ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is an intriguing mix of tradition, elegance, finesse and comfort that offers a get away with a fairy-tale view of the most amazing Corfiot landscape, flora and fauna. Prospero, William Shakespeare’s Prince in exile in the great poet’s final play “The Tempest”, takes his shipwrecked enemies as prisoners to the magical island of Corfu where, aided by the magical art of nature, he forgives them and helps them to discover both themselves and the joy of life. Fast forward four hundred years to ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO - a brand new yet traditional country mansion, lovingly built within the grounds of a centuries old 7,000 sq.m olive grove that pre-dates Shakespeare himself. Sat within its own garden in a peaceful location above the beautiful Ipsos bay, on one of the most picturesque points of the north-eastern part of Corfu with breathtaking views over the Corfu Channel towards the mountains of Albania, it provides an ideal setting for a relaxed family holiday, away from it all, but close to all essential holiday amenities. This brand new , large , traditional and artistic Corfiot country mansion, has carefully designed and architecture living rooms, verandas and patios, to provide a large party the unique ability to enjoy their vacation all together in communal relaxing spaces, both in and outdoors, while at the same time not losing the potential of privacy for each individual residence. The four residences (Ariel,Titania,Oberon and Puck) are available individually or as one, accommodating up to twenty people in total. The olive green main steel entrance with its’ twin Venetian lanterns, reminiscent of a long gone but not forgotten age and surrounded by deep red bougainvilla, leads you into the fairy-tale garden. There along with the ancient olive trees are tall cypresses, orange, lemon, almond, peach and cherry trees, as well as exquisite mint plants. Wood, stone, pebbles, cement-mortar, traditionally used in the construction of Corfiot houses, are the sole building materials for this exceptional country mansion. It consists of four individual residences, all of them offering amazing views of the sea and Mount Pantokrator. The walled entrance and fully fenced estate guarantee absolute protection of your privacy. IL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is located in the setting made immortal by Edward Lear’s paintings , distancing 12 Kms from the old town of Corfu and within walking distance (1200 m) from the beach of Ipsos bay. A lot of parking space in the estate. Small port for motor boats & yachts in Ipsos Bay. 6 km to seaplane port. Frequent city bus service to Corfu. ACCESSIBILITY The mansion is not suitable for wheelchair users as it is built on a rather steep hillside and on three levels. The swimming pool and living areas are all different levels. Access to the mansion is via a long, driveway while foot-access to all levels is via external spacious staircases. Large swimming pool app.10 x 5 m. Deepest part of swimming pool is app. 1.8m. Designer’s terrace with 10 sun loungers next to pool and 3 large tents. Lounge style seating area under the olive trees with sofas and armchairs. ΤΙΤΑΝΙΑ is a sophisticated three bedroom-three bathrooms (one en suite to the bedroom) residence that can accommodate 5 people. It offers large fully equipped indoor and outdoor kitchens, a spacious living room and bedrooms with two double beds and one semi-double bed hand crafted in the Corfiot tradition. Both double beds are cast iron while the semi-double is wooden. All bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables. Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection. OBERON is a sophisticated two bedroom-two bathroom (one en-suite to the bedroom), residence, with a large fully equipped indoors kitchen, along with an outdoor BBQ kitchen, a spacious living room, an indoors dining table for 5 persons and an outdoors one for 12 persons, and may accommodate 4 persons. Oberon’s bedrooms are offering two double beds , cast iron hand crafted in Corfu. All bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables. Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection. PUCK is an artistic one-space studio, with a double bed hand crafted in Corfu (cast iron bed equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables), one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, along with an outdoor BBQ kitchen, a spacious living room, and indoor and outdoor dining facilities to cater for 6 diners. The studio accommodates 3 people. Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating . iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection. ARIEL, at the summit of the mansion, is a sophisticated two bedroom-one bathroom residence, with a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, an indoor dining table and an outdoor one for ten people. The residence can accommodate 3 people. Ariel’s bedrooms offer two double beds hand crafted in Corfu, one of them is cast iron, the other is wooden. Both bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables. Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection. Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service: Maid service provided three times per week. Bed linen and towels changed twice weekly. Our helpful house manager is available to deal with any queries or requests that may arise during your stay. Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden. Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Dryer, Washing Machine. Air Conditioning , Internet Access , TV , CD/DVD. Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection. Fireplaces in Ariel , Titania and Oberon. Frequent & convenient public bus to Corfu town.Very close (12 km) to Corfu port & the airport on the main road of the island. Easy drive to all beaches of Corfu island and all points of interest. Within walking distance to Ipsos Bay. Taxicab service available. Horse rental service available by TRAILRIDERS horse trekking centre and riding stables, located 4kms north of the estate near the village of Ano Korakiana,established in 1992 by British born Sally-Ann Lewis. The area of Kato Korakiana is home to the award winning restaurant “Etrusco” of Ettore Botrini. You may also enjoy the most genuine and true to the spirit Corfiot food at “Moby Dick" (northern end of Ypsos beachfront).
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Corfu's balmy climate, azure seas and beautiful mountain vistas -- along with a distinctive architectural and historical legacy -- have made the island a popular choice for northern European, and especially British, holiday makers since the second half of the 1980s. Britain ended its administrative control here in the mid-19th century but the town's cricket pitch is still in use and ginger ale is served in local cafes. Corfu surprises many first-time visitors. Corfu just isn't the typical Greek island of the imagination, full of white buildings with blue shutters. It's much greener here, and the Venetian influence makes for a more ornate style, with terra cotta tiles and ochre predominating. The effect is more like Amalfi than one of the Aegean islands such as Mykonos. The island's strict regulations have protected its design aesthetic, other than the concrete construction of two or three hastily built tourist resorts. Some 640 square kilometers in size and with a permanent population of 107,000, Corfu is a sickle-shaped island in the Ionian Sea to the west of the Greek mainland, just a little more than 3 kilometers, or about 2 miles, from Albania at its closest point. Estates in the northeastern corner of Corfu, facing the rugged, mountainous Albanian coast, are the most prized. Several of Britain's wealthiest banking and retail clans -- including the Rothschild family -- have discreet compounds there. The concentration of wealthy British property owners in this corner of the island has earned it the nickname ''Kensington-on-Sea,'' after the prosperous London neighborhood. Prince Charles is an occasional visitor. Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Prospero’s Cell’ I’m back to an old hobby lately: reading and thinking about the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, and in general all things Corfiot. A great little book I return to periodically is Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Prospero’s Cell’, first published in 1945 and reprinted several times since. It’s a little masterpiece of travel, history, culture and reflection all on its own. And it takes its name from one of the non-fictional characters who appears in it, a reclusive nobleman who lives in a dilapidated villa among vineyards and olive groves, and whose theory is that Corfu is actually Prospero’s island, that Shakespeare was inspired to use it as the setting for his play, ‘The Tempest’, and may even have visited it himself. Here’s a short quote from the book, typical of the kind of thing I like about it, and of Durrell’s style as travel writer and essayist: ‘The Count smokes his home-made cigarettes in a short bone holder, stained with nicotine. Relaxing and spreading out his hands against the moonlight as if to warm them at its white fire, he begins to talk. I have wasted all these words on describing the Count in the hope of isolating that quality in him which is so admirable and original, and when he begins to talk I grasp at once what it is. He is the possessor of a literary mind completely uncontaminated by the struggle to achieve a technique; he lacks the artifice of presentation, the corrupting demon of form. It is a mind with the pollen still fresh upon it.’ I don’t know about the Shakespeare theory. One thing in its favor, as Durrell points out in the book, is that the name of Caliban’s mother, the witch Sycorax, could well be an anagram for the ancient Greek name of the island which we call Corfu: Corcyra. But there are several other peculiarities of Corfiot life and manners which may find their reflections in Shakespeare’s play. I won’t spoil your own experience of reading Durrell’s book by enumerating them here, but his discussion of them is very entertaining. And perhaps the theory is not at all far-fetched. Elizabethan England may appear to have been very far removed from anything Ionian, but the island group of which Corfu is a part was at the center of a major trade route between Venice and points East in Shakespeare’s time. Like his fellow English contemporaries, he would have been used to Greek currants from the island of Zante, a staple in British holiday baking, for example. And Shakespeare is rumored to have been out of the country in 1611, when ‘The Tempest’ was written. I like to think of him sojourning on Corfu, pen in hand, and conjuring up his character Ariel, mysterious sprite of the air, while gazing upon the mists and storms which occasionally obscure the Corfiot coast. It’s all interesting to consider. It is in Corfu that Hercules, just before embarking on his ten labours, slept with the Naiad Melite ; she bore him Hyllus, the leader of the Heraclids. Corfu marks the Argonauts' refuge from the avenging Colchic fleet, after their seizure of the Golden Fleece. In the mythical sea adventure of Homer's Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, (Phaiakes) wherein Odysseus (Ulysses) meets Nausica, the daughter of King Alkinoos. The bay of Palaiokastritsa is considered to be the place where Odysseus disembarked.
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Prosperos met our every expectation. We were celebrating our daughter's college graduation with our entire family and another couple with their adult children and the separate villas worked out perfectly. The property was immaculate, the host was incredibly responsive and the housekeeping was excellent. To top it off the host made several pre arrangements for us that worked out very well. For example, the private cook recommended, Kostas Kourkoulos was extremely proficient at preparing Corfiot food and served several excellent meals. We would strongly recommend this property.
Ciao a tutti , a fine luglio abbiamo affittato tutta la villa ( 4 famiglie ) e siamo stati benissimo , il posto è fantastico , le case arredate con molto gusto , ognuna ha i suoi spazi e la piscina super ... le spiagge più belle sono a qualche chilometro ma a piedi si raggiunge comodamente quella più vicina dove la sera c'è vita specie per i ragazzi , fondamentale la macchina ! Il proprietario Ioannis è bravissimo e molto disponibile
Η αίσθηση που έχεις όταν βρίσκεσαι σ’ αυτό το υπέροχο περιβάλλον είναι σαν κάποιος να έφτιαξε το εξοχικό που ονειρευόσουν να αποκτήσεις, είναι σαν να φτιάχτηκε για σένα. Οι ιδιοκτήτες ευγενικοί και διακριτικοί. Ελπίζω τον ερχόμενο καλοκαίρι να ξαναβρεθώ εκεί.
Με δύο λέξεις εξαιρετικό. Συστήνεται ανεπιφύλακτα.
Brand new clean and luxury accommodation in a great location in Corfu. Owners were friendly and helpful, and the decor made us feel like a home from home. Great vfm bars and restaurants lovely and Corfu is now my favourite Greek island!