After living in Abu Dhabi / Dubai for 10 years and my partner lived in Bahrain for several years it was a cinch that we would not retire in the Uk.
We both love hot weather and outdoor living. We ‘ve travelled to many exotic places, Maldives, Hong Kong, Hawaii etc but we always loved Greece and the Greek people.
We decided several years ago that we should retire abroad but we couldn’t decide where to go as we liked so many different places. Then on day, I was having my break in work and was browsing through some websites of properties in Crete and I came across a derelict house with a bit of land and a small vineyard, looking back now, I don’t know what I was thinking. The house really was in bad condition and hadn’t been lived in for many many years. It was in a part of Crete that we hadn’t visited but Crete was definitely on our list so I booked some flights and made appointments to go and look at this property along with a few others.
When Linda & Patrizia ( our estate agents)took us to a Taverna by the lake I was awe struck at the beauty and peace, I could have easily sat there all day. Next we went to Kournas Village, the people were so friendly , on the outskirts of the village, Linda & Patrizia stopped at a donkey track, I remember scrambling up …almost on my hands and knees… and thinking they must be having a laugh, this doesn’t seem to be the place I wanted to see, then, we reached the clearing at the top of the hill and that was it, I was sold. I guess Harry and I both have vivid imaginations because we could both see the potential of this property, with the extra space for the dogs it was perfect, or would be when we finished restoring it.
That’s it we have been travelling back and forth for the last 4 years and have been made to feel so welcome. We have been very lucky in that we have made some very good friends.
The project is now completed the house restoration has gone beyond my wildest dreams, with a lot of the original features being kept.
Every time we return to Crete both Harry and I are in awe of our good fortune in not only finding the house of our dreams but to have it on an island as beautiful as Crete, we feel truly blessed and cannot wait to get over there.