Nicaela's House is a stunningly renovated traditional Hydra island home to rent for 2 couples or a family of 4 to share. Nicaela's overlooks Kamini Harbour and is a short stroll to the nearest beach at Castello or to the local restaurants & tavernas. Impeccably finished and furnished, the house offers comfortable accommodation with two double bedrooms, both with queen-size beds, two shower rooms, downstairs living room, upstairs sitting room, two very large outside dining terraces, well equipped kitchen, air-conditioning in every room, as well as strong WiFi. A comfortable adult size inflatable air bed, and a port-a-crib are available, upon request. The views are stunning and everything is easy to get to.
Should you be interested in renting another larger house, in addition to, or instead of Nicaela’s, please check out the other house we own on Hydra. Freddy’s is a beautiful 4 bedroom villa that is a five minute walk from Nicaela’s. See HA #3527786.
For those who choose Nicaela’s, we offer a hotel standard of hospitality, professionalism and friendly service. We want to reassure you that we will be on hand and available to help and guide you even before you arrive. So if you have any questions about what to expect, how to get here or you have any other questions about the house or Hydra, please don't hesitate to ask. We live on the island and are available thoughout your stay. What you see on our pages and in our reviews indicates the level of service and standard of accommodation we strive for. What you see is what we ensure you get.
Well built paths and steps wind between the pretty houses of lower Kamini to reach Nicaela's and it's an easy stroll up to the house from Kamini Harbour. The house is a true 'country retreat' with it's unique position creating the illusion that you could be miles from anywhere. Of course you aren't because the nearest beach is just a few hundred meters at Castello over the brow of the hill to one side and the wonderful tavernas of Kamini a similar distance the other way. But the illusion is maintained by the peace and quiet at Nicaela's because it stands removed from the rest of the village houses. You just hear the gentle buzz of cicades, the occassional distant bray of a mule and perhaps the throb of a sea taxi leaving Kamini Harbour below.
From the carefully managed 'rural' atmosphere of the outside, you walk into Nicaela's house from the terrace into a different world of casual comfort! The transition is gorgeous: cool white and muted grey decoration, comfortable seating, ingenious tables, every appliance and furnishing kept in excellent working condition to make sure that you will feel pampered and 'at home'.
Downstairs there is an open plan living space with a double bedroom to one side and the kitchen and first shower room to the other.
The kitchen is equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, electric oven & stove, a fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee maker as well as a plenty of utensils, saucepans, crockery, cutlery, glasses and serving dishes. The kitchen has everything that a good cook would need.
The downstairs shower room has a W.C., hand basin with a vanity unit with mirror, excellent lighting (so you can do you make up ladies) and there is a hair-dryer provided so you don't have to bring one with you. There are plenty of fluffy bathroom towels (but please use the beach towels that are provided for outside use). You will also find an iron and board at the house so you don't have to be worried about looking crumpled when you go out!
The downstairs Double Bedroom has plenty of drawer space, and clothes hanging space so you can unpack. Both bedrooms have very comfortable, and new, queen-sized bed. This room has attractive sea facing views to the front and a window that looks west. Both windows have internal wooden shutters so you can close out the heat of the afternoon sun if you prefer not to use the air-conditioning.
The upper floor of the house very much like a private suite. At the top of the stairs from the lower floor you walk into a sitting room. On one side of the sitting room is the upstairs bathroom, with shower, sink and toilet. On the other side of the sitting room is a second bedroom, with a double bed, and beautiful light and views. The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced by the hand-crafted wooden ceilings, as is the traditional style of Hydra homes.
As with the downstairs bedroom, you will find plenty of hanging and drawer space so you can unpack. The en-suite bathroom is also supplied with toiletries and a hair-dryer.
Nicaela's features three separate terraces, each with stunning views of the sea, and the village of Kamini. The middle terrace functions as an extension of the living room and kitchen area, and features a custom made teak dining table for six, an outdoor cooking area, and two elegant sun umbrellas. The lower terrace is huge and has plenty of new comfortable deck chairs for lounging around and taking in the views. It also has a really cool outdoor shower area disguised by the cypress tree on the lower terrace, and a custom made antique marble sink. There's even a thoughtfully placed set of hooks to hang your towels on to dry when you come back from the beach!
Your Hosts, Dino and Trina Bradlee, keep the house to a very high standard and leave all the information you might need in the house folder so you can find your way around not only the house but where the local restaurants are, how to call a sea taxi, getting to the beach and emergency information etc. We are aware of the fact that our guests are particularly charmed by the privacy, so once you are settled in, we will leave it up to you to contact us if you need help. We are very sociable though, so if you'd like to be introduced to the many and various delights of Hydra, it will be out pleasure!
We also own another house on Hydra that we rent, which is a short distance from Nicaela's. If you should need a larger house, or require an additional house besides Nicaela's, please see the listing for "Freddy's", Homeaway #3527786. Together, the two houses total 6 large, beautiful private bedrooms, (for a total accomodation of 12 guests between the two houses), all with magnificent ocean views.Get the full listing »