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  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall.  Living room with fireplace (TV, DVD, WiFi). Dining room. Library. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Cloakroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room (washing machine).
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C, fridge) with en suite bathroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom (A/C). Single bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Barbecue. Shaded and open terraces. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (14m x 4m) with Roman steps.

We feel very privileged to be able to include such a distinguished residence in our programme. Originally owned by an aristocratic family some two hundred years ago, Arhondikó, meaning mansion, is an impressively grand villa with a unique and fascinating history. Photographs in the library show two gentlemen in front of the house - one is Constantinos Karamanlis, the first Prime Minister of Greece in modern times; the other is the former owner of the property who was his close confidante.

First glimpse of Arhondikó through the domed gateway reveals a splendid rosy-hued façade and grounds of some grandeur. This beautifully renovated nineteenth century country house has retained all the charm and elegance of times gone by whilst benefitting from many modern conveniences. It also has an excellent location being a 500 metre walk from a taverna (open evenings only) and a minimarket (800m), with sandy beaches including Ermones (1.5km) and Mirtiotissa (1.8km) also easily accessed.

Guests staying at Arhondikó will doubtless enjoy many a lingering meal on the splendid wisteria covered terrace that overlooks the generous size pool and takes in stunning views of the mountains.  Elsewhere, pretty gardens and shaded terraces provide quiet space for reading and relaxation.

The interior is a lovely mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. A welcoming split level living room full of inviting sofas has an imposing whitewashed wooden ceiling, an attractive writing desk and carved wooden trunk adding elegant touches. Pretty terracotta pots lead the way to the pool, antique botanical prints adorn the spacious, traditional kitchen while the dining room has a beautiful old dresser and decorative plates adorning the walls above the doors (a popular Ionian Island custom). A snug library acts as a secondary reception area.

From every vantage point there are fantastic views of the Ropa Valley, covered with orchards, fields and trees of every description, the distant hills glowing pink at sunset. Unique on Corfu, this is the largest area of flat land which, having a small river along its entire length, makes it incredibly fertile and rich in birdlife. Further along the coastline, beaches of beautiful golden sand are punctuated by hillsides blanketed in a patchwork of green, twisted rock formations and atmospheric sea caves.

For the more active party members Ermones 18 hole golf course (with its excellent restaurant) is a ten minute drive away, whilst horse riding, kayaking and hiking are all popular pastimes in the vicinity. Or why not enjoy a homely pleasure and pack a picnic, head to the coast, select a choice piece of seashore and simply bask in the sunny solitude!

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Great Things to Do Near Arhondiko

Take a trip to the monastery of Mirtiotissa

Not easy to find, but well worth the effort. Head out of the village of Vatos, towards Glyfada, and look out for the signposts nailed onto the olive trees along the right hand side of the road. Remember your map, but don't worry if you forget your swimming costume, as the beach at Mirtiotissa is the only naturist beach on the Island!

Play Golf!

This really is an excellent course, the oldest and currently one of only half a dozen in all of Greece! We have the British to thank for this, for it was created during the time of the British occupation of the Island. You’ll find the golf course close to Ermones on the Ropa Valley.

Enjoy a little retail therapy!

The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston, house small shops of every commercial nature. Dominated by the 'gold shops'. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewelry in gold - this coupled with competitive prices may tempt you. Among the bustle, look out for those shops and stalls selling local items like wild honey, fig cakes and handmade lace.

Take some kodak moments from the Old Fort

Otherwise known as Paleo Frourio, construction on Corfu's Old Fort began in the 8th century, and this structure has served to protect Corfu Town throughout various historically significant conflicts. Much has been contributed to the fort over the years, with the Venetians adding a moat in the 16th century and the British adding various buildings inside the fort such as the church during the 19th century. Magnificent views over the city are available from the top of the fort, which is one of the islands most popular historical attractions.

Visit Paleokastritsa (easier to get there than to say it!)

Pa-le-o-ka-str-it-sa (pronunciation: just let it roll off the tongue!) is set around three main bays. It is famous for being Corfu's most treasured beauty spot; beware it can become busy in high season. Luxury yachts sail in to admire the back drop of the beautiful green hills around Paleokastritsa.The best way - for the views, is to go via the Troumpetas pass. Look on your map for Skipero (which is on the main Sidari road). The pass is just above.

Set sail for Paxos

A truly idyllic Island, very unspolit and full of olive trees! Paxos is a tiny Island, with only 3 small coastal villages, and of course a very famous little sister in Anti-Paxos (small Paxos!) where the beach resembles the white sand of the Caribbean. Well worth a day's visi

Sip wine in Agias Mattheos

Home of some of the best locally produced wines in Corfu just drive into the old village, park (abandon like the locals do) your car and knock on one of the doors that are signposted local wines - Yammas!

Visit Lake Korission at the southern tip of the Island

Go for a walk around the lake, watch the winsurfers just off the huge expanse of golden sandy beach, and explore the nearby Gardiki castle – a busy day out for all the family. And right on your doorstep too!


If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, go to Alonaki beach where the water is sublimely clear. I’ve been told that it’s particularly nice to snorkel at either end of the bay, near to the protective rocks that create such a perfect bay.

Benitses Shell museum

Not to be missed by all shell lovers, this extremely impressive collection is lovingly curated and features shells from not only the Ionian sea, but from all over the world. The children will love it too.

Go ride a bike!

There are a number of dedicated cycle trails all over Corfu, enquire at the ‘Giant’ mountain bike shop in Dassia for a map and information on bike hire locally. What better way to enjoy the scenery?

For those who would like to know more about the cuisine here on Corfu

Try bourdetto, one of the many local dishes created here on Corfu. Bourdetto is a spicy fish stew made from freshly caught scorpion fish. Be warned though, you have to eat this dish with your fingers and a lot of bread for the salsa (sauce), as it is a very bony fish, and is far too fiddly to try to eat with a knife and fork, so eat it the local way!.

Visit Pontokinissi (Mouse Island)

What a lovely way to spend a half day, take a trip out to the Kanoni peninsula and enjoy a coffee on the waterfront café there, next to the Vlahernon monastery, which is also an Island, but has been connected to the Kanoni Peninsular by a small causeway. It's from this small causeway that you take the regular boat crossing over to Pontikinissi about a 5 minute boat trip away. Don’t forget your swimming gear, as you can easily have a lovely swim here.

Take Corfu Town's little train

For a fabulous view of all the best landmarks. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sight-seeing! The little train leaves from the Liston every day, practically on the hour. This is great fun for all the family, and should not be missed.

In July & August, many of the local villages hold evening festivals

with local produce and then a communal meal is prepared with everyone joining in.



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