Gulliver is a fascinating, family friendly house situated in the heart of the tiny medieval hilltop village of Castello at a cool, fresh 450mt. on the beautiful Tuscan island of Giglio. The house has been beautifully restored, maintaining its original characteristics,using the latest technology. With Wi-Fi Internet Access and 2 Maxi screen LED TV',s for the Family. It comprises a large, well equipped kitchen/dining room with marble worktops & maxi TV, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 7/9.
The Family bedroom/sitting room (slps 4) with TV, Internet access, fireplace and luxury, one- pull, fully made-up, kingsize sofa bed and its own bathroom. This sunny room has a mezzanine gallery with 2 extra single beds and windows looking across the rooftops to the ancient church tower.
Bedroom Blue has a Kingsize 4 poster bed, 1 small single bed and ensuite bathroom.
Bedroom Sky is a low ceilinged attic bedroom with King bed and little ensuite bathroom. Like its neighbours, in the little medieval village, Gulliver is built almost vertically, on different levels.
Life in Castello is typical of Tuscan medieval villages, with its sunshine colours, its sounds, the churchbells signalling the various moments of the day, the sight of people greeting each other, and the mouthwatering scents of Italian cooking early in the morning, as you wander down to the baker's to get your fresh bread. Giglio loves music! In August Trad.Jazz can be heard in the evenings, played spontaneously by musicians who come to Giglio for their annual stay. The summer season brings a varied programme of entertainment with Concerts, local theatre with evocative weekly performances under the stars in Castello, classical music concerts and many other Musical attractions such as Opera Week with Operas performed under the stars with renowned singers and orchestra etc. For those who enjoy markets, Castello offers various market days with the latest in Italian house linen: cotton sheets from Florence, well known sports brands for an extra pair of Italian trunks or a bikini.(Save space in your trolley!- Beach towels are inexpensive and worth buying on arrival). The fresh vegetable stall is a must, with delicious grapes, apricots, peaches, melons, fresh spinach, aubergines, home grown tomatoes and huge peppers.
And the beaches! A magnificent choice- a 10 minute drive or bus ride will take you down to Campese Bay with miles of quartz & pirite sand, (free beach areas for your own umbrella) or beach establishments with everything from anti-uvs umbrellas, to loungers, windsurfers, pedal boats, childrens playgrounds, swimming lessons, Scuba Diving Trips & boat hire. Campese Bay has artisan ice cream, a pizza baker's, where you can buy a large slice for your lazy lunch on the beach, maybe followed by grapes or peaches from the greengrocers and a big bottle of acqua minerale, and an English novel from the newspaper shop. Giglio has two other beaches which are completely different: Le Cannelle has white soft sand and shallow water- perfect for small children and then Arenella - secluded, with different sand and sea views across to the mainland.Other bays can be discovered around the island, accessible by boat.(Guided or hired). Day Trips are available from Porto to other Tuscan islands.Giglio Island is very beautiful in all seasons and producess a fine Ansonaco wine, available locally.
The island offers mapped Hiker's Walks with shady pinewoods, donkey tracks down to the sea and exceptional views. Springtime is a riot of coloured flowers and perfume, where country walks become an unforgettable experience, with roadside figs, cherries and blackberries to colour your way.
Along its waterfront, Porto has plenty of restaurants, pavement cafès and Pizzerias, most offering fresh caught fish. Different shops specialise in Italian Ceramics and fashionwear .It is an interesting little port. The bustle of the Ferry arrivals and departures mix with holiday-makers, fresh from the beach, taking a refreshing evening 'Aperitivo', while relaxing in one of the many waterfront pavement cafès to watch the world go by. Welcome!