Old Perithia by night at The Merchant House Hotel
Old Perithia by night at The Merchant House Hotel
Garden at The Merchant House Hotel

Heritage Guest House in Old Perithia

by David & Marieke Video

The Merchant's House in Old Perithia is a magical place to base your Corfu adventure.

Set in the 14th-century Venetian village, you will be welcomed to our 300-year-old recently restored heritage guest house. You will experience the historical traditions and modern comforts of a peaceful mountain retreat, with instant access to some of the best hiking and cycling trails the island has to offer. It is one of the most inspiring locations on the Corfu Trail and a 15-minutes car ride away from beautiful sandy beaches. 


The five mountain tavernas in the village will have you spoilt for choice with authentic Corfiot specialities, while our delicious homemade breakfast will make sure you are well-fuelled for the day ahead. Don’t forget to explore many of the area’s beautiful sights, such as the local honey farms, the Megali Grava cave, the stunning vistas of Mount Pantokrator – the highest point in Corfu, and many more.

Our Suites

Our refined suites, truly unrivalled in their elegance, will have you immersed in modern luxury and fascinating history.

Our History

The three houses that comprise the Merchant’s House were built in the 1800s and were passed down in local families for generations until the 1950s, when the village was abandoned. In 2011, they were all lovingly restored and transformed into six independent suites.

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Old Perithia Village by The Merchant House Hotel
The Merchant House Hotel in Old Perithia Corfu

Old Perithia

The village was built in the 14th century when the island was under Byzantine rule. It is now a protected heritage site with 130 houses in varying stages of dereliction. Learn more


Enjoy countless outdoor activities from Mount Pantokrator, the highest in the land, to the blue hues of the Ionian sea and everything in between.
David & Marieke

The hosts

We are David and Marieke, originally Australian and Dutch, who have lived in many different parts of the world, including Athens.

We fell in love with Old Perithia and want to show everyone who comes to Corfu what it is like to be away from the crowds in a mountain village. We both have worked in the hotel industry for many years and are now excited to run our own boutique guesthouse.

We particularly enjoy the ‘JOMO’ feel of this area – ‘The Joy of Missing Out’. One really feels you are away from it all, free from distraction and living in the ‘now’. You choose where the day takes you and where your time and thoughts go.

Cycling in Old Perithia at The Merchant House Hotel