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Pula-secluded ancient stone holiday villa/5 bed/gardens/ large pool/10 mins sea, - CAVE ROMANA SLEEPS UP TO 11

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking





1 master bedroom with king size bed.

1 bedroom with double bed.


1 master bedroom with king size bed.

1 bedroom with 3 single beds .

1 bedroom with 2 single bed/ or 1 double.

Travel cot for baby.

Mosquito nets fitted.

Linen and towel supplied


2 bathrooms with shower

1 full size washing machine


1 bathroom with shower

1 small size washing machinge


butcher's mozzie zapper

stainless kitchen.


large fridge/freezer


kettle etc.


butcher's mozzie zapper,stainless kitchen,cooker gas and elec,large fridge/freezer,microwave,dishwasher,kettle etc.


large washing machine.


smaller washing machine.

Iron, needle and cotton, shoe brushes/


Lounge/dining room/ kitchen.

treble sofa, double sofa, single chair.stone dining table leather chairs,wood burning stove, aircon, wifi,ipod dock,good amp and speakers, DVD,TV hdmi enalbled.

Ping pong table under cover

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About the property

Quiet stone house with pool.11

This secluded, ancient comfortable 5 bedroom holiday house is hidden away in 2000 sqm of gardens, with a large pool. 20 minutes from Pula airport it is located ten minutes from lively seaside village of Pescana Uvana, or quiet beaches along the clear Adriatic. Or fifteen minutes to the historic Roman Town of Pula, dating from the time of Jason and the Argonauts, with its wonderful daily market of local vegetables fish and meat, its many restaurants, bars, and café society.

GETTING THERE: Pula airport is very well served by many airline. 20 minutes from house. Check with https://www.skyscanner.net/ and tip..then book DIRECT

With the airline!! Using incognito window.

The property sleeping up to 11 is laid out on as two apartments, and is ideal for a larger group, or two families travelling together with a degree of privacy, although the downstairs is preferred for main meals..

DOWNSTAIRS there is airconned lounge, kitchen and eating areas, inside and out.

There is excellent SMS connection, wifi is ok, tv, dvd, good sound system with ipod connection. A main king sized bedroom, a small double bedded room, with adjoining shower room, with a small washing machine.

UPSTAIRS has a basic kitchen with cot and baby chair. The airconned bedroom has three single beds, and adjoining shower room with washing machine.

The master bedroom has a kingsized bed, and the smaller room a standard double, or twin singles as required. They adjoin a shower room.

OUTSIDE the patio has ping pong and some quiet spots for coffee or sunbathing. Or walk through to the soukh to overlook the pool.

The large stone pool(8x6mx140cm) is cradled in the rock of the garden adjoining magical woods.

It has a bar, breakfast table, sound system and glitter ball.

There is room for badminton.

EATING OUT: we are lucky to have some excellent local restaurants, and a very nice beach bar to watch he sunset from, see book.

SHOPPING.Apart from the marvelous daily market, there are many excellet supermarkets, and shops, Bauhaus, Lidl, Konzum, Kauffland, Billa.

CONCIERGE: Josip is our man on the ground and is there to make you comfortable and the house the way you want it. He is a fine artist and you can see his work on display by the Golden Gate. He is happy to do some chauffeuring with his VW bus.

BEACHES: Pescana is very lively with beach bars restaurants and rubber boats etc. endless quiet beaches also.

HOUSEBOOK; there is a Housebook with some suggestions for your stay.

GETTING ABOUT; wheels are recommended, bikes super, with lots of special routes and can be delivered for your arrival. Car rental has become very affordable.

More info and pics on www. Caveromana.com

Film: cave youtube film https://youtu.be/GOmb3xH_1gw

Google Earth

Earth/Satnav lat 44d50'38.72"N lon 13d51'35.51' E.

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Property Manager
Chris Ridley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Polish, all via google translate.
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Chris Ridley

We discovered this lovely place in 2004. It was a magical ruin. We have used traditional materials and skills where we can, overlaid with the best of modern materials where we had to, to make it comfortable. The work goes on and is never finished. Latest addition is a copper porch, a changed soukh cover (the lovely NATO canopy was blown away) and a water harvesting set up.

In spite of the challenges there is always a delight in returning to the house with its profound Karma, and peace.

Chris Ridley purchased this villa in 2004

Why Chris Ridley chose Istria

If you prefer a traditional stone house, upgraded and comfortable, that is quiet and not overlooked, with a large pool, bar, aircon, good sounds, set next to a primordial wood. set in 2000 sqm of garden with barbecue. it has good Karma, and is very relaxing. from patio to souk to terrace there are many shady places to be comfy in.

With this rent you get the benefit of the whole property just for yourself in small group up to four. using the lower apartment.or up to eleven for the whole property

Our immediate neighbour offers a 4 bed apartment 40m from he house, apply for details.

What makes this villa unique

The essence of Cave Romana is seclusion and some sort of historical connection to an earlier time through its use of stone and the surrounding primeval woods. You can see the cuts in the stone made by slaves thousands of years ago, for this was one of five caves of white stone that was used to build Venice and the Coliseum iin Rome.

People have said they enjoyed the many shady spots where they can watch the fun without hearing it!

The Croatian people are very practical and friendly.Excellent safe city. wonderful daily market for local veg,fruit, fish and meal. food festivals with the best farm cured products on certain days. Many Roman events and cafe society, restaurants.

As the map shows surrounded by sea, and we are lucky to have two outstanding restaurants very close. one Routier type, and the other where the Mayor eats. bit more special, make their own bread and and traditional dishes, see the House Book. We have naturist beaches and a wonderful national park about 8 km away. I love the little plane flights from local airfield

Guestbook comments from the manager

KEVIN 2013

Hi Chris

Firstly, thank you very much for the stay, it was nothing short of an exceptional villa, we loved the place, and Pula too.

VERA 2011

Thank you for renting usCave Romana - it was absolutely perfect for a family reunion.

We will talk about that table for years to come - fantastic how we could all fit round it and all talk to each other at the same time

(well, nearly all - not having a common language).

SALLY 2011

Hey Chris!

Just wanted to say Thank you. We all had a wonderful holiday staying at Cave Romana.

What a wonderful, rustic, personalised holiday home. Much better than the dull holiday lets we've stayed in previously.

We all enjoyed Croatia and the area we were in, with a good help from the weather too and can see how you fell in love with the place.

Thank you again and you never know we may be back, especially when the baby is older.
Mar 2006
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Booking Notes:
Rental costs in euros. refundable 500€ damage deposit charged and repaid automatically after visit 7 days paid by owners direct if all is well.
Balance completed 40 days before arrival. .
I will contact you for the visitor tax close to arrive to be paid to the Croatian government, based on age and nights.
Then Josip borrows your passports for an hour and that is that.
Per day
AGE 0-12 0 (0 kn)
AGE 12-18 (3.50 kn} x days
AGE 18+ (7.00 kn) x days

Changeover Day:
Flexible by arrangement, generally subject to flight days. Tuesdays can be cheaper.
departure day 10.30 possession 3.30 but we try to work around flight times and
the need to clean this large house when possible.

Notes on prices:
It is possible to rent the lower apartment for four people sole occupancy outside the high season. During the summer holidays we always charge the full whole villa rental price.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vintijan in Općina Medulin

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please keep noise down after 1130 in pool area. elderly neighbours poorly.
  • Fires only in BBQ areas please. woods very flammable.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Safe place for teenagers with good night life. Hidden away and tranquil. Pula town is great for evening strolls with restaurants, bars, cafe society wonderful produce at daily market. In the summer there is generally something going on in town, eg Roman Week, or performances at the Arena. Nature reserve at Kamenjak 8 km. Our man Josip meets you and is there to help. We offer the Cave Romana Essentials handbook to save precious holiday time. Linen and towels included but please bring big beach towels. Cleaned weekly on two week lets. Outside: stone pool, 8m x 7m, 1.50cm with sun loungers and lit at night. Barbecue. ample space to eat out both up and downstairs and by pool. Informal gardens surrounded woods. good for badminton and footy. Very quiet and private. Comfy shaded seating by pool, with fridge and radio. soukh with additional seating for last sun. small bar glitter with OS speakers.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 11 reviews

Lovely spot for a family holiday

  • 4 of 5

Nice and we'll equipped house with plenty of space indoors as well as outdoors.

We especially enjoyed the pool area with lots of possibilities for sun and shade.

Beware: We were bitten by mosquitoes especially in the evenings so remember to bring repellent.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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Beautiful and peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Cave Roman is set in a beautiful, peaceful and secluded spot. The house is lovely and pool is gorgeous. There are lots of hidden corners to hide away with a book and a glass of wine. Lovely.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Secluded villa with amazing outdoor space

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of ten and we had an amazing time at Chris' place. The villa is in perfect location close enough to Pula and walk able to the beach. The roman quarry is also round the corner which was fascinating. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to have a relaxing holiday, the villa has everything you need; swimming pool, table tennis and a dance floor! The garden has also been cleverly designed so that you are able catch sunlight at different parts of the day. I will no doubt be looking to stay at Cave Romana again at some point in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Wonderful week in an amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property, very spacious and air con very handy. Enough space for everyone. We were a group of ten friends from university that went and we all really enjoyed the property. The kitchen was very well equipped which was handy and close to a local shop as well which was handy as we only used bikes to travel around. Very easy to cycle into town though the hill on the return to the villa can be a bit tiring but overall, very easy to travel to and from the city on bikes.

Great seating area outside for both dinner and to chill around the pool. The sound systems are an excellent addition for playing music in the background.

Table tennis table was an added bonus!

The manager was very helpful at showing us about and helping us with hints and tips. The owner too was very good at keeping us informed about the process of our bookings etc.

The forest at the back of the property is great to explore and there are lots of nice, small villages around with nice food as well. Though there are no street lights on the road return should you would need a taxi.

Would happily return again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Friendly and spacious

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time staying at Cave Romana, the grounds were extensive, giving space for every one and always some where to find the sun or shade as you wish. The house and interior is rustic in character, comfortable, quiet and practical giving good kitchen space and utensils for those who wish to cook for themselves and enjoy buying local produce. I would happily return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Touch of Magic

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Cave Romana for the best part of two weeks and even with two grown-up families (total of 10 - minimum age 17, maximum somewhat more) there was plenty of space in and around the house. I counted around 10 different spots to sit outside, depending on what you wanted to do, the time of day and where the sun was. The large round dining table was great for breakfast and a relaxed evening meal – while watching the shooting stars around the pool late into the warm nights was magical. In fact, built into the old quarry, the whole place has a mystical, isolated quality. We also had use of the Topper sailing boat that provided an additional activity and is moored in a lovely creek with a bar and restaurant – walking or cycling distance from the house. We also used clay tennis courts at the nearby hotel and leisure complex. There is plenty to explore and the nearest town on the coast has some lovely beach bars and restaurants where eating out was great value. All this just 20 minutes from Pula airport. But final word goes to Josip who was always happy to help and sort out any problems.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Earth/Stnv lat 44d50'38.72"N lon 13d51'35.51' E.

Topper dinghy available for super sailing, if qualified.

Payment for boat maintenance on booking form.

Bikes can be delivered for your arrival and collected on departure.

Great bike country lots of special stasi-cycle routes


10 minutes car to Secret quiet beach.

10 minutes car to jolly beach with inflatables and restaurants.

beach crushed coral so flip flops required. Adriatic brilliantly clear.


Pula airport 12km - Ryanair and Thomson fly, and others.

Trieste 2.5 hours on new roads.


10 mins drive to historic Pula with arena (open air concerts, film festival etc). Large daily market fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Good shopping, restaurants, etc. Several supermarkets within 10 minute drive.