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Charming dining room with golden pendant lights
Charming dining room with golden pendant lights
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Lumio

Funtanella

Corsica’s most enchanting house

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Nestled at top of the village of Lumio stands Funtanella – a historic residence dating back to the 18th century. Covering an area of 500m2, it boasts a beautiful garden, a rare luxury in this picturesque village facing the Calvi bay.

Corsica’s most enchanting house

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"A beautiful holiday home, unlike any other."

This jewel of a holiday home is located in Balagne, on the north-west coast of the Île de Beauté. Three buildings emerge from its garden, dotted with oak and olive trees, composing this unique bourgeois estate, which also boasts a Venetian-style tower with pointed windows. Ideally suited for large groups, it offers nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms, comfortably hosting around eighteen guests. Its strategic location provides direct access to the charming, narrow streets of Lumio.

Exceptional setting
for an exceptional home

Barefoot lunch under the pergola.

Barefoot lunch under the pergola.

Located just a five-minute drive from the beaches and secluded Lumio and Calvi coves, this house is the perfect starting point for exploring the Balagne region. It’s a gateway to a plethora of activities: hiking, mountain pool searches, discovering boat-accessible coves, and canyoning, to name a few. And that’s just the beginning. Imagine lounging by the pool, wandering across various terraces, or whipping up the region’s freshest seasonal vegetables in the summer kitchen. As the day ends, you’re in for a treat with one of the longest and most stunning sunsets of the island, best enjoyed from the comfort of this home.

When it comes to decorating, the house has an almost ‘antique‘ style, with the ground floor rooms featuring whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings, iconic of Corsican architecture. On the first floor, there’s a living room adorned with restored mural paintings, antique furniture, and terracotta floor tiles. A slate staircase ascends to the second floor, which showcases a more contemporary renovation. Even here, luxury and authenticity are in the details, such as a wall shell meticulously restored by a plasterer. Decked in terracotta, ochre, and white hues and furnished with cane pieces and bamboo-framed mirrors, the space radiates warm elegance.

Marble mantel, custom-made wall lights and antique decorative pieces.

Marble mantel, custom-made wall lights and antique decorative pieces.

A sense of history

Make the most of the exceptional light in one of the house's two living rooms.

Make the most of the exceptional light in one of the house's two living rooms.

The history of Funtanella dates back to 1750 when it was built. Since then, it has remained in the hands of the same family for generations. Until the day it was up for sale. Unable to bring themselves to see the house go for a pittance, Antoine and Muriel, for whom the house has always been invaluable, decided to embark on what they describe in retrospect as a ‘crazy adventure.’ With their relentless dedication and the skilled guidance of Marc Deloche, their best friend and architect, the house has been rejuvenated and given a new lease on life.

The trio, alongside a select group of craftsmen, embarked on an impressive two-year transformation with a clear goal: to retain the house’s bourgeois essence, steering clear of the typical holiday home cliché while providing an exceptionally high level of comfort. They equipped the house with a semi-professional kitchen, Gervasoni sofas and pendant lights, TRECA beds, Vosges linen, Haomy towels, and Casanera bathroom products. Every detail was meticulously planned and executed.

Windows, roofs, facades—every aspect of the house has been thoughtfully redesigned using sustainable materials tailored to Corsica’s challenging climate, emphasizing environmental friendliness. A puzzle that always seemed to have new (and sometimes beautiful!) surprises in store for them, continually sparking their creativity. Such was the case when the wallpaper was removed, revealing old wall paintings. Inspired by this find, the trio chose to revive these artworks with the help of a restorer, turning them into a focal point of the home’s decor rather than concealing them. These walls now tell the story of centuries of history, just like the cut-outs deliberately left visible, adding a raw cachet to the place. On the ground floor, successive layers of old paint have been scraped off certain parts of the walls, creating a unique and timeless look.

Meticulously restored wall frescoes, a testimony to the years these walls have passed through

Meticulously restored wall frescoes, a testimony to the years these walls have passed through

The renovation of Funtanella is an exemplary project from the point of view of heritage preservation and enhancement. Local craftsmanship, some of it ancestral, has also helped to revive history. The main door of the chestnut house, made to measure by a carpenter, is a faithful replica of the original. Brando stone, a local material, forms the opus incertum around the swimming pool. The ironwork uses a specific Corsican technique. Marc Delorme designed a series of wall lights comprising dozens of unique pieces using recycled materials. These are just some examples that make Funtanella an exceptional place to visit, not to mention the many others that are yet to be discovered…

The 3 things

we love the most

Unique decor far from vacation home clichés
The location in the heart of the village of Lumio and its shops
A region brimming with activities and treasures

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Destination Lumio

Transports

Calvi Airport

12 min

L'île Rousse (port)

18 min

Bastia airport

80 min

Restaurants

A Casa di Mà (gastonomic)

2 min

La Signora (gastronomic)

13 min

A Casarella (tapas)

18 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Les chasseurs de miel (honey)

1 min

Granu Grossu (bakery)

2 min

Clos Culombu (wine)

7 min

L'Astratella (essential oils)

7 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Sant Ambroggio (beach)

0 min

Église Sainte Marie (church)

1 min

Punta Caldanu (ruine)

10 min

Punta Spano (view)

13 min

Occi (village)

16 min

Funtanella

1 avenue des Lauriers, 20260, Lumio, France

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