|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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Bedroom: King size bed with wardrobe and bedside tables
Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower, WC and hand basin
Living Room: Is open plan with the kitchen and has a L shaped sofabed, wood burning stove, iPod docking station, LCD TV, DVD Player (Divx) with lots of films. Kitchen: Four ring hob, electric oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, microwave and leads onto the terrace overlooking the pool.
These 2 luxury stonehouse cottages have been renovated to the highest standards with reclaimed Istrian stone and old oak beams. The cottages are the ideal choice to get away from it all, in a tranquil location, amidst the Istrian countryside, whilst being close enough to Porec and Rovinj to enjoy a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities. The cottages share a private pool and can be rented together or separately.
We are Mandy and Jon and we live in Wimbledon with our two daughters Alice & Emily. Mandy is an event manager and Jon manages quality for a digital technology company.
We first fell in love with Istria in 2005 and our first property came shortly afterwards. We now have 3 beautifully restored properties in amazing locations.
We have always taken our holidays in privately rented villas or houses and have often been disappointed with the quality and style of accommodation that is provided.
We set out on this venture in Istria with a vision to create ‘rustic but stylish’ accommodation to a quality level that allows us to enjoy our valuable holiday time at anyone of our properties.
We believe we have succeeded and 9 years of amazing feedback from OD guests also supports this.
Mandy purchased this villa in 2005
Stranici is a lovely Istrian village , very quiet and peaceful with really never much happening.
You are minutes away from all of the best stuff Istria has to offer - 20 mins to the coast, Limski Kanal is 5 mins away and this is a little gem .with amazing views and seafood restaurants. Porec, Rovinj and Vrsar (to name but a few) are all within easy reach.
The waterpark 'AquaColors' is a great new addition to the area and again this is just 20 mins away.
The Casitas themselves are awesome, old stonehouses from the outside with stylish and very comfortable accommodation inside - Our attention to style and detail is something that sets us apart from other owners. It's really hard to find stylish furniture in Croatia, but we think it is worth the effort!
At time of booking a payment of £200 is required. This secures your booking and confirms your commitment to pay the full balance. If you decide, for whatever reason, to cancel the booking this deposit is non refundable.The full booking amount is to be paid not less than 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Saturday to Saturday arrival and departure in July and August. Flexible for all other months. You should arrange your own cancellation insurance.
Flexible. Arrival time is after 4pm and departure is at 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property(s) per week in UK Pounds.
A very nice stay, lovely garden, lovely pool and lovely house! Close to a really nice village/town and its close to lots of lovely cities like Pula. There are a lot of mosquitoes and wasps about so if you are allergic, bring some spray or tablets. Very good overall!!!!
Mandy's information was very helpful regarding car hire location facilities etc.
Property was clean and adequate for 2 people. Bedroom became extremely hot towards the end of second week when temperatures reached 37 degrees and the two fans were insufficient.
Local restaurants and food excellent and good value for money.
Porec Vrsar , Rovinj, Limski Kanal all worth visiting.
Pula for the Roman ruins
Das Casita One ist ein schönes Steinhaus - liebevoll restauriert mit einem netten Pool - perfekt für einen Urlaub in Istrien mit Kindern auch fürs Hinterland nicht nur am Meer geeignet - Entfernungen im Umkreis nicht weit und es gibt viel zu sehen von Porec, Rovinj und Pula über Dwigrad, Limski Kanal und nicht zu vergessen Groznjan und Motovun - sehr schön. Unser besonderer Essenstip ist Tomazova Konoba, Vosteni 19 ind 52448 Sv. Lovrec - das beste Essen aller Zeiten und die tollsten Wirtsleute - Maria ist eine Spitzenköchin und alle sehr kinderlieb. Danke auch an Iris - dir uns als Hausverwalterin gerettet hat und das zu später Stunde. Ein super Ort zum Entspannen und Erleben.
Brilliant correspondence before and after our stay. The instructions of how to find the house made it very obvious and easy. The property (casita one) was clean, as described and accurately represented in the photos.
We were given information on things to do in the area before our stay and there was more information when we arrived at the house. We were travelling with a little one and the owner had arranged a host of books, toys and equipment to help make our stay easy - we really appreciated this! We had a wonderful time even though the weather wasn't always kind to us. We would like to return to both the area and this accommodation and would highly recommend both.
We stayed in Casita One for 12 days in July, it is a beautiful stone cottage in a stunning region of Croatia steeped in history, there is a definite Italian feel to the area. You will need to hire a car as the cottages are in the small hamlet of Stranici, the nearest shop is 3km away in Sveti Lovrec. The owner's directions make it easy to find, whether you're flying in to Pula or Trieste airports.
On first impression the pool looks a lot smaller than it appears in the pictures, however it is quite a nice size, perfect for a quick dip to cool down. There is no air con in either of the Casitas, we knew this before we went but with July temp reaching 39 degrees it did become quite an issue. The plug in fans provided just circulated hot air around the room which made sleeping quite unbearable. The stone cottage was so hot inside and noticeably more so as you walked upstairs. The cottage is fully equipped with a good kitchen and washing machine, although it might be an idea for the owners to leave directions on how to use the cooker and washing machine as we had to guess and hope for the best. There is no wifi at the Casitas but every cafe and restaurant had free wifi.
Istria has an absolutely stunning coastline, but in terms of beaches it doesn't have the best. However, we found a small handful of nice beaches, they are all pebble beaches which turn to larger rocks as you go into the sea so you will need shoes to walk in the water with. Vrsar is only 20 mins drive away and the water was so clear, lots of fish, there are a couple of hotels in Vrsar, don't go to the beach by the hotels as it is crowded and quite small, go to the other side of the Marina, larger beach and less crowded. A little further away is Rabac, approx 1 hour drive, that too has a lovely large beach. The little town of Valun on the island of Cres also has a great beach, you'll need to get the ferry there. It took an hour to drive to the port of Brestova which is then a 20 min crossing to the port of Porozina on Cres island. It cost us 150kn each way for 2 adults, 1 car - that's approx £15 each way.
Other towns that we loved were Pula (45 mins drive) which had an amazing Roman Amphithetre rivaling the one in Rome, Rovinj (30 min drive) is a MUST see as it is absolutley beautiful and Porec too (20 min drive) has great little cobbled narrow streets that come alive at night.
4km from the cottages there is an amazing Grill restaurant called the Gradina Grill, you must try it, beautiful food!
Beautiful, well equipped cottage in a lovely setting. Casita one is the perfect place to explore Istria with Rovinj and Porec within easy driving distance. Peaceful village location and only a short drive to nearest shops and restaurants. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage is well looked after and the pool and patio area a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Mandy was very helpful, responding quickly all our questions. Will be recommending to all our friends and family.