Villa Orsola

Sardinia, Capo d'Orso

    • Sleeps 12 Guests
    • Bedrooms 6 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 5 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 200 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Dog welcome
    • Airport distance:
      Olbia 40 km
      Alghero 155 km

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    On the cliffs in untouched natural surroundings

    Villa Orsola is situated on the northern tip of Sardinia on a white sandy beach overlooking a large bay with the islands of the national Park La Maddalena in the background.

    It lies whithin the famous headland of Capo d’Orso, an unspoiled and protected stretch of coast known for its crystal clear water and perfectly smooth granite rocks in the most extraordinary shapes. The surrounding countryside has no equal in Sardinia or even in the Mediterranean area as a whole. To be seen from the house is the huge rock sculpted by the wind into a shape which resembles the silhouette of a bear (orso). The scenery is so dramatic that Homer had Odysseus lay his ship at anchor in the bay in front of Villa Orsola.

    The villa was designed in the ‘70ies by the architect Alberto Ponis, a man who has left his mark on the island of Sardinia by building low-lying, earthern-coloured houses which hug the hills. His understated and informal style has strongly influenced modern Sardinian architecture.

    Villa Orsola is made up of the main house which faces the sea for 10 people; an annex sleeps 2 more guests. The house is surrounded by rocks and a variety of meditteranen shrubs, such as myrtle, juniper, ilex and strawberry trees. A spacious covered terrace in front of the living room as well as a second terrace built into the rocks invite to outdoor living.

    A pool perfect for gin and tonic sunset hour or sun bathing. It is organically shaped and perfectly embedded in the countryside. Length about 10m and depth between 1,50m and 1,60m. Open from May to October if weather permitted. The pool will be equipped with a few sun chairs. Thanks to the naturally shape you can lay in the swimming pool near the water or sit on the rocs. 

    The sea is only a few steps from the house. A path leads to the (practically) private beaches in light beige sand. From rocks, sculpted by the sea and the wind, you can dive into the sea, which is instantly deep and is clean and limpid, thanks to the current and the maestro wind blowing dry and fresh from the west. Long swims and walks can be enjoyed all along the coast.

    From the front of the house, you can gaze at the islands of Maddalena, Caprera, Spargi, and Santo Stefano, and, in the distance, the mountain peaks of Corsica.

    The access to Villa Orsola is an unsurfaced gravel road so careful driving is recommended (not suitable for sport cars). In July and August you may hear some music coming from two camping sites in the gulf. The music usually stops before midnight.  

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    • Direct access to the sea
    • Pool organically shaped and perfectly embedded in the countryside: Length about 10m and depth between 1.50m and 1.60m
    • Air conditioning in all bedrooms
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • TV (basic Italian Satellite TV)
    • Bose Bluetooth sound system
    • Dishwasher
    • Washing machine
    • 2 large fridges and large freezer
    • Microwave
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Hair dryers
    • Plug-in device against mosquitos in each bedroom
    • Window screens in one bedroom
    • Mosquito nets over the bed of the other bedrooms 
    • Portable fans in all bedrooms
    • A barbecue area equipped with a gas grill, surrounded by spectacular granite rocks typical of this area.
    Touring ideas

    Palau 5 km - 10 min
    Porto Cervo 30 km - 40 min
    Porto Rotondo 40 km - 50 min
    Olbia (airport) 40 km - 50 min
    Bonifacio (in Corsica) - 1 hr 15 min
    Sassari 120 km - 2 hr
    Alghero 155 km - 2 hr 20 min



    Villa Orsola is situated on the northern tip of Sardinia, whithin the famous promontory of Capo d’Orso, an unspoiled and protected stretch of coast known for its crystal clear sea water and perfectly smooth granite rocks in the most extraordinary shapes. The surrounding countryside that has no equal in Sardinia or even in the Mediterranean area as a whole.

    Only a few km away lies the fishing harbour Palau, just in front of the National Park of the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Here you will find a good choice of shops and restaurants as well as a post office, bank and newsagent. At Palau, it is simple to hire small boats; the smooth waters of the sea at Palau are considered to be a yachtsman’s paradise.

    Catch a ferry from Palau to Isola della Maddalena, the main island of an archipelago of seven islands and 40 islets, classified as a national park: Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena. The group of islands (Caprera, Spargi, Budelli, La Vezzi and Cavallo) around la Maddalena is renowned for its beauty. They can be visited by boat over the day. The village of La Maddalena is the oldest settlement of the area. You can cross the channel by ferry, even for dinner in one of the restaurants of La Maddalena.

    Only 5 kilometres from Palau are Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael, elegant resorts for understated people in the know. Porto Rafael was built in the ‘60ies by count Rafael Neville, a member of the international jet-set. Following his footsteps a number of villas were built around the small port by people in search of unspoilt coasts and cristal clear water.

    The millionaires' playground Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are thirty to forty kilometres away, here you can while away hours gazing at hundreds of yachts or browsing exclusive boutiques. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove, which looks like the antlers of a deer (cervo).

    Just a quarter of an hour’s drive from the house are magnificent beaches, such as the Isola dei Gabbiani, a much sought-after destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

    Important archaelogical stone age tombs are within 20 kms.

    The Trenino Verde is an old-world train that runs from Palau twice daily to the hilltop town Tempio Pausania.

    Ferries link Palau to La Maddalena, Genoa and Naples.

    Sports: In the charming harbour of Porto Rafael you will find the Yacht Club Punta Sardegna. Once a year in August together with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda they organise the famous Formenton regatta. The Yacht Club de Porto Rafael rents out dinghys (rubber boats) of different sizes. Sailing boats can be chartered at the harbour of Palau. The clear waters of the bay are considered a paradise for amateur sailors.

    A 15 minute drive from the house you will find Porto Pollo–Isola dei Gabbiani, the Sardinian "surf and kite paradise", 7 km of beaches in two large bays. There is allways enough wind and windsurfers and kitesurfers meet to challenge eachother at impressive speed. There are sailing schools, schools for windsurfing and kitesurfing, equipment can be hired on the spot.

    Furthermore, this part of the Sardinian coast offers possibilities for scuba diving, snorkeling, open-ocean-kayak, tennis, mountain biking and beach volley. Scuba diving schools will give lessons at all levels and organise fascinating excursions.

    Mountain bikers will find several routes along the coast and inland. Bikes can be rented in Palau.

    The opportunities for walks or proper hikes are rich and varied in this part of Sardinia.


    Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

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    Villa Orsola

    Main house:

    • Living room with fireplace and dining area with French windows onto terrace
    • Kitchen
    • 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub)
    • 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
    • 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
    • 2 twin bedrooms
    • 1 bathroom (shower)


    • Living with fireplace and terrace
    • Dining
    • Kitchenette
    • Twin bedroom
    • Dressing
    • Bathroom


    • Pool
    • White sandy beach
    • Table and chairs under a portico
    • Terrace in the rocks
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    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Pool towels
    • Electricity
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Final cleaning
    • Garden maintenance 


    • Heating: please enquire upon booking.
    • Baby bed with linen available. please enquire upon booking. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
    • Pet allowed only on request: please check upon booking.


    Prior to arrival guests are asked to make a security deposit of EUR 1500 (credit card pre-authorisation held by our agency). At the end of the stay the credit card pre-autorisation will be cancelled, unless it has to be used partly or fully for any damage or unpaid local expenses.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Domestic help
    • Cook service
    • First shopping
    • Extra set of towels during the week
    • Extra set of bed linen


    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday preferred, flexible travel dates are considered.
    • Pool opening dates: from May to October depending on weather conditions

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