The Estate’s landscape captures the beauty and romance of an “undiscovered” village nestling in the hills above the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by ancient olive groves and an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Rou Estate has 8 acres of private gardens which have been sympathetically designed to reflect the style of a traditional hillside village.

Few areas of Corfu offer such an enchanting and unspoilt rural setting which provides a haven of tranquillity; not only because of views and utter peace, but also because of the Estate’s East-West orientation. The sun rises over the Albanian mountains and sets behind the village and Mount Pantokrator.

At the heart of the Estate lies the main courtyard with its long wisteria pergola, and romantic rose clad walls. Stone steps from this courtyard lead down through banks of heavily scented plants to the main infinity pool and Estate buildings. At the foot of the Estate, carved out of the bedrock and framed by large architectural succulents and tall elegant cypresses, lies the stunning 20m Rou Pool. The pool design is one of the most spectacular on the island and offers an unforgettable experience for swimmers who feel as if they are actually bathing in the view.

A combination of modern planting schemes and indigenous Mediterranean plants has been employed through the Estate to provide a beautiful landscape for the traditional stone houses. Plants such as lavender, rosemary, agapanthus, cistus, allium, wisteria and jasmine have been chosen for their ability to withstand the climate and terrain at [1200] feet above sea level. The landscape has also been designed to attract wildlife such as birds, bees and butterflies which are in abundance. The gardens were designed by Jennifer Gay and Piers Goldson in close co-operation with Dominic Skinner. Both Jennifer and Piers have extensive experience of gardening in the Mediterranean.