OVERVIEW Villa dell’Orso
Villa dell’Orso is situated on the northern tip of Sardinia on a white sandy beach overlooking a large bay with the islands of the national Park La Maddalena in the background.
It lies whithin the famous headland of Capo d’Orso, an unspoiled and protected stretch of coast known for its crystal clear water and perfectly smooth granite rocks in the most extraordinary shapes. The surrounding countryside has no equal in Sardinia or even in the Mediterranean area as a whole. To be seen from the house is the huge rock sculpted by the wind into a shape which resembles the silhouette of a bear (orso). The scenery is so dramatic that Homer had Odysseus lay his ship at anchor in the bay in front of Villa dell’Orso.
The villa was designed in the ‘70ies by the architect Alberto Ponis, a man who has left his mark on the island of Sardinia by building low-lying, earthern-coloured houses which hug the hills. His understated and informal style has strongly influenced modern Sardinian architecture.
Villa dell’Orso is made up of the main house which faces the sea and an annex. The house is surrounded by rocks and a variety of meditteranen shrubs, such as myrtle, juniper, ilex and strawberry trees.
A spacious covered terrace in front of the living room as well as a second terrace built into the rocks invite to outdoor living.
The sea is only a few steps from the house. A path leads to the (practically) private beaches in light beige sand. From rocks, sculpted by the sea and the wind, you can dive into the sea, which is instantly deep and is clean and limpid, thanks to the current and the maestro wind blowing dry and fresh from the west. Long swims and walks can be enjoyed all along the coast.
From the front of the house, you can gaze at the islands of Maddalena, Caprera, Spargi, and Santo Stefano, and, in the distance, the mountain peaks of Corsica.
The access to Villa dell’Orso is an unsurfaced gravel road so careful driving is recommended.
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
- Final cleaning
- Pool towels
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Maid service
- Baby equipment
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
Living room with fireplace
Dining area with french windows onto terrace
Double with en suite bathroom (tub)
Double with en suite bathroom (shower)
Twin with en suite bathroom (shower)
Living with fireplace & terrace
White sandy beach
Table and chairs under a portico
Terrace in the rocks
ESTATE: Rocca d'Orso
Villa dell’Orso is situated on the northern tip of Sardinia, whithin the famous promontory of Capo d’Orso, an unspoiled and protected stretch of coast known for its crystal clear sea water and perfectly smooth granite rocks in the most extraordinary shapes. The surrounding countryside that has no equal in Sardinia or even in the Mediterranean area as a whole.
Only a few km away lies the fishing harbour Palau, just in front of the National Park of the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Here you will find a good choice of shops and restaurants.
At Palau, it is simple to hire small boats; the smooth waters of the sea at Palau are considered to be a yachtsman’s paradise.
A short sea journey aboard the town’s ferry deposits visitors on the stunning island of La Maddalena, where Italian freedom fighter Garibaldi lived. The group of islands (Caprera, Spargi, Budelli, La Vezzi and Cavallo) around la Maddalena is renowned for its beauty and was turned into a National Park not long ago.
Only five kilometres from Palau are Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael, elegant resorts for understated people in the know.
The millionaires’ playground Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are thirty to forty kilometres away, here you can while away hours gazing at hundreds of yachts or browsing exclusive boutiques.
Just a quarter of an hour’s drive from the house are magnificent beaches, such as the Isola dei Gabbiani, a much sought-after destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Ferries link Palau to La Maddalena, Genoa and Naples.
Read more about Rocca d'Orso
- Porto Rafael: the village was built in the ‘60ies by count Rafael Neville, a member of the international jet-set. Following his footsteps a number of villas were built around the small port by people in search of unspoilt coasts and cristal clear water.
- The Costa Smeralda and the jet-set seaside Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are at a distance of 35 to 40 km from Punta Sardegna. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove, which looks like the antlers of a deer (cervo).
- Catch a ferry from Palau to Isola della Maddalena, the main island of an archipelago of seven islands and 40 islets, classified as a national park: Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena.
They can be visited by boat over the day. The village of La Maddalena is the oldest settlement of the area. You can cross the channel by ferry, even for dinner in one of the restaurants of La Maddalena.
- Important archaelogical stone age tombs are within 20 kms
- The Trenino Verde (079 24 57 40; www.treninoverde.com in Italian) is an old-world train that runs from Palau twice daily to the hilltop town Tempio Pausania.
(rates in € / week)
GUEST REVIEWS, Villa dell’Orso, Rocca d'Orso
Wir hatten eine sehr sehr schöne Woche in der Villa dell'Orso. Die Reise dorthin war kein Problem. Und die Crew vor Ort hat alles in Bewegung gesetzt um das Haus rechtzeitig parat zu haben. Wir haben kaum etwas bemerkt von dem Drama das sich in den Stunden davor abgespielt haben muss!! Michaela und Fabrizio sind wunderbar, sehr zuverlässig und hilfsbereit. Und auch die Besitzerin hatte nachgefragt ob alles in Ordnung ist. Und der Ort, das Haus ist einmalig schön. Und sehr geeigent für Ferien mit einer grossen Gruppe wie wir es waren. Die Anordnung der Zimmer ist perfekt, mit Rückzugsmöglichkeit, trotzdem Blick aufs Meer für fast alle, und eigenem direktem Zugang. Danke auch für Ihre Unterstützung. Der Service von Ihrem Team war stets 1a, prompt, ebenfalls sehr zuverlässig. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen wieder einmal an diesem schönen Ort Ferien zu verbringen.Frau B.H., Schweiz, Oktober 2015
It was wonderful! The villa itself was beautiful. The views were outstanding, the bedroom, bathrooms, kitchen, all were better than the pictures showed. The only criticism that we would have is the road into the villa. It needs to be repaired! Both of our rental cars sustained damage (scratches on one and a broken taillight on the other), from the road.
We also wanted to let you know that the housekeeper, Cecilia, did a wonderful job. We only had her 3 or 4 days but we really looked forward to her coming. Her son, giovanni, helped us to set up a boat tour of the islands. Also her son in law, Leonardo, was a godsend! He spoke some English and when Stuarts accident happened, he was a tremendous help to us. He drove me back and forth to the Olbia hospital as well as helping to interpret there as well. Stuart also asked for me to mention that the owner called him while he was in the hospital to see how he was doing. That was very kind of her.
This was our fifth booking with Trust and Travel and you once again did not disappoint us at all. Your homes are always in beautiful settings and in excellent condition. We will be back, without a doubt! Just need for Stuart to recover! We just wish you would have apartments in Rome.
Thank you again for all of your help and we hope to be in touch again soon.
The small fishing harbour of Palau lies 5 km away. Here you will find a large choice of shops as well as a post office, bank and newsagent.
- Palau 5 km – 10 min
- Porto Cervo 30 km – 40 min
- Porto Rotondo 40 km – 50 min
- Olbia (airport) 40 km – 50 min
- Bonifacio (in Corsica) – 1 hr 15 min
- Sassari 120 km – 2 hr
- Alghero 155 km – 2 hr 20 min