The villa is of a traditional build although only 12 years old and is situated on the exclusive North East coast of Corfu, above the beach of Kerasia and Agios Stephanos. It has several terraced and shaded areas for outside eating, barbecue and a kiln for roasting. The main terraced areas by the house can be gated off from the private pool, which guests with younger children have found very useful. The pool has wide steps leading into the shallow end, making it ideal for beginners of all ages! The well maintained olive grove, provides outstanding dramatic views of the sea and Albania: previous guests regularly comment that the views from the villa surpass any pictures.
I am the father of 6 sons who range in age from post graduate, off the payroll types to a couple in prep school. We have had many spectacular holidays in the house as a family and it remains our favourite holiday destination! In order to keep the show on the road (and also because I love it), I work as a consultant specialist surgeon. The work is very demanding and I find the villa in Corfu the perfect place to unwind and spend as much time in the year as I can at the villa each year - often short breaks of under a week can "recharge my batteries"!
Howard Bradpiace purchased this villa in 2000
The story of VILLA ELAIA...
I love the island of Corfu and rented villas on the NE coast for several years before deciding to acquire my own. The initial plan was to buy a small house in the hills with a good view and develop it. In the event I couldn't find a suitable property and a friend told me of an olive grove of approximately 8000sq metres suitable for building. I bought the land in the late 1990's and 3 years later completed the house. Since then, I have undertaken numerous projects to improve the property for the comfort of all who stay there. It is constantly being updated to avoid the "tiredness" that can be felt in houses that are kept unchanged a decade or more after construction. Last year I installed a wifi system and this year I redecorated and renewed soft furnishings.
Location,location,location! In my opinion, this part of the island is the most appealing for families who want a restful holiday away from the bustle of some of the noisier tourist destinations. Yet it's close enough to local towns and amenities if those are needed and the picturesque harbour of Agios Stefanos is close enough for teenagers to safely pop into for a game of pool and a "lemonade" of an evening should they desire it.
The views from the terraces are amongst the best on the island and it is an easy walk through the olive groves to the beach. The house is spacious and designed to take full advantage of the views, maximise privacy and facilitate outdoor living. There is a spectacular pool area with outdoor kitchen facilities.
I have only ever had positive feedback from guests.
Its been the BEST holiday! Beautiful house in beautiful location. Could not find enough words to describe it!! PERFECTION!!
Special interest holidays:
Corfu is perfect for walking and cycling, although this is preferable out of the hottest summer months. The Corfiot celebration of the Greek Orthodox Easter is renowned throughout Greece for its tradition and spectacle.
The nearest beach is the pretty bay of Kerasia, which has a local taverna specialising in traditional Greek food, locally produced and caught. It is about 10 minutes' walk through the olive grove, or about 10 minutes by car. Other nearby beaches are Agios Stephanos, Kalami, Kouloura, Kaminaki, Agni (which has fabulous tavernas) and Nissaki (the furthest away taking about 30 minutes by car). The best way to visit any of these is by hiring a 30 horse power boat from Agios Stephanos.
Corfu airport is about 35km from the villa. Car hire is a must to really make the most of your holiday, and enjoy all that Corfu has to offer.
The closest village is Agios (San) Stephanos, about 5km away. The larger town of Kassiopi is 6km, and has a larger choice of supermarket and eateries.
Old Perithia is worth a visit, and from Pantokrator, the highest point on the island with an ancient monastery at the summit, there are wonderful views of the whole island. Ferries can be taken from Corfu port to mainland Greece, Paxos, anti Paxos, and Venice (24 hours away!) A fast ferry can also be taken to Brindisi.
The local supermarket is at the top of the road leading to the villa, about 2 minutes' drive or 10 minutes walk. Restaurants we recommend are Toulas at Agni Bay, Taverna Kerasia, and Mytsos Taverna at Nissaki, where you can eat simply made food on the patio, whilst watching the children play in the sea. Water sports are widely available, and hiring a small boat from Agios Stephanos to enjoy the coastline is highly recommended. A fast boat trip from Kerasia, captained by Dinos, is a must for those wanting to get to Corfu town in a hurry! Diving is available in nearby Kassiopi, and hosted boat trips around the island highly favoured by teenagers.
A boat trip to Albania is a must for explorers, and ferries can be taken to the Greek mainland, for visits to Ioannina.
If you would like Caroline to arrange for home cooked food to be delivered to you, or for a chef to cook for you during your stay, please contact her on the telephone number provided in the information leaflet we will send to you on receipt of your deposit.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$814|
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the full and final payment no less than 8 weeks before your holiday. We do request a £500 deposit to cover damage and breakages. This will be fully refunded on your return.
Preferred changeover day is Monday, especially during the busy summer period, although we can be flexible depending on other bookings. Weekend breaks are also available.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property, per week, in UK Pounds. We offer reduced rates for parties of fewer than 8 people OUTSIDE of peak holiday times.
25% deposit on booking. Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival. Direct bank transfer.