About this listing
Location: The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of
Elounda, about 1 kilometre.
Marga is located in Mavrikiano, overlooking the bay and seaside village of Elounda. It can accommodate up to 6 persons (3 couples). On entering, the courtyard there is a small fully equipped kitchen on the left and a bathroom on the right .
The ground floor consists of a sitting room with a stone fireplace, dining room and up a few steps to the first of the three bedrooms containing a double bed.
From here, the stone steps lead to the first floor master bedroom with twin beds, up another flight of steps to the third bedroom with twin beds and a door leading to the veranda/terrace with a summer kitchen and dining area. Spectacular views of Elounda and Elounda Bay from the terrace.
All the furniture is old and handcrafted.
The history of the House
We believe that every old house has its own history. The owners of Marga have made a thorough study to produce a historical picture by seeking information from the relatives of the original owners and from the neighbours, all of whom gladly provided the information contained therein. The House was built in 1840, by G. Mavrikakis, whose family comprised of six children earning their living with sheep and cultivating the land producing carobs, almonds and wheat. This was the time of the Turkish occupation with the Headquarters of the region being in the main village of Elounda. Around 1865, Mavrikakis' eldest son, was discovered as having a love affair with a favourite woman of the local Pasha. The news resulted in the anger of the ruler. In a subsequent clash, Mavrikakis killed the Pasha and fled. The result was that the family was forced to move away to Sitia, in the east of Crete, to escape Turkish revenge.
The house was then occupied by Turkish officials, until the beginning of the 20th century when a population exchange took place between the Turks living in Greece and the Islands, and the Greeks living in Asia Minor. Partially destroyed, the property returned to the Mavrikakis family until 1960, when it was then sold to the well-known Greek film producer Kounduros. As a lover of tradition, he rebuilt the House adding the attic/loft area (upper bedroom), the terrace, the kitchen and bathroom on the left and right of the main entrance. The ground floor sitting area remained unchanged retaining all the basic features of its Cretan culture. Fifteen years later, in 1975, he sold the property to International Greek actor Fokas, who used it as a summer residence for ten years. In 1985, Fokas sold the House to Mrs Elliott, an American Consul working for the American Embassy in Athens.
Elounda being at the bottom of the Gulf of Mirabello enjoys unique Seaside, Sandy and rocky beaches together with lots of green being full of almond, carob, and olive trees.
At the entrance of the Gulf proudly stands the Venetian fort on the island of Spinaloga and daily boat trips are organized on hourly basis.
For a rambler is a paradise, especially the walk on the seaside Elounda - Placa (5klms).
For those with archaeological interests the only excavated Minoan city of Gournia is 30 klm away as well as the Third Minoan Palace of Malia (also 35 klm away) are a must to visit.
Orthodox Monasteries are impressive, and within the area such as Areti, Kritsa, and Toplou.
In most of the cases we are able to quote for you a charter or a regular flight from your Home to Airport of Heraklion Crete direct flight or through Athens.
The nearest Airport from the Traditional Houses is Heraklion International Airport which is km 75 away from Elounda.
The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Our agency , is a Greek Licensed tour operator from the Greek Ministry of Tourism. Our office is based in Heraklion - Crete. We specialize in villa rentals / Private houses in Greece and Greek Islands.