U Mulinu

Simple  |  Villa  

St Florent & the North East  |  Castellare di Casinca

3 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 5

Peacefully located next to a stream in the Casinca region, U Mulinu is a character property with private pool, ample outdoor space and delightful views.

Nestling in the undiscovered region of the Casinca just south of Bastia, U Mulinu is a charmingly renovated flour mill dating back to the 18th century. The property sits in fabulous surroundings of expansive vineyards and fruit orchards and is situated alongside a small stream offering a truly enchanting setting and a wonderfully peaceful location. You might see the occasional wild goat or friendly donkey wandering in the grounds at times, making U Mulinu the perfect pick for nature lovers seeking tranquillity and Corsican authenticity…

As for the accommodation, it is simply furnished yet cosy and full of character. Downstairs, there is a living/dining room and a rustic-style kitchen with access to a fantastic outdoor dining area complete with a built-in barbecue. A spiral staircase leads to the first floor, which houses three bedrooms and a shower room. From here, you can reach another shaded terrace sitting at the back of the property and equipped with a bar area, a water feature and a large hammock. Finally, the swimming pool area is simply sublime – basking in the sun all day long, it affords dramatic views across the perched village of Penta-di-Casinca. U Mulinu provides ample corners in which to relax, and is ideal for those wanting to take part in typical Mediterranean al fresco living.

This property is considered unsuitable for young children due to the steep spiral staircase and some unguarded drops in the gardens and by the stream.

Layout

Ground floor: Simple kitchen, living/dining room.

First floor: Two double bedrooms, single bedroom, shower room, separate wc.

Facilities

Private pool (11m x 4m, depth 1.2m-2.2m), television, microwave, washing machine, barbecue.

Location

  • Beach: Anghione 4km 
  • Restaurants: 4km
  • Shops: Folelli 4km
  • Main Town: Moriani 15km, Bastia 30km
  • Airport: Bastia 17km

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Castellare di Casinca is one of the few picturesque villages of the Casinca, an area rich in olive and chestnut trees. This village enjoys fabulous views across the eastern plain to the coast and a has a beautiful 10th-Century church. The Casinca region is practically untouched by tourism and appeals to those looking for a taste of authentic Corsica. There are plenty of walking trails in the area allowing visitors to discover a delightful scenery of perched villages, beautiful Roman churches and coastline.

BEACHES

Moriani Plage
The Coastline of the Costa Verde nestles between the Castagniccia hills and the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, and boasts 14km stretch of golden sand with Moriani Plage as its main resort. There are various access points to the beach and several beach bars along this vast stretch. A couple of spots also offer water sports.

Bastia
The main beach in the town of Bastia is a pebbly one, and the place can get very busy in the summer months. Another town beach, the sandy Plage de l'Arinella, is the beginning of the long sandy shore that extends along the whole of the east coast. Although not the most stunning in Corsica, this beach does offer water sports and there are a couple of bars/restaurants.

Cap Corse
The coastline of the Cap Corse is dramatic and there are no obvious, large beaches to point out. But that isn't to say there aren't any worth visiting - it's more a case of exploring and seeing what you find. Many of the beaches at this end of the island are shingle but there are a few with fine golden sand.

FESTIVALS

Rock' Inseme Biguglia, June
A rock and pop music festival bringing together recognised artists and up-an-coming bands.

Fiera di u Vinu – Luri, July
A lively festival celebrating the wine produced in the Cap Corse region.

A Notte di a Memoria – The Relève du Gouverneur - Bastia, July
A re-enactment of the arrival of the French governor with a light and drum parade through the streets of the citadel.

Les Nuits de la Guitare – Patrimonio, July
The amphitheatre in the village of Patrimonio is the setting for this popular festival that takes place every July and draws stars from the world of guitar, be it jazz, flamenco, blues or rock.

Porto Latino - St Florent, August
A hot Latin festival with nightly open-air concerts held in the citadel.

Festival de la Chanson/Corse Pascal Paoli – Furiani, August
Corsican singing concerts.

Festival de Musique – Erbalunga, August
An established music festival showing off soem of the greatest national and local talents.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Visit Bastia
Capital of Haute Corse and just a 15 minute drive from Erbalunga is Bastia, a busy town with a population of 50,000, making it the second largest town on the island. The Place St Nicolas is a pleasant spot to soak up Bastia’s Mediterranean atmosphere and with its shady trees and cafes is the social hub of the town. The Boulevard Paoli and Rue César Campinchi are the main shopping streets running parallel to the square. The old town lies south of Place St Nicolas and surrounds the old port which should not be missed. It is overlooked by the high honey-coloured Genoese Citadel (quite a climb) and bustles with harbourside bars and restaurants. Wander through the old streets behind the old port to find the Place du Marché where there is a local farmers market each morning and the church of St Jean Baptiste, Corsica's largest church is well worth a visit.

Castagniccia
Going eastwards from Corté, over the mountain ridge that separates the Tavignano and Golo rivers, lies the very fertile region of the Castagniccia (literally meaning “small chestnut grove”), wherein lies over 100km² of primarily sweet chestnut forests. On a clear day, the altitude affords views over the Tuscan Islands and occasionally, the snow-capped peaks of the Alps are visible.

Cap Corse
On the west of Cap Corse, narrow roads wind above a dramatically serrated coastline, dotted with little coves, whilst the sea washes on the rocks below and woods and maquis outline the peaks above. A complete circuit of the Cap Corse will take you about four hours (without stops) and we recommend that you always drive in a clockwise direction so that you are always in the inside lane (the road can be narrow and winding and the drops are precipitous and rather scary!).

Erbalunga
Just past Bastia, approx 1hr drive, the fishing port of Erbalunga on the eastern coast clings to a little jagged promontory, opal waves slapping against gaudy fishing boats. The pedestrianised village has many cafés and restaurants and a Genoese tower on the headland and is the home of a Jazz festival in August.