Unique and lovely traditional 3 bedroom/2 bathroom property of approx 207sqm located in the Kato Asites area of Heraklion. This property comprises 3 buildings, surrounding a pretty, private courtyard of approx 45sqm.Kato Asites is a thriving, authentic Cretan village in the foothills of Mt. Psiloritis, with post office, pharmacy, bank, schools, butchers, shops, tavernas, cafes, bars, etc. It is in the centre of fantastic walking country among varied Mediterranean habitats. It is conveniently located for Heraklion town (approx 25 kms), the airport, and both North and South coasts and it is well served by an excellent bus service. Off the tourist track, it is home to local farmers surrounded by their olive groves and vineyards with shepherds tending their sheep on the higher ground.The main stone house of approx 120sqm is 200 years old and has retained many of the original and antique features.A large open plan living room and kitchen, with attractive tiled floor, opens onto the courtyard. The kitchen contains all modern conveniences, including a fridge/freezer, microwave, gas stove/oven, composite sink with integrated draining board, and imported fitted cupboards. Exposed stonework around the windows and doors demonstrates the craftsmanship of the stonemason/builder of long ago. This house is cooled by thick stone walls and ceiling fans.There is a large luxurious bathroom/utility room, with an imported bath and shower unit instead of tiles; no grout to clean, no mould between tiles and no leaks. A large washing machine is included. A third double bedroom downstairs is currently used as a library and guest room.Upstairs, there is a spacious, attractive master bedroom of approx 40sqm with broad, antique wooden floorboards and ceiling and an original built-in cupboard as well as a fitted wardrobe. Off this bedroom is a large balcony of 40sqm over the entire kitchen/living room, with magnificent views over the village and nearby hillsides, covered in vineyards and olive groves. The balcony is shaded in summer by established, productive grape vines.Across the courtyard is the original kitchen, now a pretty guest double bedroom of approx 23sqm. It has retained many original features, including a fireplace and built-in cupboard. This room is cooled by air conditioning.Next to the guest bedroom is a large workshop and store room (58.5sqm) accessed from the courtyard and the street. It has an original wine press and has been plumbed with a useful utility sink. This area could be easily converted into a self- contained studio for rental income.The stone, tiled courtyard is a perfect sun-drenched outdoor room for summer. It contains various planters with flowers, honeysuckles, lemon tree, bitter orange tree, loquat tree and 5 grape vines (three different grape varieties) growing up over the upper balcony. The courtyard is filled with the heady scent of orange blossom in spring and honeysuckle in summer. In addition, there is a large working outdoor wood oven and an original well, partly filled in.Above the second bedroom and store room are extensive flat roofs (82sqm) with a cold water tank and solar panels for hot water. This is a large, pleasant area with plants, perfect for basking on sunny summer days. The house is on mains electricity, water and drainage and has a telephone line and satellite television reception installed. It also has excellent internet reception for a small monthly payment.In addition to the solar panels, the hot water tank has an immersion heater for cloudy days.All furniture and main household items are included, apart from the olive jars which are available by separate negotiation, so you can move in on arrival and start enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle without fuss.Unique traditional stone home offering 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms and with a large workshop and storeroom which could have the potential for converting into additional living accommodation space.
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