Living Space

7 bedrooms:

Main house 4 bedrooms
Master bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with queen size bed and en suite shower room
Double bedroom with queen size bed
Twin bedroom
Shared bathroom

Well equipped kitchen
Sitting room (converted olive press) with wood burner and dining table for 18
Drawing room with wood burner and baby grand piano
Guest loo
Outside veranda with dining for 12-14 and sweeping views open to the garden on two sides

Annexe (attached to the main house, with a separate, external entrance) – 2 bedrooms
Double bedroom with king size bed and basin
Twin bedroom with basin
Shared shower room with washing machine

Pool house – 1 bedroom
Twin bedroom with outside shower and separate loo nearby, suitable for teens

Amenities

Swimming pool (11x5m) – partially heated in May or October
10 sun loungers and several umbrellas
BBQ (wood)
WiFi
Air conditioning in all bedrooms
Fans in all bedrooms
Board games (scrabble, backgammon, etc)
DVD and selection of DVD boxsets (local TV reception and choice of channels is limited)
A good selection of books

It is possible to charter a 67ft classic wooden yacht for day trips with a captain and skipper (up to 10 guests – subject to availability and payable locally).

EOT: applied for (Dec 2019)

Domestic Services

House manager / concierge
Daily maid service (2 hours per day, 6 days per week)
Gardener
Pool guy

On request, payable locally;
Cook
Yoga

Location

The villa is located in the Ropa Valley in central Corfu

15 minutes drive to Ermones beach, for a couple of bars and tavernas
15 minutes drive to Corfu Golf Club
20 minutes to Liapades beach, for boat hire
20 minutes to Rovinia beach, a hidden gem used by locals
20 minutes drive to Glyfada sandy (blue flag) beach, for watersports, tavernas and bars
30 minutes drive to Gouvea Marina, for charter yacht hire, tavernas and bars
1 hour 15 mins to Kassiopi

Transport

Fly to Corfu airport, the house is 30 minutes drive.

Car hire is recommended.

Local Information

The Ropa Valley stretches across a plain of about 2,500 acres in central Corfu, the house sits on a hilltop overlooking the valley and the vineyards of the famous Theotoki Estate, which produces high quality local wines and excellent olive oil (all organic), we recommend a wine tasting tour which are run daily, and, if interested, ask to see their world-famous archive.

The closest beach is 15 minutes drive on the west coast, Rovinia beach is a special place because it’s not easy to find so only used by locals and those ‘in the know’. The nearest restaurant is a 10 minute drive on the next hill, Ladokolla, is an excellent and fun taverna with music at the weekends, it’s a great family evening out.

There is wonderful walking directly from the house house which is located on the Corfu Trail, a 220km walking trail along the length of the island. It’s possible to join the trail from the bottom of the house drive and there is an interesting walk through the olive grove down to the beautiful St Onofrio Monastery (10 minutes walk or a 3 hour footpath loop).

Sailing companies can be found at Gouvea Marina, charter a boat and sail up to Agni for lunch or to San Stephano, down to Paxos or across the Corfu Channel to Albania. Or for those keen on golf, the islands only golf course is 15 minutes drive.

For children, Aqualand is 15 minutes drive, and there is a donkey sanctuary Doukades (20 minutes drive) run by an English lady – they welcome visitors, just remember to take carrots and apples!

Corfu Town is easily one of Greece’s most elegant towns and a fantastically lively example of Venetian architecture, with narrow streets, museums, galleries, great shops and even a cricket pitch! The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is so proud of its history, a visit here would be well worth it – the best parts can only be accessed on foot, so consider a walking tour in the evening. We have spent a fair amount of time in the town so we are well versed at what to do and where to go… just ask.

From Corfu Town Port you can catch a ferry or sea taxi to Parga in mainland Greece, Paxos (both are about an hour in a boat), or the wonderful Roman port ruins of Butrint in Albania. There are fast hydrofoils to each of these destinations.

Our View

This beautiful 18C Venetian manor house is a hidden gem, sitting on a hilltop amidst 4 acres of grounds and olive groves with outstanding panoramic views over the Ropa Valley and hillside villages, all the way across the Ionian Sea to the mountains of Albania.

Once used as a writers’ retreat, being here is very much a Durrell experience, in a part of the island that feels like old Greece. The villa has cool stone walls, traditional tiles and countless period features – including a 16th Century Orthodox chapel within the grounds. The interiors are tastefully decorated, with seven bedrooms, a traditional well equipped kitchen, a large and comfortable sitting room, and an elegant drawing room with grand piano with access to a covered veranda and outdoor dining area – this is a very comfortable home for entertaining.

There are several outdoor terraces, veranda’s and dining areas all set within a Mediterranean style garden, with a herb garden, olive trees, bougainvillea, jacaranda, plumbago and wild orchids growing everywhere. There are peaceful tucked away seating areas everywhere, from which to enjoy the view and relax listening to the goat bells while reading or drinking a glass of wine. The large fresh water swimming pool is set aside from the house with impressive views of the Ropa Valley, the pool house has a twin room perfect for teens.

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