“Just outside enchanting Alghero, a 2-bedroom B&B of perfect simplicity”
Having moved here in 2009, Pierpaolo and his partner Carlo (hence Ka-Pi, their initials) spent 5 years gutting and rebuilding the outhouse, transforming it into 2 small but perfectly formed double bedrooms, with a shared kitchen-diner and pretty gardens out front. Comfy kingsize beds, deluge showers and double-glazed French windows ensure you wash and sleep well. Pierpaolo whisks up delicious breakfasts on the terrace, then hands you a stylishly striped beach bag with a zipped cooler, orange towels and a parasol. You couldn't be in better hands.
- Your hosts are generous to a fault, and full of local insights (Pierpaolo's day job is organising group tours)
- Pierpaolo makes one of the best breakfasts we've had in Sardinia
- A lovely rural setting, yet only 4km from Alghero and its beaches - you could even cycle there
- Alghero's historic honey-stoned centre, hugged by sea walls, is one of the Med's unsung jewels
- Perfect for a couple on a budget; even better for 2 couples travelling together
- You could feel quite cosy with the other guests: terrace, lawn and kitchen are shared
- No kids, unless taking the 2 rooms together (note that both are double-bedded)
- No pool and no A/C, but it's very well insulated, and sliding mozzie nets allow for through drafts
- Tricky to find, and the driveway is steep (exit slowly)
- When Pierpaolo is away, you can only book the "whole cottage (self-catering)" option, not individual rooms on a B&B basis; but Francesco, who deputises as a meet-and-greet, speaks good English
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Breakfast only
- Welcome if taking both rooms
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Laundry room
Both bedrooms are smallish, but serve their purpose well. Expect comfy mattresses, silky linens, good bedside lights and double-glazed French windows which shut out any nocturnal barking. There's no A/C but the high pitched roof is well insulated, and sliding mosquito nets allow for through drafts (if you don't mind the dawn light creeping in too). Pierpaolo salvaged the original doors and reused them as frames for a quartet of sun-bleached roof tiles or ancient iron keys - an artful touch, we thought.
Ensuite bathrooms have deluge showers, lovely gels, towelling robes and, for a dash of designer humour, an oversized lightbulb hanging from a thick red cord.
Both rooms - there's nothing to choose between them - open onto the terrace and garden, with their own bamboo armchairs and breakfast table. The shared guest kitchen is between them, so you won't hear any neighbour noise.
- Beach towels
- Beach umbrellas
- Central heating
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
Pierpaolo's breakfast is a highlight of any stay here. He lays out a wonderful spread on linen tablecloths in the garden, much of it homemade, including his own blended juice of the day (ours was carrot, pineapple, apple and ginger - a great pick-me-up), his mother's cookies, Carlo's juicy lemon drizzle cake, and marmalade from their bitter orange tree. There's local ham and pecorino, treacly coffee served in espresso pots and whatever else takes their gourmet fancy. Don't plan to rush off.
For dinner, they can suggest restaurants in Alghero to suit most budgets and flavours, from novel pizzas (think gorgonzola and pear) at La Botteghina, to upscale seafood at La Guinqueta (we sampled impeccable skate, cuttlefish, squid and sesame-encrusted swordfish on the 'pescador' menu).
- Guest kitchen
- Alghero is one of Sardinia's loveliest towns, with Siracusa-esque sea walls enclosing cobbled lanes and handsome pastel houses; there are churches, boutiques, gelaterie and superb Catalan-influenced seafood
- Boat excursions take you across the pine-fringed bay of Porto Conte to the sea caves and sheer rock stacks of Capo Caccia; the best is the Andrea Jensen - a wooden ketch with real sailing, great lunches and dolphin sightings
- Fine sandy beaches stretch west and south, or drive up to the Stintino peninsula for stunning white sands: La Pelosa is the pin-up (turquoise shallows and bronzed crowds), Rena Maiore near Biancareddu offers cliff-backed solitude (ask Pierpaolo for directions)
- Hike up 316-metre Mt. Timidone, an hour's marked trail from Le Prigionette park gate (small entrance fee), looking out for mouflons, albino donkeys and griffon vultures; or the macchia-covered hills above the ghost silver-mining village of Argentiera (get the Rother guidebook)
- Taste crisp Vermentino wines at Sella e Mosca (5pm daily, free tour, small tasting fee), or ask Pierpaolo to fix you up with a more personalised experience at a smaller cantina
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children are only accepted if you take both rooms, and as both are double-bedded that's not ideal. But for a couple with an older child, or 2 well-behaved children who are happy to share a double bed, it's not a bad option. You get free run of the small kitchen, a supply of beach towels and parasols, plus an adorable dog and cat to pet. But there's no pool.