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Villa With Pool in stunning country, only 20 Mins to the Sea, free wi fi

Bedrooms 7
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Villa close to Motovun,Visinada,Buzet,Buje, Porec,Rovinj,Umag, Pazin

Large stone house in a tranquil village with spectacular views. The peninsular of Istria is a gem on the scale of Cornwall but with a Mediterranean climate. Set among vineyards and Olive groves in central Istria the house has views across open country with the church spires of other villages dotting the landscape. Sitting in the middle of its own grounds the completely restored south facing house has gardens with shady walnuts, figs and vines surrounding the 12 metre, heated, overflowing pool with summer house and sunbathing terraces. Local restaurants serve Istrian truffles with steak or fusilli, farm dried hams, sheeps cheese, wild boar with pasta, raw fish and beef carpaccio as well as sea food caught daily and fantastic local wines. You can spend the morning by the pool and drive to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic for the afternoon. On the way home it is worth making a diversion to the restaurants of Oprtalj, Motovun or Groznjan.

Gordana Fox
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, German, Croatian
Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2017

About Gordana Fox

We are a family of 4 living in Muswell Hill London. I am British and Gordana is Croatian born and bred in Zagreb.

Our daughter graduated Spanish and English and is working in a PR company in London. Our son is graduating at Bristol Universit this summer. We have a retriever Oscar who loves the house and the garden.

Gordana Fox purchased this villa in 2002

Why Gordana Fox chose Istria

Istria is more cosmopolitan than Dalmatia due to it's history under Italian and Venetian rule. This is reflected in the cuisine and the nature of the people whose friendly and hospitable character has made the Porec riviera the busiest tourist resort in Croatia Down on the coast is a bustling tourist area with all facilities you could want. In the evening you can return to the peace of the country. At 1200 feet, the house has open views and cooler less humid air than the coast.

What makes this villa unique

Most villas in Croatia are newly built in a style with arches and terraces which you can find in every Mediterranean country from Greece to Spain. We have renovated a traditional Istrian farm whose architecture is typical of the area with it's flat front and well proportioned openings. This had the added benefit of an established garden with mature figs, walnuts and cherries which can be grazed in the season.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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 Grosjnan, and to Rovinj + Red Island by boat.
Dec 2003
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Fantastic holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday staying at this spectacular villa. From its generous proportions to the massive pool and beautiful gardens it more than exceeded our expectations. The countryside is stunning and the surrounding villages and towns are well worth exploring. I would strongly recommend this villa and would definitely consider returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday in gorgeous villa

  • 5 of 5

Having had several holidays abroad with my children, staying at this villa has been by far the best as it is situated in a peaceful, rural location. With unspoilt countryside and breath-taking views, the villa is in a small hamlet surrounded by woods, wild meadows and farmland. The house is luxurious , beautifully presented, and set in a very large attractive garden with a huge swimming pool. The bedrooms are modern with very comfortable beds and the living room has the original wooden beams - all most attractive. The sea is only a 20-minute drive away, food is reasonably priced and there are some good restaurants nearby with the local delicacy - truffles!

For history lovers there are many interesting sites, such as the amphitheatre at Pula, and we particularly enjoyed a visit to the Brijuni Islands; a national park half-an-hour by boat from the coast which had a number of attractions including stunning Roman ruins and a safari park. Another delightful trip is Motovun where we saw the brightly-coloured parachute of a paraglider drifting on the warm air, and we were higher than the birds which soared below, as we sat sipping drinks in a bar next to the thick ancient walls overlooking the valley as we watched the evening sun going down.

There was an option at the villa for a private chef which we tried, and it was one of the highlights of our holiday. After drinks on the terrace overlooking the pool and garden, we sat down to a delicious Istrian meal made from local produce. By now all of us, including the twins simply adored the local truffle pasta and to our delight, Mariella and her team served this truly special dish with the added assurance that the truffles had been sourced by her brother that very morning! What fun it must be to go truffle hunting with the locals who go with their dogs (some hunt with pigs). For the gastronomic, this holiday would be worth it for that alone, but we just loved all of it, everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Holiday Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb time in this villa in Mocitada. The pool is a wonderful asset and kept our party of ten occupied for a lot of the time. The facilities are all in good working order and the house was gorgeous. We went to the top balcony and watched a thunderstorm roll in one night. Great stuff. There are lots of interesting places to visit, including Motovun and many good sites along the coast for sun bathing or swimming in the sea. Food is cheap.

As keen wildlife enthusiasts, all of us were stunned at the wildlife (or biodiversity, if you want to sound up-to-date). We saw an amazing selection of big and beautiful insects (all harmless). This included many different types of bush-crickets, coneheads and the very strikingly marked ‘bandit’. We also saw a couple of praying mantids and some bright red fire bugs.

Many different types of bright green chafers can be seen flying to and fro in the daytime. These harmless beetles are stunning, but very dopey.

At the back of the villa, up the small farm track, is a classic example of a meadow. It is full of plants you won’t see in England. I presume this is because it is farmed without machinery or fertiliser input. What you find there is a riot of colour.

I would suggest you plan what lights have on in the evening. Many insects are attracted to light so a good way to stop them getting in the house is switch the house lights off in you are sitting outside for the evening, or at least keep the door shut.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday in a great villa.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 12 ( 6 parents and 6 young adults) who stayed in this villa last week. The villa was lovely with a very big pool and large garden area. It is set in the picturesque counrtyside of Istria where there are many walking paths and lots of cycling. The Paranzana is an old railway line and you can walk for miles on it. The food was excellent. This part of Istria is undiscovered but beautiful - reminiscent of Tuscany without the tourists - but very peaceful and very cheap to visit. It is also surrounded by lovely, old villages. There was a jazz festival on in Groznjan and a film festival in Motovan - both lovely towns - and the sea is never far away. I would recommend this holiday for relaxation and for outdoor pursuits.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £427

Booking Notes:
There is a non - returnable deposit of 20% of the total rental at booking. The balance to be paid 2 months before departure. You should arrange your own cancellation insurance.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferable changeover day. In the low season can be arranged on different day.

2months before holiday

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Općina Karojba, Croatia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 3 bathrooms all with showers and one with a bath and a shower Additional shower and separate WC by the pool.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 15 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are 7 bedrooms, 2 family rooms which sleep 3 each, 2 doubles, 2 twins and 1 single.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: There is full oil central heating which makes the house very cosy out of season. It is in wonderful walking and cycling country, on farm tracks which weave between the vineyards and provide romantic views of the distant villages and churches. Children and pets are welcome. The top floor is barn style with massive beams and original terracotta ceiling tiles. At night the stars are brilliant and there is the silence of deep country where distant church bells carry on the night air. Outside: The 12m x 6m overflowing pool can be heated for visits in spring and autumn and is fully equipped with covers and a child safety net which can be erected if needed. The summer house has a barbeque, W.C. shower and mini kitchen with small fridge.There are shady terraces in the front and back of the house which looks out over the pool and gardens. Utility Room: There is a washing machine and ironing board with an iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Best quality cotton bedlinen and towels included as well as swimming towels. Weekly cleaning and change of bedlinen and towels. Other: The house has exclusive use of the pool, summer house and sunbathing terraces.The patio in front of the house has tables and chairs for 15 people to eat al fresco.

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