Cactus Villa (from €160/night)<€200 / 1 bathroom / 1BR / Kamini / Sleeps 3
From €160/night Private courtyard, valley views, a/c, Wi-Fi, maid service
Ideal for newlyweds or couples, this charming home offers guests tranquil surroundings with panoramic inland views yet complete privacy. A gentle walk from both Hydra and Kamini Harbors (~10 minutes), the house is close to the beach, shops, and three of the best restaurants in Hydra, yet offers all the peace and tranquility of a residential neighborhood.
Though a new constuction, Cactus Villa was stone-built in the traditional Hydra style and feels as if it’s been there for generations. The entrance to the property leads to a very spacious and secluded patio with dining and seating areas, two of which are nestled into alcoves carved out of the bedrock. The fully equipped, well-lit, but cool kitchen provides plenty of cupboards and workspace as well as a cozy dining area.
Wooden stairs from the kitchen lead up to the living room—a wonderful open space, full of light with a big fireplace. The four windows offer beautiful inland views of Kamini village and the valley heading toward Vlychos, a sleepy village about twenty minute’s walk past Kamini. The open-beamed ceiling has excellent insulation, and two ceiling fans keep the room airy and cool.
The double bedroom has well-ventilated cupboards, air-conditioning, and a ceiling fan. A traditional external stone staircase provides independent access from the bedroom to the courtyard below.
A third person can sleep on the comfortable sofa in the living room, and a curtain can be drawn for privacy (see photos). There is a second comfortable sofa across the room.
The good-sized bathroom with shower receives sunlight all day through a glass-brick wall. There is a small second toilet/shower on the patio below, carved into a charming niche, plus an external shower under the outside steps, which is handy for rinsing off after a dip in the sea.
The neighborhood is very quiet area, an easy ten-minuite walk from Hydra harbour and eight minutes from the nearest swimming spot in Kamini. There are two well-stocked grocery shops two minutes’ walk away with nearly no stairs.
The house has a TV, DVD player, radio-cassette-CD player and phone for local calls. The owner has left an extensive collection of classical music CDs and an assortment of films on DVD, which guests are welcome to enjoy.
There is free Wi-Fi and maid service twice weekly.
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Guests need to be aware that Hydra has many steps, so an average level of fitness is required.