Unique cretan stone farmhouse

Fres 730 08, Greece
For Sale €300,000 + Expenses - House
VR347 165 Sq M 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Built approximately 70 years ago, this truly unique Cretan farmhouse sits on the outskirts of the lovely working village of Fres situated in the foothills of the White Mountains. With 150 square metres of floor space and 2,800 square metres of landscaped grounds this property offers further scope to extend and with a further building allowance of 100 sqm the option of further building and/or installing a swimming pool.The house has been sympathetically updated by the current owners who retained a single floor layout, with high ceilings giving a feeling of space. Built from local sandstone and completely bordered by dry stone walls the farmhouse is imposing and yet welcoming. Ancient vines cover the two courtyard areas providing a haven of shade in the hot summer months. A variety of fruit, nut and ornamental trees surround the property creating additional shade and structure to the garden which has been thoughtfully recreated whilst retaining the integrity of an ancient Sterna (well), original Aloni (threshing circle) and a wine press.

The farmhouse is approached at the end of the lane, through wrought iron gates giving a view of the front enclosed courtyard. To the right are double opening doors to the main courtyard, ahead are steps to the 3 metre high double opening hardwood front door.

The entrance/ dining hall is impressive with exposed stone walls and the original open oven.  To the right two steps lead down into a large farmhouse kitchen with stone worktops and sink and a range of handmade kitchen units and floor to ceiling cypress cupboards. A small window overlooks the courtyard and double glazed and shuttered doors lead out onto the main courtyard.

Also accessed from the dining hall, through double 3 metre high double doors is the lounge. Also with high ceilings and two large windows opening onto the main courtyard at the front and a small raised patio area at the back.

The property also has underfloor heating/cooling provided by an extremely efficient heat exchange boiler, the rooms being zoned giving thermostatic control to three areas.

The main bedroom leads off from here again with 3 metre double opening doors and two huge windows that open onto the garden areas. The room has a mezzanine area (currently used as an office) and a dressing area with en-suite bathroom.

The second bedroom is accessed through the entrance/dining hall through a small rear hallway and has double glazed and shuttered doors that lead out onto a small patio. The family bathroom is also situated in this area, together with a large cupboard with storage and the central heating controls and washing machine.

Accessed from outside the house and directly under the main bedroom is a 25 sqm store room with power and light. One of the loveliest features of the farmhouse is the main courtyard that can be accessed via the kitchen or the lounge.

The gardens have been mainly landscaped with the exception of a large area of ground that is covered in wild flowers.  The whole property is surrounded by dry stone walls and is fenced. The area to the front of the house, accessed from the front courtyard is planted with a variety of fruit trees including, oranges, mulberry, bay, walnut, almond, passion fruit, pomegranate, aronia, goji berry, pear, plum and peach and also has a sunken herb garden surrounding the ancient well. The heat exchange boiler for the heating is situated at the front of the house. The Aloni garden is accessed from the main courtyard and is also planted with a variety of trees including mulberry, hibiscus, rubber, Indian Bead, Holm Oak, apricot, yucca, lemon, kumquat and fig. The whole providing year round shade, colour and food. Automatic, time controlled irrigation ensures the gardens are maintained in pristine condition at all times.

In all this is an exceptional property that rarely comes on to the market. Its proximity to the lovely working village of Fres with bakery, Kafenon and small assorted shops is enviable. With its traditional village square Fres has appeared regularly over the years in many Greek films and is a wonderful place to sit and meet up with locals. 20 minutes takes you from total seclusion to a variety of exceptional beaches at Kalami or Georgopolis and another 10 to Chania and all it has to offer. Nearer home and directly from the house are a variety of walks through olive groves and to the mountains that are exceptional.

The white goods are included, some furniture may be available by negotiation.

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