Lithia

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Gaios, Paxos

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

A traditional stone-built Greek house with pool and sea views immersed in luxuriant gardens.

Within an easy walk of restaurants, shops and bars of Gaios town and its lovely beach, Lithia combines rustic charm, abundant outdoor areas and fragrant gardens to create an enchanting atmosphere imbued with calming and sensuous delights, not least at night when the stars and the jasmine create the perfect backdrop for a moonlit dip in the pool.

"We had the most fabulous week at Lithia. The home itself is just beautiful, stylish yet informal and very comfortable. The gardens were simply divine. We each got lost in little corners where we would read, nap or stare at the views. We organised a chef to come in on our first night. What a great decision! We dressed for dinner and were served a delicious meal by our two chefs at the outdoor dining table. It was such a memorable night. (We ate all our meals at the villa at the outdoor dining area). It was such a peaceful, beautiful setting. We would go back to Lithia in a flash." AD, Australia, 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)  7
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Single beds  1
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Heatable pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 8x4
  • Air conditioning ²
  • Open fireplace 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Private Parking 
  • Transfers 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • Restaurant meal delivery 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ Heatable pool is available in May, September and October and should be requested in advance. Please contact us for more information
² in the bedrooms except in the lower floor double, which has a fan
³ includes SKY Movies + Sports
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 Lithia

 

Inside: the main entrance, up five steps from the courtyard, takes one into the large, split level living and dining room, which features open wood-beamed ceilings, original stone walls, comfy sofas, a great fireplace and plenty of characterful furnishings and artwork. At one end of the living room, a small doorway leads via a couple of steps to the romantic master double bedroom, with en-suite shower room and direct access to a gorgeous terrace. Another doorway from middle of the living area leads to a cosy single room, which has its own en-suite shower room. The well-equipped, practical kitchen is accessed from the dining area and opens onto the main al fresco dining area, an outdoor kitchen and a series of terraces. Accommodation at Lithia is completed by a snug double-twin bedroom with en-suite shower room accessed from the courtyard near the main entrance, and a small dependence situated in the gardens. This latter has a double bedroom, a shower room and its own outdoor sitting area.

Outside: Lithia is truly a villa for those who love outside living and mature, luxuriant gardens. The tone is set as soon as the Paxiot stone façade of the villa comes into sight, thanks to the flourishing, vibrantly coloured bougainvillea and hibiscus plants that cling to it. Stone paths lead through the greenery taking one to a seemingly never-ending collection of furnished terraces and patios where you can sit and chat, read, ponder or, from one particularly lovely corner, gaze at the views out towards Gaios and the sea beyond. On the lowest level is the enticing pool while up by the house are two shady outdoor dining areas, served not only by the main kitchen, but also by an outdoor one equipped with barbecue and wood-burning oven. After dinner, you can wander through the beautifully illuminated grounds to one of the al fresco living areas, drink in the intoxicating fragrances of the magical gardens and toast the moon and stars above…

 

Think About

Lithia dates back to the 18th century and, thanks to this history, is a rare find indeed. A few cats live in the grounds to help keep the local fauna under control but they do not enter the house.

For a small extra fee and on request, a second single bed can be placed in the single bedroom. This would only be suitable for children.

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 Lithia. 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.

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.

Due to the many terrace areas on different levels, there are a couple of unfenced drops in the grounds of Lithia. This is a characteristic of many historic houses in the Greek Islands, but please let us know if you think this might be an issue for anyone in your group.

EOT Licence No. 0829K91000506601
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