A renovated stone old house of 65 m2, in Xirosterni village, on a large plot of land and surrounded by olive trees, vineyard and big stone yards. There is a traditional oven with bbq, a threshing floor/ALONI and a garden full of vegetables and thyme, oregano, jasmine, lavender and other kind of Cretan herbs, plants and flowers.
Has a bedroom, a toilette with shower, a dining table in a fully equipped kitchen, and a living area with TV and a sofa. This mansion can accommodate up to 4 persons.
The windows and balconies give a panoramic view of White Mountains- Lefka Ori and the picturesque village of Xirosterni. Decorated and furnished with traditional Cretan handmade furniture and antiques.
A perfect base for exploring the surrounding traditional villages Vamos, Kefalas, Gavaloxori and the seaside villages Georgioupolis, Almyrida and Kalives.
This place offers privacy, peace, Mountain View, Ecotourism, agro tourism, ecology, the ‘great outdoors’ with respect to nature. The water, the fresh air, the solitude of the mountains, the good food, along with the local drink of choice – raki, are enough to draw you to this lovely destination. But the landscape alone is more than enough to provide you with serenity. It is just what you need to recharge your batteries. Close are several beaches, villages and other beautiful areas. Must enjoy Greek cuisine and local wines.
Xirosterni is an old village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture, located in the region of Apokoronas in the Chania prefecture. In the village and the area close there are traditional bakery, mini market, cafes and taverns. Apokoronas is one of the most historic and beautiful areas of Crete, a landscape of wild mountains and fertile valleys. Built by the Byzantine Empire, the architectural tradition has been influenced by Venetians.
Aloni / threshing floor for separating out grain by the feet of people or oxen and still later with the use of a flail. A threshing floor is of two main types: 1) a specially flattened outdoor surface, usually circular and paved, or 2) inside a building with a smooth floor of earth, stone or wood where a farmer would thresh the grain harvest and then winnow it. Animal and steam powered threshing machines from the nineteenth century onward made threshing floors obsolete. The outdoor threshing floor was either owned by the entire village or by a single family, and it was usually located outside the village in a place exposed to the wind.
There are dozens of references to a “threshing floor” in the Bible, some literal and some symbolic. In biblical days there was no machinery, so after the harvest, the grain was separated from the straw and husks by beating it manually. First there had to be a flat surface that was smooth and hard, and this was known as the threshing floor. The process of threshing was performed generally by spreading the sheaves on the threshing floor and causing oxen and cattle to tread repeatedly over them, loosening the edible part of cereal grain (or other crop) from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it. On occasion, flails or sticks were used for this purpose. Then winnowing forks were used to throw the mixture into the air so the wind could blow away the chaff, leaving only the good grain on the floor.