Villa Ionia is unique. On the enchanting Greek Island of Corfu, there are no other rental villas that offer the combination of genuine exquisite sea, sunset and local island views, 4 double ensuite bedrooms (all with wonderful sea views and large balconies) and un-overlooked privacy. It is not surprising therefore that Villa Ionia is widely considered to be one of the finest homes available for rent on the West coast of Corfu.
Ionia occupies a truly enviable position amidst 1.5 acres of tranquil hillside, clad in olive groves, cypress pines and a plethora of flora, yet the resort and beach are just a few minutes drive away or a pleasurable walk with a local shop and bakery just a short walk.
By day, lunch around the pool, or at one of the lovely authentic family run tavernas and fish tavernas on the beachfront or in one of the country lanes behind. Or perhaps try one of the contemporary restaurants offering fabulous nouveau Greek cuisine. By evening the sunsets from Villa Ionia are amongst the most beautiful in the Mediterranean as they transform the local islands to silhouettes - never the same on any two nights.
Villa Ionia is best suited to independent travellers and in that respect we wanted to create a home that offers the comforts and facilities expected in a villa but in a location that is best described as being the real Greece, rather than a tourist version of it. To that end, we chose Arrilas, away from the madding crowds of the more touristic East coast and far enough away from other busier resorts. In Arillas there are no hoards of rowdy BBQ boat day trippers flooding the tavernas and beaches and no wild nightclubs. There are instead a select choice of chic but inexpensive lounge bars for the perfect pre-dinner drink whilst watching the setting sun.
The rustic and peaceful location of the house opens to numerous walks through several local villages, along the coastline, through olive groves, meandering country tracks or cliff-top footpaths. On the seafront a small selection of water sports are available as is boat, pedalo and canoe hire and the beach itself, awarded the coveted EU Blue Flag, is of fine golden sand and the incredibly clear water is very shallow making it ideal for children.
For its size (about 2500 square feet) Villa Ionia is also one of the most spacious homes on the island. It was designed to maximise space and light - from its 65 square metre open plan lounge kitchen dinning room to the wonderful painted beamed and vaulted ceilings in the first floor bedrooms all of which have very large balconies, and the wall to wall glass doors and window sections in the sea facing wall of the lounge. In fact every room in the house affords breathtaking seas views.
Naturally Villa Ionia is equipped with all essential modern facilities including air-conditioning throughout, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Ascaso fresh espresso and cappuccino coffee machine, Wi Fi internet access, a large flat screen television screen and a host of other items and facilities. Of course for those requiring the additional services of a cook, nanny, masseuse, chauffeur or even a personal guide these can be arranged (subject to availability)
Externally, Villa Ionia offers lounge seating for 10, sun loungers, parasols and of course dinning table and chairs, several terraces surrounding the house including a 40 square metre poolside terrace extension finished in African hardwood decking, a large pergola covering the 12 seat stone and marble statement dining table with olive press wheels forming the base - a fabulous shaded lunch spot.
The swimming pool is fitted with a new E-Clear mineral water oxygen purification system meaning no chlorine or other chemicals, no ozone, salt or reverse osmosis, just pure mineral water! - "It's like swimming in Evian" !
Across the shallow end of the swimming pool, full-width steps were incorporated into the design, making it a great place to sit with a cool drink.
Most people that choose Villa Ionia, do so for the same reasons that we chose to build it in this location. We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Ionia.