Villa Safron is a beautiful large family Villa. It has been designed for modern family living. The villa has beautiful oak flooring throughout as well as the exposed modern beams on the top floor giving it style and character. The swimming pool is larger than average and is surrounded by gorgeous wood decking. Next to the pool is a large American hot tub that seats 5. A large dining terrace gives much needed shade during those very hot days and is aired by 3 ceiling fans. There is a very large summer house next to the terrace with a large spit roast and bar bq facility and full kitchen and dining amenities. We can also arrange for our in -house chef to visit and cook for you! It's proximity to Rovinj and its beaches is a real plus as they are all 10 minutes away by car. A great villa for a pool and beach holiday near Rovinj.
- Villa3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay1 - 7 nights
Large family style Villa with private pool, close to Old Town Rovinj and beaches
- english, Croatian (limited!)
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 21, 2018
About Lis Katavic
This describes the ownership of two Villas, Villa Safron, Rovinj and Villa Groznjan, Baredine. Villa Safron is owned by Lis and Dejan Katavic who now live permanently in Croatia. Dejan is a native Croat and after spending many years in England decided the beauty of the Adriatic coast was too much to give up. The family moved and are now very settled and happy in Rovinj. Villa Groznjan is owned by Liz and Miles Remmington, long term residents of Asia and close friends of the Katavic’s. They too have discovered the beauty of the Adriatic and now own the gorgeous Villa Groznjan. It gives them a great European base to enjoy their summers & catch up with the Katavic’s. The Katavic’s manage both Villas and if you would like a two centre holiday you can easily book a week at each Villa.
Lis Katavic purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Lis Katavic chose Matohanci
Having moved to Croatia some years ago we are now enjoying the local lifestyle and weather. Rovinj and its surrounding areas are just stunning with many local beaches offering excellent swimming and plenty of sunbathing opportunites. Villa Safron is no more than 15 minutes from some great beaches and 10 minutes from the famous artistic town of Rovinj with its lovely Venetian architecture and plenty of restaurants and cafes with great sea views. The Villa is in a quiet village with sporting activities just a minute away on foot. Local restaurants are also minutes away by car. We have a huge amount of knowledge about the area including activites for children and adults, restaurants and outings. There is plenty information in the Villa, but if you want something sspecific then please ask.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Safron is only 30 minutes from Pula airport, 1.5 hours from Trieste airport and home to many beautiful beaches. If you are feeling lazy, then sunbathe by the pool or dine under the terrace in the shade and take in the peace and quiet of the pretty local village. You won't be disappointed with such a large choice of things to do and see.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Fantastic week with a wonderful host!
Our party had a wonderful week at Lis' beautiful villa in Matohanci!. The villa was lovely and spacious and we didn't feel on top of each other at all - even in a group of 12 adults. The pool and hot tub were excellent, as was the outdoor seating area - big enough for all of us. Villa was spotlessly clean too! Lis couldn't do enough for us, giving restaurant and activity suggestions, as well as helping to organise taxis and boat trips. She was quick to reply to our queries and nothing seemed like to much trouble. Thank you so much for a fantastic week!! We all loved it.
So pleased you had a great time and enjoyed the Villa and Rovinj. You were all lovely guests and happy to have you back anytime!
Superb large villa
We were 3 families who have known each other for years and wanted to holiday together. Our requirements being a pool, good living space, large kitchen seeing as there were 12 of us, 6 bedrooms, proximity to tourist attractions, the sea etc. This villa fulfilled all of those requirements very well. Just a 15 minute drive from Rovinj, 30 minutes from Pula airport, not far from the Kamenjac reserve where you can snorkel, windsurf, cliff jump etc.
Set in a relatively suburban area, the house is immaculatley presented, though you don't feel that you are walking on eggshells in it, as it is not overly prissy, fortunately as with 6 adults and 6 kids there is always some shenanigans going on.
One of our party had a 50th while we were in the villa, and Lis organised a meal at a nearby restaurant, as well as organising a birthday cake and taxiing us herself to and from the restaurant. One of the kids celebrated her birthday and again Lis came up trumps with a birthday cake.
We were in Rovinj for the final of the world cup, Croatia v France and watched the game on the street on a big screen. To say that Croatia was in party mode would be an understatement. Despite the fact that they lost, the Croatians were extremely good humoured and were just out to have fun, which made for a fantastic atmosphere.
All in all, a great holiday in a lovely villa, in a fantastic, friendly part of the world.
Glad you had such a great time. It is my pleasure to make your stay as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. Come again!! Lis
We had a great time in the Istria region and we enjoyed the big, spacious house. We were two families (a total of 10 people).
The house is centrally located, a good starting point to visit the Istria Region.
Lis and Dejan are very attentive hosts.
Thanks Natalia, glad you all enjoyed it. You were great guests and looked after the Villa beautifully, that means a lot to us. Thankyou.
A beautiful villa
I booked Vila Saffron for two weeks for a family group of 12 of us from three generations. Lis was the perfect hostess and answered every question , always going the extra mile for us.
Lis and her husband cooked a wonderful hog roast in the summer kitchen which was a fantastic experience.
The villa is very spacious and well maintained, with everything we could have wanted.
The area is beautiful, with lots of good restaurants and things to do in nearby Rovinj.
Thank you Lis for letting us share your home and for helping to make it so memorable
Delighted you were pleased with everything. The hog roast was good fun! You were lovely guests and we be more than happy to see you again.
Very nice house in a lovely little village not far from Rovinji
Very nice house in a lovely little village not far from Rovinji
So pleased you had a good time and that kids said it was a 10 star Villa!! See you again soon.
Spacious, relaxing with a warm welcome
We have just spent a relaxing week in this lovely villa near Rovinj. The house was spacious and well equipped. There was plenty of sun drenched and shaded areas for sunbathing and eating. We took advantage of the gym too. Lis gave us a warm welcome, giving us some recommendations or places to eat including booking one for us. We ate at Puntalina at sunset which was magical.
Its always good to hear that people have had a great time. The gym facilities are very good and followed by a swim in the pool, there are no excuses for not staying in shape! There is also tennis close by which is free of charge, so you really can do lots of activity, if that's your thing! Otherwise enjoy the garden, decking and pool and of course do visit the lovely beaches in Rovinj which are only 15 minutes away. I have lived here for over 10 years and have built up lots of knowledge of the area, restaurants, cafes etc.I am more than happy to help you find the ideal thing for you and your family. Just ask and I will arrange!! Look forward to seeing you here in Rovinj. Lis
Special interest holidays:
Please ask us about hiring bicycles.
The beaches are just 10 to 15 minutes drive away and some of them have sea based aqua parks and trampolines which are great fun for adults and children! There are also several beach bars serving excellent local cuisine at good prices. Changing facilities and showers are also available. 2 good diving schools are based near Rovinj too. Trips to the Limski Canal and the many islands around Rovinj are easily booked in the town.
We recommend flying to one of these airports and then hiring a car: Pula Airport (in Croatia) is 30 miles from our villas. Ryan Air flies there from Stansted. Monarch Airways have just launched a new service that flies between Pula and Gatwick on a Saturday. Trieste (in Italy) is 60 miles away. Ryan Air flies there daily in the Summer from Stansted from £9.99 each way. Ljublijana (in Slovenia) is 80 miles away. Easy jet flies there daily in the Summer from £35. Jet 2 from Manchester to Pula also
Matohanci is small village with a good supermarket 5 minutes drive away. Other large supermarkets are in Rovinj just 10 minutes away. The village has a Grill style restaurant 5 minutes away on foot and a great Pizza restaurant 2 minutes away by car. Traditional local cusine is available evenings only 5 minutes drive away. The best fish restaurants are at the Limski Canal, 3 minutes drive away. Rovinj offers everything from fine dining to pizzas, with many restaurants located on the beaches.
The local supermarket is just 5 minutes by car and has an excellent butchery dept. Larger supermarkets, banks and the fresh produce market are in Rovinj, 10 to 15 mins away. Banks are also located there. There is a fabulous local restaurant within 5 minutes walking distance along with a great pizzeria walking or car a few minutes away. the famous Limski Canal with its amazing fish restaurants and fish market as well as delicious gelatos is 2 minutes by car. You can also swim here off the small beach. The village itself offers tennis, football, basket ball hoop and sand volleyball very closely. As well as the village internet we have also installed our own dedicated internet service for speedy connections! A petrol station is 2 minutes away and sells basics food requirements. Spit roast evenings can be arranged in advance or traditional local foods, which ever you would like.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: Please call us to discuss availability if not Saturday to Saturday booking. A 500 euro cash security deposit is required against damages and is returned on departure. If you wish to book a 2 centre Villa holiday we have another beautiful Villa near Groznjan, this way you can experience much more of Istria but with the ease of knowing that both Villas are of an excellent standard. Please see Villa CR 756. Changeover Day: Changeover days are flexible in some situations, but generally Saturday to Saturday. Check in after 4.00pm amd check out at 10.00am. If this Villa is not available then please see our other one CR756 which is equally lovely and sleeps 10 +2.