The Location

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Outdoor Space

 THE BARN

Further on we see the remains of the barn, where the two oxes and the donkey were kept next to the matziadoura (trough). Immediately above is the room where the couple was sleeping. Beside the bed was the loom, which could be turned into a bed for children.



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Further on we see the remains of the barn, where the two oxes and the donkey were kept next to the matziadoura (trough). Immediately above is the room where the couple was sleeping.

In the center of the balcony there was a stone trough with scratches which was used for washing clothes. Just opposite we see the main entrance of   the house. The same wooden door remains today.

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Each September after the harvest, the grapes were gathered in the wine press of the yard, trodden and left for 2 days to take color. Afterwards the grape juice was poured into wooden barrels to ferment into tasty wine.

After pressing the grapes again, the must residue was put into the rakokazano (cauldron) of the court to be distilled into the local alcoholic beverage known as tsikoudia.

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Next to the wine press, a deep sterna (cistern) hewn in the rock, gathered rainwater from all the rooftops around, to be used for the long-term needs of the home. Next to the cistern is a stone trough where water was stored for immediate needs.

 


The Building

THE MANSION

The mansion of Staras was built in the mid-18th century in an area of approximately 4.000 sqm. From father to son, it remains to this day in the family. Passing through the outer gate we enter the courtyard where we travel through time under the pergola where groups of friends used to gather with music and songs.

THE KITCHEN

The kitchen was the place where the family spent the most of their time. In parasia (fireplace) the family cooked and dined together at the family table. When a visitor came, the table in the room next to parasia was set. If the dining guests were many or if it was an official dinner, the attic -where even marriages could take place- was usually used instead.

ONTAS - LOOM
On weekdays, this ontas (hall) was used as a bedroom for children and also accommodated the loom.
The loom was the daily occupation of the housewife where she would weave the family`s clothes or carpets of the house.


The Tavern

img5.jpgThe family restaurant is especialy popular. The homemade dishes, the fresh local products combined with the warm family atmosphere help to create an unforgettable experience.

You can enjoy a unique selection of local dishes and taste the wine we produce.

Our place is decorated with traditional items from the good old days with respect to the history of the building.


Panoramic Tour







Traditional Sight and Food

Staras, 
Gerani, Rethymnon
Tel: +30 6973344298
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