Lydia's House Luxurious cavehouse Villa
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||93 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic, Resort, Village, Waterfront|
Description from the owner
â€śLydiaâ€ť house, 93 m2, is in the amazing village of Oia, among the last row of houses on the cliff.
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 Santoriniâ€™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.
Sitting on the small front yard or on the terrace above, thereâ€™s an amazing and anobstructed panoramic view towards the traditional village of Oia, t...Read more
Lydia's House Luxurious cavehouse Villa
Oia, Aegean Islands, Greece
Additional Location Information
Santorini is a volcanic island located in Cyclades in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (130 mi) southeast from Greek mainland.
The island is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.
It is also officially called Thera or Thira and it is the largest of a complex of 5 islands which share the same name (Thirasia and Aspronisi which are parts of the ancient Strogili and the two volcanic islands Palea Kammeni and Nea Kammeni). It has a total area of 70 km2 and it is populated by 13,670 local people. During the summer the island is visited by an average of 60,000 tourists per day while during the wintertime Santorini is preferred by nature lovers.
The island is connected to Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Kos and all the major Cyclades islands (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Sifnos, Milos, Tinos, Syros) by boat as well as to Athens and many countries direct by airplane.
Many reasons made this island famous worldwide. There is a myth connecting Thira and lost Atlantis. Also Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The mysterious island" where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. It is really the mysterious island where the volcano rules The caldera view is breathtaking !
The reputation of the Santorini Caldera View is based on the 85 meter (300 feet) high cliff that many of the island's villages are built to perch on top of, offering a sea view as far as the eye can see. The cliff is the wall of the submerged volcano crater caused by the cataclysmic eruption around 3000 BC.
There are many exotic places to go swimming, sandy or with volcanic rocks, all over the island. One could go to Ammoudi, a very picturesque beach near Oia by going down a number of steps but the few little picturesque taverns compensate you.
You can take a boat trip around the volcano, explore an archaeological excavation of a 3600 year-old civilization, or perhaps visit some cultural museums. You can tour ancient Byzantine churches and charming wineries, or go trekking along the rim of the Caldera and discover its traditional villages and stunning scenery. You can also ride on a donkey to the old port where you can go on an excursion to the volcano and swim in its hot springs! There is so much to do and this is the ideal place to enjoy doing it.
Oia ,the Village of the fascinating sunsets
The traditional settlement of Oia is located on the northern top of the island, high on the cliff-top. Oia hosts the most magnificent view of Santorini and a picturesque road, with cliffs on one side and the sea on the other, leads to this attractive little town. The old ruined Castle overlooks the Caldera and visitors use to gather there to enjoy the idyllic sunset.
Directly below is the beach of Ammoudi and across the bay are the Burnt Islands. Ammoudi, accessible by car as well, is 214 steps below, and Armeni beach is 286 steps below. The architecture of Oia is typical Cycladic with houses dug deep into the volcanic soil, their whitewashed walls and blue domes sparkling in the sunlight. Oia today also hosts a cultural centre, a central art gallery and many other greek art galleries. Many shops sell handicrafts, souvenir and jewelry. Oia is the ideal spot to enjoy a peaceful vacation surrounded by unique natural beauty.
It was at the middle of 16th century b.C. when the island faced a catastrophe. But cause of this tragedy it has this incomparable beauty.
Santorini has a pleasant climate and rather cool summers due to northeast winds that blow through the region.
Santorini soil is fertile and despite the lack of water it produces (small quantities but exceptionally tasty) tomatoes, barley, cucumbers and yellow peas. Among the most prized products are also its unique variety of vines.
If you are after the caldera view have a look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Megalochori and Akrotiri.
For the best beaches check Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos, Vlihada and Red beach.
The unique caldera, the energy and the beauty of the island are the most important reasons for being ranked as the top island in Europe and one of the once in a life time must see destinations of the world.
Steeped in history, Santorini has plenty of archaeological sites to visit including the ruins of Ancient Thira, Akrotiri and the Caldera, seen also from the sea Venetian fortress at Pirgos.
Santorini also offers unique accommodation, inspired by the distinct Santorinian-style, and on the south side of the island there are beautiful beaches with many beach sports and activities available. On the highest peak of Santorini is a monastery of the Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), where there is a picturesque religious feast on 20 July each year.
Location Type Resort, Village, Waterfront
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$167 - $476||$167 - $476||$1,171 - $3,332||$0||2 nights|
|Jan. 1 2013 - Feb. 28 2013||$167||$167||$1,171||-||2 nights|
|Mar. 1 2013 - Mar. 31 2013||$232||$232||$1,621||-||2 nights|
|Apr. 1 2013 - May. 31 2013||$347||$347||$2,432||-||2 nights|
|Jun. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013||$476||$476||$3,332||-||2 nights|
|Oct. 1 2013 - Oct. 31 2013||$347||$347||$2,432||-||2 nights|
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|Nov. 1 2013 - Dec. 31 2013||$167||$167||$1,171||-||2 nights|
|All Other Dates||$476||$476||-||-||2 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Pricing is for 2 people.
For each additional person: â‚¬60 from April-October / â‚¬40 from November-March
Taxes and housekeeping included.
Balance due: 21 days before arrival.
Prices exclude exchange rates or bank transfer fees.
- No penalty for cancellations 21 days or more before confirmed arrival.
- 0-20 days prior to arrival, results in 100% of cost of stay.
The above rate includes taxes, and:
1) Bottled mineral and sparkling water, wine, juice upon arrival.
2) Breakfast provisions: honey, butter, marmalade, wheat rusks, cereals, 3 kinds of coffee and tea, cocktail of herbs.
3) Maid service: daily (April-October), Maid service: twice a week (Nov-Mar), change sheet, bath and beach towels every three days.
4) Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and Air Conditioning.
5) You will be offered a bottle of Santorini wine with your meal at the OCHRE Wine Bistro (May â€“ October) (or at another nice restaurant which serves excellent food). Please look it up: www.ochre-bistro.com. I recommend you to go there 30 minutes before the sunset, in order to have the best table and enjoy the famous sunset of Oia. (It is 5 minutes walking distance from the villa).
6) With our card you have discounts or free deserts to most restaurants in Oia!
Sweets, flowers and special offers for the Honeymooners!!!
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What Past Guests Are Saying
It has been a few months since my wife and I stayed in the Lydia house in Oia, and needed to let others know it was a perfect stay. My wife and I enjoyed our time here and had no complaints. Maria was fantastic in helping us get settled in and wish we had more time to spend with her. Stay here with significant other, family, it doesn't matter, its perfect. get hit with the sunrise in morning and take a two minute walk to see the perfect sunset right around the corner. When my wife and I go back, i hope to stay here again.
If you found this place, book it, you just found paradise!
We just returned from the trip of our lives! We decided on the Lydia house after a ton of research because we wanted the perfect honeymoon. We were not disappointed! This house was so much more affordable than any of the hotels with a view, but we got so much more than we ever could have staying anywhere else! Maria was fantastic, she gave us an orientation to the island and sent us to all of the best local spots. Using her name worked magic, we got free dessert or wine everywhere we went! I expected just bread or something for the free breakfast, but we were surprised with delicious spinach and cheese rolls, omelets and fresh fruit! The house was cleaned daily, the pool was clean and we couldn't have asked for anything more. There were a few times when we caught tourists on our terrace taking pictures, but I think that just shows how perfectly located this house is. We didnt have to fight any crowds, because we had the perfect view to ourselves. We were very glad that we didnt bring too much luggage with us, because it was a bit difficult to get through the small walkways and steps with our luggage and the crowds. We loved staying here and we really hope we get to go back one day! If you found this place and it's available, book it! Trust us!
Spokane, WA USA
A Corner of Heaven
Just checked out and felt like we were leaving home. House was some steps below the heart of the village and close to the Castle where people gather for sunset. Even so, it was private, quiet, clean, and oh so cool on days we came in from exploring the village. Maria's orientation with us was very helpful--she used a map to show us Santorini beaches and restaurants. Her name in those restaurants worked magic: complimentary wine and desserts, and excellent food, too. Different breakfasts were delivered to us each morning--heavenly to sit on the patio with nothing between us and the aegean. One bedroom was upstairs (could be warm) and one in basement, but three would sleep on main floor. Hands down, we three would go back in a minute!
Heaven on year
Our first time in Greece and the Greek isles, stayed in Oia for 5 days .One of the most beautiful places on earth ,and I can't think of a better place to soak it all in than ,Lydia. Great location ,fantastic setting,breathtaking views. Thank you Maria for making an incredible vacation ,that much better.
A dream to go to Santorini finally fulfilled and
Lydia house exceeded my expectations. Well-placed in a quiet end of the cave houses, very private, absolutely beautiful aesthetically inside with all my needs met. Maria was completely responsive, warm and friendly and made sure all was well. The pool/spa was warmed to just the right temperature for long soaks and the views, incredible. I am planning to go back again.
Wonderful experience and an amazing host!
This was our first time in Greece and not knowing much about Santorini, how lucky were to have come across such an amazing, knowledgable and friendly host. Maria was always helpful in anything we needed - be it internet service, tavernas, beaches, things to do. She was a great host, even when we saw her at the beach she bought us some delicious traditional food to try! She was also very understanding and patient with our woes.
The cave house is in a great location and a car is not needed! It is near everything you could ever want! The house was well kept and maintained - very luxurious. It was clean and comfortable. The view was incredible. Even now my kids remember sitting outside in the evening to play board games and eat locally baked greek pastries.