front row beach house + gardens/terraces: gas BBQ grill, wash mach, AC, wifi
- english, german, spanish, + Croatian, please email us first
About Mirena Bagur
The Kacic family has been known in Croatian history since the 8th century -- fra. Andrija Kacic Miosic made the first ever Croatian language books, and there are multiple museums in the area devoted to him. The current generation of the Kacic Peko family lives in Gradac. Today's owner of Villa Lavanda, Prof. R. Bagur, born Peko, is an avid art historian, folklore explorer, and gardener who had built this villa on her great-grandfather's land. In the house, you’ll find many books to browse, (including two written by the owner), including her life-long work on reconstructing the national costume in this part of Croatia. In addition to continuing to be immersed in these profound cultural influences by their ancestors, the younger generation also enjoys the lighter side of life, including the local organic food and vino! With a traditional drinks @ sunset every day :-)
Mirena Bagur purchased this House in 1970
Why Mirena Bagur chose Gradac
The charm of a home right on the beach, with the sophistication of an author and art historian whose family have been living in this village for centuries, and who spends a portion of the year in Villa Lavanda. Our home is very practical -- equipped with all modern necessities: wifi, TV, large gas BBQ grill, two refrigerators, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave. Not only are you going to enjoy the garden, the beach, the view... but also you'll be very entertained by the pet tortoises which you can feed any leftover veggies. Also, do pick the fruit off the trees – particularly the lemons and figs. Welcome to our home and enjoy it, and please treat it as if it is yours!
What makes this House unique
Sunsets from the two front terraces are everchanging -- watch it every evening with a glass of your favorite drink. Whether you choose a local wine, a gin or rum drink, or just plain water, you will be immersed in the many senses of Dalmatia -- the sound of the waves combined with the crickets' song; the smell of pine trees infused with a touch of lavanda and lemon; the red sunsets, and maybe even a serenade from the local klapa group. Now, that is a vacation!
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Awesome sunsets and views
Very well kept and modern. Amazing views and breathtaking sunsets. Centrally located and right on the beach with everything you need just around the corner. I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking to visit Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.
The property is well maintained and located 5m from the beach. There is a lovely terrace with an awning at the front which is a great setting for most meals - amazing views. There is also a great jacuzzi which is nice on cooler days. The beach is fine although you need to hire loungers if you don’t want to lie on the stony beach. Gradac is a local holiday resort but has some decent restaurants nearby.
Thank you for choosing Villa Lavanda. And thanks for your feedbakc. We just ordered lounge chairs to replace the smaller chairs. Hope you come back to check it out! Hvala.
Wonderful vacation home with scenic views
Our family of 5 stayed at the property for 10 days in mid-July of 2018. We truly enjoyed our stay at Villa Lavanda! The “happening room” in the house is the kitchen and living space with big windows facing the Adriatic Sea. The kitchen is well equipped and nice to work in. We prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner with ocean views. Even better is enjoying the food and wine while sitting on the porch with friends and family overlooking the sea. We took in many beautiful sunset dinners on the front veranda.
One of our favorite things is the garden with beautiful, draping flowers providing shade and beauty. From the house it takes just a few steps through the private garden to be at the beach. We laid in the sun, read a book in the garden, and sat in the shade and listened to the ocean. Mid-July offered plenty of sun with a breeze right by the water. The outdoor shower on the side of the house was perfect with our kids jumping in and out of the ocean. Restaurants, markets, and ice cream stores are directly on the board walk and only a few steps away. Our boys loved watching and feeding flowers to the little turtles that quietly roam the gardens. With the easy access to kayaks, jet ski’s, trampolines, water obstacle course and boat tours, our stay was full of water fun too.
We also went on the authentic Dalmation gourmet experience with Chef Braco as suggested by the owners in the manual and loved it. We were served a traditional peka dinner along with salad, fruit, wine and dessert made from fresh, local ingredients. We enjoyed the meal in the hills of Metkovic, sitting under a big fig tree and overlooking the Neretva river delta. Dinner was delicious and their hospitality unforgettable. It will be a treasured memory. Dubrovnik was an easy day trip away and we were happy to come home to our easy-access beach front.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would love to come back!!
Thank you Christian and family. We do hope to see you back and Chef Braco is already thinking of creating a different menu from his eco farm.
Location, location, location, Croatian getaway
Located across from the sea and beach, yet private and relaxing. Leave the front gate and you can stroll for miles along the sea. Cafes, shopping, gelato, nightlife are yours to enjoy. The Villa details are accurate so I will not repeat. So if you want a home feel with amenities in a luxurious setting Villa Lavanda cannot be surpassed. Easy travel to Dubrovnik, Split, islands, only your imagination can stop you. I would definitely return to this Villa.
Thank you Mary. Great to hear that your family had a good time there. We look forward to your return and next time, we will gladly organize some bike trips or day trips to nearby sights or to the wineries. Best, Mirena
Good choice! :)
It was great! House is near sea. You can go to the beach just with your towel. Sea is clean and warm for swimming! House is big, clean and nice. It has lots of rooms and lots of space around the house. You have parking space. Near house is caffe bar, restoraunt, hotel, bakery and souvenir shops. There is also walking trail near sea. I recommended it if you wanna enjoy and relaks in the sun and sea.
Thank you Andrea. We hope you and the family can visit us again.
Location, Location, Location with the best views!!
I stayed in Villa Lavanda in July of 2016 for one week and then again one week in July of 2018. And I am definitely coming back again soon!!! I was overjoyed with the house, the little town of Gradac and the location! This place “screams” location, location, location!
I highly recommend this place for family reunions, friends gathering, bachelorette gateways, couple gateways, honeymoons or just about any group vacation gateways! You will literally not find better location than Villa Lavanda! And the host was friendly, offering lots of great suggestions and recommendations and truly making our Croatian experience unforgettable!
The Villa is located only few steps from the beach. You can enjoy your morning coffee on one of the terraces (the Villa has few terraces!) overlooking the sea or you can conveniently walk down to the beach and have your coffee there! The Villa is accommodatingly furnished with everything you need for you and your family. Full kitchen, gas grill which made dinner time super quick and easy, beach towels, beach toys, baby feeding chair, etc.
The Villa is very functional. Four rooms, three bathrooms and enough beds to comfortably fit everyone with plenty of room for all to do their own things but still be together. There is a big family table in the front and in the back terrace for big family meals. The Villa is nicely decorated with interesting art pieces and local handcrafted decors adding lots of character exemplifying Croatian heritage. The property has a gate which can be locked so your young one would not walk away.
We also enjoyed using the recommended organic chef for a whole family experience at his farm with a phenomenal view. We ended up having him also come by the Villa and cook for us there using the fresh seafood and vegies from his farm!
There are a lot of restaurants in the area (all walking distance of course!). There are also many things to do in the area like hiking, islands hopping, visit to Dubrovnik or Medjugorje, kite surfing, water skiing, and many more. One of our favorite things to do in the evening was to buy locally made cheese, bread and wine (all made by locals in the area!), take it to the beach and just enjoy the sunset! And the best part is you can do this every evening either from the terrace of Villa Lavanda or from the beach in front!!!
Nikolina, we are delighted you and family keep coming back. It sounds like you enjoy both out family home as well as the surroundings. We are particularly pleased you enjoyed a private dinner at the local chef’s house and the introduction to the local wineries that are off the beaten path. We hope you will visit again!
Catholic Pilgramage Medjugorje
Greek and Roman ruins, excavations, museums
Muslim UNESCO Village
Photo safari in the River Neretva delta
Natural History Museum, Metkovic
Biking (along the coast or in mountains), kitesurfing (delta Neretva), river rafting (Cetina), paddleboarding (Bacina Lakes)
Split, Hvar, Brac, Korcula, Dubrovnik