To the uninitiated, Christina Martini and Apostolos Porsanidis-Kavvadias's 18th-century farmhouse, with its whitewashed facade and green shutters, might seem the very picture of Corfiot rusticity. In fact, the houses on the Greek island, which borrow from Venetian, French and British architecture, are more commonly painted ocher, orange or pink. But this one was white when Porsanidis-Kavvadias's grandparents Thalia Kavvadias, a homemaker, and Apostolos Kavvadias, an orthopedic surgeon, purchased it as a holiday retreat in the 1950s, and it has remained so ever since. Thalia also insisted that another anomalous feature of the structure — a 200-year-old wood and stone olive press on the ground floor — remain untouched despite a 1960s renovation. And with good reason. Located in the northern half of the island in Tzavros, about six miles up the coast from Corfu Town, the house sits on some 50 acres that are verdant with olive groves and pine trees. Many of the olive trees are ancient examples of the Lianolia variety, while about 200 others are Thiakos that Apostolos Kavvadias planted over half a century ago, when he was flirting with the idea of becoming an olive oil producer. He abandoned the plan, but 35 years later, Apostolos… Read full this story
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