15 February 2017

Airbnb owners, be very careful

Most of the owners I speak to have high praise for Airbnb, and I would have agreed until  last summer opened my eyes to the pitfalls of their system and made me wonder how many people are aware of this. 

Even if you have a ‘Strict’ no refunds policy, Airbnb can refund clients under their 'force majeure' clause (i.e. valid extenuating circumstance) in their terms and conditions, resulting in the guest receiving a refund and the unfortunate owner being charged (without consultation) and ending up with an empty house and no rent.

This actually happened to me last summer, and I still have a dispute with Airbnb (not that you can actually have a dispute, it’s like dealing with ‘computer says no’), and when I read this article I realised I was not alone.

UK tour operators ask their clients to verify that they have travel insurance before the booking is complete, and in this article someone suggests another alternative.

I have always recommended the all clients have travel insurance to cover them in the event of cancellation/curtailment for a valid reason, and now I am going to insist. It’s not perfect, but at least it’s something.

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.

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.

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.

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.

29 July 2016



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.

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!