Strawberry-Pink Villa: Perama, Corfu

Home of the Durrell Family and Other Animals April 1935 - September 1935

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"Halfway up the slope, guarded by a group of tall, slim, cypress-trees, nestled a small strawberry-pink villa, like some exotic fruit lying in the greenery. The cypress-trees undulated gently in the breeze, as if they were busily painting the sky a still brighter blue for our arrival.

The villa was small and square, standing in its tiny garden with an air of pink-faced determination. Its shutters had been faded by the sun to a delicate creamy-green, cracked and bubbled in places. The garden, surrounded by tall fuschia hedges, had the flower beds worked in complicated geometrical patterns,  marked with smooth white stones. The white cobbled paths, scarcely as wide as a rake's head, wound laboriously round  beds hardly larger than a big straw hat, beds in the shape of stars, half-moons, triangles, and circles all overgrown with a shaggy tangle of flowers run wild. Roses dropped petals that seemed as big and smooth as saucers, flame-red, moon-white, glossy, and unwrinkled; marigolds like broods of shaggy suns stood watching their parent's progress through the sky. In the low growth the pansies pushed their velvety, innocent faces through the leaves, and the violets drooped sorrowfully under their heart-shaped leaves. The bougainvillaea that sprawled luxuriously over the tiny iron balcony was hung, as though for a carnival, with its lantern-shaped magenta flowers. In the darkness of the fuschia-hedge a thousand ballerina-like blooms quivered expectantly. The warm air was thick with the scent of a hundred dying flowers, and full of the gentle, soothing whisper and murmur of insects."

MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS © Gerald Durrell 1956

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The first Corfu villa lived in by the Durrell family has been considerably improved and renovated since the 1930's, giving it a grander classical style, although it still preserves the basic square ground floor size and shape.

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The Strawberry-Pink Villa had then, and has today, a twin (though with a flat terraced, rather than hipped roof), well-hidden nowadays, a short distance away down near the Perama Road. This twin villa is preserved still much as the original Strawberry-Pink Villa would have looked.

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