An abandoned hamlet in the foothills of Mount Pantokrator has been transformed to create the Rou Estate. Converted by British architect Dominic Skinner – who moved to Corfu after a stint working for Norman Foster – it now has 14 self-contained stone houses, elevated above the east coast with views towards the Albanian headland. Each cottage is different in style, but they are linked by lavish gardens planted with wisteria, wild herbs and cypress trees. A communal pool, gym and spa provide the finishing touches.
The Rou Estate, Sinies, Corfu (Bookings via Simpson Travel 0845 868 5214; rouestate .co.uk). Rental starts at £1,716 per week for six guests.