Nikolina’s studio (25 s.m.) is located in Arcadades, a small village found 25 km to the north of the Corfu Town, in the backshore. It is accompanied with its courtyard, garden and farm. It could be a ‘shelter’ for people who: -Feel tiered and need to get away from things which have depressed them. -Need to go to a state of inaction to relax, read, write or paint. -Are interested in gardening, bird-watching or in history, contemporary sociology and social anthropology. -Want to do manual work.
Arcadades is one of the 100 approximately Corfu villages and counts around 100 villagers. Nikolina’s, which was built by stones more than 300 years ago. It is located in an old Byzantine neighbourhood which retains certain signs from its old past despite the recent interventions.
Nikolina’s, was using by our family as the kitchen of the house before 50 years and it has recently been refurbished and fully furnished into a comfortable and congenial place of abode.
It consists of the main of one-piece place and the bathroom. There are two entrances with one stair downwards and three stairs up respectively.
Exteriorly there is a small balcony, a place of rest, a similar place under a pergola and a small garden.
Zugang für Gäste
In the morning you can relax yourself by drinking your tea or coffee at the middle of the small garden or courtyard which accompanies the house. In the evening you can enjoy the wonderful glow of the setting sun at the same place. Also you can use the garden to do manual work. Surely, you will know very soon the neighbours and their concerns or business.
In case in which you would like to be more alone we suggest you to examine the possibility of spending an hour a day or more in order to live as a hermit. In this case we have reserved a surprise for you. You can use the farm of the house which is located on the bank of the nearby hill. Too go to this place takes 8 - 10 minutes on foot.
It covers an area of 14.000 square meters found in the middle of a forest in which olive trees, fruit trees and forest plants are growing up.
At the middle of this farm there is an old family miniature cottage which was used in the past as a shelter to protect the farmers from being wet. The cottage is furnished with gas fire, basic kitchen utensils and certain agricultural tools. A small grill is also available but its use is permitted during the summer.
Very close to the cottage there are three old wells which were used by our family to water the garden produces. The water on of them is potable.
You can go there and carry with you your book, you laptop or your painting utensils. You can prepare your tea, relax yourself in a hammock and do what work you prefer.
You can collect eatable vegetables which everybody in the village recognizes. In this way you can cook your dinner green soup along with a potato as many people are still using to do in the village. You can collect mushrooms or walnuts in the autumn, wild asparaguses in the spring and aromatic oregano early in the summer.
In case of which you will decide to stay for a long period of time you can use our nets in order to lay down them to collect the olive fruits. In this way you can produce your own oil. Please note that an olive oil press is nearby the house.
Also you can try to grow your own garden vegetables and cultivate your own seasonable crop.
Referring to us, we stopped to cultivate our fields except the olive trees from which we collect the olives every other year. As a respect to the nature, synthetic fertilisers or toxic liquids have never been used in this property, according to our family tradition.
All the offers which have been described above are absolutely free of any charge.
Interaktion mit Gästen
We live in Corfu Town and usually come to the village on the weekends.
In every case we are available at any time if our visitors need our help or advice. Of course our presence is always noiseless.
We offer cleaning before our visitors’ coming and after their leaving. In case in which they need extra cleaning during their stay, we can suggest to them a trusty person who can be paid directly without our mediation.
Also we can drive our visitors from the point of their arrival to the home and vice versa, at the time of their departure, without any extra charge.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Air-condition, washing machine, kitchen utensils, mixer, coffee machine, bed-clothes and towels are available. Also a bicycle is provided by request, without any extra charge.
Nikolinas’ cannot consider being a luxurious accommodation but, without fail, we fully furnished it and endowed it with our personal delicacy.
Please note that you will decide to stay in a small village which is located in the backshore of a super touristic Inland.
We will be happy to realize that our home will be the place which could make you to learn, dream and experience the equanimity you perhaps need for a period of time. These experiences may constitute a part of your life which you will remember with nostalgia.
We have experienced all the things we offer you. We love them very much and this is the reason we are always trying to keep them in use.
We are very pleased to host interested people. You can stay for a short or long period of time. It matters not. We have prepared to meet you as family friends or distant relatives and offer our support and advice at any time during your stay.
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I am a pianist and composer. My wife is a historian and writer. Our daughter follows piano and dance courses. We love the knowledge, the sea, our farm and to meet interested and companionable persons.