On the west side of the harbor, on a hillside full of pine trees, stands the mansion of Paul Kountourioti. It consists of a main building, auxiliary buildings, garden and many courtyards.
The building is divided into three levels.
On the first level there are five storage spaces.
On the second level are two reception rooms, a dining room, the bedroom and the admiral's office, and three more bedrooms.
Afterwards, an impressive staircase made of marble, leads to the third level which includes reception areas and bedrooms. The roof of the building is out wood and the floors are covered with black and white marble slabs.
The first owner was George Kountouriotis who belonged to one of the richest families on the island. His grandson Paul, who inherited it, in the early 20th century started repairing the building, staying faithful however to the architectural elements.
In 1991 it was bought by the Ministry of Culture, in order to create a museum in honor of Kountourioti’s family and the post-Byzantine art and history of Hydra.