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Stone Villa with Private Pool offers comfort and relaxation in the Istrian land



Updated: 21-Sep-2016
Villa Barbara - near Porec/Rovinj - Tranquil Location, Ideal For Family And Couples! On Easy Reach to all POI

In a very quiet area, at the edge of a small Istrian village, the villa provides privacy for your family, a peaceful and safe, a comfort place in the Istrian land of calming greenery. Yet, from this relaxing getaway, on easy reach, you may feel spirit of Istrian historic sites, enjoy the culture events, experience the taste of local food and wine.

The closest airport is in Pula (40min) and airports in Trieste (1:30h) and Venezia (2h drive away from villa), open even more options in planning your holiday.

Renewed in old style with traditional materials - stone and wood. It has a private, south facing, swimming pool of 32sqm in front of the house just a few steps from the covered terrace and summer kitchen-BBQ so that pool area is easily overlooked from the house and garden. The villa is centrally placed in the big garden with a lot of greenery and few cherry trees which provide the natural shadow around the villa in a hot summer time. The villa is built with large stone blocks and contains large open space in the ground floor and three double bedrooms on the first floor. All the rooms upstairs have the air-condition but usually it is not needed as the wide solid stone walls keeps the heat outside. The barbeque has a lot of place to prepare the dinner and it is placed close to an unique garden table made of a big stone plate with heavy iron chairs around.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Louise and I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Istria. The villa Barbara is very beautiful, very spacious and is appointed to a very high standard. The villa is situated in an idyllic, peaceful rural area, yet within twenty minutes of the sea, and it is ideally placed for touring. The maintenance of the villa and grounds was excellent. We would recommend villa without any reservation at all.Peter and Luise

We all thoroughly enjoyed the tranquillity and privacy of the countryside...Villa Barbara is a luxurious stone built house with a fantastic pool, outside bbq and wood oven area, stone walled gardens... The beds were very comfortable and meant we slept well and for a long time with the shutters keeping the daylight at bay... Highly recommended!The philip family

..We also enjoyed the village of St Lorenzo with its medieval ruins,cobbled streets and excellent pizza at the restaurant.. Villa Barbara is a perfect getaway to relax and unwind!Mr and Mrs Pilbeam

...We had a great week, and could not be happier about the accommodation that you offered:). You have a lovely house, very well equipped, and a beautiful garden around it, not to mention the pool; our favourite! Sari

...We enjoyed the peace and quiet, and the swimming pool of course, but we found many interesting and beautiful places to visit within a 30-minute drive. We enjoyed the hilltop towns, especially Grosjnan and Motovun, which were rich in history but not yet spoiled by over-development or too many tourists. A special highlight was the trip back from Motovun on the scenic route (via Kramask) with the best views of the whole trip. Nick
Jun 2004
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13 Reviews

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  • 5 of 5

The villa location was perfect for us, and the swimming pool was great, the barbecue area was fantastic. The accommodation inside was delightful, it was well equipped. This villa is the jewel in the crown. Thank you Goran for the wine left for us all and for a perfect holiday

Regards Dawn and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dawn, thank you for your stay.We are all happy to hear about your good experience in Istria. Wish you all the best Goran
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High quality villa in peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful location opposite one other villa. Absolutely spotlessly clean and maintained. Pool is fab, salt water system so no harsh chemicals which was fab for children. The car could be kept cool in the car port, the b&q area was excellent with an additional pizza oven and bar. Several sitting areas to choose from and free wifi. Satellite tv but no English channels found other than news but not a problem as there is a DVD player there. Kitchen highly equipped...Goran very helpful on booking and provided all the assistance we asked for. a car would be essential for groceries etc as nothing within easy walking distance. Cannot fault this place, would love to return and have not hesitated in recommending this fantastic villa. Had a very relaxing holiday there, thank you. (If exiting to Austria dont go via huge border queues at Tieste, take road into Motovun, very scenic route and the most rural border control I've ever seen, we were the only car there!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful villa located in tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

Villa Barbara exceeded all our expectations I'm happy to say. Although quite remote and having to drive everywhere we found the location excellent and found beautiful beaches and places to visit within a short distance.The villa itself is lovely and furnished tastefully and to a very high standard. We enjoyed many evenings having bbqs and sitting among the cherry trees with only the sound of the birds to amuse us. Goran was incredibly helpful to us from the time of planning our holiday right through to our departure, and we really appreciated the wine and snacks that were there on our arrival as we arrived late in the evening. We hope to return to this beautiful part of Croatia and would recommend it to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi B we are happy to hear that you enjoyed in Istria. Thank you for your stay! Best wishes to all. Goran
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Lovely Villa

  • 4 of 5

Lovely villa with very good helpful owner

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, thank you for chosing our villa. I wish you had more sun in Istria this time. Kind regards to everyone
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Lovely Villa, with relaxing surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night, and very much appreciated the snacks left in the fridge by Goran. The beautiful Villa was very well equipped and everything was thought of for our comfort. The pool was a little cold to enjoy fully, but if we had gone later in the year I am sure we would have used it fully. We enjoyed just relaxing around the Villa listening to the birds, but also found it well placed for visiting all the many towns and hilltop villages.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ruth, I am glad you enjoyed your holiday in Istria and that we had a chance to help around. Thank you for choosing our villa. Best wishes, Goran
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Wonderful property in gorgeous garden

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday in Villa Barbara. Goran the owner, couldn't have been more helpful. He got back to all our emails and queries in the weeks and months leading up to our visit and was so helpful while we were there.

The villa is situated in a secluded and peaceful location with no neighbours overlooking you. You need a car to visit shops, restaurants and villages nearby but we had the chance to explore the stunning villages and towns within 20-30 minutes of the villa.

Lovely open plan kitchen and dining room, decent sized bedrooms and very clean.

Thank you so much for making us welcome Goran. We had a fantastic holiday. Gem, Will and Nye

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gemma, I am so glad you had a good time and enjoyed your holiday in Istria and our villa. It encourages us to keep going in providing facilities and service that fits to our guest expectation. Best wishes Goran
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pula. Alternatives are: Trieste/Venezia (1,5h) at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : San Lorenzo, Sveti Lovreč at 6 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Extra services may be requested (cattering,chef, sailing, visits of special interest..). We provide the information and contact details if you would like to get help in tailoring your day...just make a wish.


The villa is 30 min drive away from beaches in Vrsar, Funtana and Porec. Several fine beaches lie along the Vrsar's coastline.



Pula airport - distance 40 mins car drive

Trieste in Italy - distance 1hr 30 mins car drive

Venezia - distance 2h 30 min car drive. From Venezia you can arrive in Porec harbor on boat in less then 1h.

Porec and Rovinj large touristic towns with ports to Venice(Italy) or Briuni Islands.

The car rental is essential.


If however, you would like to spend the day or night exploring the Istria you will find that Villa Barbara is placed on easy reach to every point of your wish. Sv. Lovrec (7km) or Kanfanar (10km) offer basic shops, a post office, bankomat, cafes. Just a few minutes drive away several 'konobas' (typical country inns) will welcome you with domestic fresh food and local wine. Porec, Rovinj, Motovun are on 30 minutes drive distance.Venice is on very easy reach by boats (2h) for a daily visits.

Further Details:

The villa is ideally placed for touring and sightseeing.

The closest bars, grocery shop, restaurant etc. in Sv.Lovrec 5 min car drive.

The Brijuni Islands, a small archipelago famous as a National Park. Access to this beautiful conservation area is strictly controlled with boat trips available only from Pula and Fazana.

Rovinj is one of the most developed seaside resorts in Croatia, offering a whole range of visitor opportunities in a picturesque ambience of the ancient town, surrounded by luxuriant pine forests.

The nearby Limski Kanal, a slender, tree-lined fjord is without doubt one of the most scenic sights in Istria. Cutting a deep swathe inland from the coast, its sparkling, aquamarine waters are designated a marine reserve and produce some of the freshest oysters, mussels and fish in Croatia.

Dvigrad castle, constructed in the 11th century close to a slender, south-facing limestone outcrop, was abandoned in the 17th century due to a pest outbreak. Nowadays only the ruins remain of one of Istria's most famous hallmarks, but it still dominates the Lemme channel, the plain below and the limestone crag opposite.Dvigrad is a well-preserved and very atmospheric historical monument evoking images of a colourful and lively past and well worth a visit.

Vrsar (18km) is a pretty Roman, hilltop town dominated by an eighteenth century castle where classical music concerts are held in the summer months. Just below the town there is a bustling marina and quayside with various local shops and cafés.

Pula on the southern tip of the peninsula is Istria's capital. More than 3000 years old, established by Romans, the city and rich evidence of their presence remains including the Forum, a triumphal archway, the Temple of Augustus and an immense amphitheatre near the port. Built in the first century BC the amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world and one of the three best preserved. Regular classical, opera and pop concerts are held there each summer.


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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day in mid-high season set on Sunday. Preferred arrival after 3pm and departure by 10am, but call if difficult.

Notes on prices:
The price includes all the cost for the cleanings, bed linen and towels, gas, electricity, watter, tourist tax, registration fee, firewood. The mobile phone is provided for your use in case the need to contact the owner or property manager. WiFi enabled access to Internet over wireless 3G included in the price.

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Family


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


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 160 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, en-suite
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, two room shared
  • Ground flour: Separate wc. First floor: 1 en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wc, bidet. The second bathroom with shower, wc, bidet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedr.1:King size double bed (180X200cm) Bedr.2 & 3:Two single beds (90x 200cm) All rooms, with windows to the south with view to the garden and pool, have air condition and are equipped with quality mattress and wooden furniture.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The Villa Barbara has the groundfloor with one open space with inside walls made of big stone blocks. It consists of the solid built kitchen, fully equipped and large massive wooden table to accomodate six people. On the opposite side there is a sofa and is close to the open fireplace which is made of massive stone blocks. Utility room and one toilet is found on the groundfloor as well. Wide stairs leads up to the first floor. 1sr floor has three bedrooms of ~12-15sqm. All bedrooms have the massive wooden beds, the small table, the chair and the mirror. All of them has aircondition. The master bedroom has en-suite shower room and others share the second shower room. Car rental essential. Private parking secured inside the property. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but only outdoor. Outside: Your family will enjoy 1000sq meters of the garden with cherry trees and an olive around the house. The Villa Barbara is suitable for children but one must be supervised around the pool area. Private swimming pool with ceramic tiles is 8m x 4m size with 1.2 -1.8m deep. It has automatic watter cleaning system of the highest standard. Wooden sun beds are easy to move around the pool or even to shift on the grass and under the shadow of the cherry tree. Large summer kitchen just a few steps from the house and pool. It has two fire places (BBQ) to prepare the grill or „peka“ and you will be provided with woods and coil to prepare your own meals. While you prepare the dinner your party can watch sitting on the stone bar chairs and enjoy the coctels in the covered summer kitchen. In front of the villa there is a covered terrace with table. Behind the house there is covered parking lot. The villa is walled, fenced, standalone and just 150m away from villagers so to feel comfortable and safe. Utility Room: Utility room on the ground floor has washing machine, an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, bath and pool towel sets are provided for your use. The villa is cleaned once a week at change over. The pool is cleaned with automatic salt cleaning system of the high standard and also manually cleaned and checked twice a week.

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