Situated in the ‘trendy’ mediaeval hilltop village of Pyrgos. 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 create this comfortable Santorini 4 bedroom dwelling.
Approached via a footpath which has unique breathtaking views across the island and the Aegean beyond, the entrance to the property leads into a large cobblestoned courtyard with outdoor dining area and barbecue. There is also a spacious (80 sq ms) roof terrace facing SW (i.e. the sunsets!), ideal for relaxing with a glass of local wine and enjoying the spectacular sunsets which are [almost] guaranteed on Santorini. 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 living room features two traditional Santorini couches, scattered with cushions and an alcove which serves as a snug (this used to be a tread for the white grapes). The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is one of the single bedrooms. An arched passage leads to the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom with its ‘loo with a view’. The master bedroom is light and airy, with 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.
In addition there is a cool double bedroom downstairs with en-suite wet room. This benefits from having its own independent entrance from the second enclosed courtyard (which also has an outdoor shower). This double en-suite ‘yposkafo’ is carved out of the rock in typical Santorinian style and served as the workshop where cheese and other artisan products were made in years gone by.
The beautiful sugar-cube village of Pyrgos is one of the prettiest places on the island, built around the remains of the mediaeval 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 the house (Kamari and Vlychada). In addition, there is Perissa and Perivolos, both within a 15-20 min drive from the house. While public transport is available from the village square it is unreliable and renting a car is strongly recommended. On the East side of the island there are several beaches, most notably Vourvoulos, Baxedes, Pori and Cape Columbo all worth exploring.
Lovely pictures of ‘Spiti Stelios’, a donkey, a monk, and some grapes! Gallery
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