10 January 2017

Snow and Ice!



Probably the coldest winter that many of us can remember has arrived with a vengeance in Greece. As often happens Corfu - right over on the west - has not suffered as badly as other parts of the country (pictured), but it has still been amazingly cold, with many people experiencing such unusual conditions as frozen pipes and temperatures as low as -10C. Perhaps it feels worse because it is such a contrast to last winter which was incredibly mild.
Susan

4 January 2017

Houses with Literary Connections - 2



Not even officially on the market yet is a detached house with swimming pool in the popular village of Doukades. Owned by the author Emma Tennant ("A House in Corfu" among others) who bought it several years ago when her family home on the sea at Rovinia was sold, and now in need of some redecoration, the house is likely to be offered at a very reasonable price. Doubling up on the literary connection, the house has until recently been the local base for the author of the prize-winning blog "The World from my Window", Maggie Grigg.
Susan

Houses with Literary Connections - 1



New on the market is the lovely stone village house that features in well-known author James Chatto's book The Greek for Love. Located in the village of Loutses high in the hills above the north coast of Corfu with stunning views to the sea and the mainland beyond, this house was the home of the author and his wife, Wendy Martin, when living in a remote Corfiot village really was quite an intrepid thing to do. Warning, the book will make you cry, but the house certainly won't. It has grown over the years, and whilst it is full of character it is still basically a family home in a mountain setting. Anyone wanting luxury might be disappointed, but there is scope for modernization of the kitchen and bathroom and plenty of space for a swimming pool.
Susan

17 September 2016

Friday Morning in Corfu



At times like this it is so obvious why we love living in Corfu. With half an hour to spare, on our way to show land to some Russian clients, we had time for a coffee in Kouloura. The photo is taken from our table.
Susan

29 July 2016

Bargain!

 

Just reduced in price to €37,000! This is a ready to move into village house (well, okay it probably needs a bit of work on the bathroom and kitchen). Just a few kilometres from Corfu Town, Evropouli is a traditional village and this house would be a good investment as a base for holidays, or year-round living. It's also possible to extend upwards and make a roof terrace.
Susan

22 July 2016

Full moon with a difference


On my way to bed last night, I took a last look at the moon from our upstairs terrace. The scattered clouds obscuring the bright light created this wonderful effect. Lovely summer evenings - one of the very best parts of living in Corfu!
Susan

17 July 2016

Frankie Cranfield's Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings




Not just a wonderful selection of paintings to admire, but in an outstanding setting as well. Yesterday we visited the recently renovated old home of the Conti family which is hosting an exhibition of Frankie Cranfield's art. Frankie is well-known in Corfu for her pastel coloured depictions of houses and trees, boats and animals, and her paintings looked their best displayed on the walls of this lovely old house. I believe it is hoped that the ground floor will be regularly used for similar exhibitions.
Susan