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Exemplary Guesthouse, built on ruins… Kerkyra Simera 26th May 2012

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Exemplary Guesthouse, built on ruins… Kerkyra Simera 26th May 2012 [Corfu Today]
by Stefanos Poulimenos

When Mark Hendriksen from England and Saskia Bosch from Holland came to Corfu, they were astonished by its natural beauty. They loved it so much that they decided to make a significant investment that may have seemed surprising to a lot of people. They chose Old Perithia, a village in a mountainous area of the island, with only 2 residents, and decided to buy three abandoned houses, which they renovated and turned into a traditional guesthouse.

They chose this small village that was abandoned quite a few decades ago because they saw a possibility to bring it back to life. Even though it had been neglected for many years they could see the real beauty of the area and they understood that there was a market for people who wish to stay in a calming and unspoiled natural environment.

They found a local team to work with to do the restorations, and also got to know the owners of the local small tavernas, who realised that there was an opportunity to increase the number of visitors to come and taste a variety of Greek cuisine.

So they decided to realize their dream to start to bring the village back to life. With great respect for the rules and regulations to which these traditional villages are bound, and in cooperation with the Archaeological Department of Corfu, they proceeded with care, and began to renovate three stone houses.

They used traditional building methods, renovated the roof with old tiles, kept the interior wooden beams and rafters, and used exemplary woodwork. They had windows hand-made in the old style but also, in line with modern standards. The floors were re-laid and they decorated the interiors with traditional furniture and materials, so the rooms are both stylish and elegant whilst at the same time including those modern touches that are desired by today’s high-end customers.

The same care was taken with the terrace and garden. Generally the surrounding area has been recreated with the dominant local materials of wood, stone and iron, effectively the same materials that people were using many centuries ago. In the garden you can find flowers and plants that are native to the area, as well a few olive trees, it is all very impressive down to the last detail.

Mark and Saskia were informed that when the village was thriving, in the houses they had bought, the owners used to live above and on the ground floors were various merchant trades. Borne out of this fact they found the appropriate name for their traditional guesthouse. They called it “To Emborikon”, The Merchant’s House and in doing so they illustrated to the professionals of our island the importance of choosing a name which is relevant to the history of a place, and not simply signs that are disconnected or unattractive.

I was looking around the guesthouse ‘To Emborikon’ of Old Perithia and I was thinking how different the look of Corfu town, our historical centre, and dozens of traditional villages would be if we did the minimum of what are European friends are doing today. I wrote these few lines, to reward and to promote this investment with its many qualities and characteristics, but for another reason as well.

To stimulate the thought that taking this as an example, while some people do more and some people do less, we generally don’t follow this thinking process and so have not respected the architectural, natural and historical heritage of our own island to the level we should have done.

Exemplary Guesthouse, built on ruins…


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May 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Inaugurated, The first guesthouse in Old Perithia. Corfu Times [Kerkyra Simera]

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Corfu Times & Corfu Today [Kerkyra Simera] | Saturday 26th May 2012
Inaugurated, the first guesthouse in Old Perithia

Friday, the 25th May 2012 – Translation from Greek text:

On Saturday 19 May 2012, the first guesthouse in Old Perithia, North Corfu, was inaugurated with a traditional blessing from the priest of the region. “The Merchant’s House” in Old Perithia has a capacity for 21 beds, in six luxury suites.
Three old stone buildings in Perithia were renovated in cooperation with the Archeological Department of Corfu to an exemplary standard in every respect, maintaining all the structural and architectural elements, but also providing all the modern comforts for its guests in a uniquely beautiful and quiet environment.

This new guesthouse has all the characteristics of a Boutique Bed & Breakfast and is a Category ‘A’ class (4 stars). The owners, Mark Hendriksen from the UK and Saskia Bosch from Holland, who invested about one million euro on this project, are showing their love for the place with full respect of the settlement and history, but they are also indicating the way forward for such restorations in the pristine areas of the Corfiot countryside.

The investment, an initiative of Mark & Saskia, received the support and warm welcome from many of the locals with whom they have become acquainted, and who along with many British guests, attended the inauguration ceremony and celebration, which was perfectly put together, down to the smallest detail.

The hosts of the evening, along with numerous guests, their faces shining with joy and satisfaction, enjoyed an excellent interpretation of well-known songs by the popular international baritone Mark Llewelyn Evans, who then handed the baton to a local band who provided Greek melodies for the rest of the evening.

Those who would like to find out more about The Merchant House, can contact Mark and Saskia at:

GR +30 26630 98444 (April-October)

From the newspaper story “The Corfu Today” 26th May 2012


A taste of Spring in Old Perithia, Corfu (in pictures)

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Bee in an oversized hard hat, Old PerithiaRed Admiral, Old Perithia, CorfuSunset over the mountains, Old PerithiaFlutter by, Old PerithiaBug's Life, Old PerithiaOrchid in May 2012, Old PerithiaSpring 2012, near Old PerithiaThere are more than 30 varieties of orchids in CorfuFlightpath, Old Perithia, CorfuAfternoon hadows on Iakovos, Persis, Old Perithia

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May 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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