Hector Cave house (Oia, Santorini)

Cave - Entire home/apt · Choris Onoma, Oia, South Aegean 84700, Greece
Your host, Giannis
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House details

The Hector Cave House, carved into the unique caldera cliff for more than 250 years, was originally used as a wine cellar (“the canava”). The traditional “canava” became a family owned summer house, which then opened its doors to share its unique character to travellers from around the world.


Hector Cave house is situated in a very convenient location, right on the main path of Oia traditional settlement. Within walking distance, visitors can reach all the highlights of Oia and wonder around picturesque shops, cozy restaurants and romantic caldera-view cafes. Also, the house lies a few steps from the old castle and the best viewing spot for the famous Oia sunset. Although close to local activity, the house provides peacefulness and privacy, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the marvelous view from the terrace.
The house is also 2-minutes walk away from the Public Parking Area, and 5-minutes walk away from Oia Central Bus Station, providing convenient car or bus transportations to other attractions of Santorini.


Hector Cave house can host 2-4 people, ideal for one or two couples or a company of 2-4 friends. Traditionally furnished, the house includes one bedroom with one built-in double bed and a living room area with two built-in sofa beds. The kitchen is equipped with all the facilities for self catering holidays, including microwave, refrigerator, electric hot plates, toaster, electric kettle and an espresso machine.

mattresses dimensions:
bedroom - 200 cm x 150 cm
living room sofas - 223cm x 77cm , 197 x 76cm


The private veranda and the upper level deck offer a private space for relaxing, dinning, or even sunbathing, having as a background the most breathtaking views of Santorini: the Volcano, the caldera cliff and Thirassia Island.

Accommodation and Facilities Summary

Type:House (45 square meters)
Location:Oia, Santorini, Greece
This Property Sleeps:4

Bathroom:Bathrooms 1

Heat:Electric Heaters - A/C
Dining:Dining room table, Seating for 4 People
Entertainment:Hi Fi, Radio

Kitchen:Crockery & Cutlery Provided, Fridge, Microwave, Toaster, Electric Hot Plates, Electric Kettle, Coffee & Espresso machine. (No oven)
Laundry:Linen Provided, Towels Provided, Iron, hair dryer.
Cleaning/Laundry service: weekly (once every 7 days)

Local Area:Quiet Bars, Restaurants, Shops. The local town is Lively but not wild.
Outside:Patio, Balcony, Terrace
Suitability:Wheelchair accessible - no ,Pet friendly - ask, Suitable for Children - ask
Accommodation Type: Self Catering
Theme:Quiet yet close to local activity

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • We had a fantastic stay. The house was perfect, just as advertised. Clean, well maintained. Great communication and check in was easy. Giannis was a great host, he was in Athens during our stay but called upon our arrival and kept in touch with e-mail. His restaurant suggestions were excellent. As I told Giannis, we fell in love with the house and never wanted to leave.

    July 2014
  • Ho passato una settimana con mio marito ospite di Giannis nella sua splendida Hector's cave. Tutto ë stato perfetto : dalla vista mozzafiato a tutte le comoditá della casa ( abbiamo persino trovato una macchina per il caffè espresso con le capsule della Illy !!!!) Giannis é stato un ospite perfetto e ci ha assistito in tutto ( trasferimenti da/per aereoporto, informazioni, orari trasporti, wi-fi gratuita in casa .....) anche per mezzo della sua assistente Natascia. Consiglio sicuramente questa soluzione a chi desidera visitare Santorini e la splendida Oia; la casa si trova infatti in posizione privilegiata vicina al centro di Oia , a tutti i servizi e alla stazione dei bus che collegano comodamente Oia a Fira.
    Torneremo sicuramente !

    July 2014
  • The picture says it all. Oia was our last stop on our European vacation and the view, the charm of the cave house, the directions and contact by Giannis on our arrival was fabulous. Giannis was away on our arrival but made perfect arrangements for us to be met by a friend and show us to the location. I would recommend OIA and this location to anyone traveling to Santorini. If you want to relax and stay away from the hustle and bustle of Thira and the hundreds that arrive there by cruiseliners, OIA is the place for you. Treat yourself to this location. Thank you Giannis...we hope to return someday.

    June 2014
  • It s the second time we book a holiday rental via airbnb and we are lucky that this time we were also not disappointed. The Hector Cave House is lovely, very good location in Oia, the view is amazing we by chance arrived at a full moon night and it was stunning to enjoy the aegean sea breeze at the romantic quiet night.

    Gianns is a very fabulous host he booked us a transfer and Natasha welcomed us to the cave house. The kitchen has everything you would need and we managed to have our breakfast outdoor every morning. There were towels provided and the whole house look cosy, clean and comfortable with everything we needed, even with candles to enrich your night with more romance.

    We feel truly thankful to Gianns for lending us such a beautiful house and all the advices for our vacation in Greece. Try a stay in the spectacular house and it would be ideal for family or honeymoon couples.

    June 2014
  • Beautiful location, the view is supreme from the 2 balconies. Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Oia. We stayed here for 3 nights. We really enjoyed staying in the cave house, it is clean and cozy.

    June 2014
  • Thank you thank you so much Giannis for a wonderful and excellent stay!! Our best b and b experience so far, the location was excellent and even better than what was shown in the pictures. The coffee machine was very handy with good coffee and everything we needed was already there. The bed was also very comfortable and the pillows provided us with a great sleep every night. Giannis was an awesome host and booked all of our transportation, helped us with our tours, and was always there when we called him with any questions. This is a wonderful b and b with 2 balconies and a breathtaking view and we are so happy we came here as part of our honeymoon. Thank you again Giannis! :)

    May 2014
  • Hector Cave house was fantastic! The view from both balcony's was breathtaking and inside the cave was cosy, comfortable, traditional and very clean. Giannis provided us with excellent information about Santorini, restaurants and the history of the cave house and always made himself available. The cave house is perfectly located and everything in Oia is within close walking distance. Highly recommend this accommodation!

    May 2014
  • We were on our honeymoon and Santorini was the last location of our holiday.

    Giannis provided lots of information beforehand and helped to book the transfer as well, that really saves us some time and trouble *thank you! :)* As Giannis was away, he had a friend to bring us to the cave house. He also made a call to ensure everything is alright for us. A very responsible host who is always there 24/7!

    Location: The cave house is located very near to the sunset viewing area (the castle ruins). It's located right in the middle of oia, accessible to all pretty photo spots (the main 3 blue domes, windmill..etc). Right below our cave house, there are lots of souvenir and gift shops, also a variety of restaurants. There are also 2 mini markets located at 2 ends, of which we bought some groceries and did some cooking.

    The View: As mentioned by many reviewers, the view is really breathtaking! It looks exactly or even better than the pictures as shown on listing. Most of the time we just sit by outside, sun tanning and watching the cruises goes by.

    Cave house Interior/ Amenities: For the last 2 weeks of our honeymoon, we have been staying in hotels (from London to Italy). This is my first booking made on Airbnb, and it was indeed a different and amazing experience to be able to stay at a home/homelike style accommodation. The cave house was well decorated and clean (it just looks like the pics, very true to it!). It has everything we needed for cooking as well.

    Overall, it was a 10/10, perfect experience for us in Oia, Santorini. Thanks Giannis for the wonderful cave house and perfecting our honeymoon. I am sure we will recommend to our friends and to be back with our family in near future :)

    May 2014
  • My girlfriend and I spent a wonderful week at the Cave house in May this year. Giannis is a terrific host. He sent us lots of helpful information before our arrival to make sure that we made the most of our stay, and was always available for any help we needed. He also arranged taxi transfers for us and arranged for a friend to take us directly to the Cave house as he was away in Athens during our stay.

    When we first arrived at the Cave house we were taken aback by the beautiful views! I wish I could spend everyday looking out into the beautiful horizon. The Cave house is a only a few minutes walk away from the best places to view the famous Oia sunset (which was so magnificent that it received a nightly applause by onlookers!)

    The Cave house was lovely. We really enjoyed using the hammock on the upper floor whilst we sipped cocktails! The Cave house is well decorated and while conveniently located near small shops and galleries, it is very quiet.

    We loved our stay and would definitely recommend others to visit - Giannis is a fantastic host!

    May 2014
  • If you're trying to decide where to stay in Santorini, it has got to be OIA! And it has got to be right here! Giannis was a great great host who was very responsive (so important) and gave us all the necessary information needed for a smooth stay. This cave house is an amazing place to stay at especially with its breath taking views from its not one but TWO verandahs. The upper level one is completely private and awesome to have a glass of wine and take in all the beauty which is just unbelievable. The cave house itself was also very cosy, clean and had all the necessities needed for a comfortable stay. Giannis arranged for airport pick up and the check in was smooth with no delays. Unfortunately we couldn't meet him but with the interaction I had with him it was clear he was a very warm and friendly person in true Greek nature. So don't look any further for a place to stay - this is it! :) Thank you Giannis for your amazing dwelling and your amazing island experience - we will treasure it for life!

    May 2014
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Hi there, I am Giannis, 33 years old and I grew up in Athens. After studying and working abroad (UK and Switzerland) for 5 years,I decided to come back in Greece and work for a family business. In 1998 my parents visited Santorini Island and they fell in love with Oia village where they bought that picturesque cave house… Since then all about my summer vacations is to lay back at that terrace and admire the spectacular view. Traveling is to share… There is no better way of doing this, other than sharing the experience with other travelers. Of course I will not lose any chance to discover unique destinations like Santorini around the world…
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