Halikunas is located on Lake Korission (the lake is with salt water- connected with the sea). The sandy beach is 3 km long. You will find shopping facilities in the nearest village of Agios Matheos, which is approximately 5 km away.
The magnificent Castle at Gardiki although partially demolished has a distinct Byzantine feature that pervades the entire edifice.
One can view the castle right from the entrance of Gardiki village. Renowned scholars of Corfu equate this marvelous Castle with the magnificent Angelokastro Fort. This is primarily because of the fact that the castle was built during the same period and what is more, by the same Archbishop.
The castle is conspicuous by its octagonal shape and an ellipsoidal attachment. The bordering parapets were adorned
with traditional Byzantine artworks. The vestiges that one can see on the right hand side of the main entrance are believed to belong to the in-house chapel.
The castle’s idyllic location in the picturesque village of Gardiki due south of the island, in close proximity to the village of Agios Matthaeos attracts hordes of tourists every year.
The castle is renowned for its impregnable fortifications that defended the residents of Corfu on numerous occasions from the marauding and all conquering enemies.
In the present times, one must admit that its ramparts are impeccably preserved and it is a sheer delight just to visit the castle, though the castle is partially destroyed.
Apart from the principal castle, there are numerous other ancient edifices strewn around the castle’s surrounding areas, and each one unique in their architectural features. The fact that the castle is nestled in the midst of verdant Olive groves, imparts a touch of ethereal beauty to the castle’s surroundings.
Located in Halikounas, Corfu, the villa is a family enterprise. The beautiful plot of land on which it stands, overlooking the Ionian Sea, was purchased in 2004, and since then we have invested much hard work and enthusiasm in completing the project.
One can see from the first glance that this is a really special place. Visible from a great distance, standing as it does on the highest ground in the area, it offers an imposing sight, built in the traditional style using stone and old bricks, with wooden ceilings and tile roofs, the timber exposed to the interior – all blending harmoniously into the natural setting.
On one side the sea and lagoon, on the other the mountain and olive groves.
Spacious verandas, one looking east and one west, affording fabulous views of the sun setting into the waters of the Ionian Sea, transforming both sea and sky into an astonishing range of colours.
On ground floor level to the south of the building is the swimming pool.
The pool enjoys views over the lagoon and the great expanse of sea. It is fairly large, about 80 square metres, with a pleasant surrounding area laid with pebbles. There are ample wooden recliners for sunbathing and relaxation.
Next to the pool is the outdoor dining space and a little farther off a barbecue area for those wishing to try their hand at grilled foods.
Two external stairways, one on each side of the house, lead down to a lower area where there is a separate studio. This can accommodate another two guests, with all the usual amenities, or can be used as staff accommodation if so desired.
A large veranda with a surface area of more than 200 square meters provides an additional al fresco dining space, a sitting area and a childrens play space.
As you approach the surrounding stone wall of the villa you will have your first opportunity to enjoy the amazing views.The large gateway, operated by remote control, ensures privacy and leads into the inner courtyard.
We are now at the ground floor level, where the garden and pool are located.
We enter the house by a large space accommodating the sitting room, with open hearth, and dining area. Four huge French windows offer a superb view over the sea and provide easy access to the pool on the southern side of the house.
The same area also accommodates the kitchen, equipped with state-of-the-art dishwasher, microwave oven, coffee machine, toaster, etc.
On the same level and on the eastern side of the house there are two bedrooms. The first has two large windows looking over the olive grove and towards the northern coast of the island. It has a double bed, which can be divided into two singles if desired, and which is equipped with electric motors to lift either end – raising the level of head or feet for greater comfort. The room also boasts an antique wooden wardrobe and special unit for satellite TV, with a small sound system.
The en suite bathroom is comfortable, decorated in earth colours and equipped with a shower and hydro-massage stall.
The second bedroom has a large balcony door leading directly out to the pool. The colour scheme is a combination of blues and whites. The room has a similar bed to that described above, plus satellite TV and sound system.
The bathroom is also decorated in blue and white and has a bathtub and large window with a view over the lagoon.
On the same level there is also a WC and a stairway leading up to the next level.
Ascending the stairs we find ourselves in a space with a surface area of about 70 square metres. This is essentially an independent suite: a sitting area, a fireplace, a hydro-massage bathtub, a mini bar, a 42'' satellite TV and home cinema, an antique bed and a massage armchair.
The area upstairs can be closed off from the rest of the house, if you wish, using a special door installed for this purpose.
All around the walls there are large windows and two large balcony doors leading to the two verandas. One of these is 40 square metres in surface area and looks east towards the olive trees; the other is slightly smaller and has a view of the sea and the setting sun.
The bathroom is decorated in pale pink and has a second hydro-massage stall. It also enjoys a fantastic view.
The villa is fully equipped and designed to offer every possible amenity for the visitor.
The natural setting and fantastic views make the perfect combination for a fabulous holiday.
The villa's amenities include:
Central heating and air conditioning
Fully equipped kitchen (microwave oven, coffee machine, toaster)
Satellite receiver in every room
Computer with internet access
Hydro-massage shower stalls
Electrically adjustable beds