Main house (sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms):
Master bedroom with 4-poster Emperor size bed (6 ft 6″), en suite bathroom with walk in steam shower and access to terrace
Master bedroom with 4-poster king size bed and en suite bathroom with walk in shower
Two twin bedrooms with 3 ft beds and en suite shower rooms with large walk-in showers
Two double bedrooms with king size beds and en suite bathrooms
Kitchen/breakfast room leading to outside covered dining area
Sitting room with dining area
Shower room with loo
Gym/sitting area with television
Shower room with steam shower
Venetian Tower with a desk
The terrace runs the length of the south side of the house with comfortable wicker sofa and chairs
Several outdoor dining options
Cottage (sleeps 4 in one bedroom plus sofa bed, suitable for teens):
Twin bedroom (3 ft beds)
Sitting room with sofa bed
Kitchen (no dishwasher)
Swimming pool 14x7m, freshwater (it is possible to heat the pool out of season, payable on top)
Pavillion children’s shallow pool raised above main pool
Outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub
Outdoor table tennis
Sandy boules area
Outdoor BBQ area
Air conditioning in all bedrooms
Ceiling fans in bedrooms and main living rooms
Flat screen 36″ TV with full Sky Satellite package
Gym with 3 machines
DVD/home cinema system
Food hamper on arrival
Wood burning oven
Outdoor fridge and ice making machine
Hairdryers in every bedroom
NB Hot tub and Sauna: reasonable usage cost is included in rent, otherwise payable locally for extra usage
Maid service 6 days a week (4 hours per day or longer if necessary)
Maid will prepare a continental breakfast and tend vegetable garden – guests will receive fresh vegetables
Chef and assistant for one additional meal, 6 days per week, included in the cost of the house in July and August (ingredients payable locally)
Concierge, for booking arrangements and household shopping
Florentine House is in North East Corfu above Kerasia beach
Sinies is a 5 minute walk away, where there’s a well-stocked supermarket
Kerasia taverna and beach is a 10 minute walk down from the villa, with a jetty to moor a hire boat (walk back up is steep but manageable for the fit and able)
Avlaki and Agni beaches are both a short drive
Kassiopi is a 15 minute drive
Corfu Town is 40 minutes by car
Fly to Corfu from all London and most regional airports. The house is a 40 min drive. Hire car essential, we can arrange to have the cars delivered to the house.
Corfu, famed for it’s glorious greenery and luscious interior, has become an immensely popular and luxurious destination. This divine island offers stunning beaches, great night life, delectable restaurants and boat hopping between small and quaint tavernas meaning that even the most restless of pleasure seeker will be happy!
The north east coast is full of outstanding bays and white pebbled coves, higher up, away from the coast the interior is home to birds of prey, rare flora and rural simplicity. Water sports a-plenty can be found on Kalami.
This is a fine place to spend a family holiday or with a close group of friends, potter into town for delicious local delicacies, take a small boat from to a tiny taverna for a long, lazy lunch of fresh fish and come home to a delicious dinner under the stars.
One of the greatest pleasures of this gorgeous, wooded stretch of coast is that the sea-fronted properties are so accessible by boat. You can spend your mornings stopping off to swim at one or other pebbly cove, admiring the views of mainland Albania before seeking out a new taverna for lunch. Most of the tavernas have their own wooden jetties and their owners will wave you in, catch your rope and tie up your boat before handing you their menu.
After spending a joyful 2 weeks at this house with my family I have decided that it’s one of my very favourite villas in our portfolio. The place works brilliantly for families and the children were so happy running around the garden, playing ping pong or boules in the evening as well as lounging in that gorgeous hot tub.
We would walk down the hill in the morning to Kerasia beach to collect the boat, tootle around the corner for a swim or ski, then find a lovely taverna for lunch before pottering off for a snorkle. After ice creams in Kerasia we would wander back up the (steep) hill before jumping in a power shower and sampling scrummy mojitos before supper.
The house has been sympathetically built into the imposing rock face. The stone masons’ hard work really shows both inside and out, from the beautiful arches, walls and floors inside to the designer terracing in the garden. Each original stone has been hand sculpted and shaped so that the building and garden are both wonderfully natural.
Bedrooms are big and comfortable – there are two master bedrooms (one on the ground floor and the other on the lower floor with all the other rooms) and the underfloor cooling system was a nice change to air con.
The house compliments its environment and the 2 hectare garden boasts little rooms, beautiful planting, stunning ancient olive trees around which the terracing has been laid.
A fantastic base in the best part of the island, you will be as delighted as we were by the seclusion and secrecy of the place while being close to beaches and tavernas if the mood takes you.
The pool area is big and dreamy – we tended to eat outside by the house rather than by the pool as it was easier with the comings and goings. I spent a fabulous afternoon on my own by the pool as the children all went on the boat… but I don’t think I could do that every day!
Since our visit the owner has built a little cottage at the entrance. And it is so nice to have a concierge who you can call to help you book tables and for beach recommendations. We loved this area and the views from the house got us through the winter.