This is a beautifully renovated Corsican manor house, which would be called a \"Casa di Sgió\" in Corsican or \"Maison de Maitre\" in French. The original owner would have been an important landowner similar to our Squire. The main structure of the house dates from the 18th century but the foundations and cellars are probably much older.
Set on a hillside overlooking the whole of the village of Olmi Cappella with views to the often snow-capped mountain ranges of central Corsica, Altiani is 3000 feet above sea level but less than an easy hour\'s drive from a choice of Corsica\'s north-west coast beaches (Lozari 35mins, Ostriconi 45mins) and within easy reach of major towns like Ponte Leccia, Corte, L\'Ile Rousse, Calvi, Bastia and St Florent, and Cap Corse.
Set in about an acre of hillside terraces - one of which holds the 12 metre by 6 metre swimming pool - there\'s plenty of room for children to play. Around the pool there are sunbathing areas and above it a partly shaded terrace for outdoor dining.
From the upper terrace you enter the house via the main door into the dining hall (left) from which there\'s a double bedroom, shower-room, cloakroom and separate wc. A vaulted passageway leads to a twin bedroom and the large farmhouse kitchen and scullery with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave.
A vaulted stairway takes you up to the first floor with an ancient Corsican kitchen - preserved but usable for breakfasts - two large sitting rooms, bathroom with wc, shower with wc, two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom.
One of the sitting rooms can be set apart with one double room and one twin room together with the bathroom to form a family suite. Views from the bedrooms are stunning - see above. Sleeps 10+, linen and cleaning service included. Satellite TV, News in English . HiFi/CD/DVD
Restaurants come and go, so for up-to-date information consult our visitors’ information at the house. Olmi Cappella has two restaurants, and there are a couple more in the area. Prices are generally quite reasonable - from around 15euros up to 30 or 50euros plus wine for menus in the smarter restaurants in Bastia, Calvi and l\'Ile Rousse.
In Olmi Cappella there is a village shop - open morning and early evening every day except Monday. Travelling shops - bakers, butchers, grocers, cheese and dairy products, greengrocery, fish - visit the village during the week and will call at the house by arrangement.
The Giussani is one of Corsica\'s best-kept secrets - a lush valley covered in chestnut trees and cork oaks, ringed by mountains, dotted with old villages and criss-crossed by ancient footpaths and bridleways, yet only 35 minutes\' easy drive from the nearest beach. Here you will find a relaxed, peaceful lifestyle.
There are many amazing walks starting from the house, for example up to the Col de la Battliglia where there is a good restaurant, or down to the Pont Genois at the Tartagine river. Olmi Cappella is the main village in the area. Access to the centre of the island - Ponte Leccia, Corte, Vizzavona - is easy, making it an ideal base to explore Corsica.
Telephone calls are free to many countries, broadband internet. Surge protected power socket for Laptop power connections. UK sockets and adapters. French telecoms answering service. Phone number from UK 0033495471170.
Heating at an additional charge if required Christmas and New Year - please ask.