Daphne

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Avlaki-Kassiopi, Corfu

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

A top-level villa with panoramic infinity pool, easy access on foot to Avlaki beach and Kassiopi, and much more besides!

At Daphne, elegant, refined interiors merge seamlessly with impeccably furnished terraces whose views over the gently sloping olive groves and the bay below are mesmerising. A few minutes’ walk will take you to Avlaki beach and its seafront tavernas, while just a short drive away are Kassiopi’s shops and nightlife… if you can tear yourself away from the comfy confines of this exceptional villa!

"Daphne is a beautiful, comfortable and homely villa. We loved the peaceful location.” LW, UK, June 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
  • Twins  1
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access ²
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  9x4.5
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Draught beer pump 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 2 hours per day, Monday - Friday inclusive
² a few minutes walk away down a path to one side of the villa, or 10 minutes' walk to Avlaki beach
³ in the bedrooms and TV room
in the outside kitchen
there are several tavernas within a 5 to 10-minute walk and a mini-market about a 10 to 15-minute walk away. Kassiopi, with its bars, tavernas and shops is about a 25-minute walk away along a small country road without pavements or, for much of the way, illumination

 

Inside: accommodation at Daphne is spread over three floors. The main entrance takes one into the large, welcoming living room, whose lofty, white-beamed ceilings, elegant furnishings and multiple French doors (which access the wrap around terraces and bring in the sea views), create an exceedingly luminous and welcoming ambience. To the left of the living area is the splendid, well-equipped kitchen-diner, which also accesses the surrounding terraces and the al fresco dining area. Stairs lead up to the generously proportioned master double suite, which benefits not only from a super en-suite bathroom with separate shower and tub and double sinks, but also a private sea-view terrace. Heading back to the living room and continuing down the stairs, one comes to the lower ground floor, which comprises a TV and sitting area, a twin bedroom, a double-twin bedroom and a double bedroom with feature fireplace. The twin and the double-twin have en-suite shower rooms, while the double has an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment. All three bedrooms have sea views and access to a large terrace that runs for the whole length of the house.

Outside: the outdoor areas of Daphne are a joy to spend time in, with numerous areas dotted around the terraces for dining, lounging, chatting and sipping on aperitifs. To one side of the main house is the large pool terrace, looking out to sea and infinity. The pool area is served by a large covered pergola, accessed from the kitchen and living area and fully furnished with comfy rattan sofas and chairs and a panoramically placed dining table. This terrace fans out around the house, front and back, to the other side of the property, where there is another shady area, furnished for reclining and repose. Steps lead down to the lower level, where there is another large expanse of sea-view terracing, complete with a covered sitting area, a dining table and a kitchen with barbecue, sink and draught beer dispenser! More steps lead down from here to the olive-tree-specked gardens. A gate to the side of the house allows guests to follow a short footpath down to the beach, where the crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. All the internal communal areas and bedrooms access these terraces through large French windows and the master bedroom on the first floor has its own panoramic balcony.

 

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The beach below the villa is an easy walk from the garden gate down a path shared with three other villas. Gorgeous Avlaki beach is about 10 minutes' walk away.

EOT Licence No. 0829K122K8192001
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