Pyrgos House Rental Photos and Description
Traditional Restored House, Sleeps up to 6
Situated in the 'trendy' mediaeval hilltop village of Pyrgos. Spiti Stelios originally served as an old artisan house and winery dating back to the early 18th century. This traditional building with beautiful caldera and island views, has been restored and converted into a simple and friendly family holiday home. Teams of local artisans have used traditional crafts, techniques and materials to create this comfortable Santorini 4 bedroom dwelling.
Approached via a footpath which has breathtaking views across the island and the Aegean beyond, the entrance to the property is into a large cobblestoned courtyard with outdoor dining area and barbecue. There is also a spacious roof terrace, ideal for relaxing with a glass of local wine and enjoying the spectacular sunsets (which are almost guaranteed on this island). On a clear day it is possible to make out more than 7 different islands in the distance including Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Amorgos, Naxos, Irakleia, etc.
Inside, the living room features two traditional Santorini couches, scattered with cushions and an alcove which serves as a snug (this used to be a tread for the white grapes). The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is one of the single bedrooms. An arched passage leads to the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom with its 'loo with a view'. The master bedroom is light and airy, with caldera views and double doors opening onto a second enclosed courtyard. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the other single bedroom. In total there are one master bedroom and two single bedrooms on this level.
In addition there is a cool double bedroom downstairs with en-suite wet room. This benefits from having its own independent entrance from the second enclosed courtyard (which also has an outdoor shower). This double en-suite 'yposkafo' is carved out of the rock in typical Santorinian style and served as the workshop where cheese and other artisan products were made in years gone by.
The beautiful white-washed village of Pyrgos is one of the prettiest places on the island, built around the remains of the mediaeval castle, in a charming mixture of winding lanes and churches with distinctive blue domes. Pyrgos is centrally located with access to multiple beaches and places of interest.
There are at least 2 beaches (Kamari and Vlychada) which are a 15 min drive from Pyrgos. In addition, there are Perissa and Perivolos beach within a 20 min drive from Pyrgos. While public transport is available from the village square it can get very busy in the summer months and is unreliable, therefore renting a car is strongly recommended.
On the other [East] side of the island there are several beaches, most notably Vourvoulos, Baxedes, Pori and Cape Columbo all worth exploring. Cape Columbo is somewhat secluded and a perfect location if you are looking for peace and quiet. It is reputed to 'sit' on a series of mini volcanic craters deep under the sea bed and the far end of this beach is a naturist/nudist beach.
You can walk along the cliffs from Fira to Oia, about 11 km. Start out in the morning when it's cool and be sure to take along plenty of water, a snack, sun cream, sunglasses and a hat!
There is a hiking trail between Perissa Beach and Kamari Beach that passes by the archaeological site of Ancient Thira at the summit of the mountain. The Perissa side is a dirt trail. The Kamari side is a paved road with steep switchbacks. Not counting the time you spend exploring Ancient Thira, the hike will take you about 2 hours.
There is also a trail which starts at Vothonas village, winds up through Pyrgos and continues on to Profitis Ilias (some 567 meters above sea level). From there, the trail continues to Ancient Thira and then on to Perissa. This trail provides spectacular views of the island, and will take 2 – 2.5 hours plus the time you spend at Ancient Thira.
In addition, there is a hiking trail between Pyrgos and Mesa Gonia that passes through Mesa Gonia village. The trail is a bit dusty but most of the walk is very nice. The Mesa Gonia end of the trail really gives a different view of the island, taking you back in time 50 years or more perhaps.
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
The photo above is of the old artisan winery, today this has been transformed into our lounge and snug.
Caroline purchased this house in 2001
Why Caroline chose Pyrgos
Guestbook comments from the owner
5-Star: L'accueil et la disponibilité des propriétaires Caroline et Stélios ont été de toute première, nous avons trouvé une maison très belle, restaurée avec des matériaux de qualité et meublée avec goût et originalité, beaucoup de confort sur la grande terrasse nous avions Une vue imprenable de l'ile, nous pouvions y admirer les magnifiques couchers de soleil,y voir quelques feux d'artifices la nuit et y apprécier les lumières de l'ile. oui vraiment c'était magique, un seul regret n'y être resté que 15 jours ! Merci encore Caroline et stelios, nous reviendrons vous voir à Pyrgos (Review Nbr:6364410)