The Artists' House

North East Corfu

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Web Ref: 2301
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  • Accommodation: Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, WiFi, CD) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom. Twin room (A/C) with en-suite bathroom (half bath). Cloakroom (washing machine).
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Shaded and open terraces. Shower. Private parking
  • Private, infinity swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This stylish villa’s intimate romantic charm and quiet elegance is perfectly complemented by stunning views across the sparkling Ionian Sea. The sun terrace and iridescent waters of the private, infinity pool are both wonderful places in which to relax and simply admire the gorgeous panorama spreading out ahead. Nestled high above the bays of Kalami, Kouloura and Aghios Stefanos, those sweeping vistas across to the dramatic Albanian mountains coalesce with the lush, green Corfiot hillsides tumbling down to the sea around the house.

Owned by Vangelis, a painter of Greek icons, the construction of The Artist’s House has been a true labour of love. His practised eye for detail and keen sense of the aesthetic has given rise to a unique property with a wealth of singular detail and various idiosyncratic touches.

Traditionally the colours blue and white are widely used in the decoration of many Greek buildings; the former often representing the sea (or the sky if the building has a religious purpose) and white reflecting the light and helping keep interiors cool. The Artist’s House uses both colours to good effect with a traditional, blue domed front door, thick whitewashed walls in the open plan living area and matching soft furnishings.

A large pergola has also been thoughtfully installed to one side, providing both shade from the midday sun and a lovely place from which to admire the constantly alternating cobalt tints of sea and sky reflected in the pool water.

With boat hire and four tavernas, nearby Kalami Bay (3.5km) is a lovely, blue flagged beach of fine shingle and translucent waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The bustling harbour village of Kassiopi (7km) has a wide selection of shops and amenities and the indented coastline between here and Nissaki is blessed with a wealth of picturesque tiny coves and bays that reward discovery.

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Great Things to Do Near The Artists' House

Drive the scenic route around the North East coast

First of all, drive north, past Kassiopi and on to Acharavi. Once you have arrived in Acharavi, and just after you pass the brick walled roundabout, turn left at the sign for Episkepsi and Agios Penteliminos. Drive through the villages of Episkepsi, Sgourades, Petalia, and finally mount Pantokrator on your way to the summit of Corfu. On the way back down again, pass through Strinilas, Spartilas and onto Pyrgi back down on the coastal road. Remember to take your swimwear with you, and stop in at Barbati at the end of your drive to swim in the magical blue flagged waters of this beautiful bay.

Take the youngsters to Aqualand Water Park

The largest in all of Greece, and just 10 minutes from Corfu town. Make the children the excuse and have a great time yourself on the slides and flumes.

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!

Venture out on a glass bottom boat

This is far more than just a trip on a glass bottom boat. As well as seeing the wonders of the Ionian sea, you'll also be taken to the amazing caves close to Ermones that can only be accessed from the sea, and then you will be left to enjoy the afternoon on Paradise beach - a huge expanse of white sand/shingle beach and aquamarine sea, no road, and only accessed by sea. Truly amazing. These trips leave from the village of Paleokastritsa daily.

Go for lunch over on Vidos Island

Vidos Island used to house an ancient Venetian fortress, later turned into the Corfu Alcatraz! Now, it is simply a beautifully tranquil spot to go for a walk, a quiet swim and a perfect setting for lunch with the beautiful view of Corfu town & it's fortresses in front of you. You catch the boats for Vidos in the car park at the old port, which you will find situated in front of the new fortress.

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.

Go hill walking along the many trails

The Spartillas to Ano Perithia via Mount Pantokrator is one of our favourites. Through the hills to the highest peak on the Island and visit the deserted hillside village of Ano Perithea for a delightful lunch in one of the 2 tavernas there along the way. Remember your camera!

Sail to the tiny island of Paxos

A truly idyllic Island unspoilt 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 the day visit

Visit another country - Albania!

There are organised day trips to this fascinating country. The cost of this trip is about €40 plus an additional €18 for the visa to enter the country. This is well worth the trip, to experience the culture of a country that is still completely un-commercialised. You can purchase tickets directly from the Ionian cruises office in the old harbour in Corfu town.

Step back in time and visit Old Perithia

Old Perithia (gr. Palaia Peritheia) is a deserted village. It is located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. It is strange driving in the mountains, coming across this deserted village with a few sheep and a couple of Tavernas in the middle! Even more interesting, walking around just wondering about those who used to live here. At one time 1,500 people lived in the village, now just 6 people remain tending the local flocks and looking after livestock.

Horse and carriage ride through Corfu's old town

For romantic couples, lovers of horses or for those who want to see Corfu town from a little higher up! This is a very popular way to see the sights of the town, and very easy on the legs!

Explore the Aghios Spiridon region 's nature reserve

Agios Spiridon is known in the North East of Corfu as a nature reserve. The reserve is just a short walk or drive along from the beaches. There are many butterflies and wild flowers and the fish swim up the canal and lay there eggs here. There is also a lagoon behind the resort - which does increase the number of mosquitoes in the area!

Saddle up and explore!

There are two horse riding schools along the NE coast of Corfu. One at Avlaki (Avlaki Horse Riding School) and one at Ano Korakiana (TrailRiders Corfu). Different rides are available for beginners and children. Those with experience will be taken on more demanding rides, through the olive groves and along the beach

Watching the world go by in Corfu town

The café at the Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris is probably the place to 'people watch' while enjoying a Ginger beer.

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.

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.

Enjoy the beach where princes and lords regularly visit!

Kerasia is a quiet cove situated between Kouloura and Agios Stephanos. It is mainly just one long sweeping beach and is quite stunning.There is just one Taverna and a scattering of villas. During lunchtime, the occasional day trip boat may arrive - but they soon depart! The Rothschild's have a holiday home on the headland - Prince Charles and Lord Sainsbury are regulars. It is an idyllic 'get away from it all' setting.

Explore the Aghios Spiridon region 's nature reserve

Agios Spiridon is known in the North East of Corfu as a nature reserve. The reserve is just a short walk or drive along from the beaches. There are many butterflies and wild flowers and the fish swim up the canal and lay there eggs here. There is also a lagoon behind the resort - which does increase the number of mosquitoes in the area!

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 Venetian's' 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.

A bookworm's delight - Lawrence Durrell's home

Visit the white house in Kalami. Home to the Durrell family back in the 40's, whilst Lawrence wrote his novel Prospero's Cell, and where Gerald created his novel, My Family and Other Animals, both a must read before heading of on holiday to Corfu. There is a taverna on the premises, which is a delightful stop-over to enjoy the scenery.

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