Dear Saskia and Mark
It was great to meet you too and we had such an enjoyable stay. Everything was perfect about the Merchant’s House down to the smallest detail and we’ll be leaving a glowing review on TripAdvisor at the weekend. We shan’t forget your hospitality and kindness. And we loved Perithia – so beautiful and peaceful – and hugely appreciated all the advice you gave us about places to visit and to eat, and booking tables for us, not only locally but in Corfu Town as well. Pomo d’Oro was amazing! It and Salto were definitely our favourites, and we also liked Lemonita as a lunch place. After some trepidation, being such Italophiles, we’re now definitely converted to both Greek food and wine...In fact, after all your infallible food tips for Corfu we’d been summoning up the courage to ask you for restaurant recommendations here!...
Do give our best wishes to Olga and of course our very best wishes to you both.
With many thanks again for making it such a memorable holiday for us, Sheila and Ben
Sheila & Ben | London, June 2017 | UK
Saskia and Mark,
We did finally do the reviews on booking.com and tripadvisor, we are just slow - taking a while to catch up with everything here at home and work. It was quite hard to make the reviews as special as The Merchant's House and you two are.
Blanton & Judith | North Carolina, June 2017 | USA
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing many of our guests again, as well as the new ones for this year. We have made a few changes over the winter months, so that the b&b now has a 'breakfast | drinks & relaxation room' exclusively for guests. In village houses the room downstairs was affectionately called the 'Katoi' [To Kατωι] literally meaning 'down', and used for sheep, chickens and even goats, along with other common storage items of that time, including barrels of olive oil and home made wine.
Breakfast will be served outside as usual but, if it's cold outside, served between 9 & 10.30am (early April or late Oct or on those rare rainy days) in the Katoi. Also, guests have a Katoi key, so each day from around 11.30am - 11.30pm it's open for you to enjoy. We have also made what was the 'twin room' (previously suite 6) into a spacious double bedroom with bathroom. Our best wishes to you all for 2017.
Happy New Year from Mark & Saskia, Corfu | 2017
Dear Saskia and Mark, We are so happy about our stay at your wonderful place, we had perfekt holidays. And it was a pleasure for us as well to meet you. You are such a charming and cute couple, so hospitable. Thank you for this wonderful stay. Every day I eat a little bit from my "Heike's stay well fig compote", I love it. Thank you so much Mark, I was so touched. We now wish you a good time 'til you go back to London and a safe trip home. We would be happy to stay in touch. And if you come to Munich please let me know and visit us. Lovely greetings and all the best for you Heike & Charlotte
Heike & Charlotte | Munich, September 2016 | Germany
Dear Saskia & Mark, Thank you for creating this gorgeous comfortable home from home in which to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Old Perithia. Mark your breakfasts, jams and compotes were delicious and you have both looked after us with great care and love which soothed and rejuvenated world weary souls. We have hd a wonderful holiday here. Thank you so much, Nigel & Nicole xx
Nigel & Nicole | Stanmore, September 2016 | UK
Wonderful Stay | Saskia and Mark,Thank you for an incredible stay at The Merchant House. We loved getting to know you and exploring the village. We will be curious to see how it develops now that your preservation and enlivening vision is under way. It was great to hear the history and process of transformation Old Perithia has undergone. You may have inspired me to look for a project like this in the future! I know Lauren had an incredible trip as well and loved having a retreat. Thank you for making this such a memorable time in a good way! I also appreciate you taking me in after Lauren and Melissa had left and extending my stay with a wonderful morning, and excursion with Mark. We took so many photographs during the trip but I was surprised to discover we hadn't had one with the two of you! I'm attaching our sneaky paparazzi shot of Saskia though and a few others of us enjoying your beautiful place. I'd love to grab a drink when you're back in London this winter. Thank you!! Leila
Leila, Lauren & Melissa | London & USA, September 2016 | UK & USA
Hallo Saskia and Marc, Just enjoyed perfect breakfast at PCC. Location is nice, but yours cannot be topped. Do not bother about Birgitte Magazine, We do not need it any more. Good time and hope to see you in lovely Perithia another year. Ehrfried & Nicole
Erhfried & Nicole | Frankfurt, September 2016 | Germany
Dear Mark and Saskia, Thank you both for such an excellent stay and, hands down, the best hospitality we have ever experienced. It was truly a pleasure to meet you both, to learn about Old Perithia, enjoy Lola's food with you, and (thanks to your great advice) thoroughly enjoy Corfu (in rain and shine!)... Please do let us know if you are ever heading to Brussels. Whether it is this year or in 5 years, don't hesistate to drop us an email if you are in the area so that we can have a good Belgian beer together, All the best, Naomi and Nils
Naomi & Nils | Brussels, September 2016 | Belgium
Dear Saskia and Mark, so nice to open my mails and find your message, thank you! - I missed waking up in our beautiful suite this morning and the early swim and lovely breakfast-time on the terrace and chatting with you and.. and.. except for the delicious fig jam which came with us :-)- I have a funny feeling we’ll be back :-) I’ll write the review on Sunday - five stars coming :-) Wishing you a great day and sending viele liebe Grüße, Almut
Almut & Mathias | Berlin, August 2016 | Germany
Hi Mark and Saskia, We had the most wonderful holiday in Corfu - and we all agreed staying at the Merchants House and experiencing Old Perithia was a real highlight.
i am so glad we discovered you! We will of course fill in the trip advisor review. We got back on Monday night to a heatwave - not quite as hot as Corfu but not far off, so if I sit in the garden with a glass of wine I can pretend I'm still on holiday... Best wishes from all of us Suzie, Matt, Jamie & George
Dennis Family | Kent, UK | Aug 2016
I've just written to Vassia to book the ferries - saying that you suggested we contact them. We actually got married in Canada but the weather was absolutely beautiful there too! We went into a book shop this evening, opened a travel guide, and it had The Merchants House as the Best Place to stay in Corfu :) We are very much looking forward to our stay with you. Best, Naomi (and Nils)
Naomi & Nils | Brussels [pre-visit], August 2016 | Belgium
Dear Saskia and Mark, We have been welcomed in Salto as the British Governor of Corfu and we have been given "Saskia's table", close to the window. Alex parle très bien français et décrit parfaitement les vins So, that is the - right - place that we would not have found without you, thanks a lot for this pleasant stay, Best wishes, Emmanuel et Jean-Louis
Emmanuel et Jean-Louis | Paris, August 2016 | France
Dear Mark and Saskia, Thank you for your great hospitality, we both feel very well rested and too well fed!! Breakfast in Brightlingsea doesn’t have the same appeal! The Merchant’s House is an amazing place - a project to be very proud of. Your determination to support and enhance the community is admirable. We were both struck by your enthusiasm and passion for your work in Perithia also by the number of friends you have made. We enjoyed our day in Corfu Town- thanks for the map and list of places to visit. In fact the whole day and the journey home went smoothly. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thank you again for ensuring our stay was so memorable. With best wishes, Kay and Bill
Kay & Bill| Colchester, Aug 2016 | UK
Thank you for your call on Wednesday & for taking such good care of my clients. I’m sure they will return & Bill has called me & highly recommends The Merchant’s House & said what fantastic personal service you offer which he really appreciates!
Bill & Eleanor | Manchester, July 2016 | UK
Good morning Mark and Saskia, Many thanks for your mail. We appreciate very much because receiving a personnel mail after a stay in a hotel is exceptional. We have enjoyed the 5 days stay at your hotel very much and we appreciated your hospitality, your attention to so many little details and, of course, our talks and your advices for excursions. We had a good final day with a stopover in Corfu town for some souvenir shopping. We hope to return back to your little paradise in Old Perithia in the near future. Luzia will fill in the TripAdvisor evaluation and we cross our fingers that this will help you to get more friendly guests at the Merchant´s House. All the best and keep in touch. Rene and Luzia
Rene & Luzia | Wettingen, July 2016 | Switzerland
Dearest Saskia and Mark, We had such a lovely time at your most beautiful Merchant’s House. Thank you again for your very pleasant hospitality. We send you the photos Zdenko took, you are definitely a good looking couple!!!!! I wanted to tell you that I found your address in a German women’s magazine called BRIGITTE. Your house was mentioned there in edition 15/2015. I still have the article, just in case you do not find it, I can scan it to you. Zdenko and I wish you a good season and many content guests.
Very best regards, Margaret and Zdenko
Margaret & Zdenko | Loerrach, July 2016 | Germany
Thank you for everything... we had a wonderful stay and it was great to meet you both.
For sure we'll leave a comment when we'll get back home on how amazing the place and the owners are. Kind regards, Julie et Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul et Julie | Lyon, July 2016 | France
Hi Mark and Saskia, Just a quick e mail to thank you both again for a lovely week (too short!) at Old Merchant's House. We loved every minute but we are now back in showery England...We are now gradually getting back to our normal routine but are both missing the nightly choice of which taverna to dine at and I miss the beer and chats with you Mark! Hope that you have a great summer in Old Perithia with lots of nice guests and we hope to be back again sometime. Best wishes, Darryl and Eliana
Darryl & Eliana | Surrey, June 2016 | UK
Thanks so much for the great photos to remind us of a great time on Corfu. We do have one problem with our stay with you: it was far too brief. On the drive south to Kerkarya, we were already planning our return. All best wishes, Keith & Sally
Keith & Sally | Oxford, June 2016 | UK
Dear Mark and Saskia
Thank you both for a truly super stay. You were so kind and the experience was memorable. Will recommend to our friends of course.Thank you again for the hospitality, the attention to detail and the whole experience. Please remember us to all the village - we will not forget them and we hope to be back. Love from us both Peter and Sue x
Sue & Peter |Herts, June 2016 | UK
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! We are sad to leave but so happy that we were able to experience this amazing place, Best... V&B
'Loves' Lovely Breakfast, variety, service and of course... scenery! Beautiful room & nice sampling of drinks and snacks. Your hospitality, knowledge and passion for what you do/Old Perithia and its people. Excellent suggestions for what to try at the tavernas (we had everything you mentioned!) The dinner party & local culture - thx for the invite. Lovely Bath products! - If we had one suggestion :)... Wifi was slow and sometimes unavailable. [Gave our apologies as village suffered problems after a recent storm - now rectified:)]
Ben & Vicky | New York, June 2016 | USA
Hi Mark and Saskia--the dust has finally settled after our return home. I just sent in a review to Trip Advisor (enthusiastic of course) so it should be posted soon. Our stay in Old Perithia certainly was a highlight of our trip. Thanks again for arranging with Bella Venezia for our luggage drop off on our final afternoon in Corfu Town. Being free of luggage allowed us to have a nice lunch and do some shopping. Best wishes for the rest of your season, and look forward to seeing you again before too long.Regards, Anne
TripAdvisor Reviews 2016 | Click the link, May 2016 | Old Perithia
Hi Mark and Saskia, We had such a great time with you – thank you both so much for looking after us all so well. Really memorable.
Love and best wishes, Gill
Gill, Danny & Becky | London, May 2016 | UK
Many thanks to you both for our memorable stay at Merchant’s House. Even the rain for a couple of days did not detract much from the pleasure and, on a positive note, let me catch up with some work!!
Look forward to seeing you again in the future - perhaps in the autumn subject to other commitments but, if not then, probably next spring.
Neale and Christine
Neale & Christine | Essex, May 2016 | UK
Thanks you so much! We had an absolutely incredible time. We will tell everyone at home to come here! Alex & Phoebe xx
Alex & Phoebe | London, May 2016 | UK
Hello M&S. Just to say, apart from a huge thank you for everything you did for us over the course of the past few days, merci mille fois for the Corfu town map and mini tour. We followed your instructions to the letter and fell in love with the place. Lunch at the Bougainvillea was superb...especially the shrimp saganaki and baklava. What would we have done without you? Life will never be the same again, no matter how many treats jostle. We are now sitting in the airport awaiting our flight. Bises et bisous à vous deux. J&F xx
Trevor & Jeni | London, May 2016 | UK
Guests, a suggested itinerary for Easter in Corfu by Tony & Ros: "Dear Mark & Saskia... We reckoned that you would have left for Corfu Town ages before we made it up to Old Perithia. That evening we went to church in Loutses (quite an eye-opener) and processed up and down the village with all our neighbours. Loved it! On the Saturday morning, we joined the thousands in Corfu Town for the pot-throwing – loved that too! In the evening we went down to Kassiopi, joined another procession and then enjoyed the fireworks at midnight – fab! On Sunday, we ate spit-roast lamb in Lafki with lots of Greeks partying on the village square – live music, dancing and general jollity – another lovely moment. Basically we had a fantastic 5 days in Corfu and, will now, hopefully come over every Easter in future."
Ros & Tony | Herts, May 2016 | UK
Mark and Saskia, now that I’m home, I have to thank you for the absolutely lovely stay with you. You are the most charming hosts! Enjoy your soggy winter in London, and look forward to next spring in Paleo Perithia!
Joseph | New York, September 2015 | USA
We had a really great time and it was good to spend so much time together. The "Taverna Society" was a real discovery! Thanks for looking after us so well and we're very grateful for your having taken so much time to spend with us, and to take us around. A & Y xx
Anthony & Yolaine | Sussex, September 2015 | UK
Dear Mark and Saskia, I have just done a review on trip advisor (will check to see that it gets posted safely). Thank you both once again for making our stay so enjoyable and memorable - as Roger said it felt like staying with friends!! Am dashing this off quickly as have to go into work now. thank you both once again for being such excellent B&B hosts- you really do have a very special house in a very special village. We will definitely keep in touch! Kerry and Roger x
Kerry & Roger | Surrey, September 2015 | UK
Dear Mark & Saskia, Quickie email (from wet and grey London) - to once again thank you for such a great stay...I know we will be back!! Many thanks again, and we also greatly appreciated the 'tour' with Mark around the village - all wonderful! Kindest regards and thanks, Sian & Freddy x
Sian & Freddy | Cornwall, September 2015 | UK
Dear Saskia & Mark, It was a true pleasure to stay at The Merchant's House! We appreciated every attention brought to the slightest detail, from the quality of the room and objects in it, to the wonderful taste of the breakfast. Thank you for your kindness throughout our stay, Saskia for looking after us, and Mark, for the incredible tour we will never forget. Hoping to come back one day, all the best. Pascal and Nathalie xxx PS. Thank you to Olga for the clean room!
Pascal & Nathalie | Montreal, September 2015 | Canada
“The perfect place with the perfect hosts”
Everything about the Merchants House and surrounding village of Old Perithia is a pure delight. The B&B is one of the best places we've stayed, ever... However, probably the best part of going to Old Perithia is the opportunity to meet Merchant House owners Saskia & Mark. They are quite simply the most wonderful hosts you could dream of. Thank you both for creating this paradise in Corfu! Sarah & Marek. Extract from TripAdvisor Review no. 64
Latest TripAdvisor Review - Sarah & Marek | Geneva, September 2015 | Switzerland
Mark & Saskia, Thank you for a wonderful evening and night in this beautiful village. We must stay longer next time! Thank you also for the welcome drinks and the fascinating tour of Old Perithia; your hearts and souls are clearly devoted to this place. We hope to return soon. Benjamin & Daniel x P.S. The breakfast was heavenly!
Ben & Danny | Manchester, August 2015 | UK
Mark & Saskia, Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. You've been no end of help and useful information and we have felt wonderfully looked after, and we are now very well rested (and fed, and red!) We are sorry we didn't manage to take you up on the guided tour of Old Perithia - such a shame, we would have enjoyed that but we chose the beach once too often to fit it in! Thanks again for everything, Paul & Kinga
Paul & Kinga | Buntingford, July 2015 | UK
Dear Saskia, dear Mark, We have returned home safely... It was a holiday that we will not forget. Once again, thank you for all the trouble you took during our stay just to please us and to make our holiday as pleasant as it then actually was. Oh, and I forgot to thank you, Mark, for the tour around the village. We were really lucky to have you as a guide. I suppose there are quite a few people who had never heard of Old Perithia, but now they do, since with good reason we can speak highly of the village, your accommodation and you as our hosts. Best regards and thank you!! Walter & Ingrid
Walter & Ingrid | Schwertberg, July 2015 | Austria
Thanks for the 50+ reviews on TripAdvisor, July 2015
Dear Saskia and Mark, Thank you for your kind message. The Merchant's House is not only a great place to stay as a B&B. It is also a key project to promote and maintain Old Perithia local heritage. We truly appreciated your personal involvement and the way you run it! We wish you lots of success and many "bain-marie" scrambled eggs! Sincerely, Nancy & Frederic
Thank you… and again thank you so much for making us feel so welcome. You have done a fantastic job at The Merchants House – a real highlight especially including us in your meal with family and friends that was so kind. Hope it all goes from strength to strength and hope to see you again in Corfu. Wishing you a very busy and profitable summer season. All best wishes to you both. Paul and Kate.
Paul & Kate | North Lincoln, June 2015 | UK
Thanks for your note. We're doing great. On the beach in Mykonos at the moment. Santorini and Mykonos have been wonderful but our time in Old Perithia was still the highlight. All the best, Dan and Melissa
Dan & Melissa | Washington, June 2015 | USA
Hi Mark & Saskia, We had a really enjoyable stay both with yourselves and at Delfino Blu. We thoroughly enjoyed your company as well as your other guests. We felt really at home with yourselves and Tim. What a nice guy!. We enjoyed the company of all the guests. I must thank you Saskia for the loan of your walking shoes as we really enjoyed the tour around the old village. Hope you have a good season and keep up the good work. Kind regards and many thanks, Carolyn xxx
Mike & Carolyn | Shropshire, June 2015 | UK
Dear Saskia and Mark, Thank you so much for your warm welcome at Old Perithia! It definitely was a highlight on our Corfu Trail holiday. We were really impressed, what a nice job you are doing in that lovely village. We will recommend the Merchant House to anybody who wants to visit Corfu. I already done a very good review at booking.com and I will do another at trip advisor soon. All the best, Conny & Dirk
Conny & Dirk | Munchengladbach, Germany | June 2015
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience. This inn is charming and beautiful, and the hosts are wonderful - thinking of every detail. The village is unique and set in the midst of spectacular natural beauty, with warm and friendly tavernas and fascinating living history. Really worth the trip! Nancy & Chris [TripAdvisor Review]
Nancy & Chris | New York, USA | May 2015
Dear Mark and Saskia, Thank you both once again for such a super holiday. All of the arrangements worked out superbly from beginning to end, including the room at the Bella Venizia. We also had a great meal at Salto. All in all - perfect! Once again, it was a delight to see you both again and we are most grateful for all of your organisation, effort and wonderful hospitality. We can't wait until we return! Mike and Ann xx
Mike & Ann | Cirencester, UK | May 2015
Hi Mark, Tim and I just wanted to thank you so much for being such fabulous hosts to us while in Corfu - what a special place you all have! Thanks for all you did for us and for making your stay such a special part of our honeymoon! And we so loved that amazing wine bar in town (Salto)! The people were so very gracious and the food was spectacular! Thanks for everything and please keep in touch.
Tim & Bailey | New York, USA | May 2015
Dear Mark and Saskia, What a wonderful few days!!! Thank you for giving us so much of your time. Old Perithia is certainly very special and it was lovely to share your enthusiasm.You’ve created a superb B&B and deserve all the success we’re sure will come to you. Our suite was so comfortable and well equipped - beautiful bathroom. Breakfast was delicious.
Leo & Ginnie | London, UK | May 2015
Dear Mark and Saskia, We had a fantastic time in Old Perithia...
So we were really happy we stayed there for a few days. Best regards, Ingrid and Filip
Filip & Ingrid | Zemst, Belgium | May 2015
Hi Mark and Saskia, Just to thank you for your kind hospitality and say what a pleasure it was to meet you both, we will remember our Corfu hols was a really good one, look forward to seeing you both again . Kindest Regards Arthur and Deirdre
Arthur & Deirdre | Welwyn, UK | May 2015
...By the way, I visited your website and you've done an amazing work in the Merchant's House. I wish more people were so creative as you are! I look forward to visiting you in summer! It looks wonderful! And I have so great memories of that village, that I always want to come and visit it again and again. Annita
Annita | Corfu, March 2015 | Greece
The new season has started and while working on the website we cannot wait to come and visit Saskia and Mark in Corfu!
Kasia & Davor | Muswell Hill, February 2015 | UK
Dear Mark & Saskia, Thank you very much for making our holiday so brilliant; the lovely house, the advice on our travels, the great selection of food and tavernas + your company. With love and best wishes, John.
Your attention to detail is second to none and we loved our stay in The Merchant's House. It was such a fun time with all that music and laughter and getting to know you both. I am full of admiration for your energy and foresight and I hope you achieve your dream in Ancient Perithia. A fantastic project for the locals and for Corfu, Jean
John & Jean | Leverstock Green, October 2014 | UK
Dear Mark, Dear Saskia, I am just on my way back to Spain. We had a wonderful time in Old Perithia and I am surprised about the beauty of this Island. We will back for sure and I hope to stay in touch with you. All the best & enjoy your last weeks at Corfu. Elisabeth & Anja
Elisabeth & Anya | Majorca & Eindhoven, October 2014 | Spain & Holland
Dear Mark and Saskia, Thank you for being impeccable hosts during our stay in Old Perithia. The Merchant's House is the perfect place to stay in a perfect location. We look forward to seeing your vision for OP unfold and see it blossom into a thriving community in this ancient and romantic setting. Best wishes, Jeremy & Peggy.
Jeremy & Peggy | London, October 2014 | UK
Thank you. We had a great time and I can only thank you both for making our trip to Corfu and Paxos a very special one. Deb has even threatened that we have to "sell up" and move across. We will be sure to recommend you to family and friends. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Neal and Deb
Neal & Debra | Manchester, September 2014 | UK
Saskia and Mark, Thank you so much for your kind hospitality and for our stay at The Merchant's House. We have had the most fantastic 8 days in Corfu and will definitely be back in future, Best wishes R and E x
Ewan & Rebecca | London, September 2014 | UK
Thanks to our guests for all your positive comments and ratings on TripAdvisor. We've just been awarded the 'Bravo!' badge. We have also been added to their business listings, providing a direct booking option via TripAdvisor, so we can also aim for their 'Certificate of Excellence' Awards in 2015.
TripAdvisor 'Bravo!' Commendation, Aug 2014 | The Merchant's House
We love (in no particular order)... then followed 18. positive points :) so, we've just listed a third of those - 2. The comfortable bed 4. The love and care evident in the way the rooms are furnished 5. Ace shower! 6. You two! Thank you for the wonderfully warm welcome and all you've done to make our anniversary so special 10. Integration with, care of and respect for the local community 12. Perfect scrambled eggs and homemade jams! Oh and... 17. Nice loo paper, not that cheap thin stuff. What can we say guys. It's been magic. Thank you both so much! Julia & Pieter.
Julia & Pieter | London, Aug 2014 | UK
The Merchant´s House war die perfekte Unterkunft für unsere Reise nach Korfu. In ruhiger Umgebung haben die Gastgeber alles dafür getan, dass man richtig entspannen kann und man sich ganz wie zu Hause fühlt. Die Unterkunft ist top ausgestattet - sogar eine eigene Nespresso-Maschine steht einem zur Verfügung. Herrliches Frühstück wurde uns jeden Tag zubereitet - ganz nach Wahl. Außerdem bekamen wir eine persönliche Führung durch Old Perithia von Mark Hendriksen persönlich. Es hätte nicht besser sein können! Vielen Dank!
Pia & Gunther | Wien, Aug 2014 | Austria
We had such a wonderful stay with you. We felt so cared for and couldn't have wished for a happier time. Our villa here in Paxos has, thankfully, met our expectations and hopes as its setting is on a private estate with a little path down to Orkos beach which is a real beauty. Do you know it? Thanks for your little tips, we have settled into some home cooking overlooking the pool and sea but are now itching to venture out again so your recommendations will most definitely be put to use. Thank you Saskia and Mark, for an amazing start to our holiday. Best wishes Kinga, Nigel, Felix, Hector and Poppy xxx
Kinga, Nigel, Felix, Hector & Poppy | Winchester, July 2014 | UK
Mark and Saskia have done an incredible job restoring the Merchants House in such style... Without their massive labour of love none of us would be able to enjoy the joy of staying at this breathtakingly beautiful place. We combined our 3 nights with daily visits to the beach which worked very well... I am not going to say too much more because you need to come and see for yourself and would suggest that you do not delay your visit as the word gets round about this unique place! On top of all this you get a delicious breakfast with local honey and delicious fig and clove jam made by Mark plus the choice of 5 Tavernas in the village...We hope to come back soon. Merrick and Emma (extract from TripAdvisor Review)
Telegraph Travel | by Marc Dubin, July 2014 | Telegraph Travel
Dear Mark & Saskia, Happy sixth anniversary!! We enjoyed our stay in your beautiful B&B like home. You two spoiled us that much, now we feel obliged to come back very soon. We bought a little present for you to enjoy on a special evening watching the moon. Lydia & Timo
Timo & Lydia | Utrecht, July 2014 | The Netherlands
Thanks to our guests who have reviewed us on TripAdvisor, we're now at no. 2 of 200 best places to stay in Corfu.
TripAdvisor Ranking, July 2014
This evening was just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Best fish we had in our lives with the greatest company of friends in the charming Old Perithia! This village is something special! Greatest night in Corfu! Ausra
Guests, their friends, and dinner in Old Perithia., July 2014 | Lithuania
Hello Mark, Thank you for your e-mail and for your warm welcome in Old Perithia.
I had a very nice time in Corfu, especially in Old Perithia. Actually we returned after two days and took dinner to Corinna's taverna. You were absolutely right: she is a great cooker. We ate the best lamb in lemon sauce ever :)
I find amazing everything you do for the old village, having in regard that you already have a great life in London. I can understand you, partially, because I also chose to teach foreign languages at the country side in Romania, in order to help the children to have a different vision for a better life. It is not easy, but it is worth trying... Kind regards and best wishes! Otilia
Otilia | Lasi, July 2014 | Romania
Many thanks for everything - it was fantastic! Jonas & Lydia
Jonas & Lydia | London , June 2014 | UK
Hi Mark & Saskia, It is a real pleasure to stay somewhere which has been so beautifully designed and finished to such a high standard - the bathroom is really excellent. Breakfast is a pleasure. You are great hosts and we enjoyed our stay tremendously. We will be back and have a few friends who will be getting a recommendation. Richard & Anna
Richard & Anna | Cotswolds, June 2014 | UK
Dear Saskia and Mark, I am back to Sofia and writing to thank you again for the wonderful time at the Merchant's House where we enjoyed very much your warm hospitality. It was lovely meeting you. My admiration and respect for the effort you've done to bring back to life old Peritheia village. And for the results, of course...I am already spreading the word about it to friends who like traveling with a cause, be it archeological, ecological, architectural etc. I do hope we'll stay in touch. Be well, have a nice summer! Zdravka
Zdravka & Marc | Sofia, June 2014 | Bulgaria
We had a wonderful couple of days in Old Perithia, a welcome relief from the busy coast. Mark and Saskia were lovely hosts and great company - we felt like we were visiting friends. They have renovated their stone house so tastefully; with simple luxury while being respectful of the history of the building and the village... We felt sorry to leave - thanks so much to Mark and Saskia!
Cecelia & Willie | Dublin, June 2014 | Ireland
Good Morning Mark & Saskia, Cherine the colleague from London I brought up to see you the other week has raved about The Merchant's House and the head of the Greek island team is coming over soon and would love to see it too... I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Caroline
CV Villas | London & Corfu, June 2014
Mark and Saskia, We had such a lovely time in Old Perithia. Thank you for making everything so perfect for us. We loved the village and The Merchant's House (and Corinna and Kostas and the bee man and everyone) and are really looking forward to coming back. Lots of love Seona & Sylvia x
Seona & Sylvia | Scotland, UK | June 2014
Dear M&S, Thank you so much for yet another fantastic holiday with you! It was so relaxing and fun and you really made my birthday a very special day indeed...and I hope to see you both soon here or there. Much love from me and Sara, Chris xxx
Chris & Sara | St Albans, UK | May 2014
Hi Mark & Saskia, Just to express our thanks for the wonderful way that you looked after us. I tried to do a Trip Advisor commentary but it collapsed when I was uploading pictures, but I intend to go back in and try again at the weekend...We shall be seeing you again, probably in October, Mike. We had such a fabulous time and your kindness and generosity will stay in our hearts...have so enjoyed telling people about our stay, and showing off the photo’s, to general applause, S x
Mike & Sharon | North Wales, UK | May 2014
We have been thoroughly spoilt by all the effort you and Mark have put into your hotel and guests. Our time in Old Perithia and indeed Corfu Town and Chrismos has been truly memorable. I can't thank you enough for all you have done. I wish you both much success and happiness and I hope our paths cross in the future! Love, Jane and Al x
Jane & Al, Derby, UK | May 2014
Thank you to our guests and friends who write to us, or about us, on Facebook & TripAdvisor, here are the links to both to see their comments... Facebook
What people say about us on FB & TripAdvisor, May 2014
Dear Saskia and Mark, This is Caroline! (Andrew is in London).
Just wanted to say that you are amazing! Thank you so much for your help, I really don’t know what we would have done without you. Can't wait to come to Old P. and stay in your lovely hotel, I have studied it really carefully on line! You have started to turn the whole village into something wonderful.
When we first came, it was so run down and dead beat... Now Old Perithea is blossoming, thanks entirely to the two of you. Best regards, Caroline
Andrew & Caroline, UK & Switzerland | May 2014
Hi Mark (and Saskia)
As the English couple who seemed to be shadowing you all last week in Corfu (!), we thought we would send a quick email now we are home to say how much we enjoyed meeting you and to thank you for your help in finding the correct path down from Old Perithia. What an amazing, unforgettable place it is, and what great work you are both doing there! Your guidebook is excellent and was very much enjoyed too: as a writer/editor myself, I know how much work would have gone into it, but your love of the area must have made it such a rewarding project... We felt fortunate we bumped into you that day – we had been given a lift up from Kassiopi by our lovely landlady and three different local people had given us entirely different directions for how to get back down on foot. We were pretty sure that one suggestion would have taken us up to Mount Pantokrator, rather than down to the coast, which we will certainly try next time we visit. We didn’t think we would make it that day, knowing that the beautiful wild flowers would have halved our walking speed thanks to my botanist husband stopping to identify and photograph everything every few steps en route! Anyway, all the very best for a good summer and many thanks again.
Jane and Bob
The Botanist & Author, UK | May 2014
This was our second stay at The Merchants House amidst the May spring flowers. It was just breathtaking to walk the hills and see swathes of wild flowers drifting down into the village. Our suite was perfect, an oasis of calm. Mark and Saskia have created a very special escape - one that really fuels the soul! We have booked again for a visit in September. Sally and Chris
Sally & Chris | Suffolk, May 2014 | UK
Hi, dear Mark and Saskia. We just wanted to thank you again for making our stay in Corfu so warm and memorable. How lucky we were to have found you, the Merchant's House, and Old Perithia! Perhaps your ears have been burning as I've been telling everyone I know about you and your gorgeous B & B. And the food! Oh, the food! I promise to post a great review on Trip Advisor as soon as I find a few minutes to sit still at my computer this week. We cannot get the village out of our minds. With gratitude, fondness, and dreams of being your neighbors someday...
Nicole & Terry, Canadians in Poland, Canada | April 2014
Just arrived in our room at Bella Venezia, and what do we see but a present from you two! There is no end to your hospitality and we are soaking it up with every pore. Spent another idyllic day on one of the many Kassiopi beaches, rocks and turquoise sea swimming. We shall miss you at dinner, still smiling from last night Patrick and Bim xx
Patrick & Bim, Hexton, Herts, UK | Oct 2013
Dear Saskia and Mark, Thank you both very much for taking such good care of us during our wonderful stay at The Merchant's House. You really went out of your way to give us a comprehensive picture of Corfu and Ano Perithia. But most of all, you made us feel very welcome. We will be back. Warm regards,
Peter & Maureen, Toronto, Canada | Oct 2013
We arrived home safely - in fact the flight left Corfu 30 minutes ahead of schedule and made excellent time to Gatwick so we were home by 1500 hrs which quite amazing. Needless to say we loved our stay and especially meeting you two - you are wonderful hosts and we look forward to returning the compliment one day in Felixstowe.
Malcolm, Krystyna & Kayleigh, Felixstowe, UK | Sept 2013
Dear Mark & Saskia, Thank you both ever so much for the most wonderful few days. You have both been so kind, attentive & such good company. To spend our honeymoon here in magical Old Perithia has been so special & your beautiful Merchant's House has been so comfortable & a home from home. We can't wait to come back! Thanks again.
Polly & Toby, Bucks, UK | Sept 2013
Peace, tranquility & a beautiful setting.
A warm welcome to The Merchant's House which provides a comfortable, restful atmosphere. Saskia & Mark are delightful hosts to Old Perithia.
Colin & Susan, Corfu, Greece | Sept 2013
Dear Mark & Saskia, it was 100% my pleasure to visit Old Perithia, I loved the place so much. Thanks so much for taking time to show us around, share your stories and treat us to lunch in lovely company and surroundings. Great to meet you both.
Meera, Southgate, London | Sept 2013
Thank you for the most amazing stay ever - we have fallen in love with Old Perithia and you have done everything possible to make our stay totally perfect. Thank you.
Mark & Judith, Stoke Goldington, Bucks | Sept 2013
The sound of silence and the absolute darkness inspired our sleep and dreams which such feelings we felt closer. Thank you and we love you, N&N [they had just got engaged when they came to stay with us- love is in the air too, in Old Perithia!]
Natalia & Nikos, Corfu, Greece | Sept. 2013
Two days of wonderful peace and quiet in this wonderful, little known, piece of Greek paradise. Thank you so much for letting me share your lovely Corfiot home, and thank you both so much for putting me up at such short notice and, not least, for including me in your lovely supper. I simply love the way you have done up the house, and I could not have been more comfortable.
Charlie, Chipping Norton, Oxford, UK | Aug 2013
Dear Mark & Saskia, You will never know how much we have enjoyed our stay at The Merchant's House. We feel very privileged to have shared your wonderful home and ideas. You are the perfect hosts. Thank you for all the care and attention you have shown towards us during our stay - we really have appreciated this little snapshot of Old Perithia and its many characters. Thank you Mark for the fig confit. I will savour every mouthful! Such a blissful reminder of a truly inspirational place. Thank you Saskia for your keen attention to detail and caring spirit. We instantly felt at home and were made to feel very welcome wherever we ate or socialised. Old Perithia forever in our hearts.
David & Beverley, Newbury, Berks, UK | Aug 2013
Every day here was amazing! Thanks to our new friends Mark and Saskia. See you next year (and every year after.)
Carlo & Dominga, Puglia, Italy | Aug 2013
Mark, you are very very sweet and it was our and my big pleasure to meet you. I knew you would be great when I saw the House, but you are even better. Surely keep in touch and see you soon ;))
Martina, Martina Hajkova Travel Agency, Czech Republic July 2013
Dear Mark & Saskia,
We are all checked in at the airport! Shahir, the kids and I miss you both already :) thank you for the beautiful gift and beautiful memories. Take care. We will be in touch soon. xoxo
Melek & Shahir, Dubai | July 2013
We have had a memorable holiday here in 'Old Perithia' at the 'Merchants House.' Saskia & Mark have been wonderful hosts, nothing too much trouble and their thoughtfullness and attention to detail is extraordinary. Their knowledge of the village and local area was invaluable and nudged us in the right direction.
Every comfort has been thought of when furnishing & designing the rooms. The tavernas in the village provided a new insight into 'Greek cooking' each one having their own speciality, but all of them making us feel so special & welcome.
Robert & Meriel*, Somerset, UK | July 2013
This has been one of our best holidays ever because of the warm welcome from Mark and Saskia to their wonderful home. The village means so much to them and long may their involvement with its careful development continue.
We wish you both all the very best and thanks for your care, guidance and friendship.
Henry & Sally, Chorleywood, Herts, UK | July 2013
Mark & Saskia,
I can't think of a stay that we have enjoyed more than this too short stay with you. Everything was first class and you are gracious hosts. Thank you.
Ben & Rue, Los Angeles, USA | July 2013
Dear Mark and Saskia,
It's hard to describe how much I enjoyed my (first!) visit to your gorgeous place. It is a stunning location but you have restored it with such care and love and taste that I really hope you have the success you so richly deserve. It is a delight to stay in. Mark, thank you so much for your time - and the trips round were fantastic and interesting. I feel thoroughly relaxed. Dear friends, thank you again and I will definitely be back! Much love. Take care Chris x
Chris, St Albans, Herts, UK | June 2013
Dear Mark and Saskia,
Thank you for an excellent couple of days. Fantastic house, breakfast and hospitality. We will be back.
Emma & Simon, Chichester, Sussex, UK | June 2013
Dear Mark! How happy to hear from you! Thank you both very much and once again thank you both for trying to make our stay at Merchant's as pleasant as possible. Many greetings from us both and don't forget to contact us if you're ever in Munich. We'll be really really happy to see you again xx
Eleni & Christian, Munich, Germany | May 2013
I am currently in Corfu... absolutely delightful. Our first day out and about included a stop and lunch in Old Perithia. I had the good fortune to meet your nephew Mark. He showed us a few rooms in the B&B.. they are truly wonderful, so much attention to detail and luxury. He was very, very pleasant.
The town is remarkable and well worth exploring or even an overnight. We have rented a villa in Nissaki, very nice quiet area. We are not going to have time to see everything here as we leave on Monday. It just leaves plenty of reasons to return.
Warm regards Travel Professionals International London Ontario, Canada May 2013
Heather Wilkinson |Travel Advisor, Virtuoso Member European Specialist,
Dear Mark and Dear Saskia,
I received my jacket from Nikos yesterday. Thank you very much for your help and lovely heart! It was a good time in your place. Best Greetings
Sonal & Stefan, Munich, Germany | May 2013
Dear Mark and Saskia,
We want to thank you very much for everything during our stay. We really loved it over there with you. You have done an amazing job in Old Perithia. Love from us all
Frank, Mariel & Vera, Velp, The Netherlands | May 2013
Dear Mark and Saskia,
We returned to the Cotswolds on Monday afternoon to be faced with rain, wind and cold (10C max)! The Sun has come out at last to-day and we have managed to get the garden back in some sort of order. We had a fantastic holiday in Corfu which was made the more memorable with our stay with you in Old Parithia. You could not have been more welcoming, hospitable and generous - thank you! We have already planned some further walks when we next visit which we surely will once we have got the New Zealand odyssey under our belts. Until then, thank you again for a wonderful time.
With our love,
Mike & Ann, Cirencester, Gloucs, UK | May 2013
Looking back at a wonderful time in Corfu and what a great group of people did you gather around yourself there!
The visitors should find out soon what a treasure of a B&B they will find in Old Perithia, as well as very friendly and helpful tavernas hosts.
Liesbeth, Seattle, USA | May 2013
Just a line to thank you for the most wonderful experience. It has been a luxurious adventure. We will return to Corfu having 'tasted' it at its best. Our appetities have been whetted.
One of the most enjoyable breaks I have had! Thank you both. [Dawn]
Dawn & David, London UK | October 2012
A brief note to thank you again for everything and to attach a few photos. Also thanks for your notes; as you know, we found Bougainvillea and enjoyed the bifteki and the birthday cake! ...We visited the many places you suggested in Corfu town, and so our thanks, to you and to them, and for all the arrangements at Bella Venezia. A real fun visit altogether.
John & Marina, Susex, UK | October 2012
Today we have to leave The Merchant's House which is sad. We've had a wonderful stay, it's proved the perfect place to spend part of our honeymoon. We are already planning a return trip... perhaps our anniversary?! Thank you so much for such a great experience.
Kim & David, Cumbria UK | August 2012
We have planned for so many years to come to this celebration (the procession in Old Perithia, last Sunday in July) and you have made this possible for us. Our stay was the perfect birthday gift! We are so impressed with what you have both achieved in this very beautiful conversion, and we wish you both the best of luck for the future. You deserve to do well in this very special place, we would love to return. Thank you for such a welcome.
Sally & Chris, Suffolk, UK | July 2012
...and for all of your help and thoughfulness during our stay. You have been an exemplary host! You are clearly very open, friendly and relaxed people who want your guests to love Old Perithia as much as you do and are willing to be on hand to help them enjoy the experience. I know we have. Together you have created a very special place here in an amazingly beautiful and unique location. We wish you both luck with The Merchant's House and in fulfilling your dream of seeing the village returned to life and prosperity. We'll be back!
Sharon & Jamie, Chester, UK | July 2012
Dear Saskia & Mark, Thank you for an amazing experience. The warmth and welcome was 5 star! We won't ever forget this fantastic adventure you helped provide. Forever grateful and much love, Cate.
> Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and generosity. We will miss you (Molly)
> Amazing two days felt like 2 minutes (Jack)
Cate, Molly & Jack, California, USA | July 2012
Thank you for a wonderful stay in The Merchant's House. Memories to last a lifetime.
Simply amazing - Corfu & Old Perithia were both magical & mythical, we leave better for coming.
Giles & Kolleen (Josh & Jake) California, USA | July 2012
Everything perfect. No electricity. [We advised Thomas he hadn't put his room key in the slot to turn everything on - we all did that at some time :) problem resolved]
Thomas, Austria | June 2012
Great stay in a wonderful house and village. You have done it beautifully. We enjoyed the warmth of your welcome too. Good luck for the future - we will pass on the word.
Michael & Plaxy, London, UK | June 2012
Thank you for your warm welcome, your kindness in looking after us, and great hospitality.
Joy & John Gregory, Kings Langley, Herts| June 2012
We can't find words adequate enough to thank you for our wonderful stay with you at The Merchant's House in Corfu. With all you have provided and done for us - the garden, the artwork, artefacts, all the caring touches, the delicious food & company, we could not have had a more enjoyable vacation. We hate to leave & hope we may be back before too long.
Pat Black & Bryan Burwash, Canada | June 2012
Excellent accommodation, great facilities, wonderful host and hostess, challenging project which we are sure you will do justice to. Everyone here has helped to make our holiday memorable for all the right reasons.
Tom & Gwen, Edinburgh, Scotland | June 2012
Saskia & Mark, Bedankt voor de gezellige tijd en alle goede zorgen. Het was heel speciaal.
Peter & Marian, The Netherlands | May 2012
Thanks. We had a very welcome stay. A shelf above the bathroom basin would be useful & some notepaper. [1 week later we put hand made bathroom tables in suites 4 & 5.]
Richard & Karen Bell, UK | May 2012
Thank you it was an amazing experience dear Saskia & Mark. I wish you all the *best!!!! Julia xxx PS *You deserve it.
Julia Klimi, Athens, Greece | April 2012
The minute my wife and I first arrived on Old Perithia we knew we were in for a relaxing time but what we didn't realise was how easily accessible the best beaches on the island were. Agios Spyridon is incredibly close, a lovely sandy beach, with shallow clear waters. More well known beaches such as Agios Stefanos (which when you go there you'll see why they call it Kensington by the Sea), Kerasia, Kalamaki and Kassiopi were also only a very short (enjoyable) drive away as well. We looked forward to choosing our beach, and setting off on our adventure every day.
As you can imagine, the area has incredible history and beautiful sightseeing (being the oldest town in Corfu) which makes for some wonderful walks around Old Perithia - we went off on own and got lost on many an early evening before supper - mesmerizing (a camera is a must). The Merchant's House accommodation is of the highest spec, every amenity imaginable is there for you, even if you had a 'rainy day', you have satellite tv, wifi and a good selection of books to choose from. The furniture had been specially chosen in keeping with the period and also for the guests comfort (I could wax lyrical forever about the beds alone).
Finally, quite amazingly, for such a quiet area, Old Perithia is blessed with 4 excellent taverna's serving traditional Greek cuisine to best views in Corfu all hours of the day (until the last person leaves). A special mention has to go to Nikos for his amazing skill of slow cooking lamb and beef - and the best chips I have ever tasted. His food and those fun, story filled (merry) warm evenings in Old Perithia will stay with my wife and I forever. I now know all what a holiday can offer, the week we had at The Merchant's House raised the bar to the highest level, will anything come close...? I doubt it, so we'll be back for sure...
Robert & Malisa Way, London, UK | September 2011
Marianne and I came to The Merchants House for a quiet celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary, and it was perfect. Our suite was stunning, beautifully furnished, and had incredible views over the mountains. The quietness and dignity of the village, in its remarkable setting in a fold in the mountains was also very impressive. The local tavernas were delightful, rather like those we found on our visits as students many years ago and now a rarity. The breakfast in Ognistra served by Nikos was delicious, and included very special local honey. We also found our way to the beaches and had a lovely day in a boat hired from Yiannis in Agios Stefanos.
We combined our stay with a night in ’Bella Venezia’, a small friendly hotel a short walk from the centre of Corfu town. The stay here was enlivened by a dramatic thunder storm, unlike anything we experience in London! We had a lovely holiday and are looking forward to our return visit.
Alan & Marianne Denney, London, UK | September 2011
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