Katavolos House

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Nissaki, Corfu

  • 10 Sleeps
  • 5  Bedrooms
  • 5  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

An utterly charming, exquisitely secluded, fully refurbished Corfiot olive press with terraced gardens, a curvaceous pool and sea views to take your breath away.

Guests arriving at Katavolos House frequently fall incurably in love with their new-found home from home and who can blame them? Adorable banks of Ionian blue shutters illuminate the handsome stone façade, lazy tranquillity pervades the terraces and gardens, comfortable interiors welcome guests like long-lost friends and irresistible views out to sea make the heart beat faster.

"Katavolos House was gorgeous! The scenery and the house itself were the highlights of our trip." AS, US, October 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)  10
  • Bedrooms  5
  • Double beds  3
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  5
  • ... of which en suite  5
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook ²
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres)  9x5
  • Gated pool (LxW in metres) 
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Internet TV 
  • TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Boat 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 3 hours a day, Monday to Saturday, including a mid-week linen change
² the housekeeper will prepare breakfast and either lunch or dinner for you from Monday to Saturday. For lunch or dinner, she will prepare something during the morning and leave it for you to heat up when you're ready to eat. The cost of ingredients for meals are not included and should be paid directly to the housekeeper.
³ in all the bedrooms
available during the maids’ hours

 

Inside: accommodation at Katavolos House is spread over two floors. On the ground floor, French windows lead from the main sea-view terrace into the large, airy, perfectly proportioned living room, whose built-in and stand-alone sofas and armchairs are gathered around an ornamental fireplace. An archway takes one from the living area to the indoor dining area, which is effortlessly served by a colourful traditional Greek-style kitchen. These rooms, like the living area, feature French windows opening out onto the main sea-view terrace and the al fresco dining area. The sleeping quarters are spread over two separate wings on the first floor. The first wing, accessed internally via a flight of stairs from the dining area, comprises two bedrooms, a master double and a twin. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment, the twin an en-suite shower room. Both have super sea views. The second wing, the guest wing, is on the same floor as the first, but is accessed externally from the terrace behind the house. Here there is a twin with en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower, and two doubles, one with en-suite shower room, the other with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment. The twin and one of the doubles boast wonderful views over the gardens, the pool and the sea.

Outside: Katavolos House features wrap-around stone-paved patios that are furnished for sitting, lounging and dining. These give way to mature, secluded terraced gardens bordered by privacy-giving woodland. The sea-facing patio, accessed from both reception rooms and the kitchen, is where you will spend much of your time, thanks in no little part to the glorious views and the dreamy al fresco dining area that features an impressively large circular stone table nestling under a shady old olive tree. This dining area is served by both the kitchen and a large built-in barbecue just a few metres away to the side of the house. Steps lead down from this top terrace to a long expanse of lawn enclosed by fragrant shrubs and herbs, and then down to the idyllic pool, whose convex curve seductively arcs out towards the sea beyond. A handy poolside fridge makes thirst-quenching easy. To either side of the house, steps lead up to the rear terrace, from where the bedrooms of the guest wing are accessed.

 

Think About

Katavolos House features an infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. The pool has a drop off the infinity side so precautions should be taken here. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools.

The 1.7km-long, asphalted road that connects Katavolos House to the main coast road is quite steep, winding and narrow in places.

Please note that the original stone stairs inside Katavolos House do not have a bannister.

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