‘Old Perithia’| copyright GREC14N Identity Media
Summer/Winter edition 2018-2019: pp143-46 | The Merchant’s House Old Perithia Corfu Greece
“The village ‘found’ us, such a gem needs the full support of the local authorities.”
THE MERCHANT’S HOUSE
Mark Hendriksen & Saskia Bosch, Owners
On a hillside of Pantokratoras, The Merchant’s House Boutique B&B is the realization of a bold idea that literally and figuratively changed the landscape of Old Perithia. This couple of Londoners invested, in 2009, on the wild beauty of the abandoned village, renovated a complex of stone houses dating back to the Venetian occupation, and created an exemplary guesthouse. Their interest and perseverance paid off; old and new proprietors follow their example by giving life to a remarkable settlement.
Published on Jul 23, 2018 | GREC14N is the Official Magazine of Fraport Greece 14 Airports. GREC14N aims to engage a conversation with all arriving visitors, by promoting the civilization, culture and lifestyle, thus contributing in the overall growth of Tourism Industry of Greece. A free press, luxury edition, bilingual and distributed inside the airports of Fraport Greece: Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Chania, Rodos, Kos, Samos, Kavala, Skiathos, Lesvos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Aktion.
17 July 2018 Independent Online TRAVEL REPORTER
Among the top 3. is 1. #Corfu:
“One interesting place to check out on the #island is the Venetian-era #village of Paleá #Períthia, where tourists can follow #trails around the 14th-century village, summit Mount Pandokrátor”
@Corfu49081 #TheMerchantsHouseBandB #MarkHendriksen #SaskiaBosch bringing Paleá #Períthia, a Heritage village, back to life since 2010…
Thanks to the recent reviewer [AviemoreScotlandUnitedKingdom] who kindly mentioned us in their 5 star review yesterday [part of the full article follows below]:
I went up to Old Perithia twice, twice in the evenings, because like most drives on this island, the one up to this gem is a hairy ride (You do get used to it after a while!).
As you travel up, any passengers (Anyone not driving) can look back at the spectacular sight over the Ionian sea, in the early evening I think this view is even better. From the North of the island, you’ll pass Loutses and a few more settlements, until you reach the village.
Parking is on broken up road, dont go up here in a posh car, unless its a 4×4, because its likely to get scraped on the bottom on the last little bit going down to park, alternatively park next to the bins, reverse, so you can go Right and you’re back on the road down.
Usually there are not too many people up there. Tour buses wont get up the road, so its those that like something off the beaten track that’ll be up in the village. You’ll be thirsty on arrival but don’t worry, there’s a decent choice of restaurants, surprisingly, for a ghost town!
Explore the old buildings, enjoy the historic honey produced here, speak with Mark and Saskia, pioneers in bringing this place back to life. This is a magical place.
Not for wheelchairs or those with mobility problems, it is not a purpose built museum, there is no way this place could be adapted, it is not government sponsored.
Mark and Saskia run renovated, upmarket quirky accommodation in Old Perithia, you can book locally, or more sensibly, online before you get there.
Of all the places in Corfu, you’ll always remember Old Perithia.
The Merchant’s House B&B is also no.1 on TripAdvisor & Travellers’ Choice 2016 -2018
The Merchant’s House B&B in the Heritage Protected village of Old Perithia, Corfu, Greece is in a Designated Area of Natural Beauty and is one of the most highly awarded properties on the island, examples include:
To enquire about this property, currently for sale as a turn key business, contact: