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About Us

Why 'lifestyle by design'?

Our Story

The creation of Ionian Estates and the concept of ‘lifestyle by design’ was inspired by the stunning collection of villas and suites we own across Corfu and Paxos. Designed and built by Skinner & Skinner, our personal involvement in our properties, from finding initial sites to using the best local artisans and finishing with beautiful bespoke furniture and fabrics, is instrumental in our approach to our evolving business. We want to be the go-to company for people who want the best, always, from their holidays.

As our business grows we are delighted that many of the clients who Skinner & Skinner have worked with and continue to work with have given us the opportunity to showcase their villas and to find guests who appreciate the level of attention to detail we insist on in our own houses.

Looking to give our guests the best holiday experience we possibly can, we have further developed our portfolio to include properties which we admire, love and feel are a fantastic extension of our ethos and commitment to offering our guests the best.

We look forward to introducing you to ‘lifestyle by design’. We think you will love it.

Skinner & Skinner

Dominic Skinner, Norman Foster trained architect, created Skinner & Skinner with his wife Claire in 2002. Based in Corfu, their first project was the complete restoration of Rou, an abandoned village in the hills on the North East of the island. With great sensitivity and creativity, the houses were beautifully bought back to life using local stone set among gorgeously landscaped gardens. Interiors are elegant with inspired accents combining the simplicity of Corfiot living with the facilities expected by the calibre of guests Rou attracts. Since 2002, Dominic and Claire have restored, created and/or designed some 65 houses and suites across Corfu and Paxos.

Our Collection

Guided by ‘lifestyle by design’ our collection seeks to offer the best and most beautiful to our guests.