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Fundana

Liapades, Paleokastritsa, Corfu

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Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 1 Double Bedroom
  3. 2 Twin Bedrooms
  4. 3 Bathrooms
  5. Air Conditioning
  6. WiFi
  7. Beach 6.3km
  8. Minimarket & Taverna 3.6km
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  • All on one level: Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, WiFi) with doors to pool terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with en suite shower room and doors to terrace. Twin (can be a double) bedroom (A/C) with doors to pool terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to pool terrace. Two shower rooms. Washing machine.
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Dining terrace. Sun terrace. Shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4m).

A calming serenity and palpable sense of history pervade this lovely, unspoilt setting. Nestled in the grounds of one of Corfu’s most historic country estates, delightful Fundana enjoys gorgeous far-reaching views over wooded hillsides to Mount Pantokrator, the picturesque hillside village of Doukades, rugged shores of southern Albania and distant Greek mainland.

Meandering up to the entrance through banks of bougainvillea, hibiscus, laurel, almond trees and medieval olive-groves you could be forgiven for thinking you have stepped back in time. Once the home of celebrated Greek landscape painter Angelos Giallina, the 17th Century Venetian manor house (now a small boutique hotel) which oversees the estate, also featured prominently in the 1987 BBC TV series “My family and other animals” as ‘the strawberry-pink villa’ belonging to the Durrell family.

You own private retreat in this most appealing of settings, Fundana’s sympathetic architecture, sleek contemporary lines and judicious use of local materials house a cool, crisp interior that takes its cue from the natural environment; soothing shades of cream, pale grey and slate blue with white marble and warm accents of sandy natural sandstone create an appealingly minimalist aesthetic. Thoughtfully appointed and with an equitable balance of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, Fundana is ideal for laid-back summer living.

Outside, shaded by the boughs of an ancient olive tree, the dining terrace and inviting swimming pool both take full advantage of uninterrupted views across the valley. Referred to by many as ‘Corfu’s own Lake District’ the surrounding paths and hiking trails reveal a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna that includes over twenty different species of wild orchids and equally numerous species of butterfly. Two scenic nature trails can, in fact, be started directly from the estate itself; one leading to the ancient Monastery of Saint Onufrio, the other fringing the important wetland habitat of the Ropa Valley.

Considered one of the most attractive coastal towns in Corfu, nearby Paleokastritsa (6.5km) boasts a substantial selection of amenities including tavernas, sophisticated beach bars, numerous minimarkets and shops. Exceptional scenery backs its many horseshoe-shaped beaches where various water sports including pedalos, scuba diving, fishing trips, boat hire and visits to the Blue Caves are all available.

Even closer to home, sleepy Doukades (5.1km) has an appealing handful of family-owned tavernas while the village of Makrades (12km) is ideal for traditional souvenirs such as lace, olive wood handicrafts and locally produced honey.

  • One of the twin bedrooms can be prepared as double on request – please ask at time of booking.
  • Property licence number: 0829K070A0184600.

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Location of Fundana

Locality

Great Things to Do Near Fundana

Theotoki winery estate

Why not take a trip to this famous wine making estate on Corfu, for some wine tasting and a tour to see the process from the vine to the bottle. 

Take Corfu Town's little train

For an alternative view of all the best landmarks (and a chance to rest your feet!) take the little road train which leaves hourly from the Liston every day. Great fun for all the family.

Visit the Achilleion Palace

One of the most famous royal mansions in Europe, some consider the Achilleion Palace to be the most important architectural landmark in Corfu. Built in 1890, entirely at the expense of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (also known as Sisi), the palace acted as a quiet retreat for this controversial historical figure. You can stroll through the lovely gardens dedicated to her hero Achilles or simply enjoy the stunning architecture.

A fun day out at Aqualand

Corfu Aqualand, near to the village of Agios Ioannis, just 20 minutes from the house, is one of the largest water parks in Europe and features 51 slides, several pools, a lazy river and a wide variety of other water attractions. There's something for all ages here and it is a great way to keep the whole family entertained.

Sail over to Paxos

Paxos is a tiny unspoilt idyllic island, full of olive trees and oozing with charm. There are just three coastal villages with Gaios being the most well-known. Well worth a day's visit.

Horse Trekking

Not far from the house is the Trailriders Horse Trekking Centre, located 2km south of the village of Ano Korakiana. Nestled in the foothills of the Pantokrator mountain range, the area is a haven for horseback trekking with miles of farm tracks shaded by olive trees and natural woodland. The stables cater for all abilities.

A day at the beach

Spend a day at Agios Spiridon beach, one of the quietest and most beautiful beaches on the northeast coast of Corfu.  Long and sandy with crystal clear waters and lush greenery it is easy to see why Agios Spiridon has been awarded a Blue Flag. There are sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities along with several restaurants.

Monastery of Paleokastritsa

On a hill above the beach of Paleokastritsa this Byzantine Monastery, built in 1225, is one of the oldest in Corfu.  The views from the monastery are stunningly dramatic and beautiful, due partially to this, it is one of the most visited of the island’s religious sites.  It is also steeped in history and has a small museum of icons, books, souvenirs and memorabilia.  For anthropologists, there is also a magnificent skeleton of a whale.

The Canal d'Amour of Sidari

The name Canal d’Amour (channel of love) comes from an ancient legend that says if two persons swim here together they will fall in love. The rocks that compose the Canal d’Amour have been carved by the sea and wind over many centuries. Nature’s great masterpiece has the look of a lunar landscape, somewhat unique in the Mediterranean Sea. There is also a small beach here (arrive early to secure a spot).

Play a round of golf

You'll find the island's 18-hole golf course close to Ermones on the Ropa Valley (west of Corfu Town). This excellent course (one of only half a dozen in all of Greece!) was created by the British during their time of occupation.

The Big Red Bus

Drive down to Corfu Town and pick up the Big Red Bus from the port. This relatively new service is an open-topped, 'Hop On / Hop Off' bus that takes you on a guided tour all around Corfu Town and the outlying areas. It’s a great way to see and hear about the Town's history and highlights.

Snorkelling

Take a trip down south to Alonaki beach where the water is sublimely clear and protective rocks create a perfect bay ideal for snorkelling.

Sail on a glass bottom boat

Leaving Paleokastritsa daily over the main season, you'll see amazing undersea wonders, visit incredible caves close to Ermones that can only be accessed from the water, and enjoy an afternoon on Paradise Beach - a huge expanse of white sand/shingle beach and aquamarine sea also only accessible by boat.

Cape Drastis

Head up to the northernmost point of the island to discover the unique natural landscape and tranquillity of Cape Drastis. These weirdy shaped cliffs with tiny sea caves and peculiar rock formations also have a few sandy strips in between them. When climate conditions allow you can visit by boat, however, you can also go by car and see it from above. Be aware that the winds can blow quite strongly here and it is therefore not recommended for young children.

Take a dip in the pool

Have fun in the enticing large pool, play games with the kids, enjoy a swim or just chill out on a lilo!

Nearby

Towns/Villages

Doukades 10 mins 
Paleokastritsa 15 mins 
Giannades 15 mins 
Gouvia 20 mins 
Ipsos 25 mins 
Makrades 25 mins 
Corfu 30 mins 

Beaches

Paleokastritsa 15 mins 
Liapades 15 mins 
Rovinia 15 mins 
Limni Glyko 15 mins 
Agios Spiridon 15 mins 
Akron 15 mins 
Ipsos 30 mins 

ports

Corfu 30 mins 

Airports

Corfu 30 mins 
Times are approximate

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