Panayia View

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Gaios, Paxos

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

A charming, spacious summer house with pool and gorgeous views.

Panayia View, named after the little island it overlooks, sits in a tranquil position amidst a garden of olive groves. It offers airy, flexible interiors, plenty of panoramic terraces, a peaceful ambience and a lovely pool, all within a short walk of the tavernas, bars, harbour, beach and gentle bustle of Gaios Town. The best of both worlds.

"We loved Panayia View and the town of Gaios. We had never been to Greece as a family, and it did not disappoint! The number of different seating areas was amazing." Bea Downing, 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)  14
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  2
  • Twins  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  1
  • Quad beds  1
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 11x3
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • 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 up to 4 hours per day (depending on group size), Monday to Friday
² single depth 1.6m
³ in the bedrooms
limited number of Gbs per month (suitable for normal browsing, emails, etc but not streaming or downloading large files)
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 Panayia View
about 1km with quite a steep uphill return trip

 

Inside: accommodation at Panayia is spread over a main house and three separate guest quarters. In the main house, a few steps down from the front door takes one into an open-plan living and dining area, whose white-painted walls, lofty beamed ceilings and large sliding glass doors opening onto a panoramic sea-view terrace, all make for a bright, airy atmosphere, One half of the room is given over to a corner sitting area, the other to a dining table. Wherever you sit, the views over the olive groves to the island of Panayia and out to sea are gorgeous. At the back of this space, a few steps leads up to an attractive, open kitchen overlooking the communal area. A few steps at either end of the living-dining area lead to the bedrooms. To the right is the soothing master bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room and access to a terrace with outdoor shower. To the left, again up a few steps, are two shower rooms and two bedrooms, a double-twin and a quadruple (with twin beds and a bunk bed), both with their own access to a lovely terrace with a table tennis table.

The other accommodation at Panayia View - a guesthouse and two independently accessed bedrooms - are accessed via a couple of paths running above and below the gardens from main house. The guesthouse comprises large, open-plan. split-level space with high, white-beamed ceilings and banks of large sliding glass doors. From the dining table a few steps lead down to a sitting room and kitchen, off which is a small shower room. Stairs lead up to the first floor, where there is a double bedroom with garden views and an en-suite shower room. A few steps away from the guesthouse, and sharing its furnished sea-view terrace, is one of the two independently accessed twin bedrooms with en-suite shower room. Lastly, accessed from a path running below the terrace is the second independent twin bedroom, also with its own en-suite shower room.

Outside: Panayia View's gardens stretch all along the front of the property and overlook the olive groves, the sea, Panayia Island and, in the distance, the Greek mainland. Outside the main house is a fabulous sea-view terrace, partly shaded by olive trees. Other terraces on either side of the main house are accessed from the bedrooms and ensure that there is plenty of space for everyone to find their own perfect spot. A rosemary, lavender, agapanthus and cactus-lined path leads from the main house's front terrace both left and right. To the right it leads, via some steps down, to the lovely pool area encircled by whispering olive trees. To the left it runs to the guesthouse and one of the independent twin bedrooms, which are served by their own sea-view terrace, furnished for sitting and dining.

 

Think About

The access to Panayia View includes around 500m of unpaved road.

The walk into Gaios Town is about 1km (about half of which is along an unmade road) and includes quite a steep a descent into town (not a problem on the way, but worth thinking about for your uphill return).

There are quite a few drops in the grounds so we recommend that younger children are supervised by an adult when exploring the property. The main house and the guesthouse have split-level areas, meaning that there are a few steps to negotiate when moving between the various areas.

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 Panayia View. 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.

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