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Kouriton House ( Margarites / Rethymnon)

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Kouriton House is located in Janakiana, in municipality Geropotamos that is 25klm away from Rethymno. It is a traditional stone built rural mansion, in the house there is a traditional oven house, hay- loft, a store house for old jars, wine –press. The house was built in 1750 according to the post Byzantine Cretan house that has its roots in the prehistoric type of the Minoan Palace. The main entrance leads one into the oven house and the ground floor, where we can find very old jars that used to keep the fruits, the wine and the olive oil. At the house it is en suited the single room that it was used as a stable for the animals. Also there is the sitting room and many bedrooms with fireplaces in order to keep the place warm .The interior ladder and the external stone built stairs lead onto the upstairs area.

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One can describe the house plain but there are details that make it magnificent, like the windows and the doors in the row, the clayey chimneys and the flagstone paths. In the yard there are the old Cretan benches under the vine-arbour , the apricot tree and the olive trees.

The house is completely renovated with the important help of the experienced architect Mr. Iliakis, who tried to show the components of the local traditional architecture and to utilize the space with the oven house and the objects trying to introduce to the public the authentic history. After the fascinating procedure for the renovation of the house, that lasted one year, one can define it as an historical monument that symbolizes the folklore and the Cretan civilization and now it is destined for a traditional tourist accommodation, that it is about to operate this year for the first time. As a particular interesting sample of the rural residence it is necessary to be observed in order to understand the development of the architecture in this region for this reason it was decided by the central council of contemporary monuments to be qualified as a historical maintained building.

In a very close distance from the house is the village of Perama only 7 klm away, where one can find health center, banks, store departments. The village of Panormo where there is the picturesque little port and the beaches with the fish taverns is 10 klm away from the house. The ancient Eleftherna is 7 klm away, the Holly Monastery Arkadi is 9 klm away, and the historical cave of Melidone is 9 klm away. Also very close is the cave Sfendoni, the traditional villages Zoniana, Anogia, Axos and the famous Ideon Andron.

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