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Villa l'orto Near Portixeddu and Buggerru close to superb 3km long beach



Updated: 05-Sep-2016
Portixeddu Villa, South West Sardinia, Italy - 2 Bedrooms | Sleeps 8

Beautiful villa set in very private grounds yet so close to Portixeddu beach, which is

just 3 minutes drive and one of the best beaches in Sardinia. For this year we have super fast internet and wifi. There are bars and restaurants including a great seafood restaurant recently featured by Rick Stein in his BBC series. 5 minutes further on is the harbour village of Buggerru. The area has numerous quality restaurants which are an easy five or ten minute drive from the house and none of which is expensive. Great places to watch the beautiful sunsets over the sea enjoyed on the western side of the island whilst enjoying the very best in Italian and Sardinian food. The tourist information site has details of restaurants and some great photography. This coastal location just below the Costa Verde really is one of the best spots on the island close to some of the finest and yet least crowded beaches, such as the closest at Portixeddu, a fantastic 3km long sandy beach, Scivu, Picinas and Cala Domestica. Scivu has the largest sand dunes in Europe. Cala Domestica, by contrast, has a sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs, a sheltered bay and fantastic snorkeling. As you can see from the photographs, there are no high-rise buildings, in fact recent changes in the law now prevents building within 3km of the sea. The UNESCO listed area of Sulcis Iglesiente is surrounded by mountains, a great location for trekking, mountain or road biking especially the cooler months and is close to the Temple of Antas (Tempio di Antas) and other historical sites. There are several established rock climbing venues in this area, and the European surfing championships are often held there. It is a great area for wind surfing. There are opportunities for horse/donkey trekking including a popular full day trip across the hills to Scivu beach. Great snorkeling in lovely rocky bays and some excellent sea fishing within five minutes drive. Plenty of space around you for games on the beaches, even in August, makes a refreshing change from other parts of Europe. Set back just a few minutes from the beach down a little used country road (ideal for cycling safely to the beach with children) this recently built villa has contemporary furniture and modern conveniences and is set in very private grounds. The setting is idyllic, to breakfast on the balcony is a lovely experience in itself with fantastic views and total quiet. The large barbecue/oven, the tranquil picturesque setting and lovely dining area on the balcony combine to make for lovely evenings at the house after a hard day at the beach! The large natural grounds offer children the chance to explore and for imaginative play in safety. The new outdoor shower is handy for both kids and sunbathers to cool down. In the grounds of the villa that are mostly wild, it is possible to see and hear some interesting animal species, for example we have "singing" nightjars and calling scopes owls which can be heard from the balcony at night. You may see colourful Bee-eaters and because the grounds are wooded, guests can enjoy the evening song of 'tree frogs' This Easter (2014) we were lucky to see a Hoopoe in the garden. Hopefully it will be there when we go back. It is occasionally possible for guest parties and friends (max 10) to hire and enjoy a beautiful skippered Predator 7m RIB for diving, snorkeling , fishing, general bay hopping, swimming in beautiful locations and trips to cosmopolitan Carloforte (a great lunch stop). Adventurous adults and children alike are able to try our knee-boards, wake-boards and skis, in beautiful surroundings. The Predator 660 Rib can be seen in the foreground of the Carloforte photo, it offers a fantastic opportunity to see and experience the islands coastline and otherwise inaccessible bays from the sea. The boat is a super safe 'Category B' craft capable of handling almost any sea conditions. Recent guests used the boat for birdwatching. We visited Carloforte to see the rare Eleonora Falcons nesting there. Please enquire for full details and availability during your stay at the time of booking. The villa is situated in a lovely part of the island, with the very best in scenery and beaches but without the expensive day to day living costs that you may find in other parts of the island. We know the area well and have left some very useful area tips in a visitors book and this has been added to by our various guests. With tips ranging from where to find the local spring to refill your water bottles, to the whereabouts of the butcher who sells the best Sardinian sausage!, we hope it helps to get you settled in and your holiday started in the area. There are also English books and DVDs to entertain guests and a very rare item in Italy - an electric kettle!. Should you wish to have a chat about the area or the villa please contact us (after 4pm on weekdays, anytime at weekends) Thank you for your interest.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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We are an English family from the northwest.

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  • 5 of 5

We spent two great weeks at Villa L'Orto. The house is tucked away in the foothills, up a quiet country road amongst olive and citrus groves. All you can hear are birds, crickets and the goats next door. Absolute peace and seclusion, but hop on one of the house bikes and you can be in the tiny village of Portixeddu or on a wonderful sandy beach in just 10 minutes (3 minutes by car!). Everything was as described, the owner Alan was really helpful and all his restaurant and other recommendations were great. The house is compact with a huge balcony along the whole length of the building and the accommodation is just as good for 2 people as for a larger group. We loved the outdoor shower! Great hiking and mountain biking trails lead directly from the house either to several secluded beaches or into the hills. The dunes extend quite a way inland in some places, but generally the area is surprisingly green with lots of evergreen shrubs. A dramatic (sometimes challenging) trail runs along the whole coastline in the area and hiking over the cliffs to tiny coves with crystal clear, turquoise water, makes a great day out. It was late season and some facilities were not open every day, but it didn't give us any problems, and the roads and beaches were blissfully empty. The area is not overly touristy or commercialised and everything had a very chilled, authentic feeling about it. The ruined remains of the mining industry on the coast give it a special flair. If you need a shopping fix, Cagliari and Iglesias are also not too far away! For a relaxing holiday, with lots of outdoor activities, mountains, beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery, it's perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We were introduced to this area through a family connection. A little hidden paradise that has only recently been discovered by UK holiday makers, yet a firm favourite area of Italian an Northern European travellers.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cagliari at 89 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Portixeddu at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Cagliari at 85 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Is Molas at 80 Kilometres Nearest Train : Iglesias at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : SS130 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Various at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Portixeddu at 2 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The guest boat trips should be booked as far in advance as possible. Without a skipper or guide, a boat of this type would typically be around £500 per day plus fuel. We ask for £250 for the first day (plus fuel - typically £60-80) for up to ten guests and friends, complete with an experienced skipper/tour guide. By booking trips well in advance, we can organize a skipper for 'Ronin' and can then offer subsequent day trips at just £150!. We may ask that you book at least two trips to cover costs. You could go south one day and north on the other. However, at other times we may plan be in Sardinia at the time, in which case we may be able to offer significantly lower rates. The more adventurous may like to try water skiing, wakeboarding or kneeboarding. Otherwise we have snorkelling equipment for use. Guests have found this to be an excellent day out and a great way to see the area's best features. Please enquire.


The beaches and bays are stunning, and there are many ancient historical sites


Economy Flights from Ryanair are available from £10 each way inclusive of taxes into Alghero from Stansted and Dublin. These are year round. Alghero is a 3hr drive to the villa. Ryanair and Easyjet fly direct from London (Luton and Stansted) to Cagliari the closest airport just over an hours drive away (flying time is c.2hrs20mins). In the summer months flights are daily - in autumn and winter they are three times a week from Luton


Nearest beach: Portixeddu 2 km

Nearest Amenities: 2 km

Car essential

Further Details:

The Sardinia region

Short mild winters and long hot summers, Sardinia enjoys sunshine for more than 300 days per year. Steeped in history, culture and tradition, the island remains largely unspoilt and appeals to those seeking a tranquil holiday.

The beaches and bays are stunning, and there are many ancient historical sites. The food in Sardinia is a big attraction, organically grown, traditional Italian and Sardinian food, seafood restaurants aplenty and meat dishes are a speciality of the local farm guesthouses (Agriturismo). These usually offer a set menu when everything you eat and drink over several courses is home grown and prepared, a must visit for any foodloving visitor.


Portixeddu is a charming beach village, the main attraction is the huge stretch of sand, which is never too crowded. Buggerru ia a lovely harbour village with a history in the mining of granite. The old mines tours offer a glimpse into that history along with a chance to cool down!!

There is an excellent fish restaurant and Pizzeria in Portixeddu, both with fantastic bay views. Portixeddu is a 20 minute walk from the villa. A little closer is the Hotel Il Golfo Leone, which is also a restaurant and Pizzeria. A new Pizzeria on the nearby main road is also in easy walking distance. The highly recommended Agriturismo Biologico Fighezia is also close by. Book a couple of days in advance (they have an English speaking partner there) and you will enjoy a feast and an evening to remember for around 20 Euros a head, when all food and wine is home made and included in the price. There are numerous other restaurants in Fluminimaggiore and Buggerru, both a ten minute drive away. Just 1km away and highly recommended by us and recent guests is Trattoria Sole della Luna located in easy walking distance halfway between the beach and our house. The owner Luca's local red wine is also the best in the valley and included in the incredibly low price of 22.5€.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas and New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
9 Jan 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
19 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning £35

Booking Notes:
Discounts possible for bookings of 2 weeks or more depending on the season. Please enquire for nightly rates out of season. Children under 5 years go free in low season outside of school holidays, so young families can possibly save by booking as a couple and by securing cheaper flights. This may not be be unavailable in conjunction with other early booking offers.

Changeover Day:
We generally offer flexibility on arrival/departure days, although Monday-Friday arrivals or departures may mean that we cannot offer any discounts as your stay could impact on bookings either side of your dates.

Notes on prices:
Welcome pack provided of drinking water, milk and Sardinian home made cakes. (useful for late arrivals into the airports). If we appear to be just outside your budget, please contact us in any case. A security/damage deposit of £200 is required.

A deposit of 50% of the rental fee will be payable when booking, the balance is due 30 days before your holiday. Payment can be made by personal cheque, or by drect bank transfer, we have both Sterling and Euro accounts available for this purpose.

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From the Owner

We chose the land and built the house so we have a natural affinity for both the house and the location. We continue to be overwhelmed by the peaceful beauty of this unspoilt area. We really miss the house when we are away from it.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room well fitted out with toilet, bidet, washbasin. A pair of hair straighteners are also available! Also an outdoor hot shower.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (2 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The first bedroom has a king-size bed and the second bedroom has a new (2014) King-size bed along with a pull out single bed. The two sofa beds in the lounge are surprisingly comfortable and make two further king-size beds.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: A useful tip for guests arriving on Sundays is to try to pick up some initial essential shopping en route to the house in the larger towns, as the local supermarket closes at lunchtime. Lastly, there is an acoustic guitar for those after dinner 'balcony sessions' but please be aware that you may think your playing and singing is greatly improved by drinking 'Mirto', the local liquor, but in our experience this is rarely the case. Fortunately, you will not be disturbing anyone other than those in your own party! Outside: Outside there are large shaded balcony areas for dining or relaxing, and there is a large traditional Italian barbecue/bread oven. High quality meat, organically grown vegetables and salad available locally make for wonderful evenings for families or when entertaining. There is plenty of space for children to roam and play in the grounds safely tucked away from any roads. Outdoor hot shower. There are four good quality Mountain bikes, including a Specialized and 1 Scott and 2 Dawes MTB's, and a girl's bicycle for guest use. Utility Room: The washing machine has been invaluable to those guests who take advantage of the cheap flights perhaps carrying hand luggage only. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and ample towels are provided and included in the price. Other: Handy essentials such as beach games and toys low beach chairs, cool box and umbrella usually available for guest use so that you can travel light and are ready to hit the beach

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