The Antica Dimora del Gruccione is a fine example of “Albergo Diffuso” (Dispersed Hotel), meaning that rather than being a series of rooms located inside a single building, it consists of several rooms and apartments scattered around the lovely small town of Santu Lussurgiu.
This boutique hotel is one of my favorite in Sardinia. I have only visited once, and long to go again. My sister and her husband have also been recently and share my views on it: it’s one of the few hotels in Sardinia that’s actually worth the trip.
What we love about it is the incredible care put in all the 12 rooms – all located in the historical center; the care to detail in every room; the delicious food served at the on-site restaurant; the personal touches by each and every member of staff; and obviously the gorgeous scenery in the small town and in its surroundings. A bonus point? There are a few in-house cats that welcome all guests. They are incredibly friendly!
Are you still unsure whether this place is good for you? Let me tell you a bit more.
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What You Must Know About The Antica Dimora Del Gruccione
You will find the Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu, a pretty medieval village in the center of Sardinia, ideal for a weekend immersed in nature and away from the chaos of modernity. The area is rich in attractions, from ancient nuraghe to a natural park just a few kilometers shy of the town, and isn’t too far from Oristano and the beaches in the area.
Santu Lussurgiu is quite famous for its festivals, and I would highly recommend visiting the city during one of those. There are winter and summer festivals, religious and civil ones. The most famous ones are the Holy Week celebrations, the Ardia (a horse race), and the patron Saint festival on August 22.
Santu Lussurgiu is an area rich in attractions, so the best way to spend your stay is by exploring. You will have to go there by car, and head to the many hidden wonders of Montiferru. You can have a simple picnic in the nearby San Leonardo di Siete Fuentes village.
The immediate surroundings of Santu Lussurgiu are rich in nature and ideal for hikes and walks in the Sardinian mountains. The river and the general abundance of water have created quite a few suggestive trails, waterfalls, and natural pools worth some pictures and, sometimes, a quick dip.
Make sure to read my post A Useful Guide To Santu Lussurgiu.
How to get there
It’s quite easy to reach Santu Lussurgiu from any of the major cities: you just need to follow State Road SS 131/E25 to Oristano and then the road signs pointing to Santu Lussurgiu. Once there, finding the Antica Dimora del Gruccione will not be challenging: the town is quite small, and you will just need to head towards the city center.
Rooms at the Antica Dimora del Gruccione
There are four buildings offering different types of rooms and services.
Antica Dimora del Gruccione
This is the main house, where the reception and the restaurant are, decorated with oak wood and traditional Sardinian furniture. Wi-Fi is free throughout all the building. Here you can find two double rooms, a triple room, and a suite, all equipped with every comfort and with a private bathroom. It’s where both my sister and I stayed. I can confirm the rooms are very cozy, even in the cold winter months.
A whole apartment consisting of two double rooms, two single rooms, a bathroom, living room, and kitchen equipped with everything you might need. Ideal for families and groups of friends who prefer staying in a house and having a much more relaxed schedule.
Taking its name from the jasmine trees right outside the property, this building hosts the library, the café, and the common lounge. There are three double rooms and one single room, equipped with everything, furnished with traditional Sardinian furniture, and all including a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available for guests.
The biggest of the four buildings, it features a common lounge with various teas and coffee to welcome the guest and an area dedicated to Antonio Gramsci, a famous Sardinian politician, and philosopher who spent some of his youth in Santu Lussurgiu. There are four double, three triple, and a quadruple room equipped with every comfort. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
The Antica Dimora del Gruccione also features a small library with tons of books, for the ones who like to immerse themselves in a nice book and read in silence, away from other people and the noise of the city.
All the food served at the Antica Dimora del Gruccione is prepared with locally farmed ingredients and is as close to tradition as it could get. There are various vegan and vegetarian options for breakfast. Food is served in the cozy main house, nearby the fireplace during winter, and in the garden during the warmer months.
The restaurant serves a unique tasting menu of five courses, varying daily depending on the season and available ingredients. Everything is prepared with extra care and the stuff in the kitchen will gladly accommodate any special requests if they are let know beforehand.
Services to visitors
There are several events hosted on the hotel premises, and you will love every single one of them. From the Vulcani Blues Festival to the traditional bread-making workshop, you can plan your trip around one of these events.
The common area has free Wi-Fi available for guests, and parking is free and easy to find around the various rooms.