Cape Lougi

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Cape Lougi, Lefkada

  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 5  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

Breathtaking sea views, a stunning pool and acres of space at this delightful retreat.

Cape Lougi, named after the headland on which it sits, delights in so many ways. The views are intoxicating, the grounds idyllic and the accommodation elegant and luxurious... no surprise then, that it was included in The Sunday Times list of the "Best European Villas"!

"Overall Cape Lougi is perfect. We particularly enjoyed the view.” Cecilia Fearn, UK, July 2018




Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 15x5
  • Pool house with shower 
  • Heatable plunge pool ²
  • Air conditioning 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ single depth of 1.4m with wide steps for access
² single depth of 1m, 2.2m in diameter. The max. temperature is about 27C

 

Inside: accommodation at Cape Lougi is spread over two floors of the main villa and a poolside dependence. The main house features a large, and thanks to the four sets of French windows, luminous and panoramic open-concept living and dining area. High beamed ceilings, light colour schemes, quality furnishings and an internationally-flavoured collection of art and artefacts all make for an extremely pleasant and refined environment. Connected to this area is the fully-equipped, contemporary kitchen and, down a couple of steps, a guest bathroom. At the far end of the living area, a hallway leads to the generously proportioned master double bedroom with a luxurious en-suite bathroom with large walk-in double shower. Boasting stunning sea views and accessing both a private balcony and the communal terrace, this bedroom really deserves the epithet 'master'. Heading back towards the living area past a shower room, a flight of steps leads downstairs to two large double-twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom: one has a fabulous spa-esque sunken bath with shower, the other a walk-in shower. Both of these bedrooms feature large French windows that provide seamless access to a panoramic terrace. Accommodation at Cape Lougi is completed by the poolhouse, which is home to a double bedroom, a small adjacent shower room and a kitchenette, both of which are accessed externally.

Outside: approaching Cape Lougi for the first time you will be struck by the breathtaking views, the majestic position and then by the charm of the local stone-clad villa and its luxuriant terraced gardens, which stretch out for around 12 acres, affording perfect privacy, peace and tranquillity. Way down below is the sparkling blue of the Ionian Sea and, in the distance, a whole host of neighbouring islands. Terraces surround the main house and include a shady covered terrace in front of the living area and master bedroom and an outdoor kitchen, complete with a large stone barbecue and bread oven and al fresco dining area. The bedrooms on the lower level also have access to large expanse of panoramic terracing that leads directly to the pool, and a secluded solarium. Paths crisscross the grounds through the olive groves (from which the owners make some wonderful olive oil) leading to secluded viewing points and the decked plunge pool area with its furnished pagoda.

 

Think About

The three double bedrooms in the main house are all of similar high quality, so Cape Lougi is also ideal for three couples travelling together. The fourth bedroom is down by the pool in a separate building. Its shower room is accessed from the outside.

The road up to Cape Lougi is unpaved and a little rough (though not steep or difficult) and so a 4-wheel drive car is essential.

The large grounds of Cape Lougi have some drops, so we recommend that younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property.

Cape Lougi features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop off the infinity side so we recommend children are supervised at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

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