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Villa Althea is a beautifully renovated, traditional Hydra holiday house to let with lots of character and charm but with all modern conveniences to make your stay in Hydra as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.
Villa Althea is situated in the pretty and historical area of Kala Pigadi (Good Wells) at the top of Andreas Miaoulis Street, so named for Admiral Miaoulis Hydra's best loved hero who lead the Hydriot fleet against the Ottoman Empire at the start of the Greek War of Independence (celebrated annually in June). From the centre of the port, the wide, level road meanders through the town and up to the house with only a few steps to negotiate from the road to the entrance to the house. Next door is the landmark Gorojannis Mansion, typical of the Genovese architecture built by wealthy and influential Hydriots of 200 year ago.
From the entrance courtyard you enter the well equipped kitchen. There is a stairway with a door to the lower pool terrace and dining area. This is the only way into the pool area and because the door can be secured, it makes the house safer for families visiting with younger children when we ask that at least one adult be at the poolside in case of accidents!
The kitchen has a washing machine, dishwasher, full-sized electric oven/hob and a larder fridge/freezer. You'll find the cupboards well equipped with crockery, cutlery and utensils so you can enjoy cooking for dining at home.
Villa Althea is a delightful and surprisingly spacious house, on multiple half levels that overlap each other and connected with short flights of steps and stairs.
From the kitchen/dining room there is the first, lower sitting room with a comfortable sofa bed for 1 person to sleep on. This room also doubles as a small office/laptop work area with a pretty, hand restored writing desk for you to work at online so you can keep in touch with your family or your office. There is a flat screen TV.
The first double bedroom on the first floor has a double bed and plenty of space to unpack with wardrobe and drawers. This room also has independent access to the entrance courtyard and therefore into the kitchen, without having to disturb anyone sleeping in the sitting room.
Another door from the first double bedroom gives access to the small courtyard to the rear of the house where there are two immaculately presented shower rooms.
A short flight of internal stone stairs from the lower floor leads to the middle sitting room, which offers another area to enjoy some quiet time or to relax together.
Doors from the middle sitting room give access to the 2nd shower room and rear courtyard. A short flight of internal stairs lead to the top floor.
On the top floor there is a landing/sitting room which can also be used as a single bedroom, through to the 2nd double bedroom, or across to the upper terrace which overlooks the courtyard and pool, offering spectacular views.
The views from the upper terrace are 'jaw dropping' and wonderfully interesting. It seems as though all of Hydra is laid out for you to enjoy and the vista stretches to the sea, across to the Peloponnese in one direction, faces the sunset and around 180 degrees to show magnificent mountain views about the house.
Villa Althea is ideally situated for couples or families who want to take advantage of the stunning countryside of Hydra. The walk from the harbour will take you about 15 minutes (10 by the end of your stay) so all of the delights of the town are very accessible with its traditional tavernas, upmarket restaurants, cafes, bars and nightlife. You will also enjoy the shopping and visiting Hydra's museums and art shows. There are a number of ways you can get to Hydra and once you have made your travel arrangements, please let us know so we can arrange for your luggage transfer.
The house is on the junction at the start of the roads that lead inland to the Monastaries of Aghia Fotini and then on to Aghia Matrona. Or you can take the zig zag road through the pine trees to Aghios Konstandinos at Kiaffa, which is above Kala Pigadi. From Ag. Konstandinos you can choose to go higher and visit Profitis Elias, or you can continue on the inland road to Kamini and then along the inland road to Vlychos and beyond.
For those who prefer to ride, Harriet's Hydra Horses, is available for horse treks and rather than going down to Harriet's stables, she is happy to rendezvous at the top of the zig zag which is about 200m from the house.
Exploring Hydra's untouched natural beaches is another pleasure not to be missed and we will be happy to put you in touch with reliable boat captains such as Marina of the Ritsa Sea Taxi if you would like to circumnavigate the island or take a picnic to one of Hydra's pristine coves. Or you can even hire a speed boat for the day (with or without a driver), again we can help to arrange this for you.
In April, the Hydra's Trails International Mountain Running Event passes the house and watching from the Good Wells terrace will give you a grandstand view as the runners dash by! The Good Wells are about 100m from the house.
Throughout the year, there are a number of events which include ecclesiastic processions that pass along the street below adding colour and spectacle to your stay. And the upper terrace is one of the best vantage points to enjoy the tremendous firework exhibition that Hydra puts on for the climax of the Miaoulia Festival in June.
All of the supermarkets deliver to the house at a pre-arranged time for you so you don't have to worry about carrying provisions yourself.
We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to welcoming you to Hydra and Villa Althea for your next holiday.
AMA Registration Number: 00000434468
Please note that Kelsey hosts our website domain name (www.VillaAltheaHydra.gr) on HydraDirect, so when you contact me here, you will deal directly with me and not a booking agent. Because Kelsey (HydraDirect) does not charge me a commission, or you a booking fee, I offer discounted prices for those who reserve through this page using the form below, or by phone, and pay a deposit of 30% to confirm their booking.
Prices are per night.
Minimum booking 4 nights.
Maximum guests 6. (Plus 1 baby in cot provided at no charge.)
All prices subject to 30% deposit at time of booking.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit/debit card.
Balance of payment due no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival date.
Utilities, bed linen, towels and beach/pool towels provided.
Strictly no smoking indoors.
Parents accept responsibility for safety of their own children and acknowledge that we accept no responsibility for any personal accidents in but not limited to the use of the swimming pool and house.
Sorry, no pets.
As with most of Hydra, Villa Althea does not have wheelchair access and is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
We will meet you off the dolphin when you arrive with our own mules to carry your luggage and take you to the house. Please don't forget to let us know as soon as you have booked your travel tickets.
No show - no refund.
4 weeks prior to arrival date - no refund.
8 - 5 weeks prior to arrival date - full balance refunded (70%), 30% deposit is not refunded.
30% deposit refunded (less €100 admin fee) if cancelled 3 months prior to arrival date.