Villa Elia stands on a hilltop surrounded by 50 private acres of olive groves. Its nearest neighbour (Villa Amfissa) is a 5 minute walk away and not visible.
A stay at Elia is for those seeking a total escape from the world outside. It is for those wanting to swap the sounds of clocks, cars and machinery for those of a clunk of a sheep bell, the cry of a circling eagle, the distant chirp of a lake frog, the whistling hoot of a Scops Owl, the hypnotic chatter of cicadas and the soft rustle of olive leaves catching a warm breeze.
In the drier summer months, a nearby lake turns into a brightly coloured pasture of camomile flowers.
Set in the heart of the Ropa Valley (in many people’s opinion, the most beautiful part of Corfu), Elia is a large and elegant country house with spacious interiors opening out on all sides to a series of terraces and grass lawns, which slope down to a large swimming pool, bordered by white and pink oleanders.
There are many different views of the sweeping, natural landscape, similar to many of the undulating Tuscan landscapes. Mount Pantakrator presides in the distance and forested hillsides hide small hamlet houses.
The Ropa Valley is a rich, agricultural area of Corfu. There is a “water park” about 3 kilometres away and the east coast beaches are not far away but otherwise it is far removed from the Corfu “resorts”.
The grass lawns will appeal to those with small children but please note that there are small steps throughout the grounds so not ideal for toddlers.
Private swimming pool 11 x 6 metres
Maid service & linen change twice weekly
Location: car hire essential. Around 2 kilometres away there are a few good, traditional tavernas, a supermarket and a bakery. Gouvia is 6 kilometres and has a beach, watersports and a bigger selection of tavernas and shops. Paliokastritsa (scuba diving and kayaks for hire) is 10 kilometres away. The Ropa Valley Golf Club is a 10 minute drive away. Corfu Town is a 20 minute drive. Lawrence Durrell refers to the nearby beach at Myrtiotissa, in front of a small 14th Century monastery, as “perhaps the loveliest beach in the world”.
Accommodation (all on one level): a large sitting room (WiFi/satellite TV/CD player) leading to a covered dining and barbecue terrace; two double bedrooms (air-con), each with a dressing room and en suite bathroom; one twin bedroom (air-con), two shower rooms and two toilets; open-plan dining area and kitchen (dishwasher/microwave). Washing machine. Pool towels & hairdryers provided. Safe.