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Artist Owned Luxuriously Designed Villa-Film Set, Huge Parking Garden Pool Wi-fi

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Villa near Motovun - Safe and Sunny Haven On Lush Hillside & Big Pool

This solitary villa is situated in a peaceful countryside setting with breathtaking views over green Istrian hills around the ancient city of Motovun. It is set by an undulating walking and trekking path, on one acre of lawned parkland plot. The property is ideal as a romantic retreat for couples or for family holidays. Children can freely and securely enjoy wooded backyard, lawns or orchard by the pool. The property is equipped to a very high standard. This includes 3 separate air conditioning units, under-floor central heating throughout the property and 4 open fireplaces, including a traditional pizza-oven. There is ample private parking for many cars. Each bedroom is furnished differently and there are four large balconies. Adriatic resorts of Porec and Rovinj are within easy reach. Motovun shops and amenities are just 2 kms away, and local wine and fresh produce are easily available from nearby farmers. The whole area is widely renown as a natural truffle habitat, and also for its reputable winemaker's cellars, providing essential ingredients for its culinary specialties in its famous local konobas and fine restaurants.

The Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About The Owner

I am a London-educated visual artist. After enjoying greatly my 12 years in the UK as a television producer, I couldn't resist the lure of my gorgeous native Istria where I now live with my husband, a journalist and a writer and our two wonderful Maltese dogs!! And an adorable cat!

The Owner purchased this villa in 2002

Why The Owner chose Brkač

We just love the Motovun area and that was the main reason for buying this property. As someone says: 'Once upon a time this was land of fairy-like princesses, living in the hill-top castles and waiting for handsome, brave knights to return from faraway battles against foes and dragons. Today the princesses are still beautiful, but too busy to simply wait for the knights. Foes and dragons are no more, but the hill-top castles are still around, proud and glorious.' We can say that Motovun’s is perhaps the most famous one. The ancient hilltop town holds the essence of Istria, with its steep cobbled streets and stone houses encircled by a great fortified wall you can stroll on and enjoy magnificent view of surrounding countryside.

What makes this villa unique

Castelletto Parenzana, a little piece of paradise in the middle of Istrian vineyard countryside, is just a stone throw away from Motovun, sitting alone on a beautiful plot of land. Once it was on the 92th kilometre of the longest European narrow-gauge railway, connecting Trieste and Porec. The railway is long gone, but the perfect path for nature walking and trekking over lovely stone viaducts and through old tunnels built by Austrian empire remains. We would like to invite you to spend some of your leisure time in our villa and enjoy Istrian hills, its people, delicious cuisine and the clear, blue Adriatic sea.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A beautiful house set in this lovely location makes a perfect place for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday." Tadman family, England

"We enjoyed two fantastic weeks at your beautiful Castelletto Parenzana. The weather was glorious and the food delicious, especially fresh fresh figs, right off the tree." Wilsons and Gills, USA

"Sleeping in every morning, then waking to watch the swallows over the pool was such a peaceful way to begin each day." Nat Surovell, USA

"Fantastic villa, beautiful views, peace + quiet. Everything we needed!" Larp-Smith family, England

"Thanks so much for providing us with such a lovely, well thought-out home." Bill Siegal, USA

"What a lovely place. We have really enjoyed our fortnight here. Highlights included Groznjan, Opatija, Rovinj... and dinner at 'Pod voltom' in Motovun." Adrian Bangor, N. Ireland

"This is a fabolous house - beautifully designed and furnished: comfortable beds, spacious bedrooms and well-equipped kitchen." McClean family, London, UK
Dec 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Brkač in Municipality of Motovun

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , spacious bathtube, double aspect bathroom, discreet lighting
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , spacious bathtube, double aspect bathroom, discreet lighting
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , designer's toilet in a separate tower, next to living room
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , very spacious shower room, designer's tiles
  • Each bedroom has ensuite bathroom (2) or shower, all differently furnished and equipped. Oak beams all around. Bathrooms with large bathtubs. Three hairdryers. Additional separate cloakroom, with basin, adjacent to living room, set in a stairwell tower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , large double oakwood bed can be separated into 2 single beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 ensuite Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Camera Verde: dual aspect, large double oakwood bed can be separated into 2 single beds, designers shower room Camera Luce: dual aspect, exquisitely beautiful views overlooking a spacious pool and surrounding hills and vinyards, kingsize double bed, ensuite bathroom, large private balcony, aircon Camera Belvedere: dual aspect, exquisitely beautiful views to acacia wood and west facing hills, kingsize double bed, ensuite bathroom, private Baladur and Julia's balcony, fireplace, aircon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Adding to its privacy, Castelletto Parenzana is perfectly suitable for children and pets (upon request), since the local traffic is extremely scarce, and all the areas around the villa are well removed from the road anyway. The ground-floor, with living area, kitchen, separate cloakroom, bedroom Verde and its ensuite shower are all supplied with under-floor central heating and air conditioning. Two upper-floor bedrooms (Luce and Belvedere) are supplied with separate aircon units, radiator central heating. Luce and Belvedere ensuite bathrooms are supplied with under-floor central heating. The upper-floor bedrooms boast five-metre high ceilings. The villa walls are exceptionally thick (at least half a metre), almost eliminating need for air conditioning, though there are three aircons available. Outside: The property includes half an acre of wooded parkland on one side and an orchard/lawn on the other. The 6 x 11 metres halogen-lit swimming pool is for the villa guests exclusively. Enjoy your cocktail in a tranquil setting under the poolside oak tree. Note: this part of Istria is famous for its lack of light pollution and perfect views of night sky. There is a patio with a shaded pavilion by the pool, an outside shower, six reclining chairs and an additional large parasol. The ground-floor Baladur, overlooking the pool, is fitted with additional dining table, an outside barbeque and traditional pizza-oven. The villa is fitted with outside sensor-equipped lights all around it, providing a secure and comfortable access. Utility Room: Two utility rooms, one with washing machine, ironing board & iron. Vacuum cleaner/brooms. Gardening utility room where tools are also available for willing and recreational gardener. Children's cot and baby high chair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bathroom towels are included. The property is carefully cleaned prior to your arrival. Additional maid service available upon request


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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
San Francisco, CA

Beautiful country home

  • 5 of 5

This house is about 5 minutes drive from Motovun, down a country road. Its charming stone architecture with old beamed ceilings and beautiful lighting , has a delicious, organic ambiance. The landlords were so helpful, and gracious. We want to return sometime!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Budapest, Hungary

Sun, Silence and Figs

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 spent a wonderful week nearby Motovun, in Mladen and Dorina's amazing villa at the very end of August, beginning of September 2015. The old stone building was very tastefully renovated so it meets the highest expectations. It is about five minutes drive out of Motovun, in a very remote and peaceful location, with a huge garden and a swimming pool, a perfect place for recharging your depleted batteries. The area is beautiful, full of amazing sights to see, a bit like Tuscany, minus the crowd of tourists. Bear in mind that beaches are 25-30 minutes drive away. The closest beach is at Novigrad, towns of Rovinj, Porec, Umag are all within an hour, Kamenjak the unbelievably beautiful nature park is less than 2 hours, Trieste is less then 90 minutes. We visited some great restaurants in Motovun, Oprtalj and Novigrad and tasted white truffles, prsut and excellent olive oil with local Malvazija wine. We even ate figs from the tree in the garden. We would like to go back in 2016. Agnes and family from Hungary

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very private well apointed property

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Catelletto Parenzana.

We are a family of 5 - children aged between 5 and 12. The property is very private and provides plenty of outside space for 2 boys full of energy!

The property is very well appointed and well situated to explore Istria - we covered most of the area during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Vancouver Canada


  • 5 of 5

Must stay at this villa! We had the most amazing experience here. It was like staying in a castle....dreamy.....quiet.....almost like we were the only people on earth at that very momentwe ended up staying more nights because we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave.

Totally recommend this place to anyone looking for down time. Magic, magic, magic! If we ever get the chance to go back, this will be the first place we look up!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and tasteful sanctuary amidst lush greenery

  • 5 of 5

The old Istrian stone house with a rich history is artfully restored by the owners, nestled in a garden with fruit trees and mediterranean herbs. It's surrounded by rolling hills covered in vineyards and orchards, with views of the typical Istrian landscape, which in spring becomes dominated by flowering acacia trees and elder bushes. The air is sweetly scented with spring flowers and freshly cut grass. Both in sunny weather and during spring rains Castelletto provides a refuge for the senses.

Fresh produce and wine can be bought from the neighbouring farms and the small but well equipped kitchen is perfect for home-cooked meals, which we enjoyed both outdoors and in the rustic dining room. Each bedroom has a distinct character, two of which have beautiful balconies, one to admire the morning sun, the other (sheltered) for gazing at the dappled light and enjoying a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea or a glass of local malvazija or teran. In the evening as the birds and bees quiet down and the farmers pack away their machinery, a thick silence descends and the sky fills with stars. When the evenings are warm, we relaxed next to the pool or on the terrace, when it's cool or rainy, we sunk into the comfortable couches in front of the fireplace, surrounded by beautiful lights roughly cut from local materials. Sleep comes easy in Castelletto Parenzana, with fresh air pouring through windows framed with old wooden beams. Wherever we look there is something beautiful to energise us.

This is our second time in Castelletto Parenzana. Both times we came for a work retreat and both times the place provided us with a healthy mix of concentration and relaxation. It is a unique place where creative souls can find inspiration and respite from our otherwise hectic urban lifestyles. Congratulations to Dorina and Mladen for their monumentous restauration. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful sanctuary with us!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Durham/ London

Even better than the description.

  • 5 of 5

We were a mixed group of 4 friends (55+). The villa exceeded our expectations. It has been beautifully and imaginatively restored and the open plan ground floor was a great space to cook and relax in. The immediate setting is a lovely garden and woodland area with an excellent pool. The area around is very peaceful with wonderful views and walks with a huge variety of spring flowers. The bird life was outstanding, even from your own balcony. Wood pecker, Golden Oriole, Bee Eaters, Hoopoe, Buzzards amongst many others. Nightingales sang in the garden at night.

Motovun, the nearest town is very picturesque and gives panoramic views from its hillside. Further afield, the coastal resorts of Rovinj and Porec were great for visits with interesting buildings, harbours and lots of eating choices. Too many possibilities to fit them all in. Driving around Croatia was a pleasure, plenty of good roads, great scenery and very clean.

We flew to Venice to allow for a convenient flight and a 2 night stopover on the way home; the drive was very easy and straightforward.

Dorina and her husband were very helpful in arranging the holiday.

A memorable holiday that was greatly enjoyed by all!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Park Prirode Učka
Koleri 75, Brkač, Motovun
Birdwatching spot: This is a list of birds spoted in August 2017: Primary Name, Secondary N...
Rovinj Port
La Puntuleina
Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
E751 exit PAZIN or VIŠNJAN
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: recommended


A choice of beaches in popular Adriatic resorts of Porec, Rovinj, Vrsar, Novigrad or Umag are all within easy reach, at most 25 kms away.

There are marinas with boat-chartering facilities in all of these resorts.

Day trips to Venice from Pula and Rovinj.


Low cost airlines fly to a number of suitable airports:

Ryanair fly three times a week to Pula (Croatia) from Stansted: 50 minutes drive to the villa.

Easyjet fly to Rijeka (Croatia) from Luton: 1 hour drive to the villa.

Ryanair fly to Trieste (Italy) from Stansted: 1 hour drive to the villa.

Alternatively you can fly to Venice (Italy): 2.5 hours drive to the villa.

Also: Croatian Air fly to Pula (Croatia) once a week in summer, Thomson (Gatwick and Bristol) etc..

Car hire is recommended.


Motovun is 2 km away, but the nearest hamlets are Rusnjak, Kranceti and Brkac which are all within 1 km from the villa.

Further Details:

From the villa one can enjoy walking, trekking, mountain-biking, wine testing, horse riding in nearby Brkac (3 min drive), paragliding, Jazz Festival in Groznjan (20 min drive) and Film Festival in Motovun (end of July), Dance Festival in Sv.Vincenat (25 min drive), Truffle Festival in Livade (5 min drive), Hum - the world's smallest town (20 min drive).

There are truffle-pickings excursions from the nearby village of Livade (5 min drive) every September and October.

Other places worth visiting:

Pula, with its well-preserved 2,000 years old amphitheater and Roman ruins - 50 min drive

Oprtalj, another hill-top medieval fortress city - 15 min drive

Opatija, famous coastal spa-town - 60 min drive.

Motovun (2 km from Castelletto Parenzana) offers the nearest shops, restaurants, the bank with ATM, post-office and the petrol station.

The villa is supplied with a comprehensive and detailed booklet in which many more information on places of interest are listed and described, as well as all other kinds of useful information, contact and telephone numbers.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £99.03
Pet Fee £10.52

Booking Notes:
A non refundable 25% deposit to confirm your booking, balance 8 weeks before departure. 200 Euros fully refundable security deposit to be held against any damages. The price excludes house cleaning cost. Final house cleaning: 113 Euros. Pets allowed on request, 12 Euros per day. Please arrange your own holiday and cancellation insurance.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is typically Saturday, enabling guests to take advantage of cheaper flights to Pula. However, we try to be flexible wherever possible. For shorter stays an additional cost applies, negotiable with the owner.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per day / week in euros.
Discounts available for winter lets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.