Taking replacement photographs recently made me look with new eyes at a lovely old manor house to the south of the village of Skripero. We have had the house - once the summer home of one of the old families of Corfu - on our books for quite some time and it has not been lived in for more than the odd week here and there for many years. With a huge amount of land, and the house itself covering three storeys, this property is crying out to be a boutique hotel, eco or agro-tourism centre, riding or cookery school - or maybe just a huge family home. Whatever its future, it certainly deserves to be restored, loved and lived in! The climate in this part of the island is excellent - dry and healthy, and if the house were in Tuscany or Umbria it would have been snapped up long ago. There is something, however, about being on an island that makes everyone want to buy ON the sea. The hidden interior of Corfu is well worth exploring - away from the noise and bustle of tourism and yet only a few minutes drive to beaches in more than one direction, sand to the right and shingle to the left. The village is within walking distance, with local shops, cafes and tavernas as well as schools and a chemist.