We stayed at Il Sinis on the recommendation of our Lonely Planet guidebook and had a very nice stay. Rooms were clean, grounds were peaceful, staff was warm and welcoming, and the food and wine were delicious and plentiful.
What we found in general of agroturismos was that mostly very little English is spoken which only presents problems in reserving in advance. For the 2 different agroturismos we stayed at, we had staff from our previous hotel call and book the agroturismo for us. This seemed to work well. Once you GET to the farm, you will be well cared for, but the booking for non-Italian speakers presents a small issue.
We found other guests to mostly be Italian, with a few French and some German. It made for some interesting dinner conversation and we all got along well at the long shared tables for dinner, especially as the wine started flowing and the liqueurs were brought out with dessert.
Dinner consisted of a starter (vegetables and a stingray dish that was odd but excellent), a pasta course (awesome!!!), grilled fish (2 kinds), contorni, and fruit and pastries for dessert.
Liquor flowed very freely overall. I asked for a glass of wine before dinner to sit on the veranda and read my book with. I was given an entire pitcher of Vernaccia. At dinner we had red wine from the farm. After dinner with dessert, we had limoncello, mirto, AND a home made filu e ferru.
I would recommend Il Sinis and, especially for non-Italian speakers, I would recommend trying your best to have at least one farmstay while on Sardinia. It was a little more work to plan (and to find!) but I felt we had really met and seen some authentic Sardinian hospitality at the agroturismos we chose.
We had experiences we could not have in a hotel and ate fresh food we had for the most part not seen on restaurant menus.
We arrived thinking we had a reservation at Su Pranu (the family's other property across the road) and couldn't find anyone there. We hunted around in the vineyards til we found the owner. Despite a complete language barrier, he was kind, figured out we had a reservation and drove us (across the road to Il Sinis) in his truck to check in. We didn't understand a word he said, but it all worked out just fine!
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Il Sinis Cabras, Italy - Sardinia