Il Convento B&B

Brando, Corsica, France
A Capuchin Convent Reborn as an Elegant Retreat

We're always discovering something new and amazing in Corsica, and this beautifully restored former convent in the heart of the mountains and the maquis reminds us of why we return every year to our island home. With beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian, amazingly preserved history and delicious cuisine, we'll be back.

For an interview with the owner of this home, visit our Stories section here.  For a short video, click here.

Il Convento B&B

Located above the northeastern coast of Corsica on the Cap Corse, this 15th-century Capuchin convent was home to monks before it was acquired in 1796 by a local noble family in whose hands it has remained since.

The beauty of the original structure and dedication and passion of the owners to preserve its authentic charm is evident throughout. Classic and traditional, all of the decor, furnishings and original paintings bring back the rich history and timeless appeal. Each a time capsule of history and refinement, some still feature the original layout of the monk's cells.

The whole property can be rented as one unit, but you can also come as a B&B guest during certain months of the year, and enjoy delicious local cuisine from your hosts. As a B&B, there are four double rooms and one family suite, but the house will never be occupied by more than eight guests at a time. 

The terraces, solarium and extensive gardens are lush and private and, along with the pool, offer amazing views of the countryside and out to sea. 

This property is also available as a vacation rental, and for events. For a short video tour, click here.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

While the rooms are wifi enabled, there are no TVs, safes or minibars.

Generous country-style breakfasts with homemade brioche, blackberry jam and several Corsican specials are served every day between 8-10am in the patio. 

Owner Emmanuelle is on hand at all times to prepare additional Corsican dishes that have been passed down for generations and made from locally-sourced produce. This extra service is available for between 35-38 euros per person, and if there are no dietary restrictions each meal is a surprise. There is an extra charge for a full-time chef. Wine and beverages are not included in the price, but the owners work with local winemakers and can provide local organic wine and other drinks for an extra charge.

Other services on offer include booking activities, grocery shopping, booking restaurants, arranging for babysitters, and extra housekeeping.

The owner, her husband and two children live on site, but have a separate entrance and won't disturb guests. There are resident animals: a dog, a cat, and three chickens.

 

AROUND

Located in the north of Corsica, on the Cap Corse in a village just outside of the port of Bastia in the Brando region, the convent is just above the Tyrrhenian coast. The charming fishing port and sandy coves of Erbalunga and Miomo are close by as are the vineyards of Patrimonio to the west and the Gulf of Saint Florent. Ile Rousse Calvi is just over an hour's drive.


There is a beach within 10 minutes drive of the house, and a sandy beach 25 minutes away. The town of Erbalunga is 10 minutes by car and 30 minutes on foot. It's an adorable small fishing port with a variety of restaurants (from pizzeria to one Michelin star), several Corsican restaurants, and local seafood. The owners are happy to share suggestions for beaches, restaurants, road tours and hiking trails, and boat rides can even be arranged.

Bastia, the ferry and a supermarket are all within 20 minutes' drive. There is a bakery, grocery store, and local produce in Pietranera, 15 minutes away.

 

LOCATION

Corsica, France. Nearest Airport: Poretta Airport in Bastia (40 min). Alternates are St. Catherine in Calvi and Figari Sud, each served from mainland France.

 
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Il Convento B&B
Brando, Corsica, France
A Restored Convent on the Isle of Beauty

We're always discovering something new and amazing in Corsica, and this beautifully restored former convent in the heart of the mountains and the maquis reminds us of why we return every year to our island home. 

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Overview Fully equipped
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
Breakfast Breakfast is 5 euros per person but free for children under 8 years
Bedrooms 4
Bed Type 5 Doubles, 2 Singles
Bathrooms 5
Accommodates 12
Kid-Friendly Families welcome
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Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3pm
Check-Out 11am
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit Due No security deposit required
Cancellation Policy Strict
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the reservation is non-refundable. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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