“Smart B&B with sparkling pool in colourful grounds, on the edge of gorgeous Calvi”
All 4 rooms run along the front of the house. The Prestige and Deluxe (at the end) are bigger and have ensuite bathrooms with tubs and showers; Charme and Standard (in the middle) are small and have private shower rooms across the corridor (bathrobes help you get there). The Deluxe and Standard rooms can interconnect to make a Suite - good for families.
You’ll find comfy beds dressed in crisp linen and woollen blankets, the odd antique, gilt-framed mirrors, a sofabed in a couple. The bigger rooms are fancier and come in warm yellows. All have spotless bathrooms. You’ll also find pretty art and flat-screen TVs.
All rooms open onto an interior patio, where you find sitting areas with screens separating each bay. You get sofas or armchairs and huge sliding windows that give views across pine trees to the water and citadel.
Breakfast is served in different places depending on the time of year: on the swimming pool terrace in July and August; in the sitting room hall in winter; on the upper terrace with watery views for the rest of the year. There’s freshly squeezed orange juice, croissants and pains au chocolat, local jams and honey, even bacon and eggs if you want it (extra charge). Bowls of fruit and baskets of baguettes polish things off nicely.
A limited lunch menu is available down at the pool in mid, high and peak season, where tables and chairs are scattered about in the shaded bar. You can try tomato and cheese tarts, plates of Corsican charcuterie, delicious salads and local pâtés. In the evening the menu offers more elaborate fare, perhaps langoustine soufflé, lamb tagine, then an apple tart or a chocolate fondant. Let them know in advance if you want to dine in.
If you eat in town, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The harbour is a popular spot for evening drinks with a string of bars to quench your thirst, but there’s good food down here, too - excellent pizzas at Cappuccinos or a Michelin star at Emile’s. Le Jardin de Magnolia is hugely popular for its pretty courtyard as well as its food - fresh lobster, tasty mussels, succulent lamb, perhaps even goat. We ate at A Piazzetta on Place Marchal and loved it. The restaurant takes up a quarter of the square. Delicious Corsican food is very well priced; there’s a good set menu.
For other restaurant recommendations in Corsica, see our Destination Guide.
Children over 12 are welcome, and younger children are sometimes permitted if the house isn’t too busy. Two rooms interconnect, and 2 rooms have a sofabed. There are no baby cots.
The Standard and Deluxe rooms can interconnect and be closed off with an outer door to make a private Suite. The Deluxe and Charme rooms each have a single sofabed, but the Deluxe has an ensuite bathroom with a tub, whilst Charme has a private shower bathroom across the hall, so we'd recommend the former.