• Villa Leonidas  
    Leonidas is located in the village of Mavrikiano, a village overlooking Elounda. Leonidas can accommodate 3 persons in two different areas...
     
  •  
    Leonidas is located in the village of Mavrikiano, a village overlooking Elounda. Leonidas can accommodate 3 persons in two different areas...
     
  •  
    Leonidas is located in the village of Mavrikiano, a village overlooking Elounda. Leonidas can accommodate 3 persons in two different areas...
     
  •  
    Leonidas is located in the village of Mavrikiano, a village overlooking Elounda. Leonidas can accommodate 3 persons in two different areas...
     
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Andreadaki 8
Iraklion, Crete, Greece
GR-71202

Tel: +30 2810 226333
+30 28410 41717
Mob: +30 6936513683
Fax: +30 2810 226333
e-mail:

info@traditional-homes.gr

Description of home "Leonidas"
 

Leonidas is located in the village of Mavrikiano, a village overlooking Elounda. It can accommodate up to 4 persons.


On entering Leonidas there is the sitting area with a fireplace, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen area. The sofa converts to a child-sized single bed. The bathroom is located through a door on the left.

On the right is the stone staircase to the upper floor. On the mezzanine floor, there is a single bed and a few steps more lead to the master bedroom and the terrace equipped with a summer kitchen and dining area.

 

Location:

The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre.

History of "Leonidas"
 

In fact 'Leonidas' is the most 'honest' of the properties owned by ANEMOS LTD. The reason being that most of the materials used, wood and stones, belonged to the original house and the ones added were from derelict houses in deserted villages scattered in the region of Elounda. The attic/loft area (the master bedroom) and the veranda have been added to meet modern requirements.


The staircase, door handles, bath taps, lamps, basins in both kitchens are all original pieces, but the best feature is the stone fireplace typical in old Cretan houses of the 19th century. The original House was bought in 1905 by the Sfirakis family, from a rich Turkish landowner, who had had it for the previous ten years. We assume that the House was built in or around 1895. The sale, though completed, resulted in only a portion of the money being paid to the Turk, as he had fled back to Turkey at the time of the population exchange between the two countries.


The House was seized in 1940 by the Italian occupying forces who ruled the Agios Nikolaos/Elounda region. When they left the house was uninhabitable as it had been partially destroyed. The Sfirakis family restored it and lived there for a while. In 1985, the House was sold to Margarita Elliott, an American Consul working for the American Embassy in Athens. Later, after she had resigned from her post, she annexed it to the House next door. She sold the House in 1994 to its present owners, ANEMOS LTD The Traditional Homes of Crete. The company will be renting 'Leonidas' from now on, having made extensive preservation work to the terrace adding a summer kitchen, wood and stone repairs, with reverence to the traditional style and history of the property.