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Lovely house in a charming contest, next to crystal water beaches

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

My charming house is just a few steps above the famous Porto Rafael ‘piazzetta’ (little plaza). Porto Rafael was founded by the Spanish Count Rafael Neville in the 60s after having sailed in the crystal clear water of the Maddalena’s archipelago. He found the perfect place: a beautiful granite coastline full of self sown vegetation and many little beaches where the admiral Nelson dropped anchor in the 1800. My property has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a small living room as the main living area is the terrace where you find a large table and a singular nice kitchen. 30 steps far from the main house, I also have a studio, perfect for 2 person with kitchen and bathroom and a little terrace, where the guests can eat. The studio has an extra budget. Besides the ‘piazzetta’ and its beach, you can also walk to a couple of different beaches, perfect for families and children. Walking distance there is also a little lovely harbour where you can rent a rubber dinghy or organize tours to the archipelago’s beauties (Budelli Island and its ‘pink’ beach, Spargi Is., La Maddalena Is.

For your info, there is a mobil wifi with 5GB of traffic while in Sardinia there are not cable line; Sardinia is still a sauvage island of Italy and this is a part of its beauty but for this reason sometime the connection could be slow.

More Details

Paola Marinelli
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Paola,

Sorry for not replying earlier but it has been an intense week coming back from holiday. Porto Rafael was wonderful! It was all we hoped for and more. A big thank you also to Michela for helping out when our son got sick and we needed to see a doctor!

On the, very short list, of possible improvements: new pillows (the existing ones are hard and have lost their shape) and fixing the shower doors (difficult to open and close).

All the best to you and thank you for letting us rent your wondful place!

Jul 2013
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Porto Rafael House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • .
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Sofa bed in living room. In the main house maximum 5 people In the studio 2 people with extra charge
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • 2 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house was designed by one of the most famous designer of the area. It is simple, elegant and very comfortable.


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Lovely house in a charming contest, next to crystal water beaches
average rating of 4.68 based on 32 reviews

Our stay at Paula´s house was simply great!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Paula´s house was simply great! near the clear sea, nice beach with only couple of persons! Restaurant, cafeteria and food shop near by. Great cafeteria Harrys bar, make sure to visit them for capuccino. Mario and his boat rental in 5 min walk small port is great. Make sure to rent one of his boats for 1 or 2 days. And one of the highlight is the viewing point up the hill (cca 10 min walk) where you can have excellent view during the day and specialy at night!

I definitely advice this house, would love to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: wow..thanks a lot..I 'm very happy you had great time... see you next year :)
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Perfect Holiday apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I and our three children enjoyed a fantastic week in Paola's apartment! It had a travel cot, high chair and everything we needed. The really beauty was the stunning view from the terrace, perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the scent of the flowers. The location is great with a shop, cafe and beaches within 1/2 minutes walk, the host was very accommodating taking time to show us the local attractions which was really appreciated! I feel in love with Sardinia and can't wait to go back....

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent holidays

  • 5 of 5

Great place - Porto Raphael. Very well situated house, very well equiped. Marvelous view from the terrace. Silence, only birds singing. Charming owner - Paola, very helpfull. Place worth to come again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Beautiful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a one week holiday. We had a fantastic time. The terrace has the most wonderful view over the water, marina and sunset.

Good location . Near supermarket, restaurants and beaches.

The House is very well equipped; we did alot of cooking and we found everything we needed.

I would definitely go back and stay again!


  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a great location! Our family (us and 3 kids) had a wonderful time there: we enjoyed cooking, eating, reading, playing games on the beautiful terrace with this great view. The beach just a few steps down was perfect for us to swim, sunbath, snorkeling and even windsurf. And we had 14 days of blue sky!

Only one small advise for the owner: we have missed a few more glasses and larger cups in the kitchen.

However we will for sure come back.....

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your wonderful words. First of all, I'm very happy you could find what you were looking for, after an entire year of job. I agree with you: Porto Rafael is a fantastic place. I've been going there since I was a kid and everythime It surprise me. Thanks also for the info about what was lacking and I really hope to have you again in my house. Paola
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Perfect vacation on Sardegna!

  • 5 of 5

Me, my husband and our three sons (11,9 and 2) spent ten wonderful days in Porto Rafael earlier this summer. We have travelled a lot, both with and without the kids, but have actually never before been to such a beautiful place as Porto Rafael and its surroundings. During our stay, we discovered a number of perfect beaches, both by car nearby Porto Rafael and by boat in the archipelago of La Maddalena, where we went both by car ferry and by renting a small boat of our own. The latter was definitely one of the highlights of the stay: I’ve never before seen such crystal clear and turquoise water as we found here. However, the water was almost as perfect in and outside Porto Rafael as it was in the archipelago.

The apartment/house was perfect for our needs: A huge deck, partly with roof to provide the possibility to avoid the sun. The deck was spacious with a large sitting area which delivered a fantastic view of the Mediterranean and the surroundings of the village. In connection with the deck the kitchen was. The apartment/house also contained two nice and fresh bathrooms and two bedrooms (and an area between the bedrooms where one of our kids slept). Even if it was hot outside, it was easy to keep the heat away indoors, even with the AC turned off.

All mornings and most evenings we spent on the deck. A perfect place to cook, have dinner or just hang out. In the evenings we often just went down the stairs from the deck to the piazzetta and the beach of Porto Rafael to have a drink, an ice cream or just to take a swim, play beach tennis or beach football.

Porto Rafael was such a cute village: Two beautiful beaches, very clean, interesting architecture, flowers everywhere, small local grocery store and a couple of cafés/restaurants. And Palau nearby if we needed to go to a larger grocery story.

I can truly recommend a visit to Sardegna, Porto Rafael and this property! We had one of our best trips ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice world...I've going in Porto Rafael since 40 years and every time I'm surprised
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Olbia Costa Smeralda
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres

Porto Rafael is located at the extreme north-east of Sardinia, just in front of the very famous Archipelago’s Maddalena beauties (Budelli Island and its ‘pink’ beach, Spargi Island, La Maddalena Island, Caprera Island, so on). Palau, the nearest village, is at 3 km and there you can find information point, shops, bikes renter, get the ferry boat for La Maddalena, for Genoa (mainland) and organize tours for islands. At 20 minutes by car you can choose to be in very famous places of Costa Smeralda, like Porto Cervo or Porto Rotondo with their wonderful beaches, or in Porto Pollo (5 km of white beach) famous all over the world to lovers of wind and sports related (wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing) and where you can rent all the equipment; you can also riding horses on the beach. A large selection of farms where you can have local food in a charming contest is available very next to Porto Rafaell.

Other Activities: kite surf


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Consumed, linen and towel included.
Extra charge for final cleaning to be paid at you arrival in cash:
2 person 70 euro
3-4 person 80 euro
5 person 90 euro

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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