Le Manoir (the Manor House), a vacation rental, is a semi-fortified lodge built for a count in 1519 in the picturesque mountain village of Bastelica on the Island of Corsica.
The house is a romantic four-story, stone structure, complete with chestnut beams and turret staircase. It has been tastefully restored by owner and host, Babette Landau, an artist/designer.
Le Manoir overlooks the village of Bastelica, where Babette’s family has lived for six centuries. The house and grounds provide a wonderful base for groups to enjoy the incredible natural beauty and romance of Corsica. In the village one can hike on mountain pathways, or wander through romantic walkways that have remained unchanged since the middle ages. Enjoy a quiet and peaceful time in a place of history.
One is surrounded by the smell of jasmine and mint and the Corsican maquis.
Time is kept for the village by the church bell on the village square. Healthy country French cuisine is prepared by Babette’s sister, chef Silviane (optional). Meals are taken in the Grand Salon or on the patio surrounded by the Manoir’s orchard. There is fresh bread from the village produced daily.
About the island of Corsica
Corsica is located about 100 miles south of Nice, France, and 100 miles west of the Italian Riviera. It is the birthplace of Napoleon (his mother, Letizia, is said to have slept at Le Manoir). It's coastline Corsica, off the coast of France has white sand beaches and rocky coves. The Genoese built a series of signal towers that surround the island before they sold it to France in 1763. The island's center is dominated by mountains as high as 10,000 feet with Bastelica being at 2,400 feet.
Corsica is one of the few unspoiled spots in Europe. The village of Bastelica is only 26 miles from the capitol city of Ajaccio and it's airport Campo del Oro. Narrow passages wing from neighborhood to neighborhood in this medieval village. The sound of mountain streams backdrop the sounds of chickens, goats and pigs that sometimes wander through the streets. The Church bell on the plaza marks the time.
Life is slow. Life is natural.
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I am an artist painter, Interior designer and world traveler currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am of Corsican heritage and am related to most everyone in the village of Bastelica. I have 3 children. I sometimes lead artist retreats at the mansion. I have dual nationality with France and USA.
Because of my heritage, and I spent every summer there.
Hiking, relaxing, painting, swimming in the river, driving to the beaches, hiking to the mountain tops and plateau's and gardening, cooking, receiving friends, making jam etc.
close to a river, can hike to mountains and waterfalls
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