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Gorgeous Historic Mansion with Breathtaking Views on Hydra Island

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 232 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

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.

GUEST SERVICES:

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, or check our website: www.oliveandstone.com.

ABOUT HYDRA:

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

Owner
Alexis Averbuck
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, greek
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

Why Alexis Averbuck chose Greece

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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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Idra

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 232 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower enclosure
    Guest - toilet , shower enclosure
    Guesthouse - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
    Guesthouse - 1 double bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Gorgeous Historic Mansion with Breathtaking Views on Hydra Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
5

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: Feb 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Menlo Park, California
5

Loved the stone house

  • 5 of 5

This was my family’s 4th trip to Hydra—it’s literally a different world that changes all who visit. Your amazing house was like a dream come true and by far the best residence we’ve ever rented anywhere. The master bedroom is beyond amazing (and has ruined us for all future hotel stays, by the way). The views – especially from the master and the terrace above the guest house--were dazzling. Thank you so much for welcoming us to this heavenly spot. We hope to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mill Village, Nova Scotia
5

Stairway to Heaven

  • 5 of 5

On this, the 40th anniversary of my first visit to Hydra, we wanted to stay somewhere truly special. The moment I came across the website for Stone House, it was clear no other accommodations would do. To live for several weeks as Hydriots, in one of the island's historic limestone 'archontika', is a unique, never to be forgotten experience.

Waking to the sound of church bells in the 'virani' - our spacious, upper floor bedroom - and pushing open the shutters to sweeping views of a loulaki-blue sea, the yacht-filled harbour, the dazzling white town with its terra cotta roofs, and the surrounding hills with their distant monasteries was a daily, breath-taking marvel. There can be very few vistas anywhere that are more glorious.

We found that after a day of exploring (and climbing innumerable stairways!) a simple, home-cooked dinner, enjoyed in the glow of hurricane lamps on one of Stone House's terraces, with the harbour's necklace of lights below and the stars overhead, was a sensory experience that would be difficult to surpass in any restaurant.

Stone House quickly became our home and on our final day we departed reluctantly (is there another way of leaving Hydra?), displeased to think of strangers waking to the bells in "our" bedroom.

Thank you Kate and Alexis, for the most enjoyable of our many holidays on Hydra. We look forward to returning to Stone House next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Hydra Harbour
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Spilia

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

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Idra

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$495
 
 
Summer High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$656
 
 
Fall
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$495
 
 
Winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$328
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A$328
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$0
Refundable Damage Deposit A$869.57

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.

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