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Off the beaten track and deep in the Murtoli landscape, Domaine de Murtoli is a hamlet of rustic Corsican cottages.
Domaine de Murtoli offers tranquillity and an escape from the hustle and bustle as these patrician houses fringe the west coast of Corsica next to untouched beaches and the sea.
All 17 restored houses and sheepfolds are authentically rustic and built entirely from stone in the island's 17th century architectural style, with thatched roofs. If that isn't appealing enough, the properties store heat in the winter and protect from heat in the summer, making this location appealing for any season.
The villas in the cove sleep eight or 12 people, and have a private beach, open air bar and massage area. The villas in the valley are surrounded by hills of ever green oaks next to the Ortolo River. Villas range can cater for between two and 13 people and overlook meadows, field and the sea. The villas in the Maquis house two to eight people with a dramatic mountain range as a back drop. All are designed with charm and comfort in mind, and almost all have their own landscaped gardens and private pools
There is an array of dining options at the Domaine de Murtoli, and the chefs cook with the estate's home grown produce from the estate farm. The Grotto is a natural cave which has been converted into a restaurant and serves local and international cuisine as well as hosting its own wine cellar. Alternatively The Beach restaurant is a former fishermen's shack with an open air design set among the olive trees with steps down to a beach front bar.
If neither of those appeal (unlikely) Domaine also offers private catering, whether in the comfort of guests' villas, or an intimate dinner by the fire. To top it all off, guests can also have picnic hampers made up for them, whether it's for a seaside escape or simply a garden picnic.
As for activities and leisure, Domaine de Murtoli boasts its own open air spa surrounded by rosebushes and bamboo plantations. Guests can also make use of the equestrian centre and go on treks around the estate. Guests can also go fishing or sailing in the bay.
A perfect place to escape to with friends or family, but also an idyllic writer's hideout where that difficult first novel might suddenly spring to life.
Harriet, Original Traveller