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Dino

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian, greek

Freddy's- One of the great Hydra houses...Perfect Location in Lower Kaminia

11 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Greece Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 Br, 3 Ba, Restored Mansion In Prime Location, Incredible Views (Sleeps 8)

Freddy's is a very spacious and elegantly restored 200 year-old stone villa, located in lower Kaminia, Hydra's nicest residential area. The 280 square meter house is ideally equipped for families and groups of up to eight people. Freddy's features magnificent views of the sea and the surrounding village, and is but a short few minutes walk to the best swimming areas and Tavernas on the island. Unlike so many houses on the island, it is located close to the sea, so it is easy to come and go as often as you like during the hot days and nights of summer.

Freddy's is one of two houses that we own and rent on Hydra. The two houses are a short walk from one another, and each is visible to the other. Ask about Nicaela's, HomeAway #4226665, if you have a party larger than eight. Freddy's is the larger of the two, and can easily accommodate up to eight. Nicaela's is our smaller house, and can accommodate four people.

The owner has meticulously renovated and upgraded the house over the last ten years. Air conditioning has been installed in every bedroom, because AC is critical for comfort and well being during the months June through September.

We also know that internet access is vital to our guests. That is why Freddy's features a very robust, hard-wired high speed internet Wi-Fi system that works smoothly and quickly in every room of the house, as well as in the outdoor areas.

You will find that Freddy's has that rare combination of modern amenities and old school expat charm that makes for the perfect Hydra vacation house. The house is furnished with antiques, original art, and recently purchased Italian beds and sofas for comfort and style. The house is overstocked with comfortable, new linens, pillows and towels for a full house of guests. All of the appliances and mechanical systems are new and in perfect working condition, a rarity for Hydra houses!

Freddy's has spectacular panoramic views of the sea and surrounding village, from each of its three huge master bedrooms, and two outdoor terraces. The high ceilings and large windows (with new insect screens) in each bedroom create a wonderful light and airy feeling that is rare and delightful to experience. The fourth bedroom, with a private 1/2 bath, opens onto the large private garden/courtyard planted with beautiful, mature shade trees.

For cooking enthusiasts like ourselves, Freddy's features both a very well equipped indoor kitchen, and a superb, traditional outdoor cooking area with a custom made grill and a wood-fired pizza oven. Many of our guests particularly enjoy having outdoor pizza parties around the pizza oven. Freddy's features a very large covered terrace on the second floor that is perfect as an outdoor dining area or for relaxing in deck chairs while taking in the sea view. There is also an incredible open air terrace on the top floor, with full views of the sea and the surrounding village that you will never forget. It is fantastic for sunbathing during the day, or evening cocktail parties at night.

In order to make getting to Hydra and enjoying our house as easy as possible, we are happy to coordinate private transportation from Athens Airport to the front door of our house. We can arrange taxi or van transportation from Athens airport to Metochi, which is a short boat ride to Hydra. Our licensed taxi driver and trusted friend can pick you up as you step out of the terminal and deliver you to a boat taxi for the last short leg of your journey to Hydra. Whether you arrive by high speed ferry or boat taxi, we will personally meet you upon arrival and arrange donkey transportation of your luggage to the house. There we will familiarize you with the house, and answer any initial questions you might have.

Once you are established at the house, we are available help you customize your vacation experience on Hydra any way you like. We will be happy to advise you on all the good restaurants, the best places for swimming, boat chartering, walking trails, museums, and other cultural events. If your computers should need repair while you are on the island we will hook you up with the local computer technician. If medical issues arise for anyone in your party we will help you arrange prompt and proper care.

As we maintain Freddy's to a very high standard, we include maid service once per week as part of the rental price. We can arrange for additional maid service 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.

In order to prevent booking fraud, and to help guarantee a completely secure and hassle free online booking transaction for our house, the owner, Dino Bradlee, handles all inquiries and booking arrangements personally, this means we never use booking agents. All online payments are made by credit card using the HomeAway payment system, and are automatically eligible for HomeAway's Book With Confidence Guarantee. If you have any questions about our house or booking arrangements feel free to contact me anytime at our home telephone number on Hydra 30-22980-53417.

We hope you will come to Hydra and be our guests soon. We know the time you spend at Freddy's will be a much cherished memory for you and your family.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dino (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian, greek

About Dino

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

Why Dino chose Greece

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Apr 2015
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Freddy's- One of the great Hydra houses...Perfect Location in Lower Kaminia
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Couldn't be bettered!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Perfect Greek Island Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A Spectacular Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Without a doubt, our stay in the "Freddy" villa was perfect in every way. Beautifully decorated, impeccably clean and amazingly situated my only regret was not being able to stay longer! The exterior garden/terrace area is lush with plantings and fruit trees and on every level of the house the view of the sea is dazzling. The nearby Kamini restaurants, a short walk down the hill from the house, are delicious and the walk to bustling Hydra Port is both scenic and convenient. Dino, the amiable and always available owner of the home, is a longtime resident of the island and knows its every nook and cranny. Which reminds me -- I need to contact him ASAP to book our trip back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Paradise on Hydra

  • 5 of 5

Having been lucky enough to travel to hydra a couple of times now, Freddy's house is my favorite place to stay. The location is simply amazing. You are just a quick walk away from port and all the best swimming spots. The house sits a little up the hill giving you a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding houses/island.

Arriving to the house you walk over a small bridge and open the main door to a courtyard with an olive tree, orange tree, bougainvillea, and... Your own pizza oven! My favorite area is definitely the 3rd floor/verani. With a huge spacious room and balcony there are many places to take a siesta, read a book, or watch the sun set over the Peloponnese.

An added bonus, the whole house is fully air conditioned which is particularly nice for those hot summer days. Overall, Dino and his family are very kind and take such great care of their house as well as their guests, I will definitely be back again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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IDYLLIC GREEK ISLAND GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5

As advertised, this house is gorgeous, immaculate and wonderful in every respect. It is private with a beautiful, lush garden and patio sitting area. There are marvelous, sweeping views of the Aegean and the Peloponnese, especially from the rooftop sitting area off an enormous third-floor bedroom. Located in the desirable Kamini section of Hydra, the house is a short walk to the sea, and to the port. We took wonderful walks and hikes, and can't wait to return next year. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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What a wonderful Vacation House!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a fantastic vacation at Freddy's House!

Trina and Dino met us in Port as we got off the Dolphin, arranged donkey transportation of our luggage, took us to the house, and familiarized us with the island, and the house.

The location of the house is Great! It's NOT high up the hill, but it has gorgeous views of the island and ocean from every bedroom and terrace. There's a shady, private garden, with an outdoor "pizza" oven and grill, which is a great place for outdoor cooking, or just relaxing,

We loved the time that we spent at the house! The house is located in a wonderful part of Hydra, with plenty of privacy, yet near some of the best Tavernas and beaches on the island.

The house is comfortable, spacious, fully equipped with modern amenities, and air-conditioned throughout! The house is furnished with an elegant mix of antiques and modern furniture. In short, It's a Wonderful house!

We've come to visit Hydra a number of times, and this is our favorite place to stay. We hope to stay at freddy's next time.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Athens
Nearest Ferry
1000 Metres
Hydra Port
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Pirofani
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Castello
Car: not necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

Hydra Island Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 7 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,838
 
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 8 2016 - Oct 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
$384
$2,687
 
 
April-May
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$384
$2,687
 
 
June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$466
$3,263
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$384
$2,687
 

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Amenities

Greece Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Verani - toilet , shower
    2nd Floor Master - toilet , tub , shower , This is a huge, beautiful bathroom.
    Ground floor - toilet , shower
  • All three bathrooms are recently renovated and in perfect working condition.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Green Room - 1 queen
    Yellow Room - 1 queen
    Overflow - 1 king , Located on the first floor. Huge bed , nice garden view
    Verani - 1 queen
  • The Master bedroom has a new, super comfortable, King bed. It is a very large room with Air conditioning, and a ceiling fan. The room has beautiful light and views from windows in three different directions. We recently replaced the traditional 10 foot high, wood ceilings, installed new wall-sconce bed-side lights, and refinished the traditional wooden floors. The Yellow room has a recently purchased queen sized bed, a ceiling fan, and giant windows with screens. One set of windows faces the Ocean and the other set faces the Garden. The top floor bedroom (Verani), has a recently purchased Queen sized bed, and two very large traditional antique daybeds, (with new cushions). This room can accommodate 4 adults, or 5-6 children, easily. It has beautiful light, phenomenal views, a ceiling fan, and window screens. Garden room with new comfortable, pull-out sofa, (Overflow), is easy to access, and has it's own 1/2 bath. All linens, pillows and towels are high quality and new.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Notes:
In addition to the two indoor showers, and one large bathtub, there is also an outdoor shower.

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