Isidoros in the field
Isidoros was living in Athens at the time and working in a hospital, but he wanted to live a different sort of life, deep in the countryside of Crete.
Manolis was an experienced and versatile builder who’d focused (and still does) on cultivating traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables with no chemical additives, in his home village on the upland plain of Messara.
Assisted by a few good mates, we’ve given the interior safe, easy walkways, while going ahead with planting trees and cultivating vegetables and herbs. We’ve created five Buckmaster Fuller style geodesic domes, made of natural materials (stone, wood, cloth) to offer the experience of living with a body-and-soul detox, if that’s what appeals to you.
The district is rich in landscape and things to do, from nature in the raw along the ‘Saint’s Ravine’, Agiofarago, to the celebrated caves at Matala, (Minoan towns of Festos and Gortina are pretty close) taking in a range of sites well worth seeing for their archaeology, plant and animal life, history, folklore, and local traditions.
On a plot of 1.3 hectares next to the charming small village of Listaros, at the foot of the Asterousia mountains (peaking at 1231 meters), and a short way from the coast of the Libyan Sea, you’ll be able to please all your senses – the sounds, colors and scents of nature, the flavors of our cooking, and therapeutic massage, all these to deep-cleanse body and soul.
We believe that food quality is one of the basic factors determining health and quality of life. That’s why we are cultivating only traditional varieties on the principles of agro-ecology We’ll be preparing and serving traditional dishes made from these outstanding products, to fire up the feelings and memories of all those people that used to cook their everyday meal with fresh ingredients and with love, as far back as the Minoan Age.
We’ll also offer an informative garden tour where you can fill a basket with a host of different green vegetables and aromatic herbs. These will go to the kitchen for making salads and for use in old local recipes, giving the food the most delicious taste. The happy, friendly ambience will give all of us a unique experience of life by the hills of Asterousia – like a wonderful meeting with close friends.
Our philosophy is that unselfish, simple, honest relationships are of great importance if we are to make every day of our life more beautiful. So don’t be surprised if some mates of ours turn up at our place with their (unamplified!) musical instruments to add to the companionship.
It’ll make us particularly happy if you can help us put the finishing touches to our work, so that we can open this summer of 2019 and have the pleasure of sharing with other people what we created based on love and honesty.
Until then be well and stay smiling!