The Villa Adriana and Studio, a romantic Venetian 19th century pink-stuccoed house with thick stone walls. One of the landmarks of Lakka. Newly restored to very high standards, our home is set in one acre of ancient majestic olive trees offering complete seclusion, tranquillity and privacy. Yet it is only 5 minutes walk down the hill to Lakka village's harbour with its excellent tavernas and beaches with crystal clear water. And 2 minutes to a hotel swimming pool. Adriana’s interiors are decorated in a comfortable contemporary style, while preserving original features such as the olive wood lintels and stone window alcoves. Large shuttered windows and high ceilings give a luxurious atmosphere of spaciousness and light. Beyond the large terraces, paved walks through the gardens, with its pavilion look out onto spectacular views of Lakka Bay with its famed turquoise waters and the open sea. The lower half is a light, airy studio . A paradise for families, walkers, honeymooners and other romantic couples. Greek GovernmentTourist licence EOT1238/TT.
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Special interest holidays: Paxos is a walkers paradise, covered with olive trees , cypresses and wild flowers, it has lots of shade even in August. On the eastern side you can walk through the olive groves to the beautiful secluded beaches. On the western side you can reach the awesome cliffs via good foot paths. Organised walking tours are available One of the best ways to see the island is by small boat. Boats, cars and motor bikes can be hired in the village on a daily or weekly basis. Scuba diving and snorkeling.There are also Greek cooking lessons and yoga classes available on the island. The island has always attracted many artists - painters, writers and actors - because of its outstanding beauty and peaceful exclusive atmosphere. As Gerald Durrell, writer of My Family and Other Animals said, Paxos reminded him of Corfu when he was a boy. Coast/Beach: 8 minutes walk to the beaches of Lakka village, the first one is a cosy small pebbled beach, the second is larger, with sun loungers, umbrellas and a taverna. 2 minutes walk to a large free hotel swimming pool. And 10 minutes shaded walk takes you to the very quiet, idyllic Orkos beach on the other side of the headland. The whole eastern side of the island has many stunning small beaches. From Gaois harbour: a boat ride to the sandy beaches of Anti-Paxos, a tiny neighbouring island. Travel: Fly directly to Corfu: Charter flights, April till November from the UK and from elsewhere in Europe. From London Gatwick you can fly (amongst others) with EasyJet, Thomson and Thomas Cook. You can also fly via Brindisi. In winter: fly via Athens: change for the local Athens-Corfu flight. From Corfu to Paxos: a one-hour hydrofoil trip from Corfu New Harbour (10 minutes by taxi from Corfu Airport). Also by boat, watertaxi and ferries. Distances: The island is tiny, so all distances are very short indeed. To Lakka village: 5 minutes walk. To Gaois: 7km (4.5 miles). To Loggos: 3km (2 miles). Further Details: Lakka has 3 small supermarkets with a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, an excellent butcher, 2 bakeries and an ATM machine. There are about 15 tavernas and cafes in the village and on the harbour front. Plus the best home-made Italian ice cream shop on the island. In the evening the lively village centre is for pedestrians only. Boat, motor bike and car hire available. You can change money in the village, and there is free Wifi. Gaios has internet cafes and free wi-fi on the main square. Couples: Excellent swimming (the sea is still pleasantly warm in late October). Romantic tavernas. The villa gardens have enough space to give you complete seclusion and tranquillity. An ideal starting point for country walks. As Paxos is not open to mass tourism, it has the exclusive atmosphere that Corfu – even Agni! - has now lost. Live the romance of 'Mamma Mia!' Young families:the village is very child-friendly (no cars or motor bikes in the evening). The beaches are safe and great for snorkelling or fishing. A family outing in a hired boat is a highlight and a great way to marvel at the awesome cliffs on the west coast. So is a day trip to the sandy beaches of nearby Anti-Paxos. The gardens of the villa are like an adventure playground. Families with teenagers: the villa is a short walk to the village, so your teenage children can come and go by themselves, and you don’t have to be the taxi driver. In the village there is enough social life, and other young people, for teenagers to find it a really cool place. Great snorkeling, boating and fishing. Older couples: as a starting point for country walks, the Villa Adriana is ideally situated. The garden and the surrounding countryside are covered in wild flowers in early spring and late Autumn. We find the sea warm enough for swimming in at the end of October. There is always sufficient shade for walking under the ancient olive trees, through a range of accessible country walks of different levels.
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+ Villa Adriana is only a short walking distance with steep hills away from the beautiful bay of village Lakka with good restaurants and nice bars with very friendly owners.
+ Villa Adriana is also located close to the pebbled beach Orkos with clearest water to which you are leaded through a romantic path.
+ The walls of the studio have a white new painting.
+ The WiFi, water, electricity supply was running good.
+ The owner Tine and Ken are friendly people and you easily can see what effort they put into restoring the Villa.
+ Ken is a very gifted painter as the studio is decorated with his absolutely wonderful, peaceful paintings showing the ocean.
+ The information supply is detailed and very helpful.
+ A pick-up by a taxi was organized which was neccessary as there are only 5 Taxis on the island and the public transportation bus has only 3 stops.
- Most disappointingly the studio has no (!) sea view at all as it is advertised. The terrace and the part of the garden that belongs to the studio offers no compensation to that because it is not inviting for relaxing moments as one can only look at a wild bushy overgrown garden. (That is why we deducted one star.)
- The wardrobe closet smelled allover very strongly of mold as it is directly attached to an outer wall with no common 5 cm gap so that the closet can breath. Because of the smell you can’t put any clothes in it. Additionally when you sleep in the bed which is placed very close to the closet you always have the mold’s smell in your nose which disturbes a good night sleep. (That is why we deducted another star.)
- Whenever you enter the studio coming from the outside you are confronted with moldy and humid air in the studio as there is no air circulation though we left the 3 windows open 24/7. Especially in the moldy bathroom was a bad smell.
- 1 double bed linen for two people but 2 single, really neccessary mosquito nets is not very practical you had to chose one or the other.
- We stayed at the Studio 19 nights. Compared to four other locations we have been in Ionian Islands this is unfortunately not worth the money.
We loved staying in the studio Andrea. The atmosphere and decor are very tasteful and we enjoyed the privacy of the outdoor patio. The location couldn't have been better- a short walk into Lakka and to various beautiful coves for a swim in paradise. Can't wait to return!
We had an unusual stay here. We started spending the first week in the studio apartment. We really enjoyed our stay. It is a perfect location for us, 4 min walk up a steep hill but quiet and away from the noise of town. It is very shady in the studio garden but it does not catch the breeze like the main garden above.
There was then one of those disasters that can happen anywhere in any house requiring a serious fix of plumbing. As a punter when you book any property you always have a number of concerns, not only around accuracy of description but also around what sort of hosts you are dealing with. Having used H&A and other sites many times, we had mixed experiences previously.
However following being informed of the problem Tine and Kenneth could not have done more to resolve the situation (remotely through their on island fantastic support man, Andreas). One consequence of this, was that we were upgraded to the villa for the second week.
Well if we loved the stay downstairs in the studio, we thought upstairs in the villa was perfect. With the open feel of the large patios and garden on both sides and a cool breeze, it was perfect.
The local tavernas in Lakka are lovely , we tried all except one, I think and we only had one poor dish in one of them. The number of waterside bars and restaurants almost spoils you for choice. Great, almost empty, beaches a short 7 to 10 min walk gives you a choice of 3. The footpath walking across the island is also not to be missed, some lovely old trackways often through shaded olive groves and the occasional spectacular view ( note Each apartment has Bleasedales walking book and map - much has changed since these we printed - I found several paths closed and some news ones opened - so don't take it as a bible of walks albeit very helpful).
We rarely if every return to the same area for subsequent holidays but the house and Paxos have changed our views on this !!!
One of the most striking things here is the atmosphere – relaxed, laid back. You really feel you are on holiday. Just what I needed. I will keep Villa Adriana and Paxos in my heart.
The Villa Adriana is wonderful place to stay...set in a quiet and peaceful location on the hill top with the beautiful secluded Orkos beach and Lakka both within walking distance and sunset views over Lakka Bay....we had a delightful and relaxing holiday....so much so we booked up the villa again for 2017 as soon as we got home.
What an amazing time spent on Paxos once again. Very sad to be leaving Villa Adriana. I will miss all of it, from the best spinach pies in the world at the bakery, to walking to Orkos beach through the olive groves. We’re leaving well rested and emotionally restored.