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Charming villa close to the beach with superb sea and mountain views m

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom with WC, 1 shower room and separate WC, sleeps 2-6,

The villa is situated within 5 minutes walk of Porticcio and the beach - 3 minutes by car. It is located within a group of similar individual villas set on a hillside above the sea and Porticcio. There is no through traffic and it is safe and secure area for children/teenagers. All three bedrooms have french windows onto terraces or balcony. The comfortable living room has sliding glass doors opening onto a covered terrace that seats 8 comfortably and has a built in barbeque. The garden is terraced with paved areas for sunbathing, there is an external solar shower. The view is of the sea from most windows and the garden .A car is recommended and really essential to exploit all that Corsica offers. A parking space provided in front of the house. A tennis court is shared with neighbours.

Porticcio: PORTICCIO is situated in the Bay of Ajaccio and is across the bay from the island's largest town of Ajaccio - birth place of Napoleon Bonaparte. Porticcio is a seaside resort in natural surroundings with superb beaches and a wide variety of watersports. Along the road to the south are small villages with plenty of fine beaches, some with restaurants and bars. Away from the coast the land rises steeply and roads twist and climb through the pine forests to villages perched above magnificent panoramas of the Mediterranean. There are some wonderful cycle tracks and hiking trails such as the 'Mare e Monte'. Along the coast to the north is the Gulf of Porto which is classed a a 'world heritage site' by UNESCO, to the south is Filitossa a renowned neolithic site, and inland are mountains rising to nearly 3000 meters. We keep masses of information in the villa to help you make the best of your stay.

Travel to Corsica: AJACCIO is the closest airport and has direct Easyjet schedule flights from London Gatwick, plus Easyjet also operates direct services to BASTIA. Alternatively from the UK, Nice is particularly easy with BA flights plus various LOW FARE carriers - Easyjet for example operate into the Air France terminal where flights to Ajaccio also operate making the connection simple. Ajaccio is also a major port with frequent PASSENGER/CAR FERRIES from Nice and Marseilles;

PORTICCIO is approximately 25 minutes from the port and 20 minutes from the airport. All the major car rental firms operate in Ajaccio.

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More Details

Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst

We are an Anglo-Corsican family sharing our time between England and Porticcio and the family home in the mountains. Our children have been coming to Corsica all their lives and since our retirement we have been spending about 4 months a year in sunny Corsica.

Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst purchased this villa in 2001

Why Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst chose Porticcio

We fell in love with this house on our first visit. We were especially attracted to the stunning view over the sea towards the Isles de Sanguinaires which is wonderful in the morning for breakfast and with the sunset in the evening.

We also particularly liked the proximity to the beach and Porticcio as we wanted our children to be able to come and go independently.

The house is bright with light flooding in through windows and the sea breezes ensure that the interior remains cool, even in summer.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the terrace, the garden and most of the windows are very special - uninterrupted sea views with the Isles de Sanguinaires clearly visible 15 Kms away, and Ajaccio 5 Kms across the bay. From dawn until dusk there is always some activity on the sea - boats arriving from the South of France, yachts, dinghies, motor boats and windsurfers. The views are absorbing and interesting from breakfast through to dinner and sunset.

The beach and Porticcio are within a few minutes walk, downhill all the way there and a climb uphill for the return. Alternatively driving is quicker and parking usually easy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passe 2 semaines de vacances très agréable dans la villa Josephine.

L'emplacement de la villa est idéal a Porticcio, elle est proche des commerces, le Club est même assez proche pour aller chercher les croissants a pied le matin, et suffisamment en hauteur pour avoir ces splendides vues sur Porticcio, sa grande plage, la tour génoise, et les montagnes en fond ainsi que depuis la chambre des amoureux, la salle de bain et la cuisine (fantastique d'avoir cette vue en cuisinant), et sur le golf et les Sanguinaires depuis la terrasse.

La maison a beaucoup de cachet, avec ses différents niveaux, ses carrelages, ses escaliers, et le jardin très bien pensé et arboré (hortensias et lauriers fleurs entre autres).

Avec 3 niveaux différents et des espaces bien séparés, cela permet a chacun d'avoir ses horaires de lever, de coucher, de siestes sans jamais se gêner.

La chambre des amoureux avec sa salle de douche attenante, avait ma préférence pour le balcon et la vue mais les 2 autres chambres sont spacieuses et calmes et donnent sur la terrasse du bas.

Sachez que nous avons finalement installé la petite Victoria 3ans dans la chambre a côté de la buanderie, encore plus calme.

La terrasse couverte est l'endroit que je préfère dans la villa, au matin pour le petit déjeuner en bouquinant, avoir le jardin juste en dessous et au delà la mer, Ajaccio, et les iles sanguinaires qui ferment le Golf est un spectacle dont on ne se lasse pas. Le soir à l'heure de l'apéritif et du diner, on profite du coucher de soleil sur les iles Sanguinaires, et du barbecue juste a coté.

lors de la première semaine qui était particulièrement chaude, nous avons aussi apprécie de diner sur la terrasse non couverte pour avoir un peu plus d'air,

et avons bien entendu aussi utilisé la douche extérieure pour se dessaler au retour de la plage.

L'équipement de la maison est absolument complet, rien ne manque, on sent que la maison est régulièrement habité, et pas juste une maison de vacances.

au fait, j'avais oublie de vous remercier pour le rosé et les confitures a notre arrivée, l'attention était très délicate.

enfin, comme je vous mentionnais mon chat a bien compris l'utilité d'une chatière dans une maison.

merci également a Madame Bianchi pour son accueil chaleureux.

nous espérons avoir encore l'occasion de revenir en corse chez vous si cela est possible !
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Porticcio in Grosseto-Prugna

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom -
    Toilet - Toilet
  • The main bathroom (bath with a shower, sink, toilet) is between bedrooms 1 and 2. The shower room is beside bedroom 3, and has new shower and basin with wonderful views. The second toilet is upstairs on the same level as the lounge, kitchen and main terrace and has beautiful views over the Bay of Ajaccio. The outdoor shower is solar heated and is useful when the weather is warm and sunny. Wonderful views over the Bay and the Iles Sanguinaires.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 with two attached single beds with sliding double glazed doors opening onto the garden. Bedroom 2 with large double bed both with double glazed sliding doors leading onto a terrace and the garden. Bedroom 3 with double bed and sliding double glazed doors opening onto a balcony with views over the sea, the mountains and Porticcio. All bedrooms have air conditioning. All bedrooms have cupboards and side tables. Guide-books on Corsica and numerous books are available. The bedlinen is provided for the beds being used. A change of home towels and bedlinen will be provided per 2 week's stay.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Both the kitchen and living room open onto the covered terrace which provides shade and there is usually a sea breeze during the heat of the day. The table seats 8 comfortably and a baby seat is available. The washing machine and dryer plus an additional large fridge/freezer are in the laundry. BEACH TOWELS are available for rent at a cost of Euros 10 for very large, Euros 7 for large and EXTRA HOME TOWELS for a cost of euros 5. The tennis court is shared with neighbours but usually available. There is an external solar shower in the garden. Domestic help can be arranged. The garage is not available but in any case there is private parking.


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average rating of 4.8846154 based on 30 reviews

Great Villa with wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

The villa is situated on a hill above the town commanding wonderful views whatever time of day, but they especially spectacular in the evening while watching the sunset over the bay. It has three good size double rooms and a triple. The double bedrooms are well appointed, the triple is a little dark but functional. The living space is on the top floor, with a large lounge dinner, opening out onto a veranda. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the villa, and enjoyed the homely atmosphere. The kitchen is well equipped and we spent most evening on the veranda enjoying the views and home cooked food. If you wanted to venture out their are plenty of good restaurants on the beach in the local town which is approximately a 10 min walk down the hill, but just remember you have to make it back up the hill after your night out. Shops are close by, with carrefour in town for all your major supplies. I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa, with plenty of beaches, shops and restaurants close by it's a perfect break.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated all that Villa Josephine had to offer.
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Beautiful villa josephine!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 7 UK scuba divers, with 5 staying at the Josephine and 2 staying at the viva marina in the town.

Our 1st impression was the same as our last, this is a wonderful place to stay!.

Mrs Bianchi and her husband (a keen diver) prepared the villa very well met us in the morning and made us feel welcome.

The villa itself is absoloutly charming, you could tell that the owners had lavished love and care on it and everywhere you looked there was something to like, from the nick nacks around the bathrooms and bedrooms to the pictures on the walls of the lounge and kitchen, you could tell that thought had gone into making it a place to be proud of.

As a group of middle aged men we are generally quite lazy so we tend to eat out normally. However at the Josephine we wanted to stay and watch the sunsets (spectacular!) and talk over the days diving and the terrace became our focal point. And we demonstrated culinary skills that we did not know we possessed.

Views - Stunning,if anything the pictures dont do it justice

Facilities - excellent, cant think of anything that was not provided

Cleanliness - very clean and functional

Location - easy to get to and in a fantastic position

Commnication - very good comms from the owners both before we got there and a huge folder of info about the villa, Porticcio and the surrounding area

Garden - beautifully maintained and a great place to relax and wind down

Bedrooms - great views and very comfortable

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our villa experience and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Corsica.

Many thanks to Micheal and Marie Catherine!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that your stay at Villa Josephine went well and that everyone enjoyed the views, sunsets and all that the house has to offer.
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Excellent house with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and tidy and is really well equipped with all the crockery, kitchen utensils etc that we could possibly need. We loved the access to the terraces/balcony from each of the three main bedrooms. The barbecue was brill.

We really enjoyed exploring the local beaches and the nearby restaurants. Even in August you can find quieter coves. The short walk back is partly uphill - hence the spectacular views. It is a good location for getting into the mountains by car. We also enjoyed the ferry over to Ajaccio. The information left by the owners came in handy.

A very easy house to relax in.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased to receive positive comments and to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay at Villa Josephine - thank you!
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Great house with lots of lovely details!

  • 5 of 5

Our impressions of Villa Josephine:

Great house with lots of lovely details, very nice location, wonderful views in all directions, gorgeous sunsets and a delightful garden planted with love. Created in different levels, letting each area be an own island of silent.

Terrific is the large dining table on the terrace, which was our evening centre and barbecue area next to it, invited us over and over again for grilling. ... And so we made it only once to enjoy the exquisite shells at "Chez Alain".

In house and garden you can relax very nice in a quiet, Villa Josephine is the ideal place to let yourself relax and to dangle your soul.

Shops, beaches and restaurants, as well as the small boat harbour to transfer to Ajaccio are within walking distance.

Our extended family spent wonderful days in Corsica. The host couple is very friendly and very concerned about the well-being of the guests. At this point a big thank you to Catherine and Michael! We would definitely come back!

Tolles Haus mit ganz vielen liebevollen Details, sehr schöne Lage, wunderbare Ausblicke in alle Richtungen, traumhafte Sonnenuntergänge, entzückender Garten liebevoll bepflanzt und mit verschiedenen Ebenen, der für jeden eine eigene Insel der Ruhe schafft. Grandios ist der große Esstisch auf der Terrasse, der unser abendliches Zentrum war und der Grillplatz gleich daneben, lud uns immer wieder zum Grillen ein. …und so haben wir es nur einmal geschafft die vorzüglichen Muscheln bei „Chez Alain“ zu genießen. In Haus und Garten kann man in absoluter Ruhe sehr schön entspannen, Villa Josephine ist der ideale Platz um sich zu Erholen und die Seele baumeln zu lassen. Geschäfte, Strände und Restaurants, sowie der kleine Bootshafen zum Übersetzen nach Ajaccio sind zu Fuß gut zu erreichen. Wir haben als (Groß-)Familie wunderbare Tage hier verbringen dürfen und konnten uns nur schwer trennen. Das Vermieterpaar ist sehr freundlich und sehr bemüht um das Wohl der Gäste, an dieser Stelle ein herzliches Dankeschön an Catherine und Michael! Wir kommen gerne wieder!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always good to get positive feedback and we are very pleased to hear that the family enjoyed their stay in Villa Josephine so much
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Lovely Villa in Porticcio

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at Villa Josephine. The property was excellent and was well maintained and clean. We found that the information provided prior to our stay and at the property itself was extremely useful and enabled us to make the most of our time in Corsica. This was the third time we had stayed in this particular area of the island but we managed to find some new places to explore as well as return to many of our favourite spots. The property was extremely comfortable for us and was well equipped. The property is in a great location, very convenient for the airport and visiting Ajaccio and other places of interest including the Gorges du Prunelli. There are plenty of boat trips from Porticcio enabling you to see other parts of this beautiful island. As the weather was so good we spent most of our time on the many local beaches, and you needn't drive very far to find some really great beaches. There are also plenty of excellent places to eat locally - our favourite was Chez Alain at Agosta Plage which we went back to three times - great food, very reasonable and extremely friendly staff. There are also lots of shops in Porticcio which enable you to buy from local butchers, fruit and vegetable shops etc without necessarily needing a supermarket (although the local supermarket also caters for most needs). We would definitely recommend a stay at this property and we would like to return to it at some point in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always to good to hear that guests enjoyed their stay and that the holiday was a success.
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Villa Joséphine is truly welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

We are now back in Belgium with wonderful memories of our third visit to Corsica. Villa Josephine is warm and welcoming, comfortable for all the family with picture postcard views from all the windows. Not only that but sunshine and over 1100kms on small roads by motorcycle....

A big thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Car: recommended

The villa is situated within 5 minutes walk of Porticcio and the beach - 3 minutes by car. Porticcio is a popular resort in the bay of Ajaccio and local beaches offer windsurfing, sailing, diving, jet skis and various other watersports. The beaches are superb and the sea is rated amongst the cleanest in Europe. There is a ferry service between Porticcio and Ajaccio plus excursions by boat to Iles Sanguinaires and Scandola UNESCO Reserve. The interior of the island and the mountains are easily accessible. Porticcio has plenty of restaurants with Le Club and Le Maquis at the top end and plenty of inexpensive alternatives. We keep an up to date set of recommendations in the villa for guests. For self catering the shops include a large Carrefour supermarket plus many smaller shops specialising in a wide range of fresh produce plus good Corsican wine.

Other Activities: hiking, Thalassotherapy, golf (6 holes)

Golf: There is a 6 holes course and driving range within 2kms.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Porticcio, Corsica

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer
15 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
26 Aug 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Apr 2019 - 18 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
19 May 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
14 Jul 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
25 Aug 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £445.27

We offer a reduction of 20% for bookings for 2 people at all times except in June when it is 10% and between in July and August. During the October - May period the electricity is not included and will be charged according to consumption. A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable on booking, and the balance is due 8 weeks before departure. Payment is accepted by bank transfer.

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