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Visitors' Book



Here are a just a few extracts from our Visitors' Book - going back to 2001!

A glorious unforgettable holiday

Our dear friend Theodore Stephanidis would have been pleased to find us back in Corfu. But alas the time has come to depart from Villa Alexina, this little Eden you've created with so much toil and imagination. We carry away memories of a glorious unforgettable holiday, not least the warmth and generosity of your welcome. Thank you for everything. Theo and Lee, Richmond London Sept 2012

Each one better than the one before

Thank you again for a wonderful holiday - number six and each one better than the one before.  We look forward to seeing you next year! The Logans, Dave, Lisa, Jo, Grace and Gabriel, 27 Aug 2012


Where do we begin! The welcome pack included a lovely chicken which the boys polished off in no time.  We loved the villa - Harry enjoyed talking to the cats, watching lizards, feeding the tortoises, running to the wall to see what was coming up the road and especially the little pool.  Thanks for all the advice on beaches and places to go.  We wanted somewhere to just "be" as a family and just potter about and play with Harry in a beautiful location - we are so happy we found it 10/10. All the village  shopkeepers were so welcoming and kind too.  We could go on for hours about this holiday and will probably do so when we get home. Sharon, Colin & Harry, Berkshire June 2012

Enjoyed every moment

Thank you very much for your hospitality. You made us feel welcome at the lovely villa.  We enjoyed every moment of being here and had a wonderful time.  Our special thanks for your priceless recommendations and places to visit. Natalya, Elena Alex (USA) Nadia & Ludwig (Germany) Tatiana (Ukraine) Ella (Kazakhstan) June 2012

Memorable and remarkable

Truly a memorable and remarkable time in The Garden of the Gods within the merriment of friendship.  David Shimwell, Durham May 2012

We will be back

What a lovely holiday we have had here1  The villa is fantastic so peaceful and with such lovely views.   You have been brilliant hosts and we have thoroughly enjoyed our trips, especially to Thomas in Old Perithia.  We will be back.  Jan and Pete, Birmingham  April 2012

Second stay at the Villa Alexina

Our second stay at the Villa Alexina - even more enjoyable if possible, than last time. New restaurants we enjoyed were "To Steki' at Doukades (near Paleokastritsa) and also 'a la Palea' in Strinilas (near to Mount Pantokrator). Thanks to Dave and Alex once again for help and advice. Colin and Martin, Bosnia September 2011

Very comfortable and friendly

Thank you - we have had an amazing few days meeting relatives, experiencing the local hospitality and meeting relatives.  We thank you for a very comfortable and friendly stay. Robert & Sheree  Australia September 2011

A dream come true

Dear David and Alex, thank you beyond words for your wonderful house. It has been a dream come true staying here - such beauty and such peace - and thank you for your great generosity and many kindnesses. Hope to see you again soon. Emily, London August 2011

Mmmmmmm - 10th or 11th time here!!

Mmmmmmm -  10th or 11th time here!! Enough said... Fab as ever  Jane, Colin, Ross and Ceri Shropshire 2011

A magical place

Our stay could not have been nicer thanks to your charming and correct advice, help and medical interventions! A magical place on a magical island. Thank you both so much and good luck with the rest of the summer. Suzanne, John, Dominique, Annabel, David,Nick, Jasper, Amber, Kit and Iggy Ipswich July 2011

An outstanding holiday

Felt like home away from home! Most tranquil setting like a dream, our five children loved the pool and being so close to nature. Wonderful hosts - an outstanding holiday - many thanks and we will see you again for sure! Tracey, Mark, Max, Hannah, Jake, Georgia and Louise, Shanghai, China July 2011

Lovely, relaxing holiday

A lovely, relaxing holiday in this beautiful villa. Thank you so much David and Alex for your kindness and hospitality, and helping to make this holiday memorable. Hope to return in the future. Shirley and Ian, Durham October 2010

Truly wonderful holiday

Truly wonderful holiday. We could not have asked for anything more. Beautiful villa and wonderful hospitality we are so sad to leave. Jane, Tom and Barnaby Wiltshire 2010

A very special spot

We had the loveliest time at the Villa Alexina, a very special spot and truly special people, thank you Dave and Alex Janet & Colin, New South Wales, Australia Sept. 2010

Perfect holiday

Fantastic hols in a gorgeous villa with outstanding hosts and stunning scenery. We have all absolutely loved it here and will certainly be back. Perfect holiday. Lucy, Bob and Katinka London June 2010

Wonderful peaceful time

Thank you so much for a wonderful peaceful time here in this fantastic villa. Watching the electric storms over the Albanian mountains swing across the Ionian Sea last night was a real highlight. Your villa is a thing of beauty. Louise and Joseph October 2009

Comfortable home from home

We had a lovely time, such a well equipped and comfortable home from home. Thank you so much. In fact we had such a great time that the earth literally moved under our feet. Keith and Jan, Hertfordshire, September 2009 

The enchantment has only grown

Since we met in Corfu in 1959, the enchantment has only grown. After all these year and five visits, Corfu has not lost her unspoiled beauty not by day or by night - under the star spotted dark sky. We do not see this at home anymore and it is was so lovely to experience all this again in your Venetian hillside castle. Thank you so much Alex and David.  Ann and Rudy, June 2009

A perfect holiday

A wonderful week in a lovely house, in a beautiful location - a perfect holiday. Thank you for being so welcoming. Bloody wonderful!  Miranda and Keith May 2009

Making us feel so welcome

We have thoroughly enjoyed a very relaxing three weeks at Villa Alexina. One can feel the history of the manor house  as one moves from the spacious interiors to the outside terraces with superb views. Our thanks for making us feel so welcome and someday we should love to return. Harley, Denis, Desmond, Bette, Australia June 2008

Just fine!

Vine roofed terrace, view of sea, 
Drenching sunshine, time to be,  
Lizard, tortoise, niblet, brewster, 
Crickets chirping, call of rooster,  
Our own private Durrell School, 
Stirring sounds from the pool,  
Time locked by hot halt hours, 
Aromas and hot pink flowers, 
Glass of red grape island wine, 
We raise a toast - it's been just fine!  Richard, Leo, Amy, Anna, June 2008

Gerry and Larry would have adored it

What a fantastic house, overlooking the olive groves and the sea! Gerry and Larry would have adored it - I can see them now sitting on the verandah, glasses of wine, as "red as dragon's blood" in hand! Thank you for your hospitality.  Lee Durrell and Colin, Jersey September 2007

Definitely be coming here again

Fabulous villa and pool, really well stocked and looked after. Had a fabulous time and very grateful to you. Loved the mountain walks and Old Perithia plus the north east coast - people and place brilliant. This has probably been the most diverse, tranquil holiday I've ever been on - thank you for the loan of the fishing stuff. I really enjoyed this week of my holiday and it a shame that the second week always goes quicker than the first. I will definitely be coming here again. Andy, Tara, Danny and Lara, London August 2007

Fabulous manor house

The Bellamys - well only two of them. Weren't you lucky. What a fabulous manor house, well laced with your dreams and hard work. The view is stunning and pool is straight out of Hollywood, the cats meiow in Greek, the garden is much depleted thanks to Rosemary's early morning nicking plants, your freindship of great importance to us to the green renaissance. How time flies when you are in good company, thank goodness we share the same madness. David and Rosemary, England, September 2006

Best welcome pack ever

Undoubtedly the most relaxing holiday post children. Everything has been wonderful - a fortnight of magical memories from Alex learning to swim with armbands, Francesca flinging herself down the toboggan ride at Hydropolis to evenings spent enjoying great food and wine at the local tavernas. A great big thank you to our hosts for everything - the best welcome pack ever, a brilliantly stocked kitchen and all those little touches like loads of hangers and cupboard space. Our final evening chilling out on the patio, listening to Pink Floyd, followed by a floodlit swim. A perfect end to a perfect holiday! So many excellent nearby restaurants and tavernas to recommend - avoid the main part of Acharavi, very touristy. Melanie, Ciaran, Francesca, Alex and Duke. Surrey August 2006

Wonderfully safe setting

A magical place; we enjoyed every minute of our fortnight here.  The boys loved the wildlife (a generous description of the tortoises) and the local beaches.  The house, the terrace and pool provided us with a wonderfully safe setting and the local people were incredibly kind and friendly towards the children. John, Sarah, Charlie and Alexander, Barnes London, June 2006

A perfect dream

We are the keepers of the earth and the sand, stone and flowers. We have spent the most peaceful, fun and well taken care of week I can ever remember. We appreciate all that you have shared, staying here has been a perfect dream. This has been the perfect and time and place for me to settle back, let go of concerns that no longer concern me and privately celebrate my retirement. It has helped to to envision the next stage of my life as being full of beautiful possibilities. With thanks and great admiration, we appreciate everything. Barbara and Marcia, USA May 2006

So quiet and peaceful

The villa is splendid and a tribute to all your caring hard work. Everything is so quiet and peaceful. A wonderful spot from which to explore "Durrell Country". Thank you for such a wonderful holiday. Ken and Peggy, April 2006

We love it here

We love it here...... the birdsong, wildflowers, bees, orange blossom - quite the opposite of our urban existence in Milan.  We all hope to see you and the animals next Spring - Corfu at it's best. Jennifer, Laurence, Adam and Ezra, Italy April 2006

A fabulous holiday

Thanks for everything. Steve and I will miss and long for this gorgeous house, the terrace, the pool. Ella will miss Brewster and watching the tortoises. We've had a fabulous holiday. Enjoyed our first visit to Corfu, but this house has really made it special. Thanks for all your advice and ideas, also for the the glimpse of The Durrell School. We hope to be back. Sheena, Steve and Ella-May, Yorkshire September 2005

Best holiday we've ever had!

We loved it! It has been so much fun! We love the cats and Pip the Jack Russell. It is an amazing house and an amazing village. We loved feeding the tortoises every morning. We will definitely come back next year. The best holiday we've ever had! Karen, Simon, Melissa, Kate and Libby August 2005 Gloucestershire

Most romantic possible of villas

A truly wonderful holiday in the most romantic possible of villas. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay longer.  Thank you. Emma, Phil, Oliver and Kate. Cornwall August 2004

Absolutely fabulous stay

We had an absolutely fabulous stay in Corfu's Villa Alexina. Many thanks to the hospitality of David and Alex and the stories shared. We adore the charm of the villa, especially the grapevine covered  patio, the fascinating array of furniture and decoration, as well as the wildlife. Looking forward to hearing how the pool project goes and seeing it in person. Thank you for letting us share and enjoy your many years of work. Pei and Tim, London June 2003

Fulfilling all our dreams

Thank you for a fantastic holiday, The Villa Alexina fulfilling all our dreams and more. The kindness, hospitality and insight into the local culture all ensured our stay will be long remembered. We look forward to returning one day. Good luck for the future. John, Meg, Carl, Tina, Lewis and Ellie Cornwall April 2003

A fantastic honeymoon

A fantastic honeymoon, a fantastic villa, fantastic company.  We will return, we wish you both good luck for the future. Mel and Ed, Cornwall 2001

Best towels and linens we've ever had

What a place! A most fantastic villa - a real credit to years of wrk we love it. The best towels and linens we've ever had in a villa - all round comfort in fact.  We would love to come back, all good luck for the future... you have to have a swimming pool!  Jane and Colin, Shropshire 2001