Encouraging Wild Life
Airbnb for Scops Owls
We have just installed 3 bird boxes around the olive grove at Villa Loukia, in the hope that we might encourage some Scops Owls to next there on their return to the island. The Scops Owl is the one you will hear frequently when sitting up on the terrace at Villa Loukia and it has a very distinctive whistle. Although we have been listening to them for years, we have never actually seen one. They are actually very small! Fingers firmly crossed.
Keeping Corfu Clean!
There are some big changes happening on Corfu regarding rubbish. Rubbish removal has become a bit of an issue in recent times and it is fantastic that Corfu is now getting to grips with the problem and we at Villa Loukia are doing our bit to help. All the local bins have been removed from Kassiopi so that Kassiopi is now clean. We have signed up to a recycling collection once per week from the villa and the new blue bin has just been installed for this purpose. This removes all paper, cardboard, tin and hard plastic from the rubbish and also collected seperately, the glass. The remaining dirty rubbish is removed by the cleaners every week or can be taken outside of Kassiopi to the green bins. All good news!
Refurbishment of Villa Loukia all complete for 2018
Perfect kitchen work-space if you like to cook!
We have spent 5 of the last 6 weeks in Corfu upgrading the whole of the downstairs to match the upstairs (refurbished in 2016 & 2015). At last all is finished, although the process was incredibly hard work! The results are fabulous and Villa Loukia is now completely re-tiled, all bedrooms and bathrooms are new and up-to-date and the kitchen has been re-modeled and now is a wonderful space to cook in, with all new appliances, lots of usable granite worktop and a 4-door American style fridge with filtered water and ice. It really is a joy to work in so if you go on holiday and like to have time to cook - this is where to go! Enjoy!
Corfu & Back
The Long Way Down!
Nick and I have just got back from a fabulous 3 week trip to Corfu and back - the long way down!
We rode the Harley 4164 miles through 10 countries: England, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.
We have also twice in the past done the 'short route' via Italy.
If anyone ever wants any information or advice on how to plan such an adventure (in a car works too!), then we are happy to share our experience - just message me.
Series 3 being filmed in early May
Hope you are all enjoying the 2nd Series of the Durrells on a Sunday evening. Corfu is being shown in all its beauty. Think it is the finale this weekend. Nick recently caught sight of Series 3 being filmed on a beautiful day in early May. The 'Durrell House' is at Kontokali, just north of Corfu Town.
May Day Guests Arrive
Email from family on arrival - Job Done!
Just a short message to let you know we have arrived safely at Villa Loukia :-) The house was easy to find, is just beautifull and the view... it seems almost unreal. Such a magnificent place. The kids jumped right into the pool, the sun is shining so we are just going to lie back and relax ;-)
Bye for now and all the best from all of us!!
Many greetings from Corfu
Fireflies and Springflowers
Grab a last minute break in May
May has to be one of the best months on Corfu. It is beautifully warm but not too hot. The grass is green rather than baked brown. The spring flowers are in flower! There are lambs and goats grazing through the olive groves. And best of all the fireflies twinkle like fairies in the olive grove after dark. I do have some availability left for May if you want a last minute break. Message me for a good price.
You can't beat Springtime
We have had a wonderful break at Villa Loukia over Easter. The weather was great and just right for really enjoying this island. Spring really is a brilliant time for walking up the mountain or along the coastal paths, enjoying the spring flowers and the wildlife. With wetsuits on we enjoyed the water too by paddle board. Corfu has so much to offer at other times than Peak Season with the great advantage too that it is beautifully quiet and the flights are cheaper. I do still have a couple of weeks available in May if you are tempted.....
When is the best time to book?
AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!
I do hate having to disappoint people when their chosen weeks are already taken. Booking early, particularly if you want high season, makes so much sense. My record to date is a guest who booked 23 months ahead to make sure she got the two weeks she wanted. The ideal time is by the end of the previous summer as EasyJet release their flight schedules in September -November. This means you are in a great position to pick up the best value flights. Waiting until January (which is peak booking time) is risky and flights will be more. If you are after a low season holiday in May or October then those weeks tend to book later. Hope this helps!
A winter adventure
we didn't quite plan to go to Albania....
This week (December 2016) we came to Villa Loukia to finish the Phase 2 of the upgrading work and to get the house all set up for 2017. As ever in winter the lack of direct flights is a headache but the route via Thessaloniki is rather lovely. A few days before we left home we heard that the seamen were all on strike for two days in Greece. Not a problem, they would be back at work before we got there. The day before we left they extended the strike by a further 2 days - ok a night in Igoumenitsa would be necessary. Having flown on Monday to Thessaloniki we then drove the 200 miles across northern Greece to Igoumentisa but on arrival discovered that the strike had been extended to Friday! We were flying home again on Saturday..... So on the advice of a German friend, on Tuesday morning we drove to the Greek border, left our car, walked the 1/4 mile to the Albanian border, found a taxi and a wonderful Albanian called Mouzo, he drove us to Serande (seen in the photo across the water from Villa Loukia) and we then took the hydrofoil back to Corfu Town. It worked despite many Greeks trying to tell us we couldn't do it. The only hassle was going in and out of the EU with the consequent border checks and customs of course. We managed to blag our way back into Greece without incurring some hefty import tariffs on the goods we were bringing to the house. On Saturday we have to do the return trip.....