Testimonials

Mr. Stephen Finnegan

After searching a number of Mediterranean countries looking for sites for a family Villa, we visited Corfu in the Summer of 2015. I did some preparation upfront and was already using the website of Corfu Construction to find suitable land plots in the areas that we had planned to visit. After initial contact, Corfu Construction were immediately proactive in finding out exactly what we pictured as an end result, and matching that with the budget and the land available. During the trip itself we met Alexander from Corfu Construction, who tirelessly led us to a number of locations on the island that we’d identified as prospects. Near the end of the holiday, and after another day with Alex, we found the piece of land we fell in love with. The next day we revisited the plot again and met Theodoros Karametos, the Engineer and owner of Corfu Construction. Theodoros gave an honest appraisal of the plot from a construction perspective, describing an overview of the work that would be required to provide sufficient foundation and satisfy the surprisingly rigorous local building regulations. From that point he acted as the intermediate between ourselves and the owner, and once a price was agreed recommended a lawyer and an accountant that we could use.

In the next two months Theodoros arranged the required building permits and archaeological surveys, and the lawyers arranged the transfer of ownership of the land. In Corfu, so as not to disrupt the holiday season, there is a general understanding that the building season will only run from October to March, so we were all keen to get started whilst the weather was still quite dry, and stay on track for completion in Spring 2017. It helped that Theodoros managed to beat all records in getting the permits passed so we could break ground with the excavation work in late October. Being remote from the construction we were very reliant on the stream of photos that Theodoros had promised to help us stay in touch with progress, and sure enough the photos arrived a few times a week and always on Saturday morning. These Saturday photo updates turned into a real weekly highlight for us as we could see our dreams taking shape. By March 2016, at the end of the first building season, we had the rendered skeleton of the build and the roof in place, and the pool area had been marked ready for excavation the following Autumn. Throughout the building process Corfu Construction will grant you free access to their own holiday apartments in the quiet tourist months, so you can inexpensively visit the island to inspect the build and discuss the next stages with Theodoros and the team. They even included a car!

We visited in August 2016 and chose the handmade kitchen, the bathroom fittings, the floor and wall tiles, the exterior and interior paint colours and confirmed many more smaller details for the coming build season and phase two of the project. It was at this time that we decided on a name, and Villa Anthos was toasted. The windows, doors, electrics and plumbing happened almost in a blink of an eye as work commenced the following October, which left the tiling and painting to complete before furniture arrived. As we had decided to buy all the furniture and fittings in The Netherlands where we live, the timing of the furniture delivery was set and booked for the end of November, a real challenge for the construction team. I needn’t have worried. They finished with two days to spare which allowed me to arrange a serious clean-up of the house from two local ladies. Just as the cleaners finished I met the removal truck at the Villa gates, helped unload, and spent a surprisingly enjoyable week putting together the furniture. About as much fun you can have with IKEA!

At the turn of the year the construction crew focused on the pool construction and the landscaping, meanwhile inside the villa the kitchen was completed. Through these last few months I visited the site 3-4 times. Not so much because the project needed my attention, more because I really enjoyed the time there. This final stage culminated in a two week trip over Easter 2017 with my son, where we planted all the trees and shrubs. This landscaping was one of the most challenging but rewarding things I ever attempted (anybody who has ever dug Corfiot soil would understand). During the final week of the Easter break the pool was completed and my wife and daughter arrived to apply finishing touches inside the villa. Meanwhile the Corfu Construction team in the office had not been idle as Alexander had battled through all the bureaucracy to fix the electricity supply and the internet in time. So 18 months after seeing the land for the first time Villa Anthos was habitable.

Taking on a project like this is not easy in your home country, and in a foreign country the degree of difficulty is multiplied. If you choose the wrong people to trust… well, the internet is full of stories of people that got it wrong. This is of course a two sided story, as I’m sure the construction industry is littered with tales of clients from hell. Working with Theodoros at Corfu Construction the trust develops on both sides gradually. They have a list of satisfied clients who are now the proud owners of impressive properties in beautiful locations on the island. There does exist a genuine objective to satisfy the client and make the whole process as easy as a project like this can be. During the 18 months of construction we met in London, Amsterdam and Eindhoven, as well as at his office in Corfu town and at the Villa, but all locations to suit my schedule at the time.

I always recall the point when I committed to Corfu, committed to the plot and committed to Theodoros and Corfu Construction. At one of our earliest meetings at the site as I was trying to see the view between the overgrown Olive trees Theodoros said to me “ trust me, on this piece of land we can create something really special”. Well at that point, despite the Greek financial crisis of the time and despite the magnitude of the project in my mind, I fully believed. And by the way, yes Theodoros, we did create something really special.

Steve Finnegan, The Hague, Netherlands. October 2017

Miss Louise Hynd

I was Sales Director of Corfu Construction for four years so was very aware and also very proud of the service Theodoros Karametos provides for his customers. When I sold my house in London I decided to build my own home on Corfu but I would not have done it with anyone but Theodoros whom I trust him implicitly.

It was the most exciting project I have ever undertaken in my life. From the fascinating process of designing the house to get it just perfect to watching it take shape before my eyes – growing each day – it was thrilling to see a pencil drawing become a beautiful home.

The real miracle was that it only took seven months from start to finish – which on a large house must be a world record! I was able to move in to the lower floor after just four months and it was so exciting to see the water come out of the taps, the house get warm with the heating in minutes and, despite a very wet winter, not a drop of water appeared where it shouldn’t have. Wonderful craftsmanship from a very skilled workforce, all of whom shared in the excitement of building a custom-built villa and took such pride in their work, as well as keeping me smiling, calm and well-advised at all times.

I cannot praise Theodoros too highly. Under his daily supervision, everything went like clockwork: materials and workers turned up on time, all elements dovetailed beautifully so there was never a day when nothing happened which in itself is a very big achievement in a country where rushing is not the usual pace of life!

The end result far, far surpassed even my very high expectations and the house has met with universal praise, awe and congratulations from people from all walks of life on Corfu.

The house has given me and my friends great happiness, has cost a fraction of what it would cost with other civil engineers on the island, was completed faster than any other company could even contemplate and has given me no technical problems whatsoever.

I am enormously grateful to Dora Vinou who designed the house by hand to incorporate all my little quirks and to Theodoros, both of whom have give me a home beyond my wildest dreams and have shown themselves to be consummate professionals in all they do.

I recommend them with all my heart and would be delighted to provide a reference at any time.

Warmest thanks to all concerned.

Mr Yannis Pouliasis

In my work as Manager of the Corfu Department of the National Insurance Company of Greece, it is my work to insure houses.

Having seen the various types of construction all over the island, when I came to build my own home here, there was only one possible option for me in terms of trust, quality and reliability: Theodoros Karametos of Corfu Construction, who is by far the best on the island.

Theodoros found me the most spectacular piece of land, on top of a hill overlooking the sea, marina and the forts of Corfu Town with 360 degrees of wonderful views. It is a truly unique house in a unique setting. I wanted a house to impress and this has certainly been achieved. The attention to detail and the incorporation of all my ideas have been faithfully carried out.

Theodoros is honest, a man of his word and he has the highest possible standards. He guaranteed that the house would be finished in six months and it was, no small feat considering the size of the house, 200sq.m plus a 110sq.m. basement.

I can happily recommend him to my friends – both Greek and English – and I am delighted with what he has achieved.

I wish him every success for the future – he deserves it.

Yiannis Pouliasis, Poulades, Corfu, July 2005.

Mr Silvio Morchio

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A.We had been coming to crew sailing holidays from Corfu for many years, 10 years ago we decided we’d move to Corfu and do sailing holidays as a full time job.

Q. What do you think of Theodoros Karametos?
A. Theodoros is an amazing person, he rigorously strives for perfection and couldn’t have been more helpful during all the stages of construction, he has become now become a true friend.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. The high quality which, after 8 years, still feels brand new ! The windows and doors are incredible, being so high up and exposed to the strong winter gales and torrential rain they are still completely water and wind proof.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Incredible, we are high up on Pantokrator and have views far down the south coast, the west coast and its amazing sunsets plus the islands of Matraki and Othoni.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Excellent, as I commented previously, it still feels brand new after 8 years, everything works perfectly.

Q. Would you recommend Corfu Construction to your friends?
A. Yes.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Excellent.

Q. Is it easy to get here from England?
A. We came from Italy which is easy all year round.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. It was the view and privacy that we were looking for and therefore we opted for the perfect plot and were then able, with Theodoros’s help, to have a custom made house.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. Better than we would have ever imagined thanks to Theodoros’s artistic skills in leveling the steep plot and constructing supporting walls.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, Theodoros kept us constantly updated with photos during construction.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, with the help of an interpreter.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Absolutely, as mentioned previously the doors and windows are of the highest quality.

Isabel and Silvio – July 2018

Will & Zoe Davis

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Fell in love with it, over 25 years ago, and always intended to buy a house here. I also intend to base my Yachting Charter business on the Island.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Internet search for “Houses for sale in Corfu” on Google.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. During my research, I discovered that most of the owners are European, so we went knocking on doors, and every single one of them recommended buying a house from Theo. I was really impressed by that, so I contacted Theo’s company and started off the process.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes, and have done.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Very good indeed.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. The construction itself was excellent, but we did question a lot of the finishing’s, but these were all addressed and changed (with no fuss).

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Currently, we live in Qatar, and it’s a long day, but we can get to Corfu in about 9 10 hours from leaving our house.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. We had no preconceived ideas, just a budget. During the research process, Theo easily offered the best compromise between, location, quality, design, size of house & plot and value for money. The location is close enough to be convenient for the marina, where my work will be based, but being up in the hills, offers the peace & tranquility we yearn for.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. When I received the plans for our type of property, we basically changed everything in it, rooms, aspect, etc etc. Our suggestions were well received by Theo and all were incorporated into the design, and construction of the house. We are delighted with the end product.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, and also we were informed of construction progress, every step of the way.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Love it? ..and as the pool (rear) side of the house is facing West, we get to sit outside and watch the superb sunsets, every night. Exactly where I want to be, growing old!!

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. So long as the Marina and the Beer Bucket stay open, yes!!

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Absolutely. Furthermore, all the neighbors look after each other.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Very much so.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. As the house is only recently finished, we cant really comment on this, but I expect it to be the case.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Yes, every step of the way.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. Buying a house is always a pain, and the reputation Corfu has for difficulties in this area is well known. However we were confident, based on our research, that we had chosen well. We are extremely satisfied with our experience and dealings with Corfu Construction in purchasing our first house on the island. I would deal with Theo and his team, again.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

More testimonials under your request.

Mr Andrew Zarkos Smith

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. We like the relaxed life style and have taken holidays in this peaceful island since we married. We have spent many happy holidays here and decided to then build a house.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. We did an internet search and asked a local estate agent if Corfu construction were reputable.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. Open an honesty, we were shown houses at various stages of construction and all our questions were answered fully. Corfu construction must be the fastest builders in Corfu and they took care of everything from the plans to the final finish.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes I would recommend CC to anyone.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Good.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Top hole and that comes from several UK builders who have stayed at my house. A little greater attention to detail would be desirable but Greek standards and UK Standards are different and to some extent you have to go with the flow.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Very easy in Summer and the house is 40 mins from Corfu airport in a village location.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. I was not quiet sure at first what house we were looking for but Louise Hynd, Theos aid helped us decide after looking around previous houses he had built.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. The build quality is good and solid and meets all our expectations. One has to make sure that you clearly lay out what is required so no confusion exists. It was amazing what was fitted in the small plot we purchased. Theo put a huge amount of work in most of which we knew nothing about to forfill our requirements.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. The process was totally secure although we did not feel always feel so as the flow of information was not as good as it could be. Theo is totally dependable but when you are spending a great deal of money 1500 miles away from home a little more communication would have helped.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Not everything was explained. Theo expects you to trust him as he is very trustworthy and goes to great lengths to get everything right but due to the language barrier and his lack of confidence in speaking on the phone it is sometimes a worry. When we met face to face it was much better and our relationship has proved there was nothing to worry about.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Absolutely fantastic could hardly be better. 15 mins walk from the beach in a very sort after area.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. We are more than happy with our house we love it!

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Yes.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. The whole process was handled very well. There were certain cultural differences that sometimes caused a little strain in the relationship and communication could have been better. I would advise anyone to make sure everything is put down in writing in great detail. But the whole project came in on budget. Theo is totally trustworthy, but make sure you spend time talking to him face to face. He does not like speaking English on the phone but his English has improved faster than our Greek in the time we have built the house. I would have no hesitation is using him to build another house for me or recommending his services.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference‚ if requested‚ from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Additional comments:

Thanks and I look forward to the meal in November.

Mr Guy Armstrong

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. I have visited for many years.

Q. How did you find Theodoros Karametos?
A. Through the estate agent I bought the land from.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. He has delivered what he promised and on time.

Q. Would you recommend Corfu Construction to your friends?
A. Yes.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Reasonable.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Good.

Q. Is it easy to get here from Holland / England?
A. Reasonably but expensive.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. With a good view.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. Yes.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. I chose it so I like it.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Not all but I will start new ones.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes.

Mr G Armstrong, Berkshire, U. K. July 2005

Mr Spyros Delapaloud

As the proud owner of the first house in Theo’s Village, I have no hesitation in recommending Theodoros Karametos of Corfu Construction.

The house was started in February 2002 and finished by August of the same year. A rapid build but quality was in no way compromised. Four years later my home looks as good as new and there have been no structural or damp problems which reinforces my belief in the high standard of building employed by Theodoros.

Theodoros is completely trustworthy, is as good as his word and promises and deadlines are kept to. This is not always the case in Greece and as a Greek myself I was grateful for Theodoros’s attention to detail and strict control of the builders.

For those building a second home I would have every confidence in recommending Theodoros and his team. Building away from home can be nerve-wracking but with Theodoros in control of the project any worries are unnecessary. I particularly appreciated the photographs updates emailed to me on a regular basis so I could keep track of progress while I was away on business.

I am always pleased to show my home to Theodoros’s prospective clients and it is my pleasure to help him in any way I can.

I wish Theodoros all the best for a very bright future. It is rare to find a developer who is sensitive to the local style and environment and who cares so passionately about giving lovely homes to his clients.

Yours faithfully

Mr John Smeaton

Q. What made you choose Corfu and Corfu Construction?
A. Having a home designed and built by Mr Karametos meant that we could influence the design and internal materials to suit our own choices. We have been so pleased with the result that we have recommended him to a number of friends who have also decided to have a holiday home in Corfu. The price of building in Corfu is surprisingly reasonable and the legal process is fair, clear and secure.

Corfu is the nearest part of Greece to the UK, making it easy and relatively easy to visit both in and out of season. There are charter flights from most UK regional airports throughout the summer and even during the winter period there are good connections via the new airport at Athens.

We wanted a house that was comfortable for the family and could be used both in summer and winter. Because of this we decided that it would be preferable to be away from the sea as that can cause dampness during the winter, also most of the resort areas close down in winter.

The location we have has wonderful views across the bay of Corfu to Albania and the Greek mainland beyond and is close enough to the coast to allow us to get to the beaches within ten minutes or so, and has the added advantage of being just a 15 minute drive to Corfu Town itself.

Corfu is a safe and friendly island, so much so that we have no fear of leaving the house when we have to return to the UK and children have the freedom to wander at will knowing that they are safe.

John Smeaton, Somerset, England.

Karen and Mark Sainsbury

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. We have had several holidays on the island and fell in love with its beauty and the people.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Advert – Sunday Mail.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. The design and location.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends?
A. Most definitely.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Good.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Good.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Fairly easy.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Detached house with pool in quiet location.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. It far exceeds our initial expectations.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Most certainly.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Perfect, quiet and yet in easy reach of Corfu town and some lovely beaches.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Absolutely.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. No experience yet, however we are sure Theodoros will deal with any problems, if any in his usual helpful and professional manner.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Yes, however a more detailed update would probably help.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. 10 out 10.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Definitely.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes please do.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Additional comments:

Buying a property abroad can be a daunting prospect, however using a professional company like Corfu Construction, has taken all worry out of what could be potentially a tricky and risky project.

Theodoros and his team are a pleasure to work with, right from the start we have been involved in the creation of our beautiful home. Their help was invaluable when dealing with the unfamiliar Corfiat tax and legal system and they also provided translators when it came to the signing of the contracts and wills.

We have dreamt for years about owning a property in the sun and through the professionalism, skill, time and kindness shown by Theodoros, Dora and Lulu our dream has come true. We can not thank them enough and would not hesitate to recommend Corfu Construction to anyone.

Karen & Mark Sainsbury

Mr Edward Lyn

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. The fact that the houses have not jumped in price excessively compared to other EU med countries is significant. Also my wife always liked it here, from previous holidays. I find the country very stylish without over commercialization.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. From extensive website searches.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. The fact that all aspects of purchasing the property where done under one umbrella (the land, solicitors, legal, finishing touches etc).

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends?
A. Yes, and have done to many.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Excellent, feedback I have had is that you get a lot more for your money, especially compared to Portugal, Spain and Dubai and especially Cyprus.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. As far as we have seen all construction is to a higher than average level.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Yes, it is easy and cheap except for stays less than less than 7 days.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Family house 2-3 beds with pool close enough to good restaurants and entertainment, but not too close.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. More than, the house is in fact too good for our needs!!!

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Initially, I thought a long walk to the beach (35 mins), but after extensive holidaying, we have found that the location is perfect.

15 mins drive to Paleokastritsa, 35 mins to Sidari, 10 mins drive to Aqualand (which is excellent), and 15 mins drive to Corfu Town. The whole North of the island within 35 mins. Also with in 10 mins drive are all supplies and goods that you require for the house.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Plenty of gyms, very good running, cycling track, beaches, sun. Also there are a few adventure land type places for the children close by (Aladdin’s).

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. I feel that it’s probably safer than most holiday homes, as the Corfu Construction staff always have an eye on your house. Also a lot of the other houses have long stay residents in them.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Excellent.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. So far excellent.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. So far excellent.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. A lot easier than initially expected and assumed. The company has definitely tied up all the loose ends (phones, electric, water etc).

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes but not too many.

Additional comments:

I have looked into various properties in the med and Dubai. House buying is a very stressful endeavor. I have found that that Corfu Construction have answered all questions fully, and have gone above and beyond the point for us on many occasions.

I have found that they are very useful and proactive when it comes to information and supplying of extra service, e.g. Car hire, possible work, insurance searches, furniture searches, extras for the house (pizza oven), gardening and much more.

Edward Lyn

Janet Pritchard & Patrick Hawkins

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. We had both visited Corfu on separate occasions a few years ago and we were both impressed by the beauty of the island and the hospitality of the local people. We came back 18 months ago and we both felt this was the place we wanted to have our holiday home and perhaps later our home for retirement.

Q. How did you find out about Theodoros Karametos?
A. We were recommended by a friend in the U. K. who had recently purchased a Karametos property.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. The personal, friendly and caring service that has continued.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Absolute paradise. If you want a change, a 10 minute drive will take you to the beautiful city of Corfu.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Excellent, we have no cause for concern.

Q. Would you recommend Corfu Construction to your friends?
A. Most certainly yes, we have already recommended them to friends.

Q. Is it easy to get here from England?
A. Extremely easy, there are direct flights from May to October from all U.K. airports. If you wish to visit in the winter months you can do a detour via Athens.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. We live in the South West of England on a farm, therefore we were looking for a home from home, in a rural and peaceful setting.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. More than our expectations, we are situated in a rural beautiful countryside with mountain views over the island and across to Albania.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Absolutely fantastic value for money, to purchase a property in the U.K. in a similar setting would cost half a million pounds at least.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Absolutely, yes. The process is very simple and quick. We instructed an English speaking Greek lawyer to act for us. Correspondence was carried out by e mail and one visit was made on completion to complete the contract and final paperwork.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Most certainly yes, any questions we raised were dealt with in great detail.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Definitely, there is something here from nature trails, rambling, riding, golfing, water sports, cruising to busy nightlife in the city.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes, we have been lucky to make friends here, and we have been happy to entrust them with a key to come and open the house and air the rooms whilst we are away.

Mr and Mrs David Joyce

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Climate, scenery, friendly people. Manageable flying time from UK, relatively unspoiled compared to Spain for example, established tourist infrastructure and rental potential.

Q. How did you find Theodoros Karametos?
A. Originally, via the web.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. A relatively pain-free construction process where we have been kept informed of progress through the project. Practical architectural design, quality of construction, attention to detail, speed of construction (approx. 6 months).

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Excellent.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Superb.

Q. Would you recommend Corfu Construction to your friends?
A. Absolutely no hesitation.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Yes.

Q. Is it easy to get here from England?
A. Plenty of relatively reasonable direct flights throughout the holiday season from all key UK airports. Although there are no direct flights in the winter this has helped to ensure that the island has not been overdeveloped. The whole island is less than 1 hour transit time from the airport.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Detached villa close to the sea, with good views and investment and rental potential.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. Exactly.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, finding a reputable lawyer is essential to feel secure in the purchasing process. Worth researching in detail.

Q, Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, within reason.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Most of them: walking, sailing (Avlaki sailing school is 800m away) but not fly-fishing!

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. The crime rate on Corfu is reputedly very low and although the house is not yet fully furnished we are hopeful that we can leave it without worrying.

David and Deborah Joyce, Maidenhead, England. July 2005.

Mr David Bergg

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. The climate and the people.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Via the internet.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. The speed of construction: the whole process, from signature of contract to moving in, took 10 months.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Definitely.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Excellent.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Excellent.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. During the season, yes. Off-season only via Athens.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Family villa.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. Definitely.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, at all times.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, at all times.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Spectacular.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes: running and windsurfing – plus watching Corfu Town FC.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes, although we are aware that burglary is becoming more common.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Absolutely.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. Definitely, so far.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Yes, it is excellent.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. Very problem-free and quick.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Mr Al Blair

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Been coming here for the last 9 years or so and have always loved the island. It has been our ambition to have a house here and we have now fulfilled it.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Google!

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. Quality of construction, quality of staff, excellent communications all the way through the very quick and pain free process. Theodoros and his staff are passionate about what they do and it shows? Plus we have one of the best views on the island!

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes – without hesitation – for the above reasons.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. When we purchased in July 2007 excellent. With the terrible exchange rate at the moment am unsure if it would be the same now?

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Outstanding.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Fairly – not so easy as to make it too accessible for lots of Brits! We don’t want the island to become to British!

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Exactly what we got.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. More that matches – we could not have wished for anywhere better.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Perfect – it was what convinced us to buy.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. So far so good! As its brand new it’s a hard to judge but if the future service is anything like the past then we have no cause for concern.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. without doubt – couldn’t be better.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. Exciting, scary, felt right.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Sarah and Al Raney

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Because of the appeal of Corfu, not being over developed, 20 years behind Spain (long may it last!), so English roasts and lager louts are not catered for. It’s a beautiful island. People are so friendly and helpful.

Q. What do you think of Theodoros Karametos?
A. Very genuine and helpful. He is very thorough and wants to please and strives for perfection. This shines through in his manner. It feels as if he has become a friend rather than just a “builder” and we hope this friendship is long lasting.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. The quality of the construction and finish.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Beautiful – “on top of the world”. Amazing views.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Excellent.

Q. Would you recommend Corfu Construction to your friends?
A. Yes. As soon as we sell our house in England we plan to buy another as an investment.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. You can buy cheaper in other countries but they do not have the appeal that Corfu has.

Q. Is it easy to get here from England?
A. OK, but flight prices remain quite high or there’s along wait in Athens during winter months.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Old to renovate!

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. Better than what we originally planned, without the stress of renovation in a foreign country.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, Theodoros kept us informed of progress via photos during construction, enabling us to choose colours etc.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, including an interpreter.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes, including new ones.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes, all good windows, doors and shutters which aid security by using good products.

Sarah and Alwyn Raney, Norfolk, England.

Mr Clifford Gregory
Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Many years of visiting.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Internet.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. We got exactly what we were promised.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes wholeheartedly.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Excellent.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Good value for money.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Yes in summer.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. The one we have.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. Better.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Perfectly.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Superb.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Mostly.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Yes.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. A pleasant experience.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference‚ if requested‚ from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Additional comments:

The whole experience has been a pleasant one and the staff of Corfu construction Have been businesslike and professional.

Mr Trevor Oborne

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. Many enjoyable holidays, Greek friends and glorious weather.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Advert in the Daily Mail.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. Location, type of property available and the price.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes. Theo is a very conscious builder.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Excellent value when compared with other property developers.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Excellent feels very secure.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Yes summer flights straight through from Gatwick Airport.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. Easily managed and maintained to suit our needs.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not is it better?
A. Yes with minor alterations, Theo was very accommodating to our requests.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Little cautious having to use a third party. Whilst being in England not being hands on.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, but was difficult Legal Papers were translated by Interpreter, would have like them translated so could be read before signing.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Brilliant beautiful views, peaceful ideal for retirement.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. The house and grounds are very secure.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Very happy.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. Yes. Fairly good.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A.Yes.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. Daunting at times, and pleasurable at others.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us 3 reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

John Bromley

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. We have been going to Corfu for 30 years and love the country and the people.

Q. How did you originally learn about Corfu Construction, advert, word of mouth etc?
A. Corfu property shop – Emma Wood.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having one of our houses?
A. How easy they made it all.

Q. Would you recommend us to your friends? And why (not!?)
A. Yes.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. Good.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. Good.

Q. Is it easy to get Corfu from where you live?
A. Yes, apart from November to March, air fares have gone up for next year following the collapse of XL.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. A plot of land by the sea.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for? If not, is it better?
A. It does not match but it is much better.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. Yes, after initial misgivings, everything was straight forward.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. good – quiet, distant sea-view, near town, airport, golf course and sea.

Q. Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. Yes – golf.

Q. Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. Because some of the surrounding houses are occupied all year round we do feel secure.

Q. Are you happy with your house?
A. Yes, very happy.

Q. Are you happy with the after care service? Extra works etc? Rectifying any problems etc?
A. Excellent.

Q. Are you happy with the attention and service offered by Theodoros and his staff?
A. Everyone has been very helpful and professional.

Q. Overall, how would you rate the whole experience from start to finish?
A. Scary, but we were made to feel secure in our purchase.

Q. Are you willing for us to put your comments on our website?
A. Yes.

Q. May we use your name?
A. Yes.

Q. Would you be prepared to give us a reference – if requested – from any prospective clients? Either verbally, via email or in writing?
A. Yes.

Additional comments:

We would like to say that we have every respect for Theo and all his staff. They have all been most helpful and welcoming.

Mr Leen Hamooen

Q. What made you choose Corfu?
A. We have 3 friends owning a house on Corfu for about 11 years. They are very happy with Corfu and had some enthusiastic stories about Corfu. 4 years ago we visited them and looked around on the Island and liked it a lot. We were looking for a place to invest in real estate and decided to do this on Corfu.

Q. Is it easy to get here from Holland / England?
A. In the charter season it is quit easy to fly to Corfu. Prices are varying a lot and some shopping on Internet can save lots of money. However it takes more time a trip by boat via Venice Is also very nice.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. A house expressing the Greek atmosphere. It had to be located on a nice quiet spot.

Q. Does the house you now own match what you were looking for?
A. Yes, it is basically my own design, Karametos made the Greek features on the house like the pillars, plaster ornaments and so on.

Q. How did you find Theodoros Karametos?
A. He is a very good friend from a Greek friend of us. When we bought the land from my friend he introduced Theodoros Karametos to us. we liked Theodoros and his assistant Theodora from the first moment on. They were very cooperative and professional.

Q. Could you tell us what has impressed you most about having a Karametos home?
A. In general the quality of his work is very good. He does not like to make compromises. Only the best is good enough.
At the end of the project he was sending his people to fix the last details without any struggling about extra costs.

Q. Would you recommend them to your friends?
A. We told many of my friends that we were lucky to have the most reliable and best constructor on Corfu.

Our Dutch and even our Corfiotic friends can hardly believe that the building was finished in the short period that Karametos needed.
Unfortunately things like electricity and water can be very hard to get in time. However Theodoros is not responsible for water and electricity Karametos did his very best to get it as fast as possible.

Q. How do they rate as value for money?
A. I feel that I got an excellent value for money.

Q. What do you think of the quality of the construction?
A. The quality of the construction is very good, I was in construction myself for a long time in Holland and know what construction is all about.

Q. Did you feel included and secure in the purchasing process?
A. Yes, I never doubted the integrity of Theo. They helped me as much as possible.

Q. Was everything fully explained to you?
A. When you look back on a project like this you can always conclude that you should have known more but I know that Theo did his best to be as complete as possible.

Q. What do you think about the location?
A. Pelekas is a very nice place on the island. It is not too busy. You still see a lot of the original Corfu life and have also several beaches very close. Also Aqualand, the golf course and Kerkyra are reasonably close.

Q.Can you enjoy your hobbies here?
A. We really like to create a nice garden. It takes quite some effort but with the sun around most of the time working in the garden is nice. Whenever you get too hot you just take a dip in the pool and of you go again.

Q.Do the houses feel secure so you can go away and leave them without worrying?
A. The spot we are in is quit and seems to be very safe. For the wintertime we will put some extra locks on the blinds. For the rest it seems to be secure.

Mr and Mrs Hans Mulder

Q. Why did you choose Corfu
A. Our choice for Corfu was mainly based upon two motives, first, we wanted a house with much privacy, a private pool and a large plot of land. Secondly it had to fit in our budget. This combination is difficult to get in countries like France and Spain, where you have small plots and high prices. After the introduction of the Euro, the Greek market is becoming more and more attractive. Since then many people from Northern European countries are interested in buying property in Greece. Our impression is that the market is booming, therefore we did not want to wait any longer.

Q. How did you find Theodoros Karametos?
A. We were impressed by the enthusiasm of Theodoros for his work. He is fully involved in his work and he seems to work day and night on his projects. Theodoros is aware of the fact that many Northern Europeans are a bit reluctant to do business – especially having a house built – with Mediterraneans. We tend to hesitate when we hear people say that they will do things “manana” or “avrio” as they say in Greece. Theodoros however is fanatical in his work and he wants to finish things. He always stood by the arrangements he made with us and he has never let us down. This is really good and better than many Dutch contracting firms would perform. Therefore we would certainly recommend Theodoros to our friends.

Q. Is it easy to get to Corfu from Holland?
A. Corfu is situated very favourably. It can easily be reached by plane and what we think is important is the good ferry connections with Italy. We have done the trip by car to Venice and then the ferry straight to Corfu. We will do it again soon since, although it takes a couple of days, it is very relaxing and you don’t have to rent a car.

Q. What kind of house were you looking for?
A. First we were looking for an old house and we had seen several of them. But when we realized how much renovation needed to be done and that we could not always be there when decisions had to be taken, we decided to look for a new house with good quality building materials, which could save us problems in the future.

Q. How does what you now own match what you were looking for?
A. This is the first house we have built together with Theodoros and maybe not the last one. Although it does not completely match what we were looking for (no sea view from our plot), it really comes close.

Hans and Annelies Mulder, Arnhem, Holland.