San Stefano Estate, Benitses
This rose-tinted villa looks out across the Ionian Sea to the Greek mainland. Built in 1782 by a wealthy Venetian, it has since counted two German emperors, one Danish queen and the writer Gerald Durrell among its notable guests. Set in five acres of land, with the belltower of St Stephen's chapel rising in front, the house remains as resplendent as ever today, with sea-view rooms, antique furniture and a secluded fresh-water pool.
San Stefano Estate, Benitses (00 30 26 6107 2216; sanstefanoestate.com). Weekly rental starts at €2,750, self-catering. Sleeps 11.