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Fres, Chania (west Crete)

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Fres, Chania (west Crete)

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Ideal property for those looking to experience the true flavour of Crete, enjoy seclusion and have a genuine love of the countryside and flora and fauna of the island. This is a fabulous 2 bedroom/2 bathroom single storey renovated farmhouse of approx 165sqm on a large plot of nearly 3,000sqm. It is located in the traditional village of Fres.

This property has been renovated to the highest of standards and boasts a number of original features and quality materials. It has wonderful White Mountain views and a beautiful outdoor garden and dining spaces.

Built approximately 70 years ago, by a local builder for his family, this truly unique farmhouse sits on the outskirts of the village of Fres and offers further scope to extend with an additional building allowance of 100sqm, and has the option of installing a swimming pool.

The house has been sympathetically updated by the current owners retaining the original single floor layout, with high ceilings giving a feeling of space. This could easily be adapted to include a further floor increasing the size of the house considerably.

The property is accessed via the public road which leads only to the property itself ensuring complete seclusion. Completely bordered by dry stone walls the farmhouse is imposing and yet welcoming.

The house comprises an impressive entrance/ dining hall, with exposed stone walls and the original wood oven. The walls are five metres high to the exposed cypress ceiling giving a feeling of space.

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 doors is the lounge. With high ceilings and two large windows opening onto the main courtyard at the front and a small raised patio area at the back. This is a lovely room. Cool in the summer and cosy in the winter with a traditional Cretan fireplace featuring a highly efficient glass fronted unit that adds character to the room.

The property also has underfloor heating/ cooling provided by a 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. It has an air conditioning unit fitted. The room has a mezzanine area (1.50m x 3.93m) and a dressing area with en-suite bathroom. It is worth noting here that all the windows and the majority of the doors are fitted with fly screens and shutters.

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 Basement/Store Room (4.50m x 3.93m) 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. It has a raised veranda, beautifully complimented by bougainvillea and pots of succulent plants and a covered area providing shade for a large locally made cypress table. With a variety of large and small pots and very productive ancient vines it provides ambience and a wonderful place to socialise.

Mainly landscaped with the exception of a large area of ground that is covered in wild flowers. This area would be suitable for a variety of uses - vines, olive trees or of course to provide additional accommodation. 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, pomegranate, pear, plum and peach and also has a sunken herb garden surrounding the ancient well.

The heat exchange boiler is situated at the front of the house. Then another garden area, 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

The Farmhouse is approached at the end of the lane, through wrought iron gates giving a view of the front enclosed courtyard planted with climbers and a variety of urns and pots.

Property features:

House size 165sqm

Plot size: 2,894sqm

Available build density of 100sqm

Space for pool

Quiet location

White Mountain views

Underfloor heating/cooling system

Air conditioning

Hardwood doors, windows and shutters


Off road parking

Insect screens

Solar panels

Wi Fi and phone line

Unique superbly renovated 2 bedroom/2 bathroom farmhouse on large plot with further building density and space for a pool in the traditional village of Fres.

Chania (west Crete)
County: Crete
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: CCM1931


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