The Dantelo residences are owned today by the Danezi family, with three generations of grand history, marking the island's social and cultural heritage. Located in the centre of the island, in the picturesque traditional village of Messaria, the residences date back to the 19th century, originally built as a private merchant's home. In 1928 the house was donated to Michael Danezi, a great local philanthropist. He used the property to establish the first Eye Clinic on the island, which remained active until 1956. The clinic offered treatment to patients who suffered greatly from an eye disease, the trachoma, which devastated Santorini at the time. In 1974, the son and heir of Michael Danezi, John Danezi, turned the abandoned premises into a family summer residence.
In 2016 the third family generation transformed the premises into today's Dantelo Luxury Private Residences. Dantelo accomodates up to 14 people between the two villas, offered as one, or separately. Luxury amenities, original unique architectural features, exclusive interior design, antique furniture, rare artworks and environmental awareness, are all part of the Dantelo experience and ethos.
Messaria is considered one of the most unspoiled traditional villages on the island with live examples of bioclimatic architecture, some houses literally dug like caves inside the volcanic earth and others ingeniously constructed from volcano ash and stone. Several of its 19th century neoclassical mansions have been transformed into hotels or museums, others lie in romanesque ruins, reminders of Santorini's glorious past as a crossroad of cultures, ship owners, captains and merchants. Messaria was a rich agricultural village, surrounded by vineyards, once providing the majority of wine production of the island and also the birthplace of Santorini's industrial production in the early 20th century.
Messaria is located in the center of the island of Santorini, conveniently situated close to all beaches, villages, sightseeing and top interests of the island.
10 min drive from international airport in Monolithos
20 min drive from main port in Athinios
10 min drive to main town Fira (the famous Caldera)
20 min drive to world famous archaeological site of the prehistorical town of Acrotiri (ca 1350 BC)
15 min drive to outdoor cinema in Kamari (one of the top summer recreation activities)
10-20 min drive to the best island beaches such as Kamari, Perissa, Vlychada, Perivolos ( also departure locations for volcano visits & Caldera sunset cruises)
In 1930, a small chapel dedicated to Agia Varvara (St. Barbara) was built adjacent to the Eye Clinic premises for meditation, prayer and gratitude. Today it remains a private Chapel and is the only church on the island of Santorini dedicated to St. Barbara. Once a year, on the 4th of December, people from all over the island gather in Messaria to honor the saint and celebrate its consecration, in a magnificent ceremony circulating the Byzantine Icon of the saint around the village, culminating outside the central church of Agios Dimitrios for a big feast.
The Chapel architecture is typical of the Cycladic chapels in its size, simplicity and rigidity of forms, while its internal decor is marked by an ornate temple carved with vine leaves, egg-tempera icons and painted on wood by a famous hagiographer from Evia. Local wood carved furniture and antique chandeliers decorate the interior, all dating back to 1931.
The Danezis family has also enriched the Santorini culture with three successive scientific editions (1940, 1971, 2001) dedicated to Santorini arts & archeology, sciences & geophysics, nature & folklore culture, economy & history.
All three copies - now rare book editions and collectors' items - can be found in Dantelo for free study and consultation. Please contact us for book purchases.