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Il Gelso

Il Gelso seafront villa with Pool in Castro, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps    10
Bedrooms  5
Bathrooms    5
12 Reviews
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Service Daily cleaning
  • Seafront pool
  • Direct sea access
  • Walking to restaurants
  • Superb sea views
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 The glorious pool and views of the sea.  The perfect spot for refreshments.  The pool area has plenty of space for everyone.  Lunch is served!  Ready for a dip?  The pool seen from another angle with the surrounding gardens.  Breakfast with a sea view.  Heading back to the house after a swim in the sea!  The outdoor living area.  The covered dining area outside the kitchen and living area.  A light informal lunch under the shade of the terrace.  The bright living area with its access to the covered terrace.  Looking through to the kitchen from the living area.  The kitchen, overlooking the outdoor dining area and the sea.  Another shot of the lumious living area with kitchen behind.  Comfy sofas in the living area.  The indoor dining area on the ground floor.  The superbly panoramic master bedroom.  Entering the en-suite bathroom of the master bedroom.  The master bedroom seen from its en-suite bathroom.  The twin bedroom on the ground floor.  A comfy armchair in the twin bedroom on the ground floor.  The twin bedroom on the ground floor makes use of this bathroom.  Stairs lead down from the ground floor to a second sitting area.  One of the twin/double bedrooms on the lower ground floor.  The same bedroom, looking out to the communal living area.  The bathroom next to one of the twin/double rooms on the lower floor.  The bright lower ground floor.  Another shot of one of the twin/double's adjacent bathroom.  A little work area in the lower ground floor living area.  The large double bedroom on the lower ground floor.  The large double bedroom seen from another angle.  Looking through to the large double's en-suite bathroom.  The second twin/double room on the lower ground floor.  The en-suite bathroom of the second twin/double bedroom.  Looking out of the second twin/double bedroom.  The shady outdoor living and dining area.  Looking down the coast towards Castro.  Wandering through the gardens towards the pool.  Gateway to the sea!  The rocky shoreline outside the gate at Il Gelso.  The pool seen from the gardens.  The shady dining area near the pool.  You can sit in the pool and still have shade!  One last shot of the pool and the sea.  Castro viewed from the sea.  The nearby town of Santa Maria di Leuca.  An impressive Art Nouveau villa in Santa Maria di Leuca.  The harbour at Santa Maria di Leuca.

A wonderful seafront villa with pool.

Il Gelso is an inviting summer villa offering the golden trio of a sea front pool, direct sea access and an easy walk to an excellent selection of bars and restaurants. Immersed in a garden of Mediterranean pines and other fragrant flora, Il Gelso offers pretty much everything a great summer house should have: an enormous decked seafront pool area, direct sea access, cool shady outdoor dining and living areas and bright, panoramic interiors. It’s also ideally placed for visiting the best southern Salento has to offer.

"It is a lovely house with fantastic grounds and view. The staff were very helpful." Dominic Scantlebury, Norway, July 2013

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About the Property

Inside: the villa is on two floors. The entrance is on the ground floor, which features a dining room, living room and kitchen. This latter connects to the living area, which opens out onto the shady panoramic terraces that are comfortably furnished for al fresco dining and lounging. Also on the ground floor is a luminous master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and panoramic sea-view picture window, and a twin/double bedroom with adjacent bathroom. Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor, where there is second living area, a large double bedroom, with en-suite bathroom, and two twin/double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and one with a bathroom next door.

Outside: Il Gelso is set in a well-kept garden of Mediterranean plants and attractive stonework with terraces on different levels fanning out from the house, including a shady outdoor living and dining area. Pride of place is given to the spectacular pool area overlooking the sea. At the bottom of the garden, a gate takes you out onto a path leading down a few metres through the rocks to the sea. Beautiful sea swimming is a delight when the water is calm, and when it’s rougher you’ll have the pool or a short drive to some great beaches. Access to the villa is via an automatic gate on a quiet residential road, and the parking area is at the bottom of a private drive. The villa is then reached on foot by descending a short path with about a dozen steps.


Accommodates (max) 10 Tumble dryer 
Bedrooms 5 Dishwasher 
Doubles 2 Microwave oven 
Twins 0 Satellite TV **
Double/Twins 3 DVD Player 
Bathrooms 5 Stereo 
... of which en suite 3 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Daily cleaning * iPod docking station 
Cook  Barbecue 
Direct access to sea  Private Parking 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Think Puglia local support 24/7 
Air Conditioning  Walking to shops/restaurants 
Washing machine 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

* from Monday-Sunday (5 hours per day when booking the whole house, 4 hours per day when taking 3 bedrooms and 3 hours per day when taking just 2 bedrooms). The maid will also prepare breakfast (ingredients not included).
** Includes Sports and Cinema

Pool open from April to end October

Think About

A wonderful home equally suited for a romantic break or a family holiday, or anything in between! The swimming pool area is a little overlooked by a neighbouring house which, however, is only occasionally used by an old lady.

Exploring the local Area

Il Gelso is situated a few minutes' walk from a selection of restaurants at Castro Marina, which is just below the old defensive citadel of Castro with its evocative castle standing majestically on its rocky outcrop. Castro too has some good, local eateries and it is a joy to wander through its narrow medieval streets. Thanks to the cleanliness of its waters and the quality of its lidos, Castro has been awarded a Blue Flag for the last few years.
Heading north or south from Castro along the spectacular coast road, you will pass through charming fishing towns and wind up and down admiring the views. To the north, at about 20km, you will reach the sublime city of Otranto, driving south you will soon reach the charming resort town of Leuca, with its beautiful Liberty villas from the early 20th century and its imposing lighthouse telling you that you have finally arrived at the very heel of the Italian boot!


Brindisi Airport: 95km-59miles-1hr25
Bari Airport: 216km-130miles-2hr44
Lecce: 45km-28miles-45mins
Restaurants: 10 mins walk
Santa Maria di Leuca: 30km-18miles-35mins
Otranto: 23km-14miles-30mins

Il Gelso seafront villa with Pool in Castro, Puglia, Italy

Nick Styring, United Kingdom, 4 October 2014
"The villa was incredible, our holiday, excellent. The people who ran the villa were amazing."

Mr Jeff Ives, United States of America, 28 June 2014
"Il Gelso is beautiful. At Il Gelso, we had great connection with the staff. Personable and we got to know them over the week. They were key to an enjoyable villa experience!"

Jennifer Mines, Australia, 31 August 2013
"Loved this villa, position was beautiful, the lady Tina prepared a meal for us on the day we arrived which was appreciated as we had a very long drive from Rome. We had a wonderful time."

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