I don't think words can describe how beautiful, romantic and absolutely gorgeous "Mansion Sophia" is.
The small walk from town center along the thin roads to Sophia was so exciting but when you turn the keys and walk up the stairs to Sophia the words WOW Stunning and OMG come to mind. The lush gardens are undescribable. Gorgeous plants flowers and foliage everywhere surrounding a beautiful pool. This was my favorite place in Sophia and because it is set high in the village and has large beautiful while walls and lush foliage everywhere the privacy was outstanding, like a small piece of Heaven. The house was unreal, a full traditional Greek village mountain home. The doorway into the kitchen you had to actually duck to get into, just added to its quaintness . The bedrooms were beautiful and the beds great.
This was the most romantic place my wife and I have ever been.
The town of Megalochori is so traditional, quaint and so full of character and charm. The people of the village were so charming and friendly full of character. Sophia was only 200 yards away from 4 great restaurants shops and the church is gorgeous.
To top all of this off they provided us a car for our stay there and we were so central on Santorini that we could be anywhere on the Island in 20-30 minutes drive.
If you are thinking of staying at Sophia, grab it quickly as it is the most beautiful place my wife and I have ever stayed at in the world
Thank you Mansion Sophia for an unforgettable experience!!!
Barry and Luiza Hutchings
Absolutely loved our stay at Mansion Sofia. The team at Santorini Heritage really made us feel at home. When you stay here you will truly get the feeling of living in a small Greek village. Live like a local, AND can I tell you have comfortable the beds were!!
One enters the villa under a fragrant arch of tangled jasmine and bougainvillea.... The private courtyard and well-restored home transport you to another time. The courtyard and private pool are more breathtaking than even the photos or videos online suggest! The village of Megalochori is beautiful, low key and uncluttered. We enjoyed the simplicity of it all, but were grateful for the included rental car that enabled us to explore beaches, the famous sunset views, and archaelogical sites (Akrotiri and a hike to ancient Thira). Now that we are home we miss the village of Megalochori! Truly within short walking distance from Mansion Sophia there are wonderful small restaurants (Raki, Feggaro,etc), a mini market, some charming shops (loved meeting the leather worker in town), a world class family owned winery (Gavalas), and a warm and welcoming bakery with great coffee and delicious treats to be discovered. The Villa is managed with five star amenities such as a wonderful concierge named Jackie who arranges daily housekeeping, airport transfers, excursions and troubleshoots questions. It is tough to envision a more perfect set up for a vacation experience on Santorini or anywhere else in the world!
Tips to consider before booking: most cars are manual so if you only drive automatic you may want to request in advance. Also, understand that the smaller bedroom does not have its own bathroom and guests staying in it must cross thru either the master bedroom or outdoor courtyard to access it and hot water is adequate but not unlimited. This is the trade-off for living in the traditional village of Megalachori! 5 star experience overall!!
We had an amazing time at Mansion Sophia and cannot wait to come back and stay again. The little village of Megalochori was picture perfect and exactly what we were looking for in an off-the-beaten-path, authentic experience. There were several great restaurants just a stone's throw from the house and there was a great bakery just a short and scenic walk through the old village. Every person we met was incredibly friendly and made us feel welcome immediately. The house itself was fantastic, it had the charm and history to lend to its authenticity, but was very comfortable with all the conveniences of modern amenities like a washing machine, microwave and espresso maker. Thank you!!
We had a fabulous week in Mansion Sophia. The Location is perfect. The Villa is perfect. The village was ideal - including several good cafes/restaurants. Very easy to get to any where else in the island - especially using the complimentary car!
Special thanks to Jackie for helping sort our list luggage issue on the first day!
We could not have been happier with our stay at Mansion Sophia. From the greeter at the airport to the luggage handler, to the concierge and the maid, everyone was friendly and helpful. The property is absolutely beautiful. The large living room is bright and inviting and the bedrooms on either side are roomy and elegantly furnished. The beds are comfortable and a cozy comforter was just the ticket for the cool nights. Even plush robes and slippers are provided.
With the rental car that was included as part of our stay, we explored many of the villages of Santorini and enjoyed them all but were more convinced than ever that none could top Megalohori. It is a traditional village with narrow streets (cars can travel on only a few), which adds to the charm. The villagers are friendly and we happened to be there the days leading up to Palm Sunday so we were able to participate in the ceremony that included decorating an enormous cross and watching with the whole village as the men used ropes and pulleys to raise it in the town square. Afterward everyone lined up for dinner provided by our favorite restaurant, located on the square. We also attended a service in the church and weren't allowed to leave without taking home bread and chocolate.
At day's end, after exploring other villages, we had drinks by the pool and walked to one of the many good restaurants. One night we made dinner in the nicely equipped kitchen and ate outside in one of the two lovely courtyards. The owner, Takis, even provides a complimentary bottle of wine for guests.
Staying at Mansion Sophia is everything you dream of when imagining visiting the iconic island of Santorini. I can't recommend it highly enough.
If you are looking for a great, big, stone mansion for a group of friends/family in a quaint little town, look no further. There is tremendous indoor and outdoor space, the master bedroom and the rooftop view are simply gorgeous. The town is so cute, very easy to walk and it has 5 very yummy restaurants within a minute's walk. Stock up on wine and snacks at the local market, enjoy the skyline views and don't forget to meet Takis the owner...he's the man!
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