Welcome to a house with a pedigree for creativity!
For those looking for a really authentic Hydra experience, Rallou House will delight them. This two-story house is marvellously quirky with passages and internal as well as external staircases to rooms and areas of the house and gardens that all ooze character and charm. Each window, unexpected balcony and terrace offer a
spectacular view. Even if you have never tried to paint a picture before, the creative inspiration that the house pulses with is guaranteed to motivate new talents.
- Accommodation on 2 floors
- Sleeps a maximum of 6
- Available May - October
- Bedrooms: 3 (2 double & 1 twin)
- Shower Rooms: 2 (plus outside hose shower)
- Large open plan living/dining room with spectacular views
- Outdoor dining area
- Well equipped kitchen
- WiFi throughout
- Numerous multi-level terraces, courtyards & orangerie
- Stunning panoramic, long-reaching views
AMA Registration Number: 00000021517
Choreographer, Rallou Manou
Rallou House, so named for the renowned choreographer, Rallou Manou, has been the Mylonas Family home on Hydra since the 1950's. Architect Pavlos Mylonas had been invited back then to design a north-facing studio at the Hydra mansion owned by
artist Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas. Pavlos fell in love with Hydra and
bought a cluster of ruins for himself. Over the years, he and his wife Rallou Manou made a haven for their young family. Incorporating ruined walls and artfully remodelling, they created the glorious
home that the next generation now offer as a holiday rental.
Rallou Manou was key in the development of Modern Greek Dance, having studied in Berlin and in New York with Martha Graham in New York. In 1951 she founded the
Hellenic Choreodrama, a group promoting drama based on Greek literature, ancient, medieval and contemporary, through the collaboration of prominent Greek composers and artists designing sets and
Pavlos Mylonas designed important buildings in Athens, such as the Mont-Parnes Hotel and the National Gallery. He was Professor at the School of Fine Arts, as well as an architectural historian of
international renown for his research in the architecture of the monasteries of Mount Athos.
This house has one of the best views of Hydra in all directions. You will see a canvas of Hydra Town & Harbour, the Peloponnese, Kaminia and all the way to Spetses beyond Dokos Island, laid before you. Each sunset will be a new gem in your
picture collection as will photos of the varying colours that the sun paints the town as it paces the sky throughout the day. The views are truly inspirational from every one of the vantage points
both inside and out of the house. It is a breathtaking large complex, dominating the green space surrounding it. Interesting artwork and decoration are present everywhere.
Coming up from Hydra Town, you pass under an arch covering the street, connecting
the main house to the west garden, and you are welcomed by the rich architectural and decorative shaping of detail.
From the Main Entrance Courtyard (where you can take a quick hose shower to
wash off the salt from your sea bathing) you access the Downstairs Entrance Hall.
From here, you either dash out onto the East Courtyard or you stroll to the Main Living Room. On your way, there is the
kitchen, pivotally located between inside and outside dining.
As you will see from the photos most areas of the house are traditionally built with very thick walls. Windows are
strategically positioned to catch the light summer breezes and pass them through the house, providing natural cooling. Even at the height of summer, the house is cool and airy. However, fans are
provided in all bedrooms.
One of the best views you'll find on Hydra!
The large Living Room and the East Courtyard are the central living areas, depending on time, mood and
At the front of the Living Room, a generous, stunning view of the town is perceived through a huge sliding window, which in
fact, replaced the once fallen north wall.
A dining corner is furnished with dining table seating six.
In 2006 the family generously offered the use of their house as a location to Serendipity Point Films.
The living room of Rallou House was the main location setting for Fugitive Pieces a film made partly on Hydra but only released in Greece in 2009.
The film, based on the book by Anne Michaels,
starred Stephen Dillane and introduced Nina Dobrev. (The other actors in the film were not in the Hydra scenes.)
Director Jeremy Podeswa had a fine old time trying to film in between the sounds of the Monastery bells echoing up the
hill from the town! The film crew were working flat out for two weeks at the house but the scenes of Hydra and Rallou House only total about ten minutes in the final film. Even so, those ten minutes
really showcase both the house and the island. Click this link for a preview of the film and see if you can spot Hydra!
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need. Large refrigerator, sink, electric hob, fully
operational antique electric oven, microwave, full set of cookware, dishware, cutlery, cups, mugs and glasses, coffee machine, toaster and other utensils.
There is a small but practical bathroom downstairs, with a toilet, hand basin
with marble surround, overhead shower, large mirror, good artificial lighting and hot water on demand.
Ground floor entrance hall, open door to East Courtyard
Exit the Main Entrance Hall onto the East Courtyard. This courtyard has a large dining
table and seating so you can dine overlooking the spectacular views.
External stone stairs on your left lead to the Upstairs Entrance Hall, where you are greeted by more art and
style. If you continue upward you reach the Upper Terrace.
There are three Bedrooms. A large high ceiling Master Bedroom is furnished with a comfortable recently restored antique iron double bed, period wardrobe and chest of drawers. Two windows on one
side and another opposite allow excellent cross-ventilation. Adjacent to its south side is a private sitting room or dressing room.
Two smaller Bedrooms are accessed from the Upstairs Entrance Hall. One is double, the other twin; they have inter-connecting doors. The double bedroom has a private terrace facing south, where one
can hang swimming suits, towels etc. to dry.
On the left of the entrance hall, is a corridor, with cupboards (not accessible to guests) leading to a large shower
Large Shower Room Upstairs
This is probably the bathroom with the best view on the island –even when you are sitting on the toilet… Toilet, very large
shower, marble bench with hand basin, hairdryer, good artificial light, ample natural light, mirror collection, views north and south, and, of course, hot water on demand. Water pressure is
good all-round the year as an electric pump is installed in the basement.
Windows of the bathroom, overhanging the East Courtyard.
Seating at the dining area of the East Courtyard.
This is probably where you will spend most of your time. Breakfast, late coffee,
brunch, lunch, tea time, drinks, supper, dinner, late drinks, around the glass table, with or without music, under the decorated wall and covered patio. You may also sunbathe under the rubber
tree or lie and read when the sun has departed.
East Courtyard in the evening
Another spot you will probably enjoy in the evenings either for drinks or for dinner is the
lowered northern pebble floored verandah, with a stunning view of the harbour, the lights and the boat activities.
Then there is the Upper Terrace, where you may spend some time sunbathing, but most of all, you will enjoy a variety of
sunsets, each different from the previous one or the one next day. With or without drinks.
Then you can also wander around the property and find out more about the Orangerie, or the terraced gardens below the
Lower cisterna terrace
Available May through October.
Children over age 12 are welcome.
Wheelchair inaccessible. (Not suitable for persons with disabilities or insufficient fitness, as there are a medium number of steps to climb to reach the
house from the harbour.)
Pets are not accommodated.
Smoking strictly outdoors only.
No events, no parties.
Minimum stay: 7 Nights July and August, 4 Nights other months (May, June, Sep.-Oct.).
Maximum 6 guests.
Check-out by 11:00.
Check-in after 15:00 and not later than 19:00 at the house, any day of the week.
Special arrangements for check-out check-in may be possible.
September 2018: €220
October 2018: €200
May 2019 & September 2019: €220
June 2019: €230
July 2019 & August 2019: €250
October 2019 01-15: €200
October 2019 16-31: €180
methods: Paypal or
Bank wire (bank details will be sent on request)
- 20% deposit required to secure booking with 80% balance of payment due no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival. Bank wire
- Price is for the whole house to a maximum of six persons, rented on a private, self-catering basis. Additional
cleaning can be arranged as an extra.
- Price includes local taxes, bed linen and bathroom towels.
- Greeted at the port disembarkation at end of the gangplank and shown up to the house.
- Luggage transfer arranged (both ways). 2 mules to carry max. 4 suitcases & 4 pieces of hand luggage, charged as extra
at €20 per mule each way. (Total cost €80.) Payable in cash to horse/mule operator.
AMA Registration Number: 00000021517
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