4 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom with WC, 1 shower room and separate WC, sleeps 2-7.
Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst
- english, french
About Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst
We are an Anglo-Corsican family sharing our time between England and Porticcio and the family home in the mountains. Our children have been coming to Corsica all their lives and since our retirement we have been spending about 4 months a year in sunny Corsica.
Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Michael and Marie Catherine Hirst chose Porticcio
We fell in love with this house on our first visit. We were especially attracted to the stunning view over the sea towards the Isles de Sanguinaires which is wonderful in the morning for breakfast and with the sunset in the evening. We also particularly liked the proximity to the beach and Porticcio as we wanted our children to be able to come and go independently. The house is bright with light flooding in through windows and the sea breezes ensure that the interior remains cool, even in summer.
What makes this Villa unique
The views from the terrace, the garden and most of the windows are very special - uninterrupted sea views with the Isles de Sanguinaires clearly visible 15 Kms away, and Ajaccio 5 Kms across the bay. From dawn until dusk there is always some activity on the sea - boats arriving from the South of France, yachts, dinghies, motor boats and windsurfers. The views are absorbing and interesting from breakfast through to dinner and sunset. The beach and Porticcio are within a few minutes walk, downhill all the way there and a climb uphill for the return. Alternatively driving is quicker and parking usually easy.
Max guests: 7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Beautiful villa josephine!
We were a group of 7 UK scuba divers, with 5 staying at the Josephine and 2 staying at the viva marina in the town.
Our 1st impression was the same as our last, this is a wonderful place to stay!.
Mrs Bianchi and her husband (a keen diver) prepared the villa very well met us in the morning and made us feel welcome.
The villa itself is absoloutly charming, you could tell that the owners had lavished love and care on it and everywhere you looked there was something to like, from the nick nacks around the bathrooms and bedrooms to the pictures on the walls of the lounge and kitchen, you could tell that thought had gone into making it a place to be proud of.
As a group of middle aged men we are generally quite lazy so we tend to eat out normally. However at the Josephine we wanted to stay and watch the sunsets (spectacular!) and talk over the days diving and the terrace became our focal point. And we demonstrated culinary skills that we did not know we possessed.
Views - Stunning,if anything the pictures dont do it justice
Facilities - excellent, cant think of anything that was not provided
Cleanliness - very clean and functional
Location - easy to get to and in a fantastic position
Commnication - very good comms from the owners both before we got there and a huge folder of info about the villa, Porticcio and the surrounding area
Garden - beautifully maintained and a great place to relax and wind down
Bedrooms - great views and very comfortable
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our villa experience and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Corsica.
Many thanks to Micheal and Marie Catherine!!
We are very pleased that your stay at Villa Josephine went well and that everyone enjoyed the views, sunsets and all that the house has to offer.
Great Villa with wonderful views
The villa is situated on a hill above the town commanding wonderful views whatever time of day, but they especially spectacular in the evening while watching the sunset over the bay. It has three good size double rooms and a triple. The double bedrooms are well appointed, the triple is a little dark but functional. The living space is on the top floor, with a large lounge dinner, opening out onto a veranda. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the villa, and enjoyed the homely atmosphere. The kitchen is well equipped and we spent most evening on the veranda enjoying the views and home cooked food. If you wanted to venture out their are plenty of good restaurants on the beach in the local town which is approximately a 10 min walk down the hill, but just remember you have to make it back up the hill after your night out. Shops are close by, with carrefour in town for all your major supplies. I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa, with plenty of beaches, shops and restaurants close by it's a perfect break.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated all that Villa Josephine had to offer.
Excellent house with amazing views
The house was very clean and tidy and is really well equipped with all the crockery, kitchen utensils etc that we could possibly need. We loved the access to the terraces/balcony from each of the three main bedrooms. The barbecue was brill.
We really enjoyed exploring the local beaches and the nearby restaurants. Even in August you can find quieter coves. The short walk back is partly uphill - hence the spectacular views. It is a good location for getting into the mountains by car. We also enjoyed the ferry over to Ajaccio. The information left by the owners came in handy.
A very easy house to relax in.
We are very pleased to receive positive comments and to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay at Villa Josephine - thank you!
Great house with lots of lovely details!
Our impressions of Villa Josephine:
Great house with lots of lovely details, very nice location, wonderful views in all directions, gorgeous sunsets and a delightful garden planted with love. Created in different levels, letting each area be an own island of silent.
Terrific is the large dining table on the terrace, which was our evening centre and barbecue area next to it, invited us over and over again for grilling. ... And so we made it only once to enjoy the exquisite shells at "Chez Alain".
In house and garden you can relax very nice in a quiet, Villa Josephine is the ideal place to let yourself relax and to dangle your soul.
Shops, beaches and restaurants, as well as the small boat harbour to transfer to Ajaccio are within walking distance.
Our extended family spent wonderful days in Corsica. The host couple is very friendly and very concerned about the well-being of the guests. At this point a big thank you to Catherine and Michael! We would definitely come back!
Tolles Haus mit ganz vielen liebevollen Details, sehr schöne Lage, wunderbare Ausblicke in alle Richtungen, traumhafte Sonnenuntergänge, entzückender Garten liebevoll bepflanzt und mit verschiedenen Ebenen, der für jeden eine eigene Insel der Ruhe schafft. Grandios ist der große Esstisch auf der Terrasse, der unser abendliches Zentrum war und der Grillplatz gleich daneben, lud uns immer wieder zum Grillen ein. …und so haben wir es nur einmal geschafft die vorzüglichen Muscheln bei „Chez Alain“ zu genießen. In Haus und Garten kann man in absoluter Ruhe sehr schön entspannen, Villa Josephine ist der ideale Platz um sich zu Erholen und die Seele baumeln zu lassen. Geschäfte, Strände und Restaurants, sowie der kleine Bootshafen zum Übersetzen nach Ajaccio sind zu Fuß gut zu erreichen. Wir haben als (Groß-)Familie wunderbare Tage hier verbringen dürfen und konnten uns nur schwer trennen. Das Vermieterpaar ist sehr freundlich und sehr bemüht um das Wohl der Gäste, an dieser Stelle ein herzliches Dankeschön an Catherine und Michael! Wir kommen gerne wieder!
It is always good to get positive feedback and we are very pleased to hear that the family enjoyed their stay in Villa Josephine so much
Lovely Villa in Porticcio
We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at Villa Josephine. The property was excellent and was well maintained and clean. We found that the information provided prior to our stay and at the property itself was extremely useful and enabled us to make the most of our time in Corsica. This was the third time we had stayed in this particular area of the island but we managed to find some new places to explore as well as return to many of our favourite spots. The property was extremely comfortable for us and was well equipped. The property is in a great location, very convenient for the airport and visiting Ajaccio and other places of interest including the Gorges du Prunelli. There are plenty of boat trips from Porticcio enabling you to see other parts of this beautiful island. As the weather was so good we spent most of our time on the many local beaches, and you needn't drive very far to find some really great beaches. There are also plenty of excellent places to eat locally - our favourite was Chez Alain at Agosta Plage which we went back to three times - great food, very reasonable and extremely friendly staff. There are also lots of shops in Porticcio which enable you to buy from local butchers, fruit and vegetable shops etc without necessarily needing a supermarket (although the local supermarket also caters for most needs). We would definitely recommend a stay at this property and we would like to return to it at some point in the future.
It is always to good to hear that guests enjoyed their stay and that the holiday was a success.
The villa is situated within 5 minutes walk of Porticcio and the beach - 3 minutes by car. Porticcio is a popular resort in the bay of Ajaccio and local beaches offer windsurfing, sailing, diving, jet skis and various other watersports. The beaches are superb and the sea is rated amongst the cleanest in Europe. There is a ferry service between Porticcio and Ajaccio plus excursions by boat to Iles Sanguinaires and Scandola UNESCO Reserve. The interior of the island and the mountains are easily accessible. Porticcio has plenty of restaurants with Le Club and Le Maquis at the top end and plenty of inexpensive alternatives. We keep an up to date set of recommendations in the villa for guests. For self catering the shops include a large Carrefour supermarket plus many smaller shops specialising in a wide range of fresh produce plus good Corsican wine.
Other Activities: hiking, Thalassotherapy, golf (6 holes)
Golf: There is a 6 holes course and driving range within 2kms.