Mansion Sophia-Santorini villa
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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The peaceful village of Megalochori makes a much sought after and appreciated alternative to the bustling and jostling of the busy city of Fira. Mansion Sophia, a rare find, is a just short stroll from the central village square with its pretty churches and picturesque Venetian bell towers. The village, with its winding cobbled pathways, is free of traffic. The imposing large wooden entrance gates of Mansion Sophia conceal a secluded and pretty private courtyard, complete with the recent addition of a swimming pool. Double doors lead directly from the courtyard into a spacious lounge and dining area with its superb high vaulted ceilings and original polished wooden floors, adding warmth and character to the room. The two double bedrooms, one master and one smaller second bedroom, lead off from either side of the central living room. The master bedroom has a majestic four-poster double bed. One bathroom, with modern amenities, services both bedrooms. The well equipped kitchen has an original stone arch which now serves as a washing up and preparation area. The coup-de-grace is the lovely kitchen garden, perfect for enjoying alfresco meals under blue skies whilst absorbing the village atmosphere.
Mansion Sophia was built around the mid 19th century and inhabited by one of the feudal landlords of the island at that time. These merchants and land barons became wealthy exporting the unique Vinsanto wine the island still produces. Trade brought wealth and wealth brought the Mansion Houses. Megalochori had a particularly strong link with the town of Odessa in Russia. Many of the church bells which still toll in the village today are from Russia and have a very distinct clarity.
This Mansion is perfect for those ready to switch of their mobiles, put their feet up, sit back and enjoy Santorini from a different perspective. The tourist attractions, including Fira and Oia, are only a short drive away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Santorini International Airport 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Aegean Islands region
The peaceful little village of Megalochori is a much sought after and appreciated holiday base from which to enjoy the many attractions of this unique island. Only 6 km from the busy town of Fira, it is another world and an ideal holiday base for those who want to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Santorini from a different perspective.
Megalochori was inhabited by many feudal landlords of the island at the past. These merchants and landlords became wealthy exporting the unique Vinsanto wine, which the island still produces. Megalochori had a particularly strong link with Odessa in Russia and many of the church bells which still toll in the village today are from Russia.
This traditional settlement has retained its charm and authenticity despite the rapid touristic development of Santorini. Its traffic-free cobblestone streets, its venetian bell towers and its lovely square with the chic restaurants make Megalochori a premier destination for the concerning visitor of Santorini..
The location of the village is perfect, as the most significant touristic attractions and the best beaches of the island are only minutes' drive away..
Megalochori has also a lovely unspoiled caldera part with no buildings, perfect for hiking with magnificent vistas of the famous volcano and sunset..
The traditional village of Megalochori is not widely known as it is not touristic and remains one of the hidden treasures of Santorini for those who prefer to relax and enjoy an original Greek experience, away from the tourist masses..
Santorini island, Greece
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16 Aug 2014
"Great Villa in a Great Location"
My wife, 13-yo daughter and I stayed at Mansion Sophia for a week, and it was a brilliant choice. Megalochori is a small, peaceful town set back a bit from the sea, and the villa is up a small path fr… More
10 Oct 2013
We had a wonderful time in Santorini and a superb stay in Mansion Sophia. The house was very comfortable and the pool area breathtaking..We also loved the village more than any of the other we visited… More
9 Sep 2013
Mansion Sophia is not just well-appointed; it is elegant and at the perfect spot in Santorini. Located so close to the best beaches of the island and all the beautiful attractions like the excavations… More
30 May 2013
Beautiful traditional greek house, delicately renovated, kept all it's charm. Simple local decoration, very comfortable beds. A large patio with pool serves as the hub of the house, a smaller pat… More
30 May 2013
We had a wonderful holiday, it is just a shame that the weather was not as warm as we had hoped but there is nothing you could do about that! The man that met us at the airport to give us our car wa… More
7 May 2013
Very nice stay. The whole village is one of the most picturesque villages in the Greek islands, where all the houses – most of them recently renovated with colorful Cycladic style gardens - are set amphitheatrically around the central square of the village. Villa Sophia is amazing. Although it is fully renovated and luxurious, they have maintained all the details of the original house that was built almost 150 years ago. We did feel that we traveled back in time. Some of the best family pictures were taken in this house. We will definitely miss the breakfast in our private garden as well as the very stylish swimming pool in the black-rock veranda of the villa. The service was very good and the staff was attentive and tactful. We did find the tranquility and the privacy that were looking for, although the distance from all the “must see” places of the island is 10 minutes by car (except from Oia that took us appx 30 minutes). We will definitely try to repeat it soon.
6 May 2013
Very nice stay. The whole village is one of the most picturesque villages in the Greek islands, where all the houses - most of them recently renovated with colorful Cycladic style gardens - are set a… More
24 Jan 2013
"Best choice made!"
Megalochori proved to be the perfect spot for our group! The full Santorini Heritage package made our trip so headache free - the car, their assistance, the whole team! They gave us excellent suggest… More
17 Oct 2012
"Great Vacation Villa"
We stayed at Mansion Sophia for five nights the first week of October and had an incredible stay. The pool and terrace were wonderful for enjoying the 80 degree weather, and we took advantage of the … More
24 Apr 2012
"Gorgeous villa in a gorgeous island.."
My husband, my baby girl and myself spend 4 nights in Mansion Sophia last October and we absolutely loved our time there. The concierge, Jackie, was very helpful and helped us to arrange some excellen… More
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