About the property
- House538 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 nights
1850's traditional cave house with sea view
Welcome home to Fava!
An unforgettable experience. Our goal is to make you feel that Fava is your own home and Santorini, your island.
The Fava Eco-Residences are housed in a group of splendid and unique captain houses of the mid 19th century, located at the highest point of the traditional village of Finikia. The architects and owners of the property started the rebuilt in the 1980’s with love and devotion and they transformed the properties into a spacious and modern, though with respect to the original traditional form, complex of summer houses. Today, the villas offer their hospitality in individual fully furnished houses of various size and aesthetics. They offer a sense of 19th century history, combined and harmonized with modern amenities and serviced by 24/7 concierge staff, located in the heart of the most picturesque and virgin from the tourist development village of the island. Fava is just a stone's throw from the magnificent Oia and away from the crowds and noise. During the reconstruction there were used methods following the bioclimatic sustainable vernacular architecture and materials which are eco-friendly with low embodied energy. All houses have wonderful views over the village, the famous sunset of the island and the Aegean Sea with the close by Ios, Sikinos and Folegandros islands on the horizon.
All houses have daily maid cleaning service and change of towels. Change of linen every two days.
Every morning, a traditional basket with local organic delicacies such as rusks, homemade grape or fig marmelade, thyme honey, butter, Santorinian tomatoes, cheese from Cyclades and a seasonal fruit will be delivered to your door.
A tray with warm dishes such as free range eggs, prepared by our staff according to your choice, local sausages of excellent quality and pancakes made in the traditional way of our island , will complete your GREEK BREAKFAST every day.
Estia Suite is a traditional gorgeous and stylish old style individual cave-house apartment of 50 m2 fitted with all the modern amenities, with 4 meter high vaulted ceilings. The apartment can accommodate up to 3 people in a large unified Canava room, it has one double bed and one single bed as well as a spacious autonomous bathroom, a comfortable fully equipped kitchen with a dining table and access to a totally breathtaking yard with Sea and Sunset View Terrace. The house is furnished with paintings depicting the history of the island. The old rainwater collection basin has been restored as it originally was and is displayed through a securite glass. The internal temperature varies from 21 to 24 Degrees Celsius throughout the summer period due to the bioclimatic vernacular construction of the residence. In the house you will also find Air-conditioning, 24-7 Wi-Fi access, plasma TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, CD player with Classical Music CD's and multilingual Books. Our concierge will be your private guide, whatever you might want to ask or need assistance to do.
A traditional handmade sweet will welcome you on your own Santorini house.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Antonis Gavalas
I am an Architect Engineer A.U.TH. and Environmental Consultant MA Architectural Association London, based in Athens and Santorini. Fava Residence is the vacation house i spent all my summers since i was born. A place that brings me back memories of the childhood years. It is a village where people still sleep with their doors open. An island blessed by God and damaged by nature. I will be happy to share this magic and breathtaking place with the prospect visitors.
Antonis Gavalas purchased this House in 2013
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Just What We Hoped For
We stayed at this amazing cave home for 4 days in July 2015. It is exactly what we had hoped Greece would be in a home! Travelling through a maze of other homes via cobblestone pathways, where you can encounter a donkey or two, we found the place. We were relieved it was exactly as the pictures show. Our Concierge (Gregory) was so very helpful and kind. He welcomed us and sat down with us to explain the sites we should try to experience while on Santorini. This house is a clean, relaxing, private, peaceful get-a-way from the busy town of Oia. We had a rental car while on the island which made it easier for us to get around and see the sights. Oia and Kathros Beach are a short car or motor scooter ride away. However, even if you do not have a car, there are many opportunities to arrange to see the sights by boat or tour bus. We enjoyed waking up every morning feeling refreshed while enjoying our breakfast on the patio. On occasion we were greeted by a couple of friendly neighbourhood cats which made this place feel more like home. We would highly recommend this place for friends, a couple or a small family. The view and the setting sun are lovely from the patio.
Lovely, local experience!
We stayed at the villa for 4 wonderful nights in September 2014. It was perfect for what we were looking for - something close to Oia without the craziness. Less than a 10 minute walk to Oia but a lovely local experience where you get to live in a traditional village in a traditional house. The place is exactly as shown - clean, comfortable and very roomy. We loved how quiet it was, our terrace where we have breakfast daily and of course the local flavor. We had dinner at the local restaurant which was delicious, had a house cat that hung outside and enjoyed saying hello to the locals. Very close walking to everything Oia but a great value for what you pay for.
We very much enjoyed Fava Estia Suites. The studio is located in Finikia just a few minutes away from Oia. It was nice to be just outside the hub of activities but close enogh to access it when we wanted. The property has just been renovated. Everything is new, with white washed walls and clean modern furnishings. Mr. Stathis, the concierge, met us at the property, and thoroughly explained everything we needed to know. He and his wife, Vassos (sp?), were available to answer any questions we might have. The owner, Antonis, was great to communicate by email and provided a lengthy recommendation of activities, beaches, restaurants, and shops. All is all, we had a magical week stay in Fava Estia Suite.
Dear Mrs Julia,
thank you so much for your kind comments.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay on our magical island and we hope to see you again in the future!
Antonis & Dora
Logement très bien situé dans village typique, éloigné de l'affluence touristique et seulement à 10 mn à pied d' OIA, Intérieur du logement type troglodytique très agréable, bien adapté. Gregory nous ayant donné de bons conseils pour découvrir votre magnifique île, nous avons pu profiter pleinement de nos journées et avec les bonnes adresses de tavernes données aussi par Gregory, nous avons goûté à beaucoup de spécialités locales. Séjour inoubliable et à recommander. M.Me Mouton (France)
The Finikia Village still creates the feeling of the good old Greece of the mid 20th century. The people here leave their houses doors open all day and night, are welcoming everyone who visits their area with warmth and it is so peaceful and tranquil, that during the night you hear only the wind and nothing else. Its spacious terraces make you feel like you fly over the Aegean Sea. On a good visibility day, you can see at least 10 other islands on the horizon. it is the balcony of the Aegean Sea. On the same time it is located only 5 minutes walking distance from the heart of Oia, totally avoiding the massive crowds of tourists. It is a place blessed by god and nature.