At the northern tip of Cap Corse in Corsica between sea and mountains, a villa and its three outbuildings.
Situated 40 km from Bastia via the east coast of Cap Corse, an hour by road to Poretta airport, this 17th century building and its three outbuildings awaiting restoration, are set in the heart of the village of Rogliano, overlooking the Macinaggio marina and the little island of Giraglia at the far north of Corsica and to the west, the island of Capraia, Elbe and the coasts of Tuscany.
At the end of the road that leads to the hamlet Magna Sottana, a small path leads to the entrance of this typical Corsican house.
This property comprising four houses with the main building habitable and the three outbuildings suitable for conversion. It represents half of the hamlet of Rogliano, at the tip of Cap Corse in Magna Sottana. Bordered by more than 2000 m2 of olive trees and a 1000 m2 garden made up of shrubs, mimosa bushes and typical Corsican scrubland, this house dominates the hamlet below on this side of the hill, in a Mediterranean mountain setting.
The house, with its dressed dry-stone and slate walls chiselled by man and the natural elements, is like a watchtower from where one can admire the sea and the ships sailing towards Italy in the distance.
The main house is built on four different levels that are described below.
The main houseIt is a villa named u Palazzu Benini after its first occupants, some 17th and 18th century financiers from Genoa.
The building features dressed dry-stone walls and a Lauze stone roof covering chestnut wood timbers. The thickness of the walls is also typical of the period - over a metre wide and the main south-facing facade features numerous windows on two levels. Arriving via the paved path, one can see a passage leading to the house towards a terrace adjoining an outbuilding. The path is bordered by wrought-iron balusters and gates that open on to the garden.
A large cellar, incorporating a staircase to the first floor, leads to the kitchen. The kitchen has both a double-leaf doorway and a French window opening on to the paved alley. In the cellar there is an old Ricciata stone paved olive press.
A second cellar, with a window and a double chestnut door, houses a large olive mill probably dating back to the late 18th century.
A third cellar is used as storage for various equipment and gardening tools.
These three areas open on to an alley separating the main house from two of the three outbuildings.
A stone-covered porch forms the main entrance to the house via an enclosed courtyard. The courtyard is paved and incorporates an outside toilet.
After crossing the courtyard, one enters part of the house that is single storey. A long corridor with an Italian-motif painted ceiling and Brando (typical of the south-east of Cap Corse) stone floor presents a beautiful spacious area.
Next to the first room, a music room, illuminated by two south-facing windows and a French window that opens on to a balcony terrace. In this sitting room, there is a fireplace and beautiful ceiling with fresco decorations. Next to the entrance, another room is currently used as a storage and laundry room.
A third room is used as a sitting room, has two French windows and is south-facing. The room leads, via a passage way flanked with wrought-iron railings, to a terrace and magnificent sea and mountain views.
A fourth room is heated with a wood burner. Adjoining this sitting room, a large kitchen come dining room is also the main living area of the house. It is fully equipped and has all the typical Corsican kitchen features, with its rack for hanging pots and pans and its hexagonal turquoise and white floor tiles.
At the end of the corridor, there is a large staircase. Under the staircase - sotto scale, a storage space ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 4, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 1, Bundesland: Corse