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Peaceful Seclusion In This Beautiful Traditional Istrian Stone Villa.



Updated: 14-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Spacious Villa With Large Swimming Pool And Garden.

Little Oaks is a traditional Istrian stone house built 8 years ago using reclaimed oak and old terracotta floor tiles. It is situated an easy 30 minute drive from Pula airport in the small hamlet of Draguzeti. A totally private villa with no overlooking neighbours and set in large gated grounds.

Upstairs the Master bedroom has a large en suite bathroom with a large bath and shower, open fireplace and verandah over looking the pool with a distant sea view. The other upstairs double bedroom (twin beds) has an en suite shower room and a verandah with similar views.

Downstairs is incredibly spacious. The third bedroom located on the ground floor has two single beds with ample room for either an additional single bed or cot to be placed (available on request). The room opens up onto the garden patio and an ensuite bathroom with a shower.

The living space on the ground floor is open plan featuring a kitchen area with large oak topped island, modern units with dishwasher, large fridge freezer, microwave, smaller fridge and modern oven and hob. There is also a walk in larder allowing for plenty of storage. On this floor there is a separate utility room with a washing machine, tumble drier and additional toilet/sink area.

The living area features a traditional stone fire place. dining table and chairs and a comfortable leather sofa. This room leads through, via a stone archway, to the lounge featuring another large stone fireplace. This room is well furnished with further sofas and armchairs, including a double sofa bed, coffee table and traditional desk. There is a TV and DVD player with a good selection of DVD's kept in the villa at all times and a large array of books!

All ground floor rooms have French windows opening out onto the gardens and pool areas.

On the paved terrace outside the kitchen a large ceramic and iron table is brilliant for entertaining and evening BBQ!! a covered terrace outside the lounge houses a smaller table and chairs providing some shade (great for children!). The stone built BBQ area with sink and preparation area is conveniently located a short distance from the kitchen and terrace. Adding to the character of the property there is a traditional Croatian Kajun adjacent to the BBQ!

The swimming pool with Roman steps is 10 by 5 metres. Situated 5 metres from the sun terrace outside the lounge it sits beautifully within the large garden. The paths and garden wrap themselves around the house complete with ample parking (would easily park 4-5 cars!). The whole complex comprising 3400 square metres is surrounded by stone walls with inset lights adding to the ambience.

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About the Owner

Helen Hemming
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, No phone calls unless English is spoken, please.
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
14 April, 2017

About Helen Hemming

Professional couple with grown up children living in Devon.

Helen Hemming purchased this villa in 2005

Why Helen Hemming chose Istria

Fell in love with the region of Istria and found this property in the process of being built allowing us to have input in the final stages of design.

What makes this villa unique

Total privacy and relaxation

10 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect family holiday at Little Oaks. It felt so serene, but all the attractions of the region were still easy to access. Istria at its best!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodation in a secluded paradise

  • 5 of 5

Little Oaks is a beautiful well maintained villa in a secluded part of the Istrian countryside. As a family group of 5, with 2 young children, it was everything we had hoped for. The pool was a particular favourite - big enough for a real swim but small enough to be safe for the children. The house was clean, spacious with very comfortable en-suite bedrooms and well appointed kitchen and living area. The weather was very hot so we ate outside for most meals, made all the more enjoyable by the shade from the Oak trees overlooking the patio., There's lots to do in the area - zip line in Pazin, aqua park in Porec, boat trips, sunsets, beautiful seaside villages in Rabac and Novigrad together with wonderful mountain scenery. All in all a wonderful holiday with wonderful accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and it was such a relaxing retreat for us. Lovely, quiet and relaxing. The villa is far enough away for peace and quiet but not too far that you couldn't get shopping or pop into town to explore. Well situated to reach nearby towns and villages for dinner, exploring and seaside (you will need a car but it's only a short drive to reach places). Property very clean and well looked after with beautiful gardens and pool. Would definitely go again, we had a lovely time and we didn't want to go back to work!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks with our friends and their 3 children at Little Oaks. This villa is special and exceeded all of our expectations. It is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. The large secure gardens are maintained in excellent condition, with the piece de resistance, the lovely pool which provided us with hours and hours of enjoyment.

The secluded location allowed us all to fully relax without any concerns about the noise that 3 young children can make. The design and layout of the villa and grounds means that both sun and shade are always available which kept everyone happy.

If travelling from the UK during peak holiday periods I would recommend considering fly/drive. We drove all the way and the traffic, on the Saturday, through Germany, Austria and Slovenia was horrendous. Was it worth it? Certainly was. After a warm welcome from Natasa and a look round the villa the journey was forgotten. Within minutes of arriving the children were in the pool and we were relaxing on the terrace with a glass of wine. A perfect beginning to one of our best ever holidays.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always thrilled to hear that our guests have had a wonderful holiday and that they loved Little Oaks as much as we do. I would agree with the comments about travelling - I know that a few of our guests had very tedious journeys this year, due to very heavy traffic on the road.
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beautiful house in a peaceful rural setting

  • 4 of 5

Spacious well equipped house with complete privacy.Large pool ideal for cooling off.Local pizzeria fantastic.House was further from the coast then we expected, but we had a hire car.An ideal property for a get away from it all experience.Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic Istria 😄

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a wonderful two weeks in Little Oaks. The house is simply beautiful ... Very spacious with lots of shady places to enjoy the gorgeous weather. My favourite place was in the covered veranda, just a few yards from the pool. The pool is large, shallow, clean and well maintained. The garden is huge - big enough for a good game of frisbee when the heat allowed - and packed with life. We saw house martins, spotted woodpecker, jay, hoopoe, goldfinch, collared dove, bats and a fabulous big hare all in the garden itself!

Natasha looked after us well, buying us provisions for our late arrival on Sunday evening and visiting regularly (but unobtrusively) . Any down sides? The internet was slightly temperamental, affected by the weather (I think). The house is remote, and so wonderfully quiet, and a car is an absolute must.

The area is great ... With such a gorgeous pool we didn't swim in the sea a lot. We zip lined across the chasm in Pazin, went hang gliding

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your sparkling review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your holiday in our beautiful Istrian villa.
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From the Owner

Fell in love with the region of Istria and found this property in the process of being built allowing us to have input in the final stages of design.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pula is 30 minutes drive from the Villa at 40 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Umag is 20 minutes away at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lim Fjord is 10 minutes drive at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

The nearby village of Sveti Lovrec has many facilities including a wonderful pizzeria, grocery shop and cafe. The coastal towns all situated within easy driving distance (Porec, Vsar, Rovinj) have a wide variety of historical and coastal entertainments.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Season
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

PLease be aware that a Tourist Tax is payable locally in Kanfanar. This is currently 1 euro per person per day. Our housekeeper will take passport details so that she can register you online.

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Updated: 14-Apr-2017


From the Owner

Total privacy and relaxation

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Master Ensuite - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • All bathrooms have heated towel rails and radiators. They are fully tiled with twin wash basins upstairs and single downstairs. Powerful showers in all bathrooms and a large bath in the master en suite.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Can be made into 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms have double wardrobes (2 upstairs), dressing tables and bedside cabinets. Vaulted ceilings and doors opening onto the verandahs (downstairs opens onto the patio). Babies cot or extra single bed is available on request.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...


  • Please ask for any additional information/requirements. Welcome pack on arrival. Our property manager who speaks good English is available daily to answer any queries.

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