The Olbia Hideaway

near Olbia, Sardinia, Italy Book from Book from £158 per night

This rustic-chic, two-bedroom house in the hilly wilderness above Costa Smeralda oozes bohemian charm, enveloped by sensational views
A world away from Costa Smeralda, renowned for its jet-setter lifestyle, mega yachts and bronzed Italians, sits a hilltop house, immersed in silent wilderness, gnarled cork forests, wind-smoothed boulders and the scent of wild fennel. Its three terraces provide plenty of places to enjoy restorative views and inside, the house is lovingly decorated with reclaimed furniture and tiles, bespoke artwork and vintage fleamarket finds. Yet just 20 minutes away is the buzz of Esmeralda life with its blindingly white beaches, turquoise water, seafood restaurants and beautiful people.

Passionate owner Leontine is the linchpin that ties the two worlds together, with her artistic vision and effusive friendliness. She designed and decorated the house with a quirky, cool style which brims with high-quality adornments: top-notch kitchen appliances, air-con and luxuriously appointed bathrooms. And she has a remarkable ability to read guests’ needs. Whether you’re after mysterious Nuragic stone citadels, reservations at smart restaurants, beach tips, boat trips or hiking routes, Leo and her little black book of contacts will be your way in to the secrets of the Costa Smeralda that few visitors have time to discover.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • A timelessly simple and remote location, perfect for seclusion seekers
  • Less than half an hour from some of Sardinia’s most sensational beaches and restaurants
  • The cottage is gorgeously curated, packed with thoughtful touches and mod cons
  • Easy to get to from the airport - just 20 minutes to your own private hilltop hideaway
  • Year-round destination: set up for off-season with cosy interiors, mountain bikes to use and hiking from the doorstep

Lows

  • The unpaved road that marks the final uphill stretch to the house is daunting for unconfident drivers
  • There’s no proper swimming pool, but a 4-metre Intex pool will be put up in the garden from 2021
  • It’s clearly a home, full of knick-knacks and finds from the beach, not suitable for minimalist fans
  • Not recommended for children under 6 due to the wild, un-landscaped terrain around the house (heaven for wilderness lovers, though)

Best time to go

Olbia Hideaway is very much a year-round destination, capable of providing a high standard of comfort whatever time of year. In winter months, sunny days are perfect for walking and cycling with cosy nights by the fire. Spring into May and June are a good for kayaking, horseriding, picnicking and local trattorias. July and August see an explosion of visitors, where sunloungers line beaches and the world’s richest people come out to play. Autumn means sunshine and quiet beaches.

Our top tips

Although it’s tempting to go out for dinner every night to people-watch the glitterati, make sure you enjoy evenings at the house too. Sunset paints the mountains a brilliant gold and the silence is deafening. Pour a glass of Vermentino and watch stars pinprick the inky sky.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Cottage rental
  • 2
  • Self-catering
  • Over 5s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge 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
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Besides the open-plan living-dining space and kitchen, there are two bedrooms in the Olbia Hideaway. The master bedroom, dressed in monochromatic hues, comes with a raised bathtub where you can stargaze, and a separate shower and loo. There is plenty of storage from built in wardrobes, plus a vanity area with sink, and doors that open directly onto the terrace.

The second bedroom has more flexibility, with twin beds and a separate bunk bed, plus a pull-out third bed. It could accommodate a whole family or just a couple (the twin can be made into a double), thereby making the hideaway suitable for a multi-generational family escape. There’s a sink in this room too, plus a drench shower and loo in the bathroom next door.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The house is extremely well set up for self-catering, and the large fridge comes with essentials like wine, fresh pesto and salad. There are appliances for making coffee, preparing food and cooking, and nearby supermarkets on the outskirts of Olbia are well-stocked for an alfresco bbq (there’s a large gas bbq and long dining table on the terrace) and the glassware cupboard has every conceivable vessel available. Dusk at the house is very special but should you not feel like cooking, Leontine has a range of contacts from ready-prepared family cooking, to a skilled chef to serve you.

There’s a huge choice for eating out, from barefoot dining at laidback beach shacks, smart white-tablecloth restaurants to breezy hilltop pizzerias. We loved the boho-chic town of San Pantaleo for aperitivo in the golden-hued square and pizzas at Ichnos, and a seafood lunch on the terrace of Caletta Beach overlooking pine-backed Cala Ginepro was excellent. The nearest eatery is rustic Stazzu Li Paladini, 3km away.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the region’s array of white-sand beaches from lounger-clad Baia Sardinia with its promenade and gelateria, to the shady coves of Capriccioli, borrowing the house’s umbrella, snorkels and cool box.
  • Take to the seas to discover the crystal clear waters and pink beaches that surround the Maddelena archipelago - either by your own private boat rental or vintage sailing vessel
  • Bike or hike the old hunting trails around the house, best done in the cooler months of spring or autumn to see wild tortoises, hares and magical rock formations
  • Take advantage of the house’s terraces and panoramic views with an aromatherapy massage or private yoga session in the comfort of your own home
  • Horse ride through the macchia-covered hills dotted with pastel-coloured villages, or canter on the beach through clear-as-gin water
  • Learn about the Bronze Age at a series of historical rock citadels called Nuraghe and explore the unexplained tombs, wells and towers at sacred sites

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Although the house is not suitable for under 6’s due to the rocky landscape and the rope balustrade terraces, it’s well-suited to family holidays with older children. There’s plenty to entertain kids with over 200 DVDs, board games, books and rambles around the nearby rocks. Kids love the beaches with shallow water and there are snorkels, masks and beach toys to borrow.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The family room can be configured to have two twins (or a double), and there is a bunk bed which also has pull-out trunk bed underneath it.

Babysitting:

The owners can arrange for a baby-sitter

Families Should Know:

The grounds are full of rocks, with some unprotected drops and an unfenced irrigation pond.

Kid Friendly:

Location

The Olbia Hideaway is set in the hills above Olbia, near the scattered houses of Casagliana and Sole Ruiu, and about 10km from the pretty village of San Pantaleo (shops, restaurants).

By Air:
Sardinia has 3 airports. The nearest is Olbia (16km), which has seasonal flights. Failing that try Alghero (143km) or Cagliari (270km); the latter has year-round flights.

By Ferry:
You can reach Olbia or Golfo Aranci from mainland Italy (Genoa, Livorno, Piombino, Civitavecchia) or France (Corsica, Marseille).

From the airport / port:
You'll need a sturdy hire car to reach the cottage, and for local shopping and exploration.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Olbia 16.0 km OLB
  • Alghero 143.0 km AHO

Other:

  • Beach 13.0 km
  • Shops 10.0 km
  • Restaurant 10.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
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