|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This villa, built in the 1800s, is a fine example of Hydra’s unique and traditional architecture, with expansive views from the large shaded veranda of the picturesque houses on the surrounding hillsides.
The old villa was originally built for a wealthy sea captain, in early 2000 it was extensively restored and it is now one of the most comfortable homes on the island. The interior has contemporary functionality with all modern amenities but maintains the island’s traditional building style, including marble floors embellished with engravings on the ground floor and veranda and wooden floors on the first floor and high, beamed wooden ceilings.
It is fully air-conditioned, has sat TV, Hi-fi .The kitchen provides all modern facilities.
The villa is tastefully decorated with original antique furniture and original artwork.
It is located at the edge of Hydra town, a mere 300 metres from the sea front within easy walking distance on a gentle cobble stone road without steep steps
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Villa Lydia is a perfectly located historic villa fully updated to accommodate expectations of today's demanding travelers. Located along one of Hydra's main roads following a canyon's floor, it offers beautiful views of the hillsides, which can be enjoyed in the most sacred-like tranquility.
The Villa is located a very easy walk from Hydra Port, walking along a smooth and only gently sloping road. All excursions from here are easily initiated whether simply to go down to harbor for coffee, visiting one of Hydra's museums or galleries, walking to one of the many bays for a swim in the exquisitely beautiful Aegean Sea or walking to the top of one of Hydra's peaks to enjoy remarkable views or visit one of the island's monasteries.
The mornings on the generously sized terrace can be enjoyed in the shades of the surrounding hills, and during the afternoons the sun elaborately covers the terrace.
The thickness of the walls of this beautiful Villa reminds of its age and history. Never have we occupied a home with such muscular and impressive walls. While Villa Lydia's history is a constant and welcome - but discrete - reminder, the comfort of living with the Villa's present day's accommodations, like expresso coffee and Internet access, are simultaneously present to remind of the unique luxury of this home.
Lovers of walking have so many opportunities to find satisfaction for their passion on Hydra. Not only is the island's nature stunning, but the lack of motor transportation on the island allow walkers peace and quiet. Even during the colder months of the year, where few might be tempted to go for a swim, walking on Hydra is a terrific way to exercise and observe. The level of strain walkers can expose themselves to is nearly unlimited with the many steep inclines available on Hydra. Simply climbing the streets and walkways of Hydra is fascinating, while observing the extraordinary architecture of the village. Particularly the beauty and variation of the doors to the houses on Hydra is very special.
Restaurants on Hydra a plentiful and the food is generally very good. The small family run restaurants are wonderful with their offering of fresh fish and fresh produce salads.
This home is more than it is described to be. It has soul with history and luxury. The property is clean and exceptionally maintained and serviced by its owner. This is truly a luxury home, and we would happily recommend it to our friends and relatives.
Our stay was delightful.The house was spotless, and complete with every appliance and accessory you could wish for (especially the high quality cappucino machine that gave us the best brew to relax with up on the patio). The atmosphere is enchanting, combining old-world design (we loved how one of the bedrooms is built into the rock!) with the comforts of modern living, The owners have managed blend it all into a perfect world, and a delightful stroll from everything on the island. We look forward to staying here again.
We had a great stay at the house. It is light and airy, tastefully decorated, clean and well appointed. The owners were very attentive. We have stayed on Hydra many times. We have small children now and the hills are tough. Villa Lydia is close enough to the port for this not to be an issue and you can easily go back for the things you forget!
The upstairs terrace is particularly nice for lunch and dinner and the kitchen is well appointed and placed for dining on the terrace. In fact, the lay out generally is good for families. I would not hesitate to recommend.
Pauline and Glen and kids.
In October 2011 we were four mature couples who rented Villa Lydia for a week. We had a great time: going for walks in the mountains, walking to the beaches, swimming from the town rocks, dining out, as well as cooking at "home", eating on the terrace in the warm evenings/nights. (We moved the dining room table outside. And back in again:)) The house is centrally located, large, beautifully furnished, clean, well kept, and well equipped. No working cableTV or internet though. We had great weather, but no need for the airconditioning. The peace and quiet on Hydra is wonderful (some dogs did bark...) A fifth couple stayed in a hotel, a steep walk from the house. Wish we had checked and found that the nice hotel Angelica (with a c, not k, there seem to be two hotels?) was across the street from the house. It would be easier/feel better if the final cleaning were included in the rental price. Families with small children will probably want to take taxi-boats to the beaches, but Hydra is great for people who think walking is ok, so bring good shoes. In contact with the owner everything functioned well, and was as described. We were met a the boat, etc. Villa Lydia hereby comes highly recommended.
Not unfamiliar with Greek islands , we were excited to visit Hydra as it was one of the few we were yet to discover. So pleased we left the best til last. Wonderful! Pretty white washed houses lined cobbled streets, unencumbered by motor vehicles (fantastic ! ) . There was something for every taste in the beautiful restaurants, bars and terraces, all very competitively priced and for those looking for a little culture , galleries , museums and monasteries were easily accessible.
Villa Lydia was everything and more that the website described. Cool (air conditioning ) clean, spacious living areas and bedrooms were a
welcome retreat from the midday sun. The clean, fully equipped kitchen
lead onto a fabulous veranda which looked out over the village, only a short stroll to the centre and harbour. We would recommend this
property to any traveller who enjoys luxury and our reservation for next
year has already been confirmed. One week was simply not enough.
Lovely house but not up to standard of cleanliness when we visited. Also tv not working for international programes as promised(unpaid subscription?) and cd player not working. Shower fixtures broken or not working. Cleaning charge beware is 150 euros extra which we did not pay but left it cleaner than when we arrived. Get all the booking details in full before you book. Nice roof terrace and position with great view.
Though small in size, the island is huge in terms of beauty, charming scenery and the very friendly and warm locals. The island is perfect for those who are seeking a very relaxed and enjoyable holiday.
Simply taking a stroll around the harbour is an activity so simple yet so special. The hill above the harbour provides some magical views out towards the sea, and is ideal for enjoying a wonderful sunset.
Scattered all over Hydra are about 300 small churches, and 6 monasteries. These are well worth visiting if you have the chance, and offer a wonderful insight into the religious history and traditions of the island.
Hydra has some excellent beaches that are ideal for the summer months. These include the popular beaches of Spilia, Ydroneta, Avlaki, Kamini and Vlihos.
There is easy access to Hydra by ferry boat and flying dolphins to Pireaus. There is also a taxi boat service that can take you across to the charming area of Ermionin in the Peloponnese county of Argolida.
Other Activities: Excursions to mainland e.g Epidavros ancient theatre
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£434|
Damage deposit of 500 Euro required, paid in cash on arrival, and refundable at end of stay. Visitors are responsible for paying for all damages.
Note there is no dry cleaning available in Hydra and no cleaning services are provided during stay, except for weekly linen change if your stay is two weeks or more.
40 % on booking and remaining 60 % six weeks prior to arrival