Golf Course Architecture - Issue 61, July 2020

65 S et in a valley between rugged mountains close to the southern tip of the French island of Corsica, Domaine de Murtoli is a working farm. For centuries, sheep and cattle have grazed the land, and crops have been harvested. When Paul Canarelli inherited the estate from his grandfather, his vision was to blend this rustic heritage with luxury to create a rural retreat. He set about converting the ruins scattered around the property into dwellings – a collection of individual stone-built villas and farmhouses, with their own pools and modern comforts. Each building has been designed to sit at ease in the Corsican landscape and provide a base from which guests can explore the surroundings and immerse themselves in nature, whether fishing A luxury retreat on the French island of Corsica remains true to its rustic heritage, and has a golf course that reflects the same ethos. Toby Ingleton finds out more Photo: Domaine de Murtoli