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Gorgeous Historic Mansion with Breathtaking Views on Hydra Island

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms hilltop compound with ocean, village & mountain views

The Stone House is a lovingly-restored 18th-century aristocratic mansion set atop a hillside immediately overlooking the quaint Hydra harbor. It has fabulous views to the sea, village and mountains. A hand-hewn stone wall encloses the main house, a guest cottage, and a series of gardens and terraces. Decorated with original artwork and carefully furnished with antiques and cozy chairs, this private compound is perfect for a couple's romantic getaway or a family's summer vacation.

With three bedrooms and two and a half baths, the property comfortably sleeps seven, or eight if you request our baby crib. The main house contains a living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom, and guest bedroom and bathroom. It is equipped with all the implements for entertaining - and both the indoor and outdoor dining tables seat 8-10. The grand master bedroom and its private balcony boast exquisite views in all directions.

The guest cottage has a charming brass bed and beautiful corner fireplace. A half-bath lies just steps away. On its roof, a wonderful terrace is outfitted with a marble dining table, and has excellent views as well. There’s also an outdoor shower under a scarlet bougainvillea.

The compound is very central: a short walk down one set of the island's many cobblestone staircases places you in the heart of the port. A path through a pine grove brings you to swimming coves.


The Stone House is owned by a family who has been spending time on Hydra for the past four decades. Visitors are hosted by our on-island concierge who will introduce you to the house and share her knowledge of the sights and secrets of Hydra. Although you will have complete privacy during your stay, assistance or advice will only be a phone call away.

Maid service is also included one time per week.

Email for more details about the house’s many amenities.


Hydra cradles a bustling harbor packed with shops, restaurants, and quayside cafes perfect for sipping a leisurely cappuccino and people-watching. Tiny cobblestone lanes and winding limestone staircases crisscross the island's villages - there are no cars or scooters! Donkeys and carts provide the island's only land transportation.

Long known as a haven for a rich blend of jet-setters, artists, and writers, Hydra also preserves a traditional, quaint way of life that has become increasingly hard to find in Greece's more heavily-touristed islands. The entire island has been preserved as a national monument, and offers unspoilt swimming coves, walking trails and serenity.

Stone House is certified by the Greek National Tourism Organization: EOT # 0262K92000286501.

More Details

Alexis Averbuck
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

Why Alexis Averbuck chose Idra

We sailed into the harbor decades ago and fell in love with this mansion perched above the Hydra Harbour. We bought it immediately and restored it in the traditional style, adding mod cons and keeping its unique character as a sea captain's house.

What makes this villa unique

Close to the harbor and swimming, yet totally private with an enclosing wall, the compound offers a special combination of peace, with excellent views and a sense of openness and grandeur, while still being a short walk downhill into town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I never want to leave! The master bedroom is perhaps the best I have ever stayed in, with incredible views in all directions. And thank you for your attention to detail in all things -- from the organic bath products to the welcome basket. We look forward to coming back!
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Idra in Nisi

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guesthouse - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Guesthouse - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
Renters must be 25 years of age. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times. Smoking permitted on terrace and patio only. Hydra is wonderful for older children (5+) but can be difficult for babies and toddlers as there are many stone staircases to navigate throughout the island and no driving anywhere. Cars are not permitted. House phone may be used for local calls only. Guests can purchase calling cards in town for long distance or international calls. WiFi: We will provide you with a password. Please bring your own laptop. Ocean View, Mountain View. One terrace (atop the guesthouse) with amazing views of the sea, harbor, and island & one stone courtyard patio for dining. Small balcony for two outside master suite. Washer is in the main house, Dryer available but we recommend guests dry their clothes on the line outside, to reduce energy consumption & take advantage of the warm and dry climate. 2 fireplaces in the main house, one in the guesthouse.


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Gorgeous Historic Mansion with Breathtaking Views on Hydra Island
average rating of 4.875 based on 19 reviews

Beauty, simplicity and happiness

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing ten days in the Stone House, perched up on top of Hydra harbour. Things got off to a very good start with Daniela's warm welcome at the ferry, and it was all perfect from then on. The house is simple in layout, all the rooms are generously proportioned, with beautiful hardwood floors in the upstairs bedrooms. A special mention to the huge master bedroom with the high ceilings and beautiful views of the harbour and hills above. We used the ground floor terrace in the mornings, and the top terrace for evening drinks and watching the busy port below... The steep stairs up to the house quickly became routine, as was our determination to lose ourselves in the stairs and alleys above the harbour. Being up so high above the town meant that there was always a delicious breeze, and no noise, save the charming bells from the local churches.

On the practical side, the kitchen is fully equipped and Daniela had kindly provided the basics, as well as very good information on where to get the rest. The wifi worked perfectly too. We were also given an extensive list of restaurants, and we attempted to go to each and everyone of them in the ten days we were there. Obviously we didn't manage them all and so will have to come back !

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your glowing review! You and your charming family were a true joy to host and we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves so. You surely caught the spirit of Hydra and Stone House. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. All the best, Alexis
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Phoenix AZ

Gorgeous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a perfect stay in Hydra. We arrived and were greeted by our wonderful concierge Daniela. I was so happy to see her as we disembarked from the ferry. She had arranged for donkeys to take our luggage to the home and gave us a quick tour of town, pointing out lots of key places that we enjoyed during our trip. The home was perfection. It was clean, beautiful, fresh flowers were in the rooms. Wine, cheese, bread and fruit was provided so we could enjoy happy hour immediately on one of the beautiful patios. Everything was very comfortable. I would highly recommend staying at this house. Alexis, the owner, did a great job communicating with us ahead of time. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dan! Thank you for such a glowing review. It was our true pleasure to host you and are thrilled you had a great time. All the very best, and we look forward to having you back in the future. Alexis
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Ideal vacation home

  • 5 of 5

The house is spacious, elegant and well-provisioned. The views are spectacular. The concierge, Daniela, was extraordinarily helpful and responsive. She connected us to an outstanding cook, Eleni. We are so grateful for a relaxing stay in an exceptionally bqutiful environment.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Caren! It was our true pleasure to host you and we're thrilled you enjoyed it so. All the best!
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Wonderfull stay in the Stone House

  • 4 of 5

The Stone house is a beautiful house above Hydra's Harbour (5 minutes of stairs), with an amazing view on the harbour and the sea. The master bedroom is huge, very confortable and has such a beautiful view too! the house has all comfort you need for marvellous holidays and the wellcoming is really warm and attentive.

Hydra was very hot at that time and we were only missing some air conditioning to be perfect!

Alexis was a great host to recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angélique! THANK YOU! It was our distinct pleasure to host you—we also really appreciate your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. All the best, Alexis
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Chicago, IL

Great home in a gorgeous town

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for a week in April, 2017 and absolutely loved the house and the island. The house has great views of the harbor from the master bedroom balcony and two large terraces, as well as lemon and orange trees. The master bedroom is huge and our teenage daughter enjoyed having her own guesthouse. Daniela met us as we got off the ferry - despite our late arrival - and was very friendly, attentive and well organized.

The lack of vehicles and scooters on the island made for a very pleasant week. The numerous restaurants were universally good and the shop owners friendly and helpful. The high-quality walking paths along the ocean between the small towns and the main town were a highlight. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, THANK YOU for being such a wonderful guest, and we really appreciate your glowing review! We hope you are well back home, and look forward to welcoming you again for a future holiday. All the best, Alexis
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Can I stay forever?

  • 5 of 5

This is living the Greek Island fantasy.The house is huge and gorgeous. It's very historic and is beautifully restored. Hydra itself is a gorgeous fantasy island, without cars and chaos. It's perfect for long, beautiful walks. The only problem is the house! The mesmerizing views of Hydra's postcard-perfect harbor are so great from the terraces and rooms, that we never wanted to leave the property. The owners have someone meet you when you arrive and they make everything easy. Can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Beach
300 Metres

The small island of Hydra is found in the Saronic Gulf, 61km southwest of Piraeus (Athens' main port) and 7km from the Peloponnesus. The inhabited islands of Spetses, Poros, and Aegina are nearby, and can be seen in a daytrip, as can some of the towns of the Peloponnesus. Small, uninhabited islets lie within view off the coast and to the south. Visitors can reach Hydra by sea (90 minutes by hydrofoil). During the high season (June to September), temperatures range from the mid 20s C (80s F) to the mid-to-high 30s C (90s F) in July and August.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Diving


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Idra, Greece Mainland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer High Season 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £489.38
Cleaning £0

15% discount for stays over 3 weeks. Deposit of 50% of rental fee is due at booking. The second 50% is due 60 days prior to check-in, with a security deposit of €500/US$650 due with second installment of rent. Ten (10) percent of the total rental fee is non-refundable. Cancellation: deposit (less the 10 percent) will be refunded if we are notified 60 days in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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