MESANA TRADITIONAL HOUSES

Nestled at the peaceful medieval village of Emporio, Mesana stone houses is a complex of six stone houses that occupies a beautiful spot from the foot of the rocky hill of the castle up to the “Kasteli” (castle) which dates back the 13th century. The first three stone houses (Vine house, Jardinière House & Opuntia house) are located at the foot of the rocky hill of the castle and the other three stone houses (Agape house, Olive house, Oleander house) are located at the top of the hill and are an authentic heritage of the old castle houses.

These unique authentic stone houses were constructed from local materials that existed at that time, meaning stone, wood and soil. Now, they acquire a new impetus with the discreet intervention of the architect Anthi Papazoglou and promise an unforgettable stay to all those guests that wish to experience an authentic, traditional house where families and animals lived hundred years ago.

Mesana stone houses are 2 kilometers away from the black sand beach of Perivolos, relatively close to the main archaeological site of the island.


The houses are within 3 minutes walking distance from the central square of Emporio village which offers supermarkets, bakery, restaurants, open air market with fresh local products and fish, pharmacy, bus station, ATM etc.

Opuntia House


Opuntia house is 30 square meters and was used as a house shelter for animals to protect them from the winter cold. One can also distinguish the points at the window where salted fish were hanged to dry from the sun.

Opuntia is an independent house with its own entrance. The walls from stone offer cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The main house has a bedroom with a sofa, a dining table, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom with shower.

The house has a wide terrace 50 sq. meters as well, with sea and Mountain View. A nice furnished area with sunbeds and a hydro massage pole ideal for relaxation to seize your day under the Greek sun!

Opuntia house can accommodate 2-3 people.

  • Opuntia House

  • Opuntia House

  • Opuntia House

  • Opuntia House

Vine House


Vine house is 55 square meters and is located between the other two houses (Opuntia & Jardinière) and is the largest one.

It has an independent entrance and a wide yard. At the yard there is one independent single bedroom, a toilet and an outdoor shower. The single bedroom was used in the old years as a donkey shelter and the toilet as a goat shelter.

The main house provides a double bed, a living area with a dining table, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with shower. The kitchen and the bathroom are untouched and the old initial constructions can be distinguished, such as the ponds that were used to collect water that drained from the rock.

Vine house accommodates two people at the double bed and two more people on the double sofa bed. The outdoor yard has a beautiful large marble table with wooden benches, and a barbeque ideal to enjoy lunch or dinner with nice sea and Mountain View. Experience the unique cave pool Jacuzzi of the Vine house and enjoy sunbathing under the Greek sun.

All the old vines that decorate the outdoor areas of the house were found at the basement of the house, probably there were used as mold for the arches of the cellar.

  • Vine House

  • Vine House

  • Vine House

  • Vine House

  • Vine House

Jardinière House


Jardinière house is 40 square meters and has its entrance from the street (the old river) next to a beautiful jardinière with an agape tree and geraniums.

The house has a nice furnished patio which connects the main house with the kitchenette and the bathroom with shower. It also offers a hydro massage pole for relaxation hours and a dining table. Small stairs lead to the terrace, which has a panoramique view to the sea and the Mountain of Ancient Thira and is ideal for sunbathing.

The indoor house offers a bedroom with a double bed, a living room with a dining table and a walking-closet, which used to be the old kitchen.

There is a separate independent fully equipped kitchenette which remained also untouched from the initial construction.

The house can accommodate 2 people at the double bed and 2 more people at the twin sofa beds. The house is ideal for families and couples.

  • Jardinière House

  • Jardinière House

  • Jardinière House

  • Jardinière House

  • Jardinière House

Olive House


Olive House belongs to the castle houses; they are semi-detached and located on the same level. Each house has two entrances; the main entrance is from the castle and a second entrance from the hill side, further up the first stone houses (Vine, Opuntia & Jardinière houses).

Olive house has an area of 48 sq. m. and has a private balcony with beautiful view. On the lower level, they share a common terrace with Oleander House with garden and sunbeds, a cave with a pool Jacuzzi, a toilet with a shower and a sitting area with a fridge and a coffee machine.

Olive House has one bedroom with a double bed and a sofa/bed, a bathroom with shower and a living room with a kitchenette, a sofa/bed and a dining table.

Olive House can accommodate up to 3 guests.

Special Feature of the Castle Houses is the absolute quietness and beautiful Mountain View, village and sea view.
  • Olive House

  • Olive House

  • Olive House

  • Olive House

  • Olive House

Oleander House


Oleander House belongs to the castle houses; they are semi-detached and located on the same level. Each house has two entrances; the main entrance is from the castle and a second entrance from the hill side, further up the first stone houses (Vine, Opuntia & Jardinière houses).

Oleander house has an area of 42 sq. m. and has a private balcony with beautiful view. On the lower level, they share a common terrace with Olive House with garden and sunbeds, a cave with a pool Jacuzzi, a toilet with a shower and a sitting area with a fridge and a coffee machine.

Oleander House has one bedroom with a double bed and a sofa/bed, a bathroom with shower and a living room with a kitchenette, a sofa/bed and a dining table.

Oleander House can accommodate up to 3 guests.

Special Feature of the Castle Houses is the absolute quietness and beautiful Mountain View, village and sea view.
  • Oleander House

  • Oleander House

  • Oleander House

  • Oleander House

  • Oleander House

Agape House


Agape is also a castle house located at the top of Mesana stone houses. It has a private entrance from the castle (fortified medieval Kastelli) with a veranda at the internal side of the castle. The veranda has a sitting area with shade during morning time and a shower.

The house has an area of 40 sq. m, a living room with a kitchenette, a sitting area and two sofas (single that can sleep a child and double bed sofa). There is also a bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom with shower.

The house can accommodate from 2 to 4 adults plus a child.

There is a separate independent fully equipped kitchenette which remained also untouched from the initial construction.

The house can accommodate 2 people at the double bed and 2 more people at the twin sofa beds. The house is ideal for families and couples.

Special Feature of the Castle Houses is the absolute quietness and beautiful Mountain View, village and sea view.
  • Agape House

  • Agape House

  • Agape House

  • Agape House

  • Agape House

  • Agape House

House of Joy


A beautiful semi-detached apartment of 75 sq. m. interior spaces, is constructed with high standard materials and stone. It offers an ideal environment for couples, families and/or group of friends that aim to enjoy summer holidays in a peace and quiet environment only 300 meters from the famous black beach of Perivolos.

The house offers two double bedded bedrooms, a bathroom with bathtub, a living room with a sofa (can be used as a double bed sofa as well), a dining table and a fully equipped kitchen with oven, mini fridge, washing machine, A/C and heating equipment for the winter season. It’s beautiful and spacious 100 sq. m terrace is furnished and looks the beautiful Aegean sea and the mountain of Ancient Thira.

The house has a big garden with planted herbs, an outdoor space for parking and is within walking distance from the beach of Perivolos, at the area of Agios Georgios (the monastery of Saint George).

  • House of Joy

  • House of Joy

  • House of Joy

  • House of Joy

  • House of Joy

Location


Located at the South part of the island, Emporio is close to:

  • • the best beach of the island (black beach of Perivolos) 2 km away
  • • Ancient Thira Archaeological site 3 km
  • • Vlychada beach 5 km where Santorini arts factory is located
  • • Akrotiri village-Archaeological site & Red beach 6 km
  • • Pyrgos village-Unique Médiéval Kasteli 5 km
  • • Perissa village with taverns and bars by the sea

On the island of Santorini there were five fortified castles: Fira (Skaros), Oia (St. Nicholas), Pyrgos, Emporio and Akrotiri (marked on the map of Joseph Pitton de TOURNEFORT published on 1717), probably created during the Venetian domination while around them the first settlements of the island were developed. These settlements – fortresses, where the inhabitants took refuge during raids, were usually built on hills. From these five castles only three survived, in relatively good condition, the castles of Pyrgos, Emporio and Akrotiri.

It is best preserved (without subsequent interventions) than the other two.

The core consists of about thirty buildings - houses, joined together to form a "wall" to protect the interior of the castle and the old (post-Byzantine) Church of Panagia Mesiani (has relief marble renovation inscription of 1645). In the castle there are two entrances - exits: the east and west. The remaining part of the old settlement was later developed almost circularly

The three castle houses located on the northeast side of the settlement, close to Panagia Mesiani, are part of the "wall" of the castle. These dual-aspect houses, have terrace and views to the side of the mountain (Prophet Elias) and the sea. Their entrance is on a dead end alley of the castle. The manner of construction (thick stone walls 80 to 100 cm) and their proximity to the old church, suggest that there are more than 350 years. This specific location, in a settlement with the exclusive use of all buildings as lodging, ensures absolute peace. The way of their construction and their arrangement guarantee effective and natural insulation and ventilation of the space all year round.

Every year on August 15th there is the "feast" of the Virgin Mary and all the surrounding streets are filled with believers on pilgrimage, but also foreign guests participating in the celebration that follows the Mass with many traditional snacks and plenty of local wine.

Noteworthy is the route from the main square (on the main road) up to the church and the castle houses through the west gate.

  • Map

Facilities & Services

  • Individual furnished houses
  • LCD Satellite
  • WIFI free Internet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Mini fridge
  • Cooker, toaster, coffee maker and boiler
  • Laptop on request
  • Private parking (limited space)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Towels & linen provided and changed every three days
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Welcome goods (house wine, fruits, coffee and tea)
  • The Vine house provides a private cave pool Jacuzzi & Olive and Oleander houses a shared pool Jacuzzi. The Jardinière & Opuntia provide an outdoor hydro massage pole
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Car/ moto rental services
  • Secretarial services
  • Concierge services (tailor made tours, boat tours and excursions)
  • Cooking lessons, crafting lessons and wine tours
  • Massage and wellness retreats

Contact Us

Our Contacts :

Phone: +30 6945701811, +30 6987391111, +30 2286081634

Email: santorinimesana@gmail.com

Address: Emporio 847 03, Santorini island, Greece.