Moulin des Calanques

West Coast of Corsica, Corsica

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  • Restored millhouse
  • Breathtaking position
  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Nearby rock swimming pool with waterfall
  • Restaurants/shops 5-minute drive
  • Beach 15-minute drive

Moulin des Calanques was once an old mill and is now the only house in one of the most famously beautiful places in Europe. The scenery is unique and guests can walk along the river to a rock swimming pool with its own waterfall. Accommodation is simple but the surroundings are stunning: spectacular pink cliffs and rock formations hide numerous serpentine paths for walkers. Just up the road is the hotel and restaurant of Les Roches Rouges, and the village of Piana, one of the loveliest in Corsica, is only three kilometres away.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 1 bedroom house (sleeps 2)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine,
  • CD-player
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls only)

First floor

  • Double bedroom (180 x 200cm bed) with small en-suite shower room
  • Accessed by outside stairs

General

  • Air-conditioning on ground floor only
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, beach and bath towels provided
  • Terrace, terraced grounds
  • Nearby river, rock swimming pool and waterfall (some or all may be dry at certain times of the year and access is via steps with terraced and rocky areas)
  • Barbecues are prohibited at the property due to it being a UNESCO world Heritage Site
  • At present this property does not benefit from wifi coverage
  • Simpson Travel representative service by telephone

Cleaning/linen

  • 1 week holidays – does not include a mid-stay clean or bed linen/towel change
  • 2 week holidays – includes a light mid-stay clean and bed linen/towel change

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 12:00-2:00pm only
  • Check-out time – 9:00am

Location

  • Beach 15min drive
  • Restaurants/shops 5min drive
  • Ajaccio airport 1hr 15min drive

Car hire

Car options

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*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group C – 1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

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 H – Citroen C4 Picasso or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group J – Peugeot 308 GPS or similar, 1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group K – Renault Grand Scenic or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

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.

Customer feedback

Moulin des Calanques – a superb little hideaway in an unforgettable location with views far exceeding our expectations. For peace and tranquillity this is it.
Mr Aylett – May 2018

Stayed at Moulin des Calanques, Piana, Corsica! Wow! What an amazing experience! So unique and stunning location! Thank you for helping us to have a wonderful time in beautiful Corsica! The Moulin is totally unique and well equipped/presented. Loved the waterfall, scenery, wildlife – even had a pine martin on the wall! Never seen one before. Lots of excellent walks, beaches and we did two excellent dives from Porto with MPS Divers. Highly recommended – excellent hire kit and friendly team. Dinner at Hotel Roches Rouges – kirs on the terrace at sunset, top quality food, beautifully presented in a unique style and excellent service. Like being in an old movie! Thank you for superb provisions pack, especially the champagne and present for our anniversary! Very special. Thank you too to Debbie, the local rep, who was very helpful. We will certainly be recommending Simpson Travel! Thank you! 
Mrs Bellworthy – September 2016

Thank you for a fantastic two peaceful, unique and enjoyable weeks at Moulin des Calanques. Seamless, attentive but suitably low-key support from Simpson Travel. The location (especially the waterfall, pond and the calanque rocks), the house, sunsets, goats, welcome pack, support from Francis (the owner), comprehensive kitchen items (especially the dishwasher and washing machine), the stories from other travellers in the house book (very useful) and the two terraces all added to our great holiday experience. Would we recommend? Yes definitely. Would we go again? Yes, if we could! Two weeks of enjoyable peacefulness with stunning views and wonderful sunsets!
Ms Nigro – July 2016

Great weather, beautiful blue skies so we spent most of our time reclining and facing west. Excellent accommodation, simple and sufficient.
Mr Robinson – September 2014

What a lovely, enjoyable and beautiful location, our stay at Moulin des Calanques was a complete joy.
Mrs Johnson – August 2014

Inspired by watching Le Tour de France last year on TV, we planned our first visit to Corsica; we've had a wonderful week in this spectacular landscape. Everything about Moulin des Calanques has been perfect.
Mr Askwith – July 2014

If you want to stay somewhere surrounded by a beautiful stunning landscape this is..'The Place.' Peace, seclusion, your very own waterfall and a lovely village just up the road, what more could you want?
Mrs Spice – May 2014

We loved Corsica and Moulin des Calanques was just about perfect. We could not recommend it too highly.
Mr Brewster – April 2014

Moulin des Calanques is perfect, breathtaking in every way. The weather has been great. We both fell in love with Piana, everyone we met were so welcoming. Thank you Simpson Travel, everything was made so easy for us.
Mr & Mrs Knellar – September 2013

 

 

This was our first experience with Simpson Travel, but it won’t be our last. Everything was exactly as promised. The support before we went was excellent. The local Simpson Travel representative was very helpful with suggestions of things to do in the area. Moulin de Calanques is a unique and very special place, in a location which is just amazing. To say it delivers a wow factor would be a complete understatement. We loved Corsica and will return.
Hugh & Helen Leighton – June 2018

First time visitors who also arrived to be greeted by a torrential downpour. Thereafter we have had glorious weather and experienced magical adventures and discoveries. We have enjoyed discovering our own walks – breathtaking views. The natural beauty of the area and the welcome we have received from the people of Piana has been simply wonderful and we shall go home with so many happy memories. Thank you to the owners and Simpson Travel (in particular to Debbie for all your help).
Ms Kean – September 2013

This place will probably be the standard by which we'll judge every future holiday home. As a bird watcher/nature lover, this is a particularly wonderful place to spend time. The best bit – the waterfall and pool. Lovely, thank you!
Ms Bunker – August 2013

We have had an incredible two weeks here at Moulin des Calanques. The privacy in such a wonderful setting has been a totally unique and wonderful experience. The walking has been fantastic. We adored the waterfall and pool. All in all, an incredible holiday in an incredible location, thank you Simpson Travel – what a find!
Mr & Mrs Burrows – July 2013

What an amazing place to spend a week; so much to see, do and enjoy! Very interesting wildlife, incredible how the goats can come down the almost vertical cliff opposite. All in all, this has been a fantastic holiday – thank you Simpson Travel!
Mr & Mrs Stirling – July 2013

What a perfect introduction to Corsica, Moulin des Calanques, Piana and the Tour de France at the gate. This is a perfect spot for a pair of romantic nature lovers, so thank you to the owner for making the old mill such a fabulous holiday cottage.
Mr & Mrs Rowley – June 2013

It's our first visit to Corsica and we are wondering why? We'll take the memories of Moulin des Calanques with us. It's felt like an absolute privilege to be guests here. My husband made it into the waterfall; he re-enacted the 'Timotei' advert. Looking forward to our return. Thank you Simpson Travel.
Mr & Mrs Williams – June 2013

A really enjoyable holiday. Thank you.
Mr Underhay – May 2013

A week is not long enough to enjoy all that Corsica has to offer. We have loved every moment and have felt very privileged staying at Moulin des Calanques. Thoughts of ‘Le Grand Père’ together with his goats; chestnut flour and the history of the area. It is all so perfect and stunningly beautiful! Next time we will come prepared for serious walking as losing the pathway on the Piana/Ota Mule track was far from ideal but we made it and love the memory. Although not honeymooners, even after 25 years of marriage we have felt a special romance here. Moulin des Calanques is a very special place and we feel very lucky to have found this gem. Thank you, we’ll be back.
Mr Wendt – September 2012

Our choice of Corsican properties is as diverse as the island itself, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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    4/5

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  • Comfort

    3/5

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  • Facilities*

    3/5

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  • Amenities*

    3/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

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Founded by the Genoese, Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital and the West Coast’s cultural hot spot, is a stylish centre for shopping, fine dining and unhurried aperitifs. To the north, you’ll find picturesque Cargèse, high on a clifftop. A short drive beyond and the stunning Gulf of Porto opens before you, its deep blue water surrounded by red granite cliffs.

As a handpicked complement to your holiday, our villa on the West Coast, Moulin des Calanques, is a restored watermill in a breathtakingly lovely location – a taste of Corsica at its most unspoilt and a truly unique holiday experience.

Read more on our West Coast of Corsica region page

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