To be able to access all of our features, you need a browser that supports JavaScript, and it needs to be enabled.
sdfasdfas dfa sdf asdfasdf asdf asdf asd fasdf
  Villa quick search
Preferred destination
Arrival date
Is this date flexible?
Price per week
  £   $

Clear Filters

Il Gelso

Il Gelso seafront villa with Pool in Castro, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps      10
Bedrooms    5
Bathrooms      5
12 Reviews
Price Click here for your currency
Service Daily maid service and weekly linen change
  • Seafront pool
  • Direct sea access
  • Walking to restaurants
  • Superb sea views
  • More features

To find out availability and book, please add this property to your enquiry list.

 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


Inside: accommodation at Il Gelso is spread over 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, comfortably furnished panoramic terraces where you will probably take most of your meals. Also on the ground floor is a luminous master double bedroom with en-suite shower room and panoramic sea-view picture window, and a twin/double bedroom with adjacent bathroom with tub and shower attachment. Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor, where there is second living area, a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and shower attachment, and two twin/double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and one with a shower room 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 Microwave oven 
Bedrooms 5 Satellite TV **
Doubles 2 DVD Player 
Twins 0 Stereo 
Double/Twins 3 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Bathrooms 5 iPod docking station 
... of which en suite 3 Barbecue 
Daily cleaning * Private Parking 
Cook  Think Puglia local support 24/7 
Garden gate beach/sea access  Cookery classes 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Sea views 
Air Conditioning  Easy walk to beach/sea access 
Washing machine  Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
Tumble dryer  Walking distance to shop(s) 

=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."

See all 6 reviews

Price, Availability and Booking - Il Gelso

EUR    £ GBP    $ USD

Complete these 3 simple steps to display your accurate villa prices

When would you like to go?
How many in your group?
What rooms do you need?


Week starting:Sat 30 May 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 06 Jun 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 13 Jun 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 20 Jun 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 27 Jun 2015 €9,020per week
Week starting:Sat 04 Jul 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 11 Jul 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 18 Jul 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 25 Jul 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 01 Aug 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 08 Aug 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 15 Aug 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 22 Aug 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 29 Aug 2015 €6,860 - €8,590per week*
Week starting:Sat 05 Sep 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 12 Sep 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 19 Sep 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 26 Sep 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 03 Oct 2015 Booked
Week starting:Sat 10 Oct 2015 €5,020 - €6,250per week*
Week starting:Sat 17 Oct 2015 €5,020 - €6,250per week*
Week starting:Sat 24 Oct 2015 €5,020 - €6,250per week*
Week starting:Sat 31 Oct 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 07 Nov 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 14 Nov 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 21 Nov 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 28 Nov 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 05 Dec 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 12 Dec 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 19 Dec 2015 Closed for winter
Week starting:Sat 26 Dec 2015 Closed for winter
  • Week Unavailable
  • Week available
  • Contact us for availability
  • Your selected dates
  • * complete the above steps for your group prices

Book online now, or send us an enquiry.

Want to see more villas? Check all our collections. Or for expert advice, call us on 1-800­-490-1107 or send an enquiry now!

2015 Prices

2015   2016   2017  

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
26 Dec - 27 Mar:     N/A N/A
28 Mar - 22 May:     € 5,020 € 6,250
23 May - 26 Jun:     € 5,550 € 6,940
27 Jun - 17 Jul:     -----> € 9,020
18 Jul - 28 Aug:     -----> € 11,090
29 Aug - 11 Sep:     € 6,860 € 8,590
12 Sep - 25 Sep:     € 5,550 € 6,940
26 Sep - 30 Oct:     € 5,020 € 6,250
31 Oct - 01 Jan:     N/A N/A
Render time: 0 second(s) 187 milliseconds
  • N/A Villa unavailable
  • ----> Pay higher occupancy price

Prices include all sales taxes, electricity and gas, linen, bath towels, pool and/or beach towels, a comprehensive written guide to the villa and the local area, our award-winning service and specialist knowledge pre and post-booking, the opportunity to book our unique Think Experiences and 24/7 local support while you’re on holiday.

You may pay in €, £ or $(US). £ and $(US) prices are fixed and guaranteed at the time of booking using our favourable, daily updated exchange rates, so once you have confirmed your booking in one currency, the balance will be due in the same currency. We do not surcharge for currency fluctuations.

Paying by credit card: no charge for VISA or Mastercard, 2% for AMEX.

How to Book

Check availability and pricing

Prices and availability are shown on each property page. Click on "Prices, Availability and Booking" and select your preferred month and year of travel to see the available weeks. To see the exact price you will pay, enter the length of your stay, the number of people in your group, your preferred room configuration and your preferred payment currency from the dropdown menus.

Book online, or send us an enquiry

Once you have entered your details, you may either click "Make an Enquiry" or "Proceed with booking".

N.B. the majority of our villas are available to be booked online. However, for some of our properties this facility is not available. In these cases you will only see the "make an enquiry" option.

Booking online

Click "Proceed with booking" and let our online booking tool guide you through the confirmation process. Please check your selection and read the notes carefully before accepting the Booking Conditions, entering your personal details and paying the appropriate deposit to secure your booking.

Your booking will be confirmed as soon as you have made payment, and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity to talk to you personally about your booking.

Enquiry Lists

One way of making an enquiry is to add villas to an Enquiry List. Add as many as you like and send to us. We will be in touch to offer tailored, expert advice.

View my Enquiry List

Call Us or Email

If you prefer to speak to one of our experts, please call the following numbers::

  • 020 7377 8518 - from the UK
  • +44(0)20 7377 8518 - from outside the UK
  • 1-800-490-1107 - Toll-Free from US or Canada

Or email:

Our London offices are open at the following times: Mon to Fri: 9:30am - 6:30pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm.

Explore other villas

Notes on bookings, options, enquiries and payment

Options: if you’ve identified a villa or two you’d like to book, but need some time to canvas opinion or work out practicalities, we’ll be happy to "option" for you. Options normally expire at 5pm on the day after they were placed, but we are able to prolong them in some circumstances.

Prices and payment: we accept payment in EUR, GBP and USD using any major credit card and bank transfer. You may pay online using a single credit card. Please contact us if you prefer to pay by bank transfer, or use more than one card.
More information about how we calculate our prices.

Deposit: a 30% deposit (100% if nine weeks or less before departure) will secure your booking.

Read our booking conditions >>

Download PDF

If you would like to share the information on this page with friends and family please complete your details to download the villa PDF below. With the exception of prices, all of the information that can be seen on this page is included in the PDF. If you would like further information about this villa, or to speak to someone who has visited it, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team on 1-800­-490-1107.