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John Pickett

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Charming independent villa with views to the La Maddalena Archipelago

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Ruoni Villa Rental Photos and Description

1 Double, 1 twin, 1 shower room with basin and toilet 1 washroom with basin,bide

The property is situated on a hill overlooking the Straight of Bonifacio and the islands of the Levezzi. Some of the best beaches are a short drive away, 5 minutes to the nearest 15 minutes to the famous unspoilt windsurfing beach in the bay of Liscia and Porto Pozzo. The charming town of Santa Teresa di Gallura is five minutes drive away with all the shopping facilities required. There are great open markets in the streets during the evenings in the summer and lots of super restaurants to eat at with very reasonable prices. The busy port town of Palau serving the isles of the Maddelana is 20 minutes drive to the east and very lively throughout the summer months offering many cosy bars and restaurants.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John Pickett (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

About John Pickett

Very relaxed. I do not bother the guests unless they have a problem or seek advice.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Charming independent villa with views to the La Maddalena Archipelago
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful Villa in Peaceful Setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa both inside and out! Located on a hillside with stunning views of the countryside and the coast. Very peaceful and private setting. Well equipped, had everything we needed including a great BBQ - we stayed in and cooked 6 out of our 7 nights there. Very clean and comfortable (bed in main bedroom was especially comfortable), lots of storage, nicely decorated and well maintained. Lots of outside space with both shade and sun, being located on a hill always meant there was a refreshing breeze. 5 - 10 mins drive to the nearest beach and supermarket, and 10 mins into the lovely town of Santa Teresa Gallura - and Capo Testa, which is definitely worth a visit. Owner John who lives next door very friendly and happy to provide tips and information. Would definitely recommend and would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Lovely vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable totally equipped villa located in a very quite and private area near a pleasant small town Santa Teresa di Gallura. Where you can find plenty of cafes and some good restaurants.

There is enough shadow in the big garden and since the village lies on a hilltop, there is always some breeze, so it is not as hot as at the coast and the outside shower is a remarkable invention, very useful in hot days. The views are fantastic, specially from the raised terrace.

Kitchen is nice and well equipped, but we used mostly BBQ. Leaving room stays cool even in hot days (if one keeps shutters closed). Bedrooms are big and comfortable.

The villa is very independent, though the owner, John lives next door. He is are very friendly and thoughtful person, who helped with all needed information and advice.

It takes only about ten minutes to the nearest beaches but it's an advantage of the location that both east and west sides are easily reachable. we traveled also deep in the island and to Corsica. If we had not traveled so much children would be bored

We had a lovely vacation here and would not hesitate to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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London UK

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  • 5 of 5

This is comfortable well decorated property. It was immaculately clean and well presented. This villa provided comfortable accomodation with all the facilities that a person from the UK might require (i.e kettle!!!). The English owner lives next door and if there are any problems he is only too happy to help

The villa is located on a cul de sac on a private estate at the top of a steep hill overlooking the archipelago. It is very quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed a relaxing holiday here


Some excellent beaches whether at the Capo Testa (either side depending on wind direction) or Santa Reparata at St Theresa or Palau or Rena Magiore on SP 90 or elswhere are in in easy driving reach as are trips to Magdalena and if you want to top up on your Prada or visit your yacht in Porto Cervo it is about 50 minute drive.

St Theresa is a pleasant small town with good restaurants less than a 10 minute drive away

The owner is a keen windsurfer and the beaches nearby provide ample scope for this sport.

We enjoyed a really nice week here and would not hesitate to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks JJ for your review and I am very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at our villa. I saw very little of you as you were both scurrying out every day to a different beach or location thoroughly enjoying yourselves being in Sardinia. Thanks for staying with us John.
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We went hoping to find a comfortable villa with a bit of a view, handy for the sea and with sunshine guaranteed. John's place surpassed our expectations. The view is much better than the photo suggests, especially from the raised seating area, which is a lovely touch; the accommodation is very comfortable and well equipped, providing cool shade and hot sun, whichever you fancy; and the location is perfect: up and away from it all but with countless idyllic beaches and coves just a few minutes drive away, and the superyachts of Porto Cervo about 45 mins. Eat at the sea front restaurant in Porto Pozzo (10 mins) and Capannacia on the road into Palau (20 mins), both full of Italian families, buzzing, good food and prices not as horrendous as you're led to believe (unless you go for the fish). And try to find the E130 to hire a boat from Porto Pozzo for a day and whizz out to the Madalenas, where you'll find beautiful little beaches and the bluest water imaginable. Fuel is extra, be warned, but it's an experience you won't forget. Who needs a swimming pool with all this on your doorstep? In short, a lovely holiday location where you feel you're getting good value from an honest, scrupulous, helpful and friendly owner.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Wish we were there!

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky to get a last minute booking at this little villa in the hills near charming Santa Teresa Gallura. Owner John, was very helpful and recommended some fab beaches - not hard as all the beaches were fab. The villa was exceptionally clean and well-cared for. You are independent and private although the owner's villa is close enough if you need anything. Best bits are sitting up on the terrace crafted amid the huge granite boulders gazing out to the bluest of blue seas having a sundowner after a hard day at the beach, or having breakfast on the terrace while planning your day. There was a great little beach restaurant at Porto Pozzo with fantastic views, great food and terrible service! Worth going though - can't remember the name but drive in the day about 10 mins from house and book for the evening. A great place to stay with a knowledgeable, helpful but not intrusive and fun owner - he's very sporty too so can advise on the best places for windsurfing etc.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Bristol, United Kingdom

Secluded villa

  • 4 of 5

The villa is exactly what the owner described on the advert, disceetly hidden on a hilltop overoloking the sea, it has ample room both inside and out for a great family holiday. Superb beaches are just a few moments away, the only problem is, which one to choose?

Owners are very helpful and have plenty of local knowledge and advice of the delights of the area. The villa although secluded and not overlooked in any way is in a private, traditional village on a hillside with a good size town with all the amenities just ten minutes drive away, supermarkets are closer at five minutes.

Local people are polite and helpful with plenty of choice of eating establishments to choose from. The surrounding countryside is a safe haven for children to explore providing they don't get lost in the great swathes of underveloped land.

Don't go looking for amenities which this property doen't have or advertise (such as pools etc) and you won't be dissapointed.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Santa Teresa Di Gallura
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The villa is located in a hilly area over looking the sea surrounded by granite rock formations and Sardinian Maquis

The general area is rural with fine views to the surrounding hills and northwards to the sea and the straight of Bonifacio. Corsica can be seen across the other side of the straight which forms a back drop to the Isles of the Lavezzi. The nearest town of Santa Terassa is five minutes drive away, an old fishing port which retains its character and charm of former years. From here there is a regular ferry service across to the historic fortress town of Bonifacio in Corsica (one hour by ferry).Twenty minutes east is the busy port town of Palau with regular ferry crossings to the Islands of the Maddelana. The area is blessed with many fine beaches and crystal clear water all within a short drive. The coast here is famous for its wind and kite surfing. The area of Liscia and Porto Potzo is fifteen minutes away offering some of the finest wind surfing beaches to be found.

Other Activities: 40 minutes to Trent Jones Snr Golf Course at Pevero on the Costa Smeralda and sister course at Sperone near Bonifacio in Corsica short ferry trip


Rates & Availability

Ruoni Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning + laundry $79

There is an extra charge of 70 Euros for Villa cleaning which includes the towels and bed linen. Gas and Electricity is included in the price. For people who are staying for two weeks or more who wish to change the towels and bed linen there is a charge of 40 Euros

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Ruoni Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , bidet , Wash basin shower, bidet and toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet , Wash basin bidet and toilet
  • Bathroom 1 has a shower enclosure wash basin, bidet and toilet. Bathroom 2 has a wash basin, toilet and bidet. There is also an outside shower for washing off after the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Both bedrooms are a good size with ample storage.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside The villa now has a unique viewing platform built on Rock at the side of the property with a staircase leading up. This platform gives extensive views to the sea and islands, the perfect setting for your evening drinks. This year an outside shower has been added for a quick re-fresh or after beach clean-up.

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