|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Freddy's is a drop-dead gorgeous house for gracious living on Hydra Island Greece. It's the perfect Hydra holiday house for extended families to share as there's plenty of space for everyone to spread out and not get on top of each other.
We offer a hotel standard of hospitality, professionalism and friendly service. We want to reassure you that we will be on hand and available to help and guide you even before you arrive. So if you have any questions about what to expect, how to get here or other questions about the house or Hydra, please don't hesitate to ask. We live on the island and are available throughout your stay. What you see on our pages and in our reviews indicates the level of service and standard of accommodation we strive for. What you see is what we ensure you get.
Elegantly restored and modernised, this 200-year-old villa overlooks the sea with wrap-around views of the village of Kamini and the countryside. The house sleeps 8-10 guests in spacious comfort on 3 floors (4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms), for a minimum of 7 nights.
Please view our video, which is in the photo gallery, click the last photo and then click the arrow to the video.
Freddy's is a real home - Home to Dino and Trina Bradlee and their boys. It contains many belongings that they have collected over the years and reflects their tastes. Dino meticulously ensures that everything is in perfect working order on the 'technical front' so the air-conditioning, plumbing & Wifi etc, is always perfect. Trina has turned this house into a true home over the years and as both are keen cooks, the kitchen is equipped to please even a 5-star chef. You'll find that rare combination of modern amenities and old world charm making Freddy's the perfect Hydra vacation house.
The house is furnished with antiques, original art, Italian beds and sofas for comfort and style. As the Bradlees know, some people want complete privacy to unwind and recharge their batteries and others welcome getting to know their hosts socially. Whatever your preference, your hosts are hospitable and helpful.
Welcome to Freddy's House
Your holiday fun on Hydra will start as soon as you arrive in Hydra Port. Your hosts will be there to meet you and will have arranged mules to transfer your cases to the house. Then you can either walk with them along the coast road, or if you've had a long journey, you may prefer a quick sea taxi ride to the picturesque Kamini Harbour.
From Kamini harbour, Freddy's House is a shady stroll under the pine trees, zig-zagging up the little lanes between the pretty village houses to reach your home-away-from-home. It's about 400 meter to Freddy's House from Kamini Harbour with approximately 100 gentle steps. The average person takes about 10 minutes to walk up. And when you want to head into Hydra Town, it will take the average person 10 minutes to walk through the winding streets to Hydra.
The Courtyard Garden
From the street you cross a small stone bridge into the courtyard garden. The courtyard is enclosed by a high wall for complete privacy. There are plenty of shady trees and a number of sitting areas for you to enjoy at different times of the day.
For cooking and dining out-of-doors under the moonlight and stars, there's an excellent wood-burning pizza oven and grill. To cool off during the heat of the day if you are sunbathing there is a screened off shower area in the corner.
The garden bedroom, which opens directly to the courtyard, is completely independent from the rest of the house. It is comfortably furnished with a queen-size double bed. It's a naturally cool room because of the meter thick walls and stone flooring with surrounding shady trees but there is a fan if necessary. The windows have wooden shutters and screens.
The Garden Bedroom's en-suite WC also doubles as the laundry room and you are welcome to use the washing machine and dryer throughout your stay.
A well equipped kitchen with everything in excellent order is essential when you rent a holiday home especially when it's a large house like Freddy's. Part of the fun of your Hydra holiday is shopping at the quaint grocers, bakers and butchers, then cooking at home for that perfect 'living the Hydra dream' experience. Freddy's kitchen will not disappoint.
You enter the main part of the house from the courtyard into the kitchen. To the side of the entrance there is an excellent place to hose off boots and walking shoes if you are staying on Hydra for a walking/trekking/hiking winter holiday. You will find plenty of coat hooks too for drying summer beach towels or winter coats.
In the kitchen there is: double marble sink, fridge/freezer, plus an under counter fridge, electric oven and stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, food-processor, coffee press and absolutely everything you need to create and serve a full dinner party.
The sitting room has a large L-shaped sofa, a wall-mounted, WiFi enabled wide-screen TV, Air conditioning, and also serves as an interior winter dining area.
Interior stairs lead to the first floor landing.
Upstairs, the very high, traditional painted wood ceilings combined with large windows create an exceptionally light and airy feeling. All the flooring is of traditional painted wood and there is ample wall lighting. Every bedroom in the house has excellent air-conditioning.
From the first floor landing, three doors lead to the two bedrooms on this floor and to the spacious family bathroom.
There is an extra long bath and a separate shower cubicle which is double the usual space! Marble topped vanity unit with hand basin, mirror and toilet.
The Green Bedroom
The green bedroom has a new, super comfortable, king-size double bed. It is a very large room with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, internal wooden shutters and screens on all windows. The room has beautiful light and views from windows in three different directions.
The Yellow Bedroom has a queen-size double bed, a ceiling fan, and giant windows with screens and of course air-conditioning. One set of windows faces the sea and the other set overlooks the garden.
First Floor Covered Terrace
Both the Green bedroom and first floor landing have glazed, double doors onto the East facing, covered balcony terrace. There are outside steps between this terrace and the courtyard so it is possible for people to come and go without disturbing anyone downstairs.
The covered terrace is a perfect spot for breakfast, to watch the rising sun, or to take in the beautiful views of the Saronic Gulf and the Peloponnese.
Stairs from the first floor landing lead to the, top floor Verani Bedroom.
The Verani Bedroom
This room at the top of the house has beautiful light, phenomenal views, a ceiling fan and window screens as well as air-conditioning. This huge top floor bedroom, has a queen-sized bed and two very large, traditional antique daybeds. This room can accommodate 4 people. For flexibility, there are also a couple of fold-out single beds if children want to share the room.
The Verani En-suite shower room with toilet, hand basin (with mirror) & shower.
The Verani Roof Terrace has incredible views and is totally private as it's not overlooked. The sunsets from this terrace are glorious so make sure you bring your cameras. Sun-worshippers who prefer not to be on the beach, will love this terrace.
For parents travelling with teenagers: the Verani Bedroom on the top floor is a firm favourite. Young adults and mature children will adore making the 'top of the house' their own! It can either be treated like their exclusive 'pad' or almost as a 'dormitory' for a week long sleep over.
Even the most demanding teenagers who can't be separated from their computers will be impressed with the very robust, hard-wired high speed internet Wi-Fi system that works smoothly and quickly in every room of the house, and all of the outdoor areas. And of course they will be able to play their music (not too loudly during siesta time please) without imposing on everyone else in the house.
Please be aware of the fact that the walls around the roof terrace are very low, young children should be supervised at all times to avoid any accidents. (For children under the age of 12, we are happy to put single beds in the other bedrooms as necessary.)
Of course, if there are couples holidaying together, the Verani will be equally popular as each couple will have their own space and privacy.
You might also like to know that we also own and rent another house on Hydra,besides Freddy's. Nicaela's, Homeaway listing 4226665, is a truly beautiful 2 bedroom house very nearby to Freddy's. If you are looking for a smaller house than Freddy's, Nicaela's would be ideal. If you are part of a larger party, in need of six private bedrooms, you might consider renting both Freddy's and Nicaelas together.
As Freddy's House is maintained to a very high standard, maid service is included once per week as part of the rental price. We can also arrange for additional maid service and excellent babysitting if desired. In order to make your arrival as carefree as possible we stock the refrigerator with basics such as bottled water, milk, beer, wine, coffee, tea and cereal. After you arrive we will arrange for you to have your groceries delivered by donkey from any of the three local markets nearby.
We are boating enthusiasts - we offer a free afternoon boat excursion on our boat to everyone who books our house. We think seeing the island from the water is essential to complete the Hydra experience, and we enjoy getting to know our guests.
Freddy's has been lovingly owned and maintained by the same American family since 1964.
My wife and I, and our twin boys, own and occupy several other houses on the island, and are always available to answer any questions and fix any problems immediately. We are happy to share our knowledge of the island, and show you our favorite swimming spots, tavernas, and cafes, as well as make introductions to make your stay on Hydra more enjoyable.
After being here for 35+ years, we know just about everybody on the island- locals, as well as summer 'regulars'. We find that we really enjoy working with our guests to help them enjoy Hydra to the fullest, and enjoy helping our guests find the things they enjoy doing...whether it is boating, hiking, or dining. It gives us a lot of satisfaction to help our guests get the most out of their stay.
Our twelve year old twin boys enjoy playing with the children of our guests, and showing them their favorite places to swim and play on the island.
Dino purchased this villa in 1964
My Uncle Freddy bought our house in 1964 because of it's exceptional beauty, privacy and location. Freddy's is up high enough to have spectacular views of the sea, as well as the 'peaks' of Hydra, yet still low enough to walk to and from the beach and the main port of Hydra with ease. Kaminia is considered by locals to be the nicest part of the island; it is quiet, and never overrun with tourists--even during high season, yet some of the better restaurants on Hydra are located within a few minutes walk from the house.
We give our guests a level of personal attention that no absentee owner could provide. We can help coordinate travel to and from Athens Airport to our front door. We meet our guests upon arrival to the island, arrange for donkey transportation of guests luggage to the house, and personally familiarize our guests with our home, and the island. We will show you our favorite restaurants and shops, and love to take our guests out on our personal boat for boat picnics. We speak English, French, and Italian, as well as Greek. Our trustworthy housekeeper Peppa has been taking care of our home for over 15 years, and is available as often as you like. We will advise you on expert medical care should the need arise.
We just had the most wonderful time at Dino and Trina's beautiful house. It was a slightly cold and rainy arrival onto Hydra, but that just added to the atmosphere. Trina met us off the ferry with our donkeys all ready to transport our luggage. On arrival at the house it was beautifully warm and cosy inside. Their housekeeper, Pepper was also there to welcome us in. The house itself was just beautiful. spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. As the weather was unseasonally cold, we did probably spend more time indoors. This was no problem as everyone (all 9 of us!) had enough space to call our own. We even managed to make delicious wood fired pizzas on one evening and then our own pasta the next night. So the kitchen was well equipped. Thank you for the wonderful time, hopefully it won't be our last!
We chose Freddy’s Villa based on the location close to various beaches, views, ample space, Kitchen & bathrooms and other amenities and reviews with favorable mentions of the host. After staying at Freddy’s villa we can comfortable say, we agree with those reviewers completely but the place is a lot more than the impression we got through the website.
Our hosts, Dino & Trina were prompt and professional in their responses and timeliness. Any arrangements Dino made, like the cab from Athens airport to Metochi that is then only a 30 minute boat ride on the mainland to Hydra, were thoroughly professional and comfortable. Trina met us at the port in Hydra and accompanied us to the villa giving a beautiful tour of the town as we walked. She pointed out the restaurants to try, paths to take and even introduced us to Maria & Demetri at the Four Corners Market, who couldn’t have been more helpful and hospitable (definitely get your groceries there)
The three storied villa is located perfectly an easy 10 minute stroll to the Kamini harbour and various locations where you can access the sea and more importantly to our favorite restaurant “To Pefkaki.” (Some of the best and most authentic food on the island) The kitchen on the ground floor is nicely stocked and has an adjacent lounging area. The first floor has two bedrooms and bath plus a covered patio with a dining table. The third floor has a large bedroom with bathroom and a deck and views from all rooms. The sun filled rooms are quiet and comfortable, bathrooms function to American standards with hot and cold water and are well stocked.
As if the comfortable stay and stunning views weren’t enough, the boat ride with Dino to Ermioni farmer’s market was a total treat, capped off by the refreshing swim in the Aegean on the way home!
Maintaining a fine balance between being good host and respecting our privacy and time, the stay at Freddy’s Villa was the centerpiece of our wonderful vacation.
My family and I spent a wonderful week at Freddy's house on Hydra. The house is gorgeous, comfortable and clean and has amazing views of the Kamini village and the sea. We spent lots of time relaxing in the outdoor spaces and at the beautiful Kamini beach - a 10 minute walk down the hill.
We enjoyed the well stocked kitchen with great amenities for cooking at home and also ate out at the local taverns and restaurants at the Port.
We can't wait to visit again!
Thanks again Dino and Trina!!
The house is elegant and charming. Very well situated with magnificent views from the two terraces. Shaded courtyard is lovely for breakfast. An easy walk (in Hydra terms - so lots of steps) into either Kamini bay just below, or into Hydra town over the little hill and down to the port.
Three large double bedrooms, all attractively furnished, the top floor room having multiple day beds in addition to the main bed. A smaller fourth bedroom off the courtyard has a sofa bed. All very comfortable.
The owners are wonderfully helpful, with donkeys arranged in both directions and very useful tips on shopping and restaurants. Dino and his family clearly have excellent taste (house is full of good books and cooking is clearly important). The wonderful Peppa was our housekeeper and could arrange everything from cleaning to shopping delivery. Freddy's house is a wonderful base for anyone in Hydra.
Freddy's Place is a perfect holiday retreat. From the welcome at the port to the departure everything was so easy. The rooms are all spacious with air con, the kitchen is a foodies dream with every utensil and cookbook you will ever need and the outside terraces are perfect, when one is in the shade there is always one still in the sunshine throughout the day.
Peppa the housekeeper was so friendly and helpful which really made our visit too.
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
My family and I (LOL no animals) couldn't wait to stay at Freddy's House and were thrilled to find that it exceeded our expectations. With a mixed age group, the amount of space both inside and out, made staying with an elderly mother and three teenagers a pleasure without everyone being on top of each other. The kids took over the top floor and only ventured down for food and drink after mid-day or to take themselves off to Castello for a swim and to mix with the other sun-worshippers, although my niece was thrilled to find that the upper terrace was not over looked from any angle, she loved sunbathing up there (so she didn't get strap marks!). My mother who isn't quite as energetic as she used to be, didn't find the walk up to the house from Kamini Harbour at all onerous, and so including her on outings was easy, although she adored 'pottering' in the courtyard garden and was even inspired to take up a paint brush (which hasn't happened in 50 years) and really enjoyed the peace an quiet when everyone was out. So my sister, brother-in-law and myself felt wonderfully relaxed and not at all worried about whether everyone would enjoy themselves. Dino and Trina are the most wonderful hosts and going out on their boat for the afternoon was a treat enjoyed by everyone. Everyone agreed that the house was beyond perfect, the temperature was just right so we didn't need the air-conditioning on, the wifi was perfect, nothing in the way of things you need when on holiday had been overlooked, the beds were soooooo comfortable (probably why none of use saw much of the morning sun) and the evenings eating together on the middle terrace planning what we would do the following day were magical. We all highly recommend Freddy's House and are looking forward to coming back next year.
We stayed at Freddy’s Villa for 8 nights and our time there was simply perfect. Dino and Trina are wonderful hosts, the house is in a wonderful location, and the views are even more stunning than in the photos. We loved having morning coffee on the terrace off of the master bedroom and watching shooting stars from the upper terrace at night.
The villa itself is well equipped - truly a home away from home. My husband and I and our two daughters (ages 12 and 14) had plenty of room to spread out in the house and it easily could accommodate more guests. The location was great. It is a very short walk to the Kaminia beaches and restaurants. From Kaminia harbor you can get a water taxi to any of the fabulous beaches (our favorite was Bisti beach). A slightly longer walk takes you to the bustling Hydra port - where there are many restaurants and shops.
We had a magnificent week at this beautiful Villa and would absolutely recommend it to friends and family.
Freddy's is located in the nicest part of Kaminia,which is the most beautiful residential area on Hydra. The beaches and restaurants near our house are some of the best on the island.