“A small hotel, once a farm, wrapped in beautiful countryside with big views from a lovely pool, great food, and 2 private villas too”
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.
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.
Children are welcome and will love the pools and freedom of the spacious grounds.
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.
Kid-friendly meals can be whipped up on request
The swimming pools are not securely fenced and children will require supervision