Evaluate: Villa 1870, Corfu, Greece
Luxury and privacy go hand in hand, and this couldn’t be truer than post-pandemic travel priorities. Should Corfu be on your radar, Villa 1870, a mansion-style property that offers a discreet hideaway with all the facilities of a five-star hotel, is a few turns around the bay from the island’s old town.
Villa 1870 is a luxury hybrid, making it an ideal socially distant destination for friends and families to reconnect in 2021 and beyond. The passion project by the married couple team of Dimitris and Nancy Kyriakis, Villa 1870, includes all the facilities you would expect from a luxury villa, but has gone one step further with additional services and experiences. With the help of their private local driver and Greek chef, they have lovingly designed a corfiot oasis with eye-catching furnishings that illuminate the property’s heritage and offer views over the ocean and dramatic coastline.
Rooms and facilities
Dimitris and Nancy Kyriakis’ husband-wife team’s passion project, Villa 1870, includes all the facilities you would expect from a luxury villa, but has gone one step further with additional services and experiences
The villa can accommodate up to 16 people and, with its bright exterior, mimics something of a Corfiot dollhouse. The interior is accessible via an old wooden door and extends over two floors with five equally colorful bedrooms, three marble-lined bathrooms, spacious living areas both indoors and outdoors, and a terrace that is perfect for evening drinks outdoors. This coincides with a fully equipped kitchen (and a separate professional kitchen) and an outdoor heated pool overlooking the Ionian Sea.
To ensure that their guests can enjoy all the advantages of a five-star hotel, there are a variety of VIP services. From the in-house chef, the daily housekeeping and the private driver Akis, who grew up on the island and can easily accompany guests wherever they want.
If you want to push the boat further out, there are other options available. Access to the villa’s carefully curated cellar, stocked with local and international wines, private swimming and tennis lessons from certified trainers, in-house beauty treatments, and a dedicated concierge service for organizing deliveries and any other additional services requested. And for an even larger gathering, the villa also has access to a separate family home available on-site to accommodate an additional four guests in their own private space.
to eat and drink
The guests are looked after by the villa’s private chef and served by the waiters. You are asked not to lift a finger while sampling a variety of local and national Greek homemade dishes
Food and drink are tailored to the Corfiot theme. The guests are looked after by the villa’s private chef and served by the waiters. You are asked not to lift a finger while sampling a variety of local and national Greek homemade dishes, all tailored to personal needs.
Many regional dishes are very different from the rest of Greece, so on the table you can see the local Bourdouni pork sausage and Pastitsio Dolce – a pampering Venetian-style lasagna made with veal, chicken, pork and ham. Breakfast is served with huge platters of pies and eggs, while in the evening a bottle of local wine is served with local meat or fish.
Villa 1870 is both conveniently and beautifully located, just minutes from the old town – the island’s cultural hub
Villa 1870 is both conveniently and beautifully located, just minutes from the old town, the island’s cultural hub. A Venetian-inspired city with elegant Italian architecture, guests can wander the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy the shopping on offer before heading to the ancient fortress that tells the rich history of the Mediterranean island.
With the assistance of the villa’s local driver, Akis, every other corner of Corfu is accessible from Glyfada Beach for fingertips, jet skiing and windsurfing. Achilleion Palace in Gastouri, location of the James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ from 1981; Head to Vrachos on Palaiokastritsa Bay, a beach tavern-style restaurant that serves a mix of local Corfiot specialties and well-known Greek favorites.
In a nutshell
The oldest building on the hillside (not surprisingly built in 1870) consistently hints at the legacy not only of the building but also of the island of Corfu
Villa 1870 is an ideal location for larger groups looking for a private and authentic Corfiot getaway. The oldest building on the hillside (not surprisingly built in 1870) consistently hints at the legacy not only of the building but also of the island of Corfu. The villa also allows guests to meet and connect with local people like owners Dimitris and Nancy and their driver Akis who can bring guests closer to the fascinating heritage of this alternative Greek island.
The overnight prices are between 800 and 1,400 euros, depending on the season. The price includes accommodation, daily cleaning, private mini transfer to the airport and to / from Corfu Town, baby equipment, laundry and in-house private chef. Guests only pay for the ingredients in the meals, not the chef’s service.
There is currently a 15% discount on the room rate for stays between January 1 and December 31, 2021, which applies to stays booked by December 31, 2020.
Address: 35 Spirou Rath PC 49100 Corfu