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In July 2019 our son, his wife and our eight-year-old grand­daugh­ter from Aus­tralia are join­ing us in the UK with our other son, his wife and a three-year-old grand­daugh­ter, to cel­e­brate my 60th birth­day. We would like to rent a self-cater­ing villa for all eight of us to spend a week or so in the Kas­siopi area of Corfu. We need a swim­ming pool and some­where within walk­ing dis­tance of shops and restau­rants.

BAR­BARA TEM­PLE

Dear Bar­bara

Corfu’s ver­dant north-east­ern cor­ner, around Kas­siopi and Agios Ste­fanos, is very pop­u­lar, and vil­las book up in ad­vance, so it’s not too early to think ahead.

Pythia is a four-bed­room, four-bath­room villa, sleep­ing eight, in the fish­ing vil­lage of Kalami, which has re­cently been added to the port­fo­lio of­fered by Vin­tage Travel (01954 261431; vin­tage­travel.co.uk). It has a pri­vate swim­ming pool and lies within a short walk of shops, cafes and a choice of tav­er­nas. Kas­siopi is a 15-minute drive away. This year, a July week is £3,794, rental only (2019 prices to be con­firmed).

CV Vil­las (020 3773 9125; cvvil­las.com) can of­fer a cou­ple of op­tions with pri­vate pools and within walk­ing dis­tance of Kas­siopi, in­clud­ing the stoneb­uilt Villa Cas­sia, sleep­ing eight, from £6,337 per week, and Villa In­di­ana, sleep­ing 11, from £3,972 per week in July 2019.

GIC – The Villa Col­lec­tion (020 8232 9780; gic­thevil­la­col­lec­tion. com) of­fers Avlaki Beach Villa, near Avlaki Bay. Kas­siopi is a five-minute drive from this re­treat which starts at £1,086 per per­son in July 2019, in­clud­ing flights and car hire.

Of the prop­er­ties of­fered by James Villa Hol­i­days (0800 074 0122; jamesvil­las.co.uk), per­haps best suited is Villa Ae­tos, which can ac­com­mo­date up to eight and of­fers panoramic views of Avlaki beach. Prices from £5,208, rental only, in July 2019.

Simp­son Travel (020 3393 4924; simp­son­travel.com) also has good op­tions, in­clud­ing a cou­ple that over­look the bay of Agios Ste­fanos.

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