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Traditional Istrian Stone House with private pool

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Stifanici, Nr. Porec, Istria, Croatia - Peaceful Farming Village, Wonderful Views

This 200 year old house, occupying 3 floors, has been restored to a very high standard and tastefully furnished in keeping with its style; from the huge super king size beds and luxury furnishings to the marble radiators that adorn the walls in each room. Its beauty extends outside to both the front and back gardens. This house allows all that stay there, to experience life in a real Istrian farming village. The house has two luxury bathrooms. Both complete with large luxury rain showers and beautiful Indian Slate tiles.

Debbie Grieve
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
6 April, 2017

About Debbie Grieve

My husband and I bought No 5 Stifanici almost 10 years ago now and we are so happy we did. Istria is one of the most picturesque and friendly places you could wish to visit and the village of Stifanici offers an insight into traditional Croatian living.

We chose a quiet traditional village so we could grow to be part of the community. Our neighbours have seen our children grow and always take the time to pop and see us.

We have renovated the house combining both modern facilities and the new luxury bathrooms we added in 2010 have just added to the beauty of No 5.

We have lived in India for the last 3 years and now in the US but we always make a point of visiting the house each year, often spending 4-5 weeks there in the summer; we just love it and have made it a home from home!

Debbie Grieve purchased this house in 2006

Guestbook comments from the owner

When we arrived the house was immaculate. Try as we might we couldn't find a single speck of dust – perfect! The house in our opinion was really tastefully furnished – we loved your style and yes we did feel very much at home thanks. The fact that the garden is walled in was great as there was no escape route for our kids, beautiful pool and garden, well kept. Lucy Hazel

We were very pleased with the house and thought it was very well equipped especially for children. We made good use of the high chair, bed guard and travel cot. The weather was great and we remembered to water the hanging baskets so they still look lovely.


We had a fantastic time on holiday in Croatia. We thought your holiday home was great, beautifully furnished and well equipped. The location was superb for visiting places. We will have so many beautiful memories.

Brown and Sylvester families.
Oct 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Štifanići, Croatia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor luxury bathroom with large shower, wc and basin. First floor large luxury family bathroom with extra large rain shower, sink, washing machine and wc. Both with stunning Indian slate tiles.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super king size bed. Bedroom 2 with super king size bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with bunk beds that can be separated on request. 1 cot suitable for any room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Sorry no pets. Strictly no smoking inside. Parking for 2 cars. Cot, highchair and bed guard available on request. The house has Wifi. Unlimited data is included in the prices listed. You will be provided with a sim card and code to access the Wifi for each week of your stay. Vodafone VIP micro sim cards are also readily available for iPads and are very reasonably priced with pretty good coverage. You can also purchase an effective USB internet connection for laptops if preferred. Please let us know if you would like any further details. The house has fans in all rooms in addition to a mobile air conditioning unit on both the first and second floors (bedrooms). Keys can be collected and returned from/to our agent in Porec free of charge or a meet and greet service booked in advance. An additional charge is made for this service and it can be paid locally upon arrival. Separate details provided. Outside: Landscaped gardens with a private pool (6 x 4m). There is a large covered terrace with a traditional wooden table and benches seating 10/12 people. Sun loungers, a stone BBQ and outside lighting. Utility Room: Washing line, pegs, baskets, iron, ironing board, sewing kit, emergency torches and hairdryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned and all linen and towels are provided; please supply your own pool towels. Mid-stay clean can be arranged upon request. An additional cost applies. Other: Together with full use of the house, garden and pool, guests can enjoy fresh figs (when in season) from the front garden and use of its large terrace with amazing views; a wonderful place to sit and watch the sun set over Porec and Baderna.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Lovely holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week staying in this holiday house. Debbie was incredibly helpful on the lead up to our holiday and resolved an issue we had with the wifi immediately. Very efficient. The house served us well - as family of 5 we had plenty space and the pool/garden area was perfect for us to relax and have fun during the heat of the day. Late afternoons/evenings were spent exploring the area. The house is perfectly located. The top of the house does get very hot in the summer months but thankfully there were air con units and fans to cool us down. A fabulous home - we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled you were able to enjoy the house and surrounding areas to the fullest. We look forward to welcoming you again!
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Great location, lovely house

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this holiday house. As a family of 4 including two children aged 9 & 7 there was plenty to do in the area. A car is a must but the roads are not too busy. There is an Aquapark which is nearby that was a great day out - we would recommend getting there for when it opens to avoid long queues for the various attractions. There's plenty to do to suit all ages. Also a day trip to Venice from Porec is a must - a wonderful day enjoyed by us all. The ferry crossing is approx 3 hours. It's a long day out but well worth it.

The house is well equipped and Debbie the owner was always very helpful with our queries and prompt to reply to emails. We would recommend the property, but like another guest mentioned, it would be worth taking some insect repellent in the summer months!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are thrilled you have a lovely holiday and were able to enjoy the house and all the area offers and beyond...... You are quite right, insect repellent is definitely an item to pack (or purchase there) the same as you would for other locations too. Best wishes and thanks again!
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Wow what a stunning house in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous well appointed house. Great views of the sea that you will never tire of. We stayed for 10 days with our two children 10 and 12. It was perfect for our needs. The owner was extremely helpful with all our queries, and provided great directions for the 30 min trip from Pula airport. We hired a car, you couldn't be without one, the village is central to all the local highlights. The house was like a home from home. Great holiday memories made here. Would visit again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural villa in Istria

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the villa. It is about 10 - 15 minutes drive from Porec. It has a beautiful relaxing garden and pool and nice front garden too. We enjoyed living away from the bustle of Porec and noise of other tourists. Instead you hear the scream of swallows and farm noises. We barbequed and ate outside often. However we were bitten a lot by insects in early July, so I do recommend bringing insect repellent and cream for bites in the summer!

The house has 8 beds. Two double beds and 4 single beds. If you are a tall person (over 1.80 m), the four single beds are too short to stretch out and we recommend the double beds. Two bedrooms in the loft ( up two flights of stairs) are very hot in the summer, but there are a lot of fans available to help cool down in the evening. There is no TV, just a TV screen to watch DVDs. This was a bit of an issue for us as we wanted to watch Eurocup football. We resorted to a local pizzeria in Svetic Lourec (5 minutes drive away), which has excellent food, friendly staff and tends to have sport on in the evening. Internet worked fine for 2 teenagers and 3 adults!

The garden was very well looked after, but the house was not so clean on arrival with quite a few cobwebs on walls in sittingroom and bedrooms, although kitchen and bathrooms were clean. Most things worked fine, like dishwasher, washing machine and oven. Instructions for air conditioning units were difficult to find, so we never used them. Our front door handle fell off twice and requires maintenance with correct tools. We were confused about the instructions for hot water in upstairs bathroom. We experienced water heating with orange light on, not off.

We highly recommend visiting the Euphrasian basilica in Porec, a real gem of a church from the 5th and 6th century with amazing mosaics. Pula and Rovinj are also great to visit and the seaside, of course. But remember to buy some bathing shoes as the coast is rocky.

Debbie was a good hostess, replying to emails promptly and giving good answers to my questions.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review. We are thrilled you were able to enjoy the gardens and the house. I apologise that there were some issues with the cleanliness in spots. This has never happened before and we have raised this to our contractors to ensure this does not happen again. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Thank you for highlighted the typo in our instructions for the hot water. We have amended this however this is left on for all guests and, in normal circumstances, there should be no need to use this switch on a day to day basis. With regard to the TV, our description does highlight the fact that there is no local or satellite TV at the house. This has been intentional on our part but we are glad that you were able to enjoy the games down the road with some delicious pizza. We have not yet visited that restaurant but will now visit for sure! Thank you once again! Warm regards, Debbie
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A lovely Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We collected our keys from the tourist office in Porec, this was very easy and efficient. It also allowed us the opportunity to stock up on all essentials from the local supermarkets.

We arrived at the house, unloaded and headed straight for the pool and garden. The house is lovely, tastefully decorated yet homely. The garden is beautifully kept and the pool a great size for splashing around and games.

The location of the house is excellent. From the village there is easy access to lots of different places. We enjoyed trips to Porec, Pula Amphitheatre, Motovun, Rovinj, Lim Fjord and a coastal drive near Opatua. We even drove to Venice for the day (for those who are less crazy, a ferry service is available in Porec).

The roads were great and quiet. Eating out was relatively inexpensive. Our family had a great time together, a lovely holiday in a lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non refundable 30% deposit of the total booking. The balance to be paid not less than 6 wks prior to arrival. A security deposit of £200 is required at time of booking to be held against any loss or damage caused to the property or its contents. You are expected to leave the house as you found it and in a reasonably clean state.

Once you have confirmed your intention to book. We will confirm with you via a brief telephone call before any money is due.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred but flexible. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds and are inclusive of the locally paid tourist tax per person.

Please note: High season (1st July - 6th September) prices are for parties of 6-8 people (full occupancy). A 10% reduction is made to this price for parties of 4-5 who wish to book the house. As such, the price is reduced to £1440.00 per week for parties of this size. Please note that rooms will be made up according to the number in the party and arranged at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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