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  • Chania, Greece
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Villa Rouga

Built in 1871 on a quiet picturesque street of the village and just 150 meters from the main square, the “Villa Rouga” is an authentic Cretan tranditional stone build villa fully renovated, which consists of an 80sqm main building with stone arches and authentic wooden ceilings. The main building of the villa has a ground floor with:

  • Wooden dining set and traditional wicker chairs.
  • Wooden sofa bed with pillows lined with Cretan weavings made on the loom.
  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Stone fireplace with built-in benches (seats).
  • Traditional stone oven.
  • Bathroom with shower.
  • Bathroom with bathtub

The three wooden handmade staircases lead to the three autonomous lofts, which are the bedrooms of “Villa Rouga”, with traditional Cretan décor and wooden floors.

The lofts:

  • One loft with 2 single beds.
  • One loft with 1 double bed
  • One loft with 1 single bed

Traditional family heirlooms and accessories have been placed inside the villa with care, providing the authenticity, the history and the culture of Crete.

The wooden ceiling, in combination with the stone walls of the Villa and the traditional roof, provide a pleasant cool atmosphere during the summer and pleasant warmth during the winter period.

The guests of “Villa Rouga” can enjoy the wonderful fragrant garden with colorful flowers and the wonderful views.

The enclosed traditional courtyard with its unique garden and planted organic products ensures absolute privacy and security of visitors.


The old grape press and distilling boiler, constitute the comparative advantage of “Villa Rouga” as these were used for the production of wine and tsikoudia, from grapes of the family Andrianaki vineyards.

It is a unique experience for those who visit “Villa Rouga” in the harvest period and participate in the wine and tsikoudia process respectively.

Villa’s courtyard natural setting is decorated with a 21sq meter swimming pool and a barbeque area where guests can have moments of relaxation, enjoyment and can taste delicious dishes and tasteful delicacies while enjoying the wonderful rich shade under the great mulberry tree.
 

Traditional Cretan Archhouse (Kamarospito)

You will find archhouses in any of the Cretan villages you pass through and they are the most famous and lovely dwellings on the island. The house type can be found in places where there are no forests and where a supply of long tree trunks is available to be used for timber (mesodokia).

The rectangle of the plan of the house is separated with an arch called (kamara) and creates four side spaces which are functionally independent without splitting the whole space. These spaces are used for sleeping, cooking and for storage.

The Kamara (arch) in the Cretan archhouse is the most detailed part of the construction. It is constructed out of voussoirs radiating from the keystone which is 20-25 cm wide. The Kamara was first constructed on the floor. The stones were axed, numbered and marked from one side to the other up to the middle stone (the keystone), which is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom like a chock to prevent movement. In order to keep the stones stable as it was built, a matrix was made for the Kamara (arch) from materials such as wood and stone, until the moment the keystone was placed on the top. The arch is so tall as it gives the ability to split the house into floors. The Kamara (arch) divides the house into two spalas, as they are called, the front and the back.

The four niches which are formed from the arch’s piers are called kantunia or kultukia and they are usually the same width. The kantunia’s width depends on the area/village where the house is situated. They range from 2.50 – 3.00 m. The arch’s (Kamara) width is usually between 4.5 – 5.0m.

At the front spala, in the front kantuni the kitchen and fireplace or the kaminada (the byzantine name) is placed. The space is separated from the others using a lower arch. It is a warm and special place containing the oven and the fireplace. This ‘nest’, which keeps all the family warm in the winter, is completed by a mantelpiece, wooden shelves and cupboards. The fireplace opens up to the aniforas (chimney) a wider hole to lead the smoke out of the house.

In the other kantuni of the front spala there is usually a sleeping area called sofas with a storeroom below.The other two kantunis also consist of sofas and storerooms. The central space is called sala and is a meeting point for the family during happy or sad events.

The wall opposite the entrance is blank without any doors or windows. Usually there is a mantlepiece from one side to the other ora a big sofa that makes this space feel warm and hospitable.

The only openings in the house are usually the door and sometimes two very small windows on the wall of the areas that contain the sofas, for safety reasons due to wars of the age.

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  • Private Exterior Swimming Pool (3mX7m)
  • Poolside Sun Loungers 
  • Sun Loungers towels
  • Shower by the pool
  • Chairs & tables in the garden area as well in the verandahs of the villa
  • Free WiFi access in all areas
  • Free parking area next to the villa
  • Digital safe box without extra charge
  • Housekeeping every 3 days
  • Full equipped kitchen (large cooker with oven and four top rings, large fridge/freezer, griller, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, cultery, crockry, glassware, cooking pans)
  • BBQ area
  • Fireplace
  • TV with USB support
  • Air-conditioning throughout the villa
  • Traditional Stone Oven
  • Umbrella in the pool area
  • Dish washer
  • Laundry
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Welcome gift (A bottle of Bio virgin olive oil and a bottle of the traditional drink Raki)