We spent 30 summer holidays travelling round the Greek islands in a happy search for the perfect place on the most idyllic island and we think this is it.
The romantic Villa Adriana is nearly 200 years old. A Venetian, pink-stuccoed house, with thick stone walls, it is one of the landmarks of Lakka, now restored completely. Much of its charm and wonderful atmosphere is due to the beautiful gardens in the midst of an acre of centuries-old olive trees, offering you complete seclusion, tranquility and privacy. It is very peaceful and quiet, but only an 8 minute walk to the beach with its famed crystal clear waters, and a 5 minute walk to the nearest cappuccino in our lovely local village, Lakka with its outdoor tavernas and shops. And it’s a 2 minute walk to a hotel swimming pool, which our clients can use for free.
At the villa, we while away many hours in the garden pavilion looking at the view of yachts coming into Lakka bay and admiring the sun setting in the sea beyond. We love reading in the hammocks and having breakfast, lunch and dinner on the big terraces, surrounded by olive trees and flowers.
The villa is the upper part of the house. (There is a separate studio in the lower part.) It has its own entrance, its private part of the garden and olive grove, and its own gate from the road to the garden, complete with parking space.
The traditional exterior of the house hides a modern, very light, open plan interior that has kept it's Greek roots. It is decorated in a comfortable contemporary style, while preserving original features, such as the olive wood lintels and stone window alcoves. Large shuttered windows and high ceilings give a luxurious atmosphere of spaciousness and light. Villa Adriana has a very large living room with an open plan kitchen, a large dining table with six chairs, a sitting area with a comfortable sofa and two wicker chairs, a desk and lots of books. The living room is very light and airy: it has three windows and doors on both sides of the house. All rooms have large ceiling fans.
The floors of the villa are made of local Corfiot stone. There are two bedrooms: one with a double bed, the other with two single beds that can be made into a large double bed without the usual irritating gap in the middle. Both bedrooms have two windows with fitted mosquito blinds, handmade wooden beds with good British mattresses, wooden bedside tables with specially handcrafted reading lamps. The bathroom has a walk-in shower a modern white sink and loo.
Every window in the villa looks out onto the garden and the olive trees.
There are two large terraces on either side of the villa: one has a traditional barbecue, a large dining table and chairs, the other terrace also has a large dining table and chairs, as well as a sitting area with comfortable wicker chairs, a small table and sun beds.
Beyond the large terraces there are paved walks through the gardens leading to our traditional pavilion with its spectacular views of Lakka Bay's famed turquoise waters and the open sea. The terraces have large Greek terracotta pots with colourful plants and there are hammocks in the garden under the olive trees.
An unbeatable combination of comfort, stunning nature and architectural beauty. A paradise for families, walkers, honeymooners and other romantic couples.
Our housekeeper comes twice a week - on your arrival day and again in the middle of the week. She cleans the studio and bathroom and changes the bed linen and the hand and bath towels twice a week too. Clean beach towels once a week.
It is also possible to rent the Villa and Studio together. This would give you 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms: place for 6 persons. Please click on the box saying "where", above the main picture. Type in the number 10077403 and you will get the information about Studio Adriana.
Greek Government Tourist licence EOT1238/TT.