By choosing Corfu as your destination, you are following in the footsteps of the Greek hero Ulysses. The rule of “philoxenia” hospitality that welcomed him is what we strive to provide for all our guests who select Villa Giovannina as their holiday home.
It is an ideal base from which to start your holiday adventures or an equally restful place to renew and restore the spirit both inside the beautifully decorated house or gazing out across the uninterrupted view of the Ionian Sea by the pool.
The villa is set on the gently sloping south-east coast of the island, amongst ancient olive and cypress trees, that give shade and texture to the horizon. The wonderful sunrise should be seen at least once during your stay and the swallows diving out of the brilliant blue sky into the turquoise blue of the pool is a joy to behold!
The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 of which have en-suite bathrooms and the 4th a shared large family bathroom. All have walk-in showers. The kitchen is fully equipped, allowing you to enjoy preparing a simple breakfast or a more elaborate lunch or supper.
A large built-in BBQ with seating for 8-10 lends itself to al fresco evenings with views of the bay. The house is built on two levels with easy access to the lower, where the pool apartment, gym ,and swimming pool are to be found. The style throughout is one of understated luxury, with all modern conveniences, spacious and cool.
A full information pack with suggestions for beaches, restaurants, sights and shopping is available in the villa and the owner is on hand to offer help and advise. We hope to see you soon and share with you a little of our island life!
The villa is owned by Giovannina’s great-granddaughter. It has been in the same family for four generations and has seen many changes in that time, the latest being a complete refurbishment in 2016. Giovannina’s family first came to Corfu with the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, who made her summer home here in 1891. Her parents were in charge of the Achillion Palace and the Miramare yacht. Giovannina was their only child.
The palace later passed into the hands of Kaiser Willhelm, and they remained there until its closure at the beginning of WW1. The family moved to Alexandria, Egypt, only returning in 1958 and building the villa in 1960. Since then, it has been a happy family home and holiday retreat for many decades, and now is available to new guests who would like to experience the special atmosphere that so many poets ,painters and writers have found in the past.
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Giovannina came to Corfu in 1889 with her parents who had been appointed by Empress Elizabeth to oversee the building of the Achillion Palace. They remained there to run the palace until 1914.
Villa Giovannina corfu was built in 1960
Villa Giovannina was built by her son and grandson. The site was chosen for its beautiful views and it can be seen from the Achillion gardens. It was a family home for many decades, welcoming friends and family and a number of famous people from the world of the acts, painters, writers and actors.
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In 2016, the villa underwent a complete renovation by the present owner, Giovannina’s great granddaughter. The aim was to retain all the original features and blend them with modern and eco-friendly elements, set in a tranquil environment to create a peaceful place to relax and renew the spirit.
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