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Guest house | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This lovely one bedroom house with garden has been selected TOP CHOICE by Lonely planet guide book as the perfect base for those who want to selfcater. The house is placed in a peaceful courtyard in the heart of the village, at walking distance from shops, restaurants and bars. One double bed and a sofa bed provide the ideal place for couples or families. The cane roof with hand made tiles and thick earth walls create an ecologycally insulated environment to enjoy both in summer and winter. A brand new kitchen, a wood oven for bread making and access to internet make the house a perfect space between the practicalities of modernity and the possibility to experiment with antique cooking methods. Since 2014 we have added a well for cooling wine and a common hall for yoga practice (not available in August).
Special amenities in the area are: horse riding on beaches and salt lakes, birdwatching, river fishing, looking for ship relics and archaeological sites: Tharros and nuraghe. The coast is especially reknown among surfers for the long waves, practiced watersports are are: kite surf, snorkeling and diving. For those more inclined to traditional dancing and music there are numerous festivals all year long: July the village feast, March Oristano horse feast Sartiglia, sacred singing and procession for Easter and many more.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Putzu Idu 13 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Elmas Cagliari 100 km, Nearest railway: Oristano 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Brand new facilities to be enjoyed in the context of traditional architecture.
TV and radio can be provided upon request.
Cot and highchair can be provided for children.
|Further details outdoors|
The courtyard benefits of several armchair to enjoy the evening breeze among the fragrant herbs. From the swing under the fig tree you can catch the sunset ray. There is a wood oven for pizza and bread making, a well for cooling wine and a yoga room for meditation and qigong.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
English speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
The Sardinia region
Sardinia has the most beautiful clear water sea of the Mediterraneo, coupled with fine sand and quartz beaches. It is possible to enjoy the sea from April to October. Besides the sea, there are rivers full of fishes, amazing salt lakes with flamingoes and other unique birds. The mountains have deep gorges and waterfall.
Sardinia is not only about nature, archeologically it houses some of the most ancient civilizations: the Nuraghi with their misterious stone towers, the Phoenician and Roman built the town of Tharros. There are also numerous examples of romanic churches, built after the year 1000 a.C. All year long there are special feasts and rituals, like Carnevale, horse races and numerous religiuos event of special anthropological interest.
Sardinia is a region to be enjoyed all year long for the natural beauty, the historical- cultural interest and least but not last its cooking speciality.
Riola offers many activities all year long. During the summer you can enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Riola's main square and taste a scoop of the famous lemon sorbet 'carapigna'. On 26th july massive firework display is shot to thank Sant Anna for the wheat harvest. Generally the village feasts correspond to the agricultural cycle: in november, the wood barrels are opened to share the new wine. The grinding olive places offer a sample of the new oil.
In the winter the most famous attraction is a horse race(Sartiglia), ridden with symbolism. Easter celebrations hosts important processions and chanting.
For those more inclined to experience nature it is possible to hike, cycle and play golf all year long. In the summer evening you can enjoy a horse ride on the beaches and salt lakes. Regarding watersports Capo Mannu, 10 minutes drive, is one of the best place for surfing, kite surfing, diving, snorkelling, boating. For a day trip event you can visit the wild island of Malu Entu.
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21 Jul 2014
"La vacanza ideale"
Riola sardo è un punto strategico per visitare tutta la meravigliosa zona del Sinis. Comodo per tutte le spiagge e i siti archeologici e dotato di tutti i servizi necessari. Francesca è una persona … More
17 Jun 2014
"Charming place to stay"
This house opens on to a private courtyard and garden shared with the owner's own house. The owner, Francesca, is both attentive and yet careful not to intrude; a great skill in itself. The outsi… More
19 May 2014
We enjoyed a quiet and relaxing few days with Francesca who could not have been more helpful.The birdwatching was excellent. We found Sardinia much more enjoyable in May having only ever been in Augus… More
6 May 2014
"Posto rilassante - proprietaria molto disponibile - consigliabile"
Posto molto discreto e rilassante, proprietaria molto disponibile ed ospitale. Ideale per chi vuole un punto di appoggio e poi spostarsi nel territorio.… More
9 Sep 2013
A really beautiful little property, perfectly restored and finished by Francesca, with nice grounds containing trees with all sorts of fruit growing - figs, oranges and all sorts! The outdoor sitting … More
20 May 2013
"lovely , welcoming"
We stayed for five nights in this nice house. Francesca was very friendly and welcoming. Always there to help and give information and on the other hand discrete.The children loved her and the house … More
9 Sep 2012
Très belle halte pour visiter la partie ouest de l'ïle (les nuraghi, Tharros, les montagnes du centre de l'île, tombe de géant, Piscinas, la plage de Quartz, ... pour citer qqes sites). … More
22 Aug 2012
nous avons passé une très bonne semaine comme à la maison.Francesca nous a très bien accueilli et conseillé.La maison est mignonne comme sur la photo.RAS de ce coté.On tombe dans une maison d… More
9 Apr 2012
"I would love to come back!"
Great location in the middle of Sardinia on the west coast. Francesca has done a fantastic job renovating this little blue house next door to hers: the inside is very modern, brand new and spotless, … More
11 Oct 2011
"Lovely flat, friendly owner, great weather!"
The owner - Francesca - lives next door to the flat and is extremely friendly and helpful. Her English is outstanding (non Italian speakers should be warned that very few others in the area do) and has done up the flat to a very high and modern standard.
I strongly recommend visitors hire a car, as the village is quite cut off and buses are more or less metaphorical. With Francesca as a neighbour, you are privileged to local knowledge on the best restaurants and places of interest etc. Stunning beaches are about 20 mins by car, Oristano (the nearest town) likewise.
If I were forced to give negatives, I would say Sardinia is generally quite poor and it's fairly run-down in places, so don't expect to be welcomed with open arms wherever you go. As a tourist, you are spectacularly conspicuous and not always beloved. That said, I found the people in Riola itself to be very kind indeed and I met a lot of lovely people from there and elsewhere. It's also probably worth mentioning that the washing machine is shared with Francesca and costs 7 Euros to use.
Overall, though, I loved my time at Via Marconi and there's no doubt it's exceptional value for money. The scenery is amazing, the flat is extremely comfortable and well looked-after, and there is some magnificent local food (the ice cream and seafood are particular highlights). There's a courtyard where you can sit out in the evenings, and a garden too (I was treated to figs straight off the tree on arrival). Recommended!
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