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Luxury Stone Villa with Large Heated Pool, Air-Con, Sea and Vineyard Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Peaceful Location in Vižinada, (Poreč, Novigrad, Motovun) Istria

Situated in a beautiful rural location by the famous wine producing hamlet of Bajkini, approximately 300m above sea level, Villa Olivia offers you a peaceful and quiet location with a vista of rolling hills to the sea – on a clear day Venice and the Alps can be seen.

Many of Istria’s top wine producers are within walking distance or a short drive from the villa e.g. Franc Arman, Arman, Rossi, Pinot Rossi, Pilato….

The Roman coastal town of Poreč, and the hilltop towns of Motovun and Grožnjan are a short drive away and have many lovely restaurants serving authentic Istrian food. Along the way you will spot Konobas, family run restaurants that also offer authentic cuisine.

Description of the Villa:

The ground floor has a large light and airy lounge and similarly proportioned dining room which is adjoined through an arch way to a modern kitchen. Covered terraces run along the length of the rear and include outdoor furniture for dining and relaxing.

Just a few paces from the villa is the 10x5m tiled heated pool (£100.00 GBP supplement per week for heating the pool to cover electricity costs) with Roman steps and a border of lavender bushes, which lightly scent the air. After taking a refreshing swim choose one of 6 loungers on the sun terrace for developing a tan. The garden is grassed, elevated and screened for privacy using trees and bushes. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom or shower. The master bedroom has its own balcony for secluded sunbathing.

The villa rental includes, tourist tax, utilities, air conditioning (central heating), free Wi-Fi and a Welcome Pack.

Villa Olivia was featured as a five page Case Study in the 'Place in the Sun Magazine' and in a four page feature article on Istria in 'Holiday Villas Magazine' UK.

An information pack will be available in the villa providing full details of attractions and best restaurants to try out.

The villa was originally designed for the personal use of Dussmann Homes directors and to be a show home for their award winning property developments. It therefore has many additional design features and exceptional build quality.

Please note that smoking is not permitted inside the villa building for health and safety and insurance reasons. Smoking is allowed on covered terraces, sun terraces, balcony and in the garden.

Extracts from Villa Olivia's Guest book: “The Beverly Hills of Istria”

“Beautiful villa, very well placed, high standards of furnishings and all you need for a relaxing holiday.”

“We had a great holiday – villa + surroundings stunning.”

“Villa Olivia is a beautiful place and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our time that we had here!... Overall we had an amazing time and really loved the villa and surrounding area!!

'Wir sind wieder gut zu Hause angekommen und erinnern uns gerne an die wunderbaren Tage in Ihrer fantastischen Villa Olivia. Es war sehr schön in Vizinada. Wir werden gerne Ihre Villa weiter empfehlen.' (Approximate translation: 'We have come again well at home and remember with pleasure the miraculous days in your fantastic Villa Olivia. It was very nice in Vizinada. We will recommend with pleasure your villa.')

'We had a fantastic week at the villa, which looked just as good in real life as it did in the pictures. And the week just kept getting better... an unforgettable vacation.'

More Details

Dr James B Waddell
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Dr James B Waddell

James and Sharon Waddell are married and have four adult children, one cat, one Cavalier King Charles spaniel and three grandsons.

Dr James B Waddell purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dr James B Waddell chose World

The location of the villa is stunning. It is on the south side of the Mirna Valley in an elevated position facing West towards the Adriatic Sea, which can be seen in the distance over rolling hills. The villa was built buy a German developer using local craftsman to a very high standard and was going to be used as their family home, but fortunately they sold it to us. When we visited the plot for the first time one of the builder told us that he thought the location of the villa, which was built in place of a ruined farm house was a special place, we could only agree completely. We looked at many other villas and nothing came close in terms of build quality, location and design.

The interior furnishings of the villa has been specified to provide a hand in glove holiday home experience. From the comfortable beds, the high spec Egyptian cotton sheets and towels imported from the UK, a well equipped kitchen, satellite TV, Wi-Fi so you can FaceTime friends and family at home, and a Bose Sounddock III to plug you iPhone or iPod into play your own music for water aerobics in the pool!

What makes this villa unique

The location was the first thing that attracted us. Rural, surrounded by vineyards and yet not far from grocery stores and the main tourist attractions. The design of the villa is very light and airy with little features such as the little alcoves used traditionally, as a safe place for candles to give light, the arrangement of the interior arches from one room to another framing the open fire place at one end and French doors at another. The slight off-set of the stairs into the lounge suggesting you head straight out to the pool. The stone work is a work of art. Lie in the master bedroom double bed and look at the stone work to the left hand-side – how did that stone mason balance all those small and big stones in such a pleasing yet linear pattern?

As the villa is elevated at around 275m above sea level there is always a slight breeze, which can be lacking in other villas in lower locations. Do not be surprised if all you want to do is just hang around the pool during the day drinking in the scenery and heal your soul from the ardours of modern life. There are great family restaurants just a short drive away and more formal establishment in the main tourist resorts along the coast.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you both for the villa. Wonderful view, really well equipped house and we loved the nature from the whistling partridges to the lavender engrossed bees. Out door shower was a great addition to the pool.

Arman and Rossi vineyardsvery good and thanks for the kind welcome pack..

We did manage a couple of days sailing as well so everything we hoped for was delivered..

Best wishes to you both.

Michael, Tamsin, Archie, Benedict and Isabel..
Jul 2016
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World Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Pool Sun Terrace - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold Water
  • Premium quality soft towelling provided for guests. Bedroom 1: En-suite with Large bath/shower over, wc, bidet. Bedroom 2: En-suite with shower and wc. Bedroom 3: En-suite with shower and wc. Separate wc ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En-suite bathroom
    Rear Bedroom - 1 king , En-suite shower room
    Front Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , En-suite shower room
    Lounge - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double Sofa Bed in Lounge
  • Master bedroom has a large sun terrace with amazing sea views over rolling country side. Ideal for sunbathing in complete privacy or having breakfast for two. All beds have upgraded mattresses, and Egyptian cotton sheets for extra comfort and a good night's sleep. Master Bedroom: double bed, large balcony and sea view. Rear Bedroom: double bed and sea view. Front Bedroom : two single beds and vineyard view. A double sofa bed is available for use on request and at an additional cost of £80 per week.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Kitchen: Modern kitchen, connected to dining room by archway, contains: electric single oven, gas hob with 4 burners, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, electric kettle, fridge and freezer, full set of pots, pans cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, etc. Utility Room: Understairs cupboard contains automatic washing machine, small tool kit, spare light bulbs, etc. Living Rooms: Lounge: Two large leather upholstered settees (one is a double sofa bed), large open fire place, Sony LCD TV and DVD player, terrestrial and satellite services, Bose Sounddock II for iPod and personal stereo. Dining Room: Slovenian Oak rustic dining table suite for 8 persons and side furniture. The villa plot is approximately 1,200m2 and is grassed around the building and planted with olive and cypress trees and many other plants and bushes for colour and privacy. The 10x5m pool is private, has Roman steps at the shallow end, 0.85m depth, and a ladder at the deep end - a maximum pool depth is 1.35m.


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Luxury Stone Villa with Large Heated Pool, Air-Con, Sea and Vineyard Views
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 23 reviews

Relaxing and Fun

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay at Villa Olivia. The weather was gray. It was peaceful and relaxing. The villa is very well equipped. Great vineyards on your door step for wine tasting

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An amazing stay despite an incredible run of bad luck

  • 4 of 5

This is a 5 star property - beautiful setting, well appointed, and a great pool area. However we had the misfortune of the boiler breaking on our second day and a part was needed from Germany which meant we were without hot water for the majority of the holiday. Further adding to the bad luck the pool filter also broke! The owner and agent were excellent in responding to our plight and we were offered suitable compensation. So in summary, amazing house in an amazing region (Istria is beautiful) but unfortunately due to our misfortune I can only give 4 stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it was for us too as owners a great disappointment that our guests experienced two incidents in one holiday. Unfortunately, the weekend also delayed the delivery of the replacement circuit board of the Viessmann boiler. The pool shower has hot water and this provide a partial interim solution. Secondly, although we had a major refit of the pool engine room equipment three years ago, including the Salt electrolysis cell, this also failed during the same stay. The pool is maintained weekly by Aquatech, a highly regarded pool design, supply and maintenance company, who clean the pool and take water samples to ensure quality of the pool water. For years this has been on going without incident. The villa is maintained to a high standard and as our guest reported we respond to any issues, in the unlikely event that they arise, as quickly as possible.
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Stunning, characterful, peaceful, luxury

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this villa last May and to say it was one of the best holidays I've had would be an understatement.

Everything was exactly as it was described on the internet and the photos don't do it justice! It's a beautiful villa.

The properly was clean and tidy and we even had the pleasure of meeting the host who was so lovely and so helpful.

James gave us a plan of where to go, what to visit and where to eat. It was a great help.

I can't wait to go back and visit the villa again in August with my family.

If you are booking Croatia, then this villa is a must! :-)

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely comments. We will be visiting in under two weeks to make our annual quality review inspection. We have replaced all the sun loungers this year to maintain standards. I look forward to welcoming you to the villa again in August.
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Quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house in a very rural location down a rutted unmade road. South facing pool and garden to enjoy the afternoon and evening sun.

As has been said before the owner is incredibly helpful and sends a mass of information about local places to visit and recommends restaurants and vineyards. The property is very well furnished certainly not your standard rental fare. There is a washing machine in a cupboard under the stairs and a huge open fire, a stack of logs were provided and we had a lovely fire each evening as it was a mite chilly by the end of October.

The agent who looks after the house does not materialise at all but is at the end of the phone if there are any queries. A substantial welcome pack was provided, which included a very palatable bottle of wine and some beer.

Something to bear in mind, if travelling later in the year the weather is really not conducive to swimming. The pool is heated but a combination of being so far north, the cooler weather and the pool not having a cover rather negates the heating which is a shame, but the generator can only work so hard. There is masses to do and see so I would suggest forgoing the pool from end of October until the Spring. I queried this with the owner on our return and 50% of the heating charge was refunded, I had not requested this and it was totally unexpected.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. The track to the villa is skimmed several times a year by the municipality and this keeps the track usable to cars which access the villas. I am glad you found all the information useful and the Welcome Pack enjoyable. I have sometimes arrived very late at the villa and there is enough in the pack to have a meal and breakfast the next day or if earlier just grab a beer and chill out by the pool! Caroline, the Property Manager, appears to have missed you on her routine visit to the villa. We do not provide a meet and greet service at the villa as the access codes are provided to guests prior to arrival and this gives them complete flexibility as to when they can arrive after 16:00 hours. I am pleased that Caroline was able to assist you through her telephone support and that she offered to accompany and support you on a non-villa related issue. The pool heat pump works well, but obviously, as you pointed out ambient conditions can be too cool by the end of October at night, which can then negate its efficiency and effectiveness.
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Villa Olivia

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at Villa Olivia. It is a spacious and well equipped villa with a beautiful pool and outside eating area - one of the nicest we have seen. The views over the surrounding countryside to the Adriatic are truly memorable. James gave us many excellent suggestions of places to eat and visit. The villa is perfectly located in this lovely part of Croatia to visit all the major sights of the region.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. I am delighted you had a good time and found the recommendations useful.
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Beautiful, spacious villa with fab pool and views

  • 4 of 5

We were seeking tranquillity, relaxation, a large pool, scenic views, and comfortable external dining/lounging areas. We were not disappointed.

The villa is situated on a bucolic & unmade road which winds through vineyards and has wonderful views across the vineyards and fields out to sea.

It is an attractive and well designed villa which has been fitted out with good quality/antique furniture. All rooms are spacious and even though we were a party of 7 adults/teens we never felt cramped.

It was a privilege to open the shutters every morning to reveal the wonderful view and step out into the total peace and quiet of the garden. This experience was matched at the end of most days with stunning sunsets over the sea - truly memorable and magnificent.

We ate locally at Agriturismo Jadruhi and Selo Mekisi, as well as in restaurants in Porec and Rovinj and the hilltop villages in Motovun and Groznjan. All the meals were very different but excellent. We visited beaches at Dajla and the waterfall and chasm walk at Pazin. We enjoyed visiting historic Porec and had a wonderful day in Venice, a 2.5 hours drive.

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Olivia and, if able, would award it 4.5 stars. The only reasons for not awarding 5 stars are; the proximity of the house to the road means that you are aware of the farm vehicles travelling up and down the road - which also causes a lot of dust, the position of the neighbouring villa unfortunately reduces privacy around the pool and external shower area, the lovely big bbq area could be better equipped, the single convection oven was insufficient for our needs and the fridge freezer was only just adequate, the master bedroom ensuite bathroom would benefit from a full, independent shower, and the external seating and lounging furniture was in need of repair/replacement.

The owners were fantastically responsive and informative throughout the entire process – from our initial enquiry and questions, through booking and payments, more questions and then in their response to queries whilst we were at the villa. The local representative was likewise very efficient, responsive and helpful. The security deposit was refunded within days of our return. All round excellent customer services.

In conclusion, Villa Olivia is a beautiful villa in a scenic and unique location. We would definitely want to return in the future and confidently recommend it to our family and friends and to anyone reading this review.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the villa. The track to the villa is screened by mature Oleanders bushes and is used occasionally by vineyard and olive grove owners to tend to their crops. As they are usually slow moving farm vehicles I am surprised at your comments of dust and in any case the pool areas is far enough away from the track to be of no consequence. I often have a chat or a wave with some of the vineyard owners as they pass slowly by - "dobar dan"! The villa is maintained to a high standard.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5.6 Kilometres
Konoba da Quinto - Vizinada Ferenci 44
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Bajkini: 1 km to fine wine producers - Marijan Arman, Franc Arman, Marino Rossi, Wolfgang & Waltrud Ernst

Vizinada: 2km grocery shops, family restaurants close by.

Motovun: Beautiful medieval hill top town in the Mirna Valley with fine restaurants.

Porec: 17km with boutiques, restaurants and water front promenade. Famous UNESCO world heritage site Eupharasius Basilica a 6th Century Christian mosaic in the centre of the town.

Novigrad: 17km with marina and some very good fish restaurants

Pula: 60km with one of the best preserved amphitheatres from 200AD.

The Istrian coastline is rocky and there are no sandy beaches but there are many opportunities to sunbath and swim in the clear Adriatic Sea. Good places to swim are: Zelena Laguna, which is south of Porec, about 30 mins by car from the villa, and there is also a water ski cable pull circuit there and modest priced restaurants on the coastal edge. More rural beaches can be found at Dajla north of Novigrad about 25 mins by car.

Other Activities: Fine Wines and Olive Oil, Superb Rustic Restaurants, wonderful hill walking, mountain biking, superb sailing

Golf: In August 2009, the World Class KEMPINSKI GOLF ADRIATIC Championship 18-hole Golf Course was opened. In a spectacular location only a few steps from the Adriatic Sea the facilities boast:

• Driving Range

• Putting and Chipping Area

• Golf Pro Shop

• Club House, Restaurant, Bar with a spectacular view toward Italy, Slovenia and the Austrian alps

• Golf Club

Just over half an hour by car away from Villa Olivia, the course has been built on a peninsular between Novigrad and Umag, where the clear Adriatic sea laps against the rocky coastline bordering the fairways and greens.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $388.35
Stay tax $0.91 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Heated Pool (supplement of £100 GBP per week if requested), normally not required between June and August.
Air Conditioning, broadband Wi-Fi and Visitor Registration Fee and Tourist Tax are included in Rental Fee.
The villa is built for all year round use. Air conditioning for the summer. Central heating, including under floor heating downstairs and open fire place in the lounge.
Please note that we do not normally accept rental bookings for 'Stag' and 'Hen' parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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