Appartamento Bella Vista
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Appartamento Bella Vista is located just a short walk from the many superb restaurants and bars of the quaint little fishing village , Porto San Paolo. With stunning views of the majestic Tavolara island , wake up each morning to the sight of foam crested waves, then take a stroll down to the pretty horse shoe shaped bay, with powdery white sand and translucent waters reminiscent of the caribbean. Despite the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this popular seaside village, it still appears to have been completely bypassed by the world of mass tourism.
For the golf enthusiasts amongst you the nearest golf course is less than a ten minute drive away, set next to the coast with panoramic views of the Costa Smeralda and surrounding islands. Porto San Paolo also boasts a large diving centre which is a ten minute walk from the apartment. If none of this appeals, why not take yourself off to the equestrian centre in the neighbouring town of San Teodoro, where pony trekking takes place daily next to world famous " La Cinta" beach . Here flamingoes,herons and wild ducks thrive.Alternatively, explore the glittering coastline and islands by hiring a speed boat from the local beach ... a day that will live in the memory for a long time to come !
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porto San Paolo 750 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Olbia 10 km, Nearest railway: Olbia 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Air conditioning in all rooms, except bathroom. This is partcularly useful during high season and allow guests to sleep more comfortably.
Wooden shutters, essential for allowing long lie ins.
Vaulted ceilings throughout the property, giving a spacious airy feel.
Large high spec sofa bed, suitable for daily use. Sofa bed springs out with one movement.
High chair and travel cot to allow those with small children to travel more freely
X Box with numerous games to keep kids amused.
Large dining table for those who prefer to dine inside.
|Further details outdoors|
Beautiful apartment completed in Tuscan stone and granite.
Large spacious balcony for alfresco dining, with settee and 6 seater table and chairs. Breathtaking sea views can be enjoyed from here and guests can dine in privacy.
Private garden complete with BBQ and space for sunbathing/playing.Lovely mountain views can be enjoyed from the BBQ area.
Outdoor storage box complete with sun mats, parasol,cooler box and bat and ball games.
Outside shower, in addition to interior shower.
In the town of Porto San Paolo there is a lovely outdoor communal swimming pool set in a landscape garden with palm trees and sun loungers. Entrance costs E 7.
English speaking representative available for questions/queries/any possible problems.
Information pack provided to guide you round the local area, including some reviews of local restaurants.
Refundable breakages deposit of £300 must be paid locally. This will be refunded prior to leaving the apartment, pending satisfactory inspection.
To ensure that the apartment can be thoroughly cleaned between rentals, guests may arrive at the apartment from 16:00hrs on the first day of their booking, and must vacate by 10:00hrs on their last day.
In the event of cancellation less than 8 weeks prior to the commencement of your rental, we will endeavour to re book the apartment, if we are unable to do so then the full booking price will be charged. In the event of cancellation up to 16 weeks prior to the commencement of the rental, we will endeavour to re book the apartment. If we are unable to do so then 2/3 of the booking price will be charged.
The initial reservation deposit of 25 % of the rental cost is non refundable.
We cannot refund money to renters who have not been able to get to the apartment due to an airline strike/act of nature or other circumstances completely beyond our control. For this reason we strongly advise all renters to take out their own personal travel insurance.
We reserve the right to cancel a booking if full payment is not received 8 weeks prior to arrival.
In booking our apartment you are accepting our terms and conditions.
We reserve the right to change or adapt our terms and conditions at any given time.
The Sardinia region
It is almost impossible to illustrate with words just how beautiful and captivating this island is.Translucent blue waters fringed by powder white sand form a striking contrast to the luxuriant green vegetation everywhere. Despite being Italian, Sardinia has come under the control of every meditteranean power at one time including Romans, Phoenicians and Spaniards and this diverse history has given it a unique identity which is reflected in the local Sardinian cuisine. Sardinia is a culinary delight for almost every palate, with local wines to tempt even the most distinguished wine taster.
With a superb climate and range of attractions Sardinia really does hold something for everyone. Wild horses,flamingoes and seals are all resident. For the historian in you, the Island does not disappoint - Roman ruins and grottos can be found in various places over the island set against dramatic mountainous backdrops.Once visited, Sardinia is never forgotten.
A delightful harbour resort with quaint winding roads, bars and a number of excellent restaurants to suit every budget ranging from your basic pizzeria and spaghetti house, to the more sophisticated and adventurous fish restaurants that border the waters edge of this pretty little resort.
Porto San Paolo comes alive at night with artisan shops opening to sell their locally crafted produce,whilst the nightly street market ( in high season) sells anything from handbags to paintings.
By day play tennis, relax at the beach,go pony trekking,pay a visit to the local diving centre, try wine tasting at some of the local wine producing outlets, play golf on one of Europe's most breathtaking courses, hire a boat to explore the islands that are peppered along the sardinian coastline, or alternatively sit back and sip a glass of wine on one of the many guided tours. The possibilities are endless, although with scenery this beautiful it is sometimes quite satisfying to simply sit and watch the world go by.
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21 Jun 2014
"Clean, welcoming accommodation near stunning beaches and excellent restaurants"
This accommodation was perfect for us as a family with two young children. The apartment has all the touches necessary to enjoy a holiday. From a lovely balcony to comfortable beds, to simple things -… More
I'm so pleased that you had such a lovely time both at the apartment and in Sardinia. It's great to hear that you also appreciated the beds and other facilities - after years of staying in accommodation with substandard beds, we decided to make quality and comfort our priority when buying bed frames and mattresses( after all a holiday should be about recuperation )
I agree with you totally regarding the beaches - I've never seen anything like them in any part of Europe.
It's been a pleasure renting to you and getting to know you over the months. We would all like to thank you for taking the time to write such a super review and for being such great guests.
20 May 2014
"Beautiful peaceful spot"
A lovely clean apartment with access to the sun all day, in the morning on the balcony and late into the evening in the BBQ area.There are good restaurants within easy walking distance and the beach i… More
We are really pleased that you had a lovely time at the apartment, and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We also love the fact that the apartment seems to enjoy sunshine throughout the day and enjoy retiring to the BBQ in the evening, where you still feel the warmth of the sun and have lovely views of the hills.I'm sorry that you experienced a language barrier when being shown the apartment - when our English speaking representative from the agency is unavailable, they do sometimes send staff to meet and greet, who are in the process of learning English, so I'm sorry if this posed a slight obstacle ; rest assured, Chicca ( who speaks fluent English )answers her phone at all hours of the day and night, and is always there if you do need to speak to somebody in English. Fortunately her office is less than a five minute walk from the apartment also. thank you once again for your kind words.
22 Apr 2014
"The perfect getaway"
We booked the apartment earlier this year and I have to say the service was first class. The owner talked us through the apartment, local area, route from airport and lots more useful information pri… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and complimentary review; we are so pleased that you had a really lovely holiday and greatly appreciate your positive feedback.
I'm also really pleased that you found our area information useful; we have spent a lot of time discovering the surrounding area and it's wonderful when guests appreciate us passing this information on.I have to say that we agree with you wholeheartedly regarding Porto Taverna beach; it's truly stunning.
I'm glad also that your daughter enjoyed the X box/ DVD. Our children have spent many an hour playing on these whilst we have sat on the balcony watching the sun go down.
If you ever venture back to Sardinia we would love to hear from you, but in the meanwhile thank you to you and your family for having been such great guests.
30 Sep 2012
"Beautiful apartment on a beautiful island"
We spent 2 weeks in the Appartamento Bella Vista and we loved it! The apartment has a fantastic balcony where we spent many an hour eating breakfast in the mornings and drinking wine in the evenings looking out towards the sea and amazing Tavolara Island.
Everything we could possibly need was available in the apartment and Kate provided an excellent information pack before we left the UK giving us details of numerous places to visit and beaches & restaurants to try - as well as offering advice about hiring a boat for my fiances birthday - which was a fantastic day!!
Whilst I agree a car is not necessary, we did have a car for the full two weeks and are glad that we did as it meant we got to explore a gorgeous, different beach everyday which I would definitely recommend. Our two favourite places were Tavolara Island and the "Caffe del Rose" at Capo Coda Cavallo the latter of which has the most amazing view I have ever seen.
We didn't use our car during the evenings at all as there are more than enough restaurants within walking distance to last you a fortnight. Seafood is very prominent on all of the menus which my fiance absolutely loved.....I'm not keen on seafood so lived on the wonderful pizzas!
The island is beautiful with the contrast of the bright blue sea, pale sand and greenery on the mountaints - very picture postcard like!
I would recommend both this apartment and Sardinia to everyone, it is a lovely lovely place and we'll hopefully be back again at some point in the future.
And just to say, many thanks for everything once again Kate.
We are really pleased that you had a lovely time at our apartment, and would like to thank you for taking the time to write such a super review.
We are very partial ourselves, to sitting with a glass of wine on the balcony gazing at the sea. Tavolara is also one of my favourite places -it's really quite enchanting. I'm so glad that you had a fantastic day on the boat - it truly is a memory that lives with you for a very long time.
We also love exploring the area around Porto San Paolo and like yourselves, fell in love with the views at Capo Coda Cavallo.
It's been an absolute pleasure conversing with you and we would love to hear from you again. Thank you once again for all your kind words.
25 Sep 2012
"Fantastic apartment - beautiful location"
I don't often get round to leaving reviews but I wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in Sardinia. You were so friendly and helpful from the point of booking up to when we set off for the airport! The information you provided was fantastic (I drove everyone mad all holiday reading it constantly!) and the apartment was lovely.
For people reading the review, I travelled with my husband and another couple and there was plenty of room in the apartment for all of us. The kitchen and living area is communal and is a decent size but to be honest, we spent the whole time on the balcony. We had dinner in two nights (cooked one night and got take-away pizzas the other) and tried the restaurants you suggested on the other nights. We went to the restaurant by the sea in Porto one night and it was amazing! We also tried Le Cana (I think that's right) one night and the owner was very friendly and the food delicious.
As it was the end of the season, we spent most nights in Tortuga and the locals was very friendly - even gave us the remote so we could put MTV on and listen to the music with a few drinks.
We spent most of the time with a cool box on La Cinta beach relaxing. I have been to the Maldives and can honestly say the sand on this beach is beautiful - not quite as good but as close as I have seen it anywhere for a while!
We hired a car and would definitely recommend it as La Cinta was a 5/10 minutes drive away and it's nice to see some of the other areas.
I would recommend your apartment to anyone and we would love to come back at some point.
Thanks again for all the information - we had a great stay!
We are exceedingly pleased that you had such a lovely break at our apartment and that you were kind enough to take the time to leave such a great review. I'm really glad also, that you found the information useful; I always welcome tips and suggestions when I'm travelling, so have tried to provide as much information as possible, in order to provide the best holiday experience that we can. We also love La Cinta beach and find,like yourself, that many of the beaches resemble those of the caribbean.
It's been a pleasure both renting to you and conversing via email over the months. We wish you all the best for the future.
9 Jul 2012
"Everything we had hoped for"
We had a wonderful week staying at this apartment and wish we could have stayed longer. The apartment itself was everything we had hoped for being well equipped and convenient for restaurants, beach, supermarket etc. We spent many hours on the balcony enjoying a glass or two of wine while taking in the amazing view.
We didn't hire a car as the details had said a car was not necessary and strictly speaking this is true. However the local beach is a good 10 to 15 minute walk from the apartment and is not one of Sardinia's best. To visit many of the locations depicted in the photos you will need a car as we saw no evidence of any sort of bus service locally.
Kate provided an excellent information pack on restaurants, beaches, places to visit etc. The local representative was extremely helpful and speaks perfect English which is a bonus.
We would like to stay here again someday and would have no hesitation in recommending it to family and friends.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We also love the view from the balcony, and tend to spend many an hour gazing out onto Tavolara island, with a glass or two of wine.
I would also agree with your comments regarding hiring a car; whilst all amenities such as supermarkets,restaurants,bars and the beach are within walking distance of the apartment, hence not making a car a necessity,in order to explore the beautiful coast line to the north and south of Porto San Paolo, and the surrounding area, a car is most definately advantageous.
Thank you also for your kind words regarding our agency in Sardinia. They work very hard throughout the season to ensure that our guests are happy, and they have greatly appreciated your comments.
We are glad to hear that you would like to return at some point and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
23 May 2012
"Really lovely apartment with great views"
We had a great holiday and felt very relaxed during our stay
The apartment is located in a great spot, close to restaurants and supermarkets, but still with a feeling of being away from it all. The view from the balcony is outstanding and we enjoyed many a glass of local wine, watching the boats circle around the bay.
The kitchen has everything you need to cook properly, along with decent crockery. It has great natural light throughout, and the beds are very comfortable.
We tried some of the restaurants on the list and they were all excellent (we especially liked the the take out pizza's from the restaurant at the end of the road!)
A few more kids CD's / DVD's would be great, but apart from that I am struggling to find anything else that could be improved upon
We are glad that you liked the apartment so much,and that you had a lovely holiday. I also love spending time on the balcony gazing out to sea. Thank you for taking the time to write and also for your kind words concerning the apartment . We shall certainly replenish the kiddies CD collection shortly .
9 May 2012
"Tired & shabby, cluttered & cramped"
Due to multiple issues with this apartment I checked out within 30 minutes of arriving.
1) I believe the images are misleading. The garden to this upstairs apartment is actually at the rear and not in the photo. The garden at the rear was extremely untidy, with debris strewn around and there were buckets containing smelly stagnant water. This should have been swept and cleaned up well before any guests arrived.
2) You access the apartment from the rear via steep steps. Upon entering the apartment I was shocked how small and cramped the main living areas was.
3) When I opened the kitchen cupboard the door was wonky and the plinth fell down. The kitchen area was not entirely clean, there were what looked like crumbs here and there. Again, this should have been cleaned properly before accepting any guests.
4) There was a cushion on the sofa that should have been discarded a long time ago. The wicker sofa was tatty and worn. The living area was extremely claustrophobic and not somewhere that I relished spending 7 nights in.
5) The bedroom was a decent size but the sheets were not ironed and looked grubby & washed out.
6) The owners comments about the views are in my opinion questionable. I am also dubious about the comments in the guestbook.
This was my first holiday in 2 years and I feel very let down by the owner. She made many comments such as, I should have phoned up about the problems, but I come away to relax and chill, not to be on the phone complaining about things that should be remedied well before paying customers arrive.
In the end I drove to Porto Cervo and stayed in a beautiful 4 star hotel for 7 nights and had a fantastic time!
We were extremely distressed to hear that our apartment was simply not for you, as we take very seriously the satisfaction of our renters. We were also very disappointed to read in your review, that you chose not to stay in Porto San Paolo,despite it's numerous hotels, as we believe it to be a truly lovely resort.However, In my opinion, Porto Cervo and Porto San Paolo are a world apart in terms of resorts; Porto San Paolo a quaint,authentic Sardinian fishing village with traditional restaurants and bars; Porto Cervo a glamorous, glitzy, somewhat more developed, purpose built resort. Our apartment would have also differed greatly in terms of architecture and appearance to the buildings in Porto Cervo; ours is constructed with Sardinian granite, Tuscan stone and timber, in a fashion sympathetic to the surrounding countryside. The architecture of Porto Cervo in my opinion, is by contrast modern and untraditional, as this is a relatively new resort. I guess it is all a case of personal preference.
I would like to address your issues in the order that you have raised them.
1) The garden is indeed at the rear as you state, with a BBQ .In my opinion, it would be rather strange and somewhat imposing, if the garden of a first floor apartment was right infront of the living room and patio of the ground floor apartment.We state in our advert that sea views can be seen from the balcony and mountain views can be seen from the garden. When you arrived in Sardinia there had been a storm that very morning and it was wet and windy. That aside our garden is completely made of patio with nothing but a BBQ and space for sunloungers and chairs, which were under lock and key due to the storm.The agency provided me with pictures of the garden shortly after you vacated, and I am genuinely at a loss to agree that there was any mess ( even though in this one instance only, I would have understood if there had been as a result of the storm taking place as you arrived). That aside, we believe that the customer is king, and if you had conveyed to us, or the agency prior to vacating, that the patio should be re swept, we would have been happy to arrange this just as soon as the storm had finished.
2a) You do access the apartment from steps at the rear; every first floor apartment has their own private stair case leading from their garden.I personally prefer this to a communal stair case for all, as it means that no one else has direct access to your front door and this adds extra security. The steps are very wide ( wide enough for 3 people at a time ) , have railings either side and are solid with no spaces between them. We bought the apartmet when our children were very small, and they have not encountered any problems with these steps.
2b)You state that you found the living area to be small and cramped. The apartment is 78 Square meters, and this is verified in all of the legal documentation relating to the sale of the property. I am happy to provide copies of these. In addition, as we bought the apartment off plan 5 years ago, we requested to have the balcony extended by a third, so we have the largest balcony on the complex. We also have vaulted ceilings throughout the property, and opted for an open plan living area away from the bedrooms. We are genuinely sorry that you yourself found the apartment to be too small for two people, as we believe it to be spacious and many other renters have stated that they also believe it to be spacious. Infact, we have received two consecutive bookings from two separate families of 5.
3)The kitchen was thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival, and the agency also issued me with pictures of this taken some ten minutes after your departure. Again, I am struggling to find any evidence to agree that it had not been cleaned properly, but your opinion as the customer is paramount and had you conveyed this information to my self or the agency, we would have ensured that the apartment was re cleaned. The Kitchen was installed 2 and a half years ago and is made of white wood sympathetic to the design style of the apartment. We have asked the agency if a door was wonky, and they have said that maybe the grain of the wood is not straight, as it is made from local materials. We have also asked them to double check whether the plinth is loose as they could not find a record of this.
4) The singular cushion which was placed on our leather sofa inside, was in fact brought in from one of the chairs on the balcony. It was purchased last summer, and I find it to be very comfortable on the iron chairs on the balcony. When it rains the agency frequently bring items inside that can be damaged. The wicker sofa usually lives on the balcony and as such is exposed to sunlight. My husband last teaked the frame of this at the start of the season, and the teak is still in the utility cupboard at the apartment. We are also sorry that you perceived the living area to be claustrophobic, as we love the open plan nature of the space leading on to the balcony and the vaulted ceilings.
5) The bedding is collected from the launderette in a sealed plastic, protective casing for each renter. It is always ironed, however, it is then folded in order to pack it. This will obviously mean that there are folds in the bedding, but we like to ensure that the packages are air tight prior to giving them to renters. Again, the agency would have been more than happy to provide you with a new set of bedding, if you felt that the set provided was not to your liking.
6)We obviously adore the view; we chose the exact spot where we wanted our apartment to be built, with that exact view in mind. To date it is the most complemented aspect of the apartment when people write to thank us. We are genuinely sorry that you do not agree. Regarding your perception about the comments in the guest book, I would be more than happy to provide you with a full audit history of these emails and can actually inform you that I have not posted all the compliments that I have received. These reviews were received souly from people who booked directly through the one internet site that we advertise on, so their email addresses can also be verified, along with their initial enquiry regarding the property.We have many repeat bookings for this Summer.
Regarding the apartment being tired and shabby we are sorry that this is your perception. Most of the letters we receive detail that it is clean and well maintained. The apartment is five years old and during our conversation prior to you booking with us, I did forewarn you that the apartment may possibly smell of paint, as we have the inside repainted every two years and this had just been completed prior to your rental.I am surprised therefore that you found it to be tired and shabby.
To conclude, I would like to re iterate that we are genuinely sorry that you didn't like our apartment and that you also decided to not stay in Porto San Paolo. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday in the end.
23 Sep 2011
"The apartment was everything we had hoped for and more. It has really lovely views and is in easy walking distance of all amenities. We very much enjoyed strolling down to the town at night and ate in some excellent restaurants during our week in Porto San Paolo. It was a refreshing change to stay in an apartment with good beds and the peaceful location, coupled with large wooden shutters mean't that we could actually enjoy a lie in. The apartment was clean and tastefully decorated. We came back feeling revived and indulged. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to any one who fancies a restful break in idyllic surroundings. We are already planning when we can go next !"
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay so much. We also enjoy a slow amble down to the seafront at night, to soak up some of the Italian atmosphere. Thank you for choosing to book with us; we look forward to hearing from you in the future.
12 Sep 2011
"This is VACATION!"
Clean and fresh apartment, with everything we needed for our stay with our two children (5 and 7 years). Beautiful view from the balcony, and a nice spot for warm afterbeach sunshine on the stairs at the back of the building. We BBQ in the backyard while the children played, and we had wonderful nights at the balcony. Nice beds, and nice bathroom. Perfect for 4 - we would love to come back!
For families with small children, the windows are not secured and the stairs are quite steep so you might watch them a little extra.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much that you wish to return. We also love to BBQ in the back garden whilst the children play nearby and we then retire to watch the sunset on the balcony.
Thank you for your constructive comments regarding the windows; there is in fact a safety feature whereby you may open the windows a jar from the top ( so they tilt open ) and you have alerted me to the fact that we should highlight this in our literature.
Thank you also for the lovely letter of thanks that you wrote. We look forward to hearing from you in the future
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