Cottage Chronos

Hora, sleeps: 7

Heritage These accommodations give clients the opportunity to stay in renovated historical buildings that maintain the typical  Dalmatian architecture.
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The fairy tail estate which houses the Chronos cottage is surrounded with Mediterranean flora worthy of a movie setting. Chronos is far from the town buzz yet so close to the modern lifestyle. Actually, people who stay here very quickly lose interest in the charms of the outside world...

Cottage Features

Cottage Chronos is located in Stari Grad Plain, a place of fascinating history. 

The foundations of Chronos go back to 1912 however the stone cottages on the property were completely refurbished in 2010.

Entire estate is located on 3100m2 and the interior takes up 62m2 alone.

The main gate of the estate is entered through the north side, stone paved road is used to reach the first cottage or the double attached property.

First part consists of fully equipped kitchen and dining room with a lounge in the same room. Living room has a sofa which can be used as an extra bed for two people. The second part consists of a room with a king size bed and a bathroom with a shower facility.

Between the main (larger) and second (smaller) cottage there is a century old cypress tree and a beautiful old well.

Second smaller cottage is a studio with a mini kitchen, bedroom which has a double bed, also a single bed and a bathroom with a shower facility.

Alongside the cottages there is a small shed 9m2 which is designated for the luggage, beach equipment or similar.

Cottages are surrounded with a wealth of aromatic Mediterranean plants and flowers and you would be spending your holiday alongside some beautiful specimens of agave, aloe, lorels, lavender, rosemary, sage and hiding from the sun in the shade of olives, cherries, almonds and palm trees.

In the heart of this scented green heaven on the outer terrace there is a 24m2 pool with  sun chairs to chill on and an outside shower.

Estate is surrounded with farmed vineyards, olive plant-ages and fields which are under UNESCO protection.

Chronos estate is ecologically friendly, equipped with solar panels and aggregates.

We would like to mention that cottages are not equipped with air conditioning units, they have stone walls which are 40cm thick and keep the interiors pleasantly cool providing that the windows are not wide open during the whole day allowing the sun to heat the inside of the cottage.

Estate has a parking space sufficient for three vehicles.

Nearest center is the town of Stari Grad which is 3 kilometers away, nearest beach is 15 minutes walking distance and the town of Hvar is 21 kilometers away.

We recommend the beautiful Chronos wholeheartedly for couples , families and also friends who are looking for an unusual specific holiday location which will allow them unforgettably relaxing holiday. Place far away from any kind of noise, shape, scent or color which doesn't come from the true nature.

Love at First Sight

Mobile phone rang. The alarm clock went off at the same time. He jumped from the bed without thinking and performed his morning ritual before rushing off to work in his new sports car. Text message alert sounded. On the office mobile. Or was it a sound coming from the laptop? Notifications were waiting to be read on the social networks.

But this young gentleman wasn't having fun on the internet, there was no time, every minute was costing too much. Mobile made a weird noise again. The office phone was ringing. His fiancee was on the other line; while she was was talking excitingly about the forthcoming holiday he was typing quickly on his keyboard.

Next day in the afternoon hours they arrived to an isolated Mediterranean estate in the heart of a beautiful fairy tail-like island. He checked his mobile reception. it was still there. He answered some urgent emails and sat next to his fiancee on the terrace. They were silent for a moment. Looked around, there was nothing there. But everything was here. Pensively he was looking at the centuries old olive trees and gorgeous stone cottages that were surrounding them.

They heard the birds singing in the distance.

The air had a scent of freshly turned ground and lavender.

Bee landed on the flower next to his feet.

He remembered his parents estate where he had spent his childhood. Mobile rang again. He felt dizzy. He took his precious smartphone from the table, smiled to his girlfriend, and switched him off...

Amenities
WIFI
SAT TV
BBQ
Pool
Features
Features
  • sleeps 4+3
  • bedrooms 2
  • bathrooms 2
Amenities - Inside
Amenities - Inside
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining for 7 people
  • stove / 4 ring gas
  • refrigerator / freezer
  • coffee machine
  • hair dryer
  • LCD SAT TV
  • wi-fi / stick 14 GB
  • books
  • safe
  • baby cot
  • all linens provided
  • all towels provided
Amenities - Outside
Amenities - Outside
  • private pool / 24 m2
  • terrace with garden
  • dining for 7 people
  • garden furniture
  • wooden pergola
  • loungers
  • sunshades
  • BBQ
  • outdoor shower
  • parking for 3 cars
  • 4 bikes at disposal
Additional Services
Additional Services
  • food & beverage delivery
  • chef service
  • massage
  • laundry service
  • daily trips to Bol
  • other services upon arrangement
Location
HORA or AGER

Once the ferry reaches the port, Stari Grad starts to reveal its town sites. Slowly and shyly the view of the modest bell tower and part of the waterfront opens up to the spectator.

Some random traveler who arrives there without prior knowledge of the place could quickly come to the conclusion that Stari Grad is just this little provincial town bypassed by all the important historic events - a place where life flow is slow and has been like that throughout the centuries. 

Such a traveler might not even wonder if there is more to it since Stari Grad does seem rather simple, rustic and wild grown – just like the caper bushes in that area are.

Such a traveler wouldn’t bother digging beyond the surface and such a traveler would miss a lot. Indeed.

The History

We would love to draw your attention to the greatest historical and cultural attraction on the entire island – a 2400 years old Stari Grad Plain.

History of the Plain is inseparable from the history of the town, and the textbook info would say something like this:

Old Greeks from the island of Paros in the Aegean Sea arrived to this area in 384 BC. Immediately upon the arrival they concluded the location has great potential and decided to build a polis there.

In addition to the great tourist prospective (just kidding, of course), the Greeks certainly were content with this vast, fertile and arable land positioned conveniently in the hinterland of the harbor.  

Those 8 hectares of land became what is today known as HORA or AGER (“Ager Pharensis” in Roman times, or “Chora Pharou” at the time of the Greeks), and is the largest of all such plains on the Adriatic islands.

And now you probably wonder:  Um, yeah, nice… but what exactly is HORA?

Well, the main parts of the Greek polis (city-state) are ASTI (town center) and HORA (the agricultural area of the polis).

Hora was of paramount importance to the polis since agriculture was the primary economic branch for Greeks of the time.

It is assumed that polis encompassed not only all of today’s villages located on the edges of the Plain (Dol, Vrbanj, Svirče) but also the present-day town of Jelsa and Pitve village.

The most important thing to think about when forming such polis was the division of agricultural land among the colonists.

The division of the terrain was determined by geometrical principles and the same distribution network exists to this day, which makes Stari Grad Plain the best-preserved Greek subdivision of the land in the entire Mediterranean. The dry stonewall that divides the parcels was restored many times throughout 24 long centuries, but always respecting the original division.

The same crops that were cultivated all those centuries ago (primarily olive trees and vines) are cultivated even to this day.

This quality was recognized by the UNESCO and in the year 2008. Stari Grad Plain was given World Heritage Status.

The Geographical Position of the Plain

Several small villages – Humac, Raštik and Maslinovik are located on the northern edge of the Plain. Those places had various purposes depending on the season. During spring people would hoe the vineyards there; in the summertime they were used for cattle grazing and in the autumn for harvesting grapes and olives.

The architecture in those places also served the purpose: the houses are usually one-story with konoba on the ground floor and rooms on the first floor (you can read more about konoba under Village of Vrbanj section). Each floor had a separate entrance – to reach the housing area you had to climb the outside staircase and walk across the open terrace called sular, while the entrance of konoba was under the sular.

Around such houses there were several bungalows – one of them often used by a few different households for baking bread and others were usually stables for donkeys and goats.

On the southern edges of the Plain there are villages Dol and Vrbanj while villages Svirče, Vrisnik and Pitve are on the edges of the Jelsa field.

Stari Grad Plain ends with the town of Vrboska on the east and the town of Stari Grad on the west.

What, When & Where

The annual life cycle of the Plain starts in February when wine is cultivated. Some more demanding tasks related to wine is grape picking in September and the process of turning grape must into wine that is done in October. Once the grapes are taken care of there comes the olive harvest in November.

In addition to the agricultural tasks, locals have another significant event that is, in many ways, linked to the Plain. It is “Za Križen” or “Following the Cross” procession that starts on the evening of Maundy Thursday and continues through the early hours of Good Friday. The local residents of all six surrounding places (Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče) participate in the all-night event and are led by the cross bearer.

The procession is more than 5 centuries long tradition and is a powerful expression of cultural and religious identity of the local population. In the year 2009, it was recognized by UNESCO and placed on the List of European Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Nowadays you can explore Stari Grad Plain - a cultural, environmental and historical monument - in several ways. For those that are in good physical shape we recommend walking or biking through the Plain. If you are limited by time it is convenient to take a car ride through it, but the best way to experience and truly understand Stari grad Plain and all the geometric principles we mentioned before is by flying over it. In the center of the Plain there is a small airport from where you can take a panoramic flight. It is necessary to make prior arrangements for a flight and our agents can help you with that.

If you, however, choose to take a poetic stroll or a bike ride through it, be sure you pay attention to the field huts called trim – rather peculiar structures of circular layout, built in drywall construction technique. The only way to enter those structures is if you stoop down and crawl in through the little doors. The purpose of these charming huts is quite obvious actually. People used them as a hideout places in case a surprise storm caught them while working in the field. It is virtually impossible to figure out when exactly those structures were built since their shape and construction techniques haven’t changed from the Neolithic.

Well, we are sure of one thing now - no way you’ll be one of those ignorant passengers from the beginning of this story. 

 

 

 

Location

International Airport Split
Local Airport Jelsa / 9 km
Town Center Stari Grad / 3 km
Beach Borova / 1.5 km
Bar / Restaurant Stari Grad / 3 km
Grocery Store Stari Grad / 3 km
Supermarket Stari Grad / 3 km
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Rates
Cottage Chronos

Weekly Rates

16.09.2017 - 14.10.2017 €1.200
05.05.2018 - 09.06.2018 €980
09.06.2018 - 14.07.2018 €1.470
14.07.2018 - 28.07.2018 €1.750
28.07.2018 - 25.08.2018 €2.100
25.08.2018 - 15.09.2018 €1.470
15.09.2018 - 06.10.2018 €980

Weekly rates per property.

Weekly rates include: use of all facilities and amenities, VAT, tourist tax, wi-fi, linen, towels, water, electricity, gas, soaps, shampoos and shower gels, daily pool cleaning (7AM), final cleaning and welcome package (cake, wine, olive oil).

Weekly rates do not include: all additional services.

Additional Information

Pets are allowed, upon request.

Smoking is allowed.

Events are allowed, upon request.

All additional services upon request prior to your arrival.

Towels, bed linen and tablecloths are all provided. Towels are changed on a daily basis while linen is changed every 3 days.

Minimum stay is 7 days, but exceptions can be made depending on a high/low season.

A short stay (less than 4 nights) is possible out of high season, but requires 30% surcharge. 

Changeover day is preferably Saturday, but can be flexible depending on a high/low season.

Check in is at 4 pm and check out is at 10 am.

Car is essential.

€300 refundable security deposit is requested in cash and will be returned after departure inspection.

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Booking Notes

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking and the final balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.

If you cancel your booking at least 8 weeks prior to your arrival date we will return your advance payment. If you cancel your booking within 8 weeks prior to your arrival we will not be able to return your advance payment or any other payment for that matter.

All bank transfer fees are the responsibility of the guest.

The entire agreed rental fee must be paid even if the property is used by less people that you indicated when making the booking or your party does not use the property for the full period indicated when making the booking.

By confirming your booking and paying the advance, you explicitly confirm that you are familiar with the general terms and conditions, and that you accept them.