Old Stone Waterfront Cottage with Fabulous Terrace in Pretty Bay on the Fjord(14 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 bed cottage sleeps 4 + Z bed, nicely equipped with fabulous shaded terrace
There is a single track road that runs between the house and the water but as the house is set behind the terrace you cannot see the road and will not be disturbed by it.
Upstairs there is a double bedroom with balcony overlooking the Verige Straits to the front. This room has a large double bed, wardrobe and dressing table - the balcony is ideal for a quiet breakfast or evening drink as the sun goes down. You can also see the mountains on the other side of the water from the bed! There is a hairdryer in the cupboard in the dressing table.
The twin bedroom is situated to the back of the house. There is a Z bed that can be put up in the double room, but I would suggest that this is probably only suitable for small children. There is no room in the twin bedroom for the Z bed. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers and comfortable chair in this room.
Bath towels and bed linen are provided, but guests are asked to please bring their own beach towels and not to take the bath towels on to the terrace or to the beach. For those guests staying two weeks a change of bed linen and towels will be offered at the end of the first week.
The house has wooden floors and rugs and as the walls are extremely thick the downstairs at least stays fairly cool.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with stove and fridge freezer. The kitchen really does have everything you will need to cook full meals and although it is small it is fully functioning.
Furnished for year round living the cottage is comfortable and cosy. There is a sizeable bathroom with shower, loo, sink, bidet and washing machine and an outside toilet can be accessed from the terrace.
All rooms are air-conditioned, but we do request that guests conserve the world's energy and only have the air conditioning on when they really need it. We request that it is not left on when guests go out.
There is a flat screen, DVD player, films, books to read, packs of cards and a much loved and used game of scrabble in the living area downstairs. Downstairs is open plan with dining table and chairs and comfortable seating with a sofa and two easy chairs as well as a lovely view onto the terrace.
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. There is a small BBQ for the guests' use and also an outside tap. There are lots of cushions for the dining chairs and also for the loungers and built in seating. There is plenty of seating with small tables for drinks and food. All we ask is that cushions are taken inside and put in the cupboard under the stairs whenever guests leave the property as, even in the hottest months, there can be a sudden downpour that goes as quickly as it comes!
The pots of plants on the terrace desperately need to be watered every evening - we ask that if our guests don't want to be disturbed by Ana, the housekeeper, coming in to do the watering that they agree with her that they will take on the responsibility.
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 ferry costs about 4 euro to take a car across, but is free for foot passengers. There is a bigger shop in Kamenari and guests often catch the ferry over to do a quick shop.
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 about 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 Donja 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, called the Carruba Hotel and Restaurant. It is lovely to eat outside looking over the bay in the evening and the food is excellent.
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 called Verige Beach. 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 good.
Tivat also has a couple of beaches which are just a few minutes in the car - you can also splurge and go to the Porto Montenegro 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. At the tip of the peninsula is the village of Rosa across the water from Herceg Novi - you can access it by car or drive to Herceg and get one of the tourist boats across.
One of my favourite beaches is the Almara Beach Club - at Radovici - here is a link on the map https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Almara+Beach+Clubemail@example.com,18.652124,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x134c2fb80f20768d:0x27f8b3e0700b515c
I love to swim and there the waters are turquoise crystal clear and there is a floating bar to swim out to. The service is great - E10 to rent a sunbed with parasol and towel. There is a restaurant - the chef isn’t brilliant, but it is adequate. A DJ starts at 4pm with quite loud music, so if you don’t like that go there first thing in the morning and leave at 4pm - otherwise stay and boogie with the best of them!! I suggest you call to reserve sun beds - tel. 067 17 00 17
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.
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- 100 m²
- Max. occupancy 5
- Children Welcome:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- 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
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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 canvas roof from June to September....moreless
- Books For Adults
- Video Library
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Near The Ocean
- Ocean View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Maps
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Beach Chairs
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
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $251.63
- Cleaning $44.04
- Taxes Not included
- Stay Tax *
* This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 1 years.
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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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 Lepetane, Montenegro:
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!
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