Character granite built house with stunning views to the sea
Maison les Calanches is a traditional granite built house set within the picturesque village of Speloncato.
Spectacularly situated overlooking the Regino valley, Maison les Calanches affords outstanding views across the valley to the sea.
The house has been recently refurbished to a high standard. The well equipped kitchen provides a fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave, plenty of cupboard space and a wine rack.
The spacious lounge/dining room is comfortably furnished with sofa, easy chairs and a traditional chestnut dining table.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom with ensuite, the twin bedroom has adjoining shower room with toilet.
The deep granite walls afford a cool repose from the hot afternoon sun, the wood burning stove provides comfort during the cooler evenings of early spring and autumn.
To the side of the house is a terraced garden where one can eat al fresco, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the spectacular sunsets in the quiet of the evening.
Winter lets: The property is available all the year round. The winter months may be of interest to intrepid walkers or those who just want to escape the rat race for a while. Some restaurants and bars close during the winter months but there are still many places open for the local people particularly in I'lle Rousse and Calvi. The weather is changeable. You could experience high winds, thunderous lightning storms and If you're lucky you may get snow. Exciting in the mountains. The wood burning stove in the property creates a warm and cosy atmosphere and wood can be collected locally or purchased in I'lle Rousse. The beauty of Corsica is that the island is not so much a tourist attraction as a visitors discovery.
Top Traveller Review
Peace and Tranquility
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Guestbook comments from the owner
We are back! Our holiday was awesome. Your house is a delight and I spent as much time as possible on the terras and balcony. Loads of birds and other interesting creatures around (63 red kites in one view!!!). Thank you very much!!! We are certainly planning to come back. We also enjoyed Speloncato, made good friends with the owner of l'a fabrik (nice restaurant) and it felt okay. We saw a lot of Corsica, really a beautiful island. Beach life is good, not too crowded (yet), the mountains are breathtaking and most of the towns and cities are nice (Bonifacio is our number one!). L'ísula rossa is a nice town, we preferred it over Calvi. Our daughter did a scuba diving course which was great fun. I did see over 80 bird species and managed to see the three 'lifers' I hoped for(Corsican nuthatch and citrilfinch, marmora's warbler). Also plenty of sightings of golden eagle (every day a juvenile above the Speloncato valley) and lammergeier. Very special was the whale watching on the ferry: 23 fin whales all together and 100-s of dolphins.
4.9 based on 28 holidaymaker reviews
Peace and Tranquility
The house and village are beautiful - quiet, friendly and stunning scenery. The owner could not have been more helpful throughout. In some ways it would have been even more relaxing if we hadn't had the car, because we were tempted away from the village too often, and could have stayed much longer to sample the area, the walks, the food and the sunsets (and sunrises) we will never forget. Glorious breakfasts on the balcony and terrace just below the house, near the path down into Regina Valley, which must be explored on foot. Endless kites, eagles and animal life. We took the train one day to lovely Calvi from La Regina, a station that could have been the model for where Butch Cassidy and Sundance arrive in Columbia (no offence intended). Corsica is glorious - particularly the Balange and the west coast. But don't attempt too much - savour specific areas and return to Speloncato, again. And again. We expected Corsica and Speloncato to be extraordinary - we weren't disappointed.
Great Corsican experience.
Well, we had a great time! Our first time in Corsica and would definitely return. The house/village is 2,000 ft up in the mountains which is helpful in the hot weather as it is about 10 degrees cooler than on the coast, not least because it benefits from any breeze on the go. The views in general are truly stunning, and the balcony is the icing on the cake. The kitchen is well-equipped and the traditional thick stone walls help to keep the house cool in Summer. A small tip: when coming into the car-park near the house, take the lower road. Much interesting wildlife, particularly the buzzards that continually circle over the beautiful valley and lake below and the mountains above the village. Glorious weather - 30-40C - nearly every day; even had a mini-storm thrown in one night for good measure! Corsica is an incredible place - Mediterranean and beaches on one side, fabulous mountain ranges on the other. A car/motor-bike is pretty much essential if you want to explore the island; and apart from the few national routes, you either need aspirations to be the next Colin McCrae, or allow plenty of time to make your journeys. In other words, the island is sizeble and very mountainous, so that most of the roads are extremely twisty - as is understandable, but not necessarily expected! Although there are any number of beaches on the West coast, our favourite was Loto beach, a 20-minute ferry-ride out of St Florent, West of Bastia (about an hour and a half's drive from the house over the mountains past Ostricani); shallow waters for even the weakest of swimmers, and soft white sand.
A delightful base from which to explore la Balange
Maison les Calanches is a delightful base from which to explore la Balange area of Northern Corsica.
What a view from the balcony as you open the shutters on your arrival. Though you've had a pretty good hunch it's going to be great as you drive up from the coast road seeing ever more amazing vistas.
Soak up the sun, not to mention a Pietra bier on that balcony. Watching the sunset is magical, at any time you can sit for hours and still see something new.
The bird life is great. When we visited late August; eagles, kites and ravens whirred above us. Whilst swallows and swifts put on an aerobatic display regularly. Chats and warblers busied themselves in the olive and myrtle trees below.
Tiled floors throughout the house keep you cool though, but remember to shut the shutters when you go out in the morning, so it's nice and cool for your siesta.
Speloncato is a very friendly town, the cafe has a lovely relaxed buzz. But the town remains un-spoilt, despite all its beauty.
Had great beach mornings at Lozari and then Bodri. The latter had a great Italian flavour; all there appeared very stylishly and tanned, compared to this very pale Englishman. Very welcoming vibe though and not over crowded.
We drove up above the town of Speloncato over the pass to Foret de Tartagine. As you pass over the Col at Bocca di a Battaglia you're driving at a height a few metres above that of the summit of Snowdon! What a drive, challenging but beautiful.
The Auberge at the Foret de Tartagine is great for a coffee before exploring the valley, we went downstream and found a lovely spot amongst the rocks to bathe in the river. In mid August only saw 2 or 3 other people all morning.
All in all Maison les Clanaches was a great holiday home to start our Corsican odyssey. From there we moved onto the south for our second week in Sartene. Lovely there too, I see why Corsica is known as the Island of Beauty.
Still a beautiful and tranquil haven
Very excited to return to Maison des Calanches. Our last visit was almost exactly two years ago and wow the house remains spotless, easy to live in and the weather was even better this time. We love the local village bar La Voute and the lady there was equally welcoming as we lounged every evening before dinner. The Corsican speaking elderly card players in the bar were a floorshow we couldn't have paid for! The red kites came even nearer to us as we sat on the balcony and we wondered if they were tempted by our meal! Escaping from our "wired world" was a welcome relief and enabled us to relax fully. We'll be back.
Tranquility at its best
My wife and I spent a week at this lovely hilltop house exploring the Balagne region of the north west. The countryside, coastline, wildlife and local cultures were all beautiful. You really couldn't ask for a finer view to open the bedroom window to in the morning or watch the sun set over the distant hills with a glass of wine in the evening!
The house was very well equipped and exactly as our hosts have described in the summary and detail. They were also very helpful with ideas and suggestions before we arrived.
We particularly wanted to explore the numerous hilltop towns and villages on the artisans trail as well as visit the wonderful beaches along the coast. Be prepared to undertake some challenging drives around narrow winding country roads to do the same - but it's well worth it.
We tended to eat in most of the week as there is only one good restaurant in walking distance (the hotel in the square). We bought our produce from various small shops/roadside vendors/supermarkets on the coast and cooked or barbequed before eating on the balcony with the fantastic views.
We would recommend this property to anyone wanting a week away from the rat race looking to sample a traditional rural culture and way of life.
Paul and Barbara
The house is in a stunningly lovely location on the edge of a small mountain village with views over a wide valley to a lake and more mountains beyond. House very comfortatable with a myriad choices of terraces and balconies to sit out on at different times of the day, when we were there we moved from shade to shade through the afternoon into the evening. The beaches, some 30 minutes down the mountain, are fantastic, clean white sand and crystal clear water, great food and fabulous wine, no wonder we have already booked again for next year. Thanks to the owners for providing a wonderful place to experience the lovely island of Corsica.
Activity and Interests
As with all villages in the Balagne the village square in Speloncato is the hub of village life. The welcoming shop is well stocked with fruit, veg, local cheeses, olive oil, hams and basic commodities. Bread can be ordered from here on a daily basis and meat and fish vans visit the square regularly. There are two bars/restaurants. 15kms down the mountain roads to the coast are the beaches of Lozari and Ostraconi, great for swimming and wind surfing. Visit the bustling towns of I'lle Rousse and Calvi where you can enjoy the beaches, the many bars and restaurants, and stroll through the streets for some excellent shopping. Leisure activities include sailing, diving, wind surfing, water skiing. There are boat trips to the coastal nature reserve of Scandola and visitors are welcomed to join in the local festivals and celebrations. Walks, either challenging, relaxing or both can be accessed from the village and beyond and the views are spectacular. For bird lovers the Red Kites and Ravens fly passed the balcony each day lazily sweeping through the valley, Other birds seen from the balcony are Rock Thrush feeding young, Jays, Spotted Woodpecker, Marmora's and Ophean Warbler, Gosshawks, Peregrins, Lesser Kestral, Buzzards of course but, as yet, no Corsican Nuthatch. Ever hopeful but I think you only see them high up in the pine forests. Swifts, Martins and Swallows provide a spectacular display of aerobatics while feeding on the wing in the early evenings. The other bird to see not far from us in the Asco Valley is the Lammergeier. At the Lake we have seen the Osprey, Squacco and Purple Heron and the lovely Waxwings.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Oct 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Change over day is Sunday. The property will not be available until 3:30pm on the day of arrival and on departure guests are asked to vacate the property by 10:30am. Please be sure to leave the property in as good a condition as you found it.
A 25 per cent deposit is payable on booking and the remittance, along with a refundable damage deposit of £200, is payable no later than 8 weeks prior to the holiday start date.
Payment is by cheque or bank transfer. Any bank charges incurred are paid by the client. (Exchange rates are as shown on Holiday rentals website on the day of booking).
- Available arrival
- Sports & Activities
- Activities Guide
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Dining Area
- Audio Tape Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- CD Player
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- botanical garden
- bird watching
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Master - 1 Large Double Bed
- Twin - 2 Single Bed
- The master bedroom has a good sized chest of drawers and ample hanging space for clothes. The two windows afford extensive views across the valley to the sea and to the ancient village of St. Antonino on the distant hill top. The bathroom is en suite and has a bath, shower, wash basin and toilet. The twin room with two single beds is spacious and light and has views across the valley to the sea. There is a good sized chest of drawers and plenty of hanging space. There is an adjacent shower room with toilet and wash basin.
- Beach Towels
- 4 garden chairs