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. The studio is the lower part of the house. 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 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.
In the studio, we love reading in the hammocks, having breakfast on the terrace or in the garden, and taking the short walk downhill under the majestic olive trees to the village. At night no traffic is allowed on the small path to the village, so it is always very peaceful.
The Studio Adriana, is the lower part of the house. It has its own private entrance, a large terrace and a private part of the large garden.
The traditional exterior of the house hides a modern, very light, open plan studio interior that has kept its Greek roots. It is decorated in a comfortable contemporary style, while preserving original features, such as the olive wood lintels and stone window alcoves.
Three shuttered windows and double French doors give a luxurious atmosphere of spaciousness and light. All of the windows are fitted with custom-made mosquito blinds. The white-walled open-plan studio has an ochre-coloured floor of local Corfiot stone. The sitting area has two comfortable wicker chairs and a coffee table, and a bookcase with lots of books for all tastes. The dining area has a small marble dining table and traditional Greek chairs in Mediterranean blue.
The sleeping area has two hand-made wooden single beds that can be turned into one very large double bed, without the usual irritating gap in the middle. Very good British mattresses. Extra mosquito nets above the bed. A spacious white wardrobe. And wooden bedside tables with specially crafted stone reading lamps.
The kitchen area is small, but well appointed, with a marble worktop, an electric kettle, a toaster, a microwave oven and small stove with two electric elements, and plenty of plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery and pots and pans. The bathroom has a walk-in shower.
French double doors open out onto a large terrace bordered by flowering Mediterranean plants and terracotta pots full of herbs and bright flowers. The terrace has a large sun umbrella, sun beds, a dining table and chairs, and a large built-in traditional barbecue. There are small piles of olive logs in the garden which you can use for the barbecue to bring a special fragrance to your outdoor cooking. There is also outside lighting for the terrace. No sea view but a lush screen of flowers, shrubs and trees.
From the terrace, you can stroll through the studio's private garden under ancient olive trees, or simply relax in the hammocks. You will always have the choice between sitting in the sun or in the shade.
A traditional wrought-iron gate from the studio garden leads to the narrow road down the short, steep hill to Lakka village. There is virtually no traffic on this little road in the daytime, and from early evening till the next morning all traffic is forbidden, so it is an exceptionally peaceful and private place. Lakka village itself is traffic free in the evenings too.
An unbeatable combination of comfort, stunning nature and architectural beauty. A paradise for nature lovers who want to get away from it all, from serious walkers to honeymooners and other romantic couples.
Although both the studio and the villa have their separate entrances, terraces and parts of the garden, it is sometimes possible to rent both parts of the house at the same time. For information about Villa Adriana, please click on the box under "Where, above the main picture. Type in the number 10077402, and you will see the Villa Adriana.
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.
Greek Government Tourist licence EOT1238/TT.