My discovery of this charming flat in Viddalba was one of those surprises that life has in store when you least expect it.
I was in town for a photography project dedicated to the hidden beauty of Italian villages. It was during an evening stroll, as the last of the sunshine caressed the ancient stones of the village, that I came across this small, recently built apartment building.
On the first floor, through an elegantly finished door, our flat opens up. The spacious living room, with its open kitchen and south-facing balcony, offers a view that is a hymn to Gallura, with its landscapes that fade into shades of green and blue, inviting you to take a break and enjoy the moment.
The bedrooms, also facing south, are bathed in warm, reassuring light. The master bedroom, is a cosy and serene refuge, where every detail seems to whisper ‘welcome home’.
The single room, versatile and bright, is perfect both as a guest room and as a study, where one can be inspired by the quietness of the place.
There are the two full bathrooms, the first anticipated by an ante-bathroom and windowed with a northern exposure, offering cool privacy, and the other, without a window, carefully designed to maximise comfort and functionality.
But Viddalba is much more than just a backdrop for this residence. This village, set in the unique landscapes of Gallura, is a treasure trove of stories, traditions and natural beauty. With its natural thermal baths, it is a destination for those seeking wellness and relaxation in the heart of Sardinia. Its lands are dotted with archaeological remains that tell millennia of history, from nuraghi to the tombs of the giants, offering a journey through time to anyone who cares to listen.
A few minutes’ drive away, we find various beaches where the Sardinian sea shows all its splendour, with crystal-clear waters and fine sandy beaches.
No less fascinating are the hiking trails that wind through the hills, where the Mediterranean scrub opens up to amazing views.
My visit left me with the certainty that, for someone, this will not just be a home, but a corner of the world where they can find inspiration, peace and a sense of belonging.
And those who choose to make this place their home will have found a treasure that goes beyond the value of the property: they will have found a piece of paradise on earth.