Villa Vico del Porto - Luxury villa with pool and sea views – Home 87061 Villa
- 3 bedrooms
- 8 sleeps
- 7 nights min stay
Villa Vico del Porto - Luxury villa with pool and sea views – Home 87061
- 3 bedrooms
- sleeps 8
- 7 nights min stay
Villa / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 0.2 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- Air conditioning
- Ask about pets
- Private garden
Description from owner
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
- Cot available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: King Bed
Bedroom 2: King Bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed Single Bed
- 1 En suite, 1 Shower room
- Wi-Fi available
- Air conditioning
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Sea view
- Bicycles available
- Internet access
- Games room
- Washing machine
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Secure parking
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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Damage deposit: £100.00
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
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- Calendar updated::
- 17 Mar 2018
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English, Italian
This Villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 06 Apr 2009. Located in Pula, it has 27 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £1500 to £2950.
The Owner has a response rate of 85% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 17 Mar 2018.
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– based on 27 reviews
- Very Good
“Great villa, beautiful beaches but not much else?”
The villa is lovely, positioned at the end of a short track with just one neighbour close on one side - if you want peace and quiet and (almost) privacy you'll find it here - more on the villa at the end of this review. The villa is in walking distance to the harbour with its new building offering a restaurant and cafe. We found this area a bit smelly and the restaurant looked unappealing so we didn't eat here - instead we travelled up to the Mirage near Chia or ate at Sincontru in Pula. Pula is a small but atmospheric town - provides the two food shopping options - Jolly or Conad. There is a small beach at Perd'e Sali which you can walk to (20mins) or park at - not so busy & we enjoyed some snorkelling here. You can also walk around the headland from here to an almost deserted (but stoney) beach. All other local-ish beaches we tried (Nora, Chia, Teurrada - pedals here) were beautiful with crystal clear water but absolutely packed covering every inch, with Italians also on holiday. It's worth a drive past Chia to the Teuradda / Teulada area for the lovely views from the coastal road and to find tiny, secret beaches that were less crowded. We also trekked North, above Caglari to Campulongo beach - also beautiful, crammed with Italians with crystal clear water. We visited the Roman ruins at Nora with the guided tour - very interesting and spent an afternoon wandering around Caglari to see some Italian architecture & eat/drink from the many cafes. Cagliari old town, near the harbour is lovely - a little cluster of Italian culture in an otherwise beach-based holiday. We took our teenagers to Diverland - the larger Aqua park just north of Cagliari - great fun, even with some scary slides and some that bump your back all the way down. The weather was baking hot (mid-July) with a couple of days of hazy/cloud until I was burnt off by midday, but mostly deep blue skies & temperatures in the mid-high 30s and hot well past 9pm. Eating out was limited as we needed vegetarian and gluten free - usually easy in Italy but most restaurants here offering GF seemed to be in the north of the island. Mirage had GF pasta, Sincontru could do a risotto. We went to Cagliari just to eat a GF restaurant - Mangia. Well worth the visit for our first pizza of the holiday. And back to the villa - some negatives - the basement bedroom was going to be the teenagers den (I'm sure it stated a pool table on the website but it just had a dart board with one dart! And the bed) but smelt very damp. It was used on a couple of nights in our second week as the twin beds (upstairs) were considered hard & uncomfortable by our son - he in fact then slept the remaining nights on one of the sofas - joined by our daughter on the other sofa as the double bed in the smaller room upstairs was also hard & uncomfortable. The twin room does not have air con but was just about OK temperature wise with the windows open, mozzie net down and the fan on high. Although the villa guide asks for the air con to be off overnight the rooms are far too hot for this & anyway the mozzie net in the main room pings up with a small breeze or randomly of its own free will, so our daughter in the small double (until she slept downstairs) & us in the main room had the air con on all night. The second fan didn't work for our stay. The bed in the main room was ok, softer and this room has a lovely view of the sea from the balcony. Using the shower in the ensuite requires careful choreographing of turning on the bidet to gather hot water up the pipes and then diverting the hot water to the shower for a brief hot water supply - amusing & manageable for a two week holiday - especially when teenagers occupy the downstair shower room (which had a reliable supply of hot water). One big negative is having to put used toilet roll in the bin but this is the case everywhere in Sardinia. We had a few issues with the villa but all were very quickly resolved by Colette via email messages. One ongoing problem seemed to be the reliability of the pool man with the pool getting quite grubby & low water level as he only came once during our stay. Sandra is lovely, she met us at arrival and came back halfway through our two weeks to change towels and provide clean sheets. We had the Sardinian feast - quite a challenge for her as a family of four vegetarians and two also gluten free but she did well and we ate well. Would we come back to Sardinia again? - probably but further North. Would we recomend the villa? Yes, but with better pool management (as it was central to our holiday) - and only if it was located further North. Booking through Holiday Lettings was very straight forward & efficient. Colette was very attentive and organised except that we had to remind her / request our deposit back.
Owner's reply: We much appreciate your detailed review which helps us to ensure that future guests have a smooth holiday experience. We have had a maintenance contract with Greco Piscine for 3 years and this is the first time we have had a problem reported. The pool is always maintained the day before guests arrive. Unfortunately the water level had fallen below a functioning skimmer level on the Friday due to the intense heat in July experienced in the Mediterranean this year. It takes some hours to top up the pool when it this much water has evaporated. This was done on Sunday returning the pool to it's usual condition. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused you. The house has 3 air conditioning units and a number of fans. Every season at least a couple of fans are broken but we have spares available which our Housekeeper can provide on request. The area is generally considered the loveliest in southern Sardinia. The North of the island is either remote or resort based. It caters largely for wealthy tourists and so can cater for all needs but the costs of renting a villa in high season with a pool is generally between £5000 - £10,000 per week. The south with the lovely town of Pula and Cagliari close by offers a more authentic taste of Sardinia. The area also has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, which offer boat hire, surfing, wind surfing etc, an Is Molas International Golf Course is 10 minutes drive, Tsunami nightclub also 10 minutes, Blu Fan aquaparc 4 minutes and the largest archaeological site on the island at Nora about 8 minutes drive, so the area has plenty to offer guests. I apologize for returning the deposit after 8-9 days instead of within the week as normal, but had just come out of hospital after major surgery so was not quite as organised as usual. I'm glad that overall you had an enjoyable holiday!
“Super villa in a super location”
The villa was great, loved the location, especially being able to walk to the beach & marina. All facilities provided great – outside area, the downstairs bedroom, kitchen, lounge, aircon, washing machine, pool, books - and the mosquitoes were not bad. I would mention a few points that prospective renters might like to know. 1) No wearing of sunscreen in the pool. 2) All of the bedrooms did not have air cond and the fans did not work. 3) Although check out time was at 10am, 3 cleaners arrived at 8:30, saying they would work around us. Needless to say, we could not enjoy our last morning cup of coffee outside by the pool with cleaners racing about, so we left quick smart.
Owner's reply: Dear Max, Thanks for your comments. The reason that we ask guests to shower off any recently applied sunscreen when entering the pool is that it can produce a chemicals reaction leaving yellow stains in the pool. Beds 1 & 2 currently have air con. We plan to add a 3rd unit for 2017 in Bed 3. We apologize for the fans being broken. They were all working when we last visited the villa, and we have spare fans in the basement which could have been used had we known. We always check all the villa equipment when we visit Sardinia 2/3 times per year but with up to 20 groups annually, inevitably some equipment gets broken during the season. Regarding cleaners arriving before 10.00am, this should not have happened. I am glad you have brought this to my attention so that I can ensure that this does not happen in future. The 5 hour changeover has clearly resulted in our Housekeeper being too enthusiastic on this occasion. We always seek to make improvements on our guests experience and we appreciate you taking the time to make some detailed points.
“Superb villa & location”
We, four adults and 2 young children had a wonderful week at Porto Vico. The villa is equipped to a very high standard and is most comfortable ,with large bedrooms and bathrooms. Kitchen is very well equipped and there is a large cosy living room which we rarely used as the outside space was amazing. The pool was beautiful and such fun for our young grandchildren and floodlit at night. Terrace area is large and ideal for outdoor dining . We celebrated my husband's 70th birthday here with a delicious Sandra ,Sardinian feast. She is a real treasure and made us a super birthday cake. There is also a shady lounging area on the terrace if you want to escape the high temperatures. We made good use of the marina cafe as they sold delicious croissants and coffees. Nora is a superb archaeological site with precious mosaics. Also enjoyed dinner in Cagliari and Pula and beach at Chia. Dealing with the owners during the booking was a real pleasure, nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you We only wish our stay had been longer and would highly recommend Porto Fico
“Lovely Villa but Poor Infra Structure and location in economic decline”
Firstly the positives communication with the owner was prompt and largely positive. The Villa itself is very good and matters in the sole control of the owners would command a better rating. However there are a number of issues which detract from the quality of the proposition. The water pressure is insufficient to pump hot water to the en suite shower a plumber came out and made no difference. We were told this was due to it been a peak week with strong demand. To us it appeared that many properties were empty and the beach and nearby marina had a deserted feel to them. So it is a one shower property. The property is not connected to the main drains so you cannot put toilet paper down the toilet - if known I would not have booked. Twice we had power failure the second time on the last night mid way through preparing a meal again the infra structure cannot cope. We were a party of 5 I think the infra structure cannot cope with this number. The nearby marina was clearly built on early century cheap money and in its day would have been pleasant. Now broken fountains and railings will probably never be prepared. The bar and pizza restaurant are soleless. There is a complex rubbish system with insufficient bags left in the property - resorting to shopping bags leaves you with a 50 euro fine to your deposit - a nice little earner for the local manager! The beach are is very nice. Overall the property location and weak infra structure detracts from the quality of the villa - if you like isolation and don't need much in the way of shower or electric services then it could be for you. The owner has previously been made aware of all comments in respect of the property.
Owner's reply: It is always disappointing when a guest is not totally satisfied with elements of their stay. We work hard to ensure that everything is in place for a perfect holiday at a reasonable cost and we have many 5 star reviews this season which reflect other guests experience. Rubbish is collected 3 times a week, which is important in a hot climate. Information on the recycling system is sent to guests ahead of arrival in the Villa Tip sheet as well as being available in the villa itself. There are plastic bins for plastic, glass and tin, cardboard and organic waste clearly labelled in the utility room.. We leave many organic bags and general waste bags at the start of the season, but these are used up in time and most guests buy a roll when they do their shopping if there are no more available in the kitchen. Our Housekeeper found large amounts of undifferentiated rubbish when she came to clean the house, so it appears that the bins in the utility had not been used during the week for the 3 collections. She risks a €600 fine for disposing of undifferentiated waste at the recycling centre, which films registration of all cars entering. She has charged me an additional €50 for the extra time it took to clean the house and dispose of this rubbish. I only charged the customer €25, taking the extra €25 euro cost myself. We have been running the villa for 7 years and have only once before had a break in electricity supply which wasn't due to the system being overloaded with hairdryers/air/con etc all being used together. I contacted the guest with advice when he had the first outage and he replied immediately saying the supply was back on. My Housekeeper found the supply working when she arrived in the morning. I am unsure if the system tripped, but it has been working without problem since the guests left, as it has all season. We do have pumped water to the house via our water tank to ensure good pressure during high season when demand is high. I sent our plumber when the guests reported a problem. Again everything appears to be working normally now. The marina is lovely and I am very surprised by this guests comments. The cafe and restaurant are simple. It's a great place for a morning coffee with amazing views along the unspoilt beach. For dinner I would recommend one o the many excellent restaurants in Pula or the services of our Housekeeper.
“Do it, you wont regret it!”
We rented the Vico del Porto for 2 people but theres ample space for a couple of families. It had everything needed for a comfortable stay and the inventory exceeded our expectation for a rented villa. The location is great and we visited every beach South from the villa over the first four days by car and followed it up by renting a RIB down at the local port from Flamar Vacance and went down the coast to Chia then spent the day cruising back stopping at all the beaches & coves. Rental €100 full day / €80 half day and budget €60 for fuel - its well worth it. Archaelogical site at Nora is well worth a look along with an evening canoe around the nature reserve next door and a walk around their Sea Turtle sanctuary. Theyve also got a great restraunt there but need to book - 5 mins from the villa. Sandra the house keeper is great and we embarked on her Sardinian feast which was amazing. Villa is sited at the end of a road that has 3 other houses so its secluded and quiet. Perfect is you just want to stay in the garden and use the pool all day or venture out and explore. Very friendly owners who made the whole experience easy to book and obtain information on the surrounding area.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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
“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!
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