From Liz, Montreal, Quebec
Our two week stay at Mare E Monti was an absolute dream; I could not be more enthusiastic in recommending this home to anyone looking to spend their vacation in a veritable paradise. We were 2 couples, 3 children and 1 grandparent, and booked an 'off-season' holiday at the end of September. Not long after our arrival we realized a major perk of booking "off season": uncrowded beaches with absolutely perfect summer weather! Mare E Monti's spectacular ocean-view infinity pool is surrounded by lounge-chairs and palm trees and bordered by a lush garden... good luck ever tearing yourself away. I should also mention that this lavish pool area is accessible by both the main living quarters of the house and by the bedrooms, which we found extremely convenient for our kids and elderly grandparent. Pool amenities also include a shaded lounge and dining area (also with an Ocean view), a barbecue, outdoor refrigerator, pool toys and floats, and easy access to a downstairs kitchenette. The grounds at the front of the house include a lush garden, an elevated hammock-hideaway in a quiet shady corner, and an outdoor eating area punctuated by a lovely little fountain. The bedrooms are attractively furnished, comfortable and very clean. Five out of six have full attached bathrooms . All bedrooms are equipped with WiFi and air conditioning, as is the main area of the house. The upstairs living/dining/den areas are elegant yet cozy at the same time, and the entire back "wall" of this floor is composed of large sliding glass doors that open onto a beautiful terrace running the length of the entire villa. There is a dining area and lounge on this upper terrace as well! The kitchen has every piece of equipment you can think of, and if you're looking for the ultimate in extravagance, the owners will set you up with your own chef. They arranged for us a very personable French cook who prepared truly delicious, fresh meals that even our children were not afraid to eat. Sublime. Speaking of kids, families will find this home very child-safe. There are gates on stairways, the entire property is fenced-in (artfully disguised by beautiful flowers and foliage), and there is a smattering of children's furniture (highchair etc) available for use. We were also really comforted by the fact that the owners of this home are easily reached and are very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be booking again, and I encourage anyone interested in perfection to do the same!
From John ,Washington D.C. USA
I recently celebrated my fiftieth birthday holiday at this villa. We had eleven adults, in all, filling the 6 bedrooms. Four of the bedrooms face the beautiful Mediterranean with views of the city of Ajaccio and the mountain ranges beyond. There were no complaints from those in the back bedrooms, who enjoyed late morning rises, undisturbed by the rest of the guests. The villa itself is situated on a hillside with views on three sides. A heated pool seamlessly melds the picturesque landscape with the beautifully landscaped yard and terrace. The well-appointed kitchen allowed us to enjoy many of our meals at home at one of four dining areas both inside and out. There is a banquet-seating corner on the upper terrace that was perfect for sunset happy hours or early morning coffee and croissants. There wasn’t a time of day or night when the view was any less than stunning. It was also only a quick walk down to a great swimming cove amongst the impressive boulders that made up the shoreline. The owners were very accommodating and helpful with suggestions to make the best of our experience on Corsica. I would recommend this villa to anyone wanting a special destination for a special holiday.
From John ,New York ,NY USA
It is a splendid house and setting. In June 2012, the garden was exquisite. There were many large hydrangeas, some with rose, lavender, and blue blossoms on the same bush. Each corner of the house was covered with a different flowering vine. The dining room captures a stunning view of a hillside rock garden of natural boulders and trees with driftwood-like trunks. (They shelter a hammock and conversation area.) The master bath has a large, beautiful view of the path to the back gate. The entire garden around the house can be lit at night. ** The house is set on a hillside, on two levels: the upper has the master suite, living/dining/kitchen and decks; the lower, three ensuite bedrooms facing the sea with direct access to the garden and pool. (Also below is a 4th ensuite bedroom to the back with a small window, and a small bedroom with no bath.) At night, we could lie in bed with the sliding doors open to the fresh air and the view of the necklace of lights across the bay. The house is in a neighborhood of houses but very private with only one contiguous lot, down below. There are electric shutters, awnings, and pool cover. There is an outdoor grill at the pool level and secondary kitchen facilities nearby. Four cars can be parked on site. Everywhere, the views are breathtaking. These photos don’t lie. ** The house is appointed with lovely antiques from Burgundy. It is also fully and thoughtfully equipped with quality bed, bath, and beach linens, and china and cookware. ** Topping it all off is how nice the owners are, wanting to be sure we knew where to shop and get gas and how to operate everything in the house. They were available by phone for any problem. They left a book detailing all the restaurant, shopping, transportation, and sporting options in the area. We needed a doctor for a sprained ankle and the book told us exactly whom to call. In making the business arrangement, they were responsive, clear, and kept it simple. ** Each day, we were torn: whether to stay home or go exploring. At home, we could walk down an oleander-lined route to swim off the rocks in the crystal-clear sea. If we explored, we could seek out old towns in the mountains, the 16th-century Genoese watch towers on each promontory, ancient archeological sites, beautiful hiking trails, and could reach Corte or Bonafacio in 2 to 2.5 hours. On the coast or inland, the views are extraordinary with every turn in the road, and the island is unspoiled by development. Superb!
From Jan ,New York,NY ,USA
The house is on a hillside on two levels: living/dining/ kitchen, master suite, deck on the upper; three ensuite sea-view bedrooms below opening onto the garden/pool area. (Fifth bedroom has only a small window.) Upon retiring, we could lie in bed with the sliding doors open to the fresh night air, watching the twinkling necklace of lights across the bay. The house is in a neighborhood of houses but feels very private. The only contiguous lot is far below. There are electric shutters, awnings, and pool cover for comfort and ease. House keys have remote control for entry walk lights. Many spots to congregate or slip off alone to nap or read, including a shaded hammock and conversation area up in the rock garden and a table for 12 with outdoor grill at the pool (secondary kitchen nearby). Four cars can be parked on site. *** The garden is exquisite. Hydrangeas all over, with rose, lavender, and blue blossoms on the same bush. Each corner of the house was covered with a different flowering vine. The dining room captures a stunning view of the hillside rock garden of natural boulders, trees with driftwood-like trunks and hydrangeas. A fountain with running water. Master bath has a very large window with a beautiful view of the path to the back gate. Entire garden is lighted at night. It is clear that a perfectionist oversees it all. *** Appointed with antiques, the house is also very thoughtfully equipped with quality bed, bath, and beach linens, and china and cookware. Computer, Internet access and TV/DVD equipment are good. *** The owners made sure we knew where to shop and get gas, how to operate everything. They were available by phone for any problem. In making the business arrangement, they were responsive and clear, documenting everything, but simply. A total pleasure to deal with. *** Five minutes down an oleander-lined street and path, we swam off the rocks in the crystal-clear, turquoise/indigo Mediterranean. We could seek out the old towns in the mountains, the sixteenth-century Genoese watch towers on each promontory, ancient archeological sites, and beautiful hiking trails. Coast or inland, the views are extraordinary with every turn in the road. Unspoiled by development. The owners provided a book detailing restaurant, shopping, transportation, and sporting options. We needed a doctor for a sprained ankle and the book told us exactly whom to call. *** Not an investment or vacation property, the house is a lived-in, cherished personal home.
From Karina,London ,UK
Our two week stay in this house was wonderful. Our group consisted of four adults and three children ages 6, 4 and 1. The setting is lovely. The property is attractively landscaped and the multitude of porches and terraces provide space for everyone to sit and relax in peace! The view could not be better and we spent quite a few days and nights enjoying it. The owner was as responsive and responsible as any I've ever experienced before (and I've rented 14 houses in the last 7 years). When we had difficulty finding the house (and conversing with the french caretaker) the owner's daughter made all the necessary calls to get everything in order. A small problem with the dishwasher was dealt with immediately. The owner is definitely on top of things and takes good care of the house. The bedrooms are simply furnished but the house in general feels extremely comfortable. The bathrooms are nice, clean and bright, the kitchen is well kitted out (I apologize to the owner...we used up all of his fig balsamic vinegar!) and there are pool toys available for the kids. There are ample beach towels and bath towels and paper towels for that matter!! This is not a house where the owner leaves you with one roll of toilet paper and says 'good luck'. You will have everything you need. We were pleased to find that the house is quite child friendly. The main living areas are on a different level from the pool, so the kids could play on the porch off the living room while we cooked dinner and we knew that there were gates and doors preventing them from getting down into the pool area. The house is on an attractive peninsula overlooking the harbor. There are several nearby beaches to choose from, some within walking distance, but we expecially liked one that was a 15 minute drive away and had good restaurants, perfect white sand, chairs to rent and shallow blue water. Given the challenging, twisty roads between the house and the nearest towns....we tended to stay in at night and cook our own meals, but there are some nice restaurants within a 30 minute drive. We did not use the single bedroom downstairs but I feel I should mention that it is very small. Overall, we loved our time in this home. I use the word 'home' because unlike many rental houses, this one feels as though it is lovingly cared for and used on a regular basis by its owners. I recommend this home highly.
From Christoph, Bern, Switzerland
Wir haben 2 tolle Wochen in der Villa "Mare e Monti" verbracht. Die Darstellung auf den Fotos und die Beschreibung der Villa entsprechen der Realitat bzw. Die Realitat ist noch besser.Perfekte Lage mit einem Pool der keine Wunsche offen lasst.Sehr viel Privatspare. Die Villa ist grosszugig,vor allem im oberen Stockwerk. Die Moblierung ist geschmackvoll und von hoher Qualitat. Haus und Umgebung sind in perfektem Zustand,sauber und zweckmassig. Die Unterstutzung durch den Besitzer war sehr nett und hilfreich, das"Guestbook" ist hilfreich und gut dokumentiert. Die Strande ,speziell "Mare e Sole", und die Bucht "Cala d'Orzu" in der Nahe sind sehr schon, feiner Sand und Kristallklares Wasser , wir waren teilweise fast allein dort . Die Felsstrande in unmitelbarer Umgebung sind ideal zum Schnorcheln. Wir waren eine Familie mit 4 Kindern zwischen 7 und 15 Jahren und haben den Urlaub in allerbester Erinnerung. Das Haus kann ohne Einschrankung empfohlen werden . Die grune Insel Korsika ist eine Reise wert.