The Cave House

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 (60 square meters) can host 2-5 people, ideal for one couple or a company of 2-5 friends. The house includes one bedroom, two bathrooms and a living room area. The bedroom has one built-in King size bed LOCATED ON THE LOFT and one single sofa bed 200 cm x 80 cm. In the living room area there are two built in single 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.


The private veranda offers 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.

Outdoor NON heated plunge pool for two is also available from APRIL 1 – NOVEMBER 1

Guest access

The closest spot to the house, where you can park or instruct a taxi/cab to drop you off is the POST OFFICE parking lot, next to the community hall of OIA Village. Not more than 5 minutes walking distance away from the Hector Cave House.

Of course Transfer Service is provided upon request!

Interaction with guests

24/7 mobile phone, e-mail

A house with history

Oia has always been a village of captains and ship owners, who had the possibility to build big and spacey two store houses on the top of the hill, not necessarily viewing the caldera. These rich families usually used the cave openings they had on the slopes of the hill as canavas and store houses – or they were giving them to the faithful sailors they had in their ships to install their families.

These cave houses had originally only one room. Since the earth was not a solid rock but a soft “aspa” from the volcano, if the family was too big for one room, people used to dig further and “open” a second one behind the first. This is exactly the case for our cave house.

A strong earthquake took place on 1954. This house, together with most of the houses of Oia was almost thoroughly destroyed and most of the inhabitants left the village. On 1962 no more than 50 people lived at the village. The Greek Organization of Tourism decided then to choose 60 traditional houses to restore, in order to give life to the destroyed village. Hector’s cave house was one of them. The Greek Organization of Tourism rented the house for 20 years – to pay back the expenses of the restoration and at the end of this period the house was given back to the original owner. Since 1985 up to the year 1998 the owners of the house, an old sailor and his wife, spent the twenty last years of their life here.

Their children sold the house to my family on 2000. At that time we did not have any connection with Santorini – we simply fell in love with the island and specifically Oia and we wanted to be able to come back any time. We fully respected the traditional character of the house – the kitchen, the bathroom, the door and the windows are still the same since the original restoration of the Greek Organization of Tourism – and since then my family and myself use this house for summer/winter vacation only.

Check-in: 2:00pm to 00:00am

Check-out: until 10:00am

24 Hour Check in service depending on the check out time of the previous guest!

  • Transfer services with an extra charge upon request
  • Reservation for catamaran daily cruises and tours upon request


Prices start at: 625 per night


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