Villa Kerasia – A home away from home


The villa’s house wine and olive oil – perfect!

Thanks to our friends Sharon and Don, we were introduced to what they affectionately describe as “a beautiful haven in the mountains run by the sweetest man on the island – Babis”.  Babis lovingly restored this old villa dated 1883 from a state of crumbling walls and caved in roofs to a gloriously chic and comfortable bed and breakfast.

Villa Kerasia

Villa Kerasia draws you in the minute you step over its threshold.  Actually, you can begin to feel yourself relax after just walking up the stone steps into the front yard where there are open views of the valley, an inviting long terrace table under grape-laden vines and a single pomegranate tree shading the pool area.

Window at the villa

It didn’t take us long to settle in and cool off over a good glass of chilled house wine – Kerasia rose` with a hint of cherries (kerasia means cherries).  Every nook and cranny of the villa has some special cultural or artistic display and there are sweet surprises everywhere.   Everyone finds a place to relax.

Awww! Now that’s cute!

Our days were spent “chillaxin'”  between poolside reading, engaging in some great conversations with other guests or being shown up by Mike, a 70+ year old doing yoga moves that we couldn’t even think about attempting.  At night, we were treated to a superb meal in the dining room and enjoyed a night of impromptu entertainment provided by Melanie and Mike on their guitars who required everyone to sing-along!

Main room

During the day we took off on our bikes to explore the hills above the villa and ended up in the small quaint village of Ano Asites.

Ano Asites

Biking through Ano Asites

Nearby, we discovered a beautiful little church, Agios Antonios at the top of a deep gorge, and a little further up, the monastery of Gorgolaini.

Bike ride to the Gorge

Other side trips in the area included a walk to a local chapel that housed some beautiful frescoes walls and icons of Greek Orthodoxy….

Icons in chapel

…as well as an excursion to the small organic winery of the Stinianou family…

Ioannis Stilianou at the tap

…and to Thrapsano where we scored on some handmade pots that we loaded into our friend’s VW (the “Groovan”).

Pots at Thrapsano

We loved our visit to Villa Kerasia so much that we’ve been back a few more times and vow to return again before we leave the island.

You can check it out at:  http://www.villa-kerasia.gr/

With Babis at Villa Kerasia

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About slow food for the soul

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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4 Responses to Villa Kerasia – A home away from home

  1. Matt says:

    Wow, that place looks wonderful. Missing you guys and that beautiful island you are on.

  2. littlemsami says:

    Just found your blog on freshly pressed. I can relate to so many things, since I love Crete and teach English to Greek kids in Germany. Your trip summary of things you miss and don’t miss from America was great too! It’s a beautiful blog and the pics make me want to book a trip there right now, Didn’t know there was a military base on Crete though.

  3. valevkaldoja says:

    Very nice! Want to be there!
    Valev

  4. Fredrik Gulbranson says:

    Thank you very much for the two days together at Villa Kerasia. Kristin said the stay at Villa Kerasia was the best during our roundtrip on Kriti. Fredrik & Kristin

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