A fabulous find, a gorgeous old house on the edge of town within striking distance of 20 beaches. Its courtyard garden steals the show and will have you sneaking back from the beach early. You’ll find tables and chairs at the foot of ancient trees, pots of colour, sofas and armchairs on a shaded terrace. The house has been in the family for over a hundred years and is run with great affection. You’ll find Roman amphora and 18th-century gaslights dotted about, then seven beautiful bedrooms that come in crisp country-house style. Expect pressed white linen, antique furniture, lovely bathrooms. There’s a sitting-room fire for cooler nights, billiards for optimists, a snug dining room for delicious breakfasts and dinner available on request – chef Riccardo will host, and he offers traditional Sicilian dishes with an accent on fresh fish, served in the inner garden. West coast beaches are on your doorstop, as are the ruins of Phoenician Tharros. You can nip down to Cagliari, then check out the World Heritage site of Su Nuraxi on your way home – it’s the best preserved Nuraghic site on the island. Pure heaven.