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Old Perithia & The Merchant’s House B&B Corfu | Press & Media 2014-2015

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Here are a few links to press and media articles that we are delighted to share, as we continue to endeavour to bring Old Perithia, one of Corfu’s oldest villages, and certainly the best example, back  to life and to restore its community once more. To stay in touch with what’s going on in Old Perithia and around the island of Corfu visit or ‘Like’ our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OldPerithia:

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2015 B&B’s and Inns, Greece: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cInnsBB-g189398

BA Highlife [British Airways] | Six was to see the Real Corfu: http://highlife.ba.com/articles/six-ways-to-see-the-real-corfu

Telegraph Travel Best Hotels, Best Places to Eat, Best Attractions Corfu: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tr…/hotel/36517/Corfu-hotels.html

Travel Weekly |Ionian Idyll: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2014/01/09/46578/corfu+ionian+idyll.html

Fodor’s Choices in Corfu 2015: http://www.fodors.com/…/eur…/greece/corfu/review-608150.html

The Vie Design | The Merchant’s House B&B Review, Corfu: http://theviedesign.com/2015/01/29/corfu-greece/

The Press & Journal | Discovering Corfu’s Charms: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/travel/478882/discovering-corfus-charms/

Jacoline Vinke’s 80 Small Hotels in Greece: http://www.smallhotelsingreece.com/hotels/ionian/the-merchant-s-house

The Northern Echo: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/entertainment/11177517.True_Corfu/

Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-top-10-undiscovered-destinations-corfu-photo.html






Old Perithia | Telegraph’s: Best Hotel, Best Tavernas, Best Attraction – Corfu

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Click on the link below to see what Telegraph Travel had to say about Old Perithia:



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The long lasting love of a couple for Old Perithia, Corfu

The long lasting love of a couple for Old Perithia, Corfu









Translated Article 05|06|2013: PRESS ARTICLE | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |



The long-lasting love of a British couple for Old Perithia
Mark and Saskia, a young British|Dutch couple, ordered a tasteful place-name sign of wood, which was placed at the entrance of the Heritage Protected Village of Old Perithia. The wooden sign has a detailed map of the settlement with information about the sightseeing of this peaceful mountain village in Greek and in English. The young couple, who are almost permanent residents of the Perithia, have invested their life dreams here and prove their love for this island every day by their actions.

In the last years, the abandoned village of Old Perithia has come to life again and enjoys a lot of traffic daily.

In the last years, the abandoned village of Old Perithia has come to life again and enjoys a lot of traffic daily.











Two young British people never stop confirming their love for Old Perithia .
In the last years, the abandoned village of Old Perithia has come to life again and enjoys many visitors each day.

Now, there are five traditional tavernas in Perithia and last year “The Merchant’s House” an accommodation of the highest quality, boutique bed and breakfast suites, opened in three old renovated houses, located at the entrance of the heritage protected village. The investors are Mark and Saskia – a British|Dutch couple – who have almost become permanent residents of Perithia and enthusiastically love the island, its history, its beauty, its people, its tastes, its smell and sounds.

They are excellent promoters of Perithia, using every available method of promotion, and mostly the internet. And they keep on at it. They care about Old Perithia’s being kept clean, its accessibility to locals and visitors alike, its traffic control and parking places away from the buildings, its lighting and, as happened recently, about its visitors’ information.

They have even ordered and placed a tasteful place-name sign of wood at the entrance of the village (see photo above), and last Sunday they placed a detailed map of the area and information for the visitors in both Greek and English languages. They have also placed at the entrance, a bilingual sign, ‘Welcome to the Heritage Village of Old Perithia’, made in accordance with the standards of the signs of the Greek Ministry of Culture for Heritage sites (picture on the left).

The love for this land, as you see, is not just about talk. It has to be proven and confirmed by our daily acts.

This is exactly what we learn from Mark and Saskia’s love for Old Perithia …


Experience The Best of Corfu | For Immediate Release

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Experience The Best of Corfu…

Town & Country  | Sea & Scenic

What are the first three things that spring to mind when you imagine a holiday on the island of Corfu?

Most would probably give the following answer:

Stunning beaches and crystal-clear seas that encircle the island with glistening water in shimmering shades of blue. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and diving, or taking a small boat to secluded coves shaded by silver green olive trees.

Corfu Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful architecture, the result of Venetian, French and British influences that have gracefully touched the island over the centuries and influenced its culture, cuisine and its people.

Corfiot history and tradition, nature and wildlife, prevalent in the old villages which are often set against a stunning backdrop of lush green mountains. Villages, untouched by time, and cared for by mother nature, with bursts of colour and unlimited beauty, old settlements where birds, bees, butterflies, and all creatures great and small gently come and go.

But, until now, you may have found yourself having to settle for just one of the above, staying in a single location, or accommodation, usually near the sea, and making the visit to town, the countryside or the local villages a short day out.

However, now there’s a completely new way to experience the very Best of Corfu and here’s how…

Imagine the following scenario. Arrive at Corfu airport and within a short taxi ride, unwind in one of our handpicked selection of Corfu town’s finest hotels, where you can relax and ease into the holiday mood by soaking up the culture and buzz of Corfu town, then dinner in one of the town’s many restaurants, and a good night’s sleep.

Wake up to a lazy breakfast in the hotel and go sightseeing around the bustling streets of the old town and the Esplanade. When you’re ready, your rental car will be delivered at the hotel and you’ll be transported to the elegant four star Boutique B&B, The Merchant’s House, in Corfu’s oldest Village, Old Perithia, in the attractive northeast corner of the island.

Here you can spend 2, 3, 4 or more days, taking a step back in time and getting to experience the local tradition and hospitality of an historic mountain village in a designated area of natural beauty, where the village and the bees hum by day, but by night you have the whole place to yourself as the tavernas gently wind down until the next day.

Finally, having now managed to relax enough to be practically horizontal, go horizontal full time by staying at Chrismos Luxury Suites near Kassiopi, and a few steps away from the sea. Just 20 minutes drive by car, Chrismos offers fifteen tranquil beachside accommodations, a private pool and garden, direct access to the beach and a convivial lounge café and restaurant.

So, whether it’s a few days, a week, 10 days, or more, you can now experience the very Best of Corfu, an experience that you may find so warming, that you’ll wish to return again and again.

The Old Fort, Corfu Town

The Old Fort, Corfu Town

Kassiopi, northeast Corfu

Corfu’s Oldest Village

copyright 2013 text & photography Merchant’s House PR & Publishing | contact: editor@old-perithia.com for further details or use of images.

Corfu’s Oldest Village | Old Perithia | Revealed

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Click the link to read the Reveal Greece article about Corfu’s Oldest Village | Old Perithia – http://www.reveal-greece.com/corfu-oldest-village-old-perithia

The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B Corfu 2013 Bookings

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For those planning a holiday in Corfu this Spring, Summer or Autumn – The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B in Corfu’s oldest village is now bookable directly or via HolidayLettings and through selected leading travel agents.

Open from the beginning of April this year, this privately owned and managed restoration is of three house dating back to c. 1650 and is located in the Heritage Protected mountain village of Old Perithia in the northeast of the island offering a truly personal holiday experience.

As the only accommodation in the village, it is a unique place to stay, although the village has five tavernas so there’s no shortage of good places to eat. Breakfast is included at the adjoining taverna and Old Perithia is established as a perfect location for walking, relaxing, and enjoying the countryside as it is also designated as ‘an area of natural beauty.’ Many of the island’s most beautiful beaches are within 20-30 minutes drive away.


The Merchant's House B&B in Corfu's oldest village, Old Perithia.

The Merchant’s House B&B in Corfu’s oldest village, Old Perithia.


Tomorrow on ITV1 Corfu: A tale of two islands, features Old Perithia, Corfu’s Oldest Village

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The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B in Corfu’s Oldest Village features in – Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands  ITV1 UK 8-part series

EPISODE 2, ITV1 Thursday, 18th October 22.35 GMT


Director|Producer Peter Beard – Series Director|Producer Matt Pelly – A Century Films Production

Corfu is buzzing. 500,000 Brits fly there each summer and around 10,000 of us have even chosen to live there. It is the Greek holiday island of choice for many British holidaymakers, and we easily out-number every other nationality holidaying on the island.
This week we meet more Brits who have fallen for the charms of this alluring island.
Marcus sells and develops multimillion pound, beachfront properties. He’s profiting from Corfu’s shift in industry from the agriculture that dominated the economy up until the 60’s, to tourism today. But as the island grows more popular it is becoming increasingly difficult to track down the picture-perfect plot.
Marcus’s most recent client is Oxfordshire housewife Susie who, along with husband Mark, has scoured Corfu for the perfect retreat from the stresses of life in the UK.
Further inland in the shadow of the “The Almighty”, Mount Pantokrator, lies a village where one couple are trying to reinvigorate the old ways. Mark Hendriksen and his Dutch wife Saskia Bosch fell in love with the abandoned village of Old Perithia while on holiday. The pair have now started an ambitious project to breathe life back into the idyll, and the first step is to get their Boutique B&B up and running.

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