Property for sale in Afrata Crete GreeceLOCATION Afrata lies above the picturesque fishing village of Kolimbari, reached by an excellent wide snaking tarmac road with wonderful views, but take care to miss the goats and sheep sauntering across your path. Afrata is a traditional working village with a mini-market and three excellent tavernas which are open all year round. Drive down the asphalt lane through olive groves and between the soaring peaks of a dramatic gorge and after just 450 metres you'll discover a secret. The lane ends in a gasp of pebbles onto a wonderful tiny cove where the crystal clear water is perfect for fishing, snorkelling, or a leisurely swim. Top up your tan on the shingle beach - sip a cold drink, or tuck into the delicious food served from the Kantina on the beach. Afrata is conveniently located, just 5 minutes from Kolimbari with all its everyday amenities and 20 minutes away from the old stone city of Chania. Chania International Airport, with scheduled direct flights to the UK by EasyJet and Ryan Air, is reached in 45 minutes. THE ARCHES - exterior Set just 400 metres from the beach and on a spacious plot of approximately third of an acre, The Arches affords a superb private location. Step into the front garden, paved in honey coloured stone, studded with mature shrubs and trees. The focal point of the garden is the original Afrata village olive press, nearly 200 years old. The Arches is a village house, restored and extended by the current owners to create a magnificent split level, single storey home, with a wonderful roof garden to take in the view. Terraces run round both sides of the house, leading to a split level garden, laid with low maintenance gravel, studded with orange, lemon, olive, peach, apple, cumquat, and lotto trees. There is a separate vegetable garden and all around, mature landscaping of leafy and colourful shrubs creating an idyllic garden, with a focal point of a timber pergola festooned with grapes - the perfect spot to eat and entertain. To the right of the garden, almost hidden by old stone walls and shrubs is set a wonderful tiled swimming pool 8m x 4m which benefits from having a solar water heating system, providing bath like temperatures from Spring until Autumn. To while away the stress of the day, sip a glass of champagne as you chill out, revelling in the warm bubble massage from the ultimate luxury - a Jacuzzi style spa set adjacent to the pool. Stone paved steps lead up to the magnificent ROOF GARDEN - 17.5m x 5.4m where there is a large pergola which supports the renewable energy system - a bank of photo-voltaic panels producing FREE electric to the house. THE ARCHES - interior Step in off the blue slate front terrace, through the sandstone archway and into the spacious KITCHEN DINER - 6m x 3.6m - with its high, angled beamed ceiling. The floor is tiled with sandstone ceramics and there is a traditional style gas fuelled wood burner. The 'U' shaped preparation area has a black granite work top which runs round to a breakfast bar and there is a sophisticated built in self cleaning BOSCH stainless steel cooker with ceramic hob. The kitchen units have bright red doors with stainless steel rod handles, and feature sliding shelves. Off from the kitchen is THE PANTRY - 1.8m x 1.8m - which houses an LG American style fridge/freezer with ice maker, an LG dishwasher and further red storage larder cupboards matching those in the kitchen. Step down through the stone archway into the magnificent SPLIT LEVEL LOUNGE - 6.6m x 5.4m. This huge room has beamed ceilings and shuttered French Windows, while a 'living gas fire' in a blue art deco style provides excellent heating. Off the lounge through another stone archway is the READING ROOM - 3m x 2m, where there is a wall of sliding patio doors to the outside terrace. Also off the lounge is the spacious UTILITY ROOM - 5m x 2.5m with a range of storage cupboards, a sink, a Candy automatic washing machine and large upright Whirlpool freezer. From the laundry room French Doors lead into the OUTSIDE KITCHEN - 4m x 4m which is glazed on three sides with patio doors which can be opened up during the summer. Superbly equipped with a range of built in MIELE appliances - fat fryer - BBQ grill - gas hob and stainless steel sink, there is also a large upright Whirlpool fridge and a black granite topped eating bar. The MASTER BEDROOM - 5.28m x 4.3m has shuttered French Windows and a range of fitted wardrobes. Leading off is the EN-SUITE- 3.7m x 2m with Jacuzzi style bath and separate shower. The STUDY - 3.6m x 3.6m has French Doors on three sides, set into archways. BEDROOM TWO - 3.2m x 2m has shuttered windows on two sides and stone arch. BEDROOM THREE - 2.7m x 2.55m has a fitted wardrobe and through the stone archway, a spectacular EN-SUITE - 2m x 2m, with suspended Italian toilet, and curved shower unit. LUXURY FEATURES Luxury mirror air conditioning systems throughout Solar water heating systemPhoto-voltaic system generating FREE eFor more information please contact us using the email link.
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