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Villa Rodakino - Greece from €2,858.91 a week
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Eponymous of vintage romance, this elegant villa has peach exteriors, accentuated with traditional Greek pillars and archways. Raised on a platform, Villa Rodakino is surrounded by lush green forestry and is perfect for those who need a break from modern life. The villa has several stunning balconies and gorgeous sweeping views that stretch all the way out to the glittering Ionian sea. Step through the archway to discover the charming interiors. There are two living spaces in this villa - the first has retro plush pink sofas, peach walls and glamorous yet understated chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. There's a cosy cream rug and a flatscreen television to enjoy a movie together. A floral motif ties everything together. In the second, sage green walls are teamed with comfortable grey sofas and taupe drapes that flutter in the breeze coming through the floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen is lemon yellow and truly lovely, with traditional art on the walls and a kitchen island. For self-caterers, there's a stove and extractor fan, and a dining table with cushioned chairs. It is remeniscent of Corfu town, painted in citrus tones. Five captivating bedrooms sleep up to 10 guests. Each has a different pastel colour scheme including apple green and pale pink, beds dressed in pretty lilac or with a bold print. In the rooms, you'll find vintage-style wooden furniture, large mirrors and a well-stocked bookcase, for those who forgot to bring reading material! The bathrooms are particularly beautiful at this villa, there's a nautical-inspired bathroom with striped wallpaper and a boat themed frieze, and a retro parlour room style with quilted wallpaper and a gilded mirror. For those who love to stay active on holiday, there's a gym with a treadmill, pectoral fly and a bench. Outside, you'll find a sparkling aquamarine pool big enough for the whole family to swim and float peacefully in the refreshing water. The pool is encompassed by plenty of terrace space and has sunbeds for making the most of the Mediterranean weather. A large lawn space provides space to play and relax, with a dining table, perfect for everything from picnics to fine dining. #### Features The Villa Villa Rodakino enjoys a fantastic position on the eastern coast of Corfu. Inside, there are 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and it accommodates up to 10 people. Basement Floor - Gym and fitness room - Sauna - One bedroom and bathroom - A small kitchen area Ground Floor - Spacious kitchen and dining area - One bedroom with bathroom and dressing room First floor - One large king-size bedroom with bathroom and dressing room - Two other bedrooms and a bathroom Exterior - Private swimming pool - Large terrace - BBQ and outside eating area - Expansive front garden #### Location The villa is perfectly placed in picturesque, mountainous Gastouri, also known as Acheillio, after the famous summer palace of Empress Sissi of Austria. Located just 500m from the village entrance, the palace draws intrigue due to its historical and cultural significance. Built in 1898 by an Italian architect with inspiration from Greek mythology, iconic sculptures of Zeus, Hera and Achilles himself were created by a German sculptor for the beloved Empress of Austria. The palace is surrounded by dazzling gardens and has incredible views of the Ionian Sea. Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands and has strong Venetian influence in the architecture, as well as Byzantine. The name means 'a pair of peaks' as the island has two hills topped with fortresses that defended the island from the Ottoman Empire. The largest of the hills has a lighthouse with spectacular views over the sea. The Old Town has a myriad of narrow, winding lanes, filled with Venetian and Neoclassical architecture, painted in sunny yellow and orange. Just off Spianada Square, where locals congregate, is the Old Fortress on the site of an acropolis atop a rocky peninsula. Visitors can walk up to the highest point for breathtaking views, passing a small chapel and museum along the way. Liston Arcade, full of famous cafes and a promenade inspired by the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, is also nearby - it is so atmospheric with its graceful archways. It's a perfect spot for people-watching with a coffee in hand. A popular trip from Corfu is to nearby Pontikosini (Mouse Island) where there is a tiny Byzantine monastery surrounded by pine and cypress trees. According to local legend, this is the spot of Ulysses' ship after it was turned to stone by the wrath of Poseidon. The island gets its name as it's said to be the outline of a mouse when you look at it from above. A beach day is always a good idea in Corfu - and with so many to choose from, you could try a different beach every day! An amazing beach close to the villa is Agios Gordious beach with its green water and powdery sand. The beach gets its name from the church that is literally on the beachfront. The road that leads up to Agios Gordious is particularly scenic, lined with vineyards and olive trees. Canal d'Amour is a popular beach in Sidari, the northwest side of the island. This beach has gorgeous sand and turquoise water, but the unique element is the rectangular rock with a gap that you can swim through on a calm day. It's said that couples who swim through together will get married within the year. There are plenty of tasty treats to tuck into on Corfu, such as bourdeto, which is rockfish in a tomato sauce with plenty of onions and garlic, and pastralio, with fried aubergine layered with cheese and baked with boiled eggs, pancetta or salami, with a tomato and basil sauce. For the adventurous, try sofrito - veal cooked in a wine sauce with white pepper and garlic and served with rice or mashed potato.

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