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If you were to compile a list of everything that makes a place irresistible, it would seem utterly unattainable. But if it took shape before your eyes, you would recognise it immediately. The Convent of Pozzo almost certainly embodies such a list. Perched on a hilltop, it calmly surveys the surrounding relief and offers views of the open sea merging with the sky. A strong and radiant presence remains from the property's monastic origins, inspired by both the "realities from above" and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The property's simplicity, however, is its most striking feature. Skilfully cultivated for centuries by the same family, they added the necessities to beautify the place without tarnishing its soul. Everything is flawless, not even the slightest hint of a false note seems able to break this perfect harmony.
A career change doubled with a return to our origins. After ten years working in the fashion industry in Paris, we decided to leave the tribulations of the capital to take over a family property of great rarity and offer our family a life closer to nature. Today, I passionately preserve the authentic charm of this family home (as my grandparents and great-grandparents did before me) to the delight of my guests and family. I never imagined we would host so many visitors when we first opened the doors to the public.
The Pozzo Convent is an authentic 15th century building. It was once a Capuchin monk monastery, one can easily imagine the life of the twelve monks that lived here. Some of the rooms (former cells) still have their original size and the doors are vintage. Imagine walking down the "monks" corridor with three hundred year old tiling beneath your feet. The former refectory is now a comfortable living room, it features a depiction of The Last Supper measuring five metres by two that dates back to the 17th century, as well as the inscription "sin on es satis memento paubertatis" (if you are not satisfied, remember poverty). The Capuchins were a mendicant order after all. Other special features include a large stone gong of great rarity and the original pendulum. If you want to know more you will have to come and see for yourself!
Just after the French Revolution, the monks residing at the convent were asked to leave. Having grown attached to property, they asked a devout family in the area to settle here for fear that it would be looted. In 1796, this same family bought it for a small sum. It has since remained in the same family, our family, which has been working for seven generations to preserve its authentic charm. Endless memories, photos and objects transport us through time. If we must remember one thing from history, it is that this house has been loved and cherished more than anything.
Food for the soul, sincere interactions and all sorts of flavours from my kitchen! Staying at the Convent of Pozzo is an opportunity to experience a moment of authentic life in a relaxed and refined atmosphere. The convent is not a luxury resort, but an intimate place where you immediately feel at home. No guest will leave here feeling indifferent. The convent is located at the entrance to Cap Corse where the sun rises above the east coast, the air is fresh three hundred metres above sea level and it is never too hot or too cold. What makes this convent so special is that the privatisation of the property is accompanied by a full range of services such as breakfasts, meals, a concierge, and farm eggs on request! It is the ideal place to meet with family or friends.
It is easy to explore the northern part of the island. This authentic microregion has a diverse landscape and wild nature. The first beach is only a ten minute drive away. Also ten minutes away is Erbalunga, a small village and a haven for summer evenings. It is an adorable fishing port where there is a wide choice of restaurants, some offering local specialities and seafood.
The Convent of Pozzo can host receptions for eighty to one hundred and twenty people with a simple privatisation option, or a tailor-made option for up to forty-five people which includes furniture and crockery, old linen, floral decorations and home cooking. Privatisation of the rooms is possible for up to ten people and the village church neighbouring the Convent can host religious ceremonies. The Convent does not host events from mid-July to the end of August.