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Spiti Stelios Restored Traditional House with Breathtaking Views

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,388 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Restored Authentic Traditional House with Views - 2 Double & 2 Single Bedrooms

Situated in the 'trendy' mediaeval hilltop village of Pyrgos - benefiting from direct sunset views - Spiti Stelios originally served as an old artisan house and winery dating back to the early 18th century. This traditional building with truly 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 restore this comfortable Santorini 4 bedroom dwelling.

Approached via a footpath which has unique breathtaking views across the island and aegean beyond, the entrance to Spiti Stelios leads into a large authentic cobblestoned courtyard with outdoor dining area and barbecue. Spiti Stelios has a large 80 sq. mtr. sunbathing terrace with direct views of the island, ideal for relaxing with a glass of local wine and enjoying the spectacular sunsets which are [almost] guaranteed on the island. On a clear day it is possible to make out more than 10 different islands in the distance including Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Amorgos, Naxos, Irakleia, Christiana, etc.

Inside, the spacious living room features two traditional Santorini couches, scattered with plenty of cushions. At the rear is an arched alcove which we use as snug/TV area; this used to be the tread for the white grapes in years gone by. The well equipped kitchen helps make preparation of breakfast/meals easy, with lots of utensils, modern appliances including a dishwasher. Adjacent to the kitchen is one of the two single bedrooms with breathtaking views across the island. An arched passage, from the kitchen, leads to a central hallway which retains some of the original architecture of the old red grape tread that used to be there. This leads to the other 2 bedrooms and family bathroom with its 'loo with a view' (perhaps unique on the island!). The master bedroom is light and airy, with breathtaking 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.

Spiti Stelios benefits from an authentic 'yposkafo' double bedroom downstairs with en-suite wet room; this is dug out of the rock. This benefits from having its own independent entrance from the street (through the second enclosed courtyard) as well as being accessed from the master bedroom and the double doors to the courtyard. This double en-suite 'yposkafo' is carved out of the rock in authentic Santorinian style and served as the workshop where cheese and other artisan products were made in years gone by. The rear courtyard also has an outdoor shower, which can be used rinse after returning from the beach!

The beautiful sugar-cube village of Pyrgos is one of the prettiest places on the island, built around the remains of the venetian castle, in a charming mixture of winding lanes and white-washed churches with distinctive blue domes. Pyrgos is centrally located with access to multiple beaches and places of interest.


There are at least 2 beaches which are only 15 min drive from Pyrgos (1. Kamari and 2. Vlychada). 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.


In the village, there are several local restaurants and tavernas, all within a short (7 min) walk from Spiti Stelios. We are also conveniently situated near two of the best restaurants the island has to offer: Selene restaurant and Metaxi Mas taverna, both a mere 15 min walk from the house.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, greek
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Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Caroline

The photo above is of the old artisan winery, today this has been transformed into an airy and comfortable living space and snug.

Caroline purchased this house in 2001

Why Caroline chose Pyrgos Kallistis

Breathtaking views 'to-die'for'

What makes this house unique

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Centre of the island with easy access to everywhere.

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Naturally cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned home from a wonderful stay at Spiti Stelios in Pyrgos.The traditional home was clean,well equipped and charming.The beds were super comfy and the showers excellent.We especially enjoyed the donkeys living nearby.Pyrgos was a perfect location,close to beaches and Fira but with fewer tourists.A rental car is a must,but driving is scary at times! Esther greeted us on arrival and was super helpful and informative.😊 A memorable stay in beautiful Santorini.

Original review is available on TripAdvisor
Sep 2017
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Pyrgos Kallistis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1388 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Outside - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , wet room style, rather than 'enclosure'.
  • Outside shower in rear enclosed courtyard. Helpful for rinsing after the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bed: 180 cm wide x 200 cm long
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bed: 150 cm wide x 200 cm long
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Bed: 90 cm wide x 195 cm long
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Bed: 130 cm wide x 190 cm long
  • The single bedroom contains a single bed (90 cm x 190cm). The second bedroom we class as a single contains a 'queen' bed (130cm x 190cm). There is also a 'Chicco' folding travel cot with additional foam mattress available in the house. Also an IKEA high chair for young diners :-)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spiti Stelios is a genuine private holiday home rental, rather than a hotel business. The house is offered on a self-catering basis, we welcome all enquiries. The inside living space is 129 sq. mtrs, the outside living space is 80 sq. mtrs. of terraces and 50 sq. mtrs. of courtyard. Rates include finding the property clean, we kindly ask that you leave the property as you found it. All house linen provided with property. Children are welcome, however, note that there are steps to the roof terrace which do not have a handrail and the roof terrace has a low parapet. It is strongly recommended that you look at the photos to familiarise yourself. Greek Tourist Board Licence Number:1167K10000941901


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Spiti Stelios Restored Traditional House with Breathtaking Views
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Sehr empfehlenswerte Unterkunft in ruhiger Lage

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben unsere Ferienwoche auf Santorini sehr genossen, was auch an der tollen Unterkunft lag! Schon vor Beginn der Reise wurden wir von Stelios und Caroline mit detaillierten und hilfreichen Informationen zum Haus und der Anreise versorgt. Vor Ort wurden wir von Ester empfangen, die uns überaus freundlich und kompetent die Räumlichkeiten zeigte und uns Tipps für lohnenswerte Ausflüge gab. Das Haus selbst ist ein Traum: genug Platz für eine fünfköpfige Familie, sehr gepflegt und sauber und auf der Dachterrasse hat man einen gigantischen Ausblick über die Caldera und kann die eindrucksvollen Sonnnuntergänge genießen. Darüber hinaus ist in dem Haus vom Fön über ein Bügeleisen, bis hin zu gut gefüllten Bücherregalen alles vorhanden, was man benötigt. Da das Leitungswasser nicht trinkbar ist, wird einem von den Eigentümern netterweise ausreichend Wasser in Flaschen zur Verfügung gestellt. Das Haus liegt in dem eher ruhigen Ort Pyrgos, der mit seinen verwinkelten Gassen viele Spaziergänge wert ist. Von dort aus ist man schnell an allen Ecken der Insel. Doch nach Ausflügen in eher touristische Orte wie Ia oder Fira waren wir froh, wenn wir wieder in "unser" Pyrgos zurückkehren konnten. Bestimmt werden wir die Insel noch einmal besuchen und dann auf jeden Fall wieder bei Stelios und Caroline wohnen. Danke für alles und alles Gute!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Götz, We are really pleased to ready such a positive review from you. We appreciate your comments and are glad to read you found the instructions and the welcome meeting helpful. We are delighted you found the house to be spacious, clean and family friendly. Above all we see that you discovered the impressive sunsets views from the terraces. Hope you are able to come back one day soon. Caro and Stelios
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Beautifully restored traditonal style cave house in a charming village with walkable shops/tavernas.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this property with my 2 sisters and brother for 1 week in late June '17. It was the 30th anniversary of our mother's death and we wanted some space and time to be together, relax, have fun, talk. Spiti Stelios was the perfect villa for us. Immediately we felt at home -there were all the modern facilities we needed mixed with lovely traditional features. The villa is situated in a gorgeous old village in the centre of Santorini so great for access to the rest of the island. It is on a hillside so there are amazing views from both the villa and the local tavernas and restaurants. We were looked after extremely well-all our questions answered promptly and requests met. We couldn't have had a more perfect venue for our holiday. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, We are glad ‘Spiti Stelios’ gave you the perfect place to relax, have fun and be together. Good to read that you found it to be perfectly located for access to the rest of the island and that you discovered the amazing views. Thank you for your kind comments and glad we were able to meet your requirements. Best regards, Stelios & Caroline
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Holiday heaven

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked we knew we had made the right choice. Carolyn could not have been more helpful with any of the questions regarding our stay. When we arrived everything lived up to our expectations. The villa is just as it is in the photos. A beautifully restored winery with amazing roof top views. The villa is finished to a high standard but remains a homely feel. By the time we ended our 2 week holiday we really felt like this was home. Everything from the comfortable beds,good linen (changed during our stay) the well equiped kitchen and the perfect setting. In our opinion Pyrgos was the best location on the island - still retaining the traditional peace of a village but with great bars and restaurants and of course views. We honestly could not find fault. A fantastic place to stay and make memories on this beautiful island. Our family would like to thank Carolyn for allowing us to share in their wonderful villa.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heather, We were humbled by your kind words. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our house. You were beautiful guests and we would be delighted to have you and your family stay again! Caroline & Stelios
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A home from home with views to die for!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at spiti stelios at the end of August 2016 and had the most wonderful time.

Sat Nav will only work to get you to Pyrgos Village but we managed to find the house with no problems as the instructions (with pictures) were perfect!

Be aware that there is a 5 minute walk up a steep incline from where you leave the car to the house.

The house itself is absolutely gorgeous, it has been renovated to an excellent standard but still feels like a traditional Greek home. It is spacious and full of quirky features like the see through floor cover in part of the lounge which allows you to see into the original storage area for wine making! Fab!

It is just a short walk into Pyrgos village square where there are several lovely tavernas and restaurants to chose from and there are plenty more scattered around the hills of Pyrgos all within walking distance of the house.

My favourite part of this property is the private roof terrace where you can sunbathe or sit and enjoy the sun (or sit in the shaded area if you would prefer!) and enjoy the the most breathtaking views of the island!!! If you read the guide books they will all recommend a trip to Pyrgos for the best views of the island and you have all of this without leaving your house!

On our day of arrival Ester met us to show us around the house and also sat with us to answer any questions we had about the island, things to do and excursions, she was super helpful and I felt that this service was such a lovely touch and like having a local friend you could contact with any questions you have.

I can't recommend this place enough! We hope to return again in the future!


  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gemma, Thank you so much for your wonderful and very detailed review! We are so pleased to hear that our holiday home was a home from home for you and your friends. Watching the sunset from the roof terrace is what Santorini is all about indeed. Your recommendation means a lot to us. You have been wonderful guests and we would certainly love to have you stay again. Warm regards Caroline&Stelios.
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Very nice indeed! Definately recommend

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property in the true traditional Santorini style with all the comforts you would expect. Pyrgos itself is a fabulous village, as it away from the "madding crowds" of Oia and Thira, which can get a bit much. Its a really pretty village, some lovely restaurants and fascinating to explore. Well postioned to easily access any part of the Island and with a view over the Caldera the infamous Santorini sunsets are a treat from the terrace of Spiti Stelios!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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De magnifiques vacances

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons séjourné une semaine à Pyrgos dans cette fort jolie maison qui correspondait en tout point au descriptif. Charmante, bien équipée, et typique des Cyclades, nous avons particulièrement apprécié la localisation de la maison dans la petite ville de Pyrgos, très peu touristique et tout à fait authentique.

Nous avons été accueillis par Ester avec beaucoup de gentillesse et elle nous a fait connaitre les airs de la maison, nous a donné des conseils pour l'organisation de notre semaine et les visites à faire. Elle a très bien compris nos attentes par rapport à notre profil et ses suggestions étaient judicieuses.

Pour le confort de la maison, cette dernière possède une cuisine bien équipée qui permet de cuisiner lorsqu'on veut faire relâche des restos.

Les chambres principales sont dotées de très bon lit et d'une belle literie.

La maison est tès joliment décorée.

Les couchers de soleil sont magnifiques et prendre l'apéro sur le toit permet de les apprécier à souhait.

Pour accéder à la maison, il faut emprunter des rues piétonnes et il faut donc savoir qu'il y a quelques minutes de marche en montée du stationnement à la porte de propriété.

Boulangerie, boucherie, restos (on adore Rosemary pour la vue, et la bouffe) et charmantes boutiques à proximité.

Pyrgos est localisée de façon stratégique pour visiter le nord et le sud de l'île facilement.

La propriétaire est une personne qui prend à coeur le bien-être des invités.

Parfait pour ceux qui recherchent authenticité au coeur de Santorin.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Thira/Santorini (JTR)
Nearest Ferry
6 Kilometres
Athinios Port (10 min by car)
Nearest Beach
4.5 Kilometres
Kamari (10 min by car)
Car: necessary

The beautiful white-washed village of Pyrgos is one of the prettiest places on the island, built around the remains of a Venetian Castle, in a charming mixture of winding lanes and churches with distinctive blue domes.

Spiti Stelios is a genuine private holiday home rental, rather than a hotel business. The house is offered on a self-catering basis.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $122.88

A 25% non returnable deposit is required to reserve the property. The balance to be paid 30 days prior to arrival. Earliest check in time 4pm. Latest check out time 11.00am. This may be flexible depending on availability.

Spiti Stelios is a genuine private holiday home rental, rather than a hotel business. The house is offered on a self-catering basis. House available on a weekly basis (7 nights), additional nights can be added.

Rates include WiFi, bottled water, wood supply for the wood burning stove and use of electric heating (if required).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund