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House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Nautilus is a unique one bedroom holiday home within a 5000 square metre lushly planted private property situated at the heart of Corfu island. The property is ideally suitable for couples or families that enjoy being close but still far enough from the hustle and the bustle of the city centre and the main tourist areas. Conveniently located within a ten minute drive from Corfu town, five minute drive to Aqualand (Corfu's and one of Europe's biggest waterparks) and ten to fifteen minutes to the beautiful shores of the west of the island (Glyfada,Kontogyalos, Agios Gordios, Gyaliskari and Ermones) as well as an 18 hole golf course (Ermones-Corfu golf club) but still offering peace of mind with the quieteness of its immediate suroundings consisting mainly of green fields, gently sloped hills and a small residential area neighbouring with parts of the property.
The villa offers complete and total relaxation. Whether is by the pool on the sunbeds with their thick sunpads accompanied by a good book or inside the living room surfing wirelessly on the internet or watching a high definition movie on the 37" lcd tv , the choice is entirely up to you. In the process of building your dream vacation you can also find an air conditioner inside the bedroom with dehumidifier and bacteria filtration for a better quality of sleep as well as a 19" lcd tv. The living room amongst others has a blu ray player with usb playback in case you want to bring your favorite movies, pictures or songs as well as a satellite receiver for catching up with your favorite tv programmes or news from your home country. The kitchen has all the usual appliances for the nights or days that you will be staying in trying your cooking abilities. With its ample indoor and outdoor seating and lounging areas the villa was always meant for one thing: letting go!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pelekas Beach (Kontogyalos) 9 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Corfu International Airport I. Kapodistrias 8 km, Nearest railway: -|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Ionian Islands region
The temperate climate; the deep and cool sea waters; the mountains; the lush vegetation; the cultural heritage; and the cheerfulness of the inhabitants, make the Ionian Islands the ideal place for a holiday as well as rest and relaxation.
What is more, the traits of the Ionian Islands are perfectly combined with a flawless tourism infrastructure, excellent hotel accommodations, restaurants, diving centers, sea sports, cultural events, and a multitude of sights, historic monuments and museums worth visiting.
Scattered along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands as they are known, are an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometers. Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxi are the six, large Ionian Islands. Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands.
Together with the island of Kythira and the neighboring Antikythira the islands form the island cluster of Eptanisa. Nevertheless it should be noted that Kythira and Antikythira are completely cut off from the rest of the Ionian islands situated as they are across southern Peloponnese and the coast of Laconia.
Once, the Ionian Islands were part of Central Greece but were torn apart when the terrain sank due to the seismic activity along the great coastline fault of the Ionian Sea. This accounts not only for the ragged shores and hauntingly beautiful beaches but it also accounts for the islands' tall mountains, once part of the Pindos mountain range which crosses Central Greece. It also accounts for the great depth of the waters in the area which, at 4,406 meters, is the greatest in the Mediterranean.
The Ionian islands have a mild and temperate climate which makes them the ideal location for vacation or residence. In winter, the mountains of Central Greece stop the cold northern winds from reaching the islands while, in summer, the heat is tempered by the meltemia, the soft, northwestern winds, and the sea breezes. Due to the air currents prevalent on the Ionian islands, many of the island beaches have developed into internationally acclaimed windsurfing centers.
The Ionian Islands have been inhabited since Paleolithic times, have been through many invasions, and have received the influence of a variety of cultures.
The Ionian Islands were part of the Byzantine Empire until1204 when the Franks took over Constantinople and the Ionian Islands were eventually ceded to the Venetians. Under Venetian rule, the Ionian Islands formed their own local nobility whose register survived as late as the 19th century.
From the time of Frankish rule until 1864 when they were joined with Greece, the Ionian Islands were also ruled by a number of foreign conquerors. The presence of the Europeans on the Ionian Islands at a time when Greece was still under Ottoman rule gave rise to significant intellectual activity something that is still visible today both in the islands' architectural tradition as well as their charming cultural traits.
Where the Venetians, the French and the British used to live.
With the passage of time the island may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past . Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors.
Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantoúnia”, will make you feel as if you've travelled to Genoa or Naples.
Discover the most beautiful spots in the city of Corfu walking through:
• Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans, is the centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable works of French architecture. Here you can watch cricket games, or attend in musical concerts organised throughout the year.
• Listón, the city's trademark, where the aristocrats used to enjoy their evening promenades. The characteristic arcades form the most romantic background setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town's cosy cafés.
• The smart suburbs: Mandoúki, Garitsa and Sarókos.
The most important city's attractions bear eloquent witness to its rich history:
• The impressive 15th century Old Fortress, as well as the New Fortress.
• The Saint Michael and George Palace at the northern part of Spianáda, built during the British occupation.
• A considerable number of churches. The most imposing one is the city's Cathedral, the Church of St. Spyridon, the island's patron Saint, whose relics are kept here. The church's immensely tall bell tower certainly reminds us of that of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice. Four processions are held every year during which the body of Saint Spyridon is carried around the streets of the city (on Palm and Easter Sunday, on April 11th and the first Sunday in November). All the philharmonic bands of the city accompany the processions creating a remarkable awe-inspiring spectacle.
Call in at the city's fascinating museums:
• The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its kind, it was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but it was then enriched with other private collections.It is housed in Saint Michael and George Palace.
• Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds from the ancient city of Corfu.
• Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th to the 19th century.
• The Banknote Museum showcases a collection of Greek coinage from 1822 to the present day.
• Dionysios Solomos Museum: The national Poet of Greece left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important intellectual centre of the Ionian islands in those years. Solomos lived in a state of self-imposed isolation, and Corfu offered him the ideal environment to work on his studies in poetry. Today his house hosts a museum dedicated to his honour.
These five sites located around the city of Corfu used to be the aristocracy's favourites:
• Mon Repos Palace was built by the British Commissioner Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife. It is a small but beautiful palace with colonial elements, which today operates as a museum. In this luxurious dwelling, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Elisabeth the Second, was born in 1921. The park around the palace is ideal for long romantic walks.
• Kanóni (meaning canon) offers from its circular terrace an amazing view across the island of Pontikoníssi (meaning Mouse Island), one of the most photographed spots of Corfu! According to the legend, this rocky islet was a Phaeacian ship that was turned into stone.
• Paleópolis (at Mono Repos estate) stands where the Agora of the ancient city of Corfu was located. Admire the remains of several public buildings erected there along with sanctuaries, workshops and residencies.
• Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished to escape from the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.
The island where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa in one of Homer's Odyssey most celebrated scenes is a magical destination all year long: colourful music events, culinary feasts, religious festivals, carnival celebrations –known for their deep Venetian influences–, and the most joyful Easter in Greece form an exquisite mosaic of experiences.
Edward Lear vividly describes the magic of Corfu: “Anything like the splendour of olive-groves and orange-gardens, the blue of the sky, the violet of the mountain, rising from peacock-wing-hued sea and tipped with lines of silver snow, can hardly be imagined […]”.
And don't leave before you pay a visit to the nearby islands of Paxi and Antipaxi!
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11 Oct 2013
Costa picked us up from the airport at 11.30 in the evening, and collected us the following morning to collect our hire car. This person makes your stay fantastic. Bedding and towels changed every oth… More
2 Oct 2013
"A Getaway Oasis :)"
My self and my wife stayed for 2 weeks on our honeymoon, and from start to finish were delighted we made this choice. Kostos and his partner Aspa have made this a perfect place to stay and all the whi… More
18 Sep 2013
"The ideal place to get away from it all in comfort and style"
From the moment we booked villa nautilus the comms with the owner Konstantinos was great. Personally picked us up from the airport to take us to the villa less than 10 minutes away in the countryside of Afras. All questions about the area, island and amenities were answered honestly and fully. Where do I start about the villa. The pool is big enough, inviting and clean with a great outdoor terrace for drinks and BBQ if you wish. The living area and kitchen are decorated traditional Greek house style but with all the mod cons and gadgets thrown in. The bathroom is big very clean and modern and fully equipped. The bedroom is fantastic and easy to sleep in. The little touches made it fantastic for us, like the fridge stocked already with waters, beers and wine. The bathroom full of toiletries and towels for inside and out. There was no need to stress about finding a shop for things, only to relax and enjoy. After being shown around the property we were left to it to enjoy our holiday which we did greatly. Phone number and email supplied by the owner if we needed anything. The photos of this charming villa don't do it justice at all and the friendliness of the owner and family were above what we expected. Definitely a property I will revisit in the future for a chill out with the wife or a few friends.
1 Sep 2013
"Absolutely spot on!"
We loved every minute of our stay here!Villa Nautilus was spotless, and is situated in a superb inland location just a 10 minute drive from the airport and 15 minutes from Corfu Town.I really cannot f… More
13 Aug 2013
What to say? Apart from this villa was impeccable! My husband and I came here for our honeymoon an it was fantastic. So quiet, private and beautiful. The owner was fantastic, picked us up from the air… More
22 Jul 2013
This is a great place to stay, the owner is so friendly. The place is quiet, located in the countryside, far away from the crowded places. About ten minutes drive from Corfu city, ten minutes drive as… More
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