A House in Corfu: A Family's Sojourn in Greece

Tennant, Emma

| 2002

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"In the early 1960s Emma Tennant's parents spotted a magical bay and decided to build a house there. Rovinia, as the house is called, is on the west coast of Corfu, above the bay and beach where - legend has it - Nausicaa rescued the shipwrecked Odysseus. There the Ionian Sea shades from emerald to deep ultramarine much like each day blends into the next, as it has for uncountable ages." "Women did the heavy lifting, the architect was local, but Tennant's mother and late father transformed the house into art. The grace of proportion and design charms anyone who steps out onto the terrace, or looks through the wide doorway into the room where her father sat at his desk; it's particularly apparent in Tennant's mother's room with three windows looking out on bay and forested hill, where "the sea provides an ever-changing wallpaper; otherwise there is only the whiteness of light."" "Rovinia's...

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