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This charismatic old stone cottage sleeps 4. Double with balcony overlooking the Verige Straits and twin to the back of the house. There is a Z bed that can be put up in the double. The house has wooden floors and fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer. Furnished for year round living it is comfortable and cosy. There is a sizeable bathroom with shower, loo, sink, bidet and washing machine and an outside loo accessed from the terrace. All rooms are air-conditioned. There is a flat screen, DVD player, films and books to read. Downstairs is open plan with dining table and comfortable seating. The terrace, shaded in summer, is huge and becomes the main living area during the hot summer months with a table seating 10 overlooking the water and ferry port.
Lepetane is where the ferry crosses the fjord to Kamenari and the cottage is near to the ferry - if you would like to know more before requesting a booking, please email me for details.
The cottage waterfront terrace has built in seating, deck chairs, loungers and a simple BBQ. It has a rush matting roof in the summer to protect you from the sun and it is the place where guests spend all their time when they are not out and about. If you want to get to know Montenegro and the Montenegrins and seep yourself in local life this is the place, but not for those who seek peace, quiet and isolation.
Lepetane was, at one time, within the borders of Croatia so many of the residents are Croatian and Catholic. Hundreds of years ago the village was situated up in the mountains above the present village at Upper Lepetane. There are still some people who live there and you can walk up the old village if you have the energy! Lepetane is not a tourist resort, but a residential village whose population doubles in the summer months when locals rent out rooms and apartments to people from all over Europe. The Ferries cross from Lepetane to Kamenari continually giving easy access to the other side of the fjord. Tickets are E4 and the crossing takes just minutes. Foot passengers travel free so take advantage and hop on the ferry for a view from the other side. We go across for a meal in the evenings sometimes, when we don't feel like driving. There is a small boutique hotel that does a nice supper. Turn left off the ferry and walk a few hundred meters and you will see it on the right.
Take the ferry with your car if you want to visit Herceg Novi, Risan or Perast.
Lepetane has a small village shop which is great for fresh bread, ice cream, local wine, a few vegetables, canned goods, loo paper and the odd thing you have forgotten to get at the supermarket.
Restaurants: If you take the car over to Kamenari on the ferry, turn right and a few kilometres further on you will see signs for the Konoba Catovica Mlini which is a gorgeous restaurant in an old mill by a bubbling stream, with mill ponds teeming with fish. It isn't the cheapest, but well worth a visit and you may have to book on weekends. You can also go as foot passengers on the ferry (for free) and there are several restaurants in Kamenari. We particularly like the boutique hotel with its garden restaurant about 5 minutes walk along the road as you turn left off the ferry.
The fish bar by the sea in Dona Lastvia, near Tivat is excellent - all the locals eat there - it only does fish and is quite reasonable. I love the prawns in garlic, a bowl of chips with a bottle of the local sauvignon.
If you carry on past this restaurant there is a boutique hotel on the right, right on the waterfront. It is lovely to eat outside looking over the bay in the evening.
All along the fjord road to Kotor you will see family run Konobas where you can eat good local food at reasonable prices. In Kotor try The Gallion, built on stilts in the Bay, not cheap but stylish. Restoran Stari Mlini in Dobrota is the sister to Catovica Mlini, and in another beautiful setting with mill ponds teeming with fish.
Beaches: You can swim in Lepetane - we swim off the big jetty, 200 metres down the road - the water is deep but lovely and clear. About 15 minutes walk along the road to Kotor is another little fjord beach with beach bar. The same distance in the other direction in the second Lepetane Bay is another beach with beach bar. Both these are lively and the swimming is nice.
Tivat also has a couple of beaches which are just a few minutes in the car - you can also splurge and go to the Portonegro swimming pool for the day. Very classy and very expensive, but nice for a day if you don't mind forking out lots of Euros.
If you prefer to swim in the Adriatic rather than the Fjord then 20 - 40 minutes in the car will bring you to a host of beaches on the far side of the Lustica Peninsula. Try Mirista (lovely fish restaurant on the beach - suggest you reserve a table as soon as you arrive), you can also get boat trips from here to the blue lagoon caves.
Oblatno, Krasici, Plavi horizonti are some of the other beaches on the Lustica peninsula.
Or drive down the beautiful adriatic coast and visit the towns of Budva, Petrovac, Sveti Stefan, Milocer, Przno, Kamenovo, Becici and swim in the beautiful azure waters.
As the door to the terrace is up about 10 steps and then there is one more steps to get onto the terrace and another to get into the house it really would be a headache for anyone in a wheelchair...moreless
Bedrooms are equipped for summer and winter with duvets and English cotton sheets and pillows. Both bedrooms have wooden floors with washable rugs, chests of drawers, wardrobes, chairs and plenty of lighting. Bath towels and mats are provided. The double bedroom at the front has a glass door opening onto the balcony which overlooks the terrace and the sea. It is a perfect and peaceful site for breakfast. Attached to the balcony are drying lines for clothes. There is a Z bed that can be put up in the double bedroom at the foot of the double bed. Usually this is used for a child sharing parents' bedroom.
Some holiday renters, us included, rent extra apartments from our neighbours (please ask if you are interested), up behind the house, for teenagers or additional friends, who then spend their days and mealtimes on the house terrace.
There is air conditioning in the bedrooms which is a dual purpose system so can be switched to heat for the winter months....moreless
A spacious gray tiled bathroom with decent size shower enclosure. There is a heater for winter use and the washing machine and water heater are in the bathroom. The water tank is large and gives plenty of hot water. Unlike many places in Montenegro where the water can be off for large parts of the day, the water supply to Lepetane is excellent and it is extremely rare that there is no water. There are a couple of windows with shutters and also a bidet, useful for soaking swimsuits if nothing else!
Bath towels are provided, but you are asked to bring your own beach towels. There is plenty of space and lines for drying towels and clothes on the terrace and from the balcony...moreless
The property is fine for families with slightly older children as the stairs are quite steep and do not have bannisters. It has mostly been rented by adults who have enjoyed the outdoor living on the terrace, long leisurely meals at the outside table, washed down with local wine and then a snooze with fantastic views of the Boka - always something to watch with the ferries coming and going in and out of the bay and the locals fishing from the water front. When you get too hot you can just wander along the front for a cooling swim in the fjord from the jetty or little pebble beach. There is a slightly wild garden behind, but slightly separated from the house, which is not landscaped, but provides plenty of fruit, including grapes in season. Candle lit evening meals on the terrace are always the highlight of the day. The terrace is fully shaded with a bamboo rush roof from June to September....moreless
We have a small library in the house - you are welcome to borrow and we would be delighted if you leave any books for other guests to read...moreless
Books For Adults
There is a scrabble board as well as some playing cards...moreless
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 6 people
Iron & Board
Parking On Street
Bath towels are provided, but guests are requested to bring their own beach towels...moreless
The washing machine is in the bathroom and there are plenty of clothes lines - everything dries in hours at the height of summer...moreless
Usually during high season we have access to our neighbour's wifi, but I am afraid this cannot be guaranteed. If internet is essential for you it is suggested you bring a dongle or use internet cafes...moreless
4 Ring Stove
There is a balcony, overlooking the terrace and the sea, to the main bedroom. It has a small table and chairs and is a great place to have breakfast....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The large semi-shaded terrace is a main feature of the cottage and allows for complete outdoor living during the heat of summer. There is a large table that seats at least 8 and plenty of seating...moreless
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If you fly into Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet) we can suggest a car rental company that we have used for years. It is an easy 1.5 hours drive to Kamenari in Montenegro where you can get the ferry across to Lepetane. There is in a car park opposite the ferry.
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The house is on the waterfront in the charming village of Lepetane. The old stone village curves round a beautiful bay on the Verige Straits in the Boka Kotorska, Europe's southernmost Fjord, a stunningly beautiful World Heritage site. The Boka is teeming with history and has some well preserved medieval towns including Kotor, a beautiful walled city with narrow streets, endless churches, 13 squares and no cars, think mini Dubrovnik! Plenty of Venetian and Roman architecture in the Boka to gaze upon, restaurants galore and for those less interested in visiting cultural heritage sites, Tivat is home to Porto Montenegro, the largest marina in the Adriatic, built to house the fabulous yachts of the super-rich! The Boka has many pebble beaches and jetties to swim from and a half hour drive brings you to the aquamarine waters and stunning beaches of the Adriatic. Some suggestions for Adriatic beaches are Mirista, Przno, Petrovac and Jaz. If you want to swim nearer to hand there is Opatovo beach just round the corner from Lepetane. Here there is a beach bar, sun loungers to hire and good, safe swimming.
There is plenty to watch from the cottage's shaded terrace with liners, super yachts and dinghies passing close by and ferries docking.
Other Activities: Boat cruises
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: I live near the sea in North Somerset in the UK, although not as near as I do when in Montenegro! I work as a performance coach in the non-profit sector and as I do a lot of my work on Skype I can base myself anywhere in the world - Montenegro is a great place to work from! I visit my cottage three or four times a year and my aim is to spend another summer out there in the not to distant future - it is just so lovely. I have made lots of Montenegrin friends as well as ex-pats who have moved to Montenegro to start businesses.
Why the Owner Chose Tivat: It is not easy to find waterfront properties and this old cottage, despite being delapitated when I bought it, had a good deal of charm. After a total renovation it is now a comfortable holiday home with everything you need to self-cater and relax and enjoy yourself. It does have the ferry, but I love watching the world go by and it is easy to get across the Boka. Also very few houses, even first line to the water, have a terrace this big and this well positioned! Lepetane is not essentially a tourist village, although the population swells in summer with locals renting out apartments and rooms to people from Serbia and other countries, so you really are part of the community. I love having my breakfast on the balcony outside my bedroom watching the shipping in the straits.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Being right on the front line to the Boka. Being able to wander down for a swim. Near to Tivat and not far from Kotor. Watching the sun set behind the mountains across the water and occasionally watching lightning dart along the mountain crests - spectacular!