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

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 325 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


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.

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Adele Bozza
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 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 rental in Portigliolo, France

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 325 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please use outside shower after the beach - to keep sand out of pool and villa. There is an additional charge for excess sand taken from deposit.
  • Our villa is usually rented completely in the summer so a late fee of 150/hour charged for guests who have not left the villa by 9am.
  • Please read Guide provided after final payment received for instructions on how to use equipment and enjoy your stay.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • 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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Custom-built, Large Villa 150m from the sea with private pool and majestic views
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

From the time you open the front door and see right through the main living area to the stunning view you know you have found the perfect home.

Adele, the owner was so easy to correspond with and Carole her house manger was delightful and made us feel we could ask anything and she would make sure it happened.

My husband and I, my son and his young family plus my mother each had our own room and bathroom with room to spare. Turns out the outdoor shower was the biggest hit with the children, and parents were only too happy have them go from the pool to shower at the end of the day for a clean up.

The upper balcony terrace has such a lovely view, whether you are having breakfast or an evening dinner, you never tire of looking out. The pool area is extensive with lots of seating and chaises, where you can choose shade beneath the maples or sun poolside.

It is a short walk to La Barake, a darling small grocery store/bar/ and out door seating area that has fresh bread delivered each day. It is the answer to everything you may need. Madame and her husband Monsieur Marc are congenial and helpful in every way. There are beach restaurants (one within walking distance), beach bars and pizza places, creperies and activities close enough to find easily and far enough away to make you feel you are in a remote, untouched gem of an area.

We fell in love with Corsica and can’t wait to go back. U Castellu was the biggest part of our new found affection for this part of the world. Many thanks to all the wonderful people we met along the way and to Madame Bozza for sharing her lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A week in Paradise that words cannot describe!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Ajaccio Airport, rented a car and made the 40km drive to U Castellu. It was our first time in Corsica and we were surprised how easy it was to get to the villa. We drove along the breathtaking coastline and made a stop about 5 km from U Castellu in a town called Ruppione to pick up some French bread. Much to our surprise, the store we stopped at not only had great bread but also the most delicious beignets and home-made ice cream. We were in heaven! The trip was already a big hit. One more stop to pick up some wine and we were back on the road.

Upon arriving at U Castellu, we immediately fell in love with this beautiful five bedroom villa. As soon as we walked in we were greeted with spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf of Ajaccio and the mountains of Corsica. From the stunning and unobstructed view from the terrace, you can see the local beach (which is a 5 minute walk) and the scenic winding coastline. As we continued our tour of the villa we entered the spacious master bedroom which is located on the top floor and shares the same great views as the terrace. The master also has its own private bath. Down a flight of stairs there were four more good-sized bedrooms - each bedroom has french doors that lead out to the garden and lovely pool. Two good sized baths, and a laundry room complete the bottom floor. Coming back upstairs, we realized just how spacious the living room is with a cozy fireplace and cathedral ceiling. We did not notice this when we first walked in because we were overcome with the views. The kitchen is very functional with all of the amenities you have at home. The biggest complement to the kitchen is the built-in grill on the terrace. We barbequed chicken, fresh fish and steak while we were there and sat out on the terrace in the large eating area for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoying the gorgeous views. As we walked outside to stick our feet in the pool we found an outdoor shower that ended up to be a primary source of showering even the though the showers inside were updated and quite attractive.

This villa is handsomely decorated and impeccably clean and lacks nothing. Our only regret was that we had plans to continue our tour of France and could not stay longer. If you are looking for a romantic get-away or a family vacation for 10, U Castellu will not disappoint!

Thank you for a most enjoyable stay.

Jim & Carrie McCrudden

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 08/03/2018
  • 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: 29/08/2017
  • 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: 02/08/2017
  • 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: 17/06/2017
  • 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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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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Portigliolo, France

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

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,770.42

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

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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