Old Perithia

Corfu's Oldest Village – Guide and Where to Stay


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The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B in Old Perithia is located near the top of Corfu’s oldest village, in a protected heritage site and an area of natural beauty. Considered to be one of the finest restorations on the island and awarded a category ‘A’ four star rating, the house brings together the homeliness of a B&B and the luxury and service of a four star hotel.
The Merchant’s House once consisted of three traditional houses, which have been restored as six individual suites, rebuilt entirely by hand by local craftsmen. The suites sit side by side with a small path at the rear, a walled garden in front, and stone steps leading to a cobbled road winding down to the village square. There are beguiling views across the countryside up to the highest mountains on the island, and a clear view down to the Ionian Sea below. Historic documents show that the village of Old Perithia (Paleá Períthia) and its ancient churches date back to the 14th century.
In the past, the upstairs rooms of The Merchant’s House were used as living quarters, with a stable or local trades in the rooms below. The old stone houses were handed down through generations of local families until the 1960s, when they were gradually abandoned. Nowadays, there’s a convivial buzz about the place during the day, which continues in the evening with a gentle hum of the nearby tavernas, until beneath the soft glow of the stars the village drifts gently to sleep.
The suites each gently capture the history of Corfu, reflecting the Venetian, French and British influences on the island, the suites blend centuries of tradition with a contemporary standard of comfort and decoration. Each one has its own separate entrance, hand-made furniture, lavish furnishings, antiques and paintings, comfy beds, power showers, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, Nespresso machines and all the techy stuff that’s required. Breakfast is included on the terrace of the friendly nearby taverna.
The Merchant’s House also has an acre of land for guests to stroll around, including a historic ‘look out tower’ all of which are situated in what is considered to be the most peaceful spot on the island.
“…of perhaps more interest to readers, Paleá Períthia’s boutique accommodation, the Merchant’s House Suites open in spring 2012.” Marc Dubin, The Telegraph ‘Travel’
Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The Merchant’s House in Old Perithia, ‘Corfu’s Oldest Village’ – as featured in episode 2 of the 2012 ITV series Corfu: A tale of two islands.

The Merchant's House Boutique B&B

View from the village square, Old Perithia


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March 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

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  1. Very informative page! Thank you!


    May 29, 2011 at 7:09 am

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