The traditional Cretan guest-house ''Stamatogiannis''
is situated in the traditional settlement Kaliviani in the
western point of Crete, in between two really picturesque
places Gramvoussa (Balos) and Falassarna.
It was built in 1770 by craftsmen of that
period. The building is a typical Cretan house with Venecian
There is a characteristic story going on in the balcony of
that guest house. During the Turkish domination, the newly-married
couple of the owners ancestors is going up the stairway to
the balcony, so as it is customary, the mother-in-law to sweeten
with honey and walnuts the bride. After the bride tastes the
sweet it is the bridegrooms turn to taste it as well. However
the Turkish commander of the county who learned of the newly
married young lady, pushes the bridegroom so that he would
taste the honey instead. The bridegroom and the Turk officer
come to blows and fight until the Turk takes out his gun so
as to kill the groom. But the gun fires and the Turk drops
down injured. Before he passes away he calls his military
attaché and tells him not to harm the groom because
everything was his fault and he was justly punished by God.
In 1998 a first attempt for renovation was made. Today's owners
tried to keep all these elements that characterize a building
as traditional whereas at the same time they added some modern
elements that make it more pleasant and functional for whom
would choose to have vacations here.
There are 5 independent studios which dispose
all comforts with kitchen, air conditioning, and safe. Each
one has its name in accordance with the use the rooms had
in past time. 1 Achyronas (Barn), 2 Fournos (Stove),
3 Sala (Dining Room), 4 Krevatokamara (Bedroom), 5 Krasapothiki
(Cellar). The materials used are ecological and the
wood and the stone are in
prevalence. All pieces of furniture are of olivewood and are