It's hard to know where to begin in describing how wonderful this place is. We could tell you that the service is excellent (it is) or that the rooms are clean (they are), but what makes this place special is almost ineffable. From the moment we arrived, it felt as if we had become privy to some kind of secret.
Staying here was the highlight of our two week honeymoon in Italy and Sardinia. The hotel is spread across a few buildings in the center of this medieval village, but the central home has remained in the owner's family for five generations. You can feel the history as you walk up the staircase (you can see the indentation of a million footsteps). Our room was comfortable and overlooked a garden. But while the house is lovely and the accommodations were everything we needed to relax and sleep well, the draw of Antica Dimora del Gruccione is undoubtedly the food.
We dined each night under the apple tree in the garden, where the chef Roberto prepared a multi-course dinner entirely from locally sourced ingredients, and Lucilla gave us excellent wine suggestions and talked with us at length about the hotel, food, and traveling in the US. (Locavores take note: Roberto is the real thing. He goes out in the mornings to nearby farms and makes that evening's dinner with whatever he finds - the food could not possibly be fresher and more seasonal.) Among many courses our first night, the highlights for us were the most perfectly delicate zucchini fritters, fresh figs with pecorino, Sardinian durum wheat pasta with local beef, and lemon cream with bee pollen. On our second night, we had, among other things, a salad with quail eggs, sheep's milk cheese and anchovies, a wonderful risotto, and local beef with fennel and black peppercorns. Nothing disappointed in the least. After dinner, we were treated to homemade apertifs, like Roberto's recipes for mirto and absinthe with wild mint.
If you want to stay in accommodations that are utterly unique, eat food that borders on the transcendent, and meet some of the most delightful hosts imaginable - we recommend Antica Dimora del Gruccione.
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- Albergo Diffuso Antica Dimora Del Gruccione Santu Lussurgiu, Sardinia