Penio

THE IONIAN ISLANDS

Sivota, Lefkada

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

Contemporary design, direct sea access and an infinity pool at this stunning villa on Lefkada.

The sleek cubist design of Penio makes the very most of its stunning panoramic position on the south coast of Lefkada. Walls of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors flood the interiors with light and views and create an effortless indoor-outdoor experience. This synergy between the house and its surrounding terraces is mirrored by that of the pool and the sea, which are linked not only by the infinity effect of the former but also by an umbilical pathway connecting the two.

"From the minute we arrived, it was a great experience. Penio was, without doubt, the best villa we’ve ever rented. Little touches like the photo book and shopping bag from the owners and the Aqua di Parma toiletries made it a very special experience. We will be back! Our holiday was made a real holiday by the cooks, who cooked for us on three of our seven nights. It was an absolute treat. They arrived discreetly, created the most delicious food and left the kitchen immaculate. What a treat. They are brilliant.” Amanda Simonds, UK, September 2018





Penio in the press:
The Sunday Times, 26th February 2017

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  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Garden gate beach/sea access 
  • Infinity pool (LxW in metres) ¹ 23x6
  • Air conditioning 
  • Tumble dryer 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPod docking station 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Satellite TV 
  • 3G Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Boat 
  • Cookery classes 
  • Boat trips 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ a chlorine-free salt water pool, divided in two parts by the walkway leading down to the sea

 

Inside: the main entrance takes one into a hallway off which one may access all areas of the villa. To the left are the sleeping quarters, while to the right, past a guest bathroom, a few steps lead down into the large, bright and extremely panoramic open-plan living area and kitchen-diner. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on three sides ensure not only that the superb sea views are omnipresent, but also that the large pool terrace and the al fresco dining and barbecue zone can be accessed with complete ease. The kitchen is top-notch, both in terms of its facilities (think gas and induction hobs, a double-size fridge, etc.) and its position, which allow cooks to take inspiration from the sea views. The double height ceiling of the living area is traversed by a floating gallery, accessed via a flight of stairs near the entrance and leading to a pair of incredibly panoramic roof terraces. Heading back past the main entrance, a few stairs lead down to the main sleeping quarters, comprising two double-twins with en-suite shower rooms and the master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub. All three have sea views and access to the main pool terrace. Accommodation is completed by an independent suite accessed once more via a few steps from the entrance hall. Here there is a cosy living area, a bedroom with small kitchenette, an en-suite shower room, garden views and access to a private terrace.

Outside: Penio is surrounded on three sides by sea-facing terraces, which offer stunning views across the Ionian waters to Lefkada's neighbouring islands (Ithaca, Cephalonia and the tiny island of Oxia, recently purchased by the Emir of Qatar) and the Greek mainland. Running along the front of the house, and accessed from the open-plan living area and kitchen-diner and three of the bedrooms, is the main terrace, featuring an infinity pool of two halves, bisected by a walkway that connects with the steps down to the transparent sea below. To one side of the house, just outside the kitchen-diner, is a shaded al fresco dining and barbecue area, while to the other, just round the corner from the shaded section of the pool area, is yet more sea-view terracing and an outdoor shower. The independent suite also has its own patio area to the side and rear of the house. Last, but certainly not least, are the two roof-top terraces, accessed via the floating gallery above the living area. Here the views just get better and there couldn't be a more dreamy spot for an evening aperitif or a few sun salutations at dawn!

 

Think About

Penio features a fantastic infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning views while in the pool. There is a drop from the infinity edge (as well as a few others inside the property and around the grounds) so we recommend younger children are supervised by an adult at all times. Please refer to our general safety page if you would like more information about infinity pools and other features.

EOT Licence No. 0831K10000398701

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