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2 bedroom house in mountain village location

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Character granite built house with stunning views to the sea

Maison les Calanches is a traditional granite built house set within the picturesque village of Speloncato.

Spectacularly situated overlooking the Regino valley, Maison les Calanches affords outstanding views across the valley to the sea.

The house has been recently refurbished to a high standard. The well equipped kitchen provides a fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave, plenty of cupboard space and a wine rack.

The spacious lounge/dining room is comfortably furnished with sofa, easy chairs and a traditional chestnut dining table.

On the first floor there is a double bedroom with ensuite, the twin bedroom has adjoining shower room with toilet.

The deep granite walls afford a cool repose from the hot afternoon sun, the wood burning stove provides comfort during the cooler evenings of early spring and autumn.

To the side of the house is a terraced garden where one can eat al fresco, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the spectacular sunsets in the quiet of the evening.

Winter lets: The property is available all the year round. The winter months may be of interest to intrepid walkers or those who just want to escape the rat race for a while. Some restaurants and bars close during the winter months but there are still many places open for the local people particularly in I'lle Rousse and Calvi. The weather is changeable. You could experience high winds, thunderous lightning storms and If you're lucky you may get snow. Exciting in the mountains. The wood burning stove in the property creates a warm and cosy atmosphere and wood can be collected locally or purchased in I'lle Rousse. The beauty of Corsica is that the island is not so much a tourist attraction as a visitors discovery.

More Details

Bob and Pip Gale
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are back! Our holiday was awesome. Your house is a delight and I spent as much time as possible on the terras and balcony. Loads of birds and other interesting creatures around (63 red kites in one view!!!). Thank you very much!!! We are certainly planning to come back. We also enjoyed Speloncato, made good friends with the owner of l'a fabrik (nice restaurant) and it felt okay. We saw a lot of Corsica, really a beautiful island. Beach life is good, not too crowded (yet), the mountains are breathtaking and most of the towns and cities are nice (Bonifacio is our number one!). L'ísula rossa is a nice town, we preferred it over Calvi. Our daughter did a scuba diving course which was great fun. I did see over 80 bird species and managed to see the three 'lifers' I hoped for(Corsican nuthatch and citrilfinch, marmora's warbler). Also plenty of sightings of golden eagle (every day a juvenile above the Speloncato valley) and lammergeier. Very special was the whale watching on the ferry: 23 fin whales all together and 100-s of dolphins.
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Speloncato in Haute-Corse

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • BARBECUE ASH and surplus coal to be bagged up and disposed of in village rubbish bins (Failure to comply will incur a £25.00 penalty charge)
  • LOST or non returned keys will incur a £50.00 penalty charge.
  • MIND YOU HEAD. Keep your head low as you begin to ascend the stairs. The ceiling is low. CAUTION. Water may be very hot.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Twin - 2 Single Bed
    Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The bed in this room is just a bit larger than a King size.
  • The master bedroom has a good sized chest of drawers and ample hanging space for clothes. The two windows afford extensive views across the valley to the sea and to the ancient village of St. Antonino on the distant hill top. The bathroom is en suite and has a bath, shower, wash basin and toilet. The twin room with two single beds is spacious and light and has views across the valley to the sea. There is a good sized chest of drawers and plenty of hanging space. There is an adjacent shower room with toilet and wash basin.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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2 bedroom house in mountain village location
average rating of 4.7941175 based on 37 reviews

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house with fantastic views of the mountains and the sea. It is close to great beaches for swimming and snorkelling. There are lovely walks from Speloncato to neighbouring villages passing through oak and olive groves. There are plenty of trails in the hills around the village which are well marked. Speloncato has a well stocked Epicerie. Best of all we enjoyed just sitting on the balcony taking in the beautiful view and watching the sun set each evening. The owners were very helpful. We would definitely recommend Maison Les Calanches if you want to get away from the stresses of modern day life.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family had a good holiday John. You're right, the little shop in the square is certainly well stocked and Pascale is very welcoming. Speloncato is truly magical and so is Maison-les-Calanches of course, (Me? biased?)
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An amazing position with fantastic views

  • 4 of 5

We had a beautiful week here in October. The house is very comfortable and well equipped with amazing views of the mountains right down to the sea. We felt privileged to be perched up here in Speloncato on top of the world! Quickly got used to the winding roads which actually are very well engineered. Most memorable were the peacefulness and quietness, the clear bright light and waking to that view. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good holiday Jude. Yes the views are pretty spectacular. Even in the Winter months there is always something new to experience. Speloncato is a magical place. Hopefully see you back again sometime. Pip
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Amazing house, wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Pip and Bob's house - everything we needed and the most extraordinary views from every window.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Corsican experience.

  • 4 of 5

Well, we had a great time! Our first time in Corsica and would definitely return. The house/village is 2,000 ft up in the mountains which is helpful in the hot weather as it is about 10 degrees cooler than on the coast, not least because it benefits from any breeze on the go. The views in general are truly stunning, and the balcony is the icing on the cake. The kitchen is well-equipped and the traditional thick stone walls help to keep the house cool in Summer. A small tip: when coming into the car-park near the house, take the lower road. Much interesting wildlife, particularly the buzzards that continually circle over the beautiful valley and lake below and the mountains above the village. Glorious weather - 30-40C - nearly every day; even had a mini-storm thrown in one night for good measure! Corsica is an incredible place - Mediterranean and beaches on one side, fabulous mountain ranges on the other. A car/motor-bike is pretty much essential if you want to explore the island; and apart from the few national routes, you either need aspirations to be the next Colin McCrae, or allow plenty of time to make your journeys. In other words, the island is sizeble and very mountainous, so that most of the roads are extremely twisty - as is understandable, but not necessarily expected! Although there are any number of beaches on the West coast, our favourite was Loto beach, a 20-minute ferry-ride out of St Florent, West of Bastia (about an hour and a half's drive from the house over the mountains past Ostricani); shallow waters for even the weakest of swimmers, and soft white sand.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A delightful base from which to explore la Balange

  • 5 of 5

Maison les Calanches is a delightful base from which to explore la Balange area of Northern Corsica.

What a view from the balcony as you open the shutters on your arrival. Though you've had a pretty good hunch it's going to be great as you drive up from the coast road seeing ever more amazing vistas.

Soak up the sun, not to mention a Pietra bier on that balcony. Watching the sunset is magical, at any time you can sit for hours and still see something new.

The bird life is great. When we visited late August; eagles, kites and ravens whirred above us. Whilst swallows and swifts put on an aerobatic display regularly. Chats and warblers busied themselves in the olive and myrtle trees below.

Tiled floors throughout the house keep you cool though, but remember to shut the shutters when you go out in the morning, so it's nice and cool for your siesta.

Speloncato is a very friendly town, the cafe has a lovely relaxed buzz. But the town remains un-spoilt, despite all its beauty.

Had great beach mornings at Lozari and then Bodri. The latter had a great Italian flavour; all there appeared very stylishly and tanned, compared to this very pale Englishman. Very welcoming vibe though and not over crowded.

We drove up above the town of Speloncato over the pass to Foret de Tartagine. As you pass over the Col at Bocca di a Battaglia you're driving at a height a few metres above that of the summit of Snowdon! What a drive, challenging but beautiful.

The Auberge at the Foret de Tartagine is great for a coffee before exploring the valley, we went downstream and found a lovely spot amongst the rocks to bathe in the river. In mid August only saw 2 or 3 other people all morning.

All in all Maison les Clanaches was a great holiday home to start our Corsican odyssey. From there we moved onto the south for our second week in Sartene. Lovely there too, I see why Corsica is known as the Island of Beauty.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Still a beautiful and tranquil haven

  • 5 of 5

Very excited to return to Maison des Calanches. Our last visit was almost exactly two years ago and wow the house remains spotless, easy to live in and the weather was even better this time. We love the local village bar La Voute and the lady there was equally welcoming as we lounged every evening before dinner. The Corsican speaking elderly card players in the bar were a floorshow we couldn't have paid for! The red kites came even nearer to us as we sat on the balcony and we wondered if they were tempted by our meal! Escaping from our "wired world" was a welcome relief and enabled us to relax fully. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
I'lle Rousse
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Reginu Valley
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
I'lle Rousse
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: necessary

As with all villages in the Balagne the village square in Speloncato is the hub of village life. The welcoming shop is well stocked with fruit, veg, local cheeses, olive oil, hams and basic commodities. Bread can be ordered from here on a daily basis and meat and fish vans visit the square regularly. There are two bars/restaurants. 15kms down the mountain roads to the coast are the beaches of Lozari and Ostraconi, great for swimming and wind surfing. Visit the bustling towns of I'lle Rousse and Calvi where you can enjoy the beaches, the many bars and restaurants, and stroll through the streets for some excellent shopping. Leisure activities include sailing, diving, wind surfing, water skiing. There are boat trips to the coastal nature reserve of Scandola and visitors are welcomed to join in the local festivals and celebrations. Walks, either challenging, relaxing or both can be accessed from the village and beyond and the views are spectacular. For bird lovers the Red Kites and Ravens fly passed the balcony each day lazily sweeping through the valley, Other birds seen from the balcony are Rock Thrush feeding young, Jays, Spotted Woodpecker, Marmora's and Ophean Warbler, Gosshawks, Peregrins, Lesser Kestral, Buzzards of course but, as yet, no Corsican Nuthatch. Ever hopeful but I think you only see them high up in the pine forests. Swifts, Martins and Swallows provide a spectacular display of aerobatics while feeding on the wing in the early evenings. The other bird to see not far from us in the Asco Valley is the Lammergeier. At the Lake we have seen the Osprey, Squacco and Purple Heron and the lovely Waxwings.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Speloncato, Corsica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2018 - 30 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Please note, a refundable security deposit of £200.00 will be required and will be refunded as soon as I hear from my housekeeper that all is in order after your departure
Change over day is Sunday. However, please get in touch with me if you would like to discuss the possibility of arriving on another day of the week.
The property will not be available until 3:30pm on the day of arrival and on departure guests are asked to vacate the property by 10:30am. Please be sure to leave the property in as good a condition as you found it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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