Xelidonia is a substantial holiday house rental in Hydra town on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra. Offering traditional Hydra accommodation over two floors with 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom for 6 people to share with plenty of outside terraces, close to the port with hardly any steps to climb and a beautiful roofed loggia with sea and harbour glimpses.
Xelidonia is a truly authentic 'Patrician House' and is available for holidays on a self-catering basis, private Hydra house rental on Hydra Island Greece. It is full of character and old
world charm, built in the early 19th Century, yet comfortable and well equipped with all modern conveniences.
The house is a nostalgic reflection of times gone by.
Spacious, light and airy well-proportioned rooms with a good mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, to suit 6 discerning people who want to rent a gracious house together on Hydra, the most exclusive of the Greek holiday islands.
Near the bustling harbour of Hydra Town with hardly any steps to negotiate, this beautiful patrician house, nevertheless, is sufficiently high to have magnificent views of the mountains and sea. This fine house has the added benefit of being secluded, so it is ideal for those seeking a house rental where privacy is paramount. There are a number of similarly impressive, private houses and most of the better Hydra hotels in the neighbourhood, with the nearest swimming area, all the restaurants, the fruit and vegetable market and the port an easy 5 minute walk away. We look forward to welcoming you to our home on the unique Hydra island Greece.
Xelidonia is approached by a short flight of steps from just behind the harbour streets. Passing through antique iron gates that feature winged sphinxes, the garden is to the right of the house and is abundantly stocked with flowering and scented shrubs, trees and climbing plants. The garden is paved and to the far end there is a large marble table, ample seating and barbeque, making it a perfect area for entertaining with the fountain gently murmuring in the background. Coming back from the beach it is a pleasure to wash off sand and salt under the refreshing garden shower.
The entrance hall - passing through the double front door, one is struck by the cool, serene atmosphere that pervades throughout the house. The lofty ceilings, dark red floor tiles, arches and white walls really exemplifies the taste of the owners, who preserve the house in very much the same style as intended in the 19th century.
The dining room & kitchen feature many of the original 19th Century facilities including the original bread oven, shallow marble sinks and tiling. There are, of course, the modern day conveniences. The dining table, comfortably seats 8 and there is a sideboard for serving. Glass doors, from the kitchen, allow access to a small terrace, which is ideal for drying clothes and there is storage space for suitcases in the 'apothiki' and a large box for storing beach and swimming gear.
The main bathroom is a large room with marble surfaces and grey unpolished marble floor tiles. There is a double sized shower unit, two hand-basins and a huge mirror that's quaintly mottled with age.
There is a second shower room off the upstairs double bedroom.
The house has two independent toilets.
The master bedroom, off the entrance hall, is subtly decorated in white with touches of blue in the soft furnishings. The round table and two comfortable armchairs below the front facing window, offer an excellent place for an intimate breakfast for two. The large wrought iron, four-posted bed is hung with voile that creates a romantic atmosphere.
A flight of worn old marble stairs lead from the entrance hall to the loggia. This is the real heart of the house, a magnificent wide space, open on two sides, where the fresh
summer breeze sweeps gently through. The red tiled floor and the high, Ottoman influenced wooden ceiling in combination with comfortable furniture makes this the ideal place for reading, listening to
music or receiving friends for drinks in the afternoon after a long day at the sea. The views from the loggia towards the mountains and the sea are quite spectacular.
In late Spring each year, Hydra island in common with many of the Greek islands is host to migratory birds. Apart from the owners family and guests, Xelidonia is also the seasonal home to a family of swallows (Xelidonia or Χελιδονια in Greek). These charming birds have their nest in the corner below the ceiling of the loggia and they return to it each year to raise their babies. The house is named for them in acknowledgement of the many hours of pleasure they give the human families who enjoy their antics.
The winter sitting room is cosy and ideal for off season mornings and evenings when you can relax in front of the wood burning, traditional fireplace. There are plenty of books, board games and cards that you are welcome to use during your stay.
The third bedroom (twin) with its high ancient wooden ceiling has two beautiful, traditional cast iron single beds plus some spare mattresses in case of temporary need and to make sleeping arrangements more flexible.
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1 week: € 2,800 (€400 per night)
Please ensure that you have booked your tickets and arranged your travel in advance. As soon as you know your arrival time, please let us know so that we can arrange for our house manager to be on the quayside to welcome you and show you to the house. If required, our house manager may also arrange for mules to transfer your luggage if necessary unless you are happy to pull your cases the short distance to the house. (This cost is not included and will need to be paid in cash to the muleteer: €10 per mule which carries maximum 2 suitcases & 2 pieces of hand luggage.) Please visit www.HellenicSeaways.com to pre-book flying dolphin or cat tickets online or see Metochi Option if you intend driving to Metochi (on the mainland opposite Hydra) parking and then coming across to Hydra on the passenger ferries.
Check out: By 11:00
Check in: After 15:00
In common with the rest of Hydra, Xelidonia House is not accessible or suitable for wheelchair use.
Please note that Xelidonia is a popular house and is almost fully booked for 2017 - the following dates are still available:
Advert expires 23rd May 2017 (see Advertising Rates).