U Ciocciu

Very Comfortable  |  Villa  

Calvi & la Balagne  |  Aregno

3 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 7

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A stunning, spacious villa with fabulous views, many outside areas and a summer kitchen for al fresco living.

U Ciocciu is a stylish contemporary villa set on the hillside just above Algajola with sweeping views across the maquis-carpeted mountains down to the shimmering coastline below.

The property has been beautifully decorated and thoughtfully designed by the owners to optimise that home-from-home feeling – warm colours and quality furnishing adorn the interiors while large picture windows give access to a number of lovely terraces and patios around the house. Set slightly away from the villa, the swimming pool has its own summer kitchen and affords fabulous views across the sea and the perched village of Sant’Antonino. The setting here is truly wonderful surrounded by extensive scented gardens filled with citrus plants, oak and olive trees - it's hard to imagine a more relaxing hideaway… You’ll be able to spend your days sampling the local produce in the nearby hillside villages, browsing the cafés and little shops of L’Ile Rousse or go beach hopping along the coastline before you return to your property for apéritifs, sizzling barbecues and superb sunsets.

Below the house is a former shepherds’ trail which is a pleasant half hour walk to Sant’Antonino, while about ten minutes’ drive away is Aregno Plage and the seaside village of Algajola with its choice of lovely restaurants. 

This property may be unsuitable for young children due to horizontal railings along the terrace and pool area.

Layout

Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room with well-equipped kitchen area, master double bedroom with en-suite shower room, wc and dressing room, separate wc, patio terrace, main terrace.

Lower floor: Double bedroom, triple bedroom (three single beds), bathroom with wc, terrace.

Facilities

Private pool with summer kitchen (9m x 3.5m, depth 1.6m), barbecue, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, television, DVD player, hi-fi, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning.

Location

  • Beach: Aregno 4km
  • Restaurants: Aregno 800m, Algajola 4.5km
  • Shops: Grocer in Aregno village 800m, Algajola 4.5km
  • Main Town: L’Ile Rousse 12km, Calvi 20km
  • Airport: Calvi 20km, Bastia 83km

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Set amidst a blanket of olive, orange and lemon orchards that set down to the sea, sits the hillside village of Aregno. This village is famous for its almond festival, which takes place every August and, it is a great starting point to explore the perched villages of la Balagne and their awe-inspiring views. Drive down from the hills and discover the beach of Aregno, a superb curve of golden sand and crystal clear water.

BEACHES

Aregno
This beach is a kilometre-long curve of coarse sand beneath a picturesque Genoese citadel. During the months of July & August, the beach is extremely busy, but out of high season, you can have this beach pretty much all to yourself!

Bodri
East of Sant’Ambroggio lies Bodri Plage, an unspoilt beach reached by a walk through the maquis and over the railway line. The walk is worth it, as the beach has almost white sand and a turquoise sea.

FESTIVALS

Foire de l’Amandier in Aregno
Since 1997, Aregno has played host to Corsicas only Almond festival. Held at the beginning of August, nut farmers and their families travel from all over the island to take part in the cooking competitions.

Festivoce in Pigna
Held early August, this festival provides a forum for long nights of traditional a cappella singing in the outdoor amphitheatre.

Foire de l'Alivu in Montegrosso
Around 10,000 visitors honour the olive in July, in a delightful olive grove setting with exhibitions demonstrating olive production over the years and artisans selling refreshments and local produce. 

Rencontres Polyphoniques in Calvi 
Polyphonic singing is at the heart of Corsican culture every September in Calvi and singers from around the world perform in the Citadel at the Rencontres Polyphoniques.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Pigna
The pretty blue shuttered village of Pigna is well worth a visit, just 2km from Aregno, its home to some fabulous craft shops and the irresistible setting to the Festivoce, a festival of Corsican polyphony.

Algajola
Midway between Calvi & L’lle Rousse Algajola is Balagne’s 3rd largest resort. It is a considerably quieter than its more famous neighbours and consists of just one street, which begins alongside Aregno beach and leads up to the Algajola Citadelle. It is situated on the main bus and train routes between Bastia and Calvi, so is very well connected by public transport, and has a regular service in both directions.

Le Chariot Restaurant, Algajola
A must visit restaurant in Algajola. With such an amazing Mediterranean feel, and serving some of the best pizzas you will find on the island.

Strada di l’Artigiani
Follow the craft trail “Strada di l’Artigiani” through the villages of la Balagne and sample the local specialities en route.        

Visit Calvi Town & The Citadel
Calvi Towns social life focuses on the many restaurants and cafés of the quai landry which is a large seafront walkway that links the marina and the port effortlessly. To get the best possible feel of the town, this is the place to be! A walk up through the narrow passageways off quai landry will take you to rue Clemenceau where you will find an array of restaurants and souvenir shops plenty. Further walking will present the Ste-Marie-Majeure, built in 1774.

Calvi – L’lle Rousse by train
This regular service allows you to explore the coastline to the east of Calvi, stopping at all of the beaches en route, which means you can jump on in Algajola and travel in either direction! The line built in the 1880’s and 1890’s hugging the coast is undoubtedly one of the worlds most scenic railways. The complete journey takes approx 50 minutes, and depending on the time of year travelling, there are between 5 and 10 return journeys a day.