At the northern tip of Cap Corse in Corsica between sea and mountains,
a villa and its three outbuildings.
Bastia, HAUTE-CORSE corse 20200 FR


Situated 40 km from Bastia via the east coast of Cap Corse, an hour by road to Poretta airport, this 17th century building and its three outbuildings awaiting restoration, are set in the heart of the village of Rogliano, overlooking the Macinaggio marina and the little island of Giraglia at the far north of Corsica and to the west, the island of Capraia, Elbe and the coasts of Tuscany.


At the end of the road that leads to the hamlet Magna Sottana, a small path leads to the entrance of this typical Corsican house.
This property comprising four houses with the main building habitable and the three outbuildings suitable for conversion. It represents half of the hamlet of Rogliano, at the tip of Cap Corse in “Magna Sottana”. Bordered by more than 2000 m2 of olive trees and a 1000 m2 garden made up of shrubs, mimosa bushes and typical Corsican scrubland, this house dominates the hamlet below on this side of the hill, in a Mediterranean mountain setting.
The house, with its dressed dry-stone and slate walls chiselled by man and the natural elements, is like a watchtower from where one can admire the sea and the ships sailing towards Italy in the distance.
The main house is built on four different levels that are described below.

The main house

It is a villa named “u Palazzu Benini” after its first occupants, some 17th and 18th century financiers from Genoa.
The building features dressed dry-stone walls and a Lauze stone roof covering chestnut wood timbers. The thickness of the walls is also typical of the period – over a metre wide and the main south-facing facade features numerous windows on two levels. Arriving via the paved path, one can see a passage leading to the house towards a terrace adjoining an outbuilding. The path is bordered by wrought-iron balusters and gates that open on to the garden.

Ground floor
A large cellar, incorporating a staircase to the first floor, leads to the kitchen. The kitchen has both a double-leaf doorway and a French window opening on to the paved alley. In the cellar there is an old “Ricciata” stone paved olive press.
A second cellar, with a window and a double chestnut door, houses a large olive mill probably dating back to the late 18th century.
A third cellar is used as storage for various equipment and gardening tools.
These three areas open on to an alley separating the main house from two of the three outbuildings.

First floor
A stone-covered porch forms the main entrance to the house via an enclosed courtyard. The courtyard is paved and incorporates an outside toilet.
After crossing the courtyard, one enters part of the house that is single storey. A long corridor with an Italian-motif painted ceiling and Brando (typical of the south-east of Cap Corse) stone floor presents a beautiful spacious area.
Next to the first room, a music room, illuminated by two south-facing windows and a French window that opens on to a balcony terrace. In this sitting room, there is a fireplace and beautiful ceiling with fresco decorations. Next to the entrance, another room is currently used as a storage and laundry room.
A third room is used as a sitting room, has two French windows and is south-facing. The room leads, via a passage way flanked with wrought-iron railings, to a terrace and magnificent sea and mountain views.
A fourth room is heated with a wood burner. Adjoining this sitting room, a large kitchen come dining room is also the main living area of the house. It is fully equipped and has all the typical Corsican kitchen features, with its rack for hanging pots and pans and its hexagonal turquoise and white floor tiles.
At the end of the corridor, there is a large staircase. Under the staircase - “sotto scale”, a storage space for wine (typical in Corsican houses of that period) There is a mid-floor landing.

Second floor
The staircase leads to another landing illuminated by a window.
A fifth room, a vast sitting room, is currently used as a cinema room and has a marble fireplace. The ceiling features painted decorations and is illuminated by two south-east facing windows that open on to the surrounding sea and mountain views.
Leaving this room, a corridor leads on to a bedroom and its south-facing window and to another bedroom with two exposed chestnut wood beams. A study and a fitted wardrobe.
There is an adjoining shower room with its Italian-style walk-in shower, a toilet and washbasin and warm Mediterranean coloured floor tiles.
A room with its fireplace called the pink sitting room because of the distinctive colour of its walls. Chestnut wood beams support the ceiling and the walls have been painted with a beautiful patina finish. Old terracotta floor tiles cover the floor just like in most of the other rooms.
From a beautiful bedroom illuminated by three east and south-facing windows there is a magnificent view of the island of Capraia, Maccinaggio and the Tuscan mountains, on a clear day. Two doors lead to the pink room.
A corridor leads to a bedroom, with exposed beams, a south-facing window, a wardrobe and a toilet; then a vestibule opens into a large bathroom with a period bath tub in the middle, a fireplace, an Italian-style shower decorated with cement and zellij (small) tiles and a Brando stone bench. This bathroom is illuminated by two south-east facing windows with a sea view.

Third floor
It comprises attic space which could be converted. Six rooms with ceilings of approx. 2.16 m, one of which opens on to a terrace.

The garden
To the west of the garden that spans 1000 m2, a summer dining area under a large lime tree and close to a wash house and a 30 m x 10 m area ideal for a pool. A small stone staircase leads to an upper level of the garden where there is a third wash house.
A large stone staircase crosses the garden and leads to the main house.

The parklands
Above the living quarters and the garden, there is a 3000 m2 olive grove. Access to the property via the top of the village (Magna Soprana) through this wooded area could be created.

Outbuilding, house n° 2

This former sheep barn suitable for conversion spans two levels and its upper section supports the terrace belonging to the main house with its passage way linking it to the large living room.
There is a staircase leading from the terrace to the lower floor where there is an access via a wrought iron gate opening in to an alley.
A period bread oven is proof of the authenticity of this site and the period.

Outbuilding, house n° 3

In this building, adjacent to the outbuilding, house n° 2, there is a vaulted cellar room where a former wash room can be found, of particular interest because Corsican wash rooms were very rarely indoors.

First level

Second level

It is located in a vaulted room measuring 5.28 m x 7.37 m

Outbuilding, house n° 4

It comprises two levels above a large cellar. It could easily be made into a solarium terrace with a view of Rogliano castle.

Garden level
A large room with a 2.80 m ceiling.
First floor

Second level
A room with three windows.

The garden

The garden is located on three different levels, each measuring 330 m2.

Our opinion

This property, typical of the period under Genoa’s domination in 17th and 18th centuries, has kept all its authenticity. The surroundings, its mountain and sea views are just some of its advantages.
The main house, habitable and comfortable, and the three outbuildings to be restored, offer many possibilities of use; why not a hotel complex or events organisation activity?
Like all sites with history-marked character, it will interest, above all, any lover of old stone buildings and history. Ideal for any investor or tourism professional interested in developing alternative tourism, away from the hustle and bustle of a summer at the seaside.

Exclusive sale

1 166 000 € Negotiation fees included
1 100 000 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser

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Reference 171325

Land registry surface area 6632 m2
Main building surface area 564 m2
Outbuilding surface area 246 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

Regional representative

Gilbert Moracchini +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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