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A Beautiful 4 Dbl Bedroom Home with Pool, Fabulous Sea & Sunset Views Car & Wifi

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

In the exclusive hamlet of Arillas, "Villa Ionia is a gem on an emerald hillside, overlooking an azure & sapphire sea - Ravishing"

Please contact us for availability.

Villa Ionia is unique. On the enchanting Greek Island of Corfu, there are no other rental villas that offer the combination of genuine exquisite sea, sunset and local island views, 4 double ensuite bedrooms (all with wonderful sea views and large balconies) and, un-overlooked privacy.

Ionia occupies a truly enviable position amidst 1.5 acres of tranquil hillside, clad in olive groves, cypress pines and a plethora of flora, yet the resort and beach are just a few minutes drive away or a pleasurable walk with a local shop and bakery just a short walk.

By day, lunch around the pool, or at one of the lovely authentic family run tavernas on the beachfront or in one of the country lanes behind. Or perhaps try one of the contemporary restaurants offering fabulous nouveau Greek cuisine. By evening the sunsets from Villa Ionia are amongst the most beautiful in the Mediterranean as they transform the local islands to silhouettes, never the same on any two nights.

Villa Ionia is best suited to independent travellers and in that respect we wanted to create a home that offers the comforts and facilities expected in a villa but in a location that is best described as being the real Greece, rather than a tourist version of it. To that end, we chose Arrilas, away from the madding crowds of the more touristic East coast and far enough away from other busier resorts. In Arillas there are no hoards of rowdy BBQ boat day trippers flooding the tavernas and beaches and no wild nightclubs. There are instead a select choice of chic but inexpensive wine and cocktail bars for the perfect pre-dinner drink whilst watching the setting sun.

The rustic and peaceful location of the house opens to numerous walks through several local villages, along the coastline, through olive groves, meandering country tracks or cliff-top footpaths. On the seafront a small selection of water sports are available as is boat hire and the beach itself, awarded the coveted EU Blue Flag, is of fine golden sand and the incredibly clear water is shallow making it ideal for children.

For its size (about 2500 square feet) Villa Ionia is also one of the most spacious homes on the island. It was designed to maximise space and light - from its 65 square metre open plan lounge kitchen dinning room to the wonderful beamed and vaulted ceilings in the first floor bedrooms which all have very large balconies, and the wall to wall glass doors and window sections in the sea facing wall of the lounge. In fact every room in the house affords breathtaking seas views.

Naturally Villa Ionia is equipped with all essential modern facilities including air-conditioning throughout, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Ascaso espresso and cappuccino coffee machine, Wi Fi internet access, a large flat screen television screen and a host of other items and facilities. Most unusually a rental car is included with Villa Ionia. Of course for those requiring the additional services of a cook, nanny, or even a personal guide, these can be easily arranged also.

Externally, Villa Ionia offers lounge seating for 10, sun loungers, parasols and of course dinning table and chairs. Recent additions include: a 40 square metre poolside terrace extension finished in African hardwood decking and a large pergola covering the 12 seat stone and marble statement dining table with olive press wheels forming the base - a fabulous shady lunch spot.

The swimming pool has just been fitted with a new Eco-Clear mineral water oxygen purification system meaning no chlorine or other chemicals, no ozone, salt or reverse osmosis, just pure mineral water! - It's like swimming in Evian !

Across the shallow end of the swimming pool, full-width steps were incorporated into the design, making it a great place to sit with a cool drink.

Most people that choose Villa Ionia, do so for the same reasons that we chose to build it in this location. We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Ionia.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Greek
Calendar last updated:
1 March, 2017


I work in the film and television industry - long hours, deadlines, pressure, you know the story. In 1988, in a travel article I wrote for The European, I described a dream I had; That one day I would own a home on the Greek Island of Corfu with views that were once just holiday memories. Villa Ionia is the realisation of that dream.....Natural light, and space are important to me, as is privacy, peace and tranquility, and that has been achieved at Ionia. I've always loved the character of homes in Provence,Tuscany and the Greek Islands but I equally enjoy the modernist look. So Villa Ionia has a little bit of everything and something for everyone. It the perfect escape. If you would like to share in my dream for a while please contact me to discuss your particular needs.

JOHN LANASIS purchased this villa in 2010

Why JOHN LANASIS chose Greece

I was originally looking at both the East and West Coasts and was in a dilemma about where to buy land. Then I was simply asked if I preferred sunrise or sunset. You can see from the photographs which side of the island I chose. The land was purchased in 2006 and in March 2009 construction began. The house was completed in the summer of 2010.

What makes this villa unique

It would be easy to name all the benefits: The fixtures, the fittings, the comfort, the house itself or the beautiful swimming pool that you don't have to share when you stay at the villa or even the 65m2 open plan square lounge kitchen dining room looking out over the pool and beyond. But for me all of these features are material pleasures. What means more to me than anything is the warm scented and unpolluted air, the peace and tranquility of the unspoilt area and of course those sunsets by the islands of Ericoussa, Othoni and Mathraki. Then there is the location; it's close enough for anything you might really need on holiday but 2000 miles away from the pressures of business in that place we call reality and that is a major benefit when you have to work hard for a living!.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your beautiful home is a credit to you. The views were to die for. See you again, thank you. (Amanda Carlisle)

Such a refreshing change from the other side. We felt as though we had discovered Greece all over again. Relaxation is a must when you have a hectic business life and we certainly found peace there. Villa Ionia delivers! Wonderful. (Nigel James)

We have rented a number of good villas over the years but yours exceeded our expectations. Those views would sell if you only had a tent on the hill. Exquisite (Rachael Thornton)
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Esperii in Europe

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • En-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath, separate shower and WC. En-suite to bedroom 2 with shower and WC. En-suite to bedroom 3 with shower and WC. En-suite to bedroom 4 with shower and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Can accommodate up to 10 but additional persons over 8 charged at £250 per person per week. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Please note that one of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and three are upstairs. There is also a baby cot available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Villa Ionia is surrounded by private grounds extending to 1.5 acres including olive groves and cypress pines. There are several terraces and verandas on the ground floor alone including those around the private pool. There are sun loungers, parasols, dining table and chairs and a Landmann BBQ. In the evening, sitting in the outdoor lounge overlooking the glistening lights of Arillas and often moonlit bay is sublime. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels for use in the house are included as are pool towels. Linen is of course provided and is changed twice per week Other: The entrance hall features a vaulted ceiling and galleried landing.


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(5 traveller reviews)


Super house for relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful holiday destination and home for relaxing, peacefulness and views. Great layout of the super house. Loads of outside quality furniture. Beautiful outdoor table in the shade for meals. House cool and lots of room. Kitchen is well equipped for your holiday needs. John the owner was exeptionally helpful for advise on where to eat and any other needs. All the tavernas made beautiful Greek dishes and the Night Owl in a nearby village is a must, as is Kosta on the beach by the sea. If you want a relaxing, beach and villa holiday, give here a try. A car is required or hire scooters/quads locally.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely House in a lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Delighted that we found Villa Ionia. A smart, very spacious and extremely comfortable house with everything on board and meticulously looked after. It had very large grounds as described but because of its open outlook to the natural surroundings; lots of olive groves, cypress forests and flora, it felt as though the house was set in a very large estate stretching across the entire hillside, really very special. The small resort was close enough to walk, bit of a hill coming back up but worth every stride for the view from the villa which was simply breathtaking. We watched the sunset from the terrace through more than half of our stay. Lovely local tavernas serving incredibly tasty food as is expected in Greece and not overrun by any standard. We feel that Villa Ionia and the town of Arillas was probably he most comprehensive combination we have found in many years of independent travel and would not hesitate to recommend it to families that need a thoroughly relaxing stay in a fine home and in a clearly up and coming smart area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb home with wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

A blissful fortnight at Villa Ionia was complimented by perfect weather and the hospitality of the owner John who was always close by if we needed anything - we were in need of nothing because everything was perfect except for the photographs that were displayed on this site - because even though they look beautiful they do not completely do the house justice. When we arrived we were all stopped in our tracks at the sheer splendour of the view before us and at this lovely house that we were fortunate enough to have for a fortnight (it was not long enough) The house and pool were kept immaculately clean, the layout had a lovely flow about it, a very functional home with everything we could ask for, the space was far more than even our party of eight needed and the peacefulness of the location provided much needed calm after a very stressful few business months. A very special house in a very pretty area with a sunset view over the sea and some islands just off the coast to die for. Its not a commercial area and thankfully there are not endless streets of bars and restaurants, but what Arillas does have is a selection of very authentic tavernas and some nouveau greek restaurants and bars. We particularly enjoyed, Brouklis, Thomas' fish taverna which is actually called Vavillias, Thalassa, Costas place, an old village style taverna near the Affionas village called The Night Owl and Ianni and Litsa who have small but really lovely restaurant with an amazing view a bit further up the hill. Theres a couple of super bars for an early evening drink called Amos on which is on the beach in Arillas and up on a cliff top theres a cafe bar called Acrotiri. All in all Arillas is lovely, Villa Ionia is a must stay, and we MUST return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Villa Ionia is the perfect holiday maison and the ville Arillas is very good. Very fine quality. Tres belle, tres beau choucher de soleil. Magnifique !!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Having spent many a family holiday renting a number of houses on the North East coast of Corfu, the island we have always been most drawn to, we thought it would be fun to try a small resort on the North West called Arillas as we had begun to hear positive comments about the area. We came across Villa Ionia in an on-line magazine article. It looked beautiful in the photographs but it was a bit of gamble as we had never even visited that side of the island except for a trip to Paleocastritsa several years ago. Arillas is a charming little spot, really very un-commercial compared to some parts of the other coast, but still has an ample choice of tavernas and a few stylish bars and we would probably recommend all of them. It's an un-pretentious town and doesn't have to be because it knows what it has to offer, something that our beloved North East has sadly become over the years. We found Arillas to be spotlessly clean ( as was the house) and the sea and beach looked as pure and unpolluted as some of the most remote caribbean islands. The resort surroundings were lovely; naturally beautiful with a little bit of agricultural activity in the valley. Every establishment in the area oozed friendship, and it has to be said, prices that it seemed hadn't risen in over a decade. Villa Ionia was simply superior in almost every department to our past rentals. It was incredibly spacious, bright, airy and the views...we would challenge anyone to find finer views which from this house also boasted an utterly breathtaking sunset over three gorgeous islands just off the coast. It confirmed for us that this side of the island has a big future for families like ours that have, we must admit, been a little blinkered. Villa Ionia and its location on the North West Coast has captured our hearts and our imagination. Thank-you again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
Contact owner to ensure availability. Villa can be reserved unconditionally for 24 hours for flight booking. Confirm booking by email or phone - 20% deposit to be made at time of booking confirmation. Receive confirmation from owner. Balance due not less than 90 days prior to first date of rental. Please contact us for full terms and conditions. Prices include one rental car (Renault clio or Similar) for the duration of your stay. Additional vehicles can also be arranged.

Changeover Day:
Prefer Mondays, however other days may be possible to arrange. It is also possible to book for periods of less than one week if there is an existing gap of less than a week between other bookings. Long term bookings are of course accepted.

Notes on prices:
A 20% deposit is taken at the time of booking and the balance is payable 90 days before the date of travel.

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