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Nestled in the folds of coastal hills in the south west of Sardinia, the aptly named Il Refugio (the Retreat) is peacefully secluded, but just a fifteen minute stroll or cycle ride from the long sands of Portixeddu beach, with beds and brollies, drinks kiosks and pedalo hire, and boat trips from the little harbour. There are fruit stalls en-route to the beach, and a good restaurant just 400m away, so all the essentials are within easy reach, though the laid-back house and its large lawned gardens offer great space and facilities to keep the family entertained ‘at home’. The villa’s interiors are bright, modern, colourful and uncluttered, a glossy kitchen opening on to a covered terrace, and an airy living room, with a huge picture window to mountain views, leading out to a sundowner patio. With a mixture of super-king, twin and bunk beds, there are three bedrooms on the ground floor, three on the first, and two at lower ground level, where a games room has table tennis, and there’s a selection of bikes and wet suits for guests’ use. In the grounds, a large infinity pool is set in a sizeable sun terrace, and there is an excellent barbecue spot, with prep area, spit roast and shaded seating.
AMENITIES: Washing Machine • 2 dishwashers • WiFi • TV (for watching DVDs only) • iPod dock (living room and games room) • Insect screens (bedrooms only) • Air conditioning (bedrooms only) • Fans (bedrooms only) • Underfloor heating (included in rental) • Hairdryers (each bedroom) • Built-in barbecue with preparation area, sink, spit roast and covered seating • Selection of books and games • Selection of bikes • Selection of wet suits • 2 outside hot water showers Table tennis
SERVICES: Maid up to 2 hours, 4 days per week (including changeover day) • Linen change weekly on arrival, extra changes available on request at an additional cost
BEACH: Portixeddu (3km/less than 2 miles of golden beach equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire from kiosks that also sell drinks and rent pedalos, approximately end-June to mid-October) less than 1 mile (approximately 15 minutes walk), boat excursions also available from small harbour.
AIRPORT: Cagliari 84km/52 miles, Alghero 228km/142 miles
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