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17th Century Castle on Dalmatian island

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

4 bedroom 2 bathroom with sea and vineyard views in a village

Kastel Spanič is a unique Adriatic family house located on the Croatian island of Korčula. Recently restored to its original 1674 format. The house is designed for those wishing to enjoy the more traditional island way of life of a wine growing village. With beautiful views sea and vineyards it is removed from the tourist centres of the island. The closest beach is 1.4 km away, but isolated coves are all within easy reach as are excursions to other islands and inaccessible bays.

About Us

Alexander Paine
Cara Nekretnine
Alexander Paine, 9 Lower Grove Road
TW10 6HP London
Cara Nekretnine d.o., 08273208683
Company registered in Croatia: Seat: Kaštel Španić, , 20273, Ćara, Korćula, Croatia
VAT Reg No

Alexander Paine
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Croatian
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

About Alexander Paine

I am on the left of the photo. I am British and we live in London. We spent between 2001-2014 living in Bosnia and Slovenia. We bought the house in 2005 but only finished the restoration project in 2013, since then we have been doing the interior. We have only just put the house on the market - starting rather late in June 2016. This is our first year!

I work for a large development bank in London and work a lot in Eastern Europe. We have two kids and used to have a lovely old mongrel dog from Sarajevo. My wife and I both grew up in Italy and this project is a real "once in a lifetime".

Alexander Paine purchased this villa in 2005

Why Alexander Paine chose Čara

If you are seeking a stone dalmatian house then Kastel Spanič is a classic.

We have spent the last 6 years restoring the property under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture as it is a listed building and categorised as a National Monument.

The Bishop of Korčula built Kastel Spanič in 1674. With a dominant view over the Adriatic it served the purpose of providing advance notice of any sea borne threat as well as ensuring that the inhabitants of Čara paid their dues. The original fortifications still exist and include 16 firing ports or “gun loops” and four “bartizans” at each corner of the top room looking down on to the ground. The house is one of the island’s more important historical buildings. The Spanič family crest of three roses and mailed fist holding a sword still adorns the house.

Korčula is one of three islands that dominate the southern Adriatic coast of Croatia (the other two being Hvar and Brać). It is 46 kilometres in length, with good roads connecting its two ports of Korčula and Vela Luka to the mainland hubs of Split and Dubrovnik.

Trojans, Romans, Illyrians have been settling on the island on the Dalmatian coast since C12th BC. The Venetians held considerable sway over the island and Marco Polo is reputed to have come from the main town of Korčula. Korčula was the last outpost of the Venetian Empire for 200 years. Immediately to the south lies the Dubrovnik Republic.

What makes this villa unique

Čara, the village, is one of the oldest settlements on the island of Korčula and spreads out on the south slope of the surrounding hills, just above a large and fertile field called Čarsko Polje, famed for its Pošip white wine. Čara enjoys a lot of sunshine all year around, while at the same time enjoying a good sea breeze.

The house is designed for those wishing to enjoy the more traditional island way of life. You are surrounded by sea and vineyards and it is removed from the tourist centres of the island. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the small but unique village life of a wine growing community. Access to the sea is by car - with the closest swimming made of secret coves and small outcrops rarely accessed by most tourists. The local harbour town is 1.4 kilometres away with two restaurants and a coffee shop with wi-fi, and a great harbour wall to leap off. From here you can hire boats to farther outlying islets, secret inaccessible coves and near tropical beaches close to the island of Lastovo - Croatia’s farthest inhabited island before Italy.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Čara on Municipality of Korčula

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in shower
    Annex - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Regular shower cabinet
    Ground floor wc - Toilet , Small WC in sitting room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Annex - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed
    Kids - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The housekeeper will be looking after you. She will welcome you and lives close by in the village so can arrange for most requests. Her Dad is a fisherman so do ask for a large fish...if available.


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17th Century Castle on Dalmatian island
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Small castle with stunning view

  • 5 of 5

The property was even better than described by the owner - a 17th century Castel (small castle) with stunning sea view from the large terrace. The interior is beautifully decorated with antique style furniture, spacious and well equipped. The closest beach is few minutes away by car and the restaurant in Zavalatnica proposed by the owner was superb.

The wide stone walls keep the temperatures surprisingly cool, which together with the quietness of the village Cara was great for sleeping late in the mornings (even our two year old boy slept on average 2hrs longer than usual). We enjoyed Cara for its authenticity of a small Croatian coastal village - centric bar and grocery store are the key gathering points of the few local inhabitants. Unfortunately we left just before the week of 25 July, during which we were told the traditional days of Cara (vine tasting, local music, etc.) attract people from all over Korcula as well as tourists.

We stayed for an entire week which passed too quickly and will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we are glad you enjoyed your stay!! Alex
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Stunningly restored 17th century castle

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this stunning castle last year before it was officially on the books. The position was wonderful away from the noise. There is a local supermarket just below the castle where you can get nearly all provisions including wine!! It was clean well maintained and the customer service was excellent. One local restaurant in Pupnat called Mate is absolutely excellent. There are lots of lovely places to visit and the island itself is stunning with the most amazing clean sea. I would highly recommend to anyone for a stunning holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!!
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Local Cafe
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Vela Luka/Korcula
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1.4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The island produces mainly white wine. Cara is at the centre of the production of Pošip. This is an indigenous white wine grape that is primarily grown in Cara and Smokvica.

14th-century votive church of Our Lady of the Čara Field reliefs depicting scenes from the life of the Madonna. These are Nottingham alabaster reliefs that washed up on the shores during crusader times

The island is famous for its dancing: The best known of these dances is Moreška which has been performed for more than four hundred years and which probably originates from Spain). We think there is a connection between the Moreška and Morris Dancing…both of which involve weapons and likely to describe the struggle against the Moores.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Čara, Dalmatian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Season 2018 (1)
16 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season 2018 (2)
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Stay tax 0.8% per night. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival.
Tax Rate 13.0%

The house is owned by a Croatian company. all payments will come and need to be paid to the company bank account in Croatia. Transaction costs need to be met by payer. Invoices will also come from the company.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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