Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru

near Olbia, Sardinia, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A small hotel, once a farm, wrapped in beautiful countryside with big views from a lovely pool, great food, and 2 private villas too
This is a small country estate, a peaceful world of sweeping lawns, old stone barns, ancient olive trees and views over untouched countryside. It sits in 32 hectares of shallow hills, 10km back from the coast, and when you wash up at the end of the track, you’ll have slipped back in time. Not that you should expect dusty old interiors locked away behind heavy wooden doors. On the contrary, a contemporary rustic style runs throughout – colour-washed walls, terracotta-brick floors, beamed ceilings and pretty art. In short, old and new mix harmoniously together, and if you want to retreat to the hills after a hard day on the beach, you’ll love it here.

Potter about and find a cool main pool, a tasty restaurant, deep peace and lovely staff. Rooms are scattered about: big Suites with shaded terraces in the old stables; Junior Suites at the top of the hill with their own swimming pool; a couple of self-catering villas for 6-7 in old stone barns, one with a private pool, ideal for families. All of which gives you reason to linger, though to do so would be calamitous. You’re nicely positioned to explore the coast from Olbia to Santa Teresa, so explore by day, then return for a lovely meal: fresh seafood, homemade pasta, delicious local meat.


  • The estate, a beautiful country retreat, yet close to the coast
  • The Suites, big and airy with shaded terraces and good bathrooms
  • The main pool, a lovely spot to spend a day doing nothing at all; there's another facing the Junior and Superior Suites too
  • The restaurant and its terrace for tasty local food served by friendly staff
  • You’re up on Sardinia’s northeastern tip with gorgeous beaches and aquamarine seas at every turn. Santa Teresa, the Maddalena Archipelago and the Costa Smeralda all wait


  • It’s more agriturismo than slick hotel - service in the restaurant can be slow on busy nights, and there’s no service during the day
  • You’re at the end of a dusty track, so you’ll need a car. And if you want to eat out, you’ll have to drive
  • Prices are high in mid/high season, but so are most places on the Costa Smeralda
  • Villa guests will need to pay a refundable security deposit on arrival, and will have a cleaning charge added to their final bill

Best time to go

May and June are great months to visit - the sun is hot and staff are fresh. It’s easy to get a table in a restaurant or a sunbed on the beach and you’ll have the place to yourself, so getting about isn’t a hassle. Mid-July through August can get very busy and temperatures can hit 40C. September is good, the water is warm, but some restaurants close by the middle of the month. The hotel is open mid-April to mid-October.

Our top tips

  • We loved the beach at Bája Sardinia (about 20km northeast). You can hire sunbeds and parasols and the village stands directly behind with lots of cafés and restaurants
  • Car ferries run between northern Sardinia and southern Corsica (they are separated by 14km of flat blue water), so it’s extremely easy to see 2 islands in 1 holiday
  • Great for...

    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel + Villas
    • 11 rooms + 2 villas for 6-7
    • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
    • All ages welcome
    • Closed: 24 Oct 2016 - 27 Apr 2017
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen


    We loved the Suites - warm and airy, chicly rustic, pretty terraces with fabulous views. They’re big, too, with sofas in separate sitting rooms, so good for couples or small families (they sleep 2-4). You get colour-washed walls, terracotta-tiled floors, big comfy beds, then a TV in the sitting room. All have air conditioning, while bathrooms have walk-in showers and the odd beam. You’ll love the sense of space and the view from your terrace, a clean sweep over open country. A couple of smaller Double Rooms are in the same colourful style with sofas at the end of the bed, then doors onto a patio. Two people would be very happy in these, and you’ll save a few euros into the bargain. We're yet to the see Superior Suite which can sleep up to 4.

    The Junior Suites are located in another old farm building that’s been stylishly renovated. They are up a small hill, away from the main house. You get one big room with a sofa or armchairs, then French windows onto a semi-private terrace for views of field, town, mountain, sky. All have high ceilings, walk-in showers and engineered wood floors. There’s a second swimming pool up here, too.

    If you want to self-cater there are 2 villas, beautifully renovated old stone farm buildings, each sleeping 6-7. They have proper kitchens and separate dining rooms, so are perfect for families or groups. Lo Stazzo, once the hay barn, is bigger with a private swimming pool and a pretty terrace for alfresco dinners, do note that one of it's 3 bedrooms is accessed via a separate entrance. Il Pagliaio is right by the main swimming pool. Both have attractive sitting rooms with open fires, stone walls, shuttered windows and traditional ceilings made from rushes. Some bedrooms are bigger and fancier, a couple are smaller and simpler. Lo Stazzo has 2 double bedrooms, 1 double/twin bedroom and 3 smart bathrooms, one with a slipper bath. Il Pagliaio has 3 double bedrooms, one ensuite with a Jacuzzi bath, the other 2 sharing a shower bathroom.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Central heating
    • Coffee maker
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Fan
    • Hairdryer
    • Internet access
    • Internet access
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi
    • Wifi internet


    Breakfast is excellent and included in the price (unless you're in the self-catering villas). In summer you can eat on the courtyard under vast umbrellas. It’s a help-yourself affair: local cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruit, homemade cakes, delicious bread. There are jugs of tea and coffee, but ask for a cappuccino and you’ll get one. Scrambled eggs are available, too.

    Light lunches are available on request - salads, sandwiches, that sort of thing. Dinner is overseen by Sergio, the star of the show, who speaks several languages and looks after you with great kindness. You can eat inside at clothed tables or out on the shaded terrace with views over the fields. The food is all local, the fish and seafood straight from day boats, the meat from the hills around you. You might find antipasti to start - buffalo mozzarella, local cheeses, vegetable quiche - then rack of lamb or pork in a hazelnut crust, perhaps grilled sea bass or Catalan lobster. Once a week there’s a Sardinian food night where you get to try lots of different dishes - a cheese soup you eat with a fork, the restaurant’s legendary roast lamb served with artichokes, perhaps octopus or suckling pig. It’s a great night, so don’t miss it (no fixed day; enquire when you book).

    Guests staying in the self-catering villas can pay a supplement for breakfast, and are of course welcome in the restaurant for dinner. The villas are well-equipped for rustling up meals, with full kitchens (hobs, ovens, barbecues). Arzachena has grocery shops, full of local produce (3.4km).

    If you want to eat out, you’ll find good restaurants a drive away (book ahead in high season). Head north to Palau (15km) or east to Cannigione (12km) for fish and seafood by the water. There’s lots of choice and Sergio will tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Nearest to you is Agriturismo La Kustera. It’s up in the hills (1.5km away) and serves lots of small dishes, so don’t expect to go hungry.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Children meals
    • Coffee maker
    • Lunch by arrangement
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    • Vegetarian menu


    • The estate is lovely, a relaxing place to hang out. You can snooze on sunbeds by the pools, walk amongst the 32 hectares of lush lawns, or retire to your terrace with a good book
    • Head to the ever-popular Costa Smeralda for its fabulous beaches, cute towns and marinas stuffed with expensive boats. Don’t miss the beach at Bája Sardinia
    • We love the Maddalena Archipelago, a group of tiny islands above Palau. You can swim from deserted beaches, see Garibaldi’s house on Isola Caprera and check out the lovely town of La Maddalena
    • Visit Santa Teresa, popular with Italians for its long sandy beach, where you can lie in the sun and gaze over the water to Corsica. Ferries will zip you across to explore Bonifacio, which stands on top of a cliff
    • If you want to explore the coast in style, the hotel can arrange for a private boat to whizz you about. Lunch is thrown in, you can swim in deep water, and there are 2 cabins in case you need a siesta
    • Head into the hills above the coast at San Pantaleo for the Thursday market. It draws a crowd and you can get a good pizza at lunch, too
    • Some fascinating archaeological sites are very close by: the Giant’s Tomb at Li Lolghi, the Necropolis at Li Muri and La Prisgiona, a well-preserved settlement
    • In the first week of September, head 8km south to Sant’Antonio for the feast days of 3 saints; their statues are paraded through streets on smartly dressed oxen

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Archaeological sites
    • Boat trips
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse-riding
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Windsurfing
    • Wine tasting
    • Yoga


    Children are welcome and will love the pools and freedom of the spacious grounds.

    Best for:

    All ages

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Double Rooms and Junior Suites have space for a rollaway bed or baby cot; Double Suites can sleep a child on the sofa and have space for a baby cot. The Superior Suite can sleep 2 children on the sofabeds in the living room. The larger Suites sleep 3 or 4 on sofabeds and have space for a baby cot, too. Junior Suites 14 & 15 look straight onto the second, more secluded pool, making them a good option for families. For longer stays the self-catering villas offer more room - both sleep 6 and have space for a rollaway bed and baby cot. Lo Stazzo has its own pool, too.


    On request

    Children's meals:

    Kid-friendly meals can be whipped up on request

    Families Should Know:

    The swimming pools are not securely fenced and children will require supervision


    • Airport: 30 minutes (Olbia)
    Kid Friendly:

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