For a real slice of Greek, specifically Cretan, village life, you can rent this lovely self catering cottage (two nights minimum) at Orgon Farm, an organic olive farm near Heraklion. The area is peaceful and serene and the house is charmingly traditional, while not forsaking modern comforts.
The cottage has one bedroom with two double beds, a bathroom and a kitchen and living room which also has a sofa bed so can sleep up to 6 people. Though it’s a one bed unit the house is a good size and comes with a nice, well equipped, kitchen. It really is a charming little place, in the classic Greek, traditional farmhouse style, and it has a terrace outside from where you can enjoy the lovely views over the the surrounding hills and farmland, and you’ll also find a hot tub, seating & sun loungers.
The farm mainly produces olives, but also a really huge range of vegetables fruit and herbs, such as grapes, zucchini, thyme, sage, water melons, broccoli, mint, cabbage and cucumbers. And it is also home to some rabbits and hens.
It is self catering, as mentioned, and you can be left alone as much as you like, but guests are always welcome to tour the farm and to partake in light farm work if they so wish, things like collecting the fruit, vegetables and herbs etc. You’ll find the owners helpful and welcoming and guests can sample some terrifically fresh organic ingredients straight from the farm, including breakfast supplies; fresh, homemade bread, eggs, tomatoes etc. For more supplies you can wander into the local town just down the road from the farm where you’ll also find some cafes and food places.
If you’re interested you can also learn a little about making some home made food at the farm, such as grape molasses, tomato sauces, wine and raki, and also such non food items things as hand made soaps, wax ointments and herb oils in the traditional Greek way. All of which are organic of course and all of which you can by to take home
The stunning Island of Crete sees a large number of tourists every year but few will have the experience of real Island farm life such as at Orgon farm. The farm is located in the village of Apóstoloi, about 30km from Crete’s largest city, Heraklion, and the area is beautifully peaceful and rural, a world away from some of the popular beach resorts around the coast.
It gets very hot here in the summer of course but there are a few nice hiking trails nearby and some historical Minoan sites which the farm owners can guide you to, plus they also have two bikes that you can hire for free if cycling sounds an easier way to get around.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Manolis was the best host. We spent by his friendly help one of our best holidays. He gave us full information what we needed for our stay and we also saw with his agriculture production, raki production and the fascinating start of the olive oil season. We spent a full 10 days in countryside…”
“Really fantastic place to stay with great hosts. Would highly highly recommend! An amazing location with a beautiful view, and a beautiful house. The hosts make you feel so welcome!..”
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