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Review: Villa Margarita

Accommodation - Villa/cottage

St Stephano, Greece

Comfortable villa for 2 in a lovely garden with pool

  • By SilverTraveller AliBe

    42 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • May 2014
  • Partner
  • Walking

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Thanks to Silver Travel Advisor (November 2013 prize) and CV Villas, my partner and I enjoyed a fantastic week at Villa Margarita in San Stephano on the north east coast of Corfu.

The villa has 1 spacious bedroom with a comfortable king sized bed and good wardrobe space. There are French doors directly onto the covered patio and an air conditioning unit for the summer months. There was a television with a freeview package mounted high on the bedroom wall, a small music player/radio and decent wifi.

The bathroom was large and had a bath with a shower over it. The hot water tank is quite small though and I doubt you would get a worthwhile bath from it.

The sitting room/kitchen had a fairly well equipped kitchen (with a generous welcome pack – ideal when you arrive ravenous after an early start!), a dining table and a sofa which could be converted to a bed. The villa has a covered terrace which has a table and chairs, as well as a couple of comfy chairs. This was a lovely place to sit while you were eating, or escaping from the sun.

The villa is set in a really pretty garden which is fairly private and includes a lovely pool. The pool is unheated so in early May it was refreshing(!), though we enjoyed it every day. At night it was lovely to sit on the terrace, the night sky was clear and full of stars, while garden was full of fire flies whizzing around.

The location is perfect. It feels as if you are tucked away somewhere quiet and private, but it is only 100 steps to San Stephano village and another 20 to the water's edge (we counted!). The village is set around a lovely small quiet bay with sailing boats, hired boats and the occasional fishing boat. San Stephano has 4 good tavernas spread round the bay, we tried them all and I'll review them separately. There are lovely walks along the coast to the north and south of San Stephano, taking you to secluded tiny bays where we swam and snorkelled in crystal clear water.

I don't think anywhere in Greece is truly accessible, but I think this villa would be suitable for someone who has reduced mobility as long as they are able to get in and out of the bath and can walk short distances over grass or an uneven path. It would be worth the effort.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 12 Comment(s)

  • juneski
    about 7 years ago
    I love Corfu, I have visited many times over the years and it is always a magical place to me. Your review evokes many memories and I would love to visit again.
  • AliBe
    about 7 years ago
    By 100 steps I meant 100 paces! It is flat, if rather uneven.
  • cetriole
    about 7 years ago
    Thank you for such an informative review. It sounds like a wonderful place! You mentioned that it is appropriate for people with limited mobility, yet you talk about 100 steps to the village. I wonder whether you mean paces or actual steps to climb. That would make a big difference to me!
  • Northern-Dragon
    about 7 years ago
    Sounds fantastic. As a lover of Crete I keep planning on trying other Greek Islands but haven't done so yet. This sounds absolutely perfect.
  • Rosie58
    about 7 years ago
    It sounds like a lovely, peaceful place to stay - and thanks for the "mobility" information. I'd love to go there with my husband and just spend a week relaxing, away from it all. Good news about the Tavernas too - I shan't have to cook every day!
  • Su
    about 7 years ago
    Sounds a great place to stay, being close to tavernas and lovely Greek beaches.
  • barney
    over 7 years ago
    Having been to Crete and enjoyed the holiday very much to visit Corfu and see another Greek island would be really lovely. The comment re mobility is especially helpful.
  • AliBe
    over 7 years ago
    I think you'd find it's still not very built up, we were delighted with how peaceful it was. It will obviously be busier in high season, but the winding roads keep the traffic down and there was no evidence of hotels encroaching, just villas tucked away in gardens. Quite perfect really!
  • Sheila
    over 7 years ago
    I love that part of Corfu. When our children were small we used to stay in Kalami which was the next village to San Stefano and had some wonderful holidays on the North East coast, I would love to go back one day, although I imagine the area is more built up than it was in those days.
  • JulieM
    over 7 years ago
    We've never tried Corfu but this sounds like a perfect location for our first visit. The privacy of a villa with a village and the water nearby sounds ideal. It's good to know that there are plenty of places to eat and explore during a week away. All very tempting...
  • Vicky11
    over 7 years ago
    How lovely! Nice prize. It may be me to win a prize like this next time.
  • ESW
    over 7 years ago
    This sounds a marvellous place and what a superb prize.