Countrystyle Villa in Northeast Corfu
At a Glance
Set in an elevated hillside position, this impressive estate is in a fantastic location on the east coast of Corfu. Surrounded by neighbouring olive groves, absolute privacy, peace and tranquility are all ensured and yet the property is conveniently just a 20 minute drive from Corfu Town and the airport, and 10 minutes from the alluringly clear waters of Barbati Bay. And let’s not forget the stunning 360 degree views inland over the beautiful cypress-studded Corfiot country side, the lovely east coast and across the crystal blue sea to the Greek mainland.
The property is set within 13,000 sqm of land that includes an extensive olive grove – more than 100 mature olive trees that provide excellent virgin olive oil. The immaculately manicured and well-stocked gardens (as featured in the book ‘Gardens of Corfu’) as well as the pool area are an absolute delight. There are areas laid to lawn, wonderful mature native shrubs, flowers and trees all around and an automatic irrigation system runs throughout the property.
The pool area is set within the olive grove and enjoys a mix of both direct sunlight and dappled shade from the trees. The infinity pool is 15m x 4.5m, and the view from here is of the wonderful unspoilt olive groves and cypress tree woods. A pavilion overlooking the pool with seating on 3 sides is a fantastic spot to sit and relax or dine alfresco. From the pavilion, there are steps that lead to a pool changing area, that comes complete with a WC and shower/washing facilities plus fridge and sound system.
The property offers a total of 445.10 sqm of living space – the main house of 364.94 sqm, an independent cottage of 55.76 sqm and the pool house of 24.4 sqm. Built using only the highest quality of materials throughout, the main house has a classic Mediterranean style, with large wooden windows and French windows, wooden shutters and a roof of mellow antique tiles. There are covered terraces on all sides that provide extensive exterior seating; and although it was only constructed ten years ago, the overall effect is of a grand old Corfiot manor house.
Gentle cobbled steps lead to the main front door which opens into an extremely spacious ground floor hallway with a broad staircase to the upper level as well as leading off to the main living spaces in three directions. There is a lobby area with cloakroom and guest WC with an antique marble basin. The very large (8m x 6m) living room is stunning – light and airy with access to the covered terraces on three sides, making this the perfect space for both indoor/outdoor living. The whole interior has beautiful cypress flooring throughout, and this living area features a classical Greek wooden panelled ceiling and a large working open fireplace. Two steps down from this living area is the study. This wonderful room, with working fireplace, has built-in bookcases and is the perfect spot for use as an office, study, or just relaxing and watching TV. This room has two south facing windows and French doors that lead out to a private corner terrace. With its secluded location within the property and its privacy, this outside area can also be used as a massage area.
There is a fully fitted modern kitchen that has elegant blond wood work surfaces and extensive cupboards and storage spaces. A low interior wall discreetly separates the kitchen from the intimate dining area. This kitchen/dining area also has large French doors on 3 sides that lead out to stone paved terraces. The east facing terrace, which is shaded by a bamboo awning, is a wonderful exterior dining area that enjoys magnificent views to the mainland as well as the bay to Corfu Town. A doorway from the kitchen leads to a fully equipped utility and laundry room, and from here, there is access to the northern facing terrace, a further exterior storage room/wine cellar. Accessed via two steps down from the hallway we find a guest bedroom – a spacious double with ensuite bathroom, fitted wardrobes and French doors leading to a private terrace that has direct access to the pool area.
The upper level is accessed via a broad staircase and leads to a large, well-lit landing. There are 3 rooms on this level, 2 bedrooms and a further ‘box room’ that is ideal for use as storage. The Master Suite comprises a dressing room that offers extensive built-in cupboards over two walls as well as built-in book shelves. There is a bathroom with bathtub, separate shower and bidet, and the spacious bedroom has access to its own large balcony that boasts spectacular views across to the mainland. The other bedroom on this level is a spacious double with ensuite shower room. It also has extensive built-in cupboards and French windows out onto a balcony with beautiful westerly views across the olive groves to the mountains. Situated off the passageway that links the two bedrooms is the 'box room' that has shelving on both sides and which is ideal for linen and other household storage.
Set within the olive grove and approximately 30m from the main house, there is a self-contained cottage. This offers a further large studio bedroom with ensuite shower room. There is a private terrace and direct access to the pool area through the olive grove. There is also a separate storage room (5,50m x 2,40m) that is ideal for storing larger items.
Some of the other main property features include:
· Exceptional insulation throughout ensuring the main property is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
· Oil powered central heating.
· Air-conditioning in all bedrooms and the study, as well as ceiling fans in all bedrooms, main rooms, the main covered terrace and in the pool pavilion.
· Solar panels for hot water with an electrical back up if required.
· A machine room for the tank, boiler and all other mechanical equipment, and a sophisticated computerized system for the various modes of power
· A comprehensive alarm system throughout the main house with CCTV which can be monitored remotely covering the entrance and driveway.
The house is connected to the mains water main as well as having a water cistern under the main terrace of approx. 70m3, which collects rain water from the roofs. Water and sewage from the main house drain into two interconnected septic tanks. The cottage and pool bathroom have separate septic tanks. All the tanks work on a purifying ‘soak-away’ system and do not require emptying.