Domaine de Murtoli, Corsica – France
Hotel Type: A unique concept of a 5* hotel dotted across a private estate. The estate consists of a boutique hotel, shepherds houses and private villas. All offer a tailor-made hotel service.
Location: On the stunning south west coast of Corsica – a 25 minute drive from Figari, and 90 minutes from Ajaccio. Corsica is accessible by a short flight from mainland France or fly directly from many European countries.
Style: Rustic luxe
Rooms: 20 individual shepherd’s houses and private villas with pools, dotted around the estate. There is also Hotel de la Ferme on the estate that has 9 simple and luxuriously decorated rooms & suites.
Favourite Room: Extremely difficult seeing as all of the dwellings are so unique. For a group of 4 people we love the U Fragnu which is an old mill with panoramic views and a spectacular pool in the rock.
Ideal For: Getting away from it all. It is perfect for enjoying plenty of privacy in your own secluded dwelling while making the most of hotel facilities and services.
Swimming: Most of the dwellings have their own private pools and the boutique hotel has its own private pool too. There is also a private beach to be enjoyed by all guests.
Dining: Delicious Corsican cuisine – dine in your villa, on the beach at La Table de la Plage, or in the Michelin starred restaurant, La Table de la Ferme, or in a natural cave with a terrace boasting beautiful views at La Table de la Grotte.
Activities: There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed on the site itself. You can go wine tasting or take a Corsican cooking lesson, learn about farm life, play golf on the 12-hole golf course, partake in Pilates or yoga, go kayaking or paddle-boarding, explore the estate by bike or foot or horseback, try fresh river or sea fishing and visit the local Archaeological sites.
Spa: During the summer season there is a spa by the beach.
Accessibility: Generally speaking we do not recommend Murtoli for those with reduced mobility as unfortunately the old authentic houses are not well equipped for those with reduced accessibility.
Low season Price From:
- In Hotel de la Ferme: €500 per night Petra Nera room including breakfast.
- In a 1 bedroom Shepherds hut: €500 per night in a 1 bedroom Shepherds House Country Side, includes a daily pastry delivery.
High Season Price From:
- In Hotel de la Ferme: €800 per night Petra Nera room including breakfast.
- In a 1 bedroom Shepherds hut: €1480 per night in a 1 bedroom Shepherds House Country Side, includes a daily pastry delivery.
Please note there is a minimum 7 night’s stay over peak periods. Please speak to a member of the team for more details and dates.
Open From: April – January
It’s not hard to see why this expansive wilderness has become one of Europe’s hottest destinations. A private estate of over 6,000 acres of rugged mountains, shady woodland and bordered by long stretches of white sand and turquoise sea, Domaine de Murtoli is a haven for those who are never happier than when they’re far from anywhere. Artfully refurbished farmhouses, watch towers and stone shepherd huts, are scattered amongst the estate – some near the beach, others nestled in the hills and valleys looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, with the hotel at the heart of it all. The estate is understated and discrete luxury, set in the stunning maquis, on an island famous for its wild beauty and unique culture. The food is sublime, the service is exceptional (think private chefs) and there’s enough to do to keep you occupied forever. Or perhaps, you might opt for a week of just gazing out over the hills, the beach and the sparkling emerald sea.
Exquisitely converted from the main farm building, and all centred around a courtyard, the hotel rooms and suites are an expertly designed mix of local materials and visually stunning interiors. They feature private terraces, balconies, large walk in showers, cast iron baths, terracotta floors and heavy oaked beamed ceilings and share swimming pool dedicated to guests staying here. Each and every one of them is very comfortably spacious, utterly dreamy and perfect for two.
The villas and shepherds huts are some of the very best we have seen anywhere. Each one is completely different – having once been home to shepherds or a herd of cows centuries ago. They range from bijou romantic nests for two, and quirky barns for families, to sprawling affairs for parties of up to 16. Most of them have pools, which form part of the landscape, and gardens that blend into the surrounding land, and all have staggering panoramic views. We love their secluded locations, where you can easily go an entire day without seeing a single soul. The uniqueness of each property is partly what gives them their charm. Arba Barona, which sleeps four, appears out of the rocky hillside, tucked into the valley high above the beach. For people who truly crave remoteness, A Figa is an old watchtower up in the hills, where the silence is magical. There are three villas by the water, sleeping eight to 12 guests, with the deserted private beach just steps away. And up the valley, there’s the fabulous Hamlet Rosumarinu, a collection of three shepherds houses with accommodation for 16 guests and far reaching views down to the sea. There’s a daily maid service and fresh pastries brought each morning. Guests can eat at any of the restaurants, cook for themselves, using produce from the estate gardens, or have your groceries brought to you, or not lift a finger at all and book a private chef (subject to availability).
Domaine de Murtoli has three excellent restaurants, with produce fresh from the estate and naturally, the sea. The meat is bred on the farm and olive oil is direct from its own mill. The magic of much of the cuisine in Corsica is from the herbs, and these all come fresh from the gardens. And let’s not forget all the delicious Corsican wines here. Sit out on the terrace overlooking the golf course, or inside the restored farmhouse at La Table de la Ferme, with its exquisite one Michelin star haute cuisine with Corsican flavours and modern techniques. The unimaginably romantic La Table de la Grotte is a candlelit gastronomic treat in a cave and no visit should be without eating here at least once. Down at the beach, with tables spilling out from terraces onto the sand, with loungers and sun beds, there’s La Table de la Plage, with freshly grilled fish and divine Mediterranean dishes, and cocktails in the evening.
A week here with your family, is a week to remember – where freedom is all around, with every chance to run around uninhibited. During the summer, there’s a kids’ club with a vast range of organised activities. They’ll discover the magic of the estate, from treasure hunts to expeditions to the beach and learning how to play Golf, to discovering delicious treats in the estate gardens. There’s babysitting available too, for when the grown ups would like a late meal at La Table de la Ferme.
You could be forgiven for arriving at the Domain, putting down your bags, and sitting in your garden by the pool for the entire week. However, whether you’re in the hotel, or a villa, it is equally easy to fill each day with something different. The estate is there to be discovered – you can roam freely by foot or on a mountain bike – we definitely recommend exploring as much as possible – it is truly a beautiful place. Seeing it from the back of a horse is also pretty amazing, and the estate partners with a riding centre, where you can also take lessons. There are botanical, geological and archeological tours, and more locally, you have access to the estate’s vegetable gardens and are welcome to help yourself. Golfers will love the 12 hole links course and later in the season, there’s hunting and shooting. Domaine de Murtoli has 3km of private beach – an exceptionally beautiful stretch from where you can swim, kayak and paddle board. Boat charters can be organised, as can sea fishing. And don’t forget to book a treatment at the outdoor beach Spa, with the sound of the waves as your backdrop. We can safely say, you’ll probably never set foot outside of the estate!