We have a couple more nights to go before leaving the welcoming fold of Maison Borghetti after a 7 night stay. I'm already starting to feel sad about leaving Patrick and Brian!
Set in the beautiful quiet hill town of Talasani, north eastern Corsica, Maison Borghetti is simple and beautiful, welcoming and heart warming. Patrick and Brian (and of course Kika) have created a place of tranquility which feels like staying with family (family on a good day that is!). We are light sleepers but have already had to set our alarms to wake in the mornings, we seem to slump into bed and just sleep. Heaven.
The rooms - we had Chambre Vincent Lafon with a beautiful claw foot bath and separate shower, candles everywhere and an open fire in the winter - are decorated with the panache of Patrick who has thought out every corner and the eclectic antiques work together so well, a very gifted man as he does the relief / fresco paint work on the walls and ceilings as well as the cooking.
Which brings me on to the cooking....breakfasts are perfect, good coffee (or tea I'm sure), fresh breads and home made preserves, quality ham and cheeses, home made berry compote with cereal and home made yoghurt made for the best start to the day. The evening meals hosted by Patrick and Brian are again superb. We have 2 more to enjoy before our departure but so far they have been nothing short of a fabulous night. Hosting 4 nights per week in the summer months, meals are taken communally for those who choose this option (and an option I'd highly recommend). The food is great, fresh, light, local with the most sublime desserts (and lots of food - for those who want more there will never be a shortage here) all cooked by Patrick with love, care and skill. Presented family style so you can help yourselves but eaten together at a large table. A place for guests and hosts to mingle and chat. For the nights that the kitchen is closed the food at the local restaurants is good. I would particularly recommend the pizza restaurant at Moriani Plage which is an easy drive away.
The location of Maison Borghetti is awesome. You can go north, south, east - there's many options for great day trips. Beautiful beaches are within close reach. Patrick and Brian have a good set of maps and will give recommendations of where to go which have so far been spot on for us.
And value???....ummmmm lets just say it's incredible value here. The dinner evenings are 27.5E pp including aperitif, wine, food, digestive, coffee...yes you get my drift. The rooms are exceptionally priced and if you do come here I have no doubt you'll enjoy your stay. Just make sure you book early as they only have 3 rooms. Also if you have the time give yourself a treat and stay long enough to enable the state of complete relaxation to seep into your soul.
Maison Borghetti is a charmer. Thank you Patrick and Brian, we will leave with warmth our hearts and the feeling of the world being a better place because of you in it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A peaceful oasis in an authentic Corsican village. In Talasani, a small picturesque mountain village in La Castagniccia, only eight kilometres from a sandy beach, we offer bed and breakfast with old-fashioned charm and modern comfort. In our eighteenth century house and garden we offer you the chance to relax completely. The spacious and stylish rooms are eclectically and uniquely furnished, and face south with a view over the valley. The bathrooms (en suite) have separate WCs. The house has been carefully restored, without losing any of its original charm. Our aim is to provide an environment which our guests will want to visit for its own sake - not just a place to eat and sleep between beach visits. What do we offer? * a relaxed atmosphere, and no hurry * friendly hosts who know the island well and can show you where to find the most beautiful beaches and the most fantastic walks * an extensive breakfast * a private car park almost opposite the house * free internet access * a limited number of mountain bikes are available free of charge (reservation recommended) * flexibility with arrival and departure times * open all year * a no-smoking house (limited exceptions possible) * a collection of books and maps of the island is available * animals are welcome (please contact us first) * we speak English, French, Dutch and German. ... more less