A villa with advantages on the Greek island 

The weekend: There may be a lot extra to the verdant Greek island of Corfu than its postcard-perfect seashores. Whereas most Brits choose to fly and flop at seafront resorts, guests who go away their loungers will uncover stately palaces and museums, tranquil mountain villages and rugged mountains blanketed in pine bushes. All this and one of the enchanting capital cities within the Med.

The place? For a bit extra luxurious and much more house, dodge the all-inclusive buffets and go for a palatial villa the place you may actually really feel at house. If the thought of constructing beds and washing up fills you with (comprehensible) dread, the apricot-coloured Villa 1870 is the reply. Ten minutes from Corfu City and its airport, the regal apricot-coloured mansion sleeps 16 over three flooring for a personal household getaway with all of the perks of a five-star resort.

There’s a personal chef to whip up lavish spreads you’ll by no means end, a waiter, each day housekeeping and a heated pool set in flower-filled tropical gardens. Spa therapies, private coaching, swimming classes and wine from the well-stocked cellar are additionally obtainable at an additional value.

The keep: The family-owned villa has been faithfully restored in all its nineteenth century splendour, however with Netflix, an Xbox One and a wi-fi sound system thrown in. There are vintage dressers, luxurious floral materials and ornate carved beds, with shutters opening to disclose the glittering Ionian Sea in each room. Seize the elegant high ground suite should you can with its fire, opulent en-suite lavatory and twin side home windows with panoramic views of each the encompassing neighbourhood and the sensible blue bay beneath.

The meals: Together with your very personal chef available, you may eat fish fingers all week if you need – supreme should you’re travelling with youngsters who actually will solely eat fish fingers. Anybody else ought to go away the chef to work his magic, producing heaving tables of flavour-packed Corfiot specialities at each meal. Breakfast will preserve you going all day with platters of cheese, meat and fruit alongside feather-light vegan chocolate cake, obscenely good loukoumades (cinnamon donuts), eggs scrambled with feta and jams do-it-yourself by villa proprietor Nancy. At dinner, anticipate slabs of grilled halloumi, contemporary sea bass, dishes piled excessive with salads and a effervescent wealthy moussaka, all eaten by candlelight on the lengthy alfresco eating desk.

What to see: Depart loads of time to wander the charming Previous City in capital Corfu City, an UNESCO World Heritage Web site guarded by two fortresses. The Venetians dominated town from 1386 for 4 centuries however the capital nonetheless feels distinctly Italian with shaded piazzas crammed with ice cream parlours, sorbet-coloured buildings and arched colonnades lining the sweeping, marble-paved Liston boulevard.

Go to the lavish St. Spyridon’s Church with its distinctive crimson bell tower then climb the towers of the 14th century Previous Fortress. Afterwards, get misplaced within the maze of cobblestoned alleyways the place tiny retailers promote island-made olive oil cleaning soap, leather-based items and kumquat liqueur and locals gossip exterior bakeries stacked excessive with sticky baklava.

After that? Hike up wooded hills from the gin-clear waters of Palaiokastritsa bay previous a thirteenth century monastery, white-washed tavernas and the mountain village of Lakones. If that feels like arduous work, Villa 1870 can organize a day on the water as an alternative, cruising the Corfu shoreline on a 40-foot yacht.

Sail from the Previous City then drop anchor in a shimmering turquoise cove south of Agni Bay, the place the miniscule St Arsenios chapel clings to the cliff simply above the water and a hidden sea cave may be explored contained in the rocks. Sail additional down the coast to the sleepy hamlet of Nissaki for lunch afterwards. Aromatic stefado (beef stew), Greek salad and icy copper jugs of native wine are served within the open-air Olive Press restaurant, overlooking the fishermen on the wood jetty beneath.

Have to know: Nightly charges begin at €800 for as much as 16 individuals together with non-public chef (substances excluded), transfers, waiter and driver (www.villa1870corfu.com).

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