Magical house taken straight out of a fairy-tale on the charming island of Hydra!
Magical house taken straight out of a fairy-tale on the charming island of Hydra!
Villa Paramythi has an ethereal and magical feel with many beautiful and artistic touches. The evocative Greek word 'paramythi' meaning fairy-tale aptly describes this perfect holiday hideaway!
The house is surrounded by a thick, white stone wall out of which has been carved a delightful swimming pool which is fairly large by Hydra standards and is perfect for cooling off in the heat of the day or relaxing in the evenings with a glass of chilled wine. The built-in plaform seating with plenty of comfortable cushions near the pool is a wonderful place to relax. A little bridge links the pool area with an outside dining area decorated in blues and whites with a very pretty view over the rooftops of Hydra. The main access to the house is from this outside stone walled area.
On entering the hallway there is a beautiful double bedroom on the left. The main bathroom with shower and WC is also on this level. Further down the hallway, you enter the kitchen area which is interconnected to the living room.
The kitchen is well equipped and traditional in style. The stone sink reminds us of some nice touches from the past but the kitchen features all modern conveniences. It is a pleasant place to cook in a light and airy space where you can also entertain your guests in the adjoining living room.
The living room area is cleverly and comfortably appointed with stylish furnishings and an elegant dining table and chairs. The whole space appeals and feels very comfortable. French doors lead to a second little veranda which has a lovely view over the harbour and is a perfect spot for conversation after dinner, or coffee over breakfast.
Please note there are two new air-conditioning units installed on the upper level (summer 2022).
Downstairs, the full beauty of the original features of the house is evident. You enter a fairy-like place where the old wooden beams gnarled and twisted have been painted a chalky white while the breeze that rushes down the stairs cools the lower level. Vertical wooden timbers show the way down the hallway which has a double bedroom at one end and a bathroom with shower and WC opposite. To the left is a raised area with a double mattress and plenty of cushions which is a great space for a teenager to sleep. Beyond this area is a single bedroom. At the far end of the hallway beyond the double bedroom is a utility room with a totally separate outside space perfect for hanging laundry.
The villa has a Samsung LCD HD 32 inches Smart TV, a multi-room SONOS sound system connected to a private music library of more than 100,000 tracks of a variety of music genres as well as WIFi, dishwasher and washing machine. The property does not need air-conditioning the lower floor due to the thick stone walls and openings on both sides to allow the sea breeze to circulate. There are ceiling fans in both rooms on the upper level as well as two new air-conditioning units.
The houses of Hydra are located over four hills and all connected by stone steps and passageways. The location of the property is by no means as strenuous to reach as other properties on the island but guests should be aware that they need to be reasonably fit when visiting this island. The house is only about a 10 minute walk from the town, and the supermarket close by delivers groceries by donkey which adds to the charm of the location.
Please note that the property is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years due to the depth of the pool and some unprotected drops.
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Ben M. arrived 29 August 2022
We had a wonderful time. We all love Hydra and Paramythi so much that we are keen to book again for the same week next year.
Caroline H arrived 12th September 2021
We had a fantastic time, such a lovely villa and the walk back up the hill kept us fit! Anita was also very helpful during our stay.
Ester arrived 9 October 2021
Villa Paramythi was unique and very homey. The location was perfect for our family. Anita was great help. We enjoyed every single day.
Maya B arrived 10th July 2021
We have enjoyed Hydra and the house, and will definitely come back again.
Conor arrived 6th September 2020
We had a wonderful time in Villa Paramythi. We have been visiting Greece for 37 years, always sailing and always in the Ionian.
Hydra is completely unspoiled despite its fame and proximity to Athens. The absence of vehicles of any kind and the donkey transport system contribute to the magic. We are exceptionally fit having wandered the paths and steps of Hydra for a week!
Villa Paramythi is exceptionally pretty, full of character, has wonderful views and fabulous outdoor spaces. We loved the Sonos system and used it frequently (and quietly!). We walked frequently to Kamini and visited the fabulous Kodylenias Restaurant several times. We also loved Ostria restaurant in Hydra.
We also want to thank you for your help and organisation, especially your help in attempting to organise a second week's stay, unfortunately thwarted by the unavailability of ferry tickets.
We will certainly travel with Pretty Greek Villas again.
Luke 16th August 2020
We had a wonderful time, thank you so much. A brilliant stay!
Beatrice R. arrived 1st Sept 2019
We had a great time and the house was excellent. A real holiday feel to it .. We will definitely consider you next time we travel to Greece and recommend you to others.
Camilla M. arrived 25th Aug 2019
We had a lovely time at Paramythi - we are all very sad to have had
to come home! We are busy discussing whether we should re-book Paramythi for next year
Emma G. arrived 18th Aug 2019
We had a really lovely time thank you. Villa was great - fabulous view and really liked the decor. Loved Hydra too.
Please pass on my thanks to Marie-Louise for all the arrival and departure arrangements she sorted for us. Having not been to Hydra before it was so helpful.
Camilla M. arrived 21th Aug 2018
We are having a heavenly time on Hydra. Paramythi really is a
fairytale. Its sad to think of leaving but we are just looking at our onward plans.
Chloe L. arrived 14th Aug 2018
I hope you are well, we have arrived in Spetses having just stayed in
Hydra. Our stay in Hydra was magical the house was completely
wonderful in every way and beautifully thought out and decorated, it was far beyond what we had expected.
Vivien McG. arrived 4th Aug 2018
We loved the villa and hope to return.
John W. arrived 21th July 2018
Everything went well with our holiday and the villas.
The villa in Hydra was beautiful, and Anita could not have been more
helpful to us during our stay there. Please convey our thanks to her.
Richard R. arrived 14th July 2018
We had a really enjoyable holiday and stay in the Villa.
Thank you to you and your teams help.
Many thanks and regards
Rupert W. arrived 22th Sept 2016
We enjoyed our week in Hydra & Pepa was good.
Vassilis was also as good as ever.
Thank you & please think of where might suit us for next late
September visit 2017.
Anita L. arrived 10th Sept 2016
Just to let you know, we anjoyed our stay In Greece a lot. Paramythi villa felt like home away from home right from the very first moment:) It is a beautiful house, in a very picturesque spot, and we were very sad to be leaving it after a one week of our stay...
We wouldn't change a thing about it. Pepa was very helpful and extremely nice to us, so really there is nothing to complain about!
Julia F. arrived 3th Sept 2016
It was really lovely - thank you everything was great.
Ainslie arrived 27th Aug 2016
We had a wonderful week on Hydra and loved Villa Paramythi. It was the perfect villa for us (once we climbed those final steps!) and the views were stunning. We also very much enjoyed the pool and thought the villa was beautifully appointed throughout; very comfortable, with everything we needed to help to make our first visit to Hydra hugely joyful and memorable.
We enjoyed the island very much and I'm sure we'll plan to go again and, although we loved the villa, we may consider a house a little lower down the hill but, when we come to re-book, you never know, we might have forgotten the last little trek and I'm sure it did us the world of good - my husband managed to lose nearly 5 kilos, so he's especially thrilled!
Bruno R. arrived 9th July 2016
As far as we know Mr R. is very very very satisfied.
Service was good, the villa is great so it is very positive..
Thanks in advance and also thanks to Pepa for her very efficient and professional service
Deirdre C. arrived 25th June 2016
We have just arrived at Villa Paramythi and we are blown away at how beautiful the house and island are - it's like a dream!