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Palatial Villa for Rent in Corfu Boasts Island’s Aristocratic Past

Villa 1870 Corfu
The grounds of Villa 1870 Corfu, now available to rent

Villa 1870 is a truly unique rental on Corfu, Greece encompassing the island’s aristocratic past combined with all the modern facilities required for the perfect vacation.

Corfu is full of boutique hotels and sprawling beach resorts, but many people who travel to Corfu come to the island looking for a different experience, perhaps wishing to have a place all to themselves and their group of friends or family.

For people who want to see what life was like for Corfu’s traditional aristocracy, and also experience a truly carefree vacation with their every whim catered to, Villa 1870 Corfu is available to rent from April 1st to October 30th, this year.

Travelers have flocked to Corfu for decades to absorb the aristocratic beauty of its old town, the pristine, turquoise waters of its beaches, and the small traditional villages that are spread throughout this picturesque island.

Unlike most parts of Greece, Corfu did not fall under Ottoman rule and thus, retained the stunning architectural influence of Venice, which combined with its breathtaking natural beauty and hospitable culture, has made it a popular holiday destination for Europeans since the 19th century.

Villa 1870 Corfu
Villa 1870 Corfu

The History of the Villa

Perfect for large groups or families, Villa 1870 Corfu can comfortably house up to 14 people in its 6 spacious, ornate rooms. Walking through the grand home’s three floors, as well as the detached guesthouse, gives you a sense of times gone by. Visitors appreciate the mixture of vintage décor with modern comfort and amenities, as well as the fabulous view overlooking the deep blue Ionian Sea.

As the name implies, the villa was built in 1870, when Corfu’s old high-society families were at the height of their wealth. Carefully restored by the current owners in 2019, the house itself, as well as the impressive gardens, were brought back to their original splendor, with luxurious extras like a pool and outdoor gym added to the mix.

The villa was originally the property of a wealthy industrialist who moved to Corfu from the mainland opposite the island and married the daughter of a local nobleman. Decades later, it passed into the hands of a prominent local member of Corfu’s society, who used the house to stage some of the most famous Gatsby-style parties ever held on the island. His celebrations attracted people from all over Corfu and beyond to drink, dance, and party until the wee hours of the morning in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Eventually, the current owners fell in love not only with the island of Corfu, but particularly with the villa itself, and restored it to its former glory, to become a place of luxury, tranquility, and traditional Greek hospitality for all those who would visit. They wanted to bring the experience of life in this aristocratic villa to tourists from all over the world.

Luxurious interior of Villa 1870 Corfu
Luxurious interiors of Villa 1870 Corfu

What to See Around the Villa

The villa is located just a 10-minute drive above the fabled Old Town with its pedestrianized, glistening streets and Venetian architecture. This house sits close enough to the center of Corfu to make access to all its great sights, cuisine, and nightlife easy, yet puts you far enough away to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility to which you can return to rest and recharge.

Corfu old fortress
Corfu Old Fortress. Credit: Thierry / Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

During the day, travelers can visit the Old Fortress of Corfu and walk around the historic buildings housed there. Most visitors choose to head down to Kapodistriou to walk by the glamorous cafes on the outskirts of the Old Town in the evening, then make their way into the town to stroll through charming shops, restaurants, and old buildings in the beautifully lit pedestrianized streets of Corfu. Other guests who travel to Corfu choose to tour nearby destinations like the stunning classical estate of Mon Repos.

If you want to go sightseeing outside of town, but are unsure about finding your way through the winding inland roads of Corfu, or simply don’t want to expend the energy required to drive around this large island, the villa provides a complementary 9-seater van with a driver for your stay. You can request transportation to specific destinations and have the driver wait to escort you back to the villa or simply ask them to show you around. This way, you can find the best spots around Corfu for food, sunset viewing, or anything else you might want, all recommended by a knowledgeable local.

Villa 1870 Corfu, Bedroom
One of the Villa’s Bedroom

Villa 1870 Corfu: Making Travel to Corfu a Glamorous Experience

What would a stay in Corfu be without a dip in the gorgeous blue waters of the Ionian Sea, visible from your villa windows? The on-site driver can take visitors to some of the best beaches on the island, including Palaiokastritsa, and help guests finish the day with a cocktail at one of the most breathtaking sunset vista points on the island, Logas Beach.  Lastly, tourists usually choose to make a stop at the tiny island of Pontikonisi before leaving, to visit the historic church and explore the unique little island, home to only one resident.

People who travel to Corfu and want a retreat where they truly don’t have to lift a finger will love the ease and convenience of staying at Villa 1870 Corfu. Meals are prepared by the villa’s gourmet chef, who buys fresh ingredients daily for each meal and caters to all dietary preferences and requirements. Every meal from breakfast to dinner can be served by the hostess who arrives with the chef on the premises, at any time the guests request in advance.

Travelers looking for a luxurious experience in a vintage corner of Corfu, who dream of walking through the bright, airy halls of an authentic villa overlooking a vibrant blue sea, where they can relax by the pool and eat delicious gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in a house they have all to themselves, will realize their dreams in Villa 1870 Corfu. As previously mentioned, the Villa is open from April 1st to October 30th.

Villa 1870 Corfu
The Grounds of Villa 1870 Corfu

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