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The villa sits perched on the most beautiful deserted beach on the highly conserved isle of Santa Maria, just off the main island of La Maddalena.
To reach La Maddalena one has to take a ferry for twenty minutes from Palau to the enormously picturesque La Maddalena village. The street that welcomes visitors is paved in cobbled stones, lit by ornamental street lamps, and bordered by historic buildings which date back to the beginning of the last century. Not many people realise that Lord Nelson resided on La Maddalena before the battle of Trafalgar.
The village is the only settlement on the island. Once you leave the village you find the wild natural Sardinian countryside, with barely a trace of human hands – true nature, deserted, and beautiful for it. The landscape is breathtaking, with granite rocks forged by time framing pristine white sandy beaches and opalescent blue seas.
La Maddalena is one of eight islands comprising an archipelago, and one of only two which are inhabited. The other inhabited island, Santa Maria, is green and verdant, peppered with thick vegetation, hemmed by a stripe of white sand, and holds a total of eight villas – there is no bar, no restaurant, no services, only these eight villas, and it is not permitted to be developed beyond this. These eight villas are the only touch of humanity this island will ever see. It is a natural peaceful paradise with the advantage of a handful of beautiful and comfortable modern villas.
On this island we are now presenting Villa Santa Maria. Perched on the coastline, with direct access to a private mooring and the beach, with access to many other beaches within easy walking distance, the villa comprises a large estate, including the old fisherman's cottage and the caretaker's cottage which sit directly by the beach. Both have been refurbished to become comfortable and enigmatic holiday homes. The estate's garden is lush with aloe vera and tall agave plants, and the white walls of the villa are visible from approach by sea, a little white castle standing out from the island.
The villa faces the estate's large terrace with its red terracotta paving, bordered by traditional stone columns decorated with stone vases and flowers, with a most startling sea view. Personal, silent to the sounds of the sea and the minute life of the island – it is a real and rare treat! A virgin island.
Inside there are striking Venetian terracotta floors dating from the beginning of the last century – in fact the villa is owned by the family who have owned the island for a century. There are three bedrooms (which can act as doubles or twins). In the living room there is a stone fire place, an Amstrad plasma TV, satellite and DVD. The kitchen comes with all new appliances, including dishwasher and oven. There are two very beautiful bathrooms, refurbished to a wonderful standard. The bedrooms are in minimalist style with wonderfully comfortable beds (you could sleep for a thousand years!) and the master bedroom has a million dollar view over the sea. All the bedrooms are very good sizes, with one much smaller bedroom with bunkbeds.Following the pathway from the villa down toward the beach, through the garden, we find a fountain depicting the God Neptune. In this area the owner usually opens up a tent, for children to play in and have fun whilst exploring the gardens. Further down the path at the rarest corner of the estate, the old tower of the groundskeeper has been fully refurbished – it has two bathrooms, one double bedroom, living room, and a small kitchen, and sits on the estate's border with the sea. Further down, within the walls of the estate, there is one further building, a one level bungalow with three bedrooms (doubles/twins) and three bathrooms.