Unique studio villa immersed in rural wildlife paradise yet close to the beaches
- English, After 11 years we only speak a little italian. tut
About Chris Johnson
We are an English couple who moved here in 2009 - we took a chance and brought Ca Tupa D'Orzo having fallen in love with Sardinia. To this day the island takes our breath away. We renovated the house and in 2013 IL Granaio which was an old grain & animal barn was converted into turned into spacious studio/villa accommodation so that you can enjoy this stunning country too! We are both semi retired but still work like troupers managing the estate. The villa is attached to the main house which is rich in history. We maintain a low profile at all times unless you require some help or information.
Chris Johnson purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Chris Johnson chose Martis
This was one of the most unusual properties we viewed on the island. We don't know all of the history, it is thought there is a strong connection with the ruined medieval church San Pantaleo opposite. Everyday our views change, the area is magical.
What makes this Villa unique
The mystery of the land and house creates a fantastic atmosphere. At night light pollution is minimal so star gazing is a must. Sheep and their dogs roam free. The dogs are an unusual sight because they blend with the sheeps coat. They manage the herds alone, it is a sight to see them escorting the flock along the windy roads.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
The barn is wonderful. A very relaxing place to stay. The pool and orchard are amazing.
We stayed at the barn for a week and still hadn't done everything we wanted to. This is such a wonderfully relaxing place and we will definitely visit again. The location is great in Martis with a little walk to the bars and shops in the village. The swimming pool and orchard are secluded and well equipped wuth seating, tables, sunloungers and hammocks. Chris brough us fruit and almonds from the orchard and flowers from the garden which were lovely surprises to me met with when we arrived back from walking. We would highly recommend Il Graniao to couples ir small families. Can't wait to visit again!
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We truly appreciate your comments, positive reviews are vital for our future bookings. We do hope you return next year. Kindest regards to you both Chris and Jill
Getaway from it all break.
This property is spacious , airy and very well equipped. The owners are very friendly ,but unobtrusive despite being in adjoining property. This really is in a beautiful spot away from it all. If you want a holiday that is not noise and nightclubs and fellow tourists this is for you.
It is quite rural and is surrounded by farmland . The village of Martis is only a short drive away , with local supermarket and a few cafes.
Beaches are a fair drive away, and this is not a property to stay at , if you don’t hire a car. We found it quiet and tranquil. In retrospect a little too off the beaten track for us. This is not to say we didn’t enjoy the holiday.
Chris and Jill were very welcoming, leaving little treats for us from the orchard. And a welcome pack to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary! A visitors book may be useful , so that fellow guests can recommend which restaurants, beaches and places of interest are worth visiting. Other than that we had a lovely time. Thank you Chris and Jill.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We shall now be leaving a visitor book for further information and suggestions from our guests. This is a great idea, thanks for that!
It was a pleasure meeting you and thanks for being such sweet guests. Chris and Jill
Beautiful and Peaceful Location, Wonderful Hosts
We had a wonderful week at Jill and Chris’s lovely property. They were fantastic hosts, there if we needed them (for a garlic clove, and a needle to remove a splinter!) but not imposing in any way. The location and setting was exactly what we were after - quiet, peaceful Sardinian countryside. And with the village of Martis just a few mins drive away we had a few bars, small supermarket and great pizzeria available to us. The property is very well equipped, kitchen is small but has everything you need to prepare simple meals. Beds were comfortable, we slept on the day bed and our daughter was up in the mezzanine bedroom. So much space around the property, large courtyard, fields with hammocks, and the pool was great too. Our daughter loved the inflatable unicorn! Pack the insect repellant, we had a few nibbles from mosquitos/gnats but may have been the time of year.
It was a slightly longer drive to the beaches than we’d thought (average 40mins) and the windy roads take some getting used to - but the pay off is the peaceful location of this property.
We really do appreciate you taking the time to write a review. It so important for us to receive your comments and advice. It was an absolute pleasure having you here in Martis. You were the perfect guests, and your little girl is a treasure! See you again some day!
Peaceful, spacious, well appointed property located in beautiful grounds
We absolutely loved our stay with Chris and Jill who were charming and unobtrusive hosts. The property is very spacious and well appointed with a good kitchen, large living area and plenty of space outside to stretch out. It also has a large orchard where we could help ourselves to lots of fresh fruit and enjoy the decent sized above-ground pool. The property is located about a mile outside a small village amongst farmland about 30 minutes from Sassari and the coast. Being the only guests, we enjoyed absolute peace less for the gentle clanking of the sheep's bells in the neighbouring fields. We really appreciated the nice touches like the generous welcome pack of food and drink and the small gifts, such as dried figs and fresh eggs, left outside our door in the morning. All in all, it was a great experience to stay in a genuienly unspoilt part of Sardinia where we could completely unwind.
How wonderful to receive this review. We thankyou so much and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay here. The beautiful flower you enquired about is a bougainvillea plant. Chris and Jill
BARN CONVERSION PLUS MORE
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.
Thank you so so much for the wonderful review! I am so sorry I was unable to join you and Bev at the apartment. Chris tells me you were delightful considerate people and a joy to be of service too. Reviews are so important for a little set up like ours, we hang on every word and try to improve where necessary. We will pass your compliments on to Rita and Franco at Angolino bar, yes how lucky are we to have the best pizza in Sardinia!! I hope I get to meet you both if you decide to consider Sardinia for a breakaway another time, and in answer to your note in the apartment - yes I will sing you a few bars at no extra charge:) Jill and Chris Johnson
very quiet and rural not for anyone in search of night life
Property was well maintained. Clean and tidy. Had everything needed to cater for ourselves. Could have done with a bit more info on the places to eat in the evenings. The type of food served and exactly where they were in the villages and what time they opened.
Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a review. Yes, Martis is definitely not the place for clubbers or those seeking the party life! We hopefully make that clear in our initial description? Noted - the further information needed for restaurants, we will elaborate for our future guests and once again, it was a pleasure meeting you.
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Martis is in an area of outstanding beauty. You are surrounded by woodland, fields and farmland. The village has much historic value. The Petrified Forest is a mysterious area with fossilised oak trees still intact. Ancient bronze age Nuraghi buildings are scattered and untouched.
The ruins of the medival church San Pantaleo dominates the village. There are 2 supermarkets many bars and one bar/cafe serving pizzas at the weekend. The Angolina bar will serve food with advance notice. There is a bank, post office and many little shops, doctor services. The neighbouring village of Chiaramonti has more facilities. The village is very old and still has many historic buildings dating back to the 15th century. Immersed deep in the heart of the beautiful sardinian countryside, yet close enough to the coast to enjoy the stunning beaches of northern Sardinia. A converted barn/studio attached the historic Ca Tupa D'Orzo 16th century country house. Il Granaio is private & self contained and the villa has access to an orchard with an above ground pool. There are also many fields to wander in and explore. Bedroom is Mezzanine style and the villa occupancy is 5 maximum