Madreterra

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Kalamitsi, Lefkada

  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 7  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

An impressively luxurious sea-view villa with infinity pool, easy access on foot to a glorious beach and enchanting sunsets.

Cocooned in the vibrantly verdant, pine-aromatic woods of Lefkada's northwest coast, and yet just a couple of minutes' stroll from the irresistible azure waters of the Ionian Sea below, Madreterra has few rivals when it comes to location. This magnificence is matched by the property's generously proportioned interiors, and by its extensive, hedonistically equipped wrap-around terraces.

"Madreterra exceeded our expectations. It is new, and extremely well equipped, with attention to detail in every respect. We especially appreciated the layout, which lent itself to larger groups and families, both around the pool and the outside eating areas. The views are incredible, which meant we didn't feel like we were missing out on beach time when we were lounging around the pool - which the kids loved! The owner was there to meet us on arrival with freshly baked goodies and gave us a good orientation of everything in the villa. There really wasn't anything to fault, and we loved having the option of outside speakers and music already set up for our arrival. It worked perfectly for our group." Craig Smith, South Africa, July 2018

Madreterra in the press:
First Living, April 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)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  5
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ² 13x5.6
  • Jacuzzi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Safe 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Cross trainer 
  • Treadmill 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours a day, 6 days a week
² measurements approximate, due to the pool's shape
³ basic package of free channels
Avali beach below the house is a 350m walk. There is a café serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks. A little further on along the beach, there are two small cafés offering refreshments and a few sunbeds and umbrellas. These facilities are usually open from May until the end of September

 

Inside: accommodation at Madreterra is spread over three floors. The main entrance takes one into a fabulously voluminous open-concept communal area, comprising a spacious living room, with large sofas gathered around a decorative fireplace, a beautiful bespoke half-wood, half-polished concrete dining table, and a stunning kitchen with top-spec appliances, a central island-table and hand-crafted wooden cabinets that merge with polished concrete work surfaces. The generous splendour of this airy, bright space, the high wood-beamed ceilings, and the quality of the fixtures, fittings, furnishings and flooring, set the tone for the rest of the property, while banks of French windows open out onto the surrounding terraces, guaranteeing a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle. An archway between the dining table and the kitchen area leads to a hallway, at the end of which is the first bedroom, a lovely double with en-suite shower room and access to the outdoor areas. Stairs in the hallway lead up and down to more bedrooms. On the first floor are three bedrooms, two doubles and a double-twin. Both the spacious doubles have superb, shaded, sea-view balconies, four-poster beds and luxurious en-suite shower rooms. The smaller double-twin also has its own en-suite shower room and sea views. Back in the hallway on the ground floor, stairs lead down to the lower ground floor, which is home to two more double bedrooms, a smaller one with en-suite shower room, and a larger one with en-suite shower room and access to the surrounding terraces. Between them is a spa room with Jacuzzi, hydromassage/steam room, a gym and a shower room. The lower ground floor also accommodates a laundry room and a guest WC.

Outside: al fresco life at Madreterra revolves around the large sea-facing terraces that fan out in front of the property. Accessed from all the ground floor rooms, these terraces incorporate a shady outdoor kitchen area with barbecue and sink, a large covered dining and sitting area, and a fabulously curvaceous infinity pool with beach effect shallow end. Views take in not only the alluring azure waters of the Ionian Sea, but also the green, tree-carpeted hills that descend to the beach below – just a short stroll from Madreterra.

 

Think About

Madreterra 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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