As soon as we arrived, we realised that this place was not your average tourist trap. Our flight had been delayed, and we didn't get to the Podere until nine at night. Antonella, the lovely, friendly, polyglot and incredibly efficient manager showed us to our villina up the hill, and while we settled in, made sure that the restaurant stayed open for us. Not a problem: the guys there were as friendly as Antonella, and even though we were the only people in the place at that hour, they took pleasure in cooking to order and explaining the local dishes of which they are justifiably proud.
Everything served is grown/reared on the estate, and we were lucky enough to be adopted by the farmworkers (inquisitive, outgoing kids help). On Good Friday, they invited us to their workers' lunch, eaten in the sunshine among the farm buildings, with pasta, fish, ricotta and honey, wine and grappa. Our twelve-year-old son Daniel, a carnivore but not a Catholic, wondered where the meat course was; come back for lunch on Wednesday, they said. But first you have to help kill what you're going to eat. So from seven to twelve on the Tuesday, he learned to take responsibility for his meat-eating....they've got pictures of him in a butcher's apron and holding large knives on their website.
You don't have to get down and dirty, of course; Sardinians come from miles around to eat the Podere's suckling pig and never hear a squeal. The anecdote is simply to show how willing these wonderful people are to share their lives with interested guests.
The accommodation is simply but comfortably furnished, spotlessly clean and well equipped. The swimming pools would be very inviting in summer, but only our children dared them at Easter.
A car is essential if you want to visit the beautiful region around: Alghero itself (15 minutes), Bosa, the north-west, the mountains inland...
The holiday was not budget, but very good value for money. We'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Country Residence Podere Monte Sixeri is a farm residence between the countryside and the coastline of Alghero, Sardinia, Italy: 60 hectares of crops, pastures, fragrant Mediterranean vegetation and beautiful landscapes, surrounded by a beautiful valley in which buildings and environment are intertwined in a harmonious natural scenery.A charming and fascinating place, just a few miles from the airport, beaches and city center where you can enjoy the slow pace of a holiday and the delicious dishes prepared with genuine products of the farm with all the family, enjoying the comfort and privacy of your own home.The structure offers holiday houses (apartments, villas and a private villa) organized in three different residential complexes (The Residence, the Borgo, and Villa Ulivo), swimming pools, playground, picnic areas, barbecue areas, walking tracks, and free parking.Opening period of the residence from March to October, Christmas and New Years, on request, or for groups of minimum 20 people.Along the valley, the restaurant-pizzeria Le Pinnette, opened all year round - with a bright and spacious room, including a veranda - offers a welcoming environment to indulge in the pleasure of an authentic, traditional and quality cuisine - food based on self-produce - a selection within a rich and varied menu, able to adapt to the seasons, week after week. An ideal location for weddings and receptions for up to 300 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Podere Di Monte Sixeri Alghero, Sardinia