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Custom-built, Large Villa 150m from the sea with private pool and majestic views

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 3,498 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Special Offers for the few remaining weeks in June through October 2018

This five-bedroom villa was custom-built to provide spectacular panoramic views from both the wrap-around terrace and the large private pool in the garden. The unobstructed views from terraces go beyond the sandy local beach and rocky headlands of the coast, across the Bay of Ajaccio towards the majestic mountains that dominate the center of Corsica. Comfortably furnished and well-equipped, the villa’s Terrace Level has cathedral-ceiling living area and master bedroom suite that open onto covered and uncovered terraces. On the Garden Level below are the remaining 4 bedrooms that all open onto the garden with a large pool. A great family villa for up to 11 people. It is also well-suited for romantic rendezvous because the terrace level includes master bedroom with a private balcony; so a couple can enjoy living in a very spacious one bedroom. The villa is a 5 minute walk to the sandy beach at Portigliolo. This quiet, beautiful community on the southern tip of the Gulf of Ajaccio offers local tennis, boating and dining; just 17km to its main resort town Porticcio and 35km from Ajaccio Airport.

Unobstructed Panoramic Views: Views from Terrace: Sunsets across the sea to the Isles des Sanguinaire are spectacular. At night the lights of Ajaccio across the bay sparkle like a diamond necklace. Into June, the snowcapped peaks in the center provide an amazing backdrop as you sunbathe on the terrace enjoying windsurfing, sailing and larger boats taking safe harbor in our local cove. Even during peak season the contrasting bluies of the sea and the waves splashing on the rocky headlands just beyond our local sandy beach provide visual entertainment throughout the day.

More Details

Adele Bozza
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Adele Bozza

I am an American who lived in Europe for 20 years until I returned to New England in 2001. In 1989, we purchased land in Portigliolo and built U Castellu in 1991. Now that I live in Boston, MA, USA, I enjoy sharing my wonderful Corsican home with others through rentals. It still remains my family holiday home. I come here twice a year in Late Spring and Early Autumn.

Adele Bozza purchased this villa in 1991

Why Adele Bozza chose Portigliolo

We first visited Corsica in 1988 while living and working in London. I immediately fell in love with the island. During our first 2 weeks here, we searched for a villa to buy but soon realized we want to create OUR PLACE for our family and friends to enjoy. It was built with love for the island by local builders who appreciated that while we were strangers, we wanted a Corsican home; all materials are from the island including the grey-green granite fireplace.

What makes this villa unique

It is our family home, custom built for our vacation enjoyment. It is comfortable home that is well-equipped for adults and children. The views across the Golfe d'Ajaccio are even more spectacular than any photo I have taken. They still take my breath away each time I return. Because I love the island and have lived in England and USA, it offers some items that other French villas might not.

In 2017, I changed my local contact to Carole who is the owner of a local service provider in Portigiolo that looks after vacation homes in Portigliolo and La Castagna. She was highly recommended by neighbors and has already proven in her first year to be invaluable; not only ensuring our home is clean and in excellent condition when guests arrive but also that she is available to welcome them, answer their questions and address their concerns. I still encourage guests to also contact me directly as well -- either by email or telephone (no charge calling from villa's phone) so that I can ensure any matters that need to be addressed are done promptly. It is Carole and my aspiration to have guests enjoy a wonderful vacation and want to return again and again.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Adele,

Thanks once again for a wonderful week and that we could rent your house. It feels like home.

We've all had a great time and enjoyed the local area but the kids as always made a great deal of use of the pool. A real hit.

I hope we get the opportunity to rent your house again ( there are already plans for 2019 being made 😄).

Now we're of to the alps for a few days before we return to Sweden.

Thanks again and we hope you have a lovely summer.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Portigliolo in Coti-Chiavari

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3498 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en suite to Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , near main entrance
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , near Bedroom 2
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double Shower with both rain shower & handheld shower heads
    Bathroom 5 - Outdoor Shower , Hot shower near pool enclosed by potted bamboo plants.
  • All bathrooms are fully tiled with beautiful ceramic tiles. The two bathtubs have hand-held shower heads with no shower curtain as is typical in France. Bathrorom One is an en suite for the Master Bedroom and Bathroom 2 is cloakroom. Both are located on the Terrace Level. The remaining bathrooms are on the Garden Level. The shower in Bathroom 4 is fully tiled, very large with separate 'rain fall' and hand-held shower heads. Hot Outdoor shower enclosed by bamboo plants near the large private pool; we request guests shower to remove sand and excess sun lotion before entering the pool.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , en suite full bath and private terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , French window opens onto covered patio by pool
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , Bunk beds plus single or cot - opens onto garden by pool
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , French windows open onto garden by pool
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , French windows open onto garden
  • Maximum of 11 people; Portable Cot and High chair available on request. White Towels provided for indoor use only. Guests must use own beachtowels for pool and beach. All bedrooms have french windows that open onto either a terrace, patio or the garden near the pool. Suitabliity: The master bedroom with ensuite full bath may be suitable for wheelchair access if the person is strong and has some mobiility. It is located on the living area with access to terraces. Access to the garden level and pool area may be difficult for the infirmed, elderly or disabled. Recommend contacting owner to discuss suitablity.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Living room has 2 leather sofas and chair that comfortably seats 6 around the granite fireplace plus there is a large table that can be extended to seats 8 in this room. Multiple Outdoor Dining Options: Oversized sliding glass door in living room opens onto wrap around terrace with covered and uncovered areas offering panoramic views; The larger covered area has oval teak table that seats 8. For larger groups, the table off the kitchen can easily be moved. Table and chairs in the garden and pool area are available for dining and sunbathing. French windows in Kitchen open onto covered terrace with table for 4 and built-in BBQ. Large Laundry Room on Garden Level has washer and dryer. Views from Terrace: Sunsets across the sea to Isles des Sanguinaire are spectacular. At night the lights of Ajaccio across the bay sparkle like a diamond necklace. During the day, enjoy watching larger boats that find safe harbor in our local cove.


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Beautiful property with a breath-taking view

  • 5 of 5

Six guests from around the U.S. met in Corsica to celebrate a milestone birthday. We cannot wait to go back! We selected U Castellu because of its location and the generous amenities at the villa. The week was spent swimming, shopping for local ingredients for our meals, hiking, walking, talking, and enjoying fine Corsican wines. The sunsets were memorable, and the villa is clean and full of every modern convenience needed to make for a perfect vacation. Our questions were answered by owner Adele prior to our arrival so that our stay was comfortable and inspiring. We ate at several local restaurants and enjoyed fresh seafood every day. I suggest side trips to Bonifacio (ancient walled city) and Bastia, as well as Napolean's home in Ajaccio. The entire island is rich with history and beautiful people who welcomed us.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love when U Castellu becomes the temporary home for friends or families to reunite for a special occasion. This guest perfectly described what continues to make our Corsican home so welcoming and memorable for everyone who has the opportunity to stay there. We are looking forward to welcoming returning and new guests in Summer 2018.
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Wonderful location for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth vacation at U Castellu and we loved it again. The house is perfect for our two families (3 adults + 6 kids/teenagers). It is within walking distance of a little grocery with wonderful bread and a beach that the kids can hang out on by themselves. About an hour from Ajaccio, it is also close enough to enjoy some of the more extreme sports available in the center of the country (Reves des Cimes has a fantastic ziplining park in Vero and canyoning options). We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacations!

  • 5 of 5

We were a Group of 9 friends from Norway and France who spent a memorable week in Corsica. The American owner is very well organized and attentionate and the local manager is professional and responsive, although slightly overworked during summer, which is probably unavoidable. It was very clean upon our arrival. We did not find the absence of air condition to be much of a problem. The view from the villa is even better than the photos suggest and the balcony and pool areas are splendid. We enjoyed the proximity of beaches, hiking tours (do not miss the Capu di Muru Tower!) and tennis courts.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that our Corsican home exceeds the expectations of our new guests. We work very hard to be responsive so they enjoy their stay. Carole, our local services manager, works tirelessly to ensure our home is in excellent condition upon arrival and that any questions or problems are addressed as soon as possible. July and August are very popular months for Corsican vacations, so demand for services is high-- I am glad these guests appreciate the service and support we provide locally. U Castellu does not have air-conditioning because we believe one of the benefits of living there is the amazing sea breezes that enter all of the rooms. Of course we recommend on very hot days, the temporary closing of shutters to keep the hot morning sun off of the interior terra-cotta tiles so the rooms remain cooler than the air outside. Victor is correct that there are so many things to do within walking distance of our villa, and that a short drive avails visitors of many more amazing beaches and hiking opportunities. We hope you decide to explore them with U Castellu as your temporary holiday home en Corse.
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Beautiful views, lovely pool, large property suitable for families and groups

  • 5 of 5

Charming property that is well stocked and maintained. We enjoyed walking to the beach about 1 block away. Sunsets on the veranda were spectacular while the birdsong woke us in the morning. It was hard to tear ourselves away to go sightseeing.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: In May, we completed several maintenance tasks that improved U Castellu for guests arriving this summer. We also purchased a new washer and dryer. Most importantly, we appointed Carole who lives locally to be available for guests as well as manage our cleaning, pool and garden service providers. Our aim is to ensure our guests are comfortable in our Corsican home that we love and want to return again.
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Outstanding view, location, and villa

  • 5 of 5

The property is well maintained with an especially well equipped kitchen. Adele, the owner, provided great instructions, directions, and suggestions in the booklet that arrived before our departure for Europe. The layout of the villa worked well for 8 adults, but others might find the bedroom/bathroom arrangement better for 6 adults and 4 children (twin beds in one room and bunks in another). Being so close to the beach (5 minute walk) was delightful. The main road is not busy so the area is quiet. We spent several blissful evenings on the terrace watching the sunset lingering over late dinners. Everyone took their favorite breakfast beverage outside in the morning to watch the sea change with the breezes. The seating around the pool allowed those who wanted shade to remain covered while the sun worshipers could remain baked all day if they wanted. There is a little shop at the base of the street with great bread and fruit/veggies, but there are larger stores within a few minutes drive. We visited Bonafaccio via ferry, Ajaccio for an evening, and several different beaches. Our guests were charmed with Seraphim in Peri which, although it is a hard drive at night, is our favorite restaurant in the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy hearing from guests who have enjoyed their stay at our Corsican home. We really want guests to be comfortable and make our home theirs during their stay. This guest is returning again in June with a different group of friends... the best compliment of all! I do agree with her that while our home sleeps a max of 11 (adults and children), it is best suited for a max of 3 couples and 5 more people (adults or children) happy to sleep in a single or bunk bed. U Castellu has 3 bedrooms with double beds, 2 more rooms with a total of 5 single beds. We also have a high chair and portable cot/bed for babies. Our villa has 3 large full bathrooms (two with baths and one with large shower), a toilet & sink in the living/dining area plus a hot & cold outdoor shower near the pool which is ideal for cleaning off sand before entering our home or the pool.
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Lovely Villa. Amazing Views.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at U Castellu in July with our two children.

The villa is as described, very spacious with the most amazing views over the bay, in a beautiful part of Corsica - quiet, but close enough to town / supermarket when you need. It's very much a home, ie not corporate decor, but nicely furnished, with a very well equipped kitchen. The garden is not large as the villa is on a hillside, but very private, and gets the sun most of the day.

Following high winds, there were a couple of issues, and Adele was extremely responsive and helpful, and things were remedied quickly.

The location is great, and while the local beach is nice, and quiet, we found the beaches further north had nicer sand. There's a few nice local restaurants, especially Mico's down the road, which we were very impressed with. Also, do visit the amazing patisserie about 15 mins north facing the garage, which we only discovered on our last day sadly (or happily for our waistlines).

Overall we had a great stay, and would visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Plage du Portigliolo
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Chez Mico, Plage du Portigliolo
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Plage du Portigliolo
Car: necessary

The villa is a 5 minute walk to the sandy beach at Portigliolo. A quiet, beautiful community on the southern tip of the Gulf of Ajaccio (rated the cleanest in Europe) offers year-round dining (excellent Corsican specialties and wood-fired pizza) and tennis. June to mid September, our local beach blossoms into a secluded water recreation spot (sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking lessons and rentals are readily available.) without the crowds of the main resort town of Porticcio – conveniently just 17km north along the coast.

During thea summer season, a well-stocked local shop provides fresh breads, local produce and other grocery items. Just 5km south along the coast in the village of Aqua Doria, a larger convenience store is open year round. Heading north along the coastal road to Porticcio, there are many opportunities for shopping, dining and watersports at the numerous suberb beaches and hidden coves. The interior of the island and the mountains are easily accessible by car.

Other Activities: tennis, windsurfing, jet skis, sea kayaking, boat rentals, ferry tours, fishing, hiking, cycling.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Portigliolo, Corse du Sud

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Season 2018
19 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2018 (was 3300)
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2018 (was 3300)
25 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off Season 2018-19
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Early Season 2019
19 May 2019 - 7 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2019
8 Jun 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season 2019
20 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2019
24 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season 2019
21 Sep 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £875.93

Weekly rates are stated in Euros and rental fees must be paid in Euros.

Security Deposits due when final 50% payment is made - no later than 8 weeks (56 days). They are usually returned within 10 days of departure unless there are damages or telephone charges; these are deducted and the balance returned within 30 days of departure date.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Any payments received are only refunded if owner is able to find an alternative renter at the same rental fee; owner will make every effort to find a replacement inlcuding offering a discount which deducted from any repayment. Security deposits received will be repaid at time of cancellation.

Rates include bed linen & towels upon arrival, cleaning immediately after departure and all utilities.
More frequent cleaning services may be available upon request at client's expense (paid directly to our cleaners)

Towels are for inside use only; beach towels are provided for ouitdoor use

Maxiumum Occupancy 11 people

No Pets are allowed.

Unheated Pool is not open during Off Season (Nov to May).

10% discount for bookings for 4 weeks or longer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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