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Il Gelso

Il Gelso seafront villa with Pool in Castro, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps    10
Bedrooms    5
Bathrooms    5
17 Reviews
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Service Daily maid service and weekly linen change
  • Seafront pool
  • Direct sea access
  • Walking to restaurants
  • Superb sea views
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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

Il Gelso in the press:
Wohn! Design, July-August 2015 >>


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 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 Dishwasher 
Bedrooms 5 Microwave oven 
Double beds 2 Satellite TV **
Twins 1 DVD Player 
Flexible doubles/twins 2 Stereo 
Bathrooms 5 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
... of which en suite 3 iPod docking station 
Daily cleaning * Barbecue 
Cook  Private Parking 
Breakfast preparation  Cookery classes 
Garden gate beach/sea access  Sea views 
Pool (LxW in metres) 12x6 Easy walk to beach/sea access 
Air Conditioning  Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
Washing machine  Walking distance to shop(s) 
Tumble dryer  The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 

=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.

Please note that there is no real shallow end in Il Gelso's pool, whose minimum depth is 1.25m.

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

Karen Tomb, United States of America, 10 October 2015
"The setting is stunning and really made the experience special. We were able to relax in a very peaceful setting with fabulous views. We were pleasantly surprised by the food the caretaker prepared prior to our arrival; it was so thoughtful of her to have things on hand, sparing us a trip to the grocery store the first day we arrived."

Carole White, United States of America, 19 September 2015
"Overall we were highly satisfied with our holiday."

Gabrielle Osrin, United Kingdom, 30 May 2015
"Overall fabulous. The house was much bigger than we expected - so much space outside to enjoy."

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