Vino Houses

near Oia, Santorini, Greece Book from Book from £130 per night

A trio of gorgeous B&B villas with private plunge pools and sea views, in a peaceful vineyard setting near Oia (each sleeps 2-4)
If, when you envisage the Greek islands, you see cliffs of whitewashed cube houses and blue-domed churches gazing out across a sparkling sea, you could well be imagining Oia. Hewn into the volcanic rock of an ancient caldera, Santorini’s most picturesque village draws visitors from far and wide to the island’s northern tip. Yet with beauty comes popularity. Cruise ships dock and by late afternoon the narrow taverna-lined streets are swamped with budding photographers looking to capture the world-renowned sunset from the ruined castle.

Just a couple of kilometres east, the small sister village of Finikia enjoys a rather different feel: calm, tranquil and traditional. This is where Santorini's vineyard workers once lived, while the island's rich merchants had big houses in Oia; historically, the 2 villages have always been linked. Surrounded by vineyards and vegetable gardens in Finikia, 3 luxury self-catering villas – Vinsanto, Athiri and Nykteri – offer a rural retreat for romantics, families or small groups of friends (each sleeps 2-4 in 2 double bedrooms). Blissfully cool under a baking Aegean sun, the Vino Houses are minimalist and elegant: a blue and white archetype of Cycladic chic. Their charming manager, Yota, prepares a delicious breakfast – best eaten alfresco by your private plunge pool – and can arrange everything from quad bike hire and cooking classes to catamaran trips around intriguing lava islets. We're yet to stay but can't wait to do so.

Highs

  • Peaceful vineyard setting away from Oia’s crowds, but within easy reach by foot (30 mins) or car (5 mins)
  • The villas are cool, airy and beautifully designed, with careful attention to detail; each terrace has a shaded area for sun respite
  • Private plunge pools are perfect for cooling off by day and romantic by candlelight
  • Great value for Santorini, especially in shoulder season, and for families or groups of 2-4
  • Flexible dining. A fresh and organic breakfast is included in the rate and you can request homemade dinners too, or self cater

Lows

  • It lacks those famous clifftop views which everyone wants (or thinks they want; we’d much rather stay here – no crowds and much cheaper)
  • No twin bedrooms and only 1 bathroom per house
  • The quiet location won’t suit those looking for nightlife, but on the flip side you can walk to a beach in 15 mins
  • No restaurant on-site but a couple within strolling distance and plenty of choice in Oia (1.5km)
  • Their payment and cancellation policy is fairly strict

Best time to go

Our favourite times to visit Santorini are spring (April-May) and autumn (mid Sept-mid Nov), when days are reliably sunny and comfortably warm. Summer (June-Sept) can see heatwaves of up to 40°C and the island gets crowded with peak-season visitors. On 20 Oct, Finikia celebrates the feast day of Agia Matrona with dancing and a wine-tasting contest. Vino Houses is closed for several months in winter.

Our top tips

  • Oia is best visited early in the morning when it’s cooler and less crowded. From early afternoon, busloads of visitors debark from cruise ships moored in the bay and by dusk it feels like every traveller on the island has arrived to snap that perfect sunset shot. Watch it from Finikia instead - ask Yota for the best spots.
  • For a light dinner, wander down to family-run Sigalas Winery. Enjoy a delicious platter of Santorini cheeses with crusty bread, olive oil and a bottle of the island's famous Vinsanto wine.
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Family
    Honeymoon
    • Boutique Villas
    • 3 villas for 2-4
    • Breakfast included, self catering, restaurants nearby
    • All ages welcome
    • Closed: November to April
    • Plunge Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen
    Room:

    Rooms

    There are 3 villa-apartments, each showcasing the clean lines and curves of classic Cycladic architecture. Thick white walls contrast dramatically with deep shades of blue from the shuttered windows and doors. Each sleeps 2-4 people, and has a spacious living area with kitchen, leading out to a private terrace and plunge pool. Huge earthen pots and chunky rope baskets suggest carefully styled tradition, while air-conditioning, power showers and super-comfortable beds ensure a touch of high-end luxe.

    At the top of the hill, Vinsanto has 2 private verandas, looking out to sea and towards Finikia. Of its 2 bedrooms, one has a mezzanine sleeping area accessed by a ladder – an additional cosy space for an older child. The ground-floor villas, Athiri and Nykteri, also have 2 bedrooms, each with a kingsize bed. We particularly love the look of Athiri’s terrace, where the plunge pool is half-shaded by a white domed archway - the perfect frame for the beautiful blue sea beyond.

    Features include:

    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob or stove
    • Oven
    • Pillow menu
    • Pool / beach towels
    • Safe box
    • Satellite TV
    • Smart TV
    • Swimming pool
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    The villas are thoughtfully equipped with everything you need for a relaxed self-catering stay. Kitchens with hobs, ovens and fridges are ideal for preparing simple meals and keeping your drinks ice-cold and there are supermarkets in Oia for stocking up on supplies. Note no basic ingredients are provided so you'll need to buy everything. Depending on the heat, eat indoors at chunky wooden tables, or outside on the patio. For breakfast, included in the rate and served at your villa, choose from fresh organic products including yoghurt, honey, fruit, bread, bacon, eggs and cheese, with tomatoes and cucumbers fresh from their own farm.

    On request, Yota can provide traditional home-cooked dinners - moussaka, fried squid, that sort of thing. Finikia itself has a couple of unpretentious eateries, while Oia offers some excellent restaurants and there are waterfront tavernas down at its harbour, Ammoudi. Ask Yota for insider tips on the best places to eat and she’ll recommend some stunning restaurants with the best views.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Children's meals
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Dinner by arrangement
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hob or stove
    • Lunch by arrangement
    • Oven
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Shopping service
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Explore Santorini’s black-sand beaches: Baxedes (15 mins’ walk / 3 mins’ drive) and Cape Columbo (15 mins’ drive, a gem with striking cliffs and very few people) are close
    • Walk (30 mins) or drive (5 mins) to picture-postcard Oia, with its Cycladic architecture, art galleries, handicraft boutiques and a quaint Maritime Museum. Sunset at Oia is incredibly special but you'll be sharing the occasion with throngs of tourist
    • Take a catamaran tour of Santorini’s volcano hot springs and the famous red beach, followed by a BBQ on the boat
    • Drive to Santorini’s capital, Fira (15km) and walk - or catch the cable car - down to the Old Port
    • Yota can arrange a whole host of activities from cooking classes, quad bike hire or sailing cruises, as well as massages in your villa

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cooking classes
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Quad biking
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being

    Kids

    Children are welcome and will love splashing about in the plunge pools and playing on nearby beaches. The villa-apartments offer a cool respite from the heat, and each house has a tent for shade, though there’s not a huge amount to entertain kids onsite. Kitchens are well equipped for preparing simple meals and Yota can provide children’s meals on request. Greece is notoriously family-friendly and children are welcome in most restaurants.

    Best for:

    All ages

    Family friendly accommodation:

    All of the villas are suitable for families though kids may need to share a bed; each villa has 2 double bedrooms. One of the bedrooms in Vinsanto has a mezzanine level with extra sleeping area accessed by a ladder, which makes a cosy hideout for 1 older child. Babysitting services are available, as well as equipment such as cots and high chairs.

    Babysitting:

    On request

    Baby equipment:

    Baby cots and high chairs

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Kids Activities on site:

    Cooking lessons

    Kids Activities nearby:

    The beach is 500m away

    Families Should Know:

    The plunge pools are unfenced

    Distances:

    • Airport: 30 mins' drive (Santorini)
    • Shops: 0.5km
    • Hospital: 15km (Fira)
    Kid Friendly: Nykteri

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