Casa di Sole

Comfortable  |  Villa  

L'Extrême Sud  |  Lecci

2 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 4

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An idylic, character cottage, which benefits from having a private pool, and beaches and vineyards nearby.

Amid in a carpet of cork trees and lichen-covered boulders, Casa di Sole sits on a sun-drenched hillside in the hamlet of Lecci, just to the north of Porto-Vecchio. Visible inland are the orange rocks and maritime pine forests of the l’Ospedale massif – a beautiful view best savoured from the spacious dining terrace in front of the house, where you’ll probably want to spend most of your time. Immediately below it, on a lower level, sits a cool blue, curvi-form pool, surrounded by crazy paving and a delightful rockery interspersed with mimosa bushes. It catches the sun from around 10am in summer, and retains patches of welcome shade throughout the day.

French doors lead inside to an open-plan, living-dining-kitchen area, furnished in traditional French farm cottage style with an antique table, tongue-and-groove ceiling and exposed beams overhead. The bedrooms are cool and comfortable, their windows opening on to wild foliage.

Literally carved out of ancient rocks and woodland, this delightful hideaway has the feel of a secluded lookout post. It’s private and peaceful enough to provide an all-day retreat if you wish, though you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to local beaches, with half a dozen wonderful options nearby. Even closer (almost at the end of the driveway in fact) is Corsica’s most acclaimed vineyard, Domaine Torraccia, whose award-winning wines provide the perfect complement to Casa di Sole’s idyllic location.

This property is not recommended for children under 5 due to the horizontal railings on the terrace and for people with mobility problems due to the uneven steps leading to the property.

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Layout

Open-plan living/dining area with small kitchen area, double bedroom, twin bedroom, shower room with wc.  

Facilities

Private heated pool (6m x 3.5m, depth 1.3m), barbecue, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, television, DVD player, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning in main living area.

Location

Beach: Pinarello and San Ciprianu 8km
Restaurants: Lecci 1km
Shops: Lecci 1km
Main Town: Porto Vecchio 11km
Airport: Figari 36km

About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Situated north or Porto Vecchio, Lecci is a small village with a laid back feel and a handful of amenities. The beaches of Pinarellu and San Ciprianu are nearby whilst the mountain village of l’Ospédale is also within reach. Lecci is renowned for its vineyards at the Domaine de Torraccia.

BEACHES

Pinarellu
This exquisite bay more than worth a visit and was recently included in The Times' list of the best 20 beach holidays in Europe. While you're there you can check out the near perfect Genoese tower which dominates the peninsula. It has a long sweep of soft white sand and is backed by a pine forest, ideal for any members of the party who need shade.

San Ciprianu
A beautiful half-moon of white sand and turquoise water close to Lecci and that has several water sports facilities.

Cala Rossa
A beautiful bay of reddish sand and turquoise waters. Fantastic to explore with its many tiny coves and because the area is not accessible unless you are a resident, it is never crowded. The perfect way to relax and appreciate the area.

Palombaggia
Arguably the most famous beach on the island, the beach at Palombaggia is one of Corsica's finest and therefore one of its most popular. It was recently voted one of Europe's top 20 beaches in a poll in the Times and as such it can be very crowded in peak season - and it's easy to see why. An exquisite blend of fine white sand guarded by huge red granite rocks and fronted with gorgeous blue seas, and lined with beautiful pine trees. 

Santa Giulia
Santa Giulia is another very popular beach and arguably the most photogenic of all the beaches in L'Extrême Sud - it sits in a magnificent horseshoe bay with its shallow and translucent water making it the perfect swimming spot for the little ones. Around 10-15 minutes drive from Porto Vecchio, this beach has a good selection of shops and restaurants and it is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts.

FESTIVALS

Fête de la Saint Jean Baptiste - Porto Vecchio, June
Celebration of the Patron Saint of Porto Vecchio to mark the end of the harvest season.

Festi Lumi - Bonifacio, July
A magical festival of lights across the streets of Bonifacio with concerts and a light show taking place at the weekend.

Festa di Luddarreddu - Porto Vecchio, July
"U Luddarreddu", a historical figure made of straw and cork, will be paraded through the streets of Porto Vecchio and set alight on the Place de la République to celebrate the end of the hot and difficult conditions in which local artisans and farmers have to work in July.

Les Médiévales de Levie - Levie, early September
A medieval fair that will transport you back to ancient times. On the programme: medieval tournaments, street parades, equestrian displays, music and crafts.

Defi Inter-Isles - Bonifacio, September
Supporting the Corsican windsurf championships, this competition will see some hundred windsurfers from all corners of the world participating.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Domaine de Torraccia
This vineyard is best known for its red, rosé and white wine but also produces marc brandy, olives and olive oil. The owners will share their passion and knowledge with you. You will learn how to taste wine and recognise aromas. Plus get a full explanation of the certain elements which make a good wine… the soil, the climate and the workmanship, and of course there is an opportunity to purchase a bottle of some of their fine wines… or 2!

Porto Vecchio
The old Genoese walled town still seduces visitors with its picturesque narrow streets and the austerity of its high stone houses that are set within the Citadel's ramparts. Wander the ancient streets, the Borgo, where you can see the enormous twisted tree of the Place de la République, the 19th century church of St-Jean Baptiste and the gallery housed within the Bastion di A Funtana Vecchia. Experience live Corsican music and soak up the local atmosphere. Amongst the best venues is 'la Taverne du Roi', which is tucked away in the citadel of Porto Vecchio. Many restaurants also host a Corsican night once a week featuring a local band - look out for posters or ask your representative for up-to-date information.

Horse riding
Go horse riding on San Ciprianu beach early morning, a truly memorable experience.

Water sports
There are a few places on Pinarello beach where you can practise sailing and windsurfing. You can also rent out a catamaran or a kayak – what better to explore the spectacular coastline of Southern Corsica?

L'Ospedale and Col de Bavella
Drive inland more than 1200m up to the spectacular Col de Bavella, one of the most dramatic passes in Corsica with stunning views across extensive forest, ocean and mountains. Also visit the surrounding mountain villages in the area. Try canyoning or take a dip in a rock pool in the rivers of the Bavella massif. There are many walks through the forests to the hidden waterfalls of the Alta Rocca, including Piscia di Gallo, or Cockerall falls. A short drive inland from Porto Vecchio will bring you to the Ospédale forest, and some great spots for a picnic.

Taglio Rosso
Enjoy a leisurely day out in search for the idyllic picnic spot and a dip in the cooling waters of natural rock pools. The nearest pools can be found in Taglio Rosso, just off Sainte-Luccie de Porto Vecchio. 

Prehistoric settlements
Explore the prehistoric settlements of Casteddu d'Araggiu, just north of Porto Vecchio above the hamlet of Palavesa - a well-preserved site dating back from 1500BC. The views from here over the Gulf of Porto Vecchio are truly spectacular. Should you wish to venture further afield, the prehistoric sites of Cucuruzzu and Capula near Levie are also worth the detour.

Bonifacio
At Corsica's southernmost point, the fortress town of Bonifacio sits in an isolated location perched high on a limestone plateau and surrounded by an expanse of maquis. Mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, the precipitous white cliffs overhang the turquoise waters below and are honeycombed with old watery grottoes. Established in 833, the old town is rich in history with its dramatic Citadel, ramparts and maze of narrow cobbled streets. The newer harbour has a more Italian flair with an abundance of cafés and restaurants dotted along the Quai Comparetti – the perfect spot to watch the yachts set sail.