73008 Douliana Vamos
Chania Crete - Greece
Tel/Fax: +30 2825023356
Mobile: +30 6995981857
|Andreas and Vasso Lourakis
created their little world literally with their own bare hands.
The little village of Douliana, Andrea’s parents’ village, was for them
and their children, Natalia and Constantinos, a dream vacation destination
Their wish to make it their home was granted in the year 2000 when they
left Athens and moved to Crete for good.
Andreas and Vasso built their house along with another four self contained
accommodations using traditional materials and techniques not sparing time
and energy, choosing carefully each stone or piece of cypress wood, local
always, to be put in the buildings incorporating their favorite architectural
details from Venetian and Turkish ruins in the area. Andreas built and Vaso
was in charge of the aesthetics and the final touches.
They created a family run business of guesthouses that can accommodate a
maximum of fifteen all year round and called it "Natalia’s houses".
The Lourakis family doesn’t work with intermediaries, or package deals are
not interested in mass tourism practices and they value person to person
Their dream having come true, they savor the pleasures of mellow country
life and share them with their guests.
As Douliana has been conferred the status of protected village, Andreas
and Vasso’s reverence and conservation of the rural environment and traditional
culture have earned them an agrotourism certification.
Their respect for the past and attention to detail led to a whole lot of
salvaging of modest rural utensils and objects from yester year.
Most fabrics in the houses are hand made in the village or hand embroidered
by Vasso who also runs the small grocery store adjacent to the houses and
lovingly prepares the meals upon request.
She has also equipped each house with care so that her guests depending
on their mood can opt for peace, tranquility and total independence or conversation
and companionship, the bustle of flavors of her kitchen, her organic olive
oil, music and wine and hands-on experience of daily activities such as
bread making or embroidery. Guests are treated as part of the Lourakis extended
The "controlled isolation" of the village, so far and so close from the
heart of the coastal strip, the soothing view of the olive groves and the
White Mountains enjoyed from the windows and terraces of Natalia’s Houses,
their charm and comfort, the human qualities of the hosts, who share what
they cherish most, have already won them a faithful clientele and quite
a few great friendships.