The houses, each with its own entrance, were traditionally modest dwellings, but we have maximized space and comfort to give the feeling of a 'home away from home'. There is a master bedroom and suite in each, along with a comfortably sized bathroom with shower.
Of the 4 accommodations 3 have a handmade wooden, or wrought iron double bed in the main bedroom with comfortable Cocomat mattresses, a suite with sofa(s) desk, chairs & low table plus a well appointed bathroom, and 1 suite is 2 handmade single beds (twin) with en suite bathroom. The fabrics for the beds and cushions are supplied by FS Home Collections in The Netherlands, suppliers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The traditional white Corfiot curtains are all hand-made locally.
Upon arrival a complimentary set of toiletries include: Gilchrist & Soames ‘BeeKind™’ soap, shampoo and shower gel.
Other complimentary items, in addition to those above, include; a mini fridge, a small kettle, Nespresso coffee machine (AAA Sustainable Program), bottled water, and starter selection of teas & coffee.
The Merchant’s House was originally three traditional dwellings side by side that were recently completely rebuilt by hand, using local limestone and the same methods they had used some three centuries earlier. Each suite has been individually restored and decorated with a dash of Venetian style to mirror the past, whilst providing a contemporary level of comfort, 'tradition with a twist'.
*The rooms naturally remain fairly cool and breezy with their thick walls and the slight temperature drop in the mountain. For the hottest days of the summer air conditioning is available at a small surcharge of €5 per night. ** The wifi is free, but please be aware that the village doesn't support a particularly strong or consistent signal, but good for emails etc.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the 'Katoi' (breakfast room) or on the terrace. If it rains? Breakfast is easily made and enjoyed in 'The Katói' where we have additional facilities to those of the main kitchen.
If you have to get up and go earlier than 09.00 please let us know the day before. We request that you leave all of the keys in your suites, the maid will arrive by 09:00 to collect them and check your rooms for any damages or left items and let you know if we find anything or anything needs returning to you. Please consider future guests when caring for your accommodation.
NO SWIMMING POOL! As the village is a protected heritage site (under the preservation order of the Archaeological Department of the Ionian islands) please note, that there is no swimming pool in Old Perithia. However, many of the island’s finest ‘blue flag’ beaches are nearby and take approximately 15 minutes to reach by car.
SHOPS & TAVERNAS The village has 4/5 well known tavernas, each serving traditional local food sourced mainly from the mountains and local producers. There are 2 places that sell the local honey and the majority of the tavernas also serve drinks, ice creams, tea and coffee and have wifi too. Pre or dinner drinks can be taken on the terrace or in 'The Katói' located adjacent to the garden suites.
The nearest local shops are currently in New Perithia, approximately 10-15 minutes drive from the village,
you'll find a couple more tavernas there too. For larger supermarkets, other shops, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, dry cleaners etc. either Kassiopi or Acharavi are closest (20 minutes drive), although Acharavi has easier parking on either side of the main road. Need anything else? We're happy to help point you in the right direction.
For further local information simply contact us.
BREAKFAST AT THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE B&B
For an enjoyable and relaxed start to your day enjoy breakfast on the terrace overlooking the old village or, if it's raining or there are too many bugs, inside in the breakfast room.
Plan B for rainy or cold days: Breakfast is best eaten in 'The Katói' adjacent to garden suite 5.
Traditional decoration, antiques and local hand made Corfiot furniture throughout. 3 suites, 1 twin room & 'The Katói' providing an additional room for guests to use during the day, with a fridge, light breakfast/snacks cooking facilities, information centre & seating area.
Welcome selection, incl; fresh bread, milk, oranges, a bottle of red & white wine, filtered water, half a dozen eggs, butter, feta & jam + few nespresso capsules & teas to get you started.
The 'Katoi' (breakfast room) is for breakfast or preparing light snacks & to all have breakfast inside if it's raining. You have a small kitchen facility there too, with a fridge, small grill/oven/hobs, toaster, microwave & coffee machine. For all other meals please use the main kitchen, you can eat outside on the private terrace too (seats 8-10.)
Our maid will be around from 09:00 most days of the week & for check-in & check-out, to help clear breakfast & wash up + turn back the beds, do a general tidy of the rooms & to provide fresh towels midway through your stay. Also to help with any questions or repairs etc. new lighbulbs etc., and anything that need attention.
Cocomat mattresses and a choice of pillows
Fresh towels and bed linens, summer blankets and winter duvets.
Local handmade rugs in all suites and bedrooms
Axminster carpet, designed and woven in England (suites 1,2 & 3 only)
Daikin air conditioning (€20 supplement per suite if required) summer, and Buderus central heating winter.
Nespresso coffee machine, detachable kettle.
small fridge in each suite.
Multi language satellite flat screen tv, and a bedside radio|mp3 player - subject to local reception quality.
Wardrobes have ample wooden hangers (& a safe)
Free wi-fi and internet access** (as we're in the mountain it's limited speed/tempramental :)) but there's also wifi in 2-3 tavernas.
Books, games and magazines
Walk in showers, Grohe taps, towel rails, hairdryer. complimentary on arrival, Gilchrist & Soames 'BeeKind' toiletries
Exterior Venetian paint recreated by Kourasanit, interiors of Farrow & Ball
Private walled garden terrace and seating area
Insect nets on all doors and windows
Upon request and for a small surcharge (€10 per wash) the maid can do your laundry by prior request. We do not accept responsibility for any problems or damage to garments, and there is a professional laundry & dry cleaners 'Bubbles' in Acharavi.
Upon request: an iron and ironing board are available.
As part of our ecological care, we have an advanced water recycling system, 95% warm LED lighting./li>