Villa Vico del Porto
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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This stylish detached villa with private pool and sea and mountain views offers the perfect location for a relaxing family getaway. Everything is close by; the sandy beach, new marina with restaurant, cafe, gelateria, plus rib hire for exploring the stunning local coast and stunning sea and mountain views, are a 2 min walk.
The villa is beautifully furnished with comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets and towels, a superb kitchen with amenities not always found in Italian villas such as a well stocked kitchen including kettle and toaster as well as the dishwasher, microwave and XXL stainless steel fridge, hob and oven. You can stay in touch with the world using the wi-fi and MYSKY flatscreen TV. The house has air-conditioning upstairs and down plus mosquito blinds so you can safely enjoy the evening breezes. In cooler months there is a wood-burning log fire to remove the evening chill, which has outlet in the two double bedrooms.
Everyone loves the spacious and private outside space with it's sea and mountain views and the lovely pool with Roman steps. The 'outside lounge' space is very popular with guests, who can watch their friends and children in the garden and pool whilst enjoying a cool drink in the shade. It also provides additional eating space when using the large BBQ. The villa has a games room in the cantina basement with a dartboard and board games as well as bats balls and lilos for the pool. It also houses the comfortable sofabed and a spare single bed for larger groups. There are plenty of outside lights
The local marina is the perfect place to enjoy an Italian breakfast with its' stunning sea and mountain views. The lovely market town of Pula with its nightly summer concerts in Piazza Popoli and numerous restaurants and gelateria is a 5 minute drive. Nora beach and the extensive Roman ruins can be found on the edge of the town. Is Molas International golf club is a 7 minute drive and Blu Fan aquaparc is 5 minutes by car. The whole SW coast is a gourmet beach lovers dream with Chia (20 mins) voted by Daily Telegraph readers 'Best Mediterranean Beach' and Lonely Planet have Sardinia's beaches listed in the top 5 of world beaches. Cagliari a 35 minute drive is a wonderful Baroque and Medieval city to explore with it's historic walled Castello District or just watch the world go by under the arches of the grand cafes on Via Roma.
When you've had enough fun exploring you can return to your luxurious villa and relax on sun loungers around the pool, read a book from our library shelves, enjoy an alfresco meal courtesy of the kitchen or BBQ, listening to the cicadas chirp...
*Sardinian feasts including 4 courses and wine, cooked in the villa at €35 per person available by arrangement
*Rib hire to explore the stunning local coastline available at the marina office.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Perd'e Sali 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cagliari, Elmas 34 km, Nearest railway: Cagliari 32 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The property was completely refurbished in 2008 and offers a stylish retreat for those seeking privacy yet with all amenities close at hand. The villa sleeps 6 within the main house plus 2/3 can be accommodated in the cantina basement. Please note that this does not have a bathroom so is not suitable for young children or elderly guests.
The bathrooms are marble, as are all the villa floors inside and out on the covered loggiatos.
The master bedroom suite has a spacious wet room and lovely sea and mountain views from the balcony.
The open plan living area has 2 comfy sofas and a Toshiba 40" flat screen TV with MYSKY
The villa benefits from air conditioning and mosquito blinds.
The kitchen has granite tops, an XXL stainless steel fridge and S/S eye level oven plus a hob and an integrated dishwasher. There is a toaster and kettle plus mocha's, cafetieres, saucepans, crockery and cutlery and everything you might expect to find in your own kitchen. Chef available by request to prepare a Sardinian feast.
|Further details outdoors|
There are lovely gardens to front and rear, including a 400 year old olive tree, plus parking for a number of cars. The garden is watered via a timed irrigation system.
The loggiatos to three sides are lit at night as are the driveway and the swimming pool. There is a large BBQ and table and chairs for alfresco dining.
* We provide a booklet with information about the property and the local area including maps for your convenience.
* Our housekeeper is available to provide additional cleaning and cooking during your stay
* Owners are always available by email/phone and should be your first point of contact
* We can accept debit/credit card payments as well as bank transfers. (debit cards free-credit cards charged at 1.9% extra)
The Sardinia region
Sardinia has long been Italians favourite holiday destination... now with many cheaper connections from UK many British holidaymakers are discovering why the Italians love it so much. Sardinia has the cleanest sea in the Mediterranean, with crystal clear water up to 40 metres deep in places. With miles of pristine silky sandy beaches, and one of the most beautiful coastline in the Mediterranean... Sardinia is completely unspoilt. Its large size and the low numbers of coastal hotels means it is not overwhelmed with tourists so retains its local character.
The remains of past civilisations dot the landscape from Nouraghic towers to Roman ruins and the later Spanish towers which rise every few kilometres along the coast. Combine the natural and cultural beauty with the friendly laid back Sardinian people, wonderful Sardinian dishes such as roast suckling pig, maloreddus the local pasta, famous pecorino cheese, sweets such as padulas and torrone and wonderful sfuso (local wines) from €1 a litre... try the cannonau (red) and vermentino (white). It all makes Sardinia a relaxing holiday destination which is hard to beat..
But Sardinia is more than beaches and unspoilt mountain scenery. Cagliari is a sophisticated city with wonderful Baroque and Medieval architecture, pavement cafes, department stores, art exhibitions, museums, a Roman amphitheatre and a great place to do a walking tour or catch the open-top bus or tourist train. Ohh... and don't miss the flamingoes on the drive home!
The pretty town of Pula has a market every Tuesday and concerts most evenings through the summer from Jazz to Pop and the odd string quartet or piano recital. It also has lovely shops and street markets during the summer months.
On the outskirts of the town is the Roman city of Nora which is situated on a beautiful headland with a gorgeous beach to one side where you can snorkel over the remains of parts of the town now underwater. The villa is 5 mins from aquaparc and 7 minutes from Is Molas International golf course. There are a number of outstanding beaches within a 30 minute drive for you to explore.
Sardinia has a rich cultural heritage and there are many festivals starting with St Efisio in May and including Ferragosta in August where flower-laden carts pulled by oxen arrive on Nora beach carrying the Virgin Mary. There is a mass followed by a procession of fishing boats and a massive firework display. Museums and events displaying Sardinian culture including music and dance are available throughout the summer.
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4 Aug 2014
That's how we'd describe our holiday at Villa Vico del Porto in Pula! We spent a week there at the end of May to mark a very special anniversary - the day the 6 of us met 20 years ago. 3 couples meeting up for a celebratory yet relaxing time away from home is quite something – we were expecting a lot, and we weren't disappointed!! The villa was lovely and the service was great – our memorable breakfasts outside in the loggiato facing the pool were just what was needed to start each day. We would spend our days luxuriously and lazily enjoying the pool. You didn't need to leave the villa at all really, but we were adventurous and on several occasions we'd stroll off to the nearby Marina for pre-dinner drinks – sipping wine and enjoying the gorgeous views there; we'd also go off and explore the surroundings even as far as Cagliari to visit the famous Castello district, which was a great adventure and, after soaking up the stunning rooftop views across the city, we found a great café that served the most fantastic aperitivi; and then of course we'd go sunbathing at the nearby beaches at Perd'e Sali and Nora or visit the pretty town of Pula to shop for souvenirs. The service at the villa was great …. and whenever we had a request it was seen to promptly and professionally. We felt looked after yet independent. The 6 of us would enjoy cooking meals together in the kitchen but the highlight was a superb, special celebratory meal that was organized by the owners for us at the villa to mark our anniversary ! It was unforgettable – check out the delicious menu !! : “porcini mushrooms in oil, carciofi in oil, prosciuto and carasau, cheeses and salami, tempura vegetables, small spiced meat pies, homemade ravioli stuffed with pecorino in tomato sauce, trofie pasta with a cinghale sauce, maialetto and lamb marinaded in vernaccia, followed by homemade sebadas...complete with wine and mirto.” We couldn't have had a lovelier week!! Highly recommended for anyone celebrating like us ! but ideal for a relaxing, trouble-free, fun holiday anytime.
31 Jul 2014
"We couldn't have wished for more"
We had never been to Sardinia and arrived at the villa late on a very hot night. What a welcome! A beautiful cool house, a welcome pack (made us feel special!), air conditioning and to top it all, the… More
12 Jul 2014
"Good place to get divorced"
Lets not call this place "luxury" please. My wife and I rented this place for the full month of June and the only positive note goes to the privacy and nice neighbour. This note can sound a… More
These guests stayed a month and emailed us on the first day to say that they were unhappy with the cleaning at the house. It is the first occasion we have heard that our previous cleaning company had let us down. We immediately arranged another cleaning company to come and clean the house the following day to the guests satisfaction, at our expense. Rubbish is collected 3 times a week. The guests arrived the day before the next collection.
They also complained that the pool wasn't sufficiently clean. During the period when they said the pool wasn't being cleaned our new pool company had actually visited twice and in addition we paid our handyman to come daily to ensure the pool was cleaned every day. The pool is in perfect working order including the pool lights which were working when the guests arrived but they omitted to ask earlier how to switch them on.
The local council had reduced the water pressure to save water and this resulted in our garden irrigation system not working to its' usual level. We arranged for the water to be pumped via our reserve tank, to offer sufficient water pressure for the house and garden irrigation. When I asked the guests for a time slot for our handyman to check the water pressure problem they responded that they didn't have a time slot. We always do everything possible to ensure that on the rare occasions guests have a problem that it is dealt with quickly and efficiently. However this also requires guests co-operation, which was not forthcoming.
The main gate closes normally, the automatic light to the side of the house works and there are 7 additional external lights at the villa. The utility room has ant powder and we ask our gardener to use it if he sees any ant nests. It is also available for guests to use if required. There are no more mosquitoes at our villa than anywhere else close to the sea. No-one leaves doors open at dusk when mosquitos are active. All the main windows have mosquito blinds. It is difficult to believe that a house closeby has any less and certainly not zero mosquitoes. We stayed at the villa a week after these guests departed to ensure that everything was functioning correctly at the villa and sat outside every evening, as do all our other guests.
It is difficult to understand many of their complaints as the guests had arranged for their friend to check the villa before their arrival. I paid for him to be met and shown around the villa and he was happy with what he saw.
The house has a well stocked kitchen, which many guests, including a professional chef, have particularly commented upon. We found two of the 4 frying pans stained from overly hot frying and they have been replaced. The remaining saucepans/steamer and kitchenware are all excellent quality and in good condition.
On their request I agreed to pay for household items the guests said were missing or not matching including a 3rd coffee mocha, 12 red wine and 12 white wine glasses, 2 new tablecloths, a set of stainless steel cutlery, a designer espresso set with sugar/milk, new sheets, etc. Many times I was told that they couldn't find items on our inventory which we found when we arrived after their departure. We were confused as to why these guests required so many additional items for only 2 people staying at the villa. Our housekeeper explained that they had large groups of people visiting the villa. It is therefore unfair for them to complain about a shortfall in cutlery and matching glasses when the villa is adequately set up for 8 and not 13 guests.
As a months rental for only 2 guests, we rented them the property at £1237.50 per week for a villa which sleeps 8 and has a pool and sea views, which represents excellent value for money.
We also gave permission for the guests to bring 2 dogs on the understanding that they would clean up their mess. They actually brought three dogs and the gardener had to clean up a lot of mess on each visit.
We have had three subsequent groups of guests since these guests have departed who have all commented that they are delighted with the villa. A Swiss group have said they hope to return. I believe these guests would only have been happy in a house with full time staff on hand.
Our new housekeeping service is of the highest standards and includes a complimentary welcome pack of homemade Sardinian cakes, fresh fruit and a bottle of wine. We can also offer a Sardinian Feast cooked by our chef for guests at the villa.
We believe our villa represents good value for money, is in a beautiful location and is maintained to a high level and this is backed up by all the five star reviews we have received from our other very happy guests.
28 Aug 2013
"Great Villa in a great location"
Really nice villa with pool. Can't fault it really. Great location with a couple of pizzeria's/bars in walking distance and Pula a short drive offering a wide variety of restaurants plus lots going on in the evenings. had a great meal in the Villa recommended by the owner. This was really good - just don't eat the day before it's was an absolute feast cooked by a very nice lady and fantastic value for money. Would absolutely recommend it. Because of the location this can be as relaxed or active as you want the holiday to be.with a variety of beaches nearby.
18 Feb 2013
"cadre très agréable et accueil charmant"
J'ai passé une semaine de vacances extrêmement relaxante dans cette villa. Tout y était très confortable et convivial. Non seulement le cadre est superbe, mais la villa en elle même offre be… More
13 Feb 2013
"Fabulous Italian villa in great location"
This is a well-equipped villa in a very scenic location close to the the bustling little town of Pula. It's in easy driving distance of local beaches (Chia is particularly beautiful), some interesting historical sites and delightful old Sardinian villages. The villa is comfortable and has an individual style and charm which made us feel much more at home. We found it had pretty much everything we needed including clean bedding and towels and a well-equipped kitchen. The outdoor areas are very comfortable - some evenings it was hard to decide whether to stay in the pool or relax on a lounger with a glass of local vino. Highly recommended.
13 Feb 2013
"Stunning villa in beautiful location"
The villa has everything you could need for a family holiday - a beautiful pool and every comfort provided. It is as well equipped as a permanent home
28 Jan 2013
"struttura inadeguata a bambini minori di 10 - 12 anni"
Abbiamo soggiornato presso villa Vico del Porto 6 adulti e 2 bimbi, per quanto ci riguarda non siamo stati contenti di alcune sorprese che non compaiono nella descrizione della casa. Innanzitutto la … More
This review has been posted by an Italian guest of the English family who booked the villa. It is full of innacurate and untrue statements. The person who booked the villa emailed me at the end of their stay saying, 'We had a super week. This coast is beautiful and the weather was really good.' There was no mention that there had been any issues with the villa.
We offer a welcome pack to any guest who requests it. There may be some unopened supplies left by previous guests, but our housekeepers are asked to remove any half used food items.
The villa was rented for £1500 not €4000 as the reviewer claims. We also supplied 2 cots and 2 high chairs without charge and our housekeeper brought a baby walker at their request, again without charge.
The pool is clearly shown in the main photograph to be open and without an enclosure, as is the preference for most guests. Most of our guests include children in the party. Any villa with a pool and steps will require young children to be supervised. Our garden is completely enclosed and in a quiet location. We have never had a complaint from other families with children. On the contrary most have told us that they have had a very memorable family holiday.
There are no more mosquitos at our villa than anywhere else on the island. The villa is equipped with mosquito blinds to all the main windows to allow guests to be comfortable inside the villa.
We ask guests to use the wastebins to dispose of toilet paper to ensure there are no plumbing problems during their stay. This is standard practice in Sardinia.
To avoid additional expenditure for guests most guests welcome that we leave pool toys and lilos for their use in the cantina/basement. Our lovely housekeepers ensure the house is clean and organised for new guests. Furthermore they will provide additional facilities such as cots and high chairs at guests requests.
We provide information for our guests via our Villa Booklet and a couple of notices in the kitchen and pool area to ensure our guests have a relaxed and trouble-free vacation, which has been the case with all our other guests, as is indicated by our many 5* reviews
We take our responsibilities very seriously and aim to ensure that our guests have a wonderful experience. Our villa's facilities are clearly shown and detailed accurately on the Holiday Lettings website. Any additional information can be requested at any time. Villa Vico del Porto is a beautifully appointed and maintained villa in a stunning location.
15 Sep 2012
"Beautiful villa in beautiful location - loved it!"
Exceptionally comfortable, with a beautiful garden and pool, this was a wonderful villa to stay in. Walkable to the local beach and an easy drive to the many other stunning beaches in the south of the island. Friendly and good-value local restaurant a few steps away.....our only regret was that we would have liked to stay longer!
14 Sep 2011
"quiet location, very good furnishings, nice swimming pool"
We spent axcellent family vacations at villa Vico dell Porto. It has very nice garden with swimming pool, very quiet location and furnishings of villa is at higher standard than other Italian villas, … More
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