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Villa Garau was the perfect home for our holiday in Ogliastra. It provided exactly what we wanted for our vacation: comfortable and spacious accommodation, plenty of facilities to cook our own meals and a peaceful location from which to explore the area. We were the first people to rent the house so it was absolutely spotless and everything was new.
The property is exactly as described and the photos are a clear representation of what each of the rooms are like. We were fortunate to have the whole house to ourselves but it could very comfortably accommodate up to 10 adults across its 4 bedrooms (provided 4 people don’t mind sharing). The bunk beds are large enough to take adults – I tried and I’m 6 feet tall.
We prefer to cook our own meals and the kitchen is perfect for this. There’s a wide selection of pans and utensils which means that there’s no restriction on what you can cook and there's more than enough crockery and glasses to go round if the house is full. There is a large brick-built barbeque in the courtyard too if that’s your catering preference, but we didn’t use it. The red “telephone box” next to the barbeque in the photos is a shower if you’re wondering!
The nearest supermarkets are in Cardedu (a 10 minute drive away); they’re not very large but provide a good choice of fresh meat, veg and fruit as well as all the normal groceries. They closed between 13:00 and 17:00 when we were there, but a further 5 minute drive will take you to Bari Sardo where the supermarket is open all day.
The house is set on a hillside, overlooking farmland and vineyards, with a small mountain directly behind the house. There is so much to explore within a short drive of the house. We particularly enjoyed driving in the mountains where we found a huge variety of stunning scenery with lots of places to discover on foot. I’d recommend a small car though – some of the mountain and village roads are quite narrow and twisting. The nearest beach at Marina di Cardedu is long and sandy, about 15 minutes’ drive from the house.
Alessandro provided a great service at all times, both before and during our stay. He was very quick to respond to all of our questions, guided us to the house when we got lost on the day of our arrival and even tracked down the owner of a puppy that we found in the garden one evening - the perfect property manager!
In summary, we would thoroughly recommend this house to anyone who, like us, enjoys an away-from-it-all holiday.
Lovely rustic accommodation with everything we needed. Great owner, friendly and kind and full of fun, spoke little English but good German which suited us fine.
Good BBQ facilities and wood was supplied of the internal wood burner and open fire place as can get cold in November.
Some points that might concern others:-
Low water pressure for shower and shower showing wear and tear.
Lighting low for comfortable reading
Track down to the accommodation very rough but our hired Fiat 500 made it each day.
The peace, quiet, dark skies and sitting by the fire at night, having cooked on the BBQ, made up for other shortfall. Mario certainly added value to our stay.
Would we stay there again, YES