Simpson Secret – Southern Corsica

Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio, Corsica

Part of theSimpson Secrets collection

Our search for exceptional villas occasionally leads us along the road less travelled to find hidden gems just too lovely to leave behind. Aimed at the adventurous at heart, each Simpson Secret offers a unique take on what a holiday off the beaten track can be.
Simpson Secrets

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  • Private hideaway
  • Restored bergerie
  • Abundant charm and character
  • Stunning position
  • Figari village 5-minute drive
  • Beaches 10-minute drive

This ridiculously romantic stone cottage nestles in perfect seclusion on a forested hillside overlooking the Lac de Talza, just south of Figari. Totally private, the former bergerie was recently converted into a fairy-tale retreat for two, ideal for a honeymoon, anniversary or just a gloriously peaceful escape for anyone seeking a little time out from the pressures of modern living.

Simple and stylish, the interior reflects the history of the building without skimping on contemporary necessities, including an elegant en-suite to the cosy double bedroom. The house has everything you need for a blissfully private week or two, but what really elevates it into the category of honeymoon-special is the pool, carved out of the hillside to resemble a natural rock pool. You could spend the entire day here with just the chirping crickets for company, the bright blue lake at your feet and the forest-clad hills of Le Grand Sud stretching away as far as the eye can see. And if you feel like a little more activity, there are numerous walking and mountain biking routes around the lake, including one which leads to an oriu, the unique and mysterious rock dwellings which are a special feature of the south of the island, some of which date back to the Iron Age.

The village of Figari (8 minutes by car) has a selection of shops and local restaurants, while the bay of the same name has several lovely beaches which offer a quieter and more natural-feeling alternative to the better known beaches around Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio which are just a 20-minute drive away.



  • 1 bedroom villa (sleeps 2)
  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV (English-speaking news channels), DVD, Bluetooth speaker
  • Kitchen includes full oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower room with WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Gas barbecue
  • Covered exterior dining area 
  • Private heated freeform swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 0.45m 1.5m), not heated in July/August
  • Access to the villa is by way of a steep paved driveway, walk from car park area to front door via slope or steps


  • 1 week holidays do not include a mid-stay clean or bed linen/towel change
  • 2 week holidays includes a light mid-stay clean and bed linen/towel change
  • Additional cleaning can be arranged if required for €25/hour (2 hour minimum and subject to availability)


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking e-mail*

* 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


  • Figari 5min drive
  • Beaches 10min drive
  • Porto Vecchio 20min drive
  • Figari airport 10min drive
  • Bastia airport 2hr 30min 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, Peugeot 2008 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, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

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

Group D - VW Tiguan or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group F – Peugeot 508 or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group G – Audi A3 Cabriolet or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group H – Renault Scenic or similar, 1.1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group J – VW Golf GPS or similar, 1-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group K – Renault Grand Scenic or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group N – 9-seater Toyota Proace or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group O – 9-seater minibus Ford Galaxy or similar, 1.2-1.6 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Please note we can request automatic cars in all car groups except Group N. Please specify at time of booking if you require an automatic car

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

What an amazing location – exactly as it looked when we booked for a chilled out week to celebrate a 50th birthday. Loved the sunsets over the pool. The location is perfect, facilities great. Thank you to Anna, we ate and drank very well! The Spar at Pianotolli has a great fish counter and some of the best selection of Corsican wines.
Louise & Alex – September 2019

The weather report said rain all week but the sun and moon came out – together at dawn on our last morning. A blissful lazy week of reading, swimming, eating, drinking and generally dolce far niente and cat watching. The kittens provided endless entertainment. Every visitor should read Dorothy Carrington’s Granite Isle and appreciate the richness of this culture and heritage. The first constitution was written here. We felt privileged to stay in this perfect retreat, with its traditional small chair by the fire and many old implements. I wish someone could tell us what some of the more obscure ones are/were used for. Anna has been a star – providing necessaries quickly and leaving us to our cherished privacy for the rest of the time. Thank you Simpson, Anna, to the owners for creating such a perfect perch above this quiet valley and to Corsicans, for preserving so much of this beautiful island.
Lucy & Tim – August 2019

What a wonderful week – we have celebrated our 40th birthdays here. Pure joy, peace and nature – definitely a place to return to. Our recommendation is to have a glass of wine just before sunset at the front of the house with the view over the lake before it gets dark. Thank you Simpson Travel and Anna for this great holiday and very good service.
Isabelle & Remo – August 2019

We have had the best honeymoon. With thanks to Anna we explored lots of the southern coast of Corsica. What a beautiful place this is. If you are looking for two good beaches we would recommend Roccapina and Tizzano, get there early to get the best spot.
Mr & Mrs Zanelli – August 2019

A lovely week in a lovely place. Drive down to the lake below, saves a long hot walk back uphill.
Hilary & Nick – July 2019

We have really enjoyed our holiday here. The local supermarket is great for emergencies, but the one in Pianotolli has everything you could possibly want, lovely deli counter and they do great rotisserie chickens. Le Relais in Sotta was a fantastic restaurant and we also had a nice meal at U Fuconu in Figari. Bonifacio is just fantastic, we went on a boat trip which we would highly recommend, dramatic scenery with all the cliffs, coves, etc. Porto Vecchio, Sartène and Zonza all worth a visit also.
Isabelle & Graham – June 2019

Corsica is one of our favourite islands in the Mediterranean. We spent most of our time relaxing in the sun by the pool reading and listening to podcasts drinking and eating. Idyllic!
Simpson Traveller – June 2019



The total isolation was utter bliss! So peaceful and quiet – just lovely. Had the best ‘fish of the day’ at Chez Felix in Pianotolli. The pool is the best we have ever been in – warm and infinity. Loved our stay here. Anna was great with advice and help and we are sorry to be going home.
Paul & Rowena – June 2019

First time in Corsica – we love it. Fantastic scenery, delightful cottage, weather just becoming hot. Anna is great – usual Simpson service.
Andrew & Fiona – May 2019

The Simpson Secret villa for two near Figari is just as beautiful as it looks in the website photos. The infinity pool, with its fantastic views, is a perfect place to end the day after sightseeing: not only is it deliciously refreshing, but the views are unparalleled. For a view in the opposite direction, you only need to head to the shady outdoor eating area. Do make sure that you build in time to enjoy cooking and eating in your private hideaway, as well as sampling the local cuisine in nearby restaurants. You have some wonderful places in the garden and by the pool to soak up the sun as well as a peaceful area to sit in the shade and admire the view. We plan to return!
Rachel Ollerearnshaw – July 2018

The location of this delightful Simpson Secret property is perfect for a relaxing and peaceful holiday, with restaurants and sandy beaches within easy reach. The pool area is beautiful and so private. Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio are close by and worth a visit – and there is so much further afield if you can drag yourself away from this wonderful hideaway.
Mr & Mrs Davies – June 2018

Another great Simpson retreat! We have now been on about ten different Simpson Travel holidays and even though we could only stay for one week it still ranks as one of the best! Everything we wanted – peace, quiet, stunning views, great pool...and the weather to match.
Mick & Janice – September 2017

Our first time on this beautiful island. Location is perfect, this Simpson Secret is remote and private, perfect for a retreat from everyday life. Bonifacio was definitely favourite place to visit. The walk to the dam, down the road from the villa is lovely. We have loved every minute of our stay here and will return to explore the North next time.
Vernon & Michelle – September 2017

Beautiful, secret hideaway. Ideal for couples who want to get away from everything. Perfect!
Mrs Tuite – September 2017

Honeymoon! Wow what a place to come and stay, the perfect place to get over all the stress of organising a wedding. Spending quality time by the pool. We did not have to venture out far as the pool is so amazing. We can't wait to come back
Mr & Mrs Cox – July 2017

Explore, embrace, indulge yourself in the beauty of Corsica.
Mrs Caraccio – September 2016

An excellent service throughout...which in turn gave me a very relaxing holiday.
Mr Kemp – June 2016

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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Just across the water from Sardinia, history takes a cosmopolitan turn in the winding streets, imposing citadels and elegant marinas of Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio. A luxury holiday here comes with no shortage of style, and plenty of restaurants, cafés, boutiques and museums. Not far away, you'll also find the family-friendly beaches of Pinarello and pine-shaded Palombaggia, as well as the white sands of Santa Giulia and chic St Cyprien.

To complement this elegant destination, we offer a selection of handpicked luxury villas, boutique hotels and apartments in Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, near the beautiful south’s best attractions.

Read more on our Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio region page

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