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About this listing

Unique location, an ancient granite cave on a stunning seaside; with its private bay, solarium, gardens surrounded by gigantic raw rock colums and perfumed by mediterranean herbs you will get lost while chilling with people you love in total relax

The space

The Secret Garden by the Sea is a flat surrounded by a unique mix of centenary fig, perfumed by local herbs like rosemary, myrtle and elicrysium equipped with deckchair, barbecue, table and chairs. The flat is only 30 meters from our private bay where you will be able to swim and relax in peace. Is formed by a spacious living room with double sofa bed, table and chairs, satellite tv; a double bedroom with air conditioning. There is a complete kitchen where you will be able to cook fish and other local dishes in the electric oven. The apartment has independent bathroom with shower and washing machine.

The flat is part of the Residence Cava Francese: an exclusive tourist location built on the shore facing the wonderful sea of Archipelago di La Maddalena.
History of the Cava: between the late '800 and early '900, this place represented the main extraction site for granite on the island. From the hills facing the shore, a rare and precious rock was caved and sold all around the world. Due to the development of concrete and higher production costs, the activity stopped suddenly in 1952. Since then, only the magalitic granite stones and ancient wooden cranes are silent witnesses of its frenetic past. After 50 years of inactivity, the Grondona Family decided to rebuild the structure and houses where stonemasons and their families used to live. The result is a unique mix of ancient and modern, surrounded by the beauty of the archipelago.

Guest access

We offer several common spaces to our hosts like terraces to dine with sea view, shared barbecue areas, and solarium with decks. You will also be able to have for free access to kayaks and little sailboats ( laser) to explore little bays and secrets spots not reachable by land or with the boat.

Interaction with guests

When someone arrives in my Residence i like to see their amazed faces when they open the window and stare at the sea view; i treat my guests as friend, that's why you can always ask me what are the places where local goes to have dinner or the best beaches with no wind. If you like to party rather than chillin all day, you can always give me a call, no doubt i'll be around the island with some friends can't wait to show you local hospitality!

Other things to note

How to Reach the Island:
- By Plane: the nearest airports are Olbia Costa Smeralda and Alghero where flights departing from major European capitals arrive daily in summer. Easyjet and Ryan Air also serve these airports.
- By Boat: both Olbia and Porto Torres are linked by boat transport from Italian, Spanish and French main harbours. You can ship both with cars and motorbikes and without.
- By Car: once arrived in Sardinia, the main Island, You will have to drive north to Palau to take the 15 minutes ferry to La Maddalena.
- Public transport: direct bus from Olbia Airport to Palau, then after reaching the island with a 15 ferry cruise, get the bus at the Garibaldi column ( just in front of the ferry arrival) and stop at Nido D'Aquila. There you'll be only 200 meters from the house!

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 47
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM


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4 nights minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Simona User Profile
September 2016
Andrea was unfortunately not there, but his dad welcomed us super nice. He even came to the ferry to pick us up, as we were not sure how to go to the appartment. The location is absolutely stunning! You feel totally private, even if there are other appartments around. The bay is breathtaking, as the whole island itself. We actually thought in the beginning to visit Sardegna on several days, but we stayed on La Maddalena and Caprera the whole week, without leaving once. There are stunning beaches around - the most beautiful ones we visited after some hiking, because there were no roads going there. This is probably a must - you need to like nature and take some sneakers with you - to totally explore the island. The little town is pittoresque and has some nice restaurants around (Vecchia Ilva is great!) but all in all very quiet (our visit was end of september). We definitely will come back!

Marianne User Profile
June 2016
We loved the location of this apt. It was far enough away from town to avoid the hustle and bustle of ferry and tour bus traffic but close enough(5 min.) to be able to pop into for shopping and food. The apartment was spacious and clean. It lacked some amenities like kitchen dish soap and sponge, kitchen towels, hand soap in the bathroom and a hair dryer, but had everything else you needed to cook a meal. We loved that the apartment had its own private cove sheltered (most of the time) from the wind, which seems to blow fairly frequently in the islands. You can swim in the cove or lounge on the provided lounge chairs on the patio. Also you can barbecue there and dine outside while watching the sunset. The kayaks weren't in the best condition; one we took out had a hole in the bottom - which explained why we almost sank just a few meters out into the cove. Lastly, we enjoyed walking to a beautiful little cove opposite the property (20 mins.) where you can swim in amazingly crystal clear water.

Joe User Profile
May 2016
Upon arriving at the residence at Cala Francese, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the location. A truly magical place and the residence was well kept by the kind gardener who greeted us. Andrea's parents greeted us as well and provided some useful tips on which beach to go to shelter from the wind, where to buy delicious local produce and some historical background of their property. The apartment itself was clean and provided basics for an enjoyable stay. It was nice to arrive with a bottle of wine, local cheese, snacks and drinks. The apartment also had a small external sitting area to enjoy a meal outside. The residence complex included some other large and small buildings with guests but you still felt private and it's a lovely walk around the bay and hills for some incredible views. The weather wasn't the best in May this year so we didn't make full use of the facilities like kayaks, tanning area and private BBQ. However it's definitely a place where I would love to come back with friends on this beautiful island called La Maddalena.

Thomas User Profile
July 2017
Un petit coin de paradis que nous ne pouvons que recommander. Idéal mais il faut avoir un moyen de locomotion type scooter (top pour profiter pleinement de l'île !)

Marie User Profile
June 2017
L'appartement est conforme au descriptif. Propre et fonctionnel. Nous avons passé une semaine très agréable et reposante. Très calme. Le site est charmant et pittoresque. À proximité des plages et du centre de La Maddanela. Je recommande vivement ce logement.

Aurélien User Profile
May 2017
Accueil très chaleureux, logement spacieux et très propre, mer à 10m derrière le logement... séjours de 4 jours parfait pour découvrir les îles!

Claudia User Profile
July 2016
Vi nød vores ophold i Cala Francese meget! Stedet var noget særligt. Meget hyggeligt og afslappet, lige ved vandet og med mange sjove minder fra dengang, Cala Francese stadig var et stenbrud. Vi havde et appartement med en fin lille have med eget figentræ, hvor vi også kunne grille. Andrea og hans familie var meget venlig og prøvede at hjælpe så godt de kunne. Lejligheden havde de basale ting, men heller ikke mere. Sovesofaen var fin for vores børn, men nok ikke egnet til to voksne. Muligheden for at kunne nyde solen på stedets liggestole og benytte deres gratis kajakker er et herlig bonus.

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Milan, ItalyJoined in July 2013
Andrea User ProfileAndrea is a superhost.

I was born in La Maddalena, a gorgeous island off the northern cost of Sardinia. I grew up playing among the rocks and centenary machines of the granite cave on the sea that my family owns from uncountable generations. Now the closed cave hosts the Residence I manage with my family.

I love:
- making apertivo
- chilling in my dinghy in the middle of the bay
- stare at the sunset on the gulf with a glass of sardinian white wine ( Costamolino is the Top !)
- making my crazy food experiments
- dive from the old train on the deck

I don't get very well with:

- negative people
- organised trips in turistic locations
- low-culture high-fat fast foods
- coca cola

When someone arrives in my Residence i like to see their amazed faces when they open the window and stare at the sea view; i treat my guests as friend, that's why you can always ask me what are the places where local goes to have dinner or the best beaches with no wind. If you like to party rather than chillin all day, you can always give me a call, no doubt i'll be around the island with some friends can't wait to show you local hospitality :')

Right now I am a Management Student in Bocconi University in Milan, i've recently lived in Australia just to enjoy a year long summer and some sun in Genuary.

I'd love to visit Brasil and Argentina in the next years

my motto: "Audentes Fortuna Iuvat" - Luck kisses who dare ( latin sounds better !)

Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours
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