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Unique 300 year old - restored Villa w/Guesthouse - unit_39078

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning




MAIN HOUSE - Sleeps maximum 8 (2 private bedrooms w/ double bed)

6 single , built-in sofa/beds in the living areas

About the property

Villa Camari

This magnificent 250m2 villa, estimated to be 300-400 years old,consists of 2 (two) SEPARATE UINITS, both of which have been architecturally restored and reinterpreted from the original ruins.Both units can be rented either separately or together and share a spacious patio area with expansive views of both the Aegean Sea and the village.. The property is ideal for large groups who appreciate both space and relative privacy.

The MAIN HOUSE retains the unique architectural style of Santorini while introducing more modern features such as a domed skylight in the living area, sunken bathtub in the master bath and the convenience of a modern, fully-equipped kitchen . It has 2 private bedrooms and single, built-in beds in the living areas. It can provide sophisticated yet comfortable accommodation for up to 8 (eight) persons.

The adjacent GUEST HOUSE is a charming, (35m2) 3-room unit, featuring a most unusual, enchanting, red-stone, domed bedroom and two single, built-in beds in the living area.

The European Union has designated the village a ‘traditional settlement’ in an effort to preserve its distinct character. You will marvel at the examples of 'cave' dwellings with their unique design and although not so common these days, if you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of a villager on his donkey or the locals methodically ringing the church bells in the centre of the village.

An Island Retreat: A holiday here affords the visitor a unique opportunity to experience the magic and tranquility of traditional Greek island village life, broken only by the sound of occasional church bells or the bray of a donkey, as it was 50 years ago, prior to the earthquake of 1956. Its serene setting provides both privacy and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of a resort or hotel while being situated a mere 15 minutes by car from the capital of Fira or only 5 minutes from the beautiful, black, sandy beach of Camari, both with a myriad of restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs to cater for any taste. Whether you're a party animal or just want to get away from it all, this property is ideal for large groups or small -both outdoor and indoor entertaining. Savour Greek Island Life: During your stay, watch the sunrise from the expansive terrace, the moon rise out of the sea in Camari or take a short ride up to the neighboring village of Pyrgos and Santo Winery to see a magnificent sunset, away from the crowds. Alternatively, take a stroll through the village, with its air of mystery, and stop at Canava Argyros or Roussos to sample a glass of locally produced wine from sun-drenched grapes grown in Santorini's volcanic soil. Take a litre of 'Brusco', or 'Vinsanto' directly from the barrel home with you to enjoy before or during dinner. Then again , after a long day at the beach, you may prefer either to enjoy the quiet of a simple, home cooked dinner on the terrace, take in a movie down the road at one of the most beautiful, charming open-air cinemas in the Mediterranean or venture out to experience the some of the exciting night-life the island has to offer. Whatever you choose, your stay here will bring memories to last for a lifetime.

Services available upon request:

Below is a list of services provided for a fee upon request which can make your stay particluarly special.:

-Arriving late? Coming from a long distance? Let us know what you'll need and your kitchen will be stocked with the basic necessitiies for your first day. You will be sent a shopping list - just tick your choices. You pay the bill +10% fee. Maximum €100

-Really want to treat yourselves? Your first meal will be prepared and served to you on the beautiful candlelit terrace

- Tired from a long day at the beach and want to do some home entertaining? Catering can be arranged so you don't have to lift a finger.


Other services

Arrangements can be made for: private boat tours, wine tours, yoga lessons, massage, Greek cooking lessons, Basic Greek language lessons.

You may want to take advantage of the non-peak season for your trip....

The property is ideal for specialty groups- any group with a special interest such as hiking, yoga, meditation, cooking etc. You get the group together, decide what you would like to do when you're here and we can help you plan a programme designed just for you, with any combination of activities.. -

More Details

Lianne Given
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 November, 2017


Nearest Airport
2 Kilometres
Santorini Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

A Unique experience: Santorini, the most mythical and striking of all the Greek islands, is one of the top 10 destinations in the world. It's not surprising that so many travellers are drawn to its dramatic beauty... many even choose to exchange lifetime vows in this most dramatic and romantic of settings

Unlike most rental properties in Santorini, this magnificent 250m2 villa is located in the most unspoilt village on the island- ‘Mesa Gonia.' 'Episkopis Gonia,' as it is also called, dates to the 17th century and is the site of the oldest Byzantine Church on the island, built in the 12th century. The EU has designated the village a ‘traditional settlement’ to preserve its distinct character. While within easy reach of Fira (the capital) and only 5 minutes by car from Camari, (with its beautiful black sandy beach), its serene setting provides both the privacy and tranquility while giving a taste of traditional Greek island village life as it was 50 years ago.

Here you can see the famous 'cave houses' as they were just after the earthquake of 1956 or easily explore the wine roads of the surrounding hills. Local wineries provide delightful wine tasting. and the village now even boasts Santorini's own new micro-brewery, with its Yellow Donkey beer- a 'must try'. See how they brew up their original Red Donkey or Crazy Donkey beer - then take some home with you..There is also a charming open air cinema within walking distance , with live music performances in the peak months..

Available Rentals


*Rates are for MAIN HOUSE- 6 persons. Each additional person +15% (Total 8 max..)
-Optional mid-week cleaning fee: 75 euros

*Rates for Guest House available upon request- 5 night min.

*Property available off-season by special arrangement
Discounts for stays more than 14 days.( Main House).

25 %damage deposit
MAIN HOUSE or GUEST HOUSE can be rented either together or separately


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Episkopi Gonias on Municipality of Thira

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Master suite- Main House
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Main House
  • # 1 Located in Master Suite area - large bathroom with spacious shower and sunken bathtub looking out into back courtyard. #2 'cave' bathroom (3/4 bath) designed in Cycladic hues and finished in a distinctive, traditional technique similar to Venetian plaster. Literally dug out of the hillside, with separate toilet area. #3 located in Guest House
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Spacious master suite w/loft bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , built-in queen w/adjacent bath
  • * Master suite comprised of romantic loft bedroom, sitting area and magnificent bath which features double sink, full shower and sunken bathtub enclosed in mirrored glass, looking out onto back courtyard. Cozy double bedroom with adjacent, bathroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
MAIN HOUSE: * Sophisticated yet comfortable accommodation for up to 8 (eight) persons. * Dramatic domed-ceiling, living/entertainment area with skylight-magnificent acoustics for music lovers!- Wi-Fi access and satelite TV access to both outdoor terraces. *Multiple seating areas with built-in sofa beds can also serve as sleeping accommodation for up to 4 (four) people. * Spacious, fully-equipped, modern kitchen overlooking front terrace - includes all appliances, washing machine, and informal seating area. Spice garden for food lovers. * Expansive terrace offering a sweeping view of the village and the legendary Aegean. Outdoor seating for small or large groups - ideal for entertaining. * Large back patio for private secluded moments.* . GUESTHOUSE- 35m2- can sleep up to 4 persons - 1 bedroom w/ double bed , built-in sofa beds(2) in living area. Kitchenette. Access to front terrace.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

Unique villa near kamari

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the villa, it is about a 20min walk to Kamari or a 5min scooter ride. It is a very spacious, clean and comfortable place to stay. Lianne was great, she picked us up from the airport and dropped us off and was able to recommend lots of restaurants and things to do. Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and calm retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (2 adults, 2 teenagers) rented the main building during one week. The house is just as beautiful and peculiar as it looks and we loved it! The description on HomeAway is accurate and the property was clean and well maintained. The owner, Lianne, made us feel very welcome and provided good advice on when to go where and how to get there. The village is quiet and calm but you can easily reach busy Kamari in 5 minutes by any motor vehicle if you´d like. We rented a car to get around. We can recommend this property to anyone who appreciate beauty and calm surroundings. Don´t forget to take a walk in the village and visit the local café/restaurant. We´d love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, great hostess.

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect house for anybody who wants to visit the island of Santorini. The house had a lot of great details, was spacious and all the necessities for a great stay.It was clean on arrival, and it was also cleaned during our stay. It is a good place for families or groups traveling together.

The owner was very helpful, recommending where to go for food, when it was good to visit Fira or Oia based on number of cruise ships etc. She really added another dimension to our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Mesa Gonia

  • 4 of 5

with a family of 6 people Lianne's House was a perfect solution to a great vacation in beautiful Santorini. Lianne was The nicest host renting out her beautiful house which was very cosy and a nice space place away from the tourist crowds and close to Camari beach. It was great to have a host like Lianne to help and advice us on all the practicalities and guide us on the activities on the Island - we can give all our good recommendations to stay in Liannes house if you want to stay in a peaceful place away from the crowds ! The Strudahl Kaspersen Family

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous traditional Greek experience

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Lianne's attention to detail, this house is a home. It is beautifully fitted out, comfortable and has everything you could possibly need, including plenty of spaces both inside and outside for our group of 10. The location is very good, and quiet. We all enjoy cooking and were able to do this comfortably with the faciilities available, even with a large group. Lianne was always available, had many helpful recommendations. met us on arrival and was able to answer all our questions. We had no problems at all and would highly recommend this accomodation.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home

  • 5 of 5

One of the most welcoming and helpful host, Lianne provided us with not only a wonderful villa for our 3 nights in Santorini, she went out of her way on many occasions to ensure we had a great experience. Before we arrived, she arranged transport to the accommodation even though it was at very late notice, which was much appreciated.

The house was comfortable enough to fit all 10 of us, and the kitchen was well-equipped for us to make our own meals. The location is convenient where we could take a direct bus to the city. She kindly provided us with a thorough list of recommendations as to what to do in Santorini and how to get around.

Lianne was extremely helpful during our stay there, and even readily allowed us to extend our apartment stay when we needed to. Due to several flights that were at odd timings, she even offered to drive us to the airport! It was our pleasure meeting such a wonderful host and we would highly recommend this villa to all who visit Santorini.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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