Demetra

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Scopello

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

A luxuriously finished large contemporary villa with splendid pool and grounds.

Demetra has been designed for lovers of contemporary living. Spacious, open-concept indoor spaces connect organically with the delightful terraces and gardens that fan out around the house, and pride of place is given to a dreamy free-form pool with beach-effect shallow end and Jacuzzi corner.




"Demetra is a fabulous villa, such a special place and really made out trip one we will never forget. It was an incredible family trip. Thanks for making it so special." JN, Canada, August 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  4
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres)  20x10
  • Air conditioning 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod connector 
  • TV 
  • Satellite TV ³
  • DVD player 
  • Integrated sound system 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Shopping service 
  • Masseur 
  • Yoga instructor 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 4 hours, 6 days per week (Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays)
² not including the cost of ingredients
³ includes SKY Cinema

 

Inside: accommodation at Demetra is all over one floor. The main entrance takes one into a generously proportioned living area, which features two separate seating areas, one gathered round a large fireplace and TV, the other looking out over the gardens, and a study. Banks of glass sliding doors take one out to the terrace that runs all round the house. On either side of the fireplace the living area flows into the dining area and from there into a large L-shaped contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar and top-spec appliances. More sliding glass doors from between the dining area and the kitchen lead out to a large covered al fresco dining area. The sleeping quarters are accessed via a corridor from the living area (where there is also a guest bathroom) and comprise six bedrooms, four doubles and two double-twins, each with its own en-suite shower room. The master also has an in-bedroom free-standing bath.

Outside: the gardens at Demetra are essentially on two levels. The upper level is accessed directly from the numerous glass sliding doors in the living and dining area. One of these takes one out on to a panoramic lawned terrace with seating area. From here steps lead down to the gorgeous pool which features a beach-effect shallow end and a Jacuzzi corner. There is plenty of space around the pool for sunbathing or reclining in the shade. On this level there is also an open air shower and a separate bathroom complete with shower. From one edge of the pool a driveway sweeps through the gardens and around the house. Back on the upper level of the terrace, and accessed from the indoor dining area and kitchen is a covered area furnished for convivial dining and equipped with an outside kitchen and barbecue which are surrounded by an aromatic herb garden. On the opposite side of the house to this is a large expanse of lawn, flanked by flowering Mediterranean shrubs and trees. Sitting areas dot the gardens, making it possible for each guest to find their own space when in search of a bit of me-time. Views pan out over the surrounding countryside and hills of Scopello.

 

Think About

If you are looking for a flexible arrival date please do contact us as we may be able to arrange this in a selection of properties, depending on availability.

The beach at Guidaloca is walkable (just over 2.5km away) but there are no footpaths on the roads.
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