the historical history of the island and its freedom, ‘George Digridis’.
A trusted friend of Venizelos himself, he fought against the Turks all over Greece, finally defending his island against the invasion during the war leading the Cretan resistance for the Kissamos, the very region that the Battle of Crete actually took place.
It seems fate had chosen the youngest grandson, George to continue the history of this beautiful house; a plastic surgeon in his day job, his eye for detail and passion for aesthetics helped him to create and restore the beautiful, though slightly derelict house. The gardens, though always stunning, have now taken on a magical atmosphere with the hundreds of tropical, colourful plants and fruit trees that George has planted, all centred around the old Mulberry tree that provides the much needed shade to the terrace, and the 1500 year old oak tree that welcomes guests at the entrance.
The once store rooms and stables have been now converted in nine individual and characteristic rooms, each with their own style embracing the original artefacts of the farmhouse. Divided into four categories of accommodation ranging from the simpler standard rooms to the elegant Elia Suite (the original bedroom of George’s Grandfather where the gun hole for protecting the house at night is still evident). Each room is fitted out with comfortable wooden beds with luxurious mattresses, many of them four poster with romantic canopies above them. They all enjoy the same room facilities and share in the simple but delightful breakfast buffet, complete with homemade cakes, pies and treats.
Lunch is an informal affair of light salads and snacks served at any time you would like it, or a picnic is prepared if you would prefer to follow the shepherd trails around the hotel and have lunch on the go. Dinner is a home cooked three course meal (though you can actually eat any course you like!) and is served on the sun terrace with glorious views across to the sea and Kolimbari, and to the setting sun in the west.
The nine rooms, suites and maisonettes are beautifully furnished using traditional wood, four-poster beds or iron beds draped with soft, light fabrics, and various antiques. All rooms have modern comforts such as en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and mini bar; and the independent Villa Elanthi with its wonderful sea views is perfect for large families or groups of friends with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and self catering facilities. Villa helidoni a house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, a full equipped kitchen, garage and a beautiful courtyard. An ideal place for families and friends (up to 6 persons) just 1000 m away from the hotel.
NO 1 CHAMOMILE
Standard Room / Double stone bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens.
NO 2 LΕΜΟΝ ΤRΕΕ
Standard Room / Double bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.
NO 3 ”GRAPEVINE”
Deluxe Room-Μaisonette / On two levels; downstairs large living room with single bed, large sofa bed and en suite bathroom. Stairs lead up to an open sleeping gallery with double stone bed and romantic mosquito net. Outside seating area under Grapevine.
NO 4 ¨POMEGRANΑTE ΤΡΕΕ¨
Standard Room / Twin bedded room with en suite shower room; opens out to side terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.
NO 5 ΑLΜOND TREE (HONEYMOON ROOM)
On two levels; downstairs living room with single bed, large sofa bed and en suite bathroom. Stairs lead up to an open sleeping gallery with double bed and romantic mosquito net opening out to private terrace with view to 1500 year old Oak tree.
NO 6 MARGARITA
Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed with en suite bathroom. Opens out to its own terrace
NO 7 ELIA (HONEYMOON ROOM)
Deluxe Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed and en suite bathroom, opening out to a large balcony.
NO 8 ROSE BAY
Superior Room / Romantic antique iron bed with en suite shower room opening out to a large balcony.
NO 9 LITTLE LILLY
Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed and en suite bathroom. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.