17 Jul 2013
"Beautifully relaxing, very quiet everything you need; Lovely owners."
My husband and I booked this holiday for late June/ first few days of July 2013. It was to be our very first abroad without our grown up kids for more than 20 years!
Without any other reviews it was with trepidation I booked but sometimes you just have to 'bite the bullet' and go with gut instincts!
It was an experience and an apartment which we have never regretted. It was also just the second one of the most economically priced for the time of year. Always an important necessity with us.
My opinion? 10/10. No doubt in my mind at all. And categorically a wise and fortunate choice.
We have just returned from a wonderful week and what a pleasant memorable experience we've just enjoyed. An absolute and genuine delight.
Teulada village is a quiet oasis off season,perfect for those seeking quiet and peace and the apartment more than lived up to our high expectations.
Well built, elegant spacious modest and comfortable is how I would sum it up. Spotlessly clean with a small but very pretty, well landscaped garden terrace, with electronic gates on the ground floor with ample parking space, stone steps leading up to the attractive 2nd floor Apartment.
Apartment No 1, is based on the middle floor with the owners living on the top. But you have your own entrance full secluded privacy over.
The villa is set 3 levels divided into spacious and comfortable apartments and is a beautiful homely yet elegantly built large 3 storey villa.
The accomodation is set high up on a hill,based on the long yet quiet small back street residential road named: 'Vico La Mamora'. This is set back just minutes from the main road a little, up high. (you can see the edge of the island all around from the balcony in the distance. when on the terrace hanging out the washing, close to the centre of Teulada; a small charming oasis. -60 kilometres from south sardinian's capital of Cagliari.
Teulada is a proud reserved race.- Essentially catholic and Italian of course yet very firmly "sardi" Everywhere you go, Sardinian's vibrant kind shy and reserved historical culture and national identity is evident,-everywhere- their own dialect language is only really understood by the sardi, and of music and of folk lore, yet also essentially Italian- warm hospitable and as passionate as their own traditional music dance feasts customs and traditions as much as famous for their wonderful fresh sea food and countryside organic lush produce.. The famous suckling pig; roasted on huge fires breathed herbs and delicious crackling rotating wood oven spits, they are more than happy to help you and their chatter and laughter is very very infectious. They do not shout and scream so typical of the inner south Italian cities,but they smile and gesticulate to help you and they are essentially very kind friendly people. Happy to sing for you their traditional songs in the local trattoria or bars.
Teulada is the sort of unobtrusive forgotten by time extra ordinary seaside meets countryside village.-Not only forgotten by time,but steeped in acient history costume and age- a magical place. If you were driving through it, you would probably miss it! the centre square is that small.
It has a wealth of traditions,some dating back to the saints of course,and thousands of years...with a proud maritime history too.
Dialects abound here of course, as does all of Italy's individual regions. special home-made treats and delicious,too. There is something mysterious and melancholy about the place. It grows on you. not evident when you first arrive ...perhaps the ancient countryside village with it's eternal hair pin bends sloping downwards to the sea zig zag lanes tries to wrap its arms around you, backed by verdant in winter and scorched by the sun and fierce winds on the dried out hills,forever low rising mountainous countryside,and fields. Farming is strong here. Teulada is surrounded by daringly narrow hair-pin bends,it takes several eternities at first to reach the bottom, but don't be put off. The beaches and view are well worth the drive. The mountains are pretty on the winding twisting roads and lanes,dotted about with forestry and fields that eventually lead you down to the glorious glittering sun trapped beaches and seas far below.
Being just 6 km from the nearest beach; dotted around the coast line in either direction- we were spoiled for choice on which small part of coast line to visit. There are many non touristy free beaches to enjoy as well as the more touristy exclusive drop dead parasol clad paid ones. Sadly we only had 8 days to explore.. we hopelessly ran out of time to see much of these many many gorgeous beaches- ripe for the picking! .
The wind is strong here, it burns so easily.So you must take care. But the air is much fresher and cleaner than the nearby Naples and other Italian acrid cities. Be careful and wear the sun cream copiously on the beach. even in June it is strong and the sun whipped up in the wind burns fast! We both got burnt a little.
The Beaches are to die for! soft powdery white sands or rocky inlets almost white turquoise and clear jewel looking waters- Surprisingly colder than expected due to the wind I guess. Lovely crystal clear waters everywhere! Even as Teulada itself; and very calm. Chia; Terruda and many,many more- in either direction.
Teulada has a population of only 2,000, approx. so for the most part everyone knows everyone else,and you can't help slowing down with them immersing yourself fully into the genuine and authentic quiet and peace loving islanders. The "sardi" locals. In fact we threw ourselves with gusto into their local laid back,easy going surprisingly reserved for Mediterranean people and their proud ancient traditions fiestas feasts and historically rich culture.
If you are looking for lively free entertainment then visit Late July and August- or even the beginning of June. There is no noise outside of these times much. (This suited us down to the ground.) No traffic no crowds and no multi amenities- One would go to Cagliari,,the capital with its airport and larger shops and piazzazs and squares for this.
Here and there, are a useful very good quality smattering of family friendly bars,necessary fruiters butchers fish stalls a couple of small supermarkets for most, if not all tastes and pizzerias restaurants cafes and a gelateria (ice cream parlour.) All one would need for self catering or eating out and several country side Restaurants trattorias of course, offering most good seafood's,salads cheeses fresh fruits bread home made meats and snacks and fresh pastas. . The gift shops are limited here to the supermarkets and flower shop- but adequate for postcards and small trinkets and such.Oh and there is a bank; 2 pharmacies,I think a post office, a community board in the centre with tourist info about Teulada. There's a village hall a cop shop a butchers and a small very small firestation... fresh bread and croissants cakes.. bakers....delicatessen... greengrocers, etc.
We instantly made friends with the locals.In particular the ladies at the bakers! Luckily my Italian isn't too bad, and as my husband is from just across the island, the south west coast of Naples- (which again is almost next door to Sardinia on the south west coast), obviously helped when I got stuck!
The people are lovely. simple peace loving shy down to earth.
We were not disappointed in any way, with either the owners or the apartment The décor was faultless. As the ad states the amenities ARE ample. It IS sober and elegant.- Simple unfussy unpretentious with cleanliness at the top of its priority. Just how one would describe- which was great and we were more than delighted with our hosts. (More about lovely Bruna and Angionello later)
If I had ONE MINOR gripe- I'd say the main bedrooms king sized bed was just a little too firm and hard for my bad back. There were no lumps but it was hard. But made of good quality, and in Italy the most sumptuous of most beds are stone board rock hard, lol so I just had to get adapted.
From the moment we arrived,our lovely,kind down to earth gentle hosts Bruna and Angiello were friendly welcoming helpful and kind.
They live on the top floor of their large villa, which Angiello built himself. (he built and owns several other properties in the village as well. )
Please check out their website as you will not be disappointed, I promise you.
They were so kind- presenting us with home grown vegetables from their own stock on our penultimate night there,and we spent our last evening with them. Gracious,funny, kind simple down to earth lovely- lovely people!
Really reassuring us and handy whenever you needed something; directions, anything explaining, anything at all, they would be there nearby, to help yet keeping a respectful distance at the same time if and when we needed it. So we immediately felt at ease and at home.
They live on the top floor though it certainly didn't feel like it as they were absolutely discretion itself, and so quiet! So courteous towards us and are privacy. In fact, we worried that perhaps our raucous noisy early awakenings and re turnings at night might disturb THEM!
So you are in peace, left to explore and discover only until or unless we needed or wanted anything at all.- Bruna and Angiello would be there for us.
I can truly say we met them as strangers- but left as friends.
So typical and famous for its kindly Italian culture! Within minutes of conversation we fell in love with the place, and were genuinely extremely sorry and tearful to leave them behind. We left as life long friends.and I couldn't express adequately how grateful we were to them. - so typical of the calm easy going laid back hospitable and friendly Sardinian culture.
BACK TO THE APARTMENT:
The villa is separated into 3 large modest but comfortable apartments that take up the whole of each floor. In our apartment No1, there is everything you need.a large kitchen with everything desirable. a lounge. Good solid furniture handmade and very tasteful. 1 modest tv.
Large fridge/freezer. Large table that seats 4 -5 comfortably. A good ga\s cooker,overhead cabinets with full pots and pans plates etc.. Washing machine in the bathroom. Bidet and shower ( no bath)
The cooker was generous size all the cutlery,china etc. Tablecloths cleaning equipment.
Each room was spacious cool a tranquil oasis. Very thoughtfully laid out and planned. Nice pictures on the walls.
Fly screens on the windows. I didn't get bit by one mosquito! shower. Hair dryer.
there is a second bedroom again a double sofa very very comfy with a pull out double bed.
More than comfortable overall,, and fits the description of the advert aptly - and then some.
Oh yes, I believe 1 set of towels are 6 euros each, to hire as extra.
There is an adequate prettily designed outdoor family space below, and a balcony to gaze out at the church tower bells the street and the hills and forestry far out that surrounds Teulada.
Handy also, for drying clothes, a small practical washing line with an inviting set of patio garden furniture of good quality; a tranquil sun trap to die for! a sun filled cute little garden,all landscaped with natural stones and concrete tiled walls and floor... to sleep,eat,read chat or sunbathe in, or eat sublime home made fruit and vegetables sitting in the sunshine, alfresco.
Toddlers would need to be watched on the stone stairs though,and there isn;t much grass but there is a gate which can be locked for this purpose if necessary; apart from which, this apartment is perfect for couples, friends,or the small to medium- sized family,and older.
The villa has an intercom you can control visitors with on the kitchen wall, with an attractive elegant large pair of electronic gates below the apartment on ground floor level to control and protect your car/ security, which Angiello assured us isn't even necessary, as crime in general is pretty much non existent here.
There are stone steps to climb up to the apartment, (hence toddler problem) but there is a gate you can lock.And you have your own entrance. Lending you peace, semi panoramic view, with more than enough privacy.
Of course being on the second floor not suitable for wheelchair bound persons. But as there are locked electronic gates there is a huge ground floor patio terrace with plenty of space ideal for kids to play and let off steam and there is ample parking and a dedicated over head shelter part for parking for several cars, if needed, whilst there.
Lemons are growing on the patio too, and other fruits- which started to ripen while we were there! Lovely!
Pretty shrubs and flowers adorn the crevices and rocks where tiny lizards come to play! - The terrace houses a pretty flower filled patio garden with table chairs, sun parasol, etc and the stone work and surroundings are beautifully clean, very well maintained and attractive.
The apartment is spacious,and just a few minutes walk from the lovely little village of Teulada.
I can honestly say we were welcomed in every way. Modestly priced. there are other smaller apartments Angiello owns to choose from. But we would come here again in seconds If we could!
We had a glorious,very comfortable memorable time here, in little Teulada!
and the weather was kind even out of season.
I categorically highly recommend Bruna and Angiello's apartment. If you are willing to play your part, You will leave as friends!
They know they will always be our hearts and thoughts. And we have started to keep in touch by email and Facebook already.
Our only regret? That we couldn't stay much,much longer.
Whatever I have forgotten to include don't hesitate to ask me Ill do my best to help you.
- We will be back .-