House of Calypso is a super-luxury house, available to rent, situated right beside a beautiful sandy beach. It is surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of a marine nature reserve. Benefitting from the experience and creativity of interior designer, Clare Hogg, this stunning property is expertly finished with six en suite bedrooms, a beautiful garden and an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Close by is a marina and facilities for water sports as well as golf and riding. Situated on the south-eastern tip of Sardinia, facing west, House of Calypso enjoys glorious weather and magnificent sunsets all year round.
How did we come to find House of Calypso?
We wanted somewhere we could escape the dreary, grey English winter; somewhere we could sit, with a glass of wine and watch the sunset; somewhere which wasn't highly developed and swarming with people; somewhere we could go just as a couple and not feel we were knocking around in a huge house, but where we could also have our son and daughter and all their friends without feeling crowded and where there would be plenty for them all to do.
We got the meteorological maps out to find the places in the Mediterranean which were warmest in the winter (Cyprus, Crete, parts of southern Spain, much of Sicily, and the south-eastern tip of Sardinia). We then looked to see which of these had west-facing coasts. On Google Earth we identified the areas which were too built up. Then we looked to see which of the remaining areas had houses close enough to the sea to be able to walk to the beach with a windsurfer...and we ended up with House of Calypso.
We were pretty thorough in our search - we were shown houses by nine different agents - but we found House of Calypso thanks to Angela and Karim Ciaccio of My Villa In Sardinia. They were quick to identify the sort of property we were looking for, they helped us through the buying process and all the Italian legal requirements, and they continued to offer invaluable support after we had completed the purchase.
House of Calypso sleeps and dines 14. Its extensive garden and terrace space with exterior tables and barbecue allow for serving larger numbers outside.
All six bedrooms are en suite (three double bedrooms, two twin rooms and a bunk room that sleeps four adults). Four of the en suite bathrooms have luxury double-ended baths with bath cushions. The other two and the spare bathroom have high-pressure walk-in showers. The studio has independent access from the pool area.
If you need additional beds the Cala Caterina hotel abuts onto the same beach and is only a few minutes walk away. For more information about entertaining large numbers or hosting a wedding reception click here.
The lovely garden, which slopes down to the beach, is planted with fragrant plants and aromatic herbs, which come alive just as much in winter as during the summer. There is a large 15m infinity pool, plenty of space for lounging on the sunbeds, open and covered terraces, a hidden hammock, secluded spaces for reading, a barbecue area and pool shower.
House of Calypso is on the southeast most tip of Sardinia, Capo Carbonara, with a garden leading onto the Cala Caterina beach. The nearest town is Villasimius, 6km away, where you can stock up on food and drink, hire bicycles, enjoy the famed Italian ice cream or spend the afternoon shopping on the high street.
Cagliari, 40mins drive or an hour if you take the magnificent coastal road, is the nearest international airport and the capital of Sardinia. If you want to take a day exploring, Cagliari is a good place to start.
Ileana d'Orleans studied Maths at Oxford before taking a foundation course at Chelsea School of Fine Art. Married to the Duke of Chartres she has five children. She has lived in Greece, England, France and Argentina. She draws her inspiration from colours and light. Ileana's website
Domini Hogg's interest in art extends back to her grandfather Morris Raffael, who was half Italian and had the fiery temperament that goes with being an Italian artist. He has been an inspiration to both his daughter, Clare Hogg (owner of House of Calypso), and his granddaughter, Domini, in their artistic ventures ever since. Domini specialises in oil portraiture, but has just embarked on a mammoth project of both portraits and landscapes commemorating her time spent in China. Some of Domini's work can be found on the walls of House of Calypso, including the striking portrait of George Stroak, which hangs above the stairs to the master bedroom. George had a great sense of humour and could be frequently found betting on horses. Sadly he died in 2012, but not before he had modelled for a series of portraits for Domini's A-level coursework, culminating in this one.
There are many steps. They are not exposed but numerous.
Out of the high season it is very quiet and tranquil - there is not a lot of night life and many of the facilities are closed.
House of Calypso is very private, but it does abut another house by a 4m wall. Out of politeness to our neighbours we request that guests are not rowdy or noisy.
About the people
Marion Hirsch (property manager)
Marion has lived in Sardinia for the past twelve years. Driven by her adoration for this natural island paradise, Marion decided to become a Registered Agent and Licensed Realtor in order to ensure that the crystalline coastline, powder white sand, and lush Mediterranean flora can be enjoyed by vacationers from around the world. In over a decade of luxury sales and rentals, Marion has acquired a solid reputation, thanks to her passion for excellence and a drive for customer satisfaction. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and German.
James Hogg (owner)
James likes to shock the ladies by telling them he sells rubber rings and lubrication, but in reality these are fitted and applied to the propeller shafts of large tankers around the world. His career in shipping began in Greece where he lived for eight years and took every opportunity to explore the Greek islands by boat. In contrast to the sea, James also has a great love of mountains. A keen skier and climber, his twenty-year old children have difficulty keeping up with him.
Clare Hogg (owner, interior designer)
Clare has always had a strong creative streak, a healthy disregard for the status quo and a love of Italy. This she inherited from her Italian artist father. She read Spanish and Italian literature at Bristol and has since been a serial entrepreneur and writer. Her career as an interior designer began some twenty years ago and she has been doing up properties ever since. Her projects include Hotel Seeburg in Luzern. Clare has a real knack for finding all things brilliant and quirky.
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