Want to have a sneaky peek around the AirBnb villa with a view we rented in Oia, Santorini and find out how you can enjoy this killer view yourself?
Yeah, of course you do. We all get nosy from time to time, there’s no shame here. This is a safe internet space!
First, some details. After struggling so much to find gluten free food in Istanbul, we decided to switch the hotel we’d already booked in Imerovigli, Santorini for a villa with a kitchen so I could make my own food if I needed to. We decided we’d rather stay in Oia, because it’s the location that epitomises the picture-perfect Santorini (and it really does), and we wanted to be able to walk out to dinner in the evenings. After having a small fit at the price of all villa rentals anywhere near Oia, I chanced on this villa on AirBnB called Pegasus House which ticked all the right boxes – walkable to Oia, a traditional cave house with a caldera view, a decent outdoor space with a pool, plenty of space, and a kitchen. Although there were no actual pictures of the kitchen which did give me some cause for concern…
We’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s kick off this tour of our amazing cave villa with a caldera view to make you weep in Oia, Santorini.
Firstly, you arrive down a set of stairs carved into rock and onto the outside terrace area. It was an overcast day when we arrived, so you’ll have to forgive the slightly dreary appearance of the place. But… we have a pool! The AirBnB listing says there’s a hot tub, and pictures a standalone one on the roof. I think this pool is new, and it’s much nicer than the hot tub in the listing pictures.
Let’s step inside. You’ll notice there are two doors in the picture, yes, they’re both ours, as are both terrace areas. Let’s walk through the open door on the left.
This leads into the main sitting and dining room. To be honest, we ate outside all the time because have you seen the view? The sitting room had a comfy sofa and wifi and that’s all I needed.
There’s also a TV mounted on the wall which *someone* used to watch Eurovision on the Saturday evening. Note: it wasn’t me.
Let’s walk through that open door you see at the end of the room.
This is one of the bedrooms, and the one we chose to sleep in. It’s got a nice comfy bed – good if you like firm mattresses, which I do.
All towels are provided as well, and in plentiful quantities which is always a bonus.
The other side of the room housed a chest of drawers and a handy mirror next to a plug. One of my main accommodation requirements ticked! Also, this mirror was magic and made me look really skinny. So it was my friend.
Okay, now we’re going to walk through that door which you can just see on the right of the picture.
Yes, we have our own walk in cave wardrobe.
Contained inside are bathrobes, a chest of drawers full of spare sheets and towels, an iron and ironing board, a safe, spare pillows and duvets… Everything you need for a functional stay, basically. I just helped myself whenever I needed anything new.
Alright let’s walk back out into the living room, and turn right just before the front door. This leads to the kitchen.
And this is what I was most worried about in the rental. There were absolutely no pictures of the kitchen, and given that being able to make our own food was a key reason we picked staying in an AirBnB I was quite worried it was going to be a disaster.
It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought! Compact, but it did the job.
It ended up being fine for making simple breakfasts and sandwiches for lunch, but anything else you’d have been really pushed on. Case in point, Simon trying to make me pancakes. It was a valiant effort!
Sidenote: with zero counter space, why on earth do they have a sandwich press taking up all the room?! That and the coffee maker were swiftly relocated.
Ok see that random opening at the end of the kitchen? There are actually a set of stairs there, and it leads down into a sort of basement area.
There’s a bed in a frame, a mattress on the floor, and a sort of sofa set up. It looks like a cool space and I think they suggest having kids sleep down there, but it was incredibly damp. The kind of damp where you can feel it on your skin when you walk down there. Not somewhere I’d put kids, personally. There was a full-on electric dehumidifier running 24/7, which brought the humidity down into the 80s (!). The sizeable tank had to be emptied almost every day…
Anyway, back into the kitchen, where straight ahead of us now is the entrance to the bathroom.
This, as our AirBnB took great pains to point out to us, is a traditional style bathroom. This is a traditional house, and things might not look quite like we’re used to seeing them. Note: this is the biggest bathroom in the house. Spot the shower…
Yes, it’s that tap halfway up the wall on the right. Which means you have to hold the shower head up yourself, having first remembered to remove all items from the room which don’t want to get wet. I forgot to take out the loo roll… twice.
You know what, I thought it was going to be really annoying but it really wasn’t that bad at all. Definitely a first world problem. It was a good hot shower with plenty of water pressure so it actually worked out fine.
Right, let’s move on to the rest of the house. Next we’ll walk back out of the front door, around the terrace, and go into the second bedroom.
This is another lovely sized room with the most beautiful windows looking out over the caldera.
Off to the right of this picture is the en-suite for this room. It’s got the same wall-shower situation as the other bathroom and in all other respects is perfectly functional.
Note: shower gel is provided, as is liquid handwash which I always appreciate. I can’t deal with bar soap. Just me?
And finally, let’s move on to the reason we chose this villa in the first place. The view. This is what it, and our terrace, looked like on our first overcast day:
Still pretty amazing, right?
Luckily the weather cheered up and then we could enjoy the view in all its glory. If you walk right up to the wall at the edge of the terrace and look out, this is the view that greets you:
The next terrace down is a hotel, so there were the occasional people sunbathing on those beds. If proximity to other holidaymakers is a problem for you, don’t stay in Oia. That’s my free advice to you.
If you look to your left, you’ll see this view:
These properties are mostly hotels, and were pretty quiet when we were there. Just over there on the right you can see Skaros Rock peeking out from behind another cliff, which I climbed on my birthday 🙂
Now looking over to the right, over the terrace of our two neighbouring houses (I think they were actually lived in by locals, but I couldn’t be too sure) you’ll see this view. This is the outskirts of Oia.
For your reference, when we visited in May the sun sets more or less behind that church. Which means alas, no direct sunset views from your terrace. More on that in another post…
And now for the grand finale. The roof terrace!
There are no steps up to the roof from the terrace, so you have to walk back to the main path and climb down from there. Sounds complicated, but it’s not. Up on the roof there are two sunbeds, but it is right next to the path so be prepared for company.
Whilst admiring the view, you can also keep a check on the cruise ship status. Our host told us to keep a look out for how many cruise ships were currently docked, and avoid or venture into Fira as appropriate. In the photo above, you can see two fairly sizeable ships over to the left. That’s borderline. Three is a no-go.
Summary: Pegasus House, Oia, Santorini
> The view! The view the view. And the outside space in general.
> Our AirBnB host was so friendly and helpful. He basically acted as a concierge for us throughout our stay; I texted him to ask him for restaurant recommendations, to make us bookings, where he’d recommend for x y or z. He had a quite good value boat tour that we could have booked through him, but we just didn’t have enough time in the end.
> A daily room service was available on request.
> It’s an authentic cave house experience, which is what we were after, quirks and all.
> The location was nice and peaceful; on the outskirts of Oia so you’re not wading through tourists the whole time, but you can walk there in about 15 minutes.
> There’s a mini supermarket about 3 minutes away.
> The wifi was decent.
> Let’s talk some more about that pool…
Not so good things
> The kitchen was basic. We managed and it was fine, but not good if you’re a serious cook.
> There was no hot water in the kitchen. Long story, and apparently this was a choice by the owner to ensure there would be sufficient hot water for the shower (old house, etc), but it meant that washing up was a frustrating experience. I ended up having to boil the tiny kettle any time I wanted to wash anything…
> It was pretty damp. Particularly the basement and the walk in cave wardrobe. Not to be recommended if you suffer with respiratory problems.
> The slightly rustic shower experience. It ended up not being a negative for me, aside from the two loo rolls I ruined, but it might give you a pause for thought.
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