As a young girl, she came to live at the Achillion Palace with her parents, who were part of the entourage of the empress. Her father was the captain of her yacht and her mother was in charge of the palace and all the servants. She married and her children grew up running and playing in the palace gardens. They continued to live there during the Kaiser’s occupation of the Achillion until the beginning of WW2, when they left to live in Alexandria. In 1960 her son and grand- son returned to Corfu and built this villa, where she spent her final years, enjoying the tranquility and remembering times gone by.
The villa has been transformed by a complete restoration program providing an environment of the highest standard whilst adhering to an eco-friendly philosophy throughout. The villa is set on a hillside overlooking the bay with breath-taking views down the south-west coast of Corfu. The house is centrally air-conditioned, has a pool with hydro-massage and a small gym with a massage table (appointments can be booked for a fee) All beds and bedding have been provided by COCO MAT, an internationally known company using only natural materials in their products.
The area of Perama is situated very close to Corfu Town. Perama is just opposite the famous areas of Kanoni and Pontikonissi, the most recognizable landmarks of the island, and offers stunning sea views.
For a couple of months our family spent the evenings looking for a place that could satisfy the needs of our group of 9 people. Among all the possible solutions in Corfu, villa Giovannina really stood out. When we arrived we were surprised to see that the villa was even more charming in reality than in pictures , especially the ground level with the pool and the room in front of it. Unfortunately eating breakfast on the porch wasn’t perfect because of the presence of bees trying to eat what’s on the table , but that is a natural characteristic of the local fauna. Katerina and Sophie were always available and forthcoming , our stay was really out of this world. Leaving the place was the hardest part of our holiday trip
Beautiful villa, excellently equipped, wonderful and friendly owner and staff with those little things that make a huge difference. For us, simply perfect.