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Gerald Durell's Strawberry Pink Pool Villa

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 2,906 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

STRAWBERRY PINK VILLA,3 Bedroom Villa with pool

Historical villa ideal for those who adore Gerald Durell!It is located up in a hill very closed to Perama beach.The winding narrow road leads, through Ancient Olive trees that still produce the Golden Oil, in Perama, exactly opposite the- Mouse Island –Pontikonissi or petrified ship of Ulysses, to the first Villa that the Durrell family settled when they reached the Garden of the Gods, called Corfu, in the `30s. Gerald Durrell, created his love for the nature and the small beasts, in that villa, that was until the `80s left to its luck, as the Greeks say. The new owner, took it over and saved it, keeping its shape and basic look,but upgrading it to the modern standards.

Property Manager
Mary and Basil
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian, Greek
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2017

About Mary and Basil

I am the owner of Strawberry Pink villa that Gerald Durell first lived in and wrote "my family and other animals"referring to our garden and fruit trees!We bought his villa and we have renovated it in a classical way and we are giving you the opportunity to stay in it and feel the atmoshere.

Mary and Basil purchased this villa in 1980

Why Mary and Basil chose Greece

Perama is a very picturesque area with nice views and the famous Mouseisland overstanding in the middle of the sea!

What makes this villa unique

The big pool,as well as the vicinity to all amenities that will make the stay an unforgettable experience.The position on the island is ideal for guests that want either to relax around the pool and enjoy snorkeling around Pontikonissi and the reefs,walk to the causeway to watch the planes landing or enjoy local food at the various restaurants of Perama,Kanoni or Corfu Town,or use it as a base to discover the island using the local bus,rent a car or a boat or cruise to Paxos or to Albania.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Achillii in Greece

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2906 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
  • En-suite jacuzzi bath and showeroom to Masterbedroom. En-suite WC/showeroom/twin bedrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Master bedroom,1 double bed 2 twin bedrooms,2 single beds each
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: High chair or cot on request. Only bedrooms have air condition. Outside: • Spacious swimming pool with deep and shallow sections ( 12x7 meters) • Sundeck chairs and shady umbrellas for the guests • Outside shower • Outside BBQ corner • Lemon ,orange and peach trees as well as grapes and season`s flowers Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning twice per week Towels and linen are included Other: As you enter the villa there is another living area with 2 sofas and a coffee table and the kitchen in a separate room.


5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

Gerald Durell's Strawberry Pink Pool Villa
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

wonderful house with history

  • 5 of 5

Great Stay, Basil was very friendly and helpful. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very special house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great relaxing and fun week in the Strawberry Pink Villa. Enough space for seven of us to relax inside the house (it's a big space) and enjoyed the pool. Incredible sunset views from the front balcony. House is surrounded by Cypress trees and old olive trees, We even picked fresh figs from the along the path up to the house. Thank you Basil for all the great Durrell reminiscences and stories. He is on hand to help with anything we needed for the house and tips on where to visit on the island, a real life Spiros (in a good way).

You can hear the planes coming in and taking off from the airport but it doesn't take away from the peacefulness or charm of the house

We used CorfuTownBoatRental company for 2 days of boating to swim and eat at Agni and Kalami we were picked up and returned to the house by Tony. Highly recommend them for very reliable and reasonable priced boat hire.

We had a wonderful family stay in this house. It was a summer in Corfu that we will remember for a long time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the villa in June 2016. We booked via Owners Direct by selecting our dates and emailing Mary and Basil. Based on our dates we were given a quote, placed a 30% deposit via bank transfer which secured our booking and then a month before our arrival we paid the remaining balance. I was dubious of booking a holiday this way as I have always used a travel agent, however I was surprised at how easy it was and once we were at the villa and met the owners I was very happy with our decision to visit.

As a group of six young people we wanted to make the most of our stay on the island and we definitely did! With Basil's help we hired quad bikes and did nearly the whole of the North of the island. The villa was amazing, everything was very clean, modern yet extremely grand with the high ceilings and decor. Mary and Basil had even kindly bought us some food and drink for our arrival, this was greatly appreciated. The pool is huge and always clean. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend to my friends and family, but I would suggest getting some form of transport at least for a few days if you are looking to explore, there is a regular bus (stop is on the road next to villa) which would be great for getting in to town but obviously you don't have the freedom of going when you like. If anyone is looking for picturesque beaches/sights I would suggest visiting Paliocastritsa, Canal d'amour, Nissaki beach and the Old Fort. As you can see from the pictures, there is a small island in the sea close to the villa and Basil's hotel and cafe, we swam to the island (approx. 150m) or you can get a boat trip, I would recommend the trip because there is a church, gift shop and cafe on the island- we didn't have any money! I can't praise the villa and owners enough and hope that everyone that visits has a fantastic holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in the Strawberry Pink Villa

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and well kept villa with beautiful grounds and a large pool. Lovely interiors and all mod cons available. Stunning balcony views.

Villa is near Hotel Aegli (good to reference for taxi drivers) and only a 15-20 taxi journey to the airport - regular airport traffic & noise does take a little while to get used to. Shops are very local and the bus to Corfu Town and further afield are regular and affordable.

We arranged the booking via email with the owners who are very friendly and helpful. Initial deposit and final payments required via bank transfer with email confirmation - no payment upon arrival. When we arrived the villa the owners exchanged stories about Gerald Durrell and his family (the reason we booked the villa) and were wonderfully helpful in giving advice about local trips and restaurants. Any requests we had for amenities were quickly answered.

We had a wonderful holiday and would highly recommend booking the Villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Glyfada Beach
Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:


Cookery courses



We can organise your wedding reception in the villa


Closest beach is Perama,just opposite Mouseisland in a 5 minutes distance walking. Most crystal clear and sandy beaches are in the South part of corfu in a 20 minutes distance from our villa like Halikounas,Paramonas,Korission lake,Issos.


Corfu airport-6Kms

Corfu town-7Kms

Corfu port-8Kms

Car hire is not necessary if you want just to relax in the pool,swim to the closest beach and visit Corfu town(there is a bus station in a 5 minutes walking distance from the villa).Please note that Perama beach is not organised with sunbeds and umbrellas.


Benitses village,fresh fish tavernas-5Kms

Corfu town-7Kms

Achilleon palace-4Kms

Best sandy beaches ideal for families-15Kms

Further Details:

There is a mini market in 1Kms from the villa and a restaurant in a 5 minutes from it.Hotel also is very close where you may take your breakfast with 5 euros per person(Hotel Aegli).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Achillii, Europe

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Middle season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 15.0%

Booking Notes:
In order to make the booking we need a 25% deposit and the full amount 1,5 month before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day

Notes on prices:
Rates are per week for up to 6 people.
The 7th person sleeps in an extra bed and pay extra fee depending on the season(high,mid,low)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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