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Lydia's House, Luxurious Cave Villa, Indoor heated splash pool, Caldera view

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,001 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Lydia' s House, is an amazing villa of 93 m2, located among the last row of houses on the cliffs of Oia, offering a breathtaking view over the Aegean sea, the Caldera and the other cliff-edge villages either from the small causy front yard or from the private terrace above.

It used to be an old bioclimatic cave-house which Emmanouil Vasilakis, architect and owner, renovated in 2010, using high quality materials combined with the traditional methods of Santorini’s technicians. The outcome is obviously a dream house, completely adapted to the unique scenery of Santorini island, with excellent minimal aesthetic and fully functional interior spaces.

The house is designed as an open space so that you can enjoy the astonishing view almost from every corner but also to create a visual contact between the two main areas of the interior. The lights placed on the white and colored dome shaped walls as well as the lights in the pool and the floor cavities, create a unique atmosphere.

The living room with the built sitting area, that can also be used as a bed, and a wooden monasterial dining table, is a comfortable and sunny space with an amazing view. A cavity shaped in the colored wall accommodates the television set. The white wooden ceiling is actually a cozy loft bedroom shaped in the dome (with a Japanese futon bed and a beautiful view to the sea), reached through a wooden stair next to the built sitting area.

An arched doorway, that divides the living room from the rest of the house, leads you to a small, heated, shallow pool with a built sofa bed, which is one of the most relaxing spots of Lydia's house. Next to the heated splash pool, simplicity and extreme elegance characterize the elevated open space master bedroom. A cavity in the wall, on one side of the built bed, is used as a walking closet and on the other side, a big cave with three cavities, form a luxurious bathroom consisted of a walk-in rain shower with white pebles on the floor, a separated toilette and a marble basin, taken from an old Turkish Hamam. Finally, considering the issue of privacy, a portable folding screen can be used to block the visual contact with the rest of the house, when needed.

Between the living room and the master bedroom, on the right side, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, a secondary bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, a dressing room and an engine room for the pool. On the left side, a cavity leads you to a stairway, descending to the old systern at a lower level, which is now used as a bedroom with two single beds.

The main pedestrian street (with all the shops, restaurants & galleries) is on the back side of Lydia's House, so you can enjoy the privacy you need but also the easy accessibility to the central square (3 min walk) where you can find bus and taxi terminal. You can also take a walk at the “Goulas” area (1 min walk), which is famous for Oia’s sunset view.

Visiting Lydia's house, where every little detail has been handled with great taste and attention, you will experience a familiar warmth and serenity that will make you feel like home.


Sweets, flowers and special offers for the Honeymooners!!!

Keywords: traditional, bioclimatic, cave house, Santorini, Oia, Caldera, ocean view, Aegean, Mediterranean, patio, village, romantic, getaway, honeymoon

More Details

Property Manager
Manos Vasilakis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Manos Vasilakis

Emmanouil Vasilakis was born in Athens.

He studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens.

He graduated in 1987 and he has been working in the field of architectural design and construction management ever since.

Several of his projects have been presented in greek architectural reviews.

Manos Vasilakis purchased this villa in 2010

Why Manos Vasilakis chose Oia

His love for Santorini island, where he spends a great part of his time, let him to develop a specialization in luxury housing projects adapted to Santorini’s traditional architectural style and unique landscape. “Lydia” house is named after the current owner’s 4-year-old daughter.


Oia Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1001 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , with private bathroom
    Loft Bedroom - 1 double
    Systern Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Living/Dining room area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , built sofabed, in the dining/living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Lydia's House, Luxurious Cave Villa, Indoor heated splash pool, Caldera view
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Quixotic Oia at Lydia House

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 2 weeks living at Lydia House! There are very few properties in Oia that compare to the location, setting and comfort of this house. My wife and I have visited Oia before, and wanted to bring our 5 children to experience the magic of this incredible island and town. Living in an authentic cave house made the visit so special. But the best part of our stay was our host, Manos and his associate Kiki, who made the whole experience personal and unique.

The house has plenty of room, is very well equipped and has a modern design aesthetic that blends with the 300 year old cave so well. Manos is an accomplished architect, and his mastery of lighting and space is apparent as you hang out in Lydia House. We appreciated the dipping pool after a day of exploring. The beds are all extremely comfortable. The outdoor spaces were our favorite. The roof deck offers a front row seat to the magnificent Caldera - we enjoyed many sunrises and sunsets from here! The dining table on the terrace in front of the house has equally as amazing views... Lighting candles, preparing a simple Greek salad, and eating fresh baked bread from the bakery was a favorite evening activity of ours, when we weren't eating at one of the many fantastic restaurants steps away.

Being at the end of the old section of Oia, just a few steps away from the fort that serves as one of the most famous sunset vistas in the world, is an ideal location. The house is tucked just under the main walking street, so it is peaceful, quiet and serene... but just a few steps away from the best part of the village.

Do yourself a favor and book this house!! Thank you SO MUCH Manos for such greta memories of Oia and Greece!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 stars Villa in a 5 stars location

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this villa . It is beautiful decorated and the view is just fabulous.

House is also just steps away from the main street

Service is on top : daily maid, warm welcome : everything you must know ( good spots) is explain on arrival. We love it.

Do you a favor : spend some time in Lydia House

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, WA USA

"Home" in Oia

  • 5 of 5

Just checked out and felt like we were leaving home. House was just steps away from the heart of the village and the Castle where people gathered for sunsets. Very private, clean, and oh so cool on days we came in from exploring the village. Online photos were quite accurate--no bad surprises. Maria's name in restaurants worked magic: complimentary wine and desserts, and excellent food, too. One bedroom was upstairs, another downstairs, but the main floor sleeps three. The three of us would go back in a minute!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

We (my 3 sisters, my niece, a friend and I) came to Greece to celebrate my 50th birthday. The Lydia was absolutely perfect for us. Maria was a very gracious hostess. The view was fabulous and the cave home was an architectural dream! Fresh baked bread and a homemade breakfast (spanikopita, omelet, etc.) was brought to us every morning. The home was clean and well taken care of. The rose pedals on the bed were a nice touch. We would all love to come back to Oia and would definitely want to stay in Lydia again.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Hong Kong

worth every cent you pay for this villa !!

  • 5 of 5

we love Lydia's cave was the perfect getaway....the view of the caldera was uninterrupted and just a walk away is Oia's famous rock where you can watch the most beautiful sunset ever....I am so happy we chose this place to celebrate my 50th !! it was a wonderful stay for us !! Thanks so much Maria ! We will definitely stay here again if we come to Oia !

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Beautiful House

  • 4 of 5

My family and I spent 3 wonderful days in Lydia cave house. The house has everything that you need it, it is beautiful decorated and has an amazing view of the caldera. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Santorini airport
Nearest Barpub
70 Metres
Nearest Ferry
19 Kilometres
Athinios port
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Taxes and housekeeping included in the price.
Pricing is for 2 guests - Extra cost for each additional guests.
Deposit: 50%
Balance due: upon arrival.
Prices exclude exchange rates or bank transfer fees.
Cancellation Policy:
- No penalty for cancellations 30 days or more before confirmed arrival.
- 29-15 days prior to arrival, results in 100% of cost of deposit.
- 0-14 days prior to arrival, results in 100% of cost of stay.
If the cancellation derives from our part, for any reason, the deposit is refunded in full.

The above rate includes
1) Bottled mineral and sparkling water, wine, juice/sweet upon arrival.
2) Breakfast provisions: honey, butter, marmalade, wheat rusks, cereals, 3 kinds of coffee and tea, cocktail of herbs etc.
3) Daily (Apr-October) maid service/ change sheet, bath and pool towels every three days.
4) Sattelite tv, Wi-Fi and Aircondition

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.