Villa de Loulia

Peroulades, Corfu, Greece Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A warmly-stylish manor house with pool and walled garden in a tiny village on the NW coast of Corfu
Just a short drive up from Corfu Town, you leave the main road at Sidari and meander along tiny lanes through astoundingly beautiful country and ancient villages before arriving at an early 19th-century manor house in tiny untouched village of Peroulades. There’s a shimmering pool in the courtyard garden, and a beach for staggering sunsets. While centuries may pass, not much changes here: cockerels crow, olive groves shade the fields, old ladies watch life pass by from their doors. The house dates to the 1800s and has been in the same family ever since, but there's nothing stuffy about it. The ochre-red walls have been repainted and the 9 bedrooms have been redesigned with spare elegance and pastel shades.

Swing in through the gates and find simplicity and style entwined in happy matrimony. Best of all is the pool, where you can lie on smart loungers and look up at old village houses. A formal garden encircles you: trim lawns, bulging orange trees, lavender-scented air and a frog who sings at night.


  • The lovely, large pool (7x14m) set in the garden - perfect for cooling off in
  • Lovely rooms that mix old architecture with a warm, contemporary design
  • The village itself: simple, authentic, undisturbed
  • Pretty stroll though village and country to sandy beach less than a kilometre from the front door


  • Narrow lanes mean the pool and garden are overlooked by 2 houses. But we thought that the village was charming
  • Sidari, a tacky English resort is 3km up the coast - a distant memory by the time you get to Peroulades
  • The views are stunning but the beach is quite narrow and only accessible by long precipitous steps so unsuitable for small children

Best time to go

As the villa is closed November - March, you can only you can only stay during summer months. August does get very hot but being on an island can provide some respite with cooler sea breezes. Many would say May and September are the ideal months with flowers, more reasonable temperatures and less tourists about.

Our top tips

It is also possible to make a day- or overnight trip to the mainland: ferries run regularly from Corfu town to Igoumenitsa (1-1.5 hours each way), and with transport you can explore the lush, indented coastline around Sivota and Parga.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 9
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • Children 12 and over are welcome
  • Closed: 31 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Bedrooms are all in the old house, which stands 20 paces beyond the pool. Rooms on the ground floor are cooler; those on upper floors look over the hills or the village. The ground-floor Suite opens onto a second (smaller) courtyard garden that is geometric in design, while the first-floor Junior Suite overlooks the pool and gardens. Lovely rooms (all named after tracks on ‘Treasure’ by the Cocteau Twins) are light and airy and similar in style. Expect Corfu colours (reds, yellows, pinks and blues), cast-iron beds, thick stone walls and painted beamed ceilings. Crisp white linen covers the beds, green shuttered windows help keep you cool at night.

You might get a mirrored armoire, an old wood dresser or an exposed fireplace. There are bathrobes, towels for the pool and bathroom, furry lime green blankets and a carafe of home-brewed liqueur. No clutter; instead, the natural grace of the building is allowed to sing. Don’t feel you have to splash out on the best room; Classic Doubles up in the eaves are well-sized, very pretty and have great views, while Superior Doubles have high ceilings and one has a private entrance up a stone staircase in the garden. You’ll find TVs, fridges and good bathrooms, too.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv


Breakfast is served from 9.15am until 11.30am; lie-ins are obligatory. One tree in the garden provides sweet oranges, the fruit of which is pressed for breakfast. Much is homemade and home-grown. Marmalades (you can buy a jar), olive bread and home-buzzed honey from the village all make it to table, along with lots of fruit, cakes and yoghurts, even feta. You can eat in the dining room or outside on the vine-shaded terrace by the pool.

Wander round the garden and you’ll come across a very productive vegetable garden. Cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and aubergines are picked, washed, sliced, eaten. If you’re around for lunch, Loukia will happily whisk you up something simple on request: fresh fish and omelettes, salads and Corfu sausages, delicious home-made cheese and vegetable pies.

Dinner, available on request (give notice though as everything is made from scratch), is more substantial. You might start with lentil soup or courgette balls, then move onto a Greek salad, find room for a main course (lamb or beef pastitsada, ocean-fresh fish, stuffed tomatoes and peppers), then polish it all off with delicious puddings: wonderful orange pie or strawberry and almond cake (a Corfu specialty).

You’ll find simple tavernas sprinkled along the north coast, ask Loukia for recommendations. If you want to head down to Corfu town (a 40-minute drive), you’ll find plenty of restaurants that spill onto pavements and squares. For the best food on the island, dine at Italian restaurant Etrusco’s, but make sure you book.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Cooking classes
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Activity: logas


  • Head half a mile west to the beach, a narrow sandy strip set beneath sunset-facing cliffs, and reached via a long flight of steep steps. And there are more beaches all along the north coast - Cape Drastis, Almiros, Astrakeri - or follow your nose south and take your pick (the west coast is less developed than the east)
  • Stroll through the sleepy ancient village to see Corfu as it used to be
  • Horse riding in the interior can be arranged; as can sailing (with a group or solo)
  • Sign up for cooking lessons and spend an afternoon making marmalade and jams
  • Work up an appetite with a good walk. You can follow your nose out of the village and up into gentle hills, but there’s also an excellent guide book at the hotel, so take to the hills, the cliffs or hidden country
  • Water sports are available at Sidari, an English resort up the road
  • For those in search of a little history, head up into the mountains of Perithia and discover the ancient abandoned village; locals used to flee here in the time of pirate invasions

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Windsurfing


Villa de Loulia is a quiet romantic place and therefore not recommended for children. However, the 2 suites have a single sofabed available for children aged 12 and over.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Book either of the 2 suites as they have a single sofabed and plenty of space.

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