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Villa L'Orto

Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Just 3 minutes to one of the best beaches in Sardinia, to the nearest bar and great seafood restaurant recently featured by Rick Stein in his BBC series. 5 minutes further on is the harbour village of Buggerru. The area has numerous quality restaurants which are an easy five or ten minute drive from the house and none of which is expensive. Great places to watch the beautiful sunsets over the sea enjoyed on the western side of the island whilst enjoying the very best in Italian and Sardinian food. The tourist information site has details of restaurants and some great photography - http://www.startuno.it/en/restaurants.html

This coastal location just below the Costa Verde really is one of the best spots on the island close to some of the finest and yet least crowded beaches, such as the closest at Portixeddu, a fantastic 3km long sandy beach, Scivu, Picinas and Cala Domestica. Scivu has the largest sand dunes in Europe. Cala Domestica, by contrast, has a sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs, a sheltered bay and fantastic snorkelling.

As you can see from the photographs, there are no high-rise buildings, in fact recent changes in the law now prevents building within 3km of the sea. The UNESCO listed area of Sulcis Iglesiente is surrounded by mountains, a great location for trekking, mountain or road biking especially the cooler months and is close to the Temple of Antas (Tempio di Antas) and other historical sites.

There are several established rock climbing venues in this area, and the European surfing championships are often held there. It is a great area for wind surfing. There are opportunities for horse/donkey trekking including a popular full day trip across the hills to Scivu beach. Great snorkelling in lovely rocky bays and some excellent sea fishing within five minutes drive. Plenty of space around you for games on the beaches, even in August, makes a refreshing change from other parts of Europe.

Set back just a few minutes from the beach down a little used country road (ideal for cycling safely to the beach with children) this new villa has all new furniture and modern conveniences and is set in very private grounds. The setting is idyllic, to breakfast on the balcony is a lovely experience in itself with fantastic views and total quiet. The large barbecue/oven, the tranquil picturesque setting and lovely dining area on the balcony combine to make for lovely evenings at the house after a hard day at the beach! The large natural grounds offer children the chance to explore and for imaginative play in safety. The new outdoor shower is handy for both kids and sunbathers to cool down.

In the grounds of the villa that are mostly wild, it is possible to see and hear some interesting animal species, for example we have "singing" nightjars and calling scops owls which can be heard from the balcony at night. You may see colourful Bee-eaters and because the grounds are wooded, guests can enjoy the evening song of 'tree frogs' This Easter (2014) we were lucky to see a Hoopoe in the garden. Hopefully it will be there when we go back.

It is occasionally possible for guest parties and friends (max 10) to hire and enjoy a beautiful skippered Predator 7m RIB for diving, snorkelling , fishing, general bayhopping, swimming in beautiful locations and trips to cosmopolitan Carloforte (a great lunch stop). Adventurous adults and children alike are able to try our kneeboards, wakeboards and skis, in beautiful surroundings. The Predator 660 Rib can be seen in the foreground of the Carloforte photo, it offers a fantastic opportunity to see and experience the islands coastline and otherwise inaccessible bays from the sea. The boat is a super safe 'Category B' craft capable of handling almost any sea conditions. Recent guests used the boat for birdwatching. We visited Carloforte to see the rare Eleonora Falcons nesting there. Please enquire for full details and availability during your stay at the time of booking.

The villa is situated in a lovely part of the island, with the very best in scenery and beaches but without the expensive day to day living costs that you may find in other parts of the island. We know the area well and have left some very useful area tips in a visitors book and this has been added to by our various guests. With tips ranging from where to find the local spring to refill your water bottles, to the whereabouts of the butcher who sells the best sardinian sausage!, we hope it helps to get you settled in and your holiday started in the area. There are also English books and DVD's to entertain guests and a very rare item in Italy - an electric kettle!. Should you wish to have a chat about the area or the villa please contact us (after 4pm on weekdays, anytime at weekends) Thank you for your interest.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Portixeddu 2 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Elmas Cagliari 76 km, Nearest railway: Iglesias 24 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Boat available
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Inside the villa you will find a newly fitted kitchen with high quality appliances, electric fan assisted oven, gas hob and large fridge freezer. We have a pancake/crepe maker which can be used on the balcony, an excellent idea for breakfasts using fresh fruit from the local fruit and vegetable sellers.

Shower room well fitted out with toilet, bidet, washbasin. A pair of hair straighteners are also available!

The lounge complete with a large sofa bed has a wall of 3 sets of french windows opening out onto the large balcony, where you will find dining furniture and seating areas. There are sun loungers complete with cushions for use on the terrace or in the grounds. There are plug sockets on the balcony for using laptops/audio equipment.

There is a high quality IPOD/MP3 docking station for guest use within the lounge. A 32" LG LCD TV, DVD player and XBOX plus games is available for guest use. Internet should be available for the 2014 season. Please confirm when enquiring or booking.

The first bedroom has a kingsize bed and the second bedroom has a new (2014) Kingsize bed along with a pull out single bed. The room offers the flexibility to use either the single bed or the Travel cot we offer, or both with some adaptation to the layout. The two sofa beds in the lounge are surprisingly comfortable and make two further kingsize beds.. A Mama's and Papa's travel cot and high chair are available.

Handy essentials such as beach games and toys low beach chairs, coolbox and umbrella usually available for guest use so that you can travel light and are ready to hit the beach. The washing machine has been invaluable to those guests who take advantage of the cheap flights perhaps carrying hand luggage only.

Lastly, there is an acoustic guitar for those after dinner 'balcony sessions' but please be aware that you may think your playing and singing is greatly improved by drinking 'Mirto', the local liquor, but in our experience this is rarely the case. Fortunately, you will not be disturbing anyone other than those in your own party!

Further details outdoors

Outside there are large shaded balcony areas for dining or relaxing, and there is a large traditional Italian barbecue/bread oven. High quality meat, organically grown vegetables and salad available locally make for wonderful evenings for families or when entertaining.

There is plenty of space for children to roam and play in the grounds safely tucked away from any roads. Outdoor hot shower.

There are four good quality Mountain bikes, including a Specialized and 1 Scott and 2 Dawes MTB's, and a girl's bicycle for guest use.

Further details

Linen and ample towels are provided and included in the price.

A useful tip for guests arriving on Sundays is to try to pick up some initial essential shopping en route to the house in the larger towns, as the local supermarket closes at lunchtime.

There are a number of stone steps to the house, although these are less in number and easier to climb than a standard staircase.

The guest boat trips should be booked as far in advance as possible. Without a skipper or guide, a boat of this type would typically be around £500 per day plus fuel. We ask for £250 for the first day (plus fuel - typically £60-80) for up to ten guests and friends, complete with an experienced skipper/tour guide. By booking trips well in advance, we can organise a skipper for 'Ronin' and can then offer subsequent day trips at just £150!. We may ask that you book at least two trips to cover costs. You could go south one day and north on the other. However, at other times we may plan be in Sardinia at the time, in which case we may be able to offer significantly lower rates. The more adventurous may like to try water skiing, wakeboarding or kneeboarding. Otherwise we have snorkelling equipment for use. Guests have found this to be an excellent day out and a great way to see the area's best features. Please enquire.

The Sardinia region

Short mild winters and long hot summers, Sardinia enjoys sunshine for more than 300 days per year. Steeped in history, culture and tradition, the island remains largely unspoilt and appeals to those seeking a tranquil holiday.

The beaches and bays are stunning, and there are many ancient historical sites. The food in Sardinia is a big attraction, organically grown, traditional Italian and Sardinian food, seafood restaurants aplenty and meat dishes are a speciality of the local farm guesthouses (Agriturismo). These usually offer a set menu when everything you eat and drink over several courses is home grown and prepared, a must visit for any foodloving visitor.

Sardinia Climate Comparison Chart:-

The following chart shows a comparison in hours of sunshine and temperature over the period of 12 months between Sardinia and London.

---------------Jan-----Feb----Mar----Apr----May----Jun----Jul----Aug----Sep----Oct----Nov----Dec------------

Sunshine---4---------5-------6-------8------10------11-----12----10.5-----9-------7-------5--------4---Sardinia

----Hours---2---------1-------1-------2-------4--------5-------6------7--------6-------6-------5--------3---London

------Temp

----(at max)-11------13-----16------20------22-----25----- 29-----30-----26-----23------17------13---Sardinia

--------°C-----10-------7-------6-------7-------10-----13------17-----20-----22-----21------19------14---London

Portixeddu

Portixeddu is a charming beach village, the main attraction is the huge stretch of sand, which is never too crowded. Buggerru ia a lovely harbour village with a history in the mining of granite. The old mines tours offer a glimpse into that history along with a chance to cool down!!

Fluminimaggiore a five to ten minute drive from the villa is a village where there are many traditional festivals, as is Iglesias which is the nearest larger town. Cagliari the island capital is just over 1hrs drive away and offers all the sophistication of a major Italian city, along with the fashionable nearby Poetto beach.

Local activities include snorkelling, fishing, trekking and rock climbing. The area is popular with cyclists who use the challenging roads (very good road surfaces) in and out of the valley for serious training. It is a favoured location for serious cyclists including professional teams for winter training. Off road cycling is also a major pursuit in the area, and motorcyclists and Enduro enthusiasts flock to the area. See mountain biking images at http://www.sardinianatour.com/EN/152-activ-holidays-pula-cagliari-sardegna.html. Windsurfing and surfing are popular at Portixeddu and the European surfing championships have been held in the area. For some superb photography of the coastline see http://www.gentedisardegna.it/pop_printer_friendly.asp?TOPIC_ID=5336

Eating out is very affordable as this area is not expensive like other parts of the island. Agriturismo's in the area offer high quality traditional home made and home produced fayre, evenings there are often very memorable.

There is an excellent fish restaurant and Pizzeria in Portixeddu, both with fantastic bay views. Portixeddu is a 20 minute walk from the villa. A little closer is the Hotel Il Golfo Leone, which is also a restaurant and Pizzeria. A new Pizzeria on the nearby main road is also in easy walking distance. The highly recommended Agriturismo Biologico Fighezia is also close by. Book a couple of days in advance (they have an English speaking partner there) and you will enjoy a feast and an evening to remember for around 20 Euros a head, when all food and wine is home made and included in the price. There are numerous other restaurants in Fluminimaggiore and Buggerru, both a ten minute drive away. Just 1km away and highly recommended by us and recent guests is Trattoria Sole della Luna located in easy walking distance halfway between the beach and our house. The owner Luca's local red wine is also the best in the valley and included in the incredibly low price of 22.5€. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and is closed Sunday and Monday.

Throughout the summer months, Buggerru, Fluminimaggiore and Portixeddu offer night-life, small concerts, traditional festivals and plenty of entertainment. See http://www.fluminimaggiore.org/eventi-e-manifestazioni.html for more info and some great pics of the area. The following link lists all the local folk festivals by date in English. http://www.sardegna.com/code/feste_popolari_int/subregion/3/LINGUA/EN. The following link has some detailed descriptions of Fluminimaggiore, some of the local attractions and areas of historical interest and in particular information about Iglesias, the nearest larger town with 100 churches!!!

http://www.tomysardinia.com/filen/501.htm. Outside summer like many areas of Sardinia, this location is very quiet and will appeal to those who wish to get away from it all.

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Review 1-10 of 13

6 Feb 2014

5/5

"Vacanza da sogno, esperienza indimenticabile!"

Abbiamo soggiornato nella villa per due settimane con un gruppo di amici. La casa è moderna, arredaa con cura e dispone di tutto il necessario per una vacanza perfetta. I proprietari sono molto genti… More

2 Nov 2013

5/5

"The Ultimate Chill Out Holiday"

When we arrived at Villa L'Orto we were unwell and very tired. As soon as we stepped out onto the lovely verandah and looked at the view we felt better.
The scenery is wonderful, it's peaceful and just what we needed.
The villa is well kitted out catering for all needs. The information sheet is useful and gives you a quick start to getting to know the area. After initial reservations we became big fans of the outside shower - wonderful
As it was the end of the season many restaurants were closed but we became very fond of the L'Ancora where they make lovely cappuccino and excellent seafood.
The beach was often deserted and it felt like our very own private beach.
If you want a complete chill out holiday, as we did, and happy to read, do sudokus and crosswords then you will be very happy here. Equally there is plenty to see and do if you want.

29 Jul 2013

5/5

"Great villa in an amazing location"

We have just returned from our holiday in Sardinia. We stayed in Villa L'Orto 2 years ago and loved it so much we returned this year.
The villa is fantastic, very well equipped, our children loved the selection of games and dvd's.
The best part of the villa is without a doubt the terrace with panoramic views.
The nearest beach in Portixedu [5 min by car] is wonderful, def one of the best on the island. And it is never crowded.
The local restaurants again a brilliant although there are not that many of them. We eat at the restaurant in Portixedu overlooking the beach {the one Rick Stein visited}, the pizza Bora Bora on the hill is brilliant in the evening and if you visit The caves at Su Manau you must have lunch or dinner at Ostello Su Manau. The owner/chef speaks good english and his food is just delicious. Also the setting is lovely, manicured garden and lovely mountain views.
The owners are very helpful and friendly.

8 Jul 2013

5/5

"A perfect trip..."

The apartment -
Clean, modern, very well-equipped, surrounded by nature but only 10 minutes drive to 2 lovely towns, quiet and secluded. We all slept really well as the beds were comfy and there was air conditioning. Cooking was easy as there was a modern well equipped kitchen and a brilliant barbeque!

The area -
Probably the nicest part of Sardegna - although I am reluctant to say that as what makes it so special is that there are hardly any tourists...!

The local people -
Very friendly, kind and helpful

The beaches -
Spoilt for choice really.. they are in my opinion the best beaches in the world. The landscape is equally as beautiful to any beach in the Caribbean, but you have the added benefit of no sharks and no risk of getting mugged. The water is obviously cooler and there are less tropical fish but its 2 hours flight from the UK... you can't have it all! I have unfortunately forgotten the names to my favourite beaches - but you should explore for yourself... the furthest ones we travelled to were about 1hrs drive north and 1hr south of the villa.

The owners -
Helpful, friendly and polite.

In summary -
If you wish to visit the nicest part of Sardegna and you want to stay in a clean, modern apartment then you won't regret staying at this villa.

14 Oct 2012

5/5

"A great villa, scenery, place and holiday!"

I spent two weeks at Villa L'Orto in August this year with a group of friends. The villa itself was top quality with all modern fittings and fixtures that exceeded my expectations. The outside sh… More

29 Jun 2012

4/5

"A wonderful place for people how like a quiet and natural setting"

The villa is quite new (2009) and well equiped, especially the kitchen. Though there is a tv with many movies and a console with a lot of games, there are no tv channels.

Having breakfast and dinner on the balcony with a view on the surrounding farmland and hills is great. The garden is full of live with many butterflies, tree frogs, even some (harmless) snakes and a variety of bird species.

There are several nice beaches within half an hour's drive. Touristic attractions like the island of Sant'Antioco and the Piscinas Dunes are also reachable, though you should plan a daytrip for this.

We had a great stay and can recommend the villa to anyone who would like to enjoy authentic Sardinia.

24 Apr 2012

5/5

"Mediteranian Paradise"

The house was 5 minutes drive from the main beach which was an amazing beach, not very crowed and surrounded by mountains. The house itself was very beautiful with a modern kitchen and big garden space where you could grill meat or fish on a big barbecue and have meals on the spacious veranda which had a wonderful view. It was a very quiet and peaceful place to stay, in the middle of the countryside but 10 minutes drive to two small towns. The house was complete with all the necessary services which included 5 bikes and information about places to see and the best restaurants in the area. We really enjoyed ourselves there so I would definately recomend it to anyone looking for the REAL taste of the mediteranian.

24 Mar 2012

5/5

"Wonderfully quiet, scenic location not far from the beach."

My family and I really enjoyed our stay in Villa l'Orto. It had all the creature comforts you would expect and more. The kitchen was fully equipped, and the lounge had a large TV, audio equipment and a games consol for the children with a good selection of games. There was even a wood burning stove for our use and logs supplied (not that we needed it in mid September) but the logs came in handy for the traditional brick built BBQ which was fantastic. The veranda was huge and had fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and nearby mountains. We also had use of a range of mountain bikes which were great for peddling down to the beach.

Thanks very much for your kind comments. Through our own experiences there we try to leave the items guests will need during their stay, especially keeping in mind that many travel light using the economy airlines with hand luggage only. So glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you again soon, thanks again.

30 Oct 2011

5/5

"Perfect holiday for relaxation"

Lovely villa in a great location. Area steeped in history so plenty to explore if you can motivate yourself from state of deep relaxation that comes over you as soon as you arrive. Everything you need is provided, umbrellas for the beach, cool box for picnics, bikes to cycle to the beach. Also brilliantly comfortable bed. Visiting in early October meant a lot of local restaurants were closed, but this also meant everywhere was quiet and we practically had the local beaches to ourselves. Still great weather though, mid 20's so plenty of sunbathing and sea was lovely and warm. Fantastic deal for couples out of season so hurry up and book!

28 Sep 2011

5/5

"Incredible villa built in an ideal location with beautiful views."

This is a spacious newly built villa, with incredible views of the Sardinian countryside. The bedrooms are of a good side with a very spacious living area. The beach is just a short and pleasant walk … More

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