June 2021 | Pre-Press Release: The iconic Merchant’s House B&B in Old Perithia now has new owners and will reopen in July this year. Restored from three ruined houses in the village back in 2009, The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B in Old Perithia became the first B&B on Corfu with a new approach to tourism, in so much as it offered a 4star accommodation in an authentic traditional mountain village setting, rather than the ‘villa by the sea’. The owners (an Anglo-Dutch couple) who restored the houses also wrote a book about the village to retain its history and to guide visitors around. In 2009 they also began their work on gently bringing the village back to life.
The B&B reached no.1 B&Bs and Inns on TripAdvisor in 2015 and remained there until its sale this year. It has received much acclaim from the press and media and inspired numerous articles and positive publicity for the village as well. Thanks to their input village has risen from approx. 12-15% restored or in process, to over 35% today and that curve is continuing to climb. After 12 years (of what they had envisaged as a 10 year project) they have now handed over the reins of the B&B to… another Anglo-Dutch couple who will open for their first season in July 2021. The news has met with some enchanting replies and responses from previous guests (see a few below). Mark & Saskia, who began their journey back in 2009, will now look after their land in the village & will continue their pr & support of Old Perithia in the months & years to come. More news on the sale follows shortly…
June 2021 | Old Perithia Taverna Update: Evdokia Taverna (previously Capricorn Taverna) in Old Perithia is now under new management. Exciting changes with Thomas & Dina now managing Evdokia and their having made an attractive traditional renovation to the property. Thomas is a local fireman and Dina an expert cook, so it’s great to see how the village continues to thrive and develop as we enter another new season. We wish them every success. The village now has five tavernas open day and night during the season and at weekends off-season. Mark & Saskia will update the village sign over the coming weeks.
Old Perithia’s journey Back to Life | Press, TV & Media reviews from the past 12 years about the village and it’s revival:
Old Perithia | As featured in ITV’s new series in 2020 ‘The Greek Island’s with Julia Bradbury’ episode 2 starts at 7mins 27secs
Hotel Guru Corfu and a visit to Old Perithia 2020
FT Weekend ‘Catalyst to Bringing Village Back to Life’ | March 09 2019
Corfu & Paxos Life May 2019 ‘Old Perithia Feature’ pp14-17
Vivre Athenes May 2019 Recommends
EasyJet Magazine May 2018 ‘Featured Article’ Old Perithia, ‘The Entire Village is Mine’
Evening Standard Homes & Property Homes Abroad July 2018
GREC14N ‘Reborn from Ruins’ The Revival 2018 & 2019 Fraport Airport Magazine s/w 2018-2019 [pp143-146]
Indy|Go The Independent Travel 2017 | Old Perithia: Corfu’s Best Kept Secret
House & Garden 2018 – Property | Promotion Aylesford International
The Rough Guide to the Greek Islands | 2015-2020
Atlas Obscura 2018 | Old Perithia’s Restoration
Lonely Planet | 2016-2020 ‘The Merchant’s House, Old Perithia’
Great Small Hotels in Greece | 2013-2020 The Merchant’s House B&B, Old Perithia
Telegraph Travel | ‘Best Places to Visit’ & 3 top tavernas in ‘Best Places to Eat’ category, Corfu + 10 years top ten places to stay on Corfu [The Merchant’s House, restoration by Mark & Saskia]
Mr Hudson Explores Dec 2016 | The Ionian Islands & discovering Old Perithia
Wherever Magazine New York USA | Old Peritheia
TrufflePig ‘Expertise in Travel’ | Old Perithia, Corfu Nov 2017
Tribe Magazine 2016 | The team’s best places on Corfu
Jamie MagazineJuly 2016 | Old Perithia [Jamie Oliver Magazine article by David J Constable]
Sunday Times Travel 2016 BEST of GREECE | Corfu, The Merchant’s House B&B in Old Perithia
Telegraph Travel The Durrells and ‘Where to find unspoiled Corfu’ | 2016
Libro D’Oro Kathemerini | Restoration of Old Perithia 2015
BA Highlife Magazine & Online | 2015 ‘Six ways to see the real Corfu’
Brigitte Magazine Germany | ed15 2015 Corfu ‘3 Best Places to Stay’
Press & Journal Travel | May’June Edition 2015
Kerkyra Simera – 2011 Two appearances in the newspaper about the restorations of three houses by Mark & Saskia
Since Mark & Saskia began to bring the village of Old Perithia back to life in 2010 it has featured in numerous articles worldwide from leading newspapers, magazines, travel and guidebooks | old-perithia.com
Old Perithia Corfu GREECE Since the sale of The Merchant’s House B&B in 2021 Mark & Saskia retained the Land next to Skordilis Mansions along with the historic ‘look out’ now managed by Mark Hendriksen & Saskia Bosch along with the village maps and signs. The couple who revived the village and restored then managed The Merchant’s House B&B up until May 2021 [Mark & Saskia] achieved the no. 1 position on TripAdvisor B&Bs and Inns for over 6 years in a row… see their reviews here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g189458-d2705169-Reviews-The_Merchant_s_House-Corfu_Ionian_Islands.html
Background to the Present Day | Old Perithia Back in 2010 Mark & Saskia, an Anglo-Dutch couple began the restoration of 3 ruined houses in Old Perithia and created the island’s first boutique B&B, the island’s first step into eco-tourism and mountain village accommodation and the first time you could stay in the village for close to 75 years. They also spent much of their time bringing the village gently back to life. Today, with the village having become over 35% restored or in process, that journey continues in spite of the backdrop of the downturn in economy and more recently a pandemic. Of course, with all the press and pr that this brought, it has been important to try and ensure a balance between visitor numbers with the infrastructure and support.
The village is best suited to independent travellers to preserve its past, present and future – but inevitably there are some tours, albeit few (if any) support the village and its upkeep. So if you take a tour via hotels or independent companies, please ask them how they are actually supporting Old Perithia [vs the amount they may charge you].
Visiting Old Perthia is Free, and the tavernas are not expensive to eat in and enjoy, plus the bees and honey can be easily and you can even buy your own book on the official ‘History & self-guided tour of Old Perithia’ to do your own tour (for just €10) on Amazon or at a local bookshop (Diaplasi) in Acharavi, located 20 minutes from Old Perithia. In doing so you can help the village remain clean, cared for and safe for future generations.
If you would kindly do a TripAdvisor review please consider that so far all the care for the village has been voluntary and at the cost of a few particular individuals for the past 12 years. Thank you and enjoy your visit, please keep the village litter free and use the facilities at the tavernas but do offer them a euro or just buy some water etc., as there are no public toilets!
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