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Casa Birgitta – A Luxury Villa in Corfu designed by Eva Sonaike

Casa Birgitta – A Luxury Villa in Corfu designed by Eva Sonaike

Finally, I can reveal the launch of my latest project, the finished renovation of our holiday villa, Casa Brigitta on the sunny Greek island of Corfu.

 

What a project this has been! I have been sourcing and shipping items for several years with renovations supposed to commence in spring 2020 and then….Corona hit us! 

 

But finally, we made it through several strict Greek lockdowns and commenced works in the autumn of 2021. And voila! The villa is now occupied by our second cohort of guests who love the design and the energy in the villa and can enjoy the magnificent views from our balcony overlooking Kommeno Bay.

 

 

 

The renovation works I undertook in Casa Brigitta include 3 full new bathrooms, a guest cloakroom (my favourite), internal décor updates (my Mum is an amazing interior designer, so we kept lots of the pieces she initially sourced for the villa), a garden update and a new infinity pool, which seamlessly blends into the Ionian Sea. 

Can you believe that everything was done within 8 months, mainly remotely?

Casa Brigitta is located in Komeno Bay, one of the island's most desirable residential areas with upmarket properties discreetly positioned behind electric gates. For me Casa Brigitta is more than a design project, it is a space where I have spent some of my happiest moments in the past 25 years and where I can let my hair down and get my creative juices flowing.

 From its elevated position, nestled above the narrow coastal lane which meanders its way around the small peninsular, Casa Brigitta enjoys the most magical views of Corfu town and overlooks Kommeno Bay, one of Corfu’s most picturesque bays, where you can also find our private floating jetty, perfect to relax and swim from in the crystal clear water.

Furnished with my signature African style combined with my mother’s antique and Mediterranean feel, the villa is bright and airy with high ceilings. A super spacious property with 4 light-filled bedrooms and a large open plan living room with a bar-end gallery kitchen, modern wet rooms, spread over three floors comfortably sleeping up to 9 guests, Casa Brigitta is a perfect choice for larger families or a group of friends.

Along with the stunning views, the villa also benefits from a large dining veranda overlooking the bay, perfect for al-fresco dining and an infinity swimming pool set in stone patios where we have stylish sun loungers and parasols overlooking the turquoise Ionian Sea from above.

Know for my bold use of colour and pattern, I went a gear down in Casa Brigitta, as the crisp white interiors with beige textured details are great canvass to let the lush outside speak for itself. Every room in the house has sea views and with the colours being so exuberant, the villa didn’t need much colour on the inside. 

But of course, you will find my colourful African cushions dotted around the house, alongside other beautiful pieces with my fabrics, such as the Skandi-style benches that were upholstered by a local upholsterer. I went all the way to Nigeria, West Africa, to source some of the handmade décor pieces, such as the woven raffia fans, the stool in the living room and wall plates you see across the house.

You also find my mother’s antique pieces which she collected on our travels through Europe and some of the original British antique furniture items, from the 19th century when the Ionian Islands were a protectorate of the United Kingdom.

 

Casa Brigitta is the perfect location for those looking for a beautifully designed villa with picture-postcard views and within easy reach of the sandy beached and the historical UNESCO Corfu Town.

If you want to experience it for yourself, check out our website, where you can find further information on availability and booking

 

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