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The peninsular of Istria is a gem on the scale of Cornwall but with a Mediterranean climate. Set among vineyards and olive groves in the hills of central Istria the house has views across open country with the church spires of other villages dotting the romantic landscape. Sitting in the middle of its own grounds the newly restored south facing house has gardens with walnut, figs and vines surrounding the 12 metre pool with summer house and sunbathing terraces. Local restaurants serve Istrian truffles with steak or fusilli, farm dried hams, sheep’s cheese, wild boar with pasta, raw fish gazpacho as well as sea food caught daily and fantastic local wines. Spend the morning by the pool and drive to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic for the afternoon. On the way home you can visit the nearby Venetian hill towns to explore new restaurants.
How to get there: There are several routes:
There is a Ryanair service direct to Pula on Wednesdays and Sundays which gives the shortest transfer of 40 minutes to the villa. Thomson fly from London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Pula on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Ryanair also fly to Pula from Oslo (Norway) ,Brussells and Frankfurt in Germany. Ryanair flies daily from London Stanstead to Trieste (2 hour transfer). Easyjet, Ryanair and many other airlines fly to Venice and there is a daily boat run by Kompas or Venezialine from Venice to Porec.This can be booked through any local travel agent. Every day it leaves at 5 o'clock local time from Venice and on the return leaves Porec at 8 o'clock in the morning. A great way to include a day in Venice in the holiday.Otherwise you could drive from Venice to Istria in about 3 hours.
Recent review;- Just a quick update since our visit to istria We thought the location and the house were wonderful - we have been on multi-family villa holidays for 20 years now, and this was close to the top of our league - well done! Definitely the best pool we have had, and the pool house and shade were very welcome. Top day-trips we recommend were to Groznjan, and to Rovinj + Red Island by boat.
The house provides a self contained environment where a family can happily spend a day. There is open country behind the house and marvelous walking on the old cart tracks.
The house is equipped for out of season visits with central heating and the pool is heated. April, May and October are wonderful for walking, bicycling and site seeing....moreless
Peak Summer Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015 4 night min stay
Late Summer Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 3 night min stay
Autumn Sep 26 - Oct 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Low Season Oct 31 - Dec 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Low Season Jan 1 - Mar 26, 2016 3 night min stay
Spring Mar 27 - May 17, 2016 3 night min stay
Early Summer May 28 - Jul 1, 2016 3 night min stay
Peak Summer Jul 2 - Aug 26, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Summer Aug 27 - Sep 30, 2016 3 night min stay
Autumn Oct 1 - Oct 28, 2016 3 night min stay
Low Season Oct 29 - Dec 31, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit€400
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We take a 20% deposit on booking and the balance is payable 2 months before departure
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Istria is a story of wine, olive oil and sun. From the house everything is an easy day trip. This includes the Roman amphitheatre at Pula for live concerts, The Brioni Islands with Tito's private palace and a superb golf course, The Opatija Riviera, beloved of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. Wonderful walking and bicycling country around the Venetian hill towns which dot the landscape. Artists colonies at Rovinj and Groznjan, Porec for nightclubs, tennis, gokarting, acrobatics, sailing and sub aqua.
Year Purchased: 2002
About: We are a Croatian/English couple so we have some inside knowledge of Croatia, its history and people. Also the best things to see and do as well as the visitor's needs and desires while on holiday. Gordana was a journalist at the BBC and Roger works in property, building and renovation. With our two kids we have spent many happy holidays at the villa which is perfect for families and groups of friends. We are based in London but we spend a few months a year in Croatia. Over the last few years the popularity of Istria has increased dramatically due not least to the Istrian truffle and fantastic local wine.
Why Groznjan: The country can be compared to Tuscany but it has the added advantage of being very close to the beautiful Adriatic sea. From the house you can drive to the seaside in 25 minutes.With Venetian hill towns, vineyards, sleepy villages and the beautiful coastline Istria offers everything for a perfect break.
For some culture;Pula has an extensive Roman centre including the amphitheatre overlooking the sea, while Rovinj and Porec were fortified Venetian ports. Inland, Motovun, Groznjan and Oprtal are fortified Venetian hilltowns.
For the energetic there are marked cycling trails around the tranquil country. Once the appetite is raised the restaurants serve a gourmet delight of homemade pasta with truffles, home cured ham [prsut] and a wonderful selection of fresh caught seafood daily.
At the villa the stars are brilliant and the sound of church bells carries on the cool night air.Its peaceful location means you can spend the day on the busy coast but return to the hills for some rural calm.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: We fell in love with our house for its elevated position above the village, peaceful location and over an acre of gardens. There are fantastic views from every window and from the loggia one can see Ucka, the highest mountain in Istria.We carefully renovated the house exposing the old stone and designing it in Istrian style with wooden shutters, traditional fireplace, loggia, stone arches and original wooden beams. We used local stonemasones, father and son, who have renovated some of the finest protected buildings in Istria. The house offers a peaceful location, stunning viewsand a large garden with a swimming pool to match.