Hydra Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3
Cassandra cottage is full of Bohemiam charm. The cottage has a maze like feel as the rooms are in unexpected places adding to the eccentricity and appeal of this delicious cottage. The courtyard is arranged for four to dine with glimpses of the sea whilst remaining private with a traditional well in the center of the courtyard where water can be drawn to water the plants and clean off sandy feet. Through one door off the courtyard you will reach the sitting room and bedroom with two single beds. The sitting room's double windows open to a wonderful sea view and stunning sunsets and there are plenty of books in a variety of languages to add to your relaxation. The bedroom with two single beds lays through a separate door and with an interesting and unexpected window! Through another door from the courtyard there is the kitchen with a dining table for four. Up a spiral staircase, you reach the cool inviting master bedroom with a double bed & two balconies with breath taking sea views.
Hydra: Hydra town is laid out like an amphitheatre around the harbour. There are smaller harbours either side. One has a fish taverna and water sports and can be reach either by a flat walk around the coast or by one of the many water taxi that service the locals. The small harbour on the west side of the town is closer to you and can also be reached by a short coastal walk or water taxi from Hydra harbour. Here there is a good taverna with magnificent views and small fishing boats harbour. Further along from this is what is know as The Baby Beach. The water here slowly deepens and is ideal for all. Much further around the coast is a small gathering of houses and this can also be reach by a path along the hillside. Over the top of Hydra island through the pine forest and down the other side there are secluded bays which can also be reach by water taxi, foot or donkey. Don't forget to book your return!
A Day Out: From Hydra you can take a day trip to the islands of Spetses, Poros, Dokos, Aegina and/or Agistri. If you wish to travel further hire a car from Poros (across the narrow sea channel at Poros is the small town of Galatas where you will probably get a better deal on your car hire or at least be on the mainland.) From here you can reach Epidavros with it's famous ancient amphitheatre within half an hour and a further hour will take you to Ancient Mycene and Agamennons 'Beehive' tomb. The colossal walls of Tirins are along this journey as is the first capital of Greece, Nafplion, although it still has it's ancient mosques and old town squares it also now has a very chic cosmopolitan feel and is an excellent destination for a day out with it's castle up 999 steps towering over the town and the island fort in the bay which can be reach by local water bus.
Privacy: The people of Hydra have a sense of privacy and discretion. The building regulations state that no window can over look someone Else's property and those that do because they are so old have been tightly shuttered closed.
This sense of privacy has made Hydra into a place that people come to take a relaxing holiday with assurance of discretion. Leonard Cohen, Joan Collins and Richard Branson are some of the well known people that have holiday homes here.
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the manager
We stayed in Cassandra Cottage for six weeks in September-October 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage has lots of character. We loved it from the moment we climbed the steps to the welcoming blue doors to the courtyard. We particularly loved the large upstairs bedroom with two double doors, two windows and two balconies, all looking out on fantastic sea and mountain views. The downstairs sitting room was perfect for relaxing and reading, with lots of books on the shelves. We enjoyed meals outside in the private courtyard in the warmer weeks of September. There are four small general stores within short walking distance, all with helpful staff and donkeys to deliver whatever we needed.
- Peter and Heather, Australia