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- Splendid spacious villa
- Exclusive residential area
- Île Rousse 5-minute drive
- Beach 5-minute walk
Five minutes from Maison Fornello, the nimble-footed can descend the rocky path to the bay below with its lovely beach. Yet this splendid, spacious villa in the exclusive residence of Marine de Davia on the beautiful Balagne coast, has plenty to tempt guests to stay at home. This villa has a private swimming pool plus superb sea views from the terrace; a drink watching the sunset is a magical end to each day.
Please note that Maison Fornello will be implementing changes over the winter. This will include general improvements to the decor, including new dining table and chairs and an upgraded en-suite shower room in the double bedroom.
An endless string of beaches is accessible from Marine de Davia and the delightful narrow-gauge U Trinichellu train runs below the villa all the way to Calvi with the station just a couple of minutes away.
Maison Fornello and Villa Davia are both located in Marine de Davia and whilst maintaining independence and privacy, they can be rented together to provide a spacious venue for an extended family gathering or a group of friends.
- 3 bedroom house (sleeps 2-6)
- Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area
- Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
- TV, DVD and CD players, Bluetooth speaker
- Safe and telephone (incoming and local calls)
- Double bedroom (160 x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room
- 2 twin bedrooms (90 x 190cm beds)
- Shower room with hairdryer, washing machine
- Separate WC
- Complimentary WiFi
- Iron, ironing board, pool and bath towels provided
- Sea view terrace
- Gas barbecue
- Private swimming pool 6m x 4m (depth 0.74m – 1.5m), security gate, ladder access
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Check-in time – 3.00pm
- Check-out time – 9.00am
- Beach 5min walk (partly steep/rocky) or 3min drive
- Restaurant 5min drive
- Île Rousse 5min drive
- Calvi airport 25min drive
- Bastia airport 1hr 15min drive
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2-3 guests – 1 Group C, Peugeot 2008 or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 Group H, Citroen C4 Picasso or similar*
- 5 guests – 1 Group K, Renault Grand Scenic or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 Group C, Peugeot 2008 or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
Group C – 1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group H – 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group K – 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group D - Peugeot 3008 or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*
Group E – SUV Automatic Toyota CHR Hybrid or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group F – Ford Mondeo or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group G – VW Coccinelle CC Cabriolet or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group J – Peugeot 308 GPS or similar, 1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group L – Renault Captur Automatic or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group N – 9-seater Toyota Proace or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group X - Citroen Berlingo or similar, 1-1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 1 small suitcase*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
On arrival, we flicked through the guest book and read “magnifique, superb, wonderful, beautiful, amazing” – it’s all true! We had a fabulous week – first time in Corsica and first time travelling with Simpson Travel…both will be repeated! The great thing is that there is no one highlight, it’s all been fantastic, but worth noting was a walk up to the lighthouse in Ile Rousse followed by lunch at U Spuntinu, the rickety train to Calvi and walk around the citadel, the Balagne villages (lunch at I Scalini perched on top of the restaurant was a unique experience – San Antonino), circuit from Lumio on the old path to Lavatoggio and back via the ruined village of Occi was hard going at times but totally worth it, brochettes at Le Beau Rivage, Algajola after our Occi walk. Thanks to Jenny for all the useful info and the book of walks.
Melanie & Jonathan – September 2018
The villa – absolutely superb – loads to do in the area, the sunsets were the best, nothing like it. We used the pool daily. We enjoyed the food everywhere and we found our way up into the mountains to watch red kites and eagles. Truly amazing – the same day we saw a dolphin swimming by, we found the wildlife exceptional. Thank you, Jenny, for your care and attention – we’ll be back!
Keith & Gill B – September 2018
Lovely villa and you never get bored with the sunsets. Beaches galore to choose from; both the local ones are lovely and Arinella and Bodri but if you are feeling active then walk to Occi – worth it and the walk (well hike – wear proper shoes!) from Bonifatu to the Refuge de Carozza.
Steve, Nicola, Emilia & Sam – September 2018
Maison Fornello is a simple but quite delightful villa. The sunsets viewed from the terrace are a joy. Corsica is an interesting island and offers plenty for all ages and abilities.
M Nelson – September 2018
Thank you for a wonderful villa. We loved the amazing views out to sea and the sunsets. Snorkelling every evening was a highlight. Swimming at Fango Valley and in the mountains was great fun and very beautiful. L’Ile Rousse and Algajola are lovely towns to visit for restaurants, particularly L’Escale in L’Ile Rousse. Also, really enjoyed the train ride to Calvi. We spent lots of time just relaxing here at the villa – reading and swimming in the pool.
Sarah, Paul, Louis & Kitty – August 2018
A very nice Villa – all you need and spectacular views across the bay. Breakfast from the terrace sets you up for the day. There are some really good circular walks locally and we hope the next guests enjoy this part of the island as much as we have.
Peter & Pam – June 2018
We enjoyed our stay at Maison Fornello for the first week of our honeymoon! It’s a lovely villa in a great location. We visited Calvi, Île Rousse, Algajola, Corbara, St Florent, Nonza, Pigna, St Antonio and Corbara. We enjoyed a day on the little beach you can see from the balcony, including snorkelling! Jenny, the Simpson Travel representative, was a great help with suggesting places.
Claire & Dan Bolton – June 2018
We have enjoyed a relaxing week here at Maison Fornello. This is our first visit to Corsica and it has been great exploring the area too. Swimming and snorkelling in the nearby coves and beaches is great fun. The clear, turquoise water is so amazing. We are very sad to be leaving!
Mike, Claire and Ollie – August 2017
What a lovely house! We enjoyed the beautiful, breathtaking views of the sea and the quick access to the beach. We received a lot of helpful tips from Jenny – we most enjoyed the canoeing with the turtles and swimming in the rock pools. Thank you for a beautiful holiday!
Kerstin, Bruce, Eliva and Alex – July 2017
We have thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in this lovely villa – our thanks to Simpson Travel and in particular Jenny, who gave us lots of suggestions of places to visit. Highlights included swimming in the rock pools and canoeing in the delta to see the turtles, snorkelling off our little beach and the local wildlife – mamma Cat and her three gorgeous kittens! Have a great holiday!
Paul, Tricia, Maddie & James – June 2017
Maison Fornello est magnifique! What a beautiful home from home from which to explore this graceful and beautiful isle. And certainly it won't be our last visit. Sunrises and sunsets to die for and a smile and sliced melon at every turn...pure heaven. Eat, drink and be merry among this merry population and rock pool jump and snorkel to your heart's content. Have a wonderful life-changing stay like we did with the angels, Debbie and Jenny, to assist.
Claire & Mark – June 2017
A fantastic week in Corsica, sitting on a private terrace overlooking the sea watching the sun set with a glass of wine. Doesn't get much better than that.
Mr Horner – June 2016
Wow, we loved it here, the views, villa, train. We have had a really fantastic holiday. Loads of sun and relaxation – what more could you ask for?
Mr Miles – August 2014
We have had a great time here in the Balagne.
Mr Sleigh – August 2014
We really enjoyed our stay here at Maison Fornello! We loved having the pool to cool down in, and being so close to the beach. Watching the sunset is always amazing, always so quiet and secluded.
Mr Matthews – August 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed Masion Fornello and Corsica generally. View and sunsets were fantastic – we spent most of our time in the evenings on the terrace. Thanks to all the Simpson Travel team for a great holiday.
Mrs Clark – July 2014
We have had a wonderful honeymoon at Maison Fornello. The views from the terrace are absolutely beautiful, particularly the sunsets which we raced back every evening to see.
Mr Bell – July 2014
A haven – no need to go anywhere else – beautiful! Hard to leave… Champagne on the beach at dusk is a must! The little beach at the bottom is lovely – lovely sea – clear, clean, and full of local charm.
Mr & Mrs Milton – September 2012
An excellent fortnight in Villa Fornello and what a fabulous position. Ile Rousse seemed so busy (the traffic!) so this time we did almost everything in Algajola. Finally the snorkelling! The best in the Med? Certainly the best for years – especially if you stick to the right-hand side and round the rocky headland. Enjoy your stay.
Mr Gealer – September 2012
We liked: snorkelling on our beach, snorkelling on Matahari beach, the train to Calvi. We liked the views from our balcony, the waves at Bodri, St Antonio village at the top of the hill. Two of us went to a Corsican polyphonic singing concert at a local church – would definitely recommend this.
Mr Cowley – August 2012
We have had a fantastic week here in Corsica, and some of our favorite places were the rock pools in the Fango Valley, Calvi, Saint Florent and Punta di Spanu. The Fango Valley was an hour and a quarter drive and we parked just below Manso where there is a door in the hill on the right. Teenage children will love jumping off the rocks! We had lovely drinks on the seafront in Calvi and the restaurants behind were great. There was a beautiful drive to Saint Florent through the mountains and it was the prettiest place we visited. Yet beware, the cathedral closes at 6:30pm, we missed it! Lastly Punta di Spanu was an amazing landscape and nice swimming.
Mr and Mrs Nicholson – August 2012
We have had a great week – although the house is quite simple, it has pretty much everything you need. The view from the terrace is fabulous! Hope you have a lovely holiday too.
Mr and Mrs Wilson – August 2012
Spent the most idyllic week in Corsica, the villa is superb, has everything you need, very impressed with Simpson Travel. The views from the terrace are amazing. Opening the shutters in the morning to look out over the cove is breathtaking. The most relaxing holiday ever! Taken the train into Calvi and looked around the shops, explored the Citadel and had a cocktail on the harbour. ile Rousse was a sweet town, Algajola has some nice restaurants too. Our stay here was amazing. We will be back next year, same time, same villa. Corsica is a lovely island. Very clean and very well looked after, and the Corsican people are very friendly.
Mr Betteridge – July 2012
Boulangerie very good in Algajola. Boys (aged 9 and 5) enjoyed Parcour L’Aventure at Calvi Beach (turn right just after Casino supermarket). Bodri beach nice and sandy, turn left at signpost for Le Sinbad snack bar off main road, not Bodri camping. Parc de Saleccia gardens also good. Went to the rock pools on the way to Nonza and had a great time, some deep pools you can jump into off the rocks.
Mrs Homa – July 2012
Fantastic weather all week – been to Calvi (Citadel) and the beach at Pain du Sucre, which was lovely. Also went to the rock pools at Manso and the Artisan trail to San Antonio. Highly recommend them all as well as snorkelling on the beach here! Have had a fantastic holiday on a fantastic island.
Mr and Mrs Ferris – June 2012
Your customer service is exceptional. You allowed us to change our deposit when flights didn't suit, and in effect upgraded us. This was impressive enough, but the level of knowledge within your team is beyond anything I've encountered before. Debbie your local rep 'went the extra mile' to fulfil our request for two doubles, and all in all it was a fantastic holiday. I can't tell you how impressed I am with Simpson Travel, and would travel with them again, and recommend them most highly to anyone. Mr Simpson should be extremely proud of his team!
Mrs Viggers – June 2012
A wonderful week in a beautiful villa. Fantastic views of the sea. We loved Corsica. Thank you Simpson Travel.
Mr Pertwee – May 2012
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With fishermen mending their nets by the harbour, Calvi’s maritime heritage remains intact. However, the town has gained a new lease of life in the cafés and bars along Quai Landry, linking the marina and the port, with stretches of beach beyond.
Inland, the unspoilt beauty of The Balagne tells a different story of mountain wildernesses and the island's unspoilt and uniquely fragrant maquis. Follow the Route des Artisans through terracotta-tiled hilltop villages, overlooking a landscape of forests and mountains, and you’ll also find that an excellent glass of local wine is never far away.
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