A COUPLE has told how they transformed a World War 2 bunker into a luxurious cave home that boasts breathtaking sea views.
Kostas Mauromatis and his wife Nantia Kakaounaki initially converted the cave below their home in Greece as a space to cool down during the hot summer months.
The cave – which dates back to 1850 – was used as storage space for years until 2007 when the pair started working on its transformation.
Located in the picturesque village of Kaliviani in Crete, the cave is now a modern studio with all the mod cons – including stunning sea views.
The owners said what used to be a WW2 bunker is now “the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, a unique experience.”
Nantia told The Sun: “The cave was initially above the main residence and used as a storage for agricultural products, hay, oil and wine.
“During WW2, many locals used it as a refuge to shelter from the bombings.
“My husband had the idea to turn it into a flat 18 years ago while keeping the natural rock intact.
“His inspiration was a childhood image, his great-grandmother sleeping on a small wooden bed in a corner of the cave to cool down during the hot summer months – so we thought ‘why not?’”
Hidden below the main residence, the 650sq ft cave home is carved into the rock and has wooden doors and ceilings.
The studio comes with a fully equipped kitchen, double bed, private bathroom, a sofa and a terrace and has a TV, WiFi and aircon.
It’s big enough to host up to 10 people and visitors have access to the property’s garden and swimming pool.
Listed among the top Airbnbs in Greece, Nantia says visitors- mainly Americans- are usually left “speechless” after seeing the cave.
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