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Lydia's House, luxurious villa with indoor heated splash pool and Caldera view

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,001 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lydia's House, is an amazing villa of 93 m2, located among the last row of houses on the cliffs of Oia, offering a breathtaking view over the Aegean sea, the Caldera and the other cliff-edge villages either from the small causy front yard or from the private terrace above.

It used to be an old bioclimatic cave-house which Emmanouil Vasilakis, architect and owner, renovated in 2010, using high quality materials combined with the traditional methods of Santorini’s technicians. The outcome is obviously a dream house, completely adapted to the unique scenery of Santorini island, with excellent minimal aesthetic and fully functional interior spaces.

The house is designed as an open space (with open bedrooms) so that you can enjoy the astonishing view almost from every corner but also to create a visual contact between the two main areas of the interior. The lights placed on the white and colored dome shaped walls as well as the lights in the pool and the floor cavities, create a unique atmosphere.

The living room with the built sitting area, that can also be used as a bed, and a wooden monasterial dining table, is a comfortable and sunny space with an amazing view. A cavity shaped in the colored wall accommodates the television set. The white wooden ceiling is actually a cozy loft bedroom shaped in the dome (with a Japanese futon bed and a beautiful view to the sea), reached through a wooden stair next to the built sitting area.

An arched doorway, that divides the living room from the rest of the house, leads you to a small, heated, shallow pool with a built sofa bed, which is one of the most relaxing spots of Lydia's house. Next to the heated splash pool, simplicity and extreme elegance characterize the elevated open space master bedroom. A cavity in the wall, on one side of the built bed, is used as a walking closet and on the other side, a big cave with three cavities, form a luxurious bathroom consisted of a walk-in rain shower with white pebles on the floor, a separated toilette and a marble basin, taken from an old Turkish Hamam. Finally, considering the issue of privacy, a portable folding screen can be used to block the visual contact with the rest of the house, when needed.

Between the living room and the master bedroom, on the right side, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, a secondary bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, a dressing room and an engine room for the pool. On the left side, a cavity leads you to a stairway, descending to the old systern at a lower level, which is now used as a bedroom with two single beds.

The main pedestrian street (with all the shops, restaurants & galleries) is on the back side of Lydia's House, so you can enjoy the privacy you need but also have the easy accessibility to the central square (3 min walk) where you can find bus and taxi terminal. You can also take a walk at the “Goulas” area (1 min walk), which is famous for Oia’s sunset view.

Visiting Lydia's house, where every little detail has been handled with great taste and attention, you will experience a familiar warmth and serenity that will make you feel like home.

Tourist lisence ID: MHTE 1167K91000915001

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Emmanouil Vasilakis
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 August, 2018

About Emmanouil Vasilakis

Emmanouil Vasilakis was born in Athens.

He studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens.

He graduated in 1987 and he has been working in the field of architectural design and construction management ever since.

Several of his projects have been presented in greek architectural reviews.

Emmanouil Vasilakis purchased this villa in 2010

Why Emmanouil Vasilakis chose Oia

His love for Santorini island, where he spends a great part of his time, let him to develop a specialization in luxury housing projects adapted to Santorini’s traditional architectural style and unique landscape. Lydia's house is named after his daughter.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Oia around the Ia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1001 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , main level - openspace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , upper level (loft) - open
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , lower level - open
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
A Guest Service team will be at your disposal both prior and during your stay to provide useful information and organise anything you need or wish to enjoy (transfer, car rental, winery tours, horse riding, cruise, dinner reservations etc).


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Lydia's House, luxurious villa with indoor heated splash pool and Caldera view
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

We had a great time at this property and Panayiota was the absolute best host/property manager!!!

  • 5 of 5

Panayiota and a gentlemen met us at the shuttle to take our luggage and guide us to the our villa. The villa was in the perfect location, just off the busy pedestrian walkway and was quiet and secluded. The property was well maintained, clean and had basic supplies stocked as well as a bottle of wine! Panayiota gave us several great restaurant recommendations and helped arrange transport, etc! I highly recommend staying in this property or in one of the others that she manages. For a great gyro and greek salad (our cheapest meal) go to Pitogyros and for ice cream- Lolitas!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Beautiful location and views, Clean, Spacious and Friendly Hosts

  • 5 of 5

The staff who helped as hosts for Lydia's house were excellent! They helped us arrange transit from the airport, there was a gentlemen who helped to carry the luggage, then Maria made sure that we had a map of Santorini and helped us book any excursions that we wanted to participate in.

The house itself has 1 King Size bed, 1 Queen upstairs, 2 twin beds in the basement, and 2 additional single beds on the main floor. You could potentially fit at least 7 people in this house. There are 2 full bathrooms and a kitchenette. The house is charming with it's cave like style that is the norm in Santorini. There is a small indoor pool. Daily cleaning services are provided. The kitchen is stocked with a bowl of fruit, bread, a bottle of wine, water, juice, tea - they are so generous!

The rooftop provides you with stunning views of Oia, especially during sunrise and sunsets.

We were very happy with our stay here. Lydia's house thought of all of the details to ensure that their guests have a worry-free and enjoyable stay!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! It makes us really happy that you enjoyed Lydia's house and that we contributed to make your stay in Santorini a memorable experience! Looking forward to your next visit!
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Quixotic Oia at Lydia House

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 2 weeks living at Lydia House! There are very few properties in Oia that compare to the location, setting and comfort of this house. My wife and I have visited Oia before, and wanted to bring our 5 children to experience the magic of this incredible island and town. Living in an authentic cave house made the visit so special. But the best part of our stay was our host, Manos and his associate Kiki, who made the whole experience personal and unique.

The house has plenty of room, is very well equipped and has a modern design aesthetic that blends with the 300 year old cave so well. Manos is an accomplished architect, and his mastery of lighting and space is apparent as you hang out in Lydia House. We appreciated the dipping pool after a day of exploring. The beds are all extremely comfortable. The outdoor spaces were our favorite. The roof deck offers a front row seat to the magnificent Caldera - we enjoyed many sunrises and sunsets from here! The dining table on the terrace in front of the house has equally as amazing views... Lighting candles, preparing a simple Greek salad, and eating fresh baked bread from the bakery was a favorite evening activity of ours, when we weren't eating at one of the many fantastic restaurants steps away.

Being at the end of the old section of Oia, just a few steps away from the fort that serves as one of the most famous sunset vistas in the world, is an ideal location. The house is tucked just under the main walking street, so it is peaceful, quiet and serene... but just a few steps away from the best part of the village.

Do yourself a favor and book this house!! Thank you SO MUCH Manos for such greta memories of Oia and Greece!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 stars Villa in a 5 stars location

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this villa . It is beautiful decorated and the view is just fabulous.

House is also just steps away from the main street

Service is on top : daily maid, warm welcome : everything you must know ( good spots) is explain on arrival. We love it.

Do you a favor : spend some time in Lydia House

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, WA USA

"Home" in Oia

  • 5 of 5

Just checked out and felt like we were leaving home. House was just steps away from the heart of the village and the Castle where people gathered for sunsets. Very private, clean, and oh so cool on days we came in from exploring the village. Online photos were quite accurate--no bad surprises. Maria's name in restaurants worked magic: complimentary wine and desserts, and excellent food, too. One bedroom was upstairs, another downstairs, but the main floor sleeps three. The three of us would go back in a minute!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

We (my 3 sisters, my niece, a friend and I) came to Greece to celebrate my 50th birthday. The Lydia was absolutely perfect for us. Maria was a very gracious hostess. The view was fabulous and the cave home was an architectural dream! Fresh baked bread and a homemade breakfast (spanikopita, omelet, etc.) was brought to us every morning. The home was clean and well taken care of. The rose pedals on the bed were a nice touch. We would all love to come back to Oia and would definitely want to stay in Lydia again.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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