A slice of Corsica to share with family and friends
on the hills of Bastia in San Martino di Lota
San-Martino-di-Lota, Haute-Corse Corse FR

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

For many, Corsica is the most beautiful island in the world and we are not ones to disagree. Just an hour and a half from Paris, it promises the excitement of another continent with magnificent landscapes overlooking turquoise waters and the sweet perfume of the maquis and flowers. A unique beauty and softness prevails here with the mild weather, the local gastronomy, the lively traditions and the friendly, courageous people. It was both Corsica and the Cap Corse that enchanted us when we found this house on the most authentic part of the island. We were unable to resist the unique setting and fascinating history.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

A truly unique experience in a magical and historic place, removed from the world with breath-taking nature and a spectacular view over the sea, the valley and the Tuscan islands.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

This historic house was erected by Louis Charles René de Marbeuf, one of the island's most famous noblemen in the 1770s. It was first a hunting lodge and then a vineyard house – the original arrow slits, the outdoor stone staircase and the period fireplaces have all been preserved. Nestled in a verdant setting at the top of a hill, the property proudly stands amongst olive trees and hundred-year-old trees on no less than fourteen hectares of land. Whether from the terrace or the swimming pool, it offers a magnificent view of the Tuscan islands of Elba, Montecristo and Caprai.

Places you would personally recommend

The property is just ten minutes from the centre of Bastia, the old port and its citadel, and only thirty minutes from the airport. It is also close to Marana’s beautiful sandy beaches and charming pebble ones which are twenty-five minutes by foot or ten by car. The charming port of St Florent is just half an hour away, as is the Patrimonio wine route. Corte, with its lakes and lunar landscapes, is an hour's drive away. Closer to the house are the small villages of Erbalunga or Sisco which are open to visitors.

What is its history ?

There are so many stories to tell. The Count de Marbeuf, governor of the island, was a close friend of Letizia Bonaparte. She often came to holiday at this property with the young Napoleon, a notorious protector of the family who many thought to be the Count’s illegitimate son.

Our opinion

This relatively modest house boasts remarkably stunning views; views that sweep over the slopes of Cap Corse, gathering agapanthes and hydrangeas as they descend through the pine and oak forests towards the sea. Guests will see further and wider than ever before. Although the dainty pool may be a little narrow to accommodate every guest staying at this historic retreat fit for an eagle, the beaches below welcome those looking to go for a dip and admire the island's uninhibited beauty. Nature hums and rustles all around.


between 2500 € and 3500 € / week

Réf 289858

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

10 5 4 2 4

The tiled floors and exposed beams delight lovers of old buildings without sacrificing any comfort in this well-equipped house. The property has three floors with five bedrooms (two of which are suites) for up to ten guests. Across the two hundred square meters of the property are four bathrooms, two lounges with fireplaces, a dining room and three terraces. The terraces lead to a seven by four metre swimming pool and a ping-pong table. Other board games and outdoor games are available. A fifty-six-square metre outbuilding with two terraces and a view of the surrounding countryside can also be rented on request for an extra charge. It is located fifty meters from the main house but comes with its own kitchen which doubles up as dining room. The living room is equipped with a sofa bed and the bedroom has a double bed. There is also a bathroom and separate toilets. It can accommodate up to four people. There is someone who tends to the swimming pool on site. A cleaner is also available on request. It should be noted that a vehicle is necessary if guests wish to be self-sufficient.

Facilities and amenities
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Satellite television
  • Dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • DVD player
  • barbecue
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Daily cleaning service available on request
  • microwave oven
  • fireplace
  • heating
  • Animals welcome

Languages spoken

English - Italian


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