“Gorgeous country-house hotel with stunning courtyard garden, close to beautiful beaches and the ruins of fabulous Tharros”
The 7 rooms are scattered about, most in the main house, the suite with its sitting room in the old olive press. All take their name from plants growing in the garden and all are lovely, so it doesn’t really matter where you wash up. An immaculate country-house style runs throughout: whitewashed walls, beautiful bathrooms, beds piled high with pillows, original terracotta-tiled floors. Ornate wooden doors pop up all over the place, there are big wardrobes and pretty pieces of art, and shuttered windows keep you cool. All have fine wooden ceilings, some made from river reeds in the traditional style. Three rooms in the main house open onto the sitting room, where a fire burns occasionally, but don’t expect much noise - the tables and chairs outside are much more popular.
Bathrooms are lovely with a splash of colour coming from pretty tiles. You get carafes of water, lots of space, then smart power showers and the odd bath or spa bath. There are robes, fluffy white towels and fancy oils, too. One bathroom is accessible for wheelchairs.
An excellent breakfast is served along the corridor from the sitting room, past the Roman amphora and the gaslights which once helped illuminate the house. You eat in a small traditional dining room; in good weather you decant into the garden. There’s lots of choice and it’s all irresistible: freshly baked breads, fruits and yoghurts, homemade cakes and pastaccini, plates of ham and cheese, warm croissants, even bacon and eggs on request. Strong coffee, good tea and jugs of juice help you wash it down.
If you’re around at lunch staff will happily bring you plates of cheese, ham or salami with fresh bread or salads or a plate of fruit, perhaps with a glass of local wine drawn from a chestnut barrel in the cellar.
Dinner is available on request: it's peaceful and unhurried affair, and can be taken in the garden if the weather's cooperating. The hotel also kindly dishes out free aperitifs at sunset (local wine accompanied by finger food), and has compiled a great list of eateries - the best fish, meat, pizza and agriturismi in the area. We ate a good pizza in the village, but for the best fish restaurants you’ll have to drive. The same applies for the agriturismi, but these are usually well worth the detour, though in season you’ll need to book early.