Beautiful Stone Villa with Outstanding Rural Views

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Last updated: 11/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, french, german, Croatian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/04/2016

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 350 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    The house is at the end of the road so it provides a safe environment for children to run free....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Games:

    There is a ping pong table which can be used inside and out...moreless

  • Stereo:

    i phone docking to a music system...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There are tables and chairs on the large patio for 15 people. In addition there is a dining table inside the house which sits 8-10....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 15 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace:

    Cut your own logs with saw provided. We can provide firewood on request....moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Full oil fired central heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have mobile broadband and supply the wi fi code in our welcome letter...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Top quality pure cotton bedlinen is provided. This is professionally washed and ironed....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large living room with wood fire....moreless

  • Parking:

    For up to 6 cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Pool towels and 2 bathroom towels are renewed each week...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    Dry your washing in the sun...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Provided for guests to use ...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Attached to the 5 star Kampinski Hotel near Umag...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The pool sits in an acre of garden with shady trees and lawns....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large mobile ba b que is available...moreless

  • Tennis:

    At Zelena Laguna near Porec....moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


Write a review 4.9
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 29 - Dec 31, 2016
3 night min stay
Low Season
Jan 1 - Apr 14, 2017
3 night min stay

Apr 15 - May 26, 2017
3 night min stay

Early Summer
May 27 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Peak Summer
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
3 night min stay

Sep 30 - Oct 28, 2017
3 night min stay

Low Season
Oct 29 - Dec 31, 2017
3 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $428.92
  • No additional mandatory fees


We take a 20% deposit on booking and the balance is payable 2 months before departure

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 11/04/2016
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50 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pula 40mins Trieste 90mins Lljubljana 2 hours
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 star championship course at Umag
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: 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 the Owner Chose Vižinada, Croatia:
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.

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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/04/2016

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  • House and Pool

    House and Pool

  • View from top terrace

    View from top terrace

  • Living room with fireplace

    Living room with fireplace

  • TV corner and fireplace

    TV corner and fireplace

  • Balcony room with en suite

    Balcony room with en suite

  • Second Floor

    Second Floor Bedroom

  • Single bedroom first floor

    Single bedroom first floor

  • Master bedroom second floor

    Master bedroom second floor

  • En suite bathroom second floor

    En suite bathroom second floor

  • Second kitchen

    Second kitchen

  • Delicious Istrian ham and wine

    Delicious Istrian ham and wine

  • Garden swing

    Garden swing

  • Garden


  • Patio with a view of the pool

    Patio with a view of the pool

  • Open plan kitchen

    Open plan kitchen

  • Balcony room

    Balcony room

  • En suite bathroom

    En suite bathroom

  • Second Floor Bedroom
with en suite

    Second Floor Bedroom with en suite

  • Double bedroom second floor

    Double bedroom second floor

  • Twin bedroom first floor

    Twin bedroom first floor

  • First floor bathroom

    First floor bathroom

  • Gourmet dining

    Gourmet dining

  • A winter view of the house

    A winter view of the house

  • House and garden with figs and walnuts

    House and garden with figs and walnuts

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