Chelidoni which means swallow symbolizes the beginning of spring. The house was named after this popular bird because there were four old swallow nests when it was first bought and renovated in 2002. It is a stone house in the quiet, traditional village Sivas in southern Heraklion Crete. The interior court is surrounded by a stone wall and you cannot be seen from outside. There you can find a play corner, a lot of flowers and greenery, a lemon tree and a pomegranate tree from which you are welcome to collect their fruits!
The house was originally built in 1936 and was renovated in 2002. In 2010 it was bought by Anastasiadis family and until 2015 the wooden pergolas and the wooden balconies were replaced by new ones, extended ceiling restoration was made and the plaster was removed from the exterior so as to reveal its exquisite stone walls and highlight the architectural identity of the house. Wi-fi network was established also. In case you wish to spend your holidays in Chelidoni during Autumn, Winter or Spring, it is important for you to know that there is a central heating system
Sivas village has some nice taverns, where you can enjoy local food, two mini-markets, some traditional cafes and a butcher's. For your transportation to the nearby beaches (10-minute drive) and villages you are going to need a car. The closest main town is approximately a 20 minute drive, where you can find bigger super markets, banks, a post office, access to public and private healthcare and pharmacies
One of the most famous beaches of Crete is Matala! Only after a ten-minute drive you find yourself in a unique environment sculptured by humans, the nature and time. Next to it there is Komos, a picturesque beach for those who prefer to enjoy their swimming in more quiet places, and after an adventurous 15-minute walk you get to see Kokkini Ammos, a former nudist golden sand beach where everybody is welcome
If you like exploration and you are willing to step into an impressive gorge, you will be rewarded with Agiofaraggo. After a 30-minute drive and a 20-minute walk you reach a former place of monasticism, where there is nothing close to civilisation. We urge you to spend the night there just gazing at the starry night sky! Do not forget to take water and food with you!
A beach where the sea is always calm is Kala limania (40 minutes from Sivas). On the west you will find Agia Galini, Agios Pavlos, Triopetra (=the three rocks) and Preveli. A longer drive is needed, but the sight is worth the trouble!