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