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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:
September 23, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
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 5
  • 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 4.6875 based on 39 reviews

Fantastic location with lovely house in an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay and watch the world go by! Great beaches and boat trips and we can’t forget the best. Cappuccinos at Harry’s bar. Would definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks a lot for your nice words. I'm happy you had good time and appreciated the beauty of this area Best Paola
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Pitoreske Ferien

  • 4 of 5

Sehr stilvolle stimmungsvolle Unterkunft. Geschmackvoll eingerichtet mit für eine Ferienunterkunft ungewöhnlich schönen Bildern an den Wänden. Traumhafter Blick aufs Meer. Man hört das Rauschen der Wellen und beobachtet gechillt all die Schiffe vor dem Maddalena Archipel. Die Aussenküche ist originell. Oleander, Bougainvillea, Hibiskus umrahmen die Terrasse märchenhaft. Die Kinder holten sich immer gerne ein Gelati auf dem Dorfplatz nur eine Treppe entfernt unter uns. Michaela löste charmant und freundlich, zuverlässig und schnell jedes Problem. Einziger Wehrmutstropfen waren in unserer zweiten Ferienwoche laute Gäste in der Nachbar-Unterkunft. Auch die Küchenausstattung ist insgesamt etwas spartanisch (Keine Schneidebretter, Eierbecher, Wasserkrug, Müslischalen).

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Porto Rafael is full of character and the apartment allows the most gorgeous view ☀️

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Sardinia! The weather, food and people were all great! The island is beautiful and car hire is essential to enjoy this island. Porto Rafael is full of character and is a great base for exploring the Costa Smerelda. There are a couple of small beaches within 5 minutes walking distance and a marina where you can hire a boat (call them to enquire if you are British as the guys at the marina don't speak English). Porto Rafael square is lovely with a restaurant which we didn't eat in as it was ridiculously overpriced and a cafe which opens late into the evening where we had mojitos a few times looking out to sea in the warm evenings. On the Saturday night when we were there, they had a DJ on the beach with everyone dancing in the square, amazing!! The supermarket is tiny and expensive but nearby Palau has a few where you can buy food at a reasonable price. The apartment is lovely and has the most spectacular view. We spent a lot of time on the terrace and the apartment had everything we needed. The only problem for us was that the pillows were hard and uncomfortable but this could be personal preference. Would definitely book again. Michela was brilliant from beginning to end and was able to recommend a nice restaurant in Palau and some beaches for us to visit. It was easy to contact her during the stay if required. We chartered a small boat with skipper (Blue Dream Sardinia) for the day which took us round the different islands and some lovely coves where we were able to snorkel. This was a brilliant day and worth the money! We visited 4 beaches, Porto Pollo (lots of windsurfers but nice), Liscia Ruja (long and flat with nice shallow water), Barca Bruciata beach (white but tiny stones which do not hurt your feet, great for snorkelling) and Spiaggia del Principe (Princes beach which is a 45 minute drive but powder white sands, amazing blue lagoon and lovely for snorkelling by the rocks - our favourite). Porto Cervo is worth a visit but pricey and the ferry from Palau to La Maddalena is a nice day out (€14 per person return). We ate out in Palau (10 minute drive) in the evenings and they have a nice evening market and street performers which we really enjoyed!

All in all a great apartment in a lovely location and a fantastic holiday. Would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dasha, I'm happy that you had good time in Porto Rafael and we hope to see you next year again best Paola
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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: July 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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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

Cleaning Fee $105.75

Consumed, linen and towel included.
Extra charge for final cleaning to be paid at you arrival in cash:
2 person 80 euro
more than 2 person 90 euro

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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