Today we travel to the sunny shores of the Aegean island, Santorini, where Villa Fabrica stands whitewashed and beautiful.

Located in Pyrgos, Santorini, under the historically significant Castle of Pyrgos, Villa Fabrica is a hill-side property restored from an old wine factory. With meticulous care and attention paid to restoring and renovating the property in honour of its heritage, architect Yannis Kaklamanis worked with civil engineer Christos Kaklamanis of Palimpset. Years of research prefaced the restorations. The team endeavoured to allow Villa Fabrica to marry perfectly with the surrounds, the medieval narrow streets, fortified walls and narrow passageways.

The use of old style, polished cements in combination with eco-friendly materials blends the old with the new. The flooring was painstakingly created by local craftsmen blending colours with cement to create the unique matte treatment. Incredibly, the existing machinery is preserved and integrated into the new living spaces as sculptural artworks. The loft-style villas are simple in their design, with clean lines and bright white wall treatments emphasised throughout. The spaces allow for a splendour of natural light, helped by gorgeous high ceilings. With the spectacular views of the coast, too much interior detailing would merely distract from the abundance of surrounding natural beauty and calm.

Guests can book the entire villa complex for special functions. The property itself can be split into two separate private villas as needed also. With generous outdoor spaces offering 2 pool terraces and an array of alfresco arrangements for more private outdoor sittings, it’s feeling a little tough being in Melbourne today!

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