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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 3
Hydra Town, Hydra, Saronic Gulf Islands, Attica

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PagMi
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great panoramic views from unique, multi-level, elevated, traditional Greek property.”
Reviewed May 3, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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Theodora's is a unique property perched above Hydra harbour with extensive and panoramic views. In fact from the top patio (level 4) the views are 360deg I reckon and in the sunshine this is a great spot to be. Watching the comings and goings of the little harbour, particularly in the holiday season could be a day-long 'activity'. In fact to enable this very enjoyable past-time I would recommend a parasol be provided, if possible, as by mid afternoon the sun can be pretty fierce.

The house itself is over 4 levels and has been well and accurately described in earlier reviews. Nicely furnished and with Greek art-ware and some personal items (I assume) adorning the walls and surfaces we felt really at home here. Cooking in the 'bijou' kitchen is a bit of a challenge although in reality hot weather food prep is of the 'construction' variety. In that vein a decent chopping board would have been very useful, if provided; all the other items were adequate with some showing signs of ageing though.

For our first few nights the temperature was in single figures - this thankfully picked up during our stay - but there were plenty of heaters around to take the chill off. After a couple of total electrical overloads (= blackouts!) we soon worked out the 'switched on' combinations to avoid being in the dark; from our extensive travels in Greece over several years this 'flavour' is not unusual!

On arrival from Piraeus we were met by Antonis who guided us to the property and gave us the low down. Reaching Theodora's is a steady climb from the harbour-side up 80+ steps; this could present a challenge for those with any mobility problems. This is mentioned in the description of course but it's not until you're there with a few bags of shopping etc that you realise the effort required. This didn't put me off at all although my wife, at 63, did feel that going up and down more than twice a day was not something to look forward to. So an evening stroll around the harbour taking in the tavernas etc was really only attempted once.

For the explorers amongst us the positioning of the Theodora's inspires a hike to the Elias Monastry as well as coastal forays to Kamini, Vlycho (and beyond) and Mandraki of course. Plenty of street walking in and around Hydra Port but avoid, if possible, the timing of the midday cruise boats as the little port can quickly seem over-whelmed by tourists.

As independent, wordly travellers who have spent the last 2 years visiting Greece both in and out of season my wife and I would consider Theodra's to be a Premium property and a one-off in Hydra. I think that is priced as such. We did expect Premium service, albeit relaxed, but felt somewhat let down on arrival to be told that we were leaving a day earlier than planned. Now a day later, after email checks etc, this was found to be a mistake.

Whilst a lovely cleaner was gratefully provided, we were told by Antonis that she would be in on the day after our arrival and require 3 hours to clean. Well for a 6 day stay having the property cleaned after 1 day seemed unnecessary, so with some persistent discussion on my part the compromise of a mid-visit clean (seemed the most sensible to us) was agreed. In the event the cleaner arrived a day earlier, re-stated that we had to vacate the property a day earlier than booked. The cleaner was happy to accept that she had arrived on the wrong day, re-arrange for the next day (1 hour clean required). We ignored her assertion to leave a day earlier than planned.

As for vacating the property on the actual due date then the cleaner wanted to start at 0900 which, you know for holiday is a bit on the early side we thought. We settled on a 0930 start as she had another job elsewhere at 1030. This is small stuff really but our holiday shouldn't be organised around the cleaner to this degree. However, we were all set on departure day/time but no show. We waited until 1115 as we didn't want to leave the property unlocked (keys on internal table as requested) and then called it a day. We left.

We really enjoyed and appreciated Theodara's house, it's style and setting but felt that we were at times somehow having to manage the administration of our holiday during the holiday. This is not relaxing actually; this is not Premium

There was also of an early, owner-instigated change to our formal original booking acceptance (and paid deposit), due to an online issue somewhere. There were some communication issues too which necessitated Tripadvisor assistance to resolve.

So, we're happy to give the property 5* (with room for a few enhancements as offered) but 3* for all else as described above. Hence 4* overall.

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Jackie M
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Mr”
Reviewed April 30, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Review by his wife, Jackie Miller :
Yes a great stay. Interesting historic home on 5 levels and built into the rock. 82 steps from harbour level (6 flights of typical home stairs) to be factored in. Heavenly scented garden below the house, tendended for by an unannounced, kind gardener. Modern shower/bathroom, kitchen somewhat dated. Exceptionally comfortable double bed with AC/Heater located in this room. Strong wi -fi. Suggest a parasol be available for terraces. Tip: ensure departure procedure discussed prior to arrival.

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MayLehman...
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“THEODORA HOUSE; THE BEST RENTAL IN HYDRA!”
Reviewed October 3, 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Attempting to add your own distinct list of superlatives to the Casa Theodora is quite a task, particularly after the other enthusiastic comments from other guests who have had the privilege of staying in this magnificent home. From our arrival on September 2nd through our departure three weeks later there has not been one false step with the beautiful rental or with Hydra. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the house's amazing setting offering perhaps the most camera-worthy photos of Hydra's port from anywhere on the island. Being able to compare and contrast the Greek light from early morning through high noon and on to the golden sunsets of early evening will undoubtedly be in our memories for life. The house itself is the best stocked of any property we have rented in our 35 years of traveling. All of the interior details help create the Theodora's character, both on a personal as well as cultural level. The most personal touch was speaking directly with Theodora via phone immediately upon arrival. And all rental arrangements through Myrsini were conducted with professionalism and yet with a personal warmth. We thank both Theodora and Myrsini for making our three weeks in Hydra a very special experience.

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Liked best: the great location
Liked least: that we had to leave within 3 weeks
Traveling group: Με σύζυγο/σύντροφο
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ZoeMows
Headley, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Not to be missed!!”
Reviewed October 29, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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What a brilliant little house and the view really is stupendous!!

We stayed nearly a week here, Myrsini communicated well and was most helpful when we had a slight problem with the water supply during a storm - it was fixed within the hour!!

Very well situated, close to town but a little bit detached - local restaurants and shops within easy (ish - there are a few steps) walking distance.

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Liked best: Amazing views
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Paul11320...
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“very special place.”
Reviewed September 25, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Theodoras House is a very special place indeed. Situated in the perfect spot for
wonderful views over the town and over the sea towards the Peloponnese.
We will definitely be returning.

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Liked best: views from the house.
Liked least: steps up to house.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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JaspersTr...
Mayfield, East Sussex
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A fantastic stay in gorgeous Hydra”
Reviewed July 24, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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This was our second visit to Hydra but our first in this lovely house. We think the house is perfectly located. High enough for those amazing views but not too strenuous a climb from the harbour.

We fell into an easy routine of breakfast on the terrace, a day out on the beach, watching the sunset from the balcony and then reverting back to soak up the view over the harbour. In a town of great views, we don't think there is a better view in Hydra. We had a fabulous week and left Hydra relaxed but with a heavy heart to be leaving such a beautiful island and house.

The house is well equipped, authentically decorated and perfect for a couple. The pictures don't tell the full story. Myrsini was very responsive and all arrangements went very smoothly.The air con coped admirably with the summer heat and the wifi was speedy and reliable. A larger shower is the only thing on our wish list.

We will definitely be back!

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craigw74
London
1 review
“Beautiful home with most amazing views”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This house is in a wonderful location overlooking Hydra town and the roof top terrace has 360 degree sea views all around. Just breathtakingly beautiful. Lovely to watch the ferries and boats coming in to the port and the unforgettable sunsets from the roof terrace or the balcony.
The house is beautifully furnished and very spacious and comfortable with views from every window and balcony to die for.
I could not have dreamed of a better place to stay and I will definitely want to go back and show it to all my family and friends.
To enjoy the views in Hydra you have to be prepared to climb up steps, lots of them, if you have knee problems like I have it can be tough, but the struggle was well worth it.
The house fitted three adults comfortably but I would not take small children there as the steps are tough and the furniture and objects in the dining area are beautiful and swimming from Hydra is mainly from the rocks.
I would certainly recommend this place as it is beautiful, comfortable, cosy, peaceful, clean and with million pound views. I was in heaven there and did not want to leave and my adult daughter and son loved it too.

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Liked best: the views
Liked least: could not find a hair dryer
Traveling group: Extended Family
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