Domaine de Murtoli
Set on the dramatic south coast of Corsica, Domaine de Murtoli is an unique collection of shepherds houses transformed into rustic luxury villas. Sleeping from a romantic two to a party of thirteen, they are in a peaceful valley or on a private beach.
At a Glance
Beautifully renovated shepherds houses, each totally individual
Large gardens with natural pools and views of the sparkling Mediterranean
Private dining and delicious picnics easily arranged
Pick your own fruit and vegetables from the estate gardens
Indulgent outdoor beach spa, hammam and treatments using local products
Riding, sea fishing, golf and scuba diving all available
To start planning your vacation to Domaine de Murtoli
Domaine de Murtoli is a truly beautiful and unique villa estate. Rustic properties that have been sympathetically renovated and furnished are dotted over 2,500 hectares of lush Corsican countryside, giving guests an amazing escape from every day life. Chose from a beach side cottage where you can go for an early morning dip in the sea, or one that is set in the 'maquis', with the mountains stretching away in the distance and the Ortolo River running through.
Murtoli continues to be run as a farm, producing enough food for everyday needs, from meat to olive oil and from honey to vegetables. The kitchen garden is there for guests to use, with its array of herbs, vegetables and fruit. Help yourself to the seasonal produce from aubergines, to strawberries, vine tomatoes to lemons and mandarins.
Perfect for the family or group of friends who are after some adventure, peace and quiet, as well as a little bit of luxury, Domaine de Murtoli doesn't get much better. Each villa has its own large garden and pool, with plenty of terrace space for alfresco dining, and a feeling of complete seclusion. Guests can cook in their villas, picking fresh produce from the estate's gardens, (the estate can also deliver your groceries by arrangement) or choose freshly caught sea bream or local lamb at the Grotto - a restaurant and bar in a spectacular natural cave by the beach, complete with a well-stocked cellar and a roaring fire. Or have a candle lit dinner with your toes in the sand at the beach restaurant - formerly a fisherman's shack. Private in-villa dining can easily be arranged, as can a picnic hamper for you to take if you find somewhere particularly special to eat.
There's no shortage of things to do here. Sailing round the deserted coves and beaches is an ideal way to spend the day, and for the more active, there is horse riding, river and sea fishing, scuba diving or even hunting. Guests can enjoy a range of therapies in the shade of the pines, outside in the spa.
During certain times of the year, there are exciting and original packages that Murtoli organizes. Christmas, Easter, October half term, or even just a weekend, these retreats are tailor made for adults and children alike. Parents can enjoy a cookery course and winery visits, whilst children discover pottery, or ranch riding and scuba diving.
Each beautifully renovated shepherd's house or sheepfold has its own individual style, and is in perfect harmony with the island's surroundings. Dating from the 17th century, they are rustic in character with thick stone walls keeping them cool during the hot summer months. Comfortable and sympathetically furnished, they range from cosy cottages for two to larger properties for up to thirteen. WiFi Internet connection is possible depending on the location of the villa or upon request at the restaurants. Please note that access to each house and around the estate in general is along rough dirt tracks so a 4X4 car is essential.
Eddera (sleeping 12) is a renovated and sheltered shepherd's house with a small sheepfold in large grounds and sheltered out of view. The pool is almost touching the sea. There are four double rooms, two sets of bunkbeds,
a sauna-hammam, summer kitchen and is just a minute's walk from the cove.
Alivu and Albitru (each sleeping 8). This is a beautiful large house divided into two separate villas, set in a meadow surrounded by olive trees.
A private path leads down to the cove's fine sand beach.
The patrician houses and the hamlet, are nestled in the peaceful valley through which the Ortolo River passes. Surrounded by hills scattered with evergreen oaks, these villas look out over the meadows, fields and the blue sea.
Rosumarinu (sleeps 13) is a group of three sheepfolds with a large central pool surrounded by a dry stone wall terrace and offering sea views and is ideal for a group of friends or family. It is a 5 minute drive to the beach.
A Liccia (sleeps 10) is perched on a rocky foothill, and dominates the entire valley. It has a small sheepfold and a swimming pool. There are five double rooms, summer kitchen and a hammam. It is a 10 to 15 minute drive to the beach.
A Persia (sleeps 2) is a romantic hideaway not far from the sea. A sheepfold set on a hill with a pool flanked by a dry stone wall, it has exceptional views over the Ortolo Valley and the fields. It is 5 minutes from the beach.
A Filetta (sleeps 2) is a sheepfold set deep in the countryside and snuggled amongst evergreen oaks and olive trees. It is a 10 to 15 minute drive to the beach.
A Muredda (sleeps 4) is the lookout point from where the shepherds watched their flocks. The infinity pool, cut into the granite, looks out to the sea. There is one double room and an alcove with two beds. It is an 8 minute drive to the beach.
A Tiria (sleeps 2) is located close to the Grotto, at the foot of a hill looking out over the meadows and with the river and sea on the horizon, this sheepfold is the perfect haven for a couple. It is an 8 minute drive to the beach.
I Pini (sleeps 4) is a sheep barn built in the 18th century, with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. Located overlooking the valley and the sea, it has a heated swimming pool, summer kitchen and laundry. It is approximately 15 minutes' drive from the sea.
U Fragnu (sleeps 5) is an old oil mill, with two double rooms and a single bedroom downstairs. It has panoramic views of land and sea, with a heated swimming pool in the garden. It is approximately 15 minutes' drive from the sea.
The Arba Barona (sleeps 4) is a cool and fresh sheepfold built in the style of a troglodyte house with a roof covered in vegetation and a pool cut into the rock. It has one double room and an alcove with two beds. A truly unique place to stay, it is a 5 minute drive to the beach.
These small country cottages, set in the fragrant Corsican maquis offer a peaceful haven or small country cottage nestled in the green countryside, with the dramatic mountain scenery stretching into the distance.
A Nepita (sleeps 2) is set in a clearing surrounded by oak and olive trees. With a pool, lounge and summer kitchen, it is a 5 minute drive to the beach.
A Figa (sleeps 7) is set high on a promontory, with fabulous views of the majestic mountains. It has a relaxing and comfortable interior with three double bedrooms and one single. It is an 8 minute drive to the beach.
Nivara (8 people) is an ancestral fortified house in the heart of the maquis,close to a megalithic site. It is set high on a promontory, looking out over the dense oak tree forest and the Valley of Cauria. There are four double rooms, summer kitchen, hammam and pool and is an 8 minute drive to the beach.
A Biada (sleeps 2) is a cosy fold set in countryside and surrounded by scrub oak. It has an outdoor kitchen and is approximately a 15 minute drive to the beach.
A Pila (sleeps 3). A quaint old sheepfold with an orchard and views over the maquis, it has one double bedroom with an extra bed in the living room and an outdoor ktichen. It is approximately a 15 minute drive to the beach.
Murtoli is a wonderful place for families - children will love to discover the surrounding countryside, and there are numerous activities, such as horse riding and boat trips that are ideal. However, there is no specific childcare. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
For those not seeking all the luxuries of modern life, and who love the outdoors, Domaine de Murtoli is an ideal place. Guests here can relax by the pool all day or opt for some adventure. The small kitchens in the villas are equipped for making a feast, or if you prefer, the two restaurants serve delicious local food in an original setting.
The Estate's restaurants are open according to the seasons:
from spring to autumn, the beach restaurant and the grotto are open in the evening.
the grotto restaurant is open throughout winter. Both restaurants are a short drive from the villas along a bumpy track and have set menu's. Children's menus are not available.
The unique spa is set in the open air behind a fragrant hedge of myrtle, rosebushes and bamboo. Heather lined paths lead to masage rooms, the hammam and hydrotherapy cabins.
There is no shortage of activities here. Active and independent families will love the adventure that Murtoli can provide, whether it's on land or at sea. There are endless walking trails through the maquis and along the miles of beaches. Guests can take a traditional wooden fishing boat and sail around the deserted coves, or a sea kayak with a skipper.
The countryside around Murtoli is perfect for exploring by horse, and there are a multitude of tracks through the meadows and woods, and down to the beach. No matter what level you are, there are horses for all ages and abilities, as well a practice arena. Fun pony activities and treks can also be organized for children.
The estate has a large number of game, from pheasants to wild boar that the more adventurous may want to hunt. From September to the end of February, it is an exceptional hunting ground.
Fishing is one of the estate's main activities. During the summer months, sport fishing at sea is done on high-performance equipped boats. In the bay, from spring until autumn, there is rock pool fishing and sea fishing using traditional wooden fishing boats, called "pointu", and using a rod and lure. Spring and Fall are the ideal times to catch trout, from the banks of the River Ortolo.
Location & Directions
Domaine de Murtoli is located on the dramatic southern coast of Corsica, with the closest towns being Sartene to the North and Figari (where there is a small airport) to the South East. It is a French region split into two departments, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud, with its regional capital in Ajaccio, the prefecture of Corse-du-Sud. Scenery is stunning with beautiful beaches and mountains which comprise two thirds of the island.
When to go
Corsica enjoys a Mediterranean climate which is generally warm and dry from May to September. The weather, as in most of the region is influenced by the winds with the temperature moderated by the mountains. Average summer temperatures normally reach a very pleasant 25C rising to as high as 35C in July and August with sea temperatures reaching their peak by mid-July.