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Three years ago we bought a property and a piece of land in a beeeaauutiful location in Corfu. It is a big house split into 4 separate apartments and about an acre of undeveloped land. Our goal is to finish fixing the house up to rent out rooms over the summer season and to turn the garden into a beautiful space with different hang out areas, an outside kitchen, pond and a productive organic garden based on permaculture principals. At the moment the house is connected to mains electricity and water but we plan to move towards being completely off grid! So far all our hot water comes from solar power...
We have started letting rooms out during the tourist season and hope to extend that this year. We are planning to build an outside kitchen for everyone to use this summer, and some new garden beds are planned too. As usual we will be planting lots of vegetables so there is always plenty to do!
It is in a quiet rural part of Corfu, surrounded by olive groves, neighboring a lovely taverna, 5 min walk from Halikounas beach, 15 min walk to the base of a small mountain/big hill and is next to Korission lagoon which is surrounded by a nature reserve with lots of walking paths through it. The closest village, Agios Mattheos is a wonderful traditional place on the side of the mountain 6km away and really you're never too far from anything on an island!
We are an english family with some greek ancestry ( the name Pyrgos means 'fire tower' in greek!), working on our dreams of one day being as much greek as we are english! We work in England most of the year but spend as much time as we can in Corfu and aim to be able to live there within the next few years - it's a hard place to stay away from! We're all very laid back, friendly people and want the experience to be as much fun as it is hard work.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Corfu is an incredible island full of beautiful beaches, amazing food and incredibly friendly people. Life here is lived in the slow lane with a lot of time taken sat outside cafes and bars with a coffee or a beer chatting breeze in the sunshine. There are so many different foods to try and its all sooo fresh, I've never had a tomato anywhere else that's tasted quite so good! There are a lot different seasonal festivals ranging from the ones specific to a town to whole island celebrations and visitors are always warmly received.
So the focus for the coming 12 months will be completing the renovation of a 3rd room for renting ( sanding and painting mostly), extending the garden planting and completing the pergola and outside kitchen/ eating area. Any creative design input is greatly appreciated! And then there is always lots of garden maintenance - cutting grass, and hedges, weeding planted areas, watering as well as planting and tending of the planted - hopefully with some harvesting along the way too.
Skills are a bonus and if you let us know your expertese we may plan a project around hat you can offer. But none of us are particularly experienced with this sort of stuff either , we are learning so much as we find our way, so really enthusiasm and a willingness to contribute are the key things to bring with you!
Also we love people who like to cook as much as we do!
English, a little greek and french
You may have a suite to yourself, complete with a bed, a balcony, and bathroom. The hot water comes from solar panels so it can be a little chilly early in the mornings but as soon as the sun is up there is no issue. You can eat with us (vegetarian) usually DIY breakfast, and one cooked meal a day with a mid day snack. We are literally 5 minutes walk from the beach which is a glorious long 5km stretch of sand. This is a very rural area, the nearest shops are several km away - 45 minutes walk to Agios Mattheos although its always easy to hitch a lift.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week