First Taste of Corsica

I’m in Corsica!

A very last minute trip booked all of 24 hours in advance… my man and I escaped and hopped on a plane over to the little French island.

Corsica is the first holiday I remember as a child, it’s where I learned to swim and I’ve always longed to return since. I must have been about 4 years old so I don’t remember much, just that the sand burned my feet and we swam under waterfalls and in natural pools as clear as glass.

What more could you possibly ask for?

After a painfully early start we arrived at lunch time, drove into the mountains to find our villa and quickly made ourselves very much at home.

Stone cottage with bouganvilla

Step on in and allow me to give you the whistle stop tour!

Pink bouganvilla

The very pretty little French kitchen…

Simple French kitchen

Pictures really don’t do it justice and interiors photography is really not my strong suit!

But here’s the perfectly simple sitting room complete with deeply seductive hardwood floors anyway…

Wood and light

And of course, our bedroom.

Bedroom meets bathroom

I’ll show you the rest some other time, but upon arrival all we wanted to do was get to the pool!

Stone pool

A beautiful, glittering gem cut into the stone and surrounded by white linen sunbeds.

Natural pool

Utter bliss.

And we arrived just in time to fish this little chap out of the water.

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Which was lucky because he’s a marvellous conversationalist (or perhaps he would be if my French were a little better).

Having recovered from the shock he skittered away and we bid each other a fond adieu.

White one piece

Pandora summer jewellery

There are very few better feelings in this world than the first dip of your feet into a cool pool at the start of your holiday.

The rest of your trip stretches out in front of you like the most extravagant of banquet tables, piled high with all of your favourites.

All you can do is fantasise about how it’s all going to taste, which you’ll try first and how truly satisfied you’ll feel at the end.

Straw hat and elegant onepiece

Or I do anyway.

Straw hat // White one-piece

Simple summer style

Daisy ring

Leather wrap braceletblue beadswhite beads

Blue stone ring

Pandora do make the most wonderful summer holiday jewels. No need to worry about getting them wet, or be precious about wearing them on the beach. They’re not flash or ostentatious, just beautiful pieces that make a swimsuit, jean shorts or a little summer dress feel that little bit more special.

And I’m not just saying that as an ambassador, they really are some of my “must pack” pieces.

Nail colour

Day bed

With my kindle on charge we raided the little library.

Piling myself high with French architecture books and making for the sunbeds.

Simple sunbed

Straw hats and palm trees

Eau yes, what a way to spend a day!

Water baby

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

I really eau’t to know better…

Later in the afternoon we snacked on local fruit & cheeses, drinking our fair share of local pink.

Marble sink

French kitchen

Played a couple hands of cards and explored the terraced gardens, bursting with late summer roses and trees heavy with sun-warmed fruit.

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Relishing the dry heat and sing-song hum of cicadas.

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Having eased into our last minute adventure, we decided to be really very grown up.

And spend the remainder of the afternoon on intellectual and important pursuits.

Flamingo float - NEED!

Sort of.

Corsican flamingo

Look, the day I get so grown up that I don’t want to float around on a rose gold flamingo will be a very sad day indeed.

Rose gold flamingo!

I can’t see that day coming any time soon!

More Corsican adventures on Monday, as long as the wifi works.

Oh, and I’ll share the link to book our villa once we’ve gone home again. Check back here then for the details. In the meantime any island tips are gratefully received!

Update: You can book the villa online here, and I can’t recommend the place or the lovely owner enough! 

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  • this french island looks so peaceful and pretty. It must be a great getaway trip! And your swim suit photos look amazing! flyingkittyadventures.com

  • This looks like the absolute dream Rosie! What stunning interiors too. Have fun! Immy x

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  • Rebecca McClane

    Rose you’re such a beaut!!!!!!!!

  • Oh spur of the moment travels are ALWAYS the best! Hope you enjoy it Rose, the pictures look oh so dreamy! Can’t wait to see more 🙂

    Liefs,
    Yara

  • MissLilly

    wow such a gorgeous house!!! Would love to stay there too

  • Grace Carey

    I want to book this place, looking forward to the details!

  • looks amazing there. We’re heading to Zakyinthos in two weeks time and we’ve hired a villa and I can’t wait 🙂

    Mel x

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  • Amy

    Hey Rosie! Hope you have a fab time!! Just wondering where you got your shirt from – bit of a shirt obsessive!! Amy x

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  • Living vicariously through you and your dreamy getaways! Love that rose gold flamingo!

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  • It looks amazing! X
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  • Gorgeous! i need to take the courage to do some more of these last minute trips 🙂

    Have fun!

    Heather x http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

  • Rach

    That island looks so relaxing. I love the rustic decor of the place your staying at it. So much charm! Enjoy your stay!

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  • Fab pictures, everything looks so relaxing!

    Lottie

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  • Sophie

    Beautiful !!!! Where is this villa in Corsica Rosie ?
    Enjoy your stay !
    Bisous from Cannes
    Sophie

  • Looks like paradise. I’ve never planned a last minute trip, maybe it’s time!

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  • Ashley Christabelle

    A last minute trip is always the best, isn’t it?! I hope you have the best time in this beautiful French island. xx

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  • Athena Politou

    Literally dying of envy! This looks so dreamy!

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  • Oh la la . . . Such charm and beauty hidden in the valleys the hills of Europe . . . Another winning little story of an spontaneous adventure always resulted in a brilliant little fairytale ending. Simply amazing! 🙂

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  • Looks like a dream – my paradise.

  • Looks gorgeous! I miss France so much!

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  • I love reading your blog! It’s just so cute!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks absolutely wonderful. A proper retreat – enjoy!!

    Rxx

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  • Flannery Keenan

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 years now and i have to say, this has to be my absolute favorite post yet!

  • How dreamy! I’d love to do a spontaneous holiday. Pandora is one of my favourite jewellery brands, it looks good on everyone!

    Ella xx

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  • Jenni shaw

    I am off to Corsica tomorrow, it’s my fave Mediterranean destination by far – you must try and hire a boat one day and go exploring around all the little coves if you have time! Xxx

  • What a gorgeous suit!

    xx Kelly
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  • I remember interning in paris and the french always spoke about corsica and how amazing it is! Their perfect summer island holiday. CANT WAIT TO SEE MORE OF YOUR CORSICA POSTS 🙂
    This first one is just sooo insanely beautiful!

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  • Can’t wait to see the rest of your visit – Corsica is on my list of holidays to do so will look forward to your recommends. Such a gorgeous swimsuit Rosie & the hat is the perfect match! You look fabulous 🙂
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • It looks so beautiful! Insanely jealous right now as i’m stuck at work!

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  • Tania

    Can you tell us where this villa on corsica is ? Looks Great

  • What a perfect place to get away! It looks incredibly relaxing. Love your Pandora pieces. I’ve been pining to get more to add to my collection!

  • The villa looks lovely, and the blue washed counters are divine!

    Lauren x
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  • These photos are incredible! Corsica looks stunning, I’d love to visit one day. Your villa looks so lovely!

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  • One of my favourite places! I blogged about it when I visited a couple of years ago. Bonifacio is a lovely little curiosity, but I most enjoyed the beach at piantarella – it’s a bit off the beaten track but there is a lovely beach side bar there that does amazing wood fired pizzas.

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  • Lucy Norris

    This looks so amazing! check out my blog https://luceblogger.com 🙂

  • Looks gorgeous! Love reading your blog.

  • Annika Maharajh

    Every time I see you I want to be on holiday <3
    I've said it before but – you take amazing snaps! And I think your interior design photography skills are just fine 😉 … and thanks for inspiring me with that rose gold flamingo! I need one in my life ^_^

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    the pictures are beautiful! and now i am even more excited for my vacation in a few weeks – can’t wait! 😉

    xoxo,
    marie

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  • Chigozie Ohanele

    This is absolutely amazing. Have fun for us too, now I need another vacation lol…

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  • Corsica has always been a place I have wanted to visit! Can’t wait to see all your other photos!

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  • This looks absolutely sublime! Thank you for sharing! Plus that one piece is to die for!

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  • Aurè

    hello,ciao!…how nice!super Nice!
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  • Oh I love the look of where you’re staying – what a perfect place!! And who could see a rose pink flamingo and not want to float on it?! xxx

  • Bree

    Wow, looks like a great mini get away!

    I just posted why I gave up dairy, have a look!

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  • Louise

    Corsica tips (from a Londoner/Corsican…):

    You MUST make a trip to Bonifacio – it’s the southern tip of the island and on a clear day you can see Sardinia, and there’s a fantastic boat trip you can take from the marina into tonnes of beautiful caves. Another great trip is the Ospedale forest and the needles of Bavella (les aiguilles de Bavella), one of the most stunning views ever ever ever! There’s some brilliant hiking to be had around there if that’s your vibe. There’s a beautiful village nearby called Zonza, and the hotel there has (or at least had) one of the most amazing chefs in the south of the island.

    Eat loads of wild boar (sanglier) and as many cured meats as you can get your hands on, it’s the best in the world. 🙂
    xx

  • Girl in Pretty Dress

    I was lucky enough to visit Corsica a couple of years ago. I can recommend a visit to Bonifacio (it’s a bit touristy but a nice little curiosity of a town) and for something more off the beaten track I’d recommend the beach at Piantarella – there is a little wooden bar/restaurant on the edge of the beach that does great woodfired pizzas.
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  • Annie

    Loving this villa! Corsica looks absolutely beautiful. I hope you and your gent are having an amazing time!

    Annie
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  • Lucy Birchall

    The interiors are so pretty, sometimes I think about just chucking everything in a bag and running away to live the Mediterranean life and have a beautiful kitchen like the one above and living in a home that has that constant, refreshing coolness whilst it’s sweltering hot outside, you know? Life just looks so simple! Very jealous of your stay, and the last minute, spontaneous trips are always the most exciting!

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  • What a charming place to stay! I’m not familiar with this island but after seeing your posts it’s a place I’m absolutely going to look into!

  • Liz Pekler

    Wow!