“Small but stylish village B&B in Sardinia’s rural interior, with bountiful breakfasts, great rates and warm hospitality”
Three of the bedrooms are upstairs, the fourth is in the old barn (and we're yet to personally view it). All are doubles: two large, one medium-size, one cosy. French windows open onto little balconies - a couple have a green garden view - and the feel is fresh, simple and old-contemporary. Find restored wooden beds on polished planked floors, doors and shutters ‘distressed’ in pale blue, and original rafters above. Traditional artefacts are dotted stylishly about - a weather-beaten travel trunk, an enamel jug, fresh posies of flowers.
Bed linen is crisp, and mattresses big and new; bed covers, handmade in Sardinia, are embroidered white on white (stunning). Bedhead hangings are of traditional cream-coloured wool. Two of the rooms easily fit a rollaway bed and all can take a baby cot, but note: one of the rooms, in the former granary, is reached via a steepish narrow staircase that could be difficult for children to negotiate. The room in the old barn has space for single bed on a mezzanine level only.
Bathrooms are spacious and spotless, with white and dusty-pink plastered walls, contemporary white fittings and fabulous walk-in showers.
Breakfast is worth bouncing out of bed for. A spread of Sardinian delights served in the loggia, on the lawn or at a long table within sight of the kitchen's log fire, it includes cheeses, hams, salsiccia (salami), home-baked cakes and biscotti, delicious rustic bread (once a week from their own wood-fired oven) and seasonal fruits: apricots, peaches, figs, grapes, melons, exotic prickly pears. If you prefer fresh eggs, you can gather them yourself before they're cooked - there’s a chicken coop in the garden!
Authentic home-cooked suppers are available on request. The menu varies according to what's in season and available locally, but dishes might include grilled vegetables, fresh pasta (perhaps ravioli or malloreddus), local game and cheeses. Wash it all down with a bottle of wine or maybe the popular Sardinian specialty, myrtle liqueur.
There's a guest fridge where you can store snacks and drinks; we recommend heading to Gergei's winery, Olianas, to buy a bottle or two to bring back. There's also a small supermarket a few doors down the road.
Your hosts strongly recommend Da Tzia Matilda, a 200m walk away, for lunch or dinner. Feast on traditional Sardinian dishes, made with fresh local ingredients; the pizza (fresh from the wood oven) is a must try. Also recommended is Osteria La Forchetta in nearby Mandas: choose from the locals’ menu (not the tourist one) and you could find a saffron-flavoured fillet of bream on your plate. Alternatively, just south of the Old Town, off a dusty road, tables fill quickly at the best agriturismo in the area, Le Vigne Ducali. The entire family cooks and it’s all delicious, from subtly flavoured goat stews to just-picked tomato salads with home-produced wine.
Although Domu Antiga is not the most obvious destination for families, children are welcome. There’s a guest fridge that’s handy for storing snacks and drinks, and dinner can be provided on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Three of the rooms can take an extra bed and all can fit a cot (note the steep narrow staircase to the largest room, and the mezzanine level in another).