Villa Lefki Thea
Villa Lefki Thea is ideally situated in the colorful fishing village of Saint Stefano on the mountainous island of Corfu in northwestern Greece. Though the island has long been popular among Greeks for its white-pebbled beaches, small mountainside towns, and extensive hiking trails, it is little known among international travelers. But for those looking to settle into island life, Lefki Thea, a six-bedroom house with an extensive patio and a swimming pool, is an ideal base. Fresh, earthy interiors mimic the property’s surroundings: guest rooms and living rooms have dark wood furnishings, original art, and a handsome stone fireplace. The contemporary home is also a notch above other area villas thanks to its up-to-date amenities, such as a fully stocked kitchen outfitted with granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances. Guests also have access to Wi-Fi, in-house laundry, and a printer and fax machine. But it’s Lefki Thea’s culinary focus that keeps visitors coming back: a private chef cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week; the authentic Greek spread includes preserves and marmalades made from organic fruits and vegetables grown in the owner’s neighboring gardens.