This house is known in the village as 'The Doctor’s House'. It was rebuilt around 1850 and was last owned by Konstantinos Boletsis, a local doctor. His parents, Garitaos and Olga Boletsis used the upstairs part as a summerhouse.
The house consisted of 2 bedrooms and a sitting area with a ‘pagouli’, a low table with chairs. In the kitchen there used to be a large traditional oven for bread making . The chimney has been kept and instead of the bread oven there is now a fireplace.
The lower part of the house 'The Katói' was used for storage and for keeping livestock. The family had a small donkey with big ears called 'Goussi', a horse, a goat and some chickens. The room is now available for pre & after dinner drinks, rest and relaxation - and for rainy days when breakfast is served there.
The father of the last owner, Mr. Emilio Koutsouris, was a ‘ksilourgos’ (a carpenter) hence it now being known as ‘The Carpenters House’. His parents, Thanassis and Lefkothea Koutsouris used the upstairs part as a summerhouse.
The house consisted of 2 bedrooms, a sitting area, and a small kitchen, which was situated next to the house, to the right of the front door. Emilio’s grandfather was a farmer who used to spend the summer with his family in Old Perithia.
The lower part of the house (now suite no. 5) had an ‘argalios’, a weaving tool for making carpets from sheeps wool. During the summer the grandmothers and aunts would spend many afternoons here, spinning and weaving.
In the 1920s, Gabrieli was a well-known character in the village. The lower part of the house (now double room no. 6 with an ensuite bathroom) was both a grocery store and 'kafeneion.' The men of the village spent many hours there drinking wine, coffee or ouzo, chatting and playing backgammon or cards.
The local expression "go up the steps of Gabrieli" meant take the short cut via the steps to get to the top of the village. The steps can still be seen next to Gabriel’s Steps taverna and leading to our terrace.
Gabrieli had two daughters, one of which sold the house around 1980 to Evegenios Chirdaris, the previous owner of the house. The interior layout has been redesigned but some traditional features such as the old bread oven in the upper part of the house remain intact.
ROOM RATES 2018
The Merchant’s House Boutique Bed & Breakfast is open for the summer season from April/May until October/November.
Rates are based on 2 people sharing a suite and include breakfast. Minimum stay 2 nights, with a recommended stay between 2-7 nights. There are 5 tavernas, open for both lunch and dinner, all within 1 minutes walk of the B&B. Each suite has a minibar & there's an 'honesty bar' for guests [open from 5 to 11pm daily] and guest information & relaxation room in the 'Katoi.'
April from €140 to €170
May & June from €165 to €190
July & August from €175 to €195
September from €165 to €190
October from €140 to €170
Minimum 2 night stay, with weekday rates from Monday to Thursday, and weekend rates on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
We can also help if you wish to combine your stay in the village, with a stay at one of our partner hotels in Corfu town, or we can recommend a hotel or villa by the sea.
*Rates include all local taxes and breakfast. For detailed rates and availability please contact us.