Gaios House

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Gaios, Paxos

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

Pool, views and easy walking distance to the tavernas, shops and beach of Gaios: a villa with it all.

A stay at Gaios House gives you plenty of options. Should you ever tire of relaxing at your villa, enjoying its panoramic wrap-around terraces, its blooming gardens, its colourful interiors and its soothing pool, simply amble into gently buzzing Gaios village, where you can sip on a coffee, take out a boat, dine in a seafront taverna or lounge on the beach.

"Our holiday was amazing. The whole fortnight was sensational - we loved both villas - the outdoor area of Gaios House was simply stunning - the pool was the best we've used. It was incredibly hard to leave." Saraha Wilson, UK, June 2019

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  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  3
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  10x5
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Internet TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Transfers ³
  • Restaurant meal delivery 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access ¹
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ the nearest beach is a 5-10 minute walk away
² in all bedrooms, except the downstairs double in the main house, and in the living area
³ a taxi transfer from Corfu Airport to Corfu New Port and the hydrofoil crossing from Corfu New Port to Gaios on Paxos are included in the rental fee for clients staying at Gaios House

 

Inside: accommodation at Gaios House is spread over a main house (on two floors) and two guest houses in the grounds. In the main house, the front door leads into a comfortably furnished living and dining area, whose walls of floor-to-ceiling windows make for a luminous atmosphere and offer views over the luxuriant gardens and terraces. Off the living room, is a central atrium, from which one may access a double bedroom, the bright galley-style kitchen and a shower room with feature stone wall. A narrow spiral staircase takes one up from the atrium to the first floor landing, off which is a second double bedroom, a shower room and doors leading out onto a large, shady, panoramic terrace with steps leading down to the gardens and pool area below.

The first dependence is just a few metres away through the gardens from the main house and comprises a double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. The second dependence is situated under the pool terrace and accessed via a flight of steps. Here there is a large double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Both dependences have their own private terrace furnished with a table and chairs.

Outside: the outdoor areas at Gaios House are home to a wide variety of colourful plants, shady olive trees and large expanses of terrace dotted with large white umbrellas and a great choice of spots for lounging, reading and dining. Perfectly situated for serving these areas is the generously equipped independent kitchen, where guests generally do most of their cooking. At the furthest point from the house, overlooking the gentle, olive-carpeted hills of Paxos, is the beautiful pool, the perfect spot to cool off and luxuriate in your surroundings.

 

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For guests arriving in Corfu on a morning flight, a taxi transfer from Corfu Airport to Corfu New Port and the hydrofoil crossing from Corfu New Port to Gaios on Paxos are included in the rental fee for clients staying at Gaios House. If your flight arrives in Corfu in the afternoon/evening after the last hydrofoil has left, a taxi from Corfu Airport to Corfu New Port is included, but a private sea taxi is not (however, we would be happy to organise for you). In this case, the return leg from Gaios harbour on Paxos to Corfu Airport for your flight home is of course still included.

Please note that the road from Gaios town up to Gaios House is quite steep. Please let us know if you feel this might be a problem for anyone in your group.

There are a few drops around the grounds at Gaios House, so we recommend younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property.

Due to the relatively limited number of hydrofoil/ferry connections between Corfu and Paxos in the shoulder seasons, if you are travelling outside July or August, we recommend you book flights that arrive in the morning of your first day or fly in the day before and spend a night in gorgeous Corfu Town. Similarly, for the return leg, we recommend you book a late afternoon/evening flight or fly out the day after leaving the villa.

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