Giglio Castello House Rental Photos and Description
Family house sleeps 7/9, Wi-Fi,MaxTV in typical, cool medieval hilltop village
Gulliver is a fascinating, family friendly house situated in the heart of the medieval hilltop village of Castello at a cool, fresh 450mt. on the beautiful Tuscan island of Giglio. The house has been beautifully restored, maintaining its original characteristics,using the latest technology. With Wi-Fi Internet Access and 2 Maxi screen LED TV',s for the Family. It comprises a large, well equipped kitchen/dining room with marble worktops & wall TV, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 7/9.
The Family bedroom/sitting room (slps 4) with TV, Internet access, fireplace and luxury, one- pull, fully made-up, kingsize sofa bed and its own bathroom. This sunny room also has a mezzanine gallery with 2 extra single beds and windows looking across the rooftops to the ancient church tower.
Bedroom Blue has a Kingsize 4 poster bed, 1 single bed and ensuite bathroom.
Bedroom Sky is a low ceilinged attic bedroom with double bed and little ensuite bathroom. Like its neighbours,in the little medieval village, Gulliver is built almost vertically, on different levels.
Life in Castello is typical of Tuscan medieval villages, with its sunshine colours, its sounds, the churchbells signalling the various moments of the day, the sight of people greeting each other, and the mouthwatering scents of Italian cooking early in the morning, as you wander down to the baker's to get your fresh bread. Giglio loves music! In August Trad.Jazz can be heard in the evenings, played spontaneously by musicians who come to Giglio for their annual stay. The summer season brings a varied programme of entertainment with Concerts, local theatre with evocative weekly performances under the stars in Castello, classical music concerts and many other Musical attractions such as Opera Week with Operas performed outside with renowned singers and orchestra etc. For those who enjoy markets, Castello offers various market days with the latest in Italian house linen: cotton sheets from Florence, well known sports brands for an extra pair of Italian trunks or a bikini.(Save space in your trolley!- Beach towels are inexpensive and worth buying on arrival). The fresh vegetable stall is a must, with delicious grapes, apricots, peaches, melons, fresh spinach, aubergines, home grown tomatoes and huge peppers.
And the beaches! A magnificent choice- a 10 minute drive or bus ride will take you down to Campese Bay with miles of quartz & pirite sand, (free beach areas for your own umbrella) or beach establishments with everything from anti-uvs umbrellas, to loungers, windsurfers, pedal boats, childrens playgrounds, swimming lessons, Scuba Diving Trips & more. Campese Bay has home made ice cream, a pizza baker's, where you can buy a large slice for your lazy lunch on the beach, maybe followed by grapes or peaches from the greengrocers and a big bottle of acqua minerale, and an English novel from the newspaper shop. Giglio has two other beaches which are completely different: Le Cannelle has white soft sand and shallow water- perfect for small children and then Arenella- secluded, with different sand and views.Other bays can be discovered around the island, accessible from boats.(Guided or hired). Day Trips are available from Porto to other Tuscan islands.
The island offers mapped Hiker's Walks with shady pinewoods, donkey tracks down to the sea and exceptional views. Springtime is a riot of coloured flowers and perfume, where country walks become an unforgettable experience.
Along its waterfront, Porto has plenty of restaurants and pavement cafès and Pizzerias, most offering fresh fish. Different shops specialise in Italian Ceramics and fashionwear .It is an interesting little port. The bustle of the Ferry arrivals and departures mix with holiday-makers, fresh from the beach, taking a refreshing evening 'Aperitivo', while relaxing in one of the many waterfront pavement cafès to watch the world go by.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
We loved every minute of our stay at Gulliver! The house is a home from home. Geraldine is the most awesome and helpful host. Giglio is a dream come true and Castello is our own idea of an enchanted Italian village.
Thank you for everything & 'til next year!
Gulliver is medieval and has been passed down through the family for generations.It has been our joy to have been able to renovate it completely to our own satisfaction and it is still dearly loved as is the Island of Giglio and enjoyed by the family for our own holidays.
A slice of real Italian country life. A chance to see a local community that care about their Festivals, their neighbours and their traditions. Children play Cops & Robbers happily inside the village walls and are free of cars or traffic.On Festa Days or Birthdays, people put their tables & chairs out on the little streets and share celebrations and dishes they make with their friends & neighbours. The.Cantina Wine Festival week in September sees the whole of the village preparing different Specialities on tables in the streets or in the Cantina's (wine cellars), to the sound of singing and guitars.Everyone joins in!
Being an Island, the air is fresh and sweet and the sun kisses the Ansonaco grapes of this renowned local, wholesome Wine-The Vino Ansonaco.