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Eclectic Enchanting House - sleeps 6

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

A small house on top of the hill, filled with unique heritage objects

At the top of Hydra town, this is a unique, stone house on one floor level. It was built in 1970 but in the traditional way, by a local building master to serve as his own residence.

***** Its front, a vine covered open terrace, looks across the sea to the Peloponnese. It also faces Kamini hill with view of the historic Koundouriotis mansion.

***** Its spacious, comfortable living room contains a myriad of small Greek antiquities, European antique furniture and traditional 18th century folklore objects - and many books in several languages. The large fireplace gives warmth in the colder months, while fans are available for the really hot days.

***** The large, equipped yet simple kitchen has hosted many happy dinners and sits 8 persons at its oriental wooden table. The tableware contains fine china from Persia and Greece and heirloom silver cutlery.

***** There is a main bedroom with a large double bed. A foldable 2m bed can be added for an extra child, if necessary.

***** A smaller more compact bedroom with mezzanine upper bed surface about 6 m2 (with 2 single mattresses 1.60 m long. Below, is a double bed 1.70 m long that can accommodate 2 small persons or one larger one. There is a small Italian hand-carved 18th century cabinet.

***** The elegant bathroom with shower, equipped with chandelier and gold carved mirror, has a unique shower design. It has 3 doors and when one wants to 'go' then all 3 need closing!

***** A small, enclosed back terrace (perfect for small children) looks onto the mountain and a wild permaculture garden containing 3 citrus trees, pomegranate and jasmine. Perfect for afternoon coffee. An outside shower for after-sea and marble water basin.

***** A note for SUMMER season, about showers and water in general - the whole region experiences a low pressure of water during peak demand in summer around 6.30-9.00 pm. It’s a very short walk to the nearest grocery store and about 12 min walk downhill to the town centre of Hydra or Kamini.

***** House - 1000 with 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 6 max persons. Includes mosquito nets for all beds, blankets, linen. Children’s’ toys. Maid service available at extra cost upon request. All our linen are second-hand but clean and ironed. Please note that because we live there very often on weekends, our cupboards have limited hanging and storage space for our guests' things.

***** INTERNET Wireless internet is available in most cafes and restaurants on the island. Our house does not have a telephone but it is very easy and inexpensive to get internet by purchasing an "internet on-the-go mobile modem stick" (these can be picked up from local Greek telephone shops or at Athens airport).

***** If, after all our honest details, you would like to give our house a try, we promise you a unique and positive experience!


***** In the area of Aghios Antonios (church of St. Anthony). It’s a very short walk to the nearest grocery store and about 12 min walk downhill to the town centre of Hydra or Kamini.

***** Getting around - By foot, by donkey or by boat - There are no motor cars in Hydra


***** OUR SUPERMARKET DONKEY DELIVERS TO THE DOOR You can have the supermarket deliver your goods (any value above 40euro) to the house, free of charge, by donkey – remember to order water too or you will be carrying it up the hill! The supermarket that knows the house is called Rambas and is very close to the port before the large square with the cannons and lemon trees - you need to tell them that it is going to Matina Kassimatis’s house, next to the' Leriou house' – check the person at the counter understands and leave a mobile number in case there is a problem.

***** WATER IS SCARCE Most water in Hydra is transported by ship from the Peloponnese – so take care not to squander it. Hydra water is considered safe to drink, however it is a question of taste. IF YOU USE OUR KITCHEN BOTTLED WATER SUPPLY, PLEASE REPLACE IT FOR THE NEXT GUESTS. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS AS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ALWAYS HAVE DRINKING WATER RESERVES !

***** GARDEN Feel free to enjoy fruit that is in season when you stay in the house. If you are there for several days, it would be very helpful if you give the plants some water.

***** BOILER There are two boilers – one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. The switches are marked on a panel behind a picture in the sitting room, to the right of the fireplace. Up is on – down is off. The boilers need only about 10-15 minutes to heat the water. Please remember to switch off after use.

***** KITCHEN All crockery, cutlery and utensils in kitchen may be used unless marked ‘private’. Eleni, our maid, can show you how the washing machine works – avoid using it between 4 and 8 pm if water pressure is low as the machine may experience pauses.

***** OVEN /STOVE – PLEASE BE CAREFULL! ! ! Two burners do not have a thermostat, so you should always monitor cooking and never leave it unattended.

***** BATHROOM The toilet flush sometimes keeps running. To avoid this, it is important to press the flush lightly a couple of times after flushing until there is slight resistance. If there is no resistance, the toilet will continue running and water will be wasted.

***** BEDROOMS & SITTING ROOM Linen can be found in drawers located in the main bedroom and sitting room. Towels are under the bathroom sink and in drawers in the sitting room. Winter guests should be very careful when using the fireplace – electrical heaters are also available and function more effectively.

***** BEACHES There is an old and very pleasant back path to Vlichos beach. If you go down the steps through the small alley just below the house and turn left, you will see some stone arches in the background. Continuing straight along for about 2 km will take you to Vlichos. Closer by is Kamini (baby beach) at Castello, which is very child friendly and Avlaki. Boats can take you to other beaches for swimming.

***** GENERAL Remember to lock the house whenever you leave. The door from the small bedroom to the garden needs to be slightly lifted in order to lock. Marked on inside door of right kitchen cupboard, if needed, is the telephone of the island's doctor. There is a small hospital near the port. Garbage should be placed in closed plastic bags and left at collection points around the island – the closest is at the start of the route to Vlichos.

More Details

Tina A.
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Idra in Nisi

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 09:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 15:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , There is also an outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Child Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Additional sleeping space in sitting room, if required
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Car: not necessary

Hydra is one of the most graphic islands in Greece, known for its artist community and international VIP tourists. No cars or motorcycles are allowed and transport is by donkey or mule. Visiting Hydra is like travelling into a bygone era.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Idra, Greece Mainland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Standard rate
15 Oct 2017 - 26 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £133.29
Cleaning fee £71.09

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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