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Modern Villa With Pool, Air Conditioning & Magnificent Views of Mountains & Sea

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bed Family Villa with Pool - Peaceful Elevated Location, 800m from The Beach

Villa La Testa is a modern villa located in the south east of Corsica, 4km from the village of Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio. Positioned on the side of the valley of the river Cavu the location provides magnificent views both down to the beach and up to the mountains. Whilst the main floor has 3 bedrooms, living room and kitchen, there is a lower floor accessed internally from the kitchen with a further 2 bedrooms and a separate staircase direct to the lower car park, making it ideal for larger families or friends sharing. Outside the kitchen is a large covered eating area - the salle d'ete - with the pool set into the rear terrace.

Sally and Chris Sugg
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2017

About Sally and Chris Sugg

Our first visit to Corsica was in 2001 at the suggestion of our son's partner! When other members of the family heard where we were going there was a concerted cry of 'we are coming too' and then we had to find somewhere to stay! We were most surprised to find how difficult it was to find anywhere to stay with a good size family and friends and in the end had to split up into three groups from an apartment to a tent! We loved our holiday in the St Lucie area, particularly the beach at Pinarellu and we knew we would wish to return so we looked in the local estate agent's window and found a perfect answer! Villa La Testa is our family second home and we hope that you will enjoy a visit as much as we have ever since.

Sally and Chris Sugg purchased this villa in 2001

Why Sally and Chris Sugg chose Corse du Sud

See descriptions above and below!

Corsica is one of the great Mediterranean secrets. We have been returning every year because everywhere else we go - even the Caribbean - simply does not stand up to the overall enjoyment AND it is so close. Our house is ideal for families & friends and we have had birthdays and anniversaries galore. So relaxing!

What makes this villa unique

Room for all the family with space for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Being able to eat meals outside in the 'salle d'ete' en famille is always a pleasure.

The views standing on the pool surround are truly dramatic.

Away from the crowds, the local beach is a great favourite and by walking round the bay to Pinarellu we often enjoy a wide range of meals in the open air restaurants by the sea.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The visitor's book is kept in the house and has lots of lovely comments from young and old and even children's illustrations.
Apr 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Commune de Zonza in Corse-du-Sud

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 2 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Lower floor. Walk-in shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Includes wash basin, toilet and shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor. Twin basins and walk-in shower
    Bathroom 6 - Outdoor Shower , Located at the side of the house. No hot water!
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Separate toilet on ground floor with hand basin
    Toilet 2 - Toilet , Lower floor separate toilet adjacent to bathroom & basin.
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, twin basins and walk-in shower between bedrooms 1 and 2. Separate WC Downstairs bathroom off corridor to bedrooms with bath, basin and walk-in shower. Separate WC. Shower room with both basin and WC next to bedroom 5.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Cot , There are 2 travel cots that can be used anywhere.
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , Full size bunk bed - can be seen in photos
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor has 3 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 Large double and access to terrace. Bedroom 2 Pair of twin beds. Bedroom 3 Large double bed. Downstairs bedrooms 4 and 5, both have double beds. A full size bunk bed is also located in living space downstairs.
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We offer the villa in either 5 bedroom or 3 bedroom form. This provides very spacious accommodation for smaller parties at a reduced rental. We do not offer the extra 2 bedrooms separately. A full price list is included on our own website www.villalatesta.co.uk Outside: There is a small area of grass outside the kitchen next to the covered eating area (the salle d'ete) and a larger grass area at the other end of the pool. This leads round to the lower car parking area. The barbecue is located on the boundary giving the cook a wonderful view across the valley and up to the mountains! There is an external shower outside the kitchen. The property has an oleander hedge, large tubs of geraniums and bougainvillea. The pool is approx 10 x 5m and is blue mosaic tiled. Utility Room: Downstairs from the kitchen the large utility room houses a modern washing machine, iron and ironing board and is used as a storage room for the garden furniture, children's toys and highchair etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, hand & bath towels are provided for each week of rental - please bring your own swimming towels. Whilst a thorough clean is carried out between rentals, we do ask our clients to treat the house with respect as this is also our home. Other: Beyond the corridor downstairs is a large living space with some kitchen facilities such as kettle and filter coffee machine. The full size bunk bed and 2 sofas are located in this space. External staircase to this room from the lower car parking area.


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Modern Villa With Pool, Air Conditioning & Magnificent Views of Mountains & Sea
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An amazing villa, stunning views and perfect locat

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We have been to Corsica as a family for 7 years and were delighted when we found this villa. The best we have ever stayed in! There was nothing about it that we were disappointed in and it was just as described on the website. It was in the perfect place for us as we love Pinarellu for swimming and to eat in the evening and it is also easy to get to all the other almost as lovely beaches around.

The villa is in a lovely quiet area with stunning views to the mountains and the sea. It faces the perfect direction as you get the sun in the morning, great for the early morning swim, but by midday there is plenty of shade to sit in whilst the pool is still in the sun.

The villa was spotlessly clean (and I am fussy) and we all immediately felt at home. Everything one wanted was there and, unlike other villas we have been in, the air conditioner worked very efficiently.

The owners were brilliant, answering emails and queries almost immediately.

As much as we love Corsica in most of the other villas we have stayed in we didn't mind leaving too much but we did NOT want to leave this one.

This year we came with two of our daughters and their partners and next year we are hoping to return with another of our daughters and her husband and two young children. It was perfect for us all this year and will be just as perfect next year with the grandchildren.

Thank you Chris and Sally for letting us rent your much loved family villa. It is truly an amazing villa in an amazing location on an amazing island!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a generous review, Charmaine. How could anyone not want to come after that!
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Beautiful villa with irresistible views

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a week at this fantastic villa. The lay out of the villa was perfect and it was lovely to enjoy dinners on the outside terrace, overlooking the swimming pool and mountain views.

The place was spacious and there was plenty of space for parking.

The villa was clean, with air conditioning in every room.

The owner gave us excellent directions from the airport and information on the surrounding area.

There are three beautiful beaches nearby, and pinerello village is a 10/15 min drive, where there are some lovely restaurants overlooking the sea.

Porto Vechio is a 30 minute drive and Bonafacio takes about 1 hr to get to. These two beautiful places have excellent restaurants and you can people watch for hours, whilst looking at the many boats.

Our stay was wonderful and we really cannot fault this wonderful place. We look forward to hopefully returning next year.


Overall we had a fantastic time and we thoroughly recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we had our stay in August this year it was very hot and the air conditioning makes a big difference especially for sleeping! So glad you enjoyed your stay and delighted that you obviously felt the 'magic' of Corsica ready to draw you back!
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Corsica Gem

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic Villa and superb location with views that keep you wide eyed all day. A perfect base to explore the Porto Vecchio region of this wonderful Island. The only regret - having to come home!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, DJ, delighted you enjoyed it so much. The views really are stunning, down to the beach and up to the mountains. Before these electronic reviews we had a genuine visitors book and several visitors made drawings and even paintings of the views! The book is still there for all to see! Our grandchildren have been here from 0 to 15 and our friends from 30 to 90 and everybody loves it!
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Restaurant / Bar
Nearest Ferry
125 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Towards Bonifacio a links course.
Nearest Train
130 Kilometres
A 1 metre gauge train line from Bastia to Ajaccio
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
See nearest bar above or Pinarello beachfront
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
In sight from the terrace
Car: necessary


The house is approximately 800 metres from 2 different beaches - both downhill! The beach that can be seen from the terrace is a kilometre long and holds back a lake at the end of the river Cavu which varies in size every time you see it! The other beach at Vardiola is at the end of the bay that you can walk round in a quarter of an hour to Pinarellu for lunch at one of the beachside restaurants. Here you will find very soft sand and shallow water ideal for small children. See pictures


The nearest airport is at Figari, about 40 minutes from the villa and south of Porto Vecchio. More flights come into Bastia in the north of the island about 1 3/4 hour down the easy north-south coast road. There are also ferries into Bastia from Nice and Marseille and from Italy.

The local airline, Air Corsica flies to Figari from Nice and other French mainland cities including Paris. Air France website for Air Corsica, easyJet to Nice.

Car hire is available at all the Corsican airports.


The local village, Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio is about 4km from the villa taking 5 or 6 minutes. The main town of Porto Vecchio is 20 minutes down the road. Several popular beaches are just south of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, famous for its extraordinary cliffs, is another 1/2 - 3/4 hour, depending on traffic and time of year.

You can drive up into the spectacular mountains in 1/2 hour or so and see the local reservoir in a drowned valley, mountain villages, historic and megalithic sites.

Further Details:

Ste Lucie has a very nice Spar supermarket much easier to use than the huge ones in Porto Vecchio. It also has a couple of bakers, a butcher, newsagent, garage and a medical centre. We have a mobile baker who will often call by with fresh bread and croissants daily in the season. There is also a post office in Ste Lucie with a cash machine whilst the banks are in Porto Vecchio. The famous GR20 walk runs along the mountains from near Calvi to Conca, not far from the villa. For those interested in walks this is not for amateurs as it is one of, if not actually the highest, walk in Europe. If, on the other hand you want to pit yourself against it, perhaps out of season, our villa provides a great place to start. There is a new (2008) adventure park with stunning 'zip wire' rides across the valley and other exciting climbing and clambering exercises. Just follow 'our' river and valley up and across the main road in Ste Lucie for another couple of miles. It is signposted and there is even a 'juniors' version.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Commune de Zonza, Corsica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2016
2 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2015
27 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Winter 2015
1 Oct 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
Booking is confirmed by a non-returnable deposit of 30% of the rental sum and final payment is required 8 weeks before the due date. A breakage deposit is requested separately which is returnable within 4 weeks following a check by our guardian. An early booking before the November prior to the holiday can be secured with a non refundable deposit of 10% which is then uprated to the 30% in November.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Sunday to match the easyJet & charter flights from the UK. Out of season and if it doesn't clash with other clients we are happy to be flexible. The cleaners like you to be out of the property by 10:00 and not to arrive before 4:00.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds in 5 bedroom form. it is also available as a 3 bedroom let. Rates for 3 bedroom and also for 2 week lets are subject to a discount. All the figures are shown on our own website www.villalatesta.co.uk A 30% non-returnable deposit to confirm any booking except when booking prior to November when a 10% initial deposit is requested. Deposits are non-returnable. Euro payment at ECB mid market exchange rate on due date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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