L’Oliveraie de San Francescu

Calvi & The Balagne, Corsica

  • 10
  • 5
  • 3
  • Beautiful and stylish contemporary villa
  • Set in 5 acres of olive groves
  • Stunning countryside and mountain views
  • Peaceful and tranquil
  • Beach and Île Rousse 10min drive
  • Shop and restaurants 10min drive

This is a lovely sprawling house for a family holiday, just 10 minutes’ drive from bustling Ile Rousse and its gently shelving sandy beach. L’Oliveraie de San Francescu is a fine fusion of ancient and modern, from the old gnarled olive trees and original stonework to the stylish, contemporary  interiors, complete with big glass doors to let the sun flood in from all sides.

Comprising five bedrooms in five acres of private grounds, there is ample room for everyone to spread out and make themselves at home here, either by the large swimming pool or on one of the various terraces surrounding the house. The sense of space and peace is glorious (heaven for stressed-out city dwellers) but ‘civilisation’ is never far away. There’s a locally renowned restaurant in the picturesque village of Monticello (15 minutes’ walk) and a Michelin-starred one in nearby Regino (10 minutes’ drive), while cosmopolitan Calvi can be reached by a short ride on the little train – U Trinighellu – which runs along the coast.

Monticello also offers tennis courts and a horse riding school as well as a number of walking trails.



  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor

  • Living room with TV (French Satellite channels), DVD; leads to terrace
  • Dining room; leads to terrace
  • Kitchen; leads to terrace
  • WC
  • Laundry room
  • Office with PC

First floor – right wing

  • Double bedroom
  • Double bedroom with additional single bed (bed can be configured into twin beds if required); leads to terrace
  • Bathroom with shower and WC

First floor – left wing

  • Master double bedroom (180 x 200cm bed) with en-suite bathroom with WC; leads to terrace
  • Dressing room and office
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room; leads to small terrace
  • Twin bedroom room including cot (no air-conditioning)
  • Master en-suite bathroom can be shared with twin via adjoining door


  • Air-conditioning throughout (except single bedroom)
  • Outside pool shower
  • Gas barbecue
  • Private saltwater swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.05m - 1.75m), security alarm and gate, access via steps


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm
  • Check-out time – 9.00am


  • Monticello 15min walk
  • Restaurant 15min walk
  • Beach 10min drive
  • Ile Rousse 10min drive
  • Calvi airport 40min drive
  • Bastia airport 1hr 10min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C, VW Golf or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group H, Citroen C4 Picasso or similar*
  • 5 guests – 1 Group K, Peugeot 5008 or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 Group C, VW Golf or similar*
  • 7 guests – 1 Group C, VW Golf, and 1 Group H, Citroen C4 Picasso, or similar*
  • 8 guests – 2 Group H, Citroen C4 Picasso or similar*
  • 9 guests – 1 Group H, Citroen C4 Picasso, and 1 Group K, Peugeot 5008, or similar*
  • 10 guests – 2 Group K, Peugeot 5008 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group C – 1-1.6 litre engine, 1 small and 1 large suitcase

Group H – 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 2 small and 2 large suitcases

Group K – 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 2 small and 2 large suitcases

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group L – Renault Captur Automatic or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 1 small and 1 large suitcase

Group E – SUV Renault Kadjar or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 2 small and 1 large suitcase

Group G – VW Coccinelle CC Cabriolet or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large suitcase

Group N – 9-seater Ford Transit or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 small and 1 large suitcase

Group O – 7-seater Ford Tourneo or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 small and 1 large suitcase

Customer feedback

As a group of eight family and friends we travelled to Northern Corsica with Simpsons. From the first booking to the time we left they organised everything, from flights to cars to villa, combining with information and suggestions on the area to make our holiday perfect. A wonderful holiday thank you.
Mrs Murty – October 2017

This is a great location for a relaxed family holiday. There were seven of us but it never felt crowded because of the spacious villa and its surrounding olive orchard. Peaceful and quiet neighborhood. Beautiful views across a valley to mountains. Lovely swimming pool. Well equipped kitchen. Quality restaurants nearby. Beaches and small seaside town a short drive away. We all had a wonderful time.
Mrs Braybooke – September 2017

The attention to detail is what makes a Simpson holiday special. The pressure is off you and you can just relax and enjoy the ride!
Ms Cass – August 2017

This is a lovely, modern villa in a spectacular location. It is spacious, has all mod cons and is tastefully decorated. The proximity to Monticello and L'Ile Rousse with the beautiful beaches is ideal. Would love to return.
Mr Potter – September 2016



Beautiful villa and views. Had great lazy days by the pool or by the beach. We drank lovely Corsican wine and had great chats. Thank you very much!
Mrs Dick – September 2015

First visit to Corsica and loved the island. Had a restful, enjoyable time in this rustic villa. Fantastic restaurants and beaches nearby.
Ms Davies – August 2015

The villa is situated in the most beautiful location and we have so enjoyed the olive trees, the mountains and the consequent views. We were so well looked after by Debbie and Maria.
Mr Burland – September 2014

A truly wonderful holiday. A beautiful house, thoughtfully designed, elegant and very easy to find space in even with eight adults. Our representative was excellent, super helpful and kind, she even brought us champagne on our anniversary. Ille Rousse is a beautiful town with superb beaches and amazing restaurants all easy to reach and varied.
Mrs Duhigg – August 2014

We have had a lovely week here and feel very lucky to be the first people staying in such a beautiful house in a pretty spot.
Mr Shier – June 2014

Our choice of Corsican properties is as diverse as the island itself, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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    Position, view, serenity, privacy

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    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*


    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*


    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

With fishermen mending their nets by the harbour, Calvi’s maritime heritage remains intact. However, the town has gained a new lease of life in the cafés and bars along Quai Landry, linking the marina and the port, with stretches of beach beyond.

Inland, the unspoilt beauty of The Balagne tells a different story of mountain wildernesses and the island's unspoilt and uniquely fragrant maquis. Follow the Route des Artisans through terracotta-tiled hilltop villages, overlooking a landscape of forests and mountains, and you’ll also find that an excellent glass of local wine is never far away.

Choose a holiday in Calvi & The Balagne and one of our handpicked luxury villas or apartments will put you in the heart of this diversely beautiful destination.

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