A rustic house with unrivalled views in the hills of the picturesque village of Nonza
Property owners’ take the floor
Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?
Just like with Sanfrancescu (which I also own) I was immediately enchanted by this little stone house. The unique location on the Monte Stello with the black pebble beach below makes its own contribution to the beauty of the region. I cannot imagine my life without such natural and architectural richness.
What can you offer people staying with you ?
There is no hiding from the stunning views of the Mediterranean and the mythical Agriates desert. With the sea providing an unwavering backdrop and a peaceful silence that is so hard to come by, the house is any painter or writer’s dream and a great source of inspiration. A stay here is perfect for anyone looking to relax and lose themselves in daydreams.
What specific architectural features does your building have ?
The stunning terraces and umbrella pine that overlook the sea along with the shale stone of the house, the famous Corsican serpentine and the lauze stone roof are in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment.
Places you would personally recommend
There are many nearby such as La Tour Paoline just one kilometre away which was built in 1760, the iconic church of Santa Ghjulia or the eco-museum in Cédrat. Nonza also serves as a starting point for four hiking trails through the maquis and the mountains, they also offer the chance to go for a dip in the rivers and waterfalls.
What is its history ?
La Casa Nonza, which I went about restoring in 2011, is a former donkey stable from the 18th century and one of the oldest houses in the village.
With two floors immersed in greenery and a stunning view of the sea in the distance, this small house with blue shutters embodies Corsica’s wild and authentic side as it sits almost carved into the rocky hillside. It exudes the same charms as the convent of SanFrancescu d'Oletta (painter and perfume maker Candida Romero takes care of both) but beyond the elegance and simplicity that these properties share, a unique and refined sense of exclusivity emerges at Casa Nonza. The unparalleled views leave you wondering if anything could possibly disturb such an intimate and inevitable connection with the sea – tearing yourself away from this inspiring refuge is no easy feat.
With a hundred and thirty square meters spread over three levels, the house has a classic layout with a living room on the ground floor (with is a sofa which can be converted into a double bed) and a large kitchen which leads to two large shaded terraces of two hundred square meters, both have beautiful views of the sea and the mountains. On the first floor, a shower and separate toilet are shared by a twin room and a double room with a queen-sized bed. On the second floor is another double room with a queen-sized bed, it comes with an en suite bathroom, a separate toilet and a balcony which is ideal for breakfast with a view and watching the sun set.
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