The Monastery at Tuan, Corsica
Let’s face it: peace and quiet are luxuries very few of us get to enjoy on a daily basis. In a world built on constant communication, unplugging from your network, even for an hour, is more difficult that it should be. The stress of it all is enough to drive anybody bonkers. The key to keeping your sanity is taking the time to take care of yourself and recover your spiritual center, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But is there anywhere left in the world that’s been left untouched by the march of technology? Yes there is. And we found it for you. The Monastery at Tuan is a new type of accommodation that offers guests the opportunity to experience absolute tranquility in a 15th century monastery set on the picturesque island of Corsica. Built in 1494 by Franciscans, the monastery was active until the effects of the French Revolution forced the monks to leave the island in 1797. The monastery was used sporadically over the ensuing decades until it was finally closed in 1967. After a brief period of ownership by none other than Catherine Deneuve, the monastery was sold in 1977 to its current owners. It became a historically protected structure in 1978 and sensitive restorations to the property have been underway ever since. Today, the Monastery at Tuan has been carefully updated for modern travelers without losing any of its medieval authenticity and understated charm. Rustic, simple and spiritual, the Monastery at Tuan is truly unforgettable. It is superbly located in the pastoral Regino Valley, an area that was declared environmentally significant in 1991 due to the large number of rare birds that make their homes among the rolling hills and oak tree forests. The owners of the Monastery have also begun to restore the original gardens planted by the Franciscans all those centuries ago. Now the property boasts a totally enclosed garden with a goldfish pond and a fountain, as well as a courtyard patio filled with fragrant orange trees. Today the Monastery at Tuan is available for groups of up to 20 people to rent out. The list is capped at 20 because there are only 2 bathrooms (this is a 15th century building, after all), but don’t let the lack of en-suite bathroom put you off. The spacious property and beautiful natural landscape make the Monastery an ideal place to host group retreats, workshops, family reunions, or a very special holiday for yourself and your friends. 17 guest rooms are simply furnished with a bed, a desk, and a single window: a perfect space to work on your novel while drawing inspiration from the colorful flora growing in the courtyard or taking in great views of the sparkling Mediterranean ocean (the Monastery is about a 15 minutes drive from the beach). The common area is a huge vaulted room with a large fireplace – truly medieval, except for the satellite television and internet connection. Guests at the Monastery are surrounded by nature at all times and the emphasis on the organic extends to all parts of the experience. The nearby village hasn’t changed much since the Monastery was built. Today you can buy locally-harvested tomatoes and bottles of famous Corisca olive oil from the village market or sip a cafe creme in the local cafe. The French have nicknamed Corsica Ille de la Beauté because it really is one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Nets catch olives that are then turned into delicious olive oil. Totally relaxing, spiritually fulfilling, and completely authentic, the Monastery at Tuan is a place like no other and it’s now part of the Boutique Homes collection. It’s unique among our accommodations for being totally adaptable to your needs. We’ll work with you to design your perfect Corsican vacation and provide support throughout your time time at the Monastery. From arranging for a car to pick you up from the airport to hiring a chef to prepare your meals from fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the Monastery garden, we’ll look after the details while you enjoy your holiday. Or if you simply want to do your own thing, that’s fine too. No matter what you decide, you’ll leave the Monastery at Tuan relaxed, refreshed, and ready to re-enter the modern world.