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

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


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
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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 Municipality of Karojba

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Municipality of Karojba in Istria County

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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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Villa With Pool in stunning country, only 20 Mins to the Sea, free wi fi
average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews

great opportunity to stay a very calm and pleasant place

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Gordana's villa is a very cosy place. I sorely appreciate the good berth of the villa on the skirts of a tiny Croatian village. Thanks for the very exhaustive informations about the surrondings so we could find outstanding places to have a meal and make a trip. The rooms in the villa are very tidy and the kitchen very well-equipped so much as the pool area. So, we had a great holiday in Gordana's place.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 18-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 30-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 04-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Istria has a beautiful coastline all around and it is all within an hours drive. Porec the nearest port and marina is a 20 minute drive with beautiful clean beaches. Our favourite is Zelena Laguna [Green lagoon]. It has pine trees which come almost to the waters edge with grass for sunbathing in between. The water is crystal clear and there are numerous fresh fish restaurants, a marina and coffee bars within walking distance. Also, waterskiing, sailing, pedalos and boat trips to the islands.


Ryanair flies direct to Pula which will give a transfer of just 40 minutes to the house, also to Rijeka (Krk island) 1 hour drive. Ryanair from Stansted to Trieste (1,5 hour drive). Also Ryanair or Easyjet to Venice (2,5hrs), Easyjet to Ljubljana (2hrs) and daily hydrofoils from Venice to Porec which is 17 km from our house (


There are restaurants at Jadruhi, Spinovci, Motovun and Visnjan all within a 5 or 10 minute drive. Mocitada is really a collection of farm houses. Many farms in Istria will sell wine, olive oil and grappa. The nearest shop for fresh bread and provisions is in Karojba which is 5 minutes drive. Motovun with its castle, church and Venetian square where al fresco meals can be taken under the ancient chestnut trees is a 10 minute drive.

Further Details:

There are many agro tourism farms close by. To qualify for this designation the farm must be serving home grown produce. They provide fabulous fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, ham, cheese, wild boar and home made pasta. Agrotourism Tikel at Spinovci is only a 20 minute walk and food is served on a terrace on the edge of the Mirna valley with beautiful views of Motovun and beyond. Agrotourism Jadruhi is 10 min drive with fabulous food and wine. Borgonja in Visnjan has good selection of local dishes at reasonable prices and lovely garden to sit in on hot evenings. Mondo in Motovun has local dishes with a twist,especially good carpacios, home made pate and pastas with truffels.There are many good fish restaurants in Porec such as St Nicolas and Dvi Murve.The nearest ATM is in Visnjan.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £438.23

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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.