Old Perithia by night at The Merchant House Hotel
Outdoor terrace and garden at The Merchant House in Old Perithia (25)
Weavers Suite Old Perithia Hotel in Corfu

Our History

originally built in the 18th century, faithfully restored in the 20th century
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.

Originally, the three traditional houses were built entirely by hand and sat side by side with a small path to the rear. A walled garden to the front and side-and-stone steps led to a cobbled road, winding its way down to the ‘village square’. The upper floor rooms were used as accommodation, while the rooms below held local crafts and trades.

The first house was last owned by a local doctor, who had a ‘village grocery’ selling sugar, coffee, honey and dried fish. The middle house was once owned by a carpenter, who had a weaver on the ground floor, while the last house belonged to a local farmer, who had a “kafeneion” with its own bread-making oven. Their collective name and restoration as the “Merchant’s House” began in 2010.

During the renovation, a traditional stone seat from the Doctor’s House was discovered and parts of it have been carefully moved to the garden at the front of the property. An old millstone, most probably used for grinding wheat, was also found and is now in the property’s Weaver’s Suite. A traditional ‘weaver’ making woollen clothes and rugs out of local sheep’s wool was one of the other finds in the Carpenter’s house.

All three houses have been painstakingly and lovingly restored, using local limestone and wood, recreating them exactly as they were originally constructed, in accordance with the regulations of the archaeological department. In addition, the foundations have been fully re-enforced and a discreet state-of-art air-conditioning system was fitted along with central heating. A bio-degradable eco tank system has been sunk deep into the rock and limestone, resulting in freshwater irrigation for the gardens. LED lighting within 95% of the property adds to the eco-friendly aim of keeping the village in tune with its surroundings.

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The Village

Old Perithia offers guests a captivating insight into Corfu’s history, breath-taking views and a perfect base camp for embracing your adventurous side. The village, which was built in the 14th century, while the island was under Byzantine rule, is located on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator (the highest point in Corfu), at 426m above sea level. It’s an enchanting place and once it was one of the most permanently inhabited settlements on the island. With sea views and mountains all around, it is the most inspiring place to be on Corfu.

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Old Perithia Village by The Merchant House Hotel
Walking and Hiking on Old Perithia at The Merchant House
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Old Perithia by night at The Merchant House Hotel