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Sar­dinia is like Ma­jorca or Ibiza with­out the de­vel­op­ment and re­fresh­ingly free from pack­age tourism, say Alex and Janet Alexan­der from North York­shire. They bought a four-bed­room wreck for £111,000 (€140,000) on the edge of a pine for­est in Valle­do­ria on the north coast and spent £159,000 (€200,000) ren­o­vat­ing it into a “bou­tique ho­tel” style villa which is now worth £476,000 (€600,000).

“As soon as the low­cost air­lines started fly­ing in we re­alised it was a no-brainer. It used to cost us £600 each to fly from the north of Eng­land, but now it costs us £350 for all four of us,” says Janet, 50, (above) who has two daugh­ters aged 13 and 17. The fam­ily spend three or four weeks a year in their villa and let it out via hol­i­day-rentals.co.uk for £900-1,900 a week.

“More Bri­tish peo­ple are buy­ing prop­erty, but it’s not easy and you’ve got to re­ally want to. The buy­ing process can take 18 months. Be pre­pared for, ‘sorry we can’t sign the pa­pers for three months now be­cause it’s the sum­mer break.’“

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