Il Gelso

Il Gelso seafront villa with Pool in Castro, Puglia, Italy
Sleeps    10
Bedrooms  5
Bathrooms    5
8 Reviews
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Service Daily cleaning
  • Sea front pool
  • Direct sea access
  • Walking to restaurants
  • Superb sea views
  • More features

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 1/47 The glorious pool looking out to sea.  2/47 Extensive terracing and sun decks surround the pool.  3/47 The garden gate leads straight out onto the path down to the bathing platform.  4/47 The pool and the house behind.  5/47 Comfortable sun loungers by the pool (a wintery shot).  6/47 The shaded seating area looking out to sea.  7/47 Part of the garden and the shaded pergola.  8/47 The large shaded terrace with dining and lounge areas.  9/47 Mediteranean breakfast overlooking the sea.  10/47 Lunch in the shade.  11/47 The pool and the sea... difficult choices lie ahead!  12/47 The house seen from the gardens.  13/47 The main living area leading out onto the terrace.  14/47 The indoor sitting area....  15/47 ...with stunning sea views...  16/47 ...and yet from another angle.  17/47 Attention to details.  18/47 The kitchen leads directly out to the al fresco dining and living areas.  19/47 The sea view kitchen.  20/47 The al fresco living area.  21/47 The master bedroom with sea and pool views....  22/47 ...its direct access to the garden...  23/47 ...and its en-suite bathroom.  24/47 The second bedroom on the main floor.  25/47 Its bathroom...  26/47 ...with tub.  27/47 Down a flight of stairs....  28/47 another sitting area...  29/47 ...and into a double bedroom.  30/47 The other bedroom on the lower floor.  31/47 The ensuite bathroom.  32/47 The twin bedroom on the lower floor.  33/47 Its bathroom.  34/47 Time for a sea-view aperitivo.  35/47 Another shot of the lovely garden and its sea views.  36/47 An enticing shot of the pool.  37/47 The house seen from the garden.  38/47 A path through the garden.  39/47 The rocky bathing platform below the house.  40/47 The path through the rocks to the garden gate.  41/47 One of many lovely coves near Castro in Puglia.  42/47 A fisherman on his way back to the port.  43/47 A view of the town of Castro at sundown.  44/47 A seafront promenade on the defensive walls of Otranto  45/47 Heading into the port in Castro after a day at sea.  46/47 Castro is a lovely town to wander round.  47/47 One of the extraordinary Liberty villas in Leuca.

A wonderful sea-front 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 sea-front 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.

NB Il Gelso is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment to make it even more desirable for the 2014 season! Watch this space for new photos as they come.

"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 upper floor, which features an open plan living room and kitchen leading onto panoramic covered terraces perfect for al fresco eating around the large dining table, or relaxing in the comfortable outdoor seating area. Also on the upper floor is the master bedroom with its ensuite bathroom and a picture window with views over the pool and the sea, and a twin bedroom with adjacent bathroom. Downstairs is very large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and smaller double and twin rooms, both with ensuite bathrooms. Also on the lower floor you will find a kitchen and dining area, offering independence if required. The house is bright and spacious throughout.

Outside: access to the villa is via an automatic gate on a quiet residential road, and the private parking is a short drive down a private drive. The villa is then reached on foot by descending a short path with about a dozen steps. The villa is set in a superbly designed and well-kept garden of Mediterranean plants and attractive stonework, and the spectacular pool is in pride of place 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, where a sun umbrella may be placed. 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. Thanks to the cleanliness of its waters and the quality of its lidos, Castro and its surrounding area was awarded a Blue Flag in both 2009 and 2010.


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

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

* from Monday-Saturday (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
*** 3G Wi-Fi Internet connection is provided by a small unit which you will be shown at check in. It uses the 3G mobile network similar to your mobile phones (i.e. not ADSL telephone lines, as the network has not yet reached the area). As a result the signal can be affected by extreme weather conditions i.e. strong winds and storms and we cannot accept responsibility if this happens.
Please note that 3G Wi-FI is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Please do not download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.
3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the villa and connection with your device should be within close range of the unit - usually the same room.

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.

The Area

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 was awarded a Blue Flag in both 2009 and 2010.
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

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."

Dominic Scantlebury, Norway, 6 July 2013
"It is a lovely house with fantastic grounds and view. The staff were very helpful."

Kingston Mills, Ireland, 22 June 2013
"Superb property in a wonderful location... all 10 people really enjoyed the holiday"

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2014 Prices

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Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
01 Jan - 04 Apr:    N/AN/A
05 Apr - 23 May:    € 5,020€ 6,250
24 May - 27 Jun:    € 5,550€ 6,940
28 Jun - 18 Jul:    ----->€ 8,590
19 Jul - 29 Aug:    ----->€ 10,560
30 Aug - 12 Sep:    € 6,860€ 8,590
13 Sep - 26 Sep:    € 5,550€ 6,940
27 Sep - 31 Oct:    € 5,020€ 6,250
01 Nov - 31 Dec:    N/AN/A

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.

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