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Can't recommend enough!
The villa is spacious, spotlessly clean and perfectly equipped. The pool is huge and as inviting as the photos suggest. The lush gardens surrounding the property are beautifully maintained.
The villa is situated up a securely gated drive, really out in the middle of nowhere (there are only two empty neighbouring properties), which offered total privacy and fantastic wide views down to the coast. The lounge stereo also has speakers (disguised as rocks) in the garden (no 3.5mm audio-in or bluetooth, so take CDs or USB stick). A very stylish car port in the drive kept the sun off our car during the day.
It was hot (unsurprisingly!) during our stay and the aircon in the bedrooms and dining area offered welcome relief and a good night's sleep. We opened the sliding doors, front and back to allow the air through the enormous lounge space, but kept the glass doors to the rest of the house shut - this worked perfectly.
The only downside was the galley kitchen, but I prepared most of our food in the dining area and although I was a little disappointed initially, it all worked out fine, especially as the kitchen has everything you could need.
We had two minor issues but these were fixed as soon as reported and the keyholder was lovely and very helpful.
A few interesting places to explore nearby - we especially enjoyed the Cava D'Ispica with its caves and catacombs.
Final point - very few insects here! No mosquitoes to be seen really (late July). Enjoy!
Our group of six really enjoyed staying at Villa Castiglione in July. After we arrived, the host family welcomed us with freshly cut melon, smoked cheese, ricotta tarts and other pastries, which we really appreciated.
The villa and grounds, including a beautiful pine tree, are truly impressive. The accommodation on offer is a large apartment taking up most of the upper floor of the villa. The interior has many features including original tiled floors and a handsome black stone fireplace. It’s clear that you’ve stepped into a family home with a rich history.
The villa’s terrace is a lovely spot to have breakfast or to look at the night sky. An outdoor dining table would be a welcome addition to the terrace. The pool area is large enough for everyone to have their own space if they want it – there’s grass and the shade of trees, all surrounded by beautiful dry-stone walls, trees and shrubs.
Beaches are within easy reach by car and we went kitesurfing whenever there was wind. There’s a shopping centre five minutes’ drive away plus there’s a fantastic farm shop very close and a family-run restaurant that serves fantastic pizza.
The villa and grounds are exposed so it was not uncomfortably hot during our stay and the villa was generally cool inside. Sometimes it was nice to wear something warm in the evening.
The host family is very pleasant and down-to-earth. There are two lovely dogs in the grounds, plus goats, hens, a cat and a peacock. Someone turned up daily to clean the pool and take care of the plants and animals, but otherwise we had the run of the place. We’ll definitely be returning.