Corfu is an elegant and noble destination, unique amongst the Greek islands for its regal amalgamation of Venetian, French and British styles. From the 15th – 19th centuries the island was under Venetian rule, subsequently passing to the French, British and, finally, Greek governments. This multi-cultural history has resulted in a fine architectural mix of grand palaces, elegant town houses and quiet country estates.
The beautiful Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, consists of clusters of colourful buildings from the Venetian period, dotted with the more austere Greek-revival style introduced by the British protectorate and the elegant, Parisian flourishes of the French occupation. A walk through the Spianada, the biggest square in the Balkans, displays examples of neoclassical monuments (the Maitland Rotunda), Greek-revival palaces (The Palace of St. Michael and St. George) and French Imperial style (the Liston).
Meanwhile, in the countryside, discover eclectic villages filled with traditional stone-built villas and remote farmhouses. Historic family mansions with panoramic sea views reveal their secrets in high-ceilinged rooms, with their stone-flagged floors, hidden alcoves and cool interiors welcoming guests to a world of elegant yet understated luxury. Meanwhile, lovingly-restored country cottages promise a comfortable retreat amongst their winsome vineyards, ancient olive groves and fragrant herb gardens, perfect for off-grid retreats, digital detoxes and eco-living.
Corfu Properties from Greece Sotheby’s International Realty
For Venetian charm: Antico Rosso
Discover a unique 17th century estate of incomparable beauty, bursting with olive groves and fruit trees yet just a few minutes drive from the bustle of Corfu Town. This stunning, terracotta villa has been fully renovated in accordance with its important heritage, and includes a wealth of original architectural features.
For complete seclusion and privacy: Linamia Estate
Enjoy true peace and tranquility in the splendid Linamia Estate, perched on the high clifftops overlooking the glittering blue of the Ionian Sea. A mature, fragrant garden envelops the peach-toned main villa, with its double height hallway and colonial-style sweeping staircase giving just a taste of the exquisite style of the rest of the property.
For a piece of Greek history: Secret Garden
Travel through time with this traditional Corfiot manor, a golden farmhouse set in 52,000 sqm of rolling countryside and originally belonging to the Mantzaros family, whose most famous member, Nikolaos, composed the music of the Greek national anthem. Explore the property’s never-ending maze of orchards, vineyards, citrus groves and gardens, before delving into the cool and comfortable interiors of this refined and characterful family home.
For Old Town living: Dreamwood
Settle into this stylish pied-à-terre in the heart of Corfu Old Town, just meters away from the bustling Spianada Square. Fully renovated, but retaining its historic character and old-world charm, Dreamwood is an exceptionally elegant apartment just waiting to share its stories.