La Casa Bianca - Stella Corsica, Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio
- 1 bedroom first floor apartment (sleeps 2)
- Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with satellite TV (2 English-speaking news channels), DVD, CD player
- Kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer
- Double bedroom with TV and safe
- Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower, hairdryer
- Separate WC
- Iron, ironing board, bath and beach towels provided
- Sea view balcony off the living room and small patio off the bedroom
- Air-conditioning throughout
- Apartment located on first floor and accessed by stairs only
- Reserved parking space approximately 100m from apartment
Villa access times:
- Check-in time – 3.00pm
- Check-out time – 9.00am
- Beach and restaurants 1min walk
- Shops (St. Lucie de Porto Vecchio) 5min drive
- Porto Vecchio 30min drive
- Figari airport 1hr drive
This two weeks was everything that we had been looking forward to. We've been to Corsica three times before and it was great to have two weeks so that we were able to completely relax, spending most of the first week on the beach. We had an early morning swim nearly every day. The weather has been the best ever. Hardly any rain, mostly glorious sun and warm - at times quite windy but still great for all that we wanted to do. The apartment is excellent and we loved being able to come and go whenever we pleased. We also had great days out visiting Bonifacio, Propriano, Zonza and Cotte. We will never tire of this lovely place to rest and be refreshed, the view, the flat, the beach and the scenery all make for a great holiday. We hope to return next year. The owner's hospitality and representative's help have been the icing on the cake.Mr and Mrs Holden - September 2013
What a wonderfully relaxing holiday! The flat was super comfortable with great views, the easy proximity of a choice of glorious beaches and great places to eat- could not have asked for more. Thank you Simpson Travel for your great organisation.Ms Levy - September 2013
This was a wonderfully relaxing and well organised holiday.Ms Levy - September 2013
We had a relaxing week - great apartment , a view one will never tire of and lovely beaches. Its our fifth holiday on Corsica and no doubt we'll be back. Thank you.Mr Atwell - August 2013
This was by far one of the most enjoyable holidays for us. It was our first time to Corsica and we had the best time. Right away we were stunned by the beautiful view from our apartment and spent a lot of time on the balcony relaxing. We tried nearly all the restaurants on the streets and had the most amazing meals. Our day trip to Bonafacio was so much fun as well. We did a boat tour, which showed us some amazing views of the island. There were wonderful shops and cute streets filled with restaurants and the locals were all very friendly. We visited many of the breath taking beaches. All in all, we had a great holiday in Corsica and have many wonderful memories. This will always be a special place for us and hope to return soon!Woods - July 2013
Our first time in Corsica and we have enjoyed a fabulous week at Casa Bianca. Loved the food at the local restaurant and the Corsican wine. Never tired of the view and how relaxing Pinarello is... never seems to be too busy like some of the other places we visited. Enjoyed our other visit to Bonifacio and a drive up to the mountains via Col de Bavella and Zonza. If you are after a relaxing holiday you don't have to look further than Pinarello... beautiful beach, restaurants and scenery. No doubt we will be back. Thanks to Willie and the staff at Simpson Travel.Sapsed- Byrne - July 2013
This was our first sunshine holiday as a couple without any of our four 'children'. It was also our first visit to Corsica and we absolutely loved it- we definitely intend to return. The view from the apartment takes your breath away and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony soaking up the ambience. Willie gave us a really good introduction to the island, and some great pointers for things to do. We loved Bonifacio and the boat trip was excellent. One of our favourite trips was to the rock pools along the river Cavu which is really close by. Everyone is so friendly- brilliant holiday!Marechal - July 2013
The morning view out of the apartment is priceless. The owner is very helpful and friendly. Views and sights are outstanding! Planning our return already.Mr and Mrs Anderson - June 2013
Spent a lovely two weeks at Casa Bianca Stella. Loved sitting on the veranda watching village life and the view and the bay was stunning. Loved all the usual Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio and the long drive to Sartene was well worth it through the lovely little villages. Willie was a real help to us- very informative as this being our first visit to Corsica. Will miss our morning walk on the beach which is beautiful, as are memories of the past two weeks.Mrs Parke - May 2013
Well appointed, comfortable apartment. Fine view over the bay. Good beach for swimming. Bonifacio is beautiful and a boat trip along the coast is excellent. The other big local town, Porto Vecchio is also attractive and like Bonifacio is on two levels. The outstanding scenic attraction is the route D268 from Solenzara to Porto Vecchio. It included magnificent views of the Col de Bavella, somewhat reminiscent of Yosemite. Halfway round the trip, Zonza is an attractive hill town with good restaurants and superb views.Mr and Mrs Murray - September 2012
nice 1, ta very muchMr Hallam - September 2012
Enjoyed two wonderful weeks in Casa Bianca Stella – loved our view of Pinarello Bay and its Genoese tower. Our first visit to Corsica – what a stunning and interesting island. Enjoyed walking through the narrow alleys in Sartène - don’t miss it. The views of the Aiguilles de Bavella on our walk in the Alta Rocca were breath-taking and will stay in my memory box – along with Zonza.Mr and Mrs Stokes - July 2012
An excellent holiday from a company providing an excellent service for people who want to be independent but dont have time or inclination to book holday themselves and want a llttle extra security if something goes wrong and assistance is required.Mrs Stokes - July 2012
Another wonderful holiday here in Corsica and first time here in Casa Bianca Stella. We have had a lovely relaxing week here, loved living in Stella and staying in Pinarello. Enjoyed all the local restaurants, lots of walking on the beach (almost made it to the fort opposite) but decided rock climbing was not on the list ‘to do’ while on holiday. Hope to be back next year.Mr and Mrs Felstead - July 2012
Thank you for making our holiday one to remember.Mrs Wareing - June 2012
The two weeks here were glorious, 29?- 34? - no rain. The scenery and drama of the whole island have been awe-inspiring. Plenty of beaches, all of a high standard, (and no litter!). Highlights for us were the Bavella area and waterfall walks. Also the boat trip around ‘les cavettas’ from Bonifacio were excellent. I would avoid the trip from Pinarello, too long, too expensive, too crowded. Thoroughly enjoyable and will be returning one day.Mr & Mrs Wareing - June 2012
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We also have flights available from Manchester to Figari between 13 July and 21 September. Please call us for prices and timings.
If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:
|2-3 guests||1 group B car|
|4 guests||1 group C car|
|5 guests||1 group D/H car|
|6 guests||2 group B cars|
|7 guests||1 group B car and 1 group C car|
|8 guests||2 group C cars|
|9 guests||1 group C car and 1 group D/H car|
|10 guests||2 group D/H cars|
Booking ConditionsYOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
• Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
• Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
• Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
• Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
• An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
• The assistance of our local representative overseas
• Simpson information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
• Holiday travel insurance
• Twin-centre holidays: a £25 per person administration fee is applicable
YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).
For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. Two full paying adults must be travelling in order for child discounts to apply. For further information please call our sales consultants.
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £200 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 20% of the total holiday cost is required. However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.75% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.)
Multi-centre holidays incur a £25 per person administration fee.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 3 weeks prior to departure provided you have fully completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and Car Hire details (if applicable). Please check that you have completed all forms and pressed the submit button.
Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements.
Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.
If you are flying on our British Airways charter service from London Heathrow to Figari you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person up to 23kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted up to 10kg (maximum dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
Infants are permitted a 10kg checked bag allowance plus a fully collapsible pushchair, a car seat and one piece of hand luggage for items required in the flight (subject to security restrictions).
Any excess baggage will be charged at the airport. As this is a BA charter service, BA miles cannot be accrued or earned on this flight, nor can BA Executive Club members access the airport lounge.
If you are flying with Easyjet to Corsica you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person (excluding infants) up to 20kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted measuring a maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm (including wheels, pockets and handles) which you must be able to place and retrieve safely in the overhead lockers without assistance.
If you are flying with any other airline to Corsica, please check the airline’s website for details.
It is common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items so, before travelling, we recommend you check the airline’s website for the latest information.
IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
British Airways offer an in-flight snack on our service from London Heathrow to Figari.
Special meal requests may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking.
Easyjet offers a pay on board snack service.
GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.
API (ADDITIONAL PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.
The name shown on a ticket must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or your flight tickets, please inform us immediately.
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk
CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi.
The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model.
Corsica Group B – Renault Clio or similar A/C 5 seats
Corsica Group C – VW Golf or similar A/C 5 seats
Corsica Group D/H – Peugeot 508 / Ford C-MAX or similar A/C 5 seats
Corsica Group F – Renault Megane Automatic or similar A/C 5 seats – on request
Corsica Group G – VW EOS or similar A/C 4 seats – on request
Corsica Group I – Renault Clio Diesel or similar A/C 5 seats – on request
Corsica Group J – Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Automatic or similar A/C 5+2 seats – on request
Corsica Group K – VW Touran a/c or similar A/C 5+2 seats – on request
Corsica Group L – Renault Megane Automatic or similar A/C 5 seats – on request
Corsica Group M – VW Tiguan 4x4 or similar A/C 5 seats – on request
Corsica Group N – Renault Trafic minibus or similar A/C 9 seats – on request
INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE
• Unlimited mileage
• Super CDW insurance cover against theft and accidental damage
• Medical and technical assistance
• Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age of 21 years although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least a year. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.
If you wish to add more drivers this should be done locally and a charge of €38 per driver applies.
The insurance will not cover:
• Call out charges for punctured tyres
• Windscreen, roof or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
• Personal accident insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
• Any damage, loss, accident etc caused by your own negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel etc
• Your car key: this usually contains an electronic device which will be damaged by water, sand etc; please do not swim with your key; you will be charged for any damage or loss, including the cost of a replacement key, towing away of car etc (replacement keys cost €24-€205 depending on the car category plus a delivery charge)
• Damage to the interior (back shelf, seats etc)
• Theft of valuables (cameras, mobile telephones, jewellery, money etc)
• Any damage/loss caused by theft or attempted theft due to unlocked doors, personal effects left in view etc
• Parking fines, speeding fines or other traffic infringements (a €40 administrative fee will apply to each fine)
CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. Cards accepted are: Visa (except Electron), AMEX, Diners and Eurocard Mastercard (except Maestro).
Funds would only be taken from your card if you:
• Return your car without a full tank of petrol (€13 administration fee plus a higher rate per litre of fuel)
• Cause damage to the car (€40 fee per incident)
• Return your car without its security kit (€50 charge)
• Receive a traffic infringement notice (€40 administration fee plus the fine)
• Return your car requiring extra cleaning (€50 charge)
• Return your car after the intended day as booked by us (charged at the local rate)
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £20 per child seat and £10 per booster seat. Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.
GPS is available for €14 per day with certain models of vehicle but must be pre-booked. We recommend that you use the Simpson Travel driving instructions rather than the GPS when driving from the airport to your property.
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and these are not changed during your stay. We would be happy to advise you which of our hotels provide beach/pool towels and if a charge applies.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa or apartment after 4pm and you must vacate it on the day of departure by 9am. Most of our hotels follow common practice with regard to check-in and check-out times (around midday); however some have later check-in times between 3pm and 5pm. Please refer to the individual property information for timings.
Self-catering accommodation is clean on your arrival and for two week stays it will be cleaned mid-holiday. The mid-holiday clean includes bathroom, kitchen surfaces, floor sweeping and change of bed and bath linen. If additional or more frequent cleaning is required, this can be arranged locally with our representative at an additional cost.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.
Internet access and connection
If a property offers wifi or internet access, the type of connection may vary. Additionally, the signal could be intermittent at times and may not be available in all areas of the property. There may be a charge for internet use in some properties.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Security and cleaning deposits
For self-catering properties, we require you to lodge a security deposit against any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts, which you may have incurred during your stay and/or due to your negligence. Credit or debit card details will allow us authorisation to deduct (within 14 days of your return home) any advised charges from your card. Most of our properties are the owners’ personal homes and repairs, replacements and extra cleaning can be very expensive, so we do ask you to take care in order to avoid incurring extra costs.
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Very few pools have covers, fencing or life rings, so children must be supervised at all times. Some pools are ‘infinity pools,’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that children are supervised and that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge.
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce.