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Just returned from a lovely week at Villa Nuraghe. The villa is in an idyllic spot, very quiet and tranquil with only the faint, distant tinkle of cow bells to listen to. The local town of Perfugas has everything you need, both supermarkets are good, Crai is better if you want more recognisable brands but we used Eurospin mostly. The wine and cheese shops are a must! We also ate in the Pizzeria opposite Eurospin, fantastic pizza at a good price, takeaway and eat-in, but be warned they didn't take cards when we were there but there were plenty of cash points nearby. The beaches are lovely and we were often the only ones on them (we went mid sept so slightly out of season), our favourites were San Pietro and Badesi. The villa is spacious, the grounds extensive, you can find a shady or sunny spot somewhere whatever the time of day, also saw some lovely sunsets from the terrace. The villa and bedrooms stay very cool and the dining area outside is lovely, we BBQ'd most nights. The owner, Malcolm, has thought of everything in terms of facilities, utensils etc and was extremely helpful and responsive to any queries we had. For those that haven't been to Sardinia before it is vast! We took our bicycles and cycled most days. The villa is ideal for cyclists as there is plenty of secure storage and outside space, especially now that the additional accommodation is nearly complete. Sardinia is very hilly with little flat areas so you are up and down all day on some lovely sweeping roads. Some of the road surfaces were a bit bumpy but you just need to be selective about the road choices; the SS/SR roads seemed to be lovely smooth tarmac whereas the provincial SP roads were a bit more hit/miss. Nothing that Google maps/Street view cant help you with. The gradients are very consistent so less "rolling" than somewhere like Mallorca and some of the climbs are long but spectacular once you get to the top, especially around the wind farms. Generally we found the Italian drivers considerate although a little impatient at times but no worse than the UK and the roads are SO quiet once you get out of the towns that you barely see anyone else. The Sardinians are also a very friendly bunch & make you feel welcome everywhere. Our favourite cycle areas were around Castelsardo, Tergu, Badesi, Sedini, Nulvi, Tula and there is a really long (15km) climb from the lake at Tula up to Tempio which is a very scenic road and extremely quiet. All in all a fab 2 weeks!
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.