The Well House

Old town, Chania, Crete

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This beautiful and newly renovated 3 bedroom house is situated in Splantzia, the heart of the old town of Chania, and a very short walk from the Venetian Harbour. It can accommodate up to 7 guests.

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About The Well House

This beautiful and newly renovated 3 bedroom house is situated in the heart of the old town of Chania, and a very short walk from the Venetian Harbour. Available year-round, it is an ideal spot for families, friends or couples travelling together who want to experience real Greek living.

The Well House dates back to Venetian times and, unusually for Chania’s historic Splantzia quarter, its three exterior walls make it remarkably cool, light and airy year round. Nonetheless to ensure your comfort, all bedrooms and living rooms are air conditioned. This beautiful house encloses the charming ambience of a bygone era.

On its second and third floors the Well House has three large and bright bedrooms, one of which has a queen size bed, one a double bed and the third with two comfortable singles. Each bedroom has been carefully furnished and decorated to give an individual, harmonious, warm and welcoming ambience. The master bedroom with private balcony has an additional single divan allowing for a maximum of seven guests.

The house has 2 large bathrooms and a separate toilet with hand-basin: all have been designed and finished to the highest standards, with carefully chosen faucets and big wet-room showers. We supply towels, liquid soap, and a hair dryer in each bathroom.

On the ground floor, the fully equipped kitchen has a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, vitro-ceramic hotplates, a coffee maker, toaster and all utensils necessary for dining in. The kitchen leads into a living room with a dining table and chairs for 8 people, perfect for dinner parties or family gatherings: with its tasteful furnishings and windows overlooking the neighbourhood this room with its comfortable seating is light and airy and is equipped with a CD/Radio, Blu-Ray player and flat screen TV.

At the heart of the second floor is the beautifully proportioned second living room, with an original fireplace and big windows which flood the room with light. This luminous room has space to relax with a sofa, comfortable armchair and further table and chairs.

The elegant, warm and charming decor throughout the house is relaxing and inviting. Everything in the house has been modernized to give maximum comfort and convenience while maintaining old-world charm. From its private and furnished roof terrace (table, chairs, sun beds, umbrella) you can dine and sun yourself while viewing the rooftops of Chania, the minarets, churches, the White Mountains, etc.

The location of the House is superb for exploring Chania, shopping and fine dining. The Venetian Harbor, the Old Port with fish tavernas and the Central Market are all within easy walking distance.

There are many wonderful restaurants, cafes, wine bars, food shops, bakeries close by. You will adore your chance to live like a true Greek.

GNTO Licence Number: 1042K91003002001 - 1042K070B0198801
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  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Closets
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Fireplace: In the Second Living Room
  • Balcony
  • Sun Beds
  • Roof Terrace
  • Outdoor Dining Area
Kitchen & Dining
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Hotplates: Vitro-ceramic
  • Dishes, Glasses & Cutlery
  • Fridge: Large, with Freezer
Cleaning Service
  • Cleaning Service: Once a week
  • Change of Sheets : Once a week
Additional Services available at Extra Cost
  • Car Rental
  • Private Chef
  • Private Yachting & Sailing
  • Sightseeing / Guided Tours & Excursions
Included Services
  • Soap
  • Welcome Pack
Entertainment / Media / Recreation
  • WiFi Internet
  • Blu-Ray Player
  • Flat screen TV
  • Music / Radio System
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Location & Details


Splantzia” is a corruption of the old Venetian word for a 'Plaza'. During the Ottoman era it was predominantly a Turkish neighbourhood, extending south and east of the walled hill of Kastelli in the old town of Chania. The central square became the Turkish 'mahalas' of the town and, although today its formal name is the 1821 Square, the name of Splantzia continues to define this ancient quarter.

During the Ottoman period, the church of St. Nicholas in the Square, previously part of a Dominican monastery, was converted and became to the city’s central mosque in honor of the Sultan Ibrahim. Today it is the only building in Greece that features both a belfry and a minaret. On the north western side of the Square the Venetian church of San Rocco, a round floor plan Venetian church stands unaffected by the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent upheavals.

In the centre of the Splantzia Square stands a huge plane tree in whose shade the visitor can today linger over a coffee or a Tsikoudia, the Cretan alcoholic beverage. However, long ago, this was the site of an octagonal Arab kiosk where state officials, eminent beys and agas would gather; during the Ottoman occupation the tree was the site of the torture and execution of dissident Greek Christians. During the Revolution of 1821 it was the scene of the hanging of the Bishop of Kissamos, Melchizedek Despotaki. The Square has a memorial plaque and the date lives on in the current name. Between the church of St. Nicholas and the tree in Splantzia you can still see the access stairs to the old Turkish underground cisterns surrounded by rails. The tanks here had the capacity to provide water for the city of Chania for up to six months.

In recent years the Splantzia quarter has been redeveloped and its ruined houses and dark lanes have been transformed into a popular neighbourhood with cafes, taverns and restaurants, boutique hotels and restored private homes bringing together the many cultures that have passed through Chania and left their marks on this lovely town.


  • Venetian Port: 4 minutes walk
  • Municipal car park: 4 minutes walk
  • Public Market: 4 minutes walk
  • Archaeological Museum: 5 minutes walk
  • Maritime Museum: 10 minutes walk
  • Beach Nea Chora: 15 minutes walk
  • Central Bus Station: 10 minutes walk
  • Taxi Station: 4 minutes walk
  • General Hospital of Chania: 7km
  • Souda Port: 7km
  • Airport of Chania: 17km
  • Rethymno: 65km
  • Heraklio: 142km

Ground Floor Layout
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Open all year
  • No Smoking except in outdoor areas
  • Not suitable for toddlers or younger children: Due to its open plan staircases

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