The Rou Estate

Corfu, Greece
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The Rou Estate

Corfu, Greece

Fourteen luxurious villas (for 2-10) in a village-like retreat with private pools, hotel facilities, fragrant gardens and coastal views

Fourteen luxurious villas (for 2-10) in a village-like retreat with private pools, hotel facilities, fragrant gardens and coastal views

Cast high in Corfu’s leafy hills, The Rou Estate gazes seductively over a vivid scene of olive groves and distant Albanian hills, a thin slice of azure Ionian sea separating the two lands. The grounds extend along the brow of the hill, with each of the 14 villas separated by lush gardens packed with cypress, oak and olive trees. Seasonal flowers bring changing colours, and fragrant herb beds perfume the grounds. It's a hidden oasis on bustling Corfu.

The estate is a restored hamlet, so the whole property has a charming village vibe. Architect Dominic and his wife Claire have expertly transformed the old remains into rustic stone houses, each with private pools or plunge pools in their gardens. Villa sizes range from two to five bedrooms, but all have large living spaces, kitchens, elegant interiors and sweeping sea views. With a larger shared pool on site, as well as a spa, gym and restaurant serving typical Greek fare, Rou has all the perks of a hotel, coupled with the space and independence of a self-catering retreat. This set-up means it works particularly well for families, but the sophisticated styling will appeal to couples and groups, too. It couldn’t be better suited to a laid-back escape with loved ones.


  • Beautiful gardens that are sympathetic to the local environment, with native trees, seasonal flowers and herbs covering the estate
  • The best of both worlds: self-catering accommodation with hotel facilities, including a concierge service
  • Villas are perfectly positioned to maximise on the stunning sea views
  • Each villa comes with its own private pool or plunge pool


  • Weekly stays (Sunday - Sunday) only
  • You'll need a car as it's quite remote; and try to avoid arriving in the dark as the access lane is winding and bumpy
  • The restaurant isn’t open every day, so you’ll need to cook or drive out to eat occasionally
  • Not suitable for those after the lively side of Corfu; nor - given the stepped paths on site - for the less mobile
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Parents should know...

    The hillside location and the many steps throughout the property mean it's not very pram-friendly.

Great for...

  • Boutique Villas
  • 14 villas for 2-10
  • Restaurant; meal deliveries on request
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: Nov-April
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service


The villas come in various shapes and sizes, from two bedrooms up to five. All face the sea and have wonderful views from their gardens and shuttered windows. The décor features soothing white linens, fireplaces and period features, creating a very light and elegant look. Villas are named after garden flowers, and all have lovely outdoor spaces with pools (plunge or lap).

Your two-bed options are Acanthus, Hestia, Laurus, Lilium and Trifylli; three beds are Campanula, Centaurea, Lavandula, Muscari and Thyme; four beds are Cyclamen, Papaver and Strelitzia; and the five bed is Plumbago – which looks so exclusive we’d class it as a supervilla.

Bedroom set-ups vary - some villas have mostly double rooms, others mostly twin – as do bathrooms. So whether you’re travelling as a family or an adult group, you should find one that works for your party. Cots and high chairs are available to borrow if required.


All villas are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. You get a welcome pack of staples and local produce, and you can pre-order groceries for delivery on arrival. For restocking, the nearest supermarket is a 10-minute drive away.

Breakfast deliveries of freshly baked bread and pastries can be arranged, as can other meal deliveries or private chefs. Dine in or alfresco on your terrace and enjoy the glorious sea views.

The Garden Terrace restaurant opens four nights per week and offers a menu of Greek and Mediterranean dishes, like cheese pastries, lamb kleftiko or moussaka. Tuesday night is barbecue night. The nearest taverna for eating out is a five-minute drive away.



  • Get pampered at the Granary Spa, which offers a menu of massages, facials and beauty treatments
  • If you’re feeling more active, hit the gym - personal trainers are available - or join a yoga or Pilates class
  • Hit one of Corfu’s lovely beaches: Agni and Avlaki are both a 15-minute drive away, each with tavernas for lunch
  • Hire a boat - lots of guests tell us this was their highlight, and there's no better way to explore the coastline
  • Cross the strait to visit Albania - private day tours can be arranged
  • Head into Kassiopi, on the island’s north coast (20 mins), for shopping, great fish restaurants and lively nightlife
  • Explore the island’s capital, Corfu Town , with its cobbled streets and Venetian, French and English architecture. You can catch a boat directly to the town from Avlaki beach.

Best Time to go

Corfu's holiday season runs from March to November. Spring is lovely for walking and wildflowers, and the gardens of Rou Estate would look particularly colourful at this time. July and August are good for families, and the remote location means you'll escape the island's summer crowds. Autumn is lovely thanks to fewer visitors and warm seas.

Our Top Tips

If you're coming in July or August and plan to explore Corfu by sea (highly recommended), make sure you pre-book your boat hire as availability can be limited. The Rou Estate has a partnership with a local boat hire company.
Kid Friendly:


The Rou Estate is located in a tiny hamlet in the foothills of Mount Pantokrator. It overlooks the island's east coast and beyond to Albania. Access is via 1.5km of unmade country lane.

By Air
You can fly direct to Corfu (28km).

From the airport
The drive takes about an hour. Taxis are available, but you'll probably want to hire a car to make the most of the island - see our car rental recommendations.

By Sea
It is possible to reach Corfu from the mainland and other islands, though it's not really island-hopping territory. Year-round car ferries and seasonal hydrofoils sail from Igoumenitsa on the mainland to Corfu Town, and there are also ferry links from Patras (Peloponnese) and from Italy (Venice, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi).

Detailed directions are provided when you book through i-escape.


  • Corfu 28.0 km CFU


  • Beach 6.3 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.5 km

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