Magic Rocks

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

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Magic Rocks is a secluded, rural idyll set in the most fragrant of countryside locations, offering sparkling accommodation for up to 10 people, in the utmost luxury, with an animated contrast of dazzling coastline and sweeping mountains around it. This unique home marries an original, farmhouse-style building along with a distinctive tower clad in ancient stone. The estate offers vibrant interiors blending natural, raw materials along with sleek and contemporary design

Set down a dusty, off-beat track, Magic Rocks presents as a gorgeous mirage of comfort and style amid the arid terrain. The slick infinity pool;  the unmistakable tower rises from it, offset by wooden decking. Terracotta pots are bursting with fragrant plants and beautiful sweeping trees. The views are sublime from this vivacious home, offering both mountains, rural hillside and the sparkling ocean in the distance. Impeccably maintained lawns are fragrant with olive groves, whilst there is an elegant, sedately cloistered veranda offering gorgeous al fresco dining. The chic roof terrace is perfect for evening drinks as the sun softens over the bay. Serene gardens are Italian-esque in style with mysterious pathways, vibrant and verdant overgrowth, ancient stone and soft lawns.

Outdoor living is executed with panache and charisma at Magic Rocks; the poolside offers refined loungers, sublime views from every angle. The charming stone-built outdoor kitchen complete with fridge, bar stools and wood-burning oven - ideal for preparing meals to enjoy after a refreshing swim or a trek into the mountains.

Featured in the Sunday Times as one of Europe's top 100 Villas; this characterful home is surrounded by olive trees, and offers great potential for families to enjoy unadulterated tranquility along with flawless quality accommodation. Ten guests are accommodated across five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The sumptuously styled interiors offer informal yet impeccably chic living. The lounge space is fresh and home-like, offering bright and airy space for relaxation, along with gorgeous lighting and accents of nautical blue.

The stunning open plan kitchen and dining space offers contemporary luxury. There is a modern twist on a farmhouse kitchen, finished with natural timber and vivid marina blues, charming exposed timber beams and sleek central island with breakfast bar, ideal for a low-key glass of wine and antipasti or children's snacks.

The quality of finishes is uncompromising throughout: opulent yet classic bedrooms are stylishly finished, reminiscent of a boutique hotel - timeless, tasteful and sedate with quality, cotton bedlinen and delightful touches of character, upholstery and accessories. Dripping with character, lavish accessories and a unique designer flair, each bedroom has its own unique touches and accents of colour, whilst our personal pièce de resistance is the glamorous and seductive bathroom with a sultry free-standing bath and gorgeous light quality

All the family's entertainment needs will be met with satellite television and cosy sofas for evening "downtime," whilst Magic Rocks offers an effortlessly stylish, unique and home-like experience characterised by its very natural and understated tone of mediterranean luxury!

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What you should know…

  • A hired car is essential; ideally, although not essential, a four wheel drive suitable for some hilly and offload terrain as this home is situated down a rural track of four hundred and fifty meters
  • Smaller children will need to be monitored by the pool area

    Property Features

    Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Cable TV DVD

    Ground Floor
    - Open plan sitting room with sweeping staircase to first floor suite
    - Dining room
    - Stylish oak fitted kitchen
    - Twin bedroom access to courtyard
    - Twin bedroom access to courtyard

    First Floor

    - Super King-size bedroom suite, shower & double ended bath
    - Dressing room
    - En-suite bathroom
    - Sun terrace

    Lower Ground Floor
    (away from main building, separate access, reached along illuminated paths and steps)
    - Double bed, en-suite shower room, terrace

    Circular Tower

    - King sized bed
    - En-suite bathroom
    - Terrace
    - iPod dock
    - DVD player
    - Views across sea to Albania!

    Outside

    - Infinity pool, with walk in entry
    - 3 decked sunbathing areas
    - 8 teak sunbeds
    - Sunshades
    - Kitchen terrace
    - Wooden Table and seating for 10
    - Children's playground
    - Wicker patio furniture
    - Underfloor heating (supplement charged)
    - Outdoor kitchen
    - Barbecue and pizza oven
    - Stone table with bench seating 10
    - Outdoor chess, dominoes, table tennis and Netball

    Other

    - Board games
    - DVD's
    - CD's
    - Books
    - 43" flat screen TV
    - Blue Ray home cinema
    - Netflix & FilmOn
    - iPod docking station
    - Rangemaster cooker
    - American fridge / freezer
    - Dishwasher
    - Blender
    - Juicer
    - Kettle
    - Nespresso Coffee Maker
    - Washing machine
    - Tumble drier
    - Iron/ ironing board
    - Clothes area
    - Highchair
    - Air-conditioning throughout
    - Mosquito nets
    - Additional fold up beds and cots

    Location

    About the surrounding area of Magic Rocks
    Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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    Magic Rocks is nestled just outside the village of Spartilas in Corfu; Spartilаs is a picturesquе village set on the slopes of the Pantokrator mоuntаin; due to its far-reaching views, the village is informally known as the “window of Corfu.” All essential shops, local style tavernas and amenities are on offer in this pretty village.

    The dazzling north east coast is ten minutes away by car where visitors can enjoy a range of stunning beaches. Ipsos is a short distance away and is one of the liveliest resorts in Corfu, with a buzzing nightlife, sleek bars and restaurants popular with a young and international crowd. This is a great spot for water sports, or just enjoying the clear and shallow waters with an array of sunbeds with parasols for hire, changing cabins and boat hire. Hiring a boat and exploring bays and coves is one of the greatest pleasures of the Greek Islands.

    Corfu Town is the capital of the island, known for its elegant architecture. Thе charming оld tοwn has nаrrоw, stοnе strееts as well as an оld Vеnеtiаn hill tοp fortress with sea views. The Esplanade is the town’s stunning central piazza, surrounded by museums, historic buildings, cafes and restaurants.
    Corfu is a magical destination which draws visitors back year after year, offering a multi-cultural heritage, array of historic monuments and a stunning natural landscape. The largest of the Ionian islands, Corfu is known for its olive groves, Venetian architecture and pretty beachside villages.

    If you don't want to drive yourselves around the island the owner has contact for a local chauffeur service with a 10 seater luxury coats. For those that prefer to be on the water you can rent a 30HP boat, for which you don't need a licence to enjoy the Mediterranean and stop off in lovely coves and seafood taverns. The villa owner can provide more details for these services.

    Local Amenities
    Nearest Airport Corfu

    (25km)

    Nearest Supermarket Spartilas

    (1.7km)

    Nearest Restaurant Spartilas

    (1.7km)

    Nearest Beach Paralia Pirgi

    (2km)

    Nearest Town/City Corfu

    (17.4km)

    Nearest Village Ipsos

    (3km)

    The Island/Getting There

    One of the largest and greenest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is far more than its trademark blue-hued seas and sandy coastline. With its UNESCO World Heritage status and unbeatable strolling opportunities, there is no better place to start exploring than the main town and its historic old quarter, where ancient churches, scattered ruins and a handful of museums mean Corfu’s layers of history can be found just about everywhere. And if you’re in need of a cosy abode, take a look at our flawless villas in Corfu. 

    Download our Corfu Travel Guide >>

    How to reach Corfu island

    There are two ways to get to Corfu island: either by flight or by ferry.

    By plane: During April to October, several direct flights arrive to "Ioannis Kapodistrias" Airport from Europe as Corfu is one of the most popular travel destinations in Greece. During these months, the airport also receives many domestic flights every day from Athens and Thessaloniki. 

    By ferry: Travelling by ferry is the most popular way of transport in Greece. Ferries to Corfu depart from Patra and Igoumenitsa. If you are travelling from Europe, Corfu is easily accessible by ferry from Venice, Bari, Brindisi or Ancona too. You can easily book your tickets using the link below or the search engine - the port you are looking for is "TBC".

    Book your ferry tickets to Corfu here >>

    Kids

    Best Suited For: All Ages
    Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

    Children of all ages are welcome at this enchanting home, and will simply delight in the fairytale tower and magical, mysterious gardens and pathways.
    The pool will provide hours of splashy fun, whilst dining al fresco will be a novelty under the stars or ahead of the heat of the day for a poolside breakfast. This wonderful family home comes with a cot bed and family friendly living spaces, ideal for children to curl up at the end of the day for a movie, to to wash away the sand after a day at the beach in the rock and roll style bathtub.
    The beaches locally are well equipped with lounger hire and cafes for fresh juices, smoothies and ice creams when little ones need a pick-me-up, whilst youngsters keen on horse riding, water sports or hiking will find themselves in a nature lovers paradise!

    Aqualand is one of the best water parks in Europe, whilst children are welcome in restaurants within this extremely warm and hospitable culture.  When back at the villa, the serene and air conditioned rooms make for a restful visit, whilst relaxed family meals on the veranda or around the breakfast bar really set the tone of a Greek-paced holiday!

    Baby and Toddler Equipment

    • Cot(s)
    • High Chair(s)

    Kids Activities Close-by

    • Walk to Village
    • Walk to Restaurant
    • <1hr to Airport
    • Watersports
    • Sailing
    • Horse Riding
    • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
    • Tourist Towns & Villages
    • Historical Sites

    Onsite Facilities

    • DVD

    Extras

    At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

    - Maid service/extra cleaning
    - Food delivered /catering
    - Local day-trips or tours
    - Airport transfers

    Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

    Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

    Terms & Conditions

    These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

    Security deposit A security deposit of £300 shall be payable to Oliver's Travels 7 days prior to departure. This shall be held as security against any damage to the property and/or grounds, damage, loss or breakages to any furniture, fittings, equipment, plant machinery or appliances in or on the property, damage or destruction to trees, plants or vegetation and any missing items in or on the property. This deposit shall be returned in full (if there is no damage)within 10 days of your departure from Corfu.
    Arrival time Guests may check in from 15:00
    Departure time Guests are requested to check out by 10:00. Leaving late will result in a deduction from the deposit in order to pay for the extra workload resulting from delayed departure
    Energy costs included? All energy costs are included in the rental price.
    Linen & towels included? Linen, bath, pool and beach towels are all included in the rental price
    Other Ts and Cs The owner does not accept any party, hen or stag parties. The lead booker should be over 30 years of age.
    Changeover day Friday or Saturday, in low season it may be possible to accommodate different arrangements.
    Smoking Allowed? Guests may not smoke inside the villa, or annexes
    Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation, personal accidents and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property. The Owner shall not be held responsible for any mishap or injury to the tenants or to their possessions during the rental period and The Tenant should ensure that all those on the booking form are insured for cancellation, medical expenses, loss of personal property and money, personal accident, vehicle breakdown or any other circumstances likely to prevent or affect the tenancy during the specified period
    Minimum stay Minimum stay is 7 nights
    Internet access? Complimentary WiFi internet in available at the villa.
    End of stay cleaning included? End of stay clean is included. The property shall be cleaned twice a week and bed linen and towels changed twice a week. Please ensure that the property is left tidy and clean on departure. Failure to do so might result in a cleaning charge being levied. It is the Tenant’s responsibility to ensure that rubbish is placed in suitable sealed dustbin bags (provided) and disposed off in community “wheely” bins on the main road. Thus avoiding bugs, ants and unpleasant odours in the villa
    Other 2 The 'tower' is ideal accommodation for a couple who want a little privacy from the rest of the group, however it's key that children aren't allowed in there without supervision. The tower roof terrace has restricted access to adults only and children aged below 18 are forbidden. When not in attendance (so as to prevent curious children from wandering up), the roof hatch must be kept shut AND locked with padlock supplied.

    Rental Rates

    Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £10,374
    Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £10,374
    Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £7,364
    Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 £5,214
    Jan 1st 2021 - May 22nd 2021 £6,719
    May 22nd 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 £7,364
    Jun 1st 2021 - Jun 29th 2021 £7,364
    Jun 29th 2021 - Aug 29th 2021 £10,374
    Aug 29th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021 £10,374
    Sep 5th 2021 - Sep 26th 2021 £7,364
    Sep 26th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 £5,214

    Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €10,848
    Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €10,848
    Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €7,701
    Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 €5,453
    Jan 1st 2021 - May 22nd 2021 €7,026
    May 22nd 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 €7,701
    Jun 1st 2021 - Jun 29th 2021 €7,701
    Jun 29th 2021 - Aug 29th 2021 €10,848
    Aug 29th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021 €10,848
    Sep 5th 2021 - Sep 26th 2021 €7,701
    Sep 26th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 €5,453

    Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Jul 8th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $12,225
    Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $12,225
    Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $8,678
    Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 $6,144
    Jan 1st 2021 - May 22nd 2021 $7,918
    May 22nd 2021 - Jun 1st 2021 $8,678
    Jun 1st 2021 - Jun 29th 2021 $8,678
    Jun 29th 2021 - Aug 29th 2021 $12,225
    Aug 29th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021 $12,225
    Sep 5th 2021 - Sep 26th 2021 $8,678
    Sep 26th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022 $6,144

    Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

    Owner Profile

    Property Name                                 
    Del Cielo Estate (Magic Rocks)

    Property Owners 
                                 
    Graham

    How long have you owned the property?
    Bought the land in 2004, we designed the house to compliment the topography of the land and the ancient venetian olive trees

    What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
    The peace, the views, the rock formations and the olive trees (250) and the magic of the location!!!

    Are there any interesting stories in its history?     

    Many during the build. The house is built from cut sand stone imported from Italy which still has sea shells showing in the walls.  We chose this stone to replicate many of the buildings in Corfu Town particularly the Palace of St Christopher which houses the Asian Museum. Competed build in 2009. Some of the olive trees are over 600 years old and still producing Del Cielo olive oil (bottle for every guest in welcome pack) We designed the house around the olive trees to avoid any damage to them during our build.

    Do you have a favourite room in the property?   
    The kitchen terrace where I have my coffee every morning, views of the Alabanian White Mountains, snow capped until late March with skiing only 45 minutes drive from Igouminitsa (ferry from Corfu every other hour) in Metsova in Northern Greece. The heritage site of Butrint old roman city in Albania, I can see this across the bay (day trips from Corfu Town with a guide well worth the trip). I can see Corfu Town and its fortresses and beyond to the island of Paxos and the mainland of Parga. I can check the sea out, for a boat trip up the coast to my favourite beach side taverna. I’m spoilt. 

    For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

    ...Really do?          
           
    Explore the venetian city of Corfu, museum of Asian Art (unbelievable experience)
    Cocktails in the Liston, a beautiful 300 metre arcade of cafes, bars and tavernas for people watching and conversation, opposite the town cricket pitch with views across to the old fortress. Then off to a favourite restaurant.
    Hire a boat and explore the coast line and moor up to beach side taverna for lunch with a private swim afterwards or a snooze whilst anchored in a private cove. Small 45 hp boats are readily available or be tempted with a powerful rib seating 10 with or without a captain to skim across the sea.
    Visit the villages of Corfu whose history goes back centuries.
    For those who follow the Durrells, see the locations and filming village and experience Lawrence and Gerald’s love of Corfu
    We can book golf tee times and clubs from the villa.

    Really eat?                
    Jane and I regularly enjoy many meals in the local tavernas around Corfu and have a short list of those who deliver fine food, traditional Greek fare, but above all give their guests high quality produce. We update our list every year with recommendations.
    We know where to shop for the best fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit and sea food.
    We can recommend caterers to cook in the villa and our house keeper Katerina can be tempted to make her amazing Greek pasta dishes and her husband Aris is a wiz with our fully equipped BBQ with charcoal grill and pizza oven.

    Really see?       
           
    Corfu is a treasure trove of scenery, villages, mountains, beaches, heritage town centre, amazing walks, off road driving, scuba diving (PADI trained and school for learners), horse trekking, golf.

    What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
    Corfu is the jewel of all the Greek islands, Venetian for 500 years, then French, then British until 1864, only then, then did it become part of Greece. Probably the most cultured of any Greek island, an architectural treat with the amalgam for styles and influences. 

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    Reviews

    • Stunning!

      Posted by Lyndsey NY on 13/09/2019

      Magic Rocks is a one of a kind property. The photos are exactly as it is with the most stunning views and unique layout. You can really feel the thought and love that went into designing this wonderful place. The gardens, the tower, the outdoor kitchen and of course infinity pool over looking the sea are breathtaking. Graham is also wonderful and was so helpful every step of the way. Katerina takes care of the property and is available to cook whenever. She spoiled us and was there for any of our needs or requests. We went with our one year old daughter and they had everything we needed for her - a crib, highchair, even pool toys and flaoties. The property worked so well for our family and was an unforgettable experience. This was our first time to Corfu so we didn't realize how steep, narrow and winding all the roads were but it ended up adding to the experience. The property is also located close enough to Corfu town but also great beaches. We loved our time at this magical property and will remember it forever. Thank you Graham!


    • Met every expectations

      Posted by Joanne B on 21/08/2019

      We booked Magic Rocks to celebrate our parents' 50th wedding anniversary and the villa met every expectation. Our group comprised two families of four plus my parents and we had plenty of space to spread out and get together for meals and around the pool. The teens were delighted with the very large pool and shady lounging area; we loved the tower with its fabulous bath; the kitchen is very well equipped (no blunt knives or poor quality equipment); the garden is beautifully cared for and full of lush plants and ancient olive trees. It all feels like you're staying in someone's much loved home. Katerina provided a couple of evening meals for us and they were superb - she is an excellent cook. There were a few wasps and mosquitos but Graham had stocked the place with all sorts of anti-insect devices and we were fine. The outdoor BBQ kitchen was brilliant - just wish we'd got around to using the wood fired pizza oven. It really is an exceptional place and Graham and Jane were very welcoming, helpful and kind. We'd all love to go back one day.

    • Perfect Week of Holiday

      Posted by JU on 02/06/2019

      Everything in this holiday with family and friends was perfect: From booking process with lots of helpful suggestions and information over the warm welcome to our stay at this wonderful place on Corfu. The Holiday Villa has everything you might wish, everything is very comfortable, clean, well arranged and well thought through to make it perfect. Everything is as described and on the photos. Thank you so much for sharing your dream of Corfu with us, Graham!

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