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Villa Question And Walk To Kerasia

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    Posted: 17 May 2014 at 10:12am
Hi everyone, we are coming to St Stefanos in September for the first time (first time to Corfu as well). We have a choice of two accommodations and trying to decide between them. It is for myself, my husband and our daughter who will be 18 months old. Our biggest requirement was being able to walk, not drive, to good swimming, as husband a water baby and we didn't want to constantly be putting baby in and out of car seat. We also want peace and quiet, and access to a few tavernas. We have been offered Villa Mary in the village itself. Supposedly a five minute walk to waterfront. What is the beach in the village like for a quick swim (not lounging about so much but popping in and out for a dip?) What would it be like with our 18 month old? The other property is Villa Sophia which is on Kerasia beach. However that involves sharing the building with one other party, taking either the upper or lower floor. It also means sharing the pool (Villa Mary has its own pool). The gate at bottom of Sophia opens on to Kerasia beach. I see that Kerasia beach looks a better beach for daily swims. However then you are not close to a taverna etc. So wondered if there are any thoughts about being in Stefanos village versus being at Kerasia (also taking into account private pool versus sharing). If we do take the village villa - how long is the walk to Kerasia, realistically with a baby in either stroller or backpack? Is it along a road or a path? Thanks, sorry about the long question!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2014 at 2:28pm
Hi Eden, both accommodations are great but have their plus points for different reasons. Sophia has the beach right on your doorstep and lovely taverna and snack bar right next door but you do have about a 20 minute walk (with a steep hill to begin with) into San Stefanos for other tavernas, bars and supermarkets. Although the supermarkets will deliver for you. Sophia does have a shared pool but it has a large garden which has a gate you can close and doesnt tend to have noisy occupants. Both upper and lower are identical and very spacious with air con in the bedrooms. Villa Maria in San Stefanos has its own private pool and only a few minutes walk into the village and beach. Both beaches at Kerasia and San Stefanos are pebbly. Both accommodations have TVs with a few English news channels and DVD players but Maria has Wi-Fi also. Maria is on the flat into the village and beach. The walk from there to Kerasia could take up 20-30 minutes depending on your walking speed and it is along a road that the cars also take with many twists and turns along the way, albeit a very nice walk with great views. Will you also have a car? You will have a lovely time whatever you choose x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2014 at 4:38pm
Corr, what a question. Christina 12 has covered all your questions perfectly. At the end of the day you must weigh up the information from both your tour co. and local contributors.
Obviously San Steph will have much more for the adults to enjoy. However a walk in the morning to Kerassia then lunch and a swim, before a stroll back, would cover both options. Plus of course there's much more to do and see in the evening for the grownups in S/S.
But then, 18 months old are mobile, up to mischief for the first time, getting a personality, are you in trouble or what.
Love it. you'll have a great time. Whatever you choose, it will live with you for ever.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2014 at 6:33pm
Thanks so much for the replies. Yes Bob, our daughter is very independent and totally fearless which is already giving me grey hairs! I know we will love both, just trying to work out the finer points. We won't be going out in the evening sadly, as our bubs goes to sleep early. So that's not an issue. We will be in and out of water all day, so that's the main issue. And yes, Christina, we have a car as well. It may sound picky but I feel poor babies end up being strapped in to everything these days, car seats, prams, high chairs, you name it, and I want to give her a holiday from too much of that as well! So that's why I am asking about walking. But you have given me food for thought. Think I just have to decide! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 1:23am
If you want to be in and out the water all day then probably Kerasia is better for you and you can always get lunch in the taverna.  Both houses have fair sized kitchens but the kitchen in Maria is better equipped for cooking in if you are not going out at night but then you can always get take away or delivery from most of the tavernas and dont forget if you do fancy a few hours out then there is always the option of a babysitter.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 1:55am
Hi,
May be worth doing what the Greeks do and having a siesta in the afternoon if your little one would do this. Then you can go out in the evening for a meal.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 4:00am
Happy days - it was this age when we fell in love with Kalami for the same reasons. Relaxed days, no need for a car, evenings in the tavernas with the boys throwing stones into the water (although they still do it at 16 & 21)!! Suggest you invest in a floaties swim vest. They are comfortable and your little one can wear it all day. It worked for us. I still have visions of my youngest walking around the pool with an ice-cream and suddenly just jumping into the deep end. The vest was on and his ice cream didnt even get wet LOL Enjoy whichever you choose.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 5:53am
Aw, floaties vest. Can't wait. Thanks all. I will put the in and out water question to husband when he returns today. Elliemay, our baby is transitioning to one nap so she will be siesta-ing but for some reason she has never been able to stay up beyond 6.30/7. But if we could find a babysitter that would be nice once or twice! You have all helped fill out picture a bit. Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 7:20am
If it's any help, we used to take our 11 month old out in his pushchair of an evening with his favourite blanket/toy and he often slept the night away whilst we were dining. He's 22 now though so I doubt if it would work nowadays. Lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 10:31am
What a pity you're not there at the same time as us, Eden (late August). We're staying in SS this year too and I would have been more than happy to babysit for you both for an evening as we don't go out carousing every night! ! CRB'd, a teacher and hoping to become a granny before TOO long-I'd be ideal!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2014 at 11:52am
Agree with Elliemay - we have two children (now 14 and 19), who were both put in their pushchair, walked to wherever we were eating, and they would often fall asleep on the way and stay asleep, or if awake happy with a piece of bread to chew on, or if feeling generous the occasional chip! 
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