A Corsican beach house gets a new lease of life

Architect Amelia Tavella overhauled the 1950s dwelling

Casa Santa Teresa occupies a prime spot on Corsica’s Ajaccio shorefront and has undergone a top-to-toe renovation that polishes its midcentury bones.

Amelia Tavella Architects revived the island holiday home – a dilapidated 1950s family home that had been empty for decades. Travella focused on heightening the property’s connection to its waterfront views, installing pivoting glass doors that open the interior up to a large front terrace.

A saltwater plunge pool is on hand for hot days, and guests can kick back in rattan chairs and loungers. The master bedroom also has a private sunbathing terrace and sea views.

In all, Casa Santa Teresa can accommodate 12 guests across six pared-back bedrooms, with the Corsican villa starting from €980 per night.

Snorkelling spots can be found on the other side of the bay, while restaurants and bars are five minutes’ walk from the Ajaccio home. Those seeking peace and quiet can head straight to the sandy beach at the end of the villa’s garden.

A Corsican beach house is given a new lease of life by architect Amelia Tavella
Photography: Thibaut Dini
A Corsican beach house is given a new lease of life by architect Amelia Tavella
Photography: Thibaut Dini
A Corsican beach house is given a new lease of life by architect Amelia Tavella
Photography: Thibaut Dini

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