Honeymooning in Corfu, a Greek Villa for Two | UK WEDDING BLOG

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It’s hard to find romantic villas for two in Europe. I was a bit reluctant to share this little gem that I’ve found in the Greek Islands, we’ve actually visited twice in the last two years now and each time have had such a dreamy special week away. Corfu is just gorgeous and this villa, by SJ Villas, is honeymoon heaven. I’ve shared some photos, and our favourite beaches/restaurants below.

We booked this trip to Corfu at the end of last year. We wanted something short haul, somewhere that would be relaxing and just a week of doing nothing much. The Greek Islands called, we’d only ever been to Santorini but there were so many to choose from. I decided to start searching by villa instead. Most looked rather basic and slightly rustic looking. All very nice but we wanted something a little extra special. The other issue was that most of the luxury villas were huge and slept up to 18 people or something ludicrous. So then I began searching for luxury villas for two and came across this little gem on both Conde Nast Traveller and an article in the Guardian travel online. It was available for the first week of September {just as all the school children have gone back} and looked incredible. I was sold, and booked it before the EasyJet flights had even come out!

Corfu has a reputation for being a very British {in a binge drinking, overly packaged kind of way} party island. It’s probably the Greek Island with the most flights from the UK everyday, and it’s big enough to fly there direct compared to some of the more undiscovered islands. But this villa was in the North East part of the island, unspoilt and nicknamed Kensington on Sea. It’s Gerald Durrell town, a favourite of the rich and famous and boy was it gorgeous. Quiet bays with fishing boats bobbing around, sparkly seas overlooking mountains in Albania just across the water, fresh fish, wooden shutters galore. Sure everybody speaks English, the majority of the other holiday makers we saw were Brits. But it’s not at all tacky, {just avoid the few cafes in Kassiopi with English breakfasts and football games on tv!}, the tavernas are all very Greek. There are no high rise hotels or loud bars. It was a little piece of heaven for the week.
The villa itself was incredible. Like ‘I want to live here’ incredible. It’s set on the Rou Estate, a hamlet that was only recently developed from a deserted old town. It’s a fifteen minute steep drive up into the hills and along tracks through the olive groves, a journey not for the faint hearted! But once you get there, the views more than make up for it. And it’s so quiet and private {in the owner’s words – you can take all your clothes off here and skinny dip ;)}. Although crucially not too quiet, there’s the Rou Estate villas by Simpson Travel next door. I think I’d be freaked out if it was on its own in the middle of nowhere.
There was an alfresco dining area where we ate breakfast, lunch and dinners sinking into the cushions. Everything was so perfectly styled yet comfortable too. The kitchen was probably my favourite, Gail the owner really has decorated it all so well. She’s collected things from her travels over the years to decorate the house with. I just wanted to take it all home and recreate it. Serious interior inspiration. And it had everything we needed, a dishwasher and washing machine, even down to dishwasher tablets and a welcome food hamper in the fridge for us in addition to all the basics you’d need for cooking. There was a BBQ, music docks and daily maid service meaning we didn’t have to worry about tidying anything up for the week. The bed was super comfy, the mattress was handmade. And you could wake up and look out over the sea and watch the sunrise. We spent most of our days chilling out here and reading books by the pool. It was too nice to leave! But also because of the drive to get anywhere. In fact that was the only real negative about the place {actually also note the mosquitoes, take good bug spray with you. And if you’re planning to go to Greece in August the wasps can be a real problem. We saw a few pesky ones but burnt coffee to keep them away}. We like being able to walk to a town or somewhere to sit by the sea and get a drink or an ice cream in the evening. You can’t walk anywhere from here, a car is definitely essential. But we knew that when we booked it and as such stopped en route from the airport to stock up on a supermarket shop to last us for the week, including lots of bottled water, you’re not advised to drink the tap-water there. In the end we had breakfast in every morning, a few lunches at home and cooked for three out of seven dinners.
Aside from hotels and resorts, it was definitely the nicest place we’ve ever rented and I was kind of reluctant to blog it on here, can we just keep it a secret?! I fear that it’s now set the standard rather high for our next trip away, I think it will take some beating!! The magical week just flew by and we were so sad to leave the gorgeous villa behind. A truly beautiful place for a relaxing, romantic week. Sometimes it’s the simple, Easyjet kind of holidays that are the very best.
{The Villa – Pool}
The pool area was gorgeous, and so much bigger than I was expecting from the photos I’d seen online. It got the sun all day long and I do love luxury wooden loungers with padded cushions. It looked out over the mountains of Albania and we spent a lotttt of time lounging around with our books for the week of our stay. I read five!
{The Villa – the lounge}
We only really used this room one night to cosy up and watch a film when there was a storm outside. It was light and airy, with two little balconies, but we just wanted to be outside most of the time. Heavenly room though! I took a lot of interior inspiration home with me.
{The villa – the kitchen}
Dream kitchen. And it had everything we could have wanted for cooking including a dishwasher and washing machine. I did all of our washing out there on the last day so it could dry in the sun! I wanted to take everything home with me! Especially those ceramic jelly moulds.
{The Villa – Bedroom and Bathroom}
It’s a one bed, one bathroom villa that suited us perfectly. We really didn’t want to come home.
Loved these tiles in the bathroom. Hashtag I have this thing with floors…
There were so many little nooks for sitting in the villa, all with the best views out over the sea.
We cooked some yummy dinners out there, simple ones – we didn’t want to be in the kitchen any longer than we had to be. But I love it when we’re away and Ben helps me cook. It’s different I think from when you’re just at home and cooking is a chore. It’s romantic when you’re away. And there were so many lanterns and tea-lights to twinkle.
We cooked a BBQ on two nights and sat by the pool. The sky used to turn pink at sunset every evening.
After a couple of days of relaxing at the villa, we were itching to explore Northern Corfu. SJ Villas had left us a pretty good guide on the best things to see and do/eat at which we followed and were not disappointed with any of their recommendations. But I also did some googling and research before we left.

The best way to see all the beaches and hidden bays is by boat, a lot of the bays are inaccessible by driving {or even walking!}. So we hired a little motor boat from Agni boats for the day, and after a quick lesson we were off. Ben skippered us, we first went to the north, mooring up at any places that took our fancy. And then stopped off at a taverna for lunch before getting back out on the water again for an afternoon of just bobbing around and sunbathing. It was so much fun and the perfect way to see all of the beaches. The water was so crystal clear!! Agni, where we rented the boat from had three very good restaurants. And a gorgeous little bay with a beach, jettys and boats. The restaurants all have sun loungers so you can have lunch and then spend the afternoon at the beach. Our favourite little bays to visit were: Kassiopi, Avlaki, Agni, Agios Stephanos, Kalami and Kouloura Harbour.

The colour of the water out there was incredible, we couldn’t stop looking at it thinking wow wow wow. So nice to swim in too. Nearly all of the beaches on this part of the island are pebbly but actually it’s quite nice not to get all sandy. There are so many little bays and little towns to discover.
In the evenings, we’d go out to a taverna at a different bay each time. The first was Agios St Stefanos. One of the more upmarket, larger bays in the area with a small beach, a good few restaurants to choose from, little gift shops and a couple of mini supermarkets. We ate at Eucalyptus here, right next to the water, the food was delicious.
Compulsory Greek salad with every dinner, we were addicted! In fact all of the food we had in Greece was so, so good. The best figs we’ve ever eaten, greek yogurt and honey, pastries, olives, fried courgettes, fish, the list goes on!
How pretty is this bay, with it’s gorgeous jettys.

I fell in love with this little Greek house down at the harbour.

The weather was hot {30 degrees} and sunny for all but one of the days on which we had a crazy storm through the night. After the storm, we used a slightly overcast morning to explore Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage centre that was built by The Venetians. There were narrow alleyways and streets upon streets of old buildings, perfectly imperfect, with wooden shutters and big doorways. It was like a maze but we were happy to just wander. There’s water around the outside of the city and boats, on clear days the sea is just as beautiful there as it was on the north of the island. It’s best to go early in the day, or later, to avoid the cruise ship crowds. I bet it would be pretty at night too.
The food market in the old town was bursting with fresh produce and fish.
On our last night, we had booked dinner at The White House Taverna. It was Gerald Durrell’s old house from the book My Family and Other Animals, I loved that book. The house has now been turned into a restaurant downstairs and apartments upstairs, but regardless of this, it was the very best dinner and also the most reasonable from the week. It’s at one end of Kalami Bay, a lovely beach but the most spoilt out of everywhere we went with a big hotel etc. We ate dinner next to the water and watched the sky turned pink as the sun started to set. You don’t get to see the sun go down on this side of the island but still get pretty skies.
The magical week just flew by – both times, and we were so sad to head home. That’s part of why I love writing these travel blog posts so much, to look back and remember it all again. A truly amazing island and week. Same time next year?!!
Have you found any amazing villas for two? Or are you thinking of the Greek Islands for your honeymoon? You can find out more, and see more photos of our trips to Corfu here.
R <3 xx

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