The newly built, fully EOT licensed (MHTE: 0829K10TK8240001), Villa Gina will appeal to guests looking for a modern base in a peaceful and secluded location. Just a fifteen-minute drive from Roda and Acharavi, this impressive villa nestles in breath taking countryside on a hilltop above the village, affording it magical views over the valley, stunning olive groves and Albania over the Ionian Sea in the distance. Built on a raised level to take full advantage of its incredible panoramas and with large paved terraces and lawns running around it, the house is finished in sophisticated up-to-date fashion with shiny tiled floors, stylish furnishings and a highly functional modern kitchen. An air of sunny elegance dominates throughout the property and to complete the interior comforts, three of the lovely bedrooms have their own en-suite bathrooms. For added convenience there is a separate shower room on the ground floor making the villa suitable for wheelchair users.
Villa Gina is also equipped with air-conditioning/heating (charged at 7.50€ per day per room) perfect for those warm summer afternoons and evenings. All bedrooms have remote control air-conditioning units. Baby cot and high chair are available. We have introduced new services (extra charge) for 2012: baby sitting, greek local produce delivery, cooked food delivery, Greek cooking lessons and tour guide. From August the 13th 2012 we will be launching a pay as you go home telephone service with a UK local area number (01243-xxxxxx) and free incoming calls to save on your mobile phone bill! A ten pound voucher will last the whole week.
The ground floor is suitable for wheelchair access including a ramp leading to the pool area from the veranda. Special needs can be considered depending on the length of stay. Please enquire within.
Outside, the stunning infinity swimming pool and sunbathing terrace is a sublime suntrap and has lots of space for stretching out and topping up your tan, while a shaded veranda leading from the lounge via a ramp offers plenty of sunny and covered areas for lingering over al-fresco meals prepared on the barbecue or lazy relaxation. For added convenience there are two balconies which are ideal for soaking up more of those gorgeous views. A lawned garden surrounds the property with shrubs and flowers scattered throughout. the property is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees. Details: Private 10 x 5m infinity pool (tiled). Large outdoor veranda. Two balconies with exceptional views with tables and chairs. Selection of garden outdoor furniture. Parking space for three vehicles and mopeds.
West coast beaches (Ag Giorgos, Arillas) are within 30min drive
North coast beaches (Sidari, Roda) are within 15min drive
East coast beaches (Dasia, Barbati, Nisaki, Kouloura) are within 30min drive
South West coast beaches (Glifada, Pelekas) are within 45min drive
Corfu' Golf Club located in the Ropa Valley within a thirty minute drive. The Corfu Club is a beautiful course that has been praised by many as one of golf's best kept secrets in Europe. It was designed by the famous Swiss based architect, Donald Harradine and he has blended the natural resources of the lovely Ropa Valley including the river of Nafsika (Odyseus was rescued by Princess Nafsika at its exit on Ermones beach), with man made hazards to make the course a good but fair test. It is as enjoyable for the scratch player as it is for the long handicap one.
The treelined fairways and the sandtraps combine with the several lakes and meandering streams, to make an attractive picture against a backcloth of high hills. A magical place full of animals and birds (kingfishers, herons, otters, fish). The course has been recently renovated, with major work carried out on the bunkers and an upgrade to the irrigation system, therefore keeping the course in perfect condition at all times.
Special interest holidays
The area is very popular with hikers and mountain bikers due to the hilly nature of the terrain. Horse riding can also be arranged locally. Dinghy and cruiser sailing are available locally including skippered boats. The Ionian Islands are unique for the nature of the coastline and ideal for beginners due to the light winds in the summer season.
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Kapodistrias in Corfu town (45min drive). Nearest Port: New Port in Corfu town (40min drive). Car hire essential. Car can me made available at airport, port or directly at the villa. Daily direct flights to Corfu' from Manchester, Bristol, Gatwick, Milan and Berlin are available through Easyjet and Ryanair. Direct charter flights with major companies can be found on the internet or your local travel agent (Monarch, Thompson, Thomas Cook, Palm Air).
Corfu' Town (including airport and port) are within 40 minutes. Zigos (Medical Centre) 5 minutes. Roda, Acharavi (main tourist resorts) 10-15 minute drive.
Platonas, which is also within a five-minute drive away is home to a handy supermarket, as well as a traditional taverna and there are further shops, bars and tavernas, as well as picturesque beaches within a convenient drive away. Local traditional tavernas in the next village (Nymphes - 5 minute drive). Local shop (bread, milk, drinks, ice creams, coffee and tea) in village (ten minute walk). Nearest supermarket (5 minute drive - Platonas). All major banks can be found in Acharavi (15 minute drive). Direct flights to Corfu are all year round (Mondays) with Ryanair so why not enjoy an 'off-season' holiday; walking, mountain biking and horse riding are just some of the activities you can engage in whilst in Corfu. Seasonal flights are with Easyjet from most UK airports and other charter companies like Monarch, Thompson, Thomas Cook. Flights can be booked at ryanair, easyjet.
“If your idea of holiday heaven is a large immaculate 5 star villa on a secluded hillside in North Corfu then villa Gina is for you, my wife and 4 guests spent an amazing 10 days, given the choice we wouldn't have left!
The key elements for us were the quality of finish and attention to detail, nothing has been overlooked from the air con in the bedrooms with quality beds to the infinity pool and loungers, although the property has no neighbors' and isn't overlooked its just 15 minutes drive from some fantastic beaches so you get the best of every world.
My wife and I have rented many property's around the Med and can honestly say this is the best to date we would have no hesitation in recommending it and will definitely be returning.” Mick S.
Save on your mobile phone bill whist in Greece. New home telephone service available at Villa Gina. UK Landline (01243-88xxxx) available for free incoming calls and outgoing calls at £10 per calendar week.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Roda - Acharavi 8 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kapodistrias - Corfu 36 km, Nearest railway: No trains!|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Ionian Islands are located in the Ionian Sea, in the western part of Greece. The Ionian are some of the most popular Greek islands and attract a lot of people from the United Kingdom. They are composed of Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakunthos, Ithaca, Paxoi, Kythira and some others. These islands are known for their beautiful beaches, their charming villages and their verdant landscapes.
Corfu has figured in our consciousness since Edward Lear visited and painted while it was a British possession from 1814 to 1864. The Durrell brothers (and Henry Miller) lodged it even more firmly in the Anglo-Saxon psyche with their late-1930s sojourns, and subsequent rhapsodising in print.
Today the island has a somewhat chequered reputation, due in part to its associations with Peter Mandelson/Nat Rothschild (habitués of the north-east coast, popularly dubbed “Kensington on Sea”) but also the notoriously downmarket excesses of Kávos in the south.
Yet there is plenty in between for the rest of us, on one of the greenest of the Greek islands – thanks to intermittent but torrential rains from September to May, and the thousands of olive trees that carpet the landscape. It is also, perhaps surprisingly, one of the more rural, sleepy islands away from the touristic honeypots.
Tourist development is quarantined on certain coastal patches, and once inland you really seem to be on another island, even another era. Secondary roads appear not to have changed (in width at least) since British times.
In remote glades, Corfiot villagers still celebrate summer-and-autumn panegýria (religious festivals-cum-fairs) with music and merchandise stalls – watch for posters (usually Greek only) plastered onto olive trees. Olive culture was traditionally rather desultory – the Corfiots for years didn’t prune, or pick the fruit, local patron saint Spyridon having forbidden the practices in a vision – and many groves still retain a half-wild, romantic aspect.
The old quarters of the east-coast capital, Corfu Town, have recently, and deservedly, been designated a Unesco heritage site. There’s nothing else quite like it between here and Dubrovnik.
With last winter's rains - a hefty 88cm at last look - over, now’s the time to begin seriously considering a spot on one of Corfu’s many beaches – those along the west coast rate among the finest in Greece, with enough heaped sand to satisfy the most jaded Californian or Australian.
When to go
Corfu is “open for business” from Easter until October, though many resorts hotels only work from May to September inclusive. For discounted room rates, better taverna service and moderate weather, mid-May to late June, and the last two-thirds of September, are the best times; during July and August everything is fully functioning, and the sea thoroughly warmed up, but you’ll contend with crowds and either intense heat or the maïstros, the infamous north-westerly wind which buffets beaches all afternoon.
By air from overseas
Spring 2012 sees an increase in direct, no-frills flights compared to previous seasons: Ryanair is adding routes from Leeds Bradford, East Midlands, and Glasgow to its already-existing Stansted service, while BMI Baby is flying in from East Midlands.
easyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies direct from Bristol, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester; Ryanair (www.ryaanir.com) from Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow and Leeds Bradford; Jet2 (www.jet2.com) from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle. Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch also all serve Corfu from May to September, from a range of UK airports.
Regrettably, the long-mooted expansion of Corfu Airport’s international passenger terminal is unlikely to proceed in the current economic climate. But Ryanair’s experiment with extending flights into November 2011 went so well that there are rumours afoot of its 2012 program lasting through the Christmas holidays, making Corfu a winter-break destination for the first time.
By air from within Greece
Athens and Thessaloniki are linked to Corfu with Olympic (www.olympicair.com) or Aegean (www.aegeanair.com). Corfu is also linked to Kefaloniá, Lefkáda (Áktio) and Zákynthos with Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr), but their baggage rules are stricter (15 kilo limit) and space for carry-on luggage nonexistent.
Transfers: The airport lies just over a mile south-west of town; there’s no bus service, so you have to take an (overpriced) taxi or pre-arrange car hire. All ferries – including cruise ships, international services from Italy and domestic ones from Igoumenítsa or Pátra – dock at the New Port, 0.6 miles west of town.
Public transport: Corfu has two separate bus services based in Corfu Town: the blue-coach suburban lines from Platía Sanróko (aka San Rocco), and the green, long-distance, island-wide lines starting just west of the Néo Froúrio (New Fort).
Car hire: As buses halt fairly early in the evening, renting a car is advisable through the usual online sources, from the town, airport or major resorts. For a long-established, locally based company, try Sunrise ( 00 30 26610 44325 , www.corfusunrise.com) at Ethnikís Andístasis 6, by the New Port.