Character granite built 2 bedroom house with stunning views to the sea
Bob and Pip Gale
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The property was clean and well equipped in a picturesque friendly village. The views were amazing.
We really enjoyed our time here. We spent almost all our evenings on the balcony watching sunsets, stars etc and listening to the Scops owls. The village shop has most things you need and the owner is lovely. Corsica is fabulous. It was our first time but we will definitely return. It was great to be slightly cooler at night than at the coast and to have access to the valley over the ridge behind Speloncato. If there is a downside it is the winding roads which mean every outing takes a while but it also means most places are quiet and unspoilt. The house had everything you need including beach towels, beach parasol etc and bedding and towels were good quality. I think some loungers would be a good addition so you can make full use of the garden. WiFi would also be a bonus for planning trips etc.
A traditional house with a fantastic view.
The accommodation is excellent for those seeking a quiet retreat in a hill side village. The view from the balcony stretches to the sea and is an excellent position for observing the numerous birds of prey. It is a perfect place for those who enjoy a rural setting and wish to go walking. Bringing binoculars is recommended. Likewise it is not too far from the local beaches and resorts and offers a quiet haven after a day at the coast.
The accommodation is simply furnished but has all the attributes expected for modern living and represents excellent value particularly if fully occupied.
There is ample parking nearby but access is by foot along a short cobbled path with steps which would not suit those with restricted mobility.
We had a great time using the house as a base for exploring Corsica locally and further afield and will never forget the evenings sat on the balcony watching the sun setting whilst red kites floated on the breeze.
An amazing position with fantastic views
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!
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.
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.
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?)
Amazing house, wonderful location
We loved our stay in Pip and Bob's house - everything we needed and the most extraordinary views from every window.
A delightful base from which to explore la Balange
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.
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 Hoopoes.