*** SOLD & CLOSED *** With infinite attention to detail, respect for tradition but also with imagination, innovation and the power of modern technology, Grand Marine is set on a two acres clifftop site with private seafront access.
Grand Marine, virtually glass-walled along its entire frontage, overlooks the sea, east to the coast and mountains of Albania, with the magical site of ancient Butrint in full view, and south to mainland Greece and the islands of the Ionian. This is one of the Mediterranean’s most sublime views, where two entirely different cultures face each other as if they were simply on opposite sides of a shimmering lake.
Everything about the house is designed for comfort and space, its contemporary design highlighted here and there by skilful use of traditional artefacts from India and Morocco, with some examples of Colonial living, such as a plantation ceiling fan that is a work of art in its own right.
INDOOR LIVING AREA
The dramatic entrance to the villa opens into a spacious sitting room with oak floors and exposed ceiling beams, where a plantation ceiling fan strikes an unusual note. The ceiling is lit with linear LED up lighting, remote-controlled electric curtains that, when necessary, shade the windows with their breathtaking view south down the Corfu Channel and east to ancient Butrint. The sitting room is tastefully and comfortably furnished with a discreet palette of muted colours that leave the view to be the dominant feature. Amongst other interesting pieces, there is a
grand piano, a large coffee table made from bronze ancient doors from Jaipur and plenty of seating in the form of three enormous sofas grouped about a large marble fireplace.
On the west side of the sitting room there is a study with direct access to the outside terrace. The dining room has a large dining table seating 12 persons. A fireplace in this room is offset by comfortable armchairs for pre-dinner drinks.
BEDROOMS AND BATHROOMS
There are seven air conditioned bedrooms suites in all, all with en suites and equipped with super king-sized beds, two of which can be made up as twins if desired and all with dressing rooms. All bedrooms are furnished with particularly comfortable beds with bespoke padded headboards,matching seating and the four main bedrooms have TV.
Two master suites have en suite bath, walk in shower, dressing rooms and TVs. The upper Master bedroom has access to a private landscaped area with its own covered Jacuzzi.
Bedrooms 3 and 4 have en suite his-and-hers walk in shower rooms, TVs and dressing rooms and can be made up as twins.
Bedrooms 5 & 6 with ensuite bath and shower rooms are in an independent guest suite with its own entrance; they share a private sitting/dining room all opening on to a beautiful private terrace overlooking the sea and the superb views. It also has a fully equipped kitchen.
The kitchen has an enormous granite-topped island unit in the centre where it can seat 4 persons at bar seats. There are two ovens, a microwave oven, coffee machine, 2 warming drawers, 6-ring gas hob, TV and plenty of storage, plus all the usual fixtures that you would expect to find in a well-equipped kitchen. Adjoining the kitchen is a walk in larder/storage room, staff office and staff entrance. There are steps from the kitchen door leading to the bar area and
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE VILLA
Air-conditioning: the house is equipped with silent air-conditioning, except for the sitting room which has its large counter rotating plantation fan to create soft movement of air.
Gym: Situated on the lower floor, the gym is air conditioned, has mirrored walls, and is equipped with a rack of weights, Swiss ball, Yoga Mats, Trackmaster running machine, Cross trainer and Elite NordicTrack exercise bike. There is a large wall-mounted TV and a fridge for chilled drinks.
Hammam Steam Room: a mosaic tiled hammam with heated stone seating running around the room.
Yoga /Jacuzzi: On a lower level, overlooking the sea, is a pergola dedicated to yoga. An outdoor,
covered Jacuzzi with outstanding sea views is situated under a thatched pergola on its own terrace beside the upper master bedroom.
Cinema: The cinema has two enormous sofas with silk cushions, and an 80-inch Samsung Smart
TV with surround sound, Blu-ray player, Apple TV and IPTV.
Ideal for large family groups: Two of the bedroom suites are in a separate part of the villa with its own entrance, linked by a private terrace front and back, and with its own spacious sitting room, kitchen and dining area. The private terrace leads to the main pool terrace. These two suites (5&6) are part of the total of 6 suites for 12 persons but offer an extra degree of independence if required.
At every level, there are lawned terraces with plants and trees framing exquisite views. Whether you wish to enjoy al fresco meals or refreshments as a couple or in company, your needs are amply provided for, with exceptionally comfortable seating, shade and sun. Steps connect the various levels, and a lift in the seafront tower provides easy access to the sea and sun bathing terraces.
The highly unusual freshwater swimming pool is divided into two sections, one draining from the upper terrace into the lower by means of a beautiful planted waterfall feature. The upper pool is 22m x 12m; the lower 12m x 6m. The two infinity pools have a Pebbletec finish. There is a pool cabana with a covered dining area, bar and pool shower.
Lawned terraces, plants, trees and water features stream over four levels down to the sea.
Indian temple doors and the occasional Buddha add to the mystique.
An outside lift with glass doors, descends three levels between the villa and the upper seafront terrace, this leads to the lower sea front terrace which provides an area for bathing and lounging, with sun loungers, and parasols.
EXTRA BUILDING LICENSE
There is an extra building license for an additional two bedrooms guesthouse.