About this listing
TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Best B&B's Greece 2015. This attractive B&B in the heritage village of Old Perithia, north east Corfu. It offers romantic-style accommodation, there are 5 tavernas, good walks, beaches and attractive surroundings, plus the peace and quiet of the village and clear night skies - and... as we're the only accommodation means it's all yours - a village to yourselves! Minimum 2 night stay as we're up in the mountains but at 410m we're just 7km from the nearest beach.
Dream 2010: Northeast Corfu, 8km up from the coast, just beneath Mount Pantokrator.
Take an 'abandoned village' (Corfu’s oldest), set amidst beautiful countryside. Buy 3 old traditional fallen down houses. Restore them exactly as they were c.1650, as it's a heritage protected site. Turn them into 6 individual boutique bed & breakfast suites, each one designed with 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.
Reality 2012: Dream come true! Now open as The Merchant's House Boutique B&B in Old Perithia.
The property has 6 individual luxury suites, each sleeping 2 adults. All of the suites have their own separate entrance and consist of a sitting room (with 1-2 sofabeds), double bedroom and bathroom with walk-in shower.
In a Nutshell: This privately owned and managed accommodation is considered to be one of the finest restorations on the island. Awarded a category 'A' four star rating, The Merchant's House brings together the homeliness of a B&B and the luxury and service of a four star hotel. It is the only accommodation in this heritage protected village, with 5 tavernas! As the restorations continue, this historic village is gradually coming back to life. Breakfast is included on the terrace of the taverna adjacent to the B&B.
Quick facts: You need a car. There's no swimming pool but some of the best beaches are within 20 minutes drive. Shops within 15 minutes drive. It's an hour and a quarter from the airport. 410m up the highest mountain on the island.
Ideal for: Couples, walkers, honeymooners, people escaping from the paparazzi or the crowds by the beach, people who need to de-stress, photographers, Durrell fans and alike.
What to Expect: Each of the three traditional houses have been faithfully restored into 6 individual suites, rebuilt entirely by hand by local craftsmen. The suites, each with their own private entrance, sit side by side with a small path at the rear, a garden in front, and stone steps leading to a cobbled road winding down to the village square. There are beautiful views across the countryside up to the highest mountains on the island and 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.
'New Tradition': Reflecting the Venetian, French and British influences on the island, the suites blend centuries of tradition with a contemporary standard of comfort and decoration.
5 tavernas in the village
Interaction with Guests
Around if needed, as much as needed.
The oldest village, and the only of the villages on the island to be Heritage Protected. Great for walks, cycling, sea and beach by day - village to yourselves at night.
Best, if not essential, to hire a car.
Other Things to Note
No swimming pool.
Terms & Conditions
The Merchant's House | Full Terms & Conditions
A provisional booking can be made by phone or email and held for a couple days, to give you time to organise your flights. To secure your booking, we ask for a 50% deposit. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. In the case of last minute bookings (less than 6 weeks ahead) 100% payment is required with the booking.
In case of any 'accidental damages' At the discretion of the owners, a deposit of 100 euro is applicable to guests staying for 2 or more days, it will be refunded or returned on departure, subject to the booking terms and conditions.
No pets are allowed.
No smoking (fires or candles) in any part of the suites.
For 2-5 day bookings the 50% cancellation fee applies from 4 weeks prior to your booking date and is only refundable if the property is re-let for the same period. Bookings made within 2 weeks of the booking date cannot be refunded and are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
For 7 nights or more a 50% cancellation fee applies from 6 weeks prior to your booking date and is also only refundable if the property is re-let for the same period.
If for any reason, beyond our control, the property is not available on the date booked, all charges paid in advance will be refundable in full. In this case, there shall be no further claim against the owners either for the booking or any associated costs as a result of the cancellation.
Accidental Damage and No Smoking Rule
Guests must leave the property clean and in good order and will be responsible for any breakages, loss or damage. The owner shall be entitled to charge for the cost of remedying any breach of these obligations. Smoking in the suites is strictly forbidden. Also, no lighting of candles and no food or drink (other than that supplied of offered by The Merchant's House) is permitted in the suites.
The contract between you and us is governed by the law of Greece and we both agree that any dispute, matter or other issue that arises between us will be dealt with by the Courts of Greece.
You may not transfer your Booking or any rights and responsibilities under these Booking Terms & Conditions to any other person, without our prior written consent.
Issues beyond our control
Every effort will be made to ensure the standard described for the property and all items of equipment described and supplied by the owners are in good working order. However, no guarantee is given, nor liability accepted, if any breakdown occurs that is beyond our control, or there are power failures, or temporary failure to the utilities, due to the weather or actions that are also beyond our control. Repairs, and restoration of utilities will always be effected as soon as possible.
The owners, their employees and agents of The Merchant’s House shall not be liable to any person for any personal injury, loss of, or damage to property, however caused or sustained. The Merchant's House is insured with InterAmerican and they will make the final decision, in association with the relevant Greek laws applicable at the time should any of the above unfortunately occur.
Bookings and Contact Details
To enquire about availability please email Mark or Saskia, complete the contact form, or telephone:
UK (phone number hidden) (All year round)
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About the Host, Mark & Saskia
The owners, Mark & Saskia are happy to talk to you about your holiday with us on the island of Corfu, and about the village of Old Perithia. We're aiming to give you a relaxed holiday in a 'home away from home'. We'll help you discover those special places to visit, and the hidden gems that make your stay a whole lot different from 7 days on the beach.