On a breezy hill is a house of charm, comfort and whitewashed simplicity, with views down the valley to the sea. It’s the inviting summer home of Antonio and Deb who, in June, up sticks from Genoa and head for this quiet eyrie. Designed by Antonio, built by his father, the house stands in 11 rugged hectares, in a landscape that has barely changed with Sardinia’s arrival on ‘the map’. Beyond is a resort (out of sight); below is a bay with white sands and turquoise waters – bustling at one end, quiet at the other. Deb’s effortless stylishness is inspired from travels to Greece, Morocco, France and Spain. Outside are cacti in pots and pristine wicker loungers, inside are cool white walls, polished concrete floors, natural fabrics, chic mosaics, billowing mosquito nets and beautiful boughs of driftwood (they make great clothes rails). Bedrooms are downstairs, off the veranda; leave the doors open, catch a glimpse of the sea. Breakfast is at the big table, a splash of family produce: breads, fruits, jams, cheeses. Kayak to uninhabited islands, take the ferry to Corsica, snorkel, surf, watch the sun go down at Capo Testa.