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Fava EcoResidence- Estia Suite

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

1850's traditional cave house with sea view

Welcome home to Fava!

An unforgettable experience. Our goal is to make you feel that Fava is your own home and Santorini, your island.

The Fava Eco-Residences are housed in a group of splendid and unique captain houses of the mid 19th century, located at the highest point of the traditional village of Finikia. The architects and owners of the property started the rebuilt in the 1980’s with love and devotion and they transformed the properties into a spacious and modern, though with respect to the original traditional form, complex of summer houses. Today, the villas offer their hospitality in individual fully furnished houses of various size and aesthetics. They offer a sense of 19th century history, combined and harmonized with modern amenities and serviced by 24/7 concierge staff, located in the heart of the most picturesque and virgin from the tourist development village of the island. Fava is just a stone's throw from the magnificent Oia and away from the crowds and noise. During the reconstruction there were used methods following the bioclimatic sustainable vernacular architecture and materials which are eco-friendly with low embodied energy. All houses have wonderful views over the village, the famous sunset of the island and the Aegean Sea with the close by Ios, Sikinos and Folegandros islands on the horizon.

All houses have daily maid cleaning service and change of towels. Change of linen every two days.

Every morning, a traditional basket with local organic delicacies such as rusks, homemade grape or fig marmelade, thyme honey, butter, Santorinian tomatoes, cheese from Cyclades and a seasonal fruit will be delivered to your door.

A tray with warm dishes such as free range eggs, prepared by our staff according to your choice, local sausages of excellent quality and pancakes made in the traditional way of our island , will complete your GREEK BREAKFAST every day.

Estia Suite is a traditional gorgeous and stylish old style individual cave-house apartment of 50 m2 fitted with all the modern amenities, with 4 meter high vaulted ceilings. The apartment can accommodate up to 3 people in a large unified Canava room, it has one double bed and one single bed as well as a spacious autonomous bathroom, a comfortable fully equipped kitchen with a dining table and access to a totally breathtaking yard with Sea and Sunset View Terrace. The house is furnished with paintings depicting the history of the island. The old rainwater collection basin has been restored as it originally was and is displayed through a securite glass. The internal temperature varies from 21 to 24 Degrees Celsius throughout the summer period due to the bioclimatic vernacular construction of the residence. In the house you will also find Air-conditioning, 24-7 Wi-Fi access, plasma TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, CD player with Classical Music CD's and multilingual Books. Our concierge will be your private guide, whatever you might want to ask or need assistance to do.

A traditional handmade sweet will welcome you on your own Santorini house.

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More Details

Property Manager
Antonis Gavalas
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Antonis Gavalas

I am an Architect Engineer A.U.TH. and Environmental Consultant MA Architectural Association London, based in Athens and Santorini. Fava Residence is the vacation house i spent all my summers since i was born. A place that brings me back memories of the childhood years. It is a village where people still sleep with their doors open. An island blessed by God and damaged by nature. I will be happy to share this magic and breathtaking place with the prospect visitors.

Antonis Gavalas purchased this house in 2013


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on Finikia on Ia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • village
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Fava EcoResidence- Estia Suite
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

Just What We Hoped For

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this amazing cave home for 4 days in July 2015. It is exactly what we had hoped Greece would be in a home! Travelling through a maze of other homes via cobblestone pathways, where you can encounter a donkey or two, we found the place. We were relieved it was exactly as the pictures show. Our Concierge (Gregory) was so very helpful and kind. He welcomed us and sat down with us to explain the sites we should try to experience while on Santorini. This house is a clean, relaxing, private, peaceful get-a-way from the busy town of Oia. We had a rental car while on the island which made it easier for us to get around and see the sights. Oia and Kathros Beach are a short car or motor scooter ride away. However, even if you do not have a car, there are many opportunities to arrange to see the sights by boat or tour bus. We enjoyed waking up every morning feeling refreshed while enjoying our breakfast on the patio. On occasion we were greeted by a couple of friendly neighbourhood cats which made this place feel more like home. We would highly recommend this place for friends, a couple or a small family. The view and the setting sun are lovely from the patio.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, local experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the villa for 4 wonderful nights in September 2014. It was perfect for what we were looking for - something close to Oia without the craziness. Less than a 10 minute walk to Oia but a lovely local experience where you get to live in a traditional village in a traditional house. The place is exactly as shown - clean, comfortable and very roomy. We loved how quiet it was, our terrace where we have breakfast daily and of course the local flavor. We had dinner at the local restaurant which was delicious, had a house cat that hung outside and enjoyed saying hello to the locals. Very close walking to everything Oia but a great value for what you pay for.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Studio

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed Fava Estia Suites. The studio is located in Finikia just a few minutes away from Oia. It was nice to be just outside the hub of activities but close enogh to access it when we wanted. The property has just been renovated. Everything is new, with white washed walls and clean modern furnishings. Mr. Stathis, the concierge, met us at the property, and thoroughly explained everything we needed to know. He and his wife, Vassos (sp?), were available to answer any questions we might have. The owner, Antonis, was great to communicate by email and provided a lengthy recommendation of activities, beaches, restaurants, and shops. All is all, we had a magical week stay in Fava Estia Suite.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mrs Julia, thank you so much for your kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay on our magical island and we hope to see you again in the future! Antonis & Dora
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incompétence et non écolo / never again

  • 1 of 5

De très jolies caves aménagées et...c'est tout !

L'électricité est défaillante : le buzz constant sur le tableau électrique est insupportable et la lumière de la salle de bain est improbable, sans parler des ventilations très bruyantes elles-aussi.

J'ai demandé au propriétaire de remédier à ces problèmes. Il m'a répondu qu'il suffisait de couper l'électricité ! Ce n'était pas une blague !!!

Il faut donc choisir entre l'électricité ou ce buzz incessant, jour et nuit !!

Si vous voulez couvrir le bruit avec de la musique apportez vos vieilles K7 audio ou allumez la télé !!

De plus les parasols sont cassés, le coffre-fort ne fonctionne pas. Le petit déjeuner est copieux mais le thé (Lipton), le café et le jus d'orange ne sont vraiment pas bons. Et que penser des barquettes individuelles en plastique...écolo vous avez dit ???

Fava residences are very beautiful and...that's all !!!

The electrical installation is faulty. The constant buzzing noise is unbearable, the lights in the bathroom are inpredictable and the ventilations are very noisy as well.

I asked the manager to fix these problems. He told me that the best was to switch off the electricity ! It was not a joke !!!

So you have to choose between darkness in a cave or the constant buzzing, night and

day. If you want to cover the noise with music you have the choice : bring your old audio K7 or put the tv on !

Plus : the parasols are broken, the safe doesn't work and the large breakfast provides horrible tea (Lipton), coffee and orange juice. And what about the individual plastic butter ? Is it environmental friendly ?

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Logement très bien situé dans village typique, éloigné de l'affluence touristique et seulement à 10 mn à pied d' OIA, Intérieur du logement type troglodytique très agréable, bien adapté. Gregory nous ayant donné de bons conseils pour découvrir votre magnifique île, nous avons pu profiter pleinement de nos journées et avec les bonnes adresses de tavernes données aussi par Gregory, nous avons goûté à beaucoup de spécialités locales. Séjour inoubliable et à recommander. M.Me Mouton (France)

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Kilometres
Santorini Airport
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Santorini Port
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
1500 Metres
Koloumbos Beach
Car: not necessary

The Finikia Village still creates the feeling of the good old Greece of the mid 20th century. The people here leave their houses doors open all day and night, are welcoming everyone who visits their area with warmth and it is so peaceful and tranquil, that during the night you hear only the wind and nothing else. Its spacious terraces make you feel like you fly over the Aegean Sea. On a good visibility day, you can see at least 10 other islands on the horizon. it is the balcony of the Aegean Sea.

On the same time it is located only 5 minutes walking distance from the heart of Oia, totally avoiding the massive crowds of tourists.

It is a place blessed by god and nature.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Finikia, Cyclades

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak Season
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £39 per night, per additional guest
High Season
1 Sep 2018 - 24 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
25 Sep 2018 - 23 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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