Our hosts welcomed us when we arrived by motorbike, and waved us into the main courtyard, to park the bike right outside the door to our room. So just half a dozen steps and all bike gear, and luggage was in the room - nice for me and my arms.
As the Castelinaria website will show you, the bedrooms are all uniquely furnished and offer a feeling of luxury of an old chateau or castle, even thought the building is relatively new.
Our room 'Camera del Vescovo' was well appointed dark wood panelled room, with a large, firm, spotlessly clean bed, a old style bureau / desk, and 2 wing arm chairs and table set by the open fireplace. And no TV.
The bathroom was large, with a bath, and integral shower, and a small anti-room with a large built-in wardrobe.
The flooring in the bed room and bathroom is all stone which we found to be rather cold during our visit (in April) but there were a few nice rugs as islands of comfort. The only form of heating in the bedroom is a climate control system which was not up to the job of heating the whole room. Even though there is an open fireplace, there is no chance it will emit any heat - no logs or fire provided. I am sure it is a different propositon in summer when the stone floors will be an asset.
In the restaurant, the service was excellent on the 2 nights we were there, but strangely the choice of what we were to eat was already decided for us - there was only one fixed menu. This may be because we were visiting off-season, but really, we would have liked some choice as there are certain things we don't eat. As it turned out, the fixed menu was 25EUR per person each including house wine - which was reasonably good value.
The quality of the food was variable, depending on the course, from the most excellent antipasti, to poor and probably frozen gambas. Admittedly on the 2nd night (when we were the only guests) we were told in the morning that the evening meal would be meat dishes, and we had asked for fish instead .. so I guess the only fishy food they had was in the freezer.
Our hosts do not speak English, but are very welcoming. Senora Rosa is keen to make sure you eat all food presented, and that you try her home made jams, and ricotta cheese with honey, which was absolutely delicious - and I would go back and stay just for this every breakfast. Senor does speak french, which was the only way we could communicate effectively with the management.
When leaving we offered our Visa card to pay the bill and were told that the card system was not working - Senor said that this is often the way in Sardinia, so the only option we had was to ride into Orroli and find a Bancomat (the only Bancomat) to get cash. I don't mind having to pay in cash if I have advance notice, but find it intently annoying when faced with this situation with a fully loaded motorbike, and a long journey ahead. At least our hosts could have advised us earlier, or to have offered to take us in a car
In conclusion, we had a memorable time at Castelinaria, with mixed feelings about the whole 'package'. Would we go back? Yes, but later in the year during the holiday season when it's warm, and with a wad load of cash to pay the bill.
Note for bikers - there's a phenominal biking road from Orroli down to the south east at Villaputzu - fast sweeping bends, tunnels and high bridges, through great countryside. To find the hotel programme your GPS using the lat/long coordinates as the hotel is remote and I couldn't easily plan the route by any other method: N 39º 40.783, E 9º 16.500
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