The house is a typical Stazzu Gallurese, a traditional rustic northern Sardinian farmhouse, about 100 years old. It is a simple, charming and comfortable detached property set in tranquil countryside; renovated with central heating and 3 large double bedrooms, a big living room, a cosy well-equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It can sleep 8 - 10 people. There is a large patio, a small vineyard, fruit trees, olives and giant cacti. Li Reni is a peaceful retreat with great views and yet within a few minutes you can be dining in town or relaxing on the beach and the nearest is about a 10 minutes (5 km) drive from the house. The farmhouse is tranquil with mountains on three sides with the sea sparkling in the distance. The local village of Viddalba has restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets and a famous thermal Spa. Good mobile Internet. Nearby, there are beach activities: sailing, windsurfing, scuba, diving. Close by there is horse riding, trekking, canoeing, cycling, fishing and an excellent ice cream parlour!
Family and house: We are an English family and Li Reni is our holiday home. I am a homeopath and run a complementary medicine centre, the Highgate Health Centre, in Highgate Village, London. My partner is a podiatrist. We have children at college and some actually even working. We all enjoy coming to Sardinia whenever we can.
The house is a simple, delightful and tranquil rustic retreat. Sitting on the patio enjoying a glass or two of local wine all you can hear are the tinkling bells of sheep and goats as they graze in the surrounding mountains. We are slowly trying to make the house more self sufficient. We have our own waste treatment and the water can be used for the garden. We hope soon to have solar power and our own well for fresh water. Our little vineyard and fruit trees are organic.
Li Reni is a traditional Northern Sardinian farmhouse, called a Stazzu Gallurese and was one of the first properties to be built in the entire area. It is an important building locally as there are few original Stazzu left and it is the equivalent of Grade II listed. It was until recently a working farm.
We have renovated most of the property, added a modern new bathroom with a good shower, modernised an older bathroom which has a bath, shower and washing machine and we have created a cosy kitchen with local granite worktops, a new oven and fridge/freezer.
I hope you might enjoy what we love about Sardinia, the fantastic beaches, beautiful countryside with empty roads and excellent food. Sardinia is famous throughout Italy for the purity and integrity of its food and much of what is produced locally is organic. The inland towns are fascinating, often set on the sides of mountains with spectacular views.
The people are open and honest and all year round there are festas in all parts of Sardinia with music and dancing. In summer there are local festas every night and as busy a nightlife as you could want. Nonetheless, the house remains a peaceful haven.
There are some good expeditions to be had into the mountainous interior of the country and along the coast there is beach after beach to be explored, many of them quite empty even in high summer. If you need it the mobile internet, smartphones, PC Tablets, etc., work well in Li Reni. We have a caretaker who lives 5 minutes away. He is a lovely guy with a young family and will happily help you as needed.
Do contact me if you are interested in renting Li Reni or you just want to know more about the house and Sardinia. There is also a pretty comprehensive visitors pack with detailed directions and if you want to know more about horseriding, trekking, diving, cycling, mountain climbing, caving, sailing, etc., please just ask.