WHAT’S IT ABOUT

ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO offers you 4 individual luxurious residences (ΤΙΤΑΝΙΑ, PUCK, OBERON, ARIEL) and is calling you like the shipwrecked castaways of Prospero to discover the island’s beautiful unspoiled nature, the crystal-clear beaches of the Ionian sea and Corfu’s inherent elegance and finesse.

GENERAL INFO

Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero (2)_2ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is an intriguing mix of tradition, elegance, finesse and comfort that offers a get away with a fairy-tale view of the most amazing Corfiot landscape, flora and fauna.
Prospero, William Shakespeare’s Prince in exile in the great poet’s final play “The Tempest”, takes his shipwrecked enemies as prisoners to the magical island of Corfu where, aided by the magical art of nature, he forgives them and helps them to discover both themselves and the joy of life.
Fast forward four hundred years to ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO – a brand new yet traditional country mansion, lovingly built within the grounds of a centuries old 7,000 sq.m olive grove that pre-dates Shakespeare himself. Sat within its own garden in a peaceful location above the beautiful Ipsos bay, on one of the most picturesque points of the north-eastern part of Corfu with breathtaking views over the Corfu Channel towards the mountains of Albania, it provides an ideal setting for a relaxed family holiday, away from it all, but close to all essential holiday amenities.
This brand new , large , traditional and artistic Corfiot country mansion, has carefully designed and architected living rooms, verandas and patios, to provide a large party the unique ability to enjoy their vacation all together in communal relaxing spaces, both in and outdoors, while at the same time not losing the potential of privacy for each individual residence.
The four residences are available individually or as one, accommodating up to twenty people in total.
The olive green main steel entrance with its’ twin Venetian lanterns, reminiscent of a long gone but not forgotten age and surrounded by deep red bougainvilla, leads you into the fairy-tale garden. There along with the ancient olive trees are tall cypresses, orange, lemon, almond, peach and cherry trees, as well as exquisite mint plants.

Wood, stone, pebbles, cement-mortar, traditionally used in the construction of Corfiot houses, are the sole building materials for this exceptional country mansion. It consists of four individual residences, all of them offering amazing views of the sea and Mount Pantokrator.

The walled entrance and fully fenced estate guarantee absolute protection of your privacy.

Contact Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero

Telephone: 0030 693 732 1560

Email: info@prosperos.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-Giardino-Segreto-Di-Prospero

Website: http://www.prosperos.co.uk/

LOCATION

Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero (4)_2ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is located in the exact spot made immortal by Edward Lear’s painting , distancing 12 Kms from the old town of Corfu and within walking distance (1200 m) from the beach of Ipsos bay.
A lot of parking space in the estate.
Small port for motor boats & yachts in Ipsos Bay.
6 km to seaplane port.
Frequent citybus service to Corfu.

ACCESSIBILITY

The mansion is not suitable for wheelchair users as it is built on a rather steep hillside and on three levels. The swimming pool and living areas are all different levels. Access to the mansion is via a long, driveway while foot-access to all levels is via external spacious staircases.
Large swimming pool app.10 x 5 m. Deepest part of swimming pool is app. 1.8m.
Designer’s terrace with 10 sun loungers next to pool and 3 large tents.
Lounge style seating area under the olive trees with sofas and armchairs.

ABOUT CORFU

Edward Lear wrote to Emily , the wife of Lord Alfred Tennyson during his second long stay in Corfu , from the winter of 1861 till the end of Spring of 1962 , about Corfu.
“The island is more beautiful than ever and I cannot imagine a more fairy-tale view or more perfect Greek landscape.Life here is completely different from the frenetic , annoying lightness of the city and I’m under the impression that here I’m rejuvenating a year every hour”.

Of a scene in Corfu Lear wrote, in February 1863, “Absolute glorious calm & clearness all day . . . the magnificent colour of these dells of orange & lemon trees, with the greyer olive & amethyst hills, are inimitable & wondrous”.
If you wish to rejuvenate yourself “a year every hour” , all you have to do is visit Prospero’s island , the queen of the Ionian sea , unique Corfu and spend your stay at Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero , hidden in the olive grove portraid by Edward Lear , simply thinking that everything happens for a reason «OMNIA CAUSA FIUNT».

AMENITIES/FACILITIES

Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero (1)_2Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
Maid service provided three times per week. Bed linen and towels changed twice weekly. Our helpful house manager is available to deal with any queries or requests that may arise during your stay.
Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.
Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Dryer, Washing Machine.
Air Conditioning , Internet Access , TV , CD/DVD.
Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection.
Fireplace
Free Bicycles available for guests.

GETTING AROUND

Frequent & convenient public bus to Corfu town.Very close (12 km) to Corfu port & the airport on the main road of the island.
Easy drive to all beaches of Corfu island and all points of interest.
Within walking distance to Ipsos Bay.
Taxicab service available.
Horse rental service available by TRAILRIDERS horse trekking centre and riding stables, located 4kms north of the estate near the village of Ano Korakiana,established in 1992 by British born Sally-Ann Lewis.
The area of Kato Korakiana is home the award winning restaurant “Etrusco” of Ettore Botrini.
You may also enjoy the most genuine and true to the spirit Corfiot food at “The Squirrel” (do not miss to taste their “Bianco”).

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Corfu’s balmy climate, azure seas and beautiful mountain vistas — along with a distinctive architectural and historical legacy — have made the island a popular choice for northern European, and especially British, holiday makers since the second half of the 1980s.
Britain ended its administrative control here in the mid-19th century but the town’s cricket pitch is still in use and ginger ale is served in local cafes.
Corfu surprises many first-time visitors.
Corfu just isn’t the typical Greek island of the imagination, full of white buildings with blue shutters. It’s much greener here, and the Venetian influence makes for a more ornate style, with terra cotta tiles and ochre predominating.
The effect is more like Amalfi than one of the Aegean islands such as Mykonos.
The island’s strict regulations have protected its design aesthetic, other than the concrete construction of two or three hastily built tourist resorts. Some 640 square kilometers in size and with a permanent population of 107,000, Corfu is a sickle-shaped island in the Ionian Sea to the west of the Greek mainland, just a little more than 3 kilometers, or about 2 miles, from Albania at its closest point.
Estates in the northeastern corner of Corfu, facing the rugged, mountainous Albanian coast, are the most prized.
Several of Britain’s wealthiest banking and retail clans — including the Rothschild family — have discreet compounds there. The concentration of wealthy British property owners in this corner of the island has earned it the nickname ”Kensington-on-Sea,” after the prosperous London neighborhood.
Prince Charles is an occasional visitor.

LAWRENCE DURRELL

Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Prospero’s Cell’
I’m back to an old hobby lately: reading and thinking about the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, and in general all things Corfiot. A great little book I return to periodically is Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Prospero’s Cell’, first published in 1945 and reprinted several times since. It’s a little masterpiece of travel, history, culture and reflection all on its own. And it takes its name from one of the non-fictional characters who appears in it, a reclusive nobleman who lives in a dilapidated villa among vineyards and olive groves, and whose theory is that Corfu is actually Prospero’s island, that Shakespeare was inspired to use it as the setting for his play, ‘The Tempest’, and may even have visited it himself. Here’s a short quote from the book, typical of the kind of thing I like about it, and of Durrell’s style as travel writer and essayist:
‘The Count smokes his home-made cigarettes in a short bone holder, stained with nicotine. Relaxing and spreading out his hands against the moonlight as if to warm them at its white fire, he begins to talk. I have wasted all these words on describing the Count in the hope of isolating that quality in him which is so admirable and original, and when he begins to talk I grasp at once what it is. He is the possessor of a literary mind completely uncontaminated by the struggle to achieve a technique; he lacks the artifice of presentation, the corrupting demon of form. It is a mind with the pollen still fresh upon it.’
I don’t know about the Shakespeare theory. One thing in its favor, as Durrell points out in the book, is that the name of Caliban’s mother, the witch Sycorax, could well be an anagram for the ancient Greek name of the island which we call Corfu: Corcyra. But there are several other peculiarities of Corfiot life and manners which may find their reflections in Shakespeare’s play. I won’t spoil your own experience of reading Durrell’s book by enumerating them here, but his discussion of them is very entertaining. And perhaps the theory is not at all far-fetched. Elizabethan England may appear to have been very far removed from anything Ionian, but the island group of which Corfu is a part was at the center of a major trade route between Venice and points East in Shakespeare’s time. Like his fellow English contemporaries, he would have been used to Greek currants from the island of Zante, a staple in British holiday baking, for example. And Shakespeare is rumored to have been out of the country in 1611, when ‘The Tempest’ was written. I like to think of him sojourning on Corfu, pen in hand, and conjuring up his character Ariel, mysterious sprite of the air, while gazing upon the mists and storms which occasionally obscure the Corfiot coast. It’s all interesting to consider.

CORFU IN MYTH

It is in Corfu that Hercules, just before embarking on his ten labours, slept with the Naiad Melite ; she bore him Hyllus, the leader of the Heraclids.
Corfu marks the Argonauts’ refuge from the avenging Colchic fleet, after their seizure of the Golden Fleece.
In the mythical sea adventure of Homer’s Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, (Phaiakes) wherein Odysseus (Ulysses) meets Nausica, the daughter of King Alkinoos. The bay of Palaiokastritsa is considered to be the place where Odysseus disembarked.
Corfu in literature
British naturalist Gerald Durrell wrote three well-loved books about his 1935–1940 childhood on Corfu: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and The Garden of the Gods. His brother, literary author Lawrence Durrell, also wrote a volume about Corfu: Prospero’s Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra (Corfu).
Mary Stewart’s novel This Rough Magic is set in Corfu.
Prospero’s island in Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, is often said to have been based on Corfu.
Humbert Humbert’s first love, Annabel Lee, is said to have “died of typhus in Corfu” in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
Corfu in film
A number of cinema productions have been filmed in Corfu, including the 1981 James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only. The most memorable scene of the film to be bound with the island is of the underwater ancient Greek temple, with a huge turtle swimming in front of the camera; a casino scene was also filmed at the Achilleion. Other scenes filmed here include those tracing ‘Melina’ and James’ walk through the city’s streets, and Melina being greeted by Bond at Pontikonisi island. The film’s scene depicting a Greek wedding was filmed at the Bouas-Danilia traditional village (Μπούας Δανίλια παραδοσιακό χωριό). Action scenes were also filmed at Neo Frourio.
Corfu was one of the main locations featured in the 1970 film The Executioner starring George Peppard and Joan Collins.
Corfu is also the setting of a 1987 BBC TV series version, and a 2005 BBC movie version, of My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell’s book about his childhood in Corfu in the late 1930s.
Corfu was one of the settings of The Burglars, a 1971 film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Omar Sharif.
A Greek movie “Η κομισσα της Κερκυρας” (The countess of Corfu), featuring Rena Vlahopolou, is set in Corfu in 1972.
The Greek film “Η Τιμή της Αγάπης” (The Price of Love), directed by Tonia Marketaki is a tragic love story taking place in Corfu. It is based on the novel Honour and Money by Konstantinos Theotokis.
The Gaze of the Gorgon (1992): a poem-film for BBC television by British poet Tony Harrison. The film examines the politics of conflict in the 20th century using the Gorgon as a metaphor. The imaginary narration of the film is done through the mouth of Jewish poet Heinrich Heine. The film describes the connection between the Corfu Gorgon at the Artemis Temple of Corfu and Kaiser Wilhelm II. Harrison concludes his 1992 film-poem by making a proposal that in the 1994 European Union summit in Corfu, Heine’s statue be returned back to Corfu on time to preside over the new Europe so that EU can keep its eyes open and not turn to stone from the Gorgon’s gaze.
Corfu in popular culture
Corfu is one of the locations in the legend of Simon and Milo, where Simon falls in love temporarily. It is the setting of the 1998 song Mediterranean Lady by Prozzak. The island is alluded to several times in David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System. Drake mentions Corfu in a song.

TITANIA DESCRIPTION

ΤΙΤΑΝΙΑ is a sophisticated three bedroom-three bathrooms (one en suite to the bedroom) residence that can accommodate 5-7 people. It offers large fully equipped indoor and outdoor kitchens, a spacious living room and bedrooms with two double beds and one semi-double bed hand crafted in the Corfiot tradition.
Both double beds are cast iron while the semi-double is wooden.
All bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables.

Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection.

OBERON DESCRIPTION

OBERON is a sophisticated two bedroom-two bathroom (one en-suite to the bedroom), residence, with a large fully equipped indoors kitchen, along with an outdoor BBQ kitchen, a spacious living room, an indoors dining table for 5 persons and an outdoors one for 12 persons, and may accommodate 4-5 persons.

Oberon’s bedrooms are offering two double beds , cast iron hand crafted in Corfu.
All bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables.

Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection.

PUCK DESCRIPTION

PUCK is an artistic one-space studio, with a double bed hand crafted in Corfu (cast iron bed equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables), one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, along with an outdoor BBQ kitchen, a spacious living room, and indoor and outdoor dining facilities to cater for 6 diners. The studio accommodates 2-4 people.

Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating . iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection.

ARIEL DESCRIPTION

ARIEL, at the summit of the mansion, is a sophisticated two bedroom-one bathroom residence, with a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, an indoor dining table and an outdoor one for ten people. The residence can accommodate 4-5 people.

Ariel’s bedrooms offer two double beds hand crafted in Corfu, one of them is cast iron, the other is wooden.

Both bedrooms are equipped with handcrafted designer’s side tables.
Large contemporary furnished open plan living room and kitchen. Direct access to balcony with stunning sea views and pool terrace. Comfortable seating area with fireplace. Sound system. iPod docking station. Wireless Internet connection.

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