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Agriturismo il Sinis
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Cabras
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Make the effort to book a stay here (even if you don't speak Italian)!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

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!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We phoned ahead and with our broken Italian understood that they have rooms and we should arrive at 18h00. We arrived and waited about 20 minutes for a man to show up and show us the rooms before we finally decided that we will stay at Su Pranu (accross the road).
I was a sceptic when we arrived, but I soon changed my mind. The patio in front of the rooms have a lovely view of the estuary and the rooms are comfortable although not luxurious, it had everything we needed (included a little fridge). The real reason for our accomodation selection though is the experience you get from staying on a real working farm.
Dinner was served at il Sinis and what a dinner it was! The family cooked up a feast and it was one dish after - the one more tasty than the previous. Another guest and myself had special dietary requirements (i.e. allergies) and they were more than happy (and very well prepared) to deal with these. I highly recommend staying here - the family is friendly (with little English skills), but their hospitality can not be faulted!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Su Pranu (where we stayed) and Il Sinis are genuine farms run by the same family.
We had a reservation but arrived during siesta and could not raise anyone at Su Pranu so we tried phoning the number displayed but the man who answered the phone spoke no English so hung up! Across the road, at Il Sinis we found a fellow traveller who spoke some English. He kindly phoned the number and was told the key was in our door!
The rooms are clean and have a verandah where you can sit and watch the sun set.

Meals are served across the road (500 m) at Il Sinis. The dinner is authentic and plentiful – platters put on long tables to be shared between 4 people. It seems that many people who are not staying also go there for the dinner. One example: 1. Olives and mixed pickled vegies, a special local crispbread with mullet, Pickled onions, cuttlefish in a sauce, beans in a sauce; 2. Fettuccine with bottarga (mullet roe); 3. Tomato salad with basil, Gambero (prawns), Orata, Triglia (small fish), soused mussels, a bigger fish 4. Grapes. 5. Tiramisu icecream. 6. Marzipan and coffee. This is all washed down with lots of water or home made wine.
Breakfast is also plentiful and varied. We were also given eggs and home cured prosciutto as well as the pastries etc
The staff have almost no English but are happy, friendly and look like they enjoy their job.
Most of the other guests were Italian from the north. Many had been returning to this Agristurismo for several years

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Il Sinis and Su Pranu are located in a tranquil setting amongst the wine yards, orchards and rosemary bushes circa 5 minutes (car) from the beautiful beach of Is Arrutas. Excellent, delicious rustic meals prepared with produce from their own farm lovingly prepared by the family. We were incredibly well looked after and the staff were kind enough to take into account dietary requirements. Hard to beat, and a must for at least a few days if you are in the area of Oristano.

Room Tip: Rooms at Su Pranu have nice vistas over the surrounding area.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Agriturismo il Sinis
Address: Localita San Salvatore SNC, 09072 Cabras, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Oristano > Cabras
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Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Cabras
Number of rooms: 15
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Agriturismo Il Sinis Cabras, Italy - Sardinia

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