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Countrylife: Gardens of Corfu

12 October 2020

5 days from £3,880pp

Contemporary Gardens of the Ionian Sea. Hosted by Charles Quest-Ritson and led by Kirsty Fergusson
 
  • Day 1:
    British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Ioannis Kapodistrais (CFU), Corfu Airport. We then travel together by coach the short journey from the airport down the coast to Hotel Domes Miramare, with a warm welcome and with time to settle before dining together in the hotel restaurant.
     
  • Day 2:

    Rachel Weaving’s book ‘The Gardens of Corfu’, has done much to promote the magic of Corfiot gardens.  We are invited by Rachel to view her own small terraced garden at Villa Zetouna with views across the infinity pool to the arid mountains of Albania. Close by we discover Lemon Tree House with abundant cottage style planting on the lower slopes of Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain on the island. Rou was a deserted village before it was discovered by architect Dom Skinner who with the help of Jennifer Gay has transformed it into an exquisite garden with holiday-homes entwined. Following a delicious lunch, we travel to see more of Jennifer’s work at the Kassiopia Estate overlooking the Corfu Straits. Here, two contrasting gardens have been created: one wild and open to the elements; the other south facing and sheltered; both utilising a strong palette of native species, reflecting a deep understanding of the Mediterranean flora. We return to Hotel Domes Miramare before dining together in the hotel restaurant.

  • Day 3:

    Start the day with a leisurely walking tour of Corfu Town (Kerkyra) to include the Old Fortress, the Durrell’s Garden, St Spyridon Church and a chance to taste some local specialities. We then drive to the Ropa Valley to the Theotoky Estate Vineyard, one of the oldest wineries on the island where we are invited to participate in a tasting of their best wines along with a light lunch. In the afternoon visit to a private garden designed by Thomas Doxiadis and a typical eighteenth-century Corfu manor, former home of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first elected Governor of Greece. We then return to Hotel Domes Miramare before dining together in the hotel restaurant.

  • Day 4:

    A special invitation to The Rothschild Estate comprised of the two beautiful peninsulas of Strongilo & Kanonas. Nurtured by three generations of the family, it skilfully embraces the wild landscape with more intense planting in courtyards, potager and around the beautiful pools. The infinity pool in a former quarry was designed by Spanish architect, Xavier Barba and is edged with tightly clipped rosemary. We are then invited to a Corfiot summer lunch at the St George’s Bay Country Club overlooking the Ionian Sea before returning to the hotel and later dining together. 

  • Day 5:

    After a leisurely breakfast, we return to Corfu Airport and fly with British Airways back to London Heathrow. 

Your Accommodation

Domes Miramare, Corfu

★★★★★
Overview
Being yourself is the ultimate luxury. Especially when you’re experiencing it in a serene, relaxed and elegant adults-only resort! Domes Miramare Corfu is the new, fascinating chapter in the story of one of modern Greece’s most iconic buildings, designed by Charalambos Sfaellos and once owned by the Onassis family. After the recent multimillion pound renovation, Domes Miramare Corfu is true to the spirit of authentic hospitality and luxury experiences of the Domes Resorts family. It is an elegant seafront oasis with 113 bedrooms, suites and villas, for those who seek a luxurious getaway from the ordinary. Renovated with refined natural materials and decorated with contemporary art pieces, Domes Miramare Corfu is a legendary amalgamation of opulent style and design, set in an authentic Mediterranean landscape!
Room Facilities & Amenities
24-hour room service
Tea and coffee service 
Mini fridge
High speed internet
Cable/satellite TV
Hair dryer 
Robes and slippers