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This home is equipped with everything you need and the home owners (Rita and her family) made sure we had some basic essentials upon arrival. Super quiet and private location but a short walk into the local town including a fantastic little swing Park, cafes and little grocery shop. The main supermarket is at the other end of town and 2 minutes drive away. Due to its central location, it only takes 20 minutes to get to the beach or around an hour to get almost anywhere on the north of the island so we explored several places. We had our 20 month old boy Jensen with us whilst I was 5 months pregnant. The Sardinians including the home owners loved our little boy but love kids (and pregnant women) in general. You can even legally queue jump in the major supermarkets :-)
There are a few animals kept by Ritas father (we called him Roger) a short walk from the villa but all enclosed within the property up in the surrounding hilly areas. Close enough to collect fresh eggs every day and for Jensen to feed the sheep, duck, chickens and horse but far enough away that you can't hear them (except the baa of the sheep when you come up the drive) He loves attention! They also grow grapes, tomatoes, pears, apples, courgette and who knows what else but they kindly told us we could pick what we wanted!
The pool was cleaned daily by Roger but with no intrusions whilst we stayed. Rita texted every couple of days to make sure we were all OK. She also provided a good quality cot and high chair. Jensen slept for 12 hours every night! Our bed and linen was also very comfortable and I think the darkness due to the window shutters made it easier to sleep in peace. Temperature was great. We had air conditioning but never needed to use it as the house is built in such a way that it is protected with thick stone walls to cool it down naturally. Everywhere is lockable including all areas of the house, gardens and pool. This is especially important for little explorers.
Now for the toys and games! Jensen had access to pool toys, cars, lego, crayons, bucket and spade and ride on toys for all ages of little people. They have a huge outdoor fully enclosed and safe mini football area with nets, basketball hoop, archery including well working bow and arrows and indoor ping pong and football table.
Would we go back? Definitely! I rarely go back somewhere a second time but this is a perfectly equipped home which takes all the stress away when you have young ones to look after.
This converted barn and its facilities added much to our fabulous week on the interesting island of Sardinia.
Owned by a British couple (Jill was away during our stay) it was useful to know there was support available if needed - they live in the house to which the barn is attached. After an informative introduction from Chris, he took no further part in our stay unless invited by us - great!
The accommodation is spacious, though during our stay was hardly used - the weather meaning we were mostly outside on the terrace when not exploring the island. The conversion is 'unusual' with the bedroom on a mezzanine floor at one end, with the bathroom and toilet facilities being at the other end. This involved down stairs and up stairs to move from one area to another - NOT A PROBLEM, indeed quite fun!
Situated a short walk outside Martis village it gave a complete feeling of isolation - paradise. The village meant there were all facilities available, bars, supermarkets and the best pizza we have ever had!
The grounds associated with the property are extensive, and although we did not partake of the pool in the orchard, we did hold a birthday breakfast alfresco in the field next to the terrace - such things are memories made of.
On an important level, we certainly felt that it was very worth the price paid. All admin involved with the rental went smoothly.