An amazing location! Although many reviews say you need a car we did this without, the walking was great. The villa catered for everything. Fresh figs picked straight from the tree for breakfast! We met the whole Daphnis family who looked after us extremely well and nothing was too much trouble. An olive oil tasting at the family olive mill was thrown in to boot and travel assistance to Corfu Town. The week went too quickly for all of our party, we all want to return!
2018 is a year of Big Birthdays for us so my 5 girlfriends and I decided we would head for some sun. A previous Big Birthday Year had found us enjoying ourselves in Kalkan , this time it would be a Greek Island.
So a damp day in September 2017 found my mate Wendy and I searching for a villa that could provide us with the essentials: a swimming pool, enough beds for 6 to sleep comfortably, a functioning kitchen, wifi, and it had to be within walking distance of a village and restaurants as we did not want to have to drive everywhere.
Bingo- we came across the Villas owned by the Dafnis family at Paramonas in Corfu, Spyros one of the sons confirmed that the villa Panoramic was available on dates we wanted and so we booked- fate was on our side and what a fantastic week we have had there.
Villa Panoramic is a large spacious villa high up above the beach at Paramonas . The villa is comfortably furnished , the large pool is great, there are well kept gardens and we picked delicious figs for breakfast. I recommend this villa as long as you are reasonably fit as it is situated in the hills and there are steps to climb! We did not hire a car and found the 30 minute walk into Agious Matheus for groceries a bit of an adventure and a chance to meet the locals, who are delightful.
The bus service on the Island is good and reliable and we made it back from Corfu town with ease and a little help from Spyros and George.
As mentioned in other reviews, the family have been so welcoming and attentive. They also have an Olive Oil business ( The Governor) and we were privileged to be taken on the Olive Tour of the area and the processing plant. George has so much energy and enthusiasm and along with his older brother Spyros is a great ambassador for this amazing product.
Paramonas Beach has good tavernas within walking distance of the villas, serving tasty local dishes, with the sea just yards away. Christos at the Sunset taverna in particular was a great host.
Thank you to the Dafnis Family, we have had a fabulous holiday - will be back!
We enjoyed our holiday in Villa Panoramic enormously. We are a family with two young children and the villa was perfect for us. The view of the sea and sunsets are incredible. The pool is delightful and we had lots of fun in it, although cool in April! The villa itself is very spacious and well equipped. It is located on a very quiet hillside and is not over-looked, totally private. You can walk down to the sea in about 10mins. There are a few local restaurants but only one was open when we went as the season was yet to really start. It's a 5-10min drive into Agios Mattheos where there is a supermarket, baker and several tavernas. Its pretty essential to hire a car.
Spyros and George and their whole family were very welcoming and went out of their way to be helpful and hospitable, this included food being delivered and a trip to the emergency doctor! We also really enjoyed a tour of their olive making process and would highly recommend doing that.
We had a fabulous family holiday and can't wait to return.
Our stay began with Spyros and George meeting us at the airport. It was very nice of them as we arrived late in the evening (11:15pm). We followed them to the villa in our hired car. Just as well with the narrow and twisted roads, it would have been really difficult to find our way to the villa. If you are planning to drive, a satnav is a must to get around the island. Spyros visited us the following day with a map and he spent half an hour giving us tips of where to visit on the island.
The villa is positioned high up in the mountain/hill with a full view of the sea. Better still, you get to see the sunset everyday. The viia is as per the pictures, it is simply stunning. The way the villa is positioned, you can enjoy breakfast outside in the shade enjoying the breeze and the amazing view. The villa is well equipped. As we arrived late, the owner left us some essentials for our first day (bread, milk, butter, cheese slices, water and more),which was a nice touch and really considerate. As well as having a dishwasher and washing machine, the owner also provides you will some tablets and wash liquid so you can use it until you get to the shops.
The villa is close to a local beach where you can find 3 taverns for lunch and dinner. Being behind a mountain, the phone signal is not very good. They do provide you with a landline should you need to be contacted or need to make a call. There is wifi in the villa. It is not that fast. It is adequate to check social media. You may need to take turns rather than all go on at the same time. This maybe a setting issue with the router.
The pool is nice and is fairly deep at one end which is great. You can simply chill here everyday without having to leave the villa. We had a great time and would highly recommend this villa. Book early to avoid disappointment.
The owner also owns 2 other villas just below villa panoramic. Villa romantic looks almost identical but lower down the mountain, I think this is reflected in the cost. The other is villa paradise, we stayed there for our second week as we could not decide between the two. You can check out my review on that villa separately.
we stayed in George and his families splendid villa for two weeks at the end of july and start of august 2016.
we were a family of 2 adults and two children with two more adults and a child in the second week.
george and his family were thoroughly attentitive to all our needs throughout our stay.
The villa is set at the top of an ascending road with several other villas along the way up.
as the name suggests villa panoramic does have fantastic views over the local area and is quite a focal point when down by the beach or local tavernas.
we spent a good deal of time by the pool with our two children an 8yr old and a 6yr old.
they wouldve spent everyday in it if allowed !
Pool was cleaned regularily by georges father tassos.we found it to be safe and well maintained, george also provided plenty of inflateables for the children which was apreciated.pool depth 0.8m - 2m deep end.
be sure to use 50+ sunscreen several times to little ones whilst by the pool, deceptivly hot as well as pool glare etc.
we hired a car for our stay and iof you want to get around the island this is a must. i do not think bus service extends into Paramonas althougth it does go through next door town.
local mini supermarkets are also in the next town agious matteus.if you are doing a large shop 30 minute walk each way could be tricky without a car . if you do not drive im sure george would help with odd lift to shops he was always very helpful with us in that depmnt.
corfu town/airport is 40 minutes away by car and aqualand a similar time.
word of warning, corfu roads are not for the faint hearted.i would suggest main driver has good expierience and is comfortable driving on smaller rougher roads.
Beach is approximately 15 minutes walk away.
there are a couple of tavernas / restaurant, we tried Plori and sunset taverna but not the corfiut restaurant although the menu always looked interesting there.
the food was all ok to good although i dont expect haute cusine in a beach taverna setting anyway to be fair.
we tried several different lunch time dishes at the sunset taverna and they were all light tasty and quite refreshing. needless to say the evening meals were quite something with the sunsets pretty awesome.
Overall our stay at the villa was everything we expected it to be made even better by george and his family who we could not fault, anything we required
was sorted from info regarding day trips (and help getting there) to a sticking wc button.
Once again on behalf of my family i would like to thank you george for a memorable stay in your villa. we all had a great time on the beautiful island of corfu.
we would not hesitate in returning.
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