“Gorgeous B&B in a small country town, with beautiful hills to explore and Cagliari and its beaches less than an hour by car”
A chic rustic style waits - nicely uncluttered, easy on the eye. During renovation the rooms were stripped back to their bare essentials, keeping them true to their old roots. Then vibrant colours and elegant materials were added, leaving little need for further embellishment. It’s all utterly lovely. You find wooden ceilings, beautiful beds, shuttered windows and smart fabrics. One room overlooks the courtyard and has a small chandelier, another has a well-upholstered armchair. Two stand at the top of the same staircase, so are good for families or friends. All have lovely big wardrobes, atmospheric lighting, crisp linen and flowers everywhere. Also: flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and power showers in compact bathrooms where gilded mirrors hang above the basin.
Across the courtyard 2 Suites have been added since our visit. They are a little bigger and a little further from the small lane that runs to the front of the house, therefore nice and quiet, though the lane itself is much ignored and only the occasional scooter zooming past will remind you it's there. If the rooms in the main house are anything to go by, these will be absolutely lovely, but reports gratefully received.
Breakfast will defeat the best intentions of dedicated weightwatchers. You eat in the dining room - golden stone walls, a pale blue wooden ceiling, fresh flowers all over the place. You’ll find bowls of rolls, fruit salad, jugs of juice and an array of cakes and pastries that will make you think you’ve woken up in a patisserie. There’s tea and coffee, too.
Guests can use a small kitchen off the sitting room to make tea and coffee during the day, perhaps even prepare light snacks - plates of cheese and ham, fresh bread, a glass of chilled wine. There are tables and chairs in the courtyard so you can eat in the sun. At night, if you don’t want to eat out, you can bring home a pizza and grab a drink from the honesty bar.
My Dream, the pizzeria, isn’t far either - 150m from the front door. It offers a good pizza and, like most pizzerias on Sardinia, it's cheap. Chiocceiola, on the edge of the park, serves local meat and good pasta; then in September and October, as its name suggests, it serves the odd snail. A few hundred metres south of the Old Town off a dusty road that leads into the country, there’s a good table at the best agriturismo in the area (Le Vigne Ducali), where you eat your host’s meat and vegetables and wash it all down with his wine - food metres, not food miles. Finally, 10km away in Siurgus Donigala you’ll find Il Vicoletto (the little street), where you eat fabulous traditional fare in tapas style, giving you the chance to taste lots of local delicacies. Ask the owners for directions.
Children are very welcome and cots and extra beds can be provided, but this is a small B&B in a country town and apart from the computer and some DVDs in the snug, there’s not much for kids to do here.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can fit a baby cot, and 2 rooms can fit an extra bed (additional charge for either).