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Great Family Villa, Private Pool & hot tub, peaceful village. Close To Rovi

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Large family style Villa with private pool, close to Old Town Rovinj and beaches

Villa Safron is a beautiful large family Villa. It has been designed for modern family living. The villa has beautiful oak flooring throughout as well as the exposed modern beams on the top floor giving it style and character. The swimming pool is larger than average and is surrounded by gorgeous wood decking. Next to the pool is a large American hot tub that seats 5. A large dining terrace gives much needed shade during those very hot days and is aired by 3 ceiling fans. There is a very large summer house next to the terrace with a large spit roast and bar bq facility and full kitchen and dining amenities. We can also arrange for our in -house chef to visit and cook for you! It's proximity to Rovinj and its beaches is a real plus as they are all 10 minutes away by car. A great villa for a pool and beach holiday near Rovinj.

Lis Katavic
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Croatian (limited!)
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Lis Katavic

This describes the ownership of two Villas, Villa Safron, Rovinj and Villa Groznjan, Baredine. Villa Safron is owned by Lis and Dejan Katavic who now live permanently in Croatia. Dejan is a native Croat and after spending many years in England decided the beauty of the Adriatic coast was too much to give up. The family moved and are now very settled and happy in Rovinj.

Villa Groznjan is owned by Liz and Miles Remmington, long term residents of Asia and close friends of the Katavic’s. They too have discovered the beauty of the Adriatic and now own the gorgeous Villa Groznjan. It gives them a great European base to enjoy their summers & catch up with the Katavic’s.

The Katavic’s manage both Villas and if you would like a two centre holiday you can easily book a week at each Villa.

Lis Katavic purchased this villa in 2008

Why Lis Katavic chose Matohanci

Having moved to Croatia some years ago we are now enjoying the local lifestyle and weather. Rovinj and its surrounding areas are just stunning with many local beaches offering excellent swimming and plenty of sunbathing opportunites. Villa Safron is no more than 15 minutes from some great beaches and 10 minutes from the famous artistic town of Rovinj with its lovely Venetian architecture and plenty of restaurants and cafes with great sea views. The Villa is in a quiet village with sporting activities just a minute away on foot. Local restaurants are also minutes away by car. We have a huge amount of knowledge about the area including activites for children and adults, restaurants and outings. There is plenty information in the Villa, but if you want something sspecific then please ask.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Safron is only 30 minutes from Pula airport, 1.5 hours from Trieste airport and home to many beautiful beaches. If you are feeling lazy, then sunbathe by the pool or dine under the terrace in the shade and take in the peace and quiet of the pretty local village. You won't be disappointed with such a large choice of things to do and see.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The villa was a wonderful treat. Stocked out with everything you might need to provide home-comforts, it was a pleasure to spend time in. With the amazing pool outside and stunning beaches nearby, we were spoilt for choice. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms and the gym was an added bonus. Plenty of space for children to run around and great tv for a movie night. The kitchen was brilliant and had plenty of surfaces to get everyone involved with helping. Not to mention the outdoor spit on which we had a fantastic hog-roast. The outdoor space is just amazing and perfect for hosting big meals. Its at its loveliest in the evenings. (The local wine went down very well!) Rovinj is captivatingly beautiful. Do not forget your cameras! Lots of fun for kids. Rovinj also offers great bars and restaurants. There is an amazing cocktail bar where you sit on cushions on the rocks looking out onto the beautifully lit water. Also be sure to visit Red island or Katarina island which are accessible by boat le
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Matohanci in Municipality of Kanfanar

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
  • 4 bathrooms all very tastefully decorated and with powerful showers in each. The family bathroom has a big bath. Separate WC on the ground floor. The Summer House next to the pool also has a WC and shower area.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 to 12 comfortably. Notes on bedrooms: Master bedrooms 1 and 2, are ensuite. Bedroom 3 double room with shower, wc next to it. Bedrooms 4, 5 and 6 all large with twin beds. Overlooking the garden and pool. Outside these bedrooms is a large family bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Villa is based in a group of small villages with the breathtaking Limski Canal just 3 minutes away by car. A tennis court, football pitch and volley ball court 1 minute away on foot. Matohanci is a traditional Istrian village housing locals as well as other tourists. Local wine is for sale in the next village. The artistic town of Rovinj is only 10 minutes away by car and will satisfy everything you would want for a superb summer holiday. The famous Istrialandia Water Park is 30 minutes away. We can also offer an in house chef service for you to take the srain away from cooking during your stay. A range of local dishes along with bar bq's and spit roast can be catered for. Outside: On the terrace there is a very large shaded outside dining area, seats 12 comfortably, with 3 ceiling fans and lighting. The garden also houses a superb summer kitchen and dining room, with seperate WC and shower. The garden is large and has plenty of space and surrounds the swimming pool. By the 45m2 pool are 6 luxury sunbeds with a large sun umbrella. Children in the pool can be easily watched by parents ensuring a relaxing and fun time for all. Parking for upto 4 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine and separate clothes drier. (Utility cupboard). Drying racks for outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pool and bath towels are provided, we request that your bring your own beach towels. The property is cleaned thoroughly in between guests and there is a light mid week clean booked. Other: On the first floor is a professionally kitted out gym: ellipitical machine, bicycle, treadmill, gladiator, yoga ball, pilates mat, etc. Upper hallway provides a lovely quiet reading area with plenty of light and views over gardens and beautiful sunsets.


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Great Family Villa, Private Pool & hot tub, peaceful village. Close To Rovi
average rating of 4.785714 based on 15 reviews
Redhill, Surrey, England

A beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

I booked Vila Saffron for two weeks for a family group of 12 of us from three generations. Lis was the perfect hostess and answered every question , always going the extra mile for us.

Lis and her husband cooked a wonderful hog roast in the summer kitchen which was a fantastic experience.

The villa is very spacious and well maintained, with everything we could have wanted.

The area is beautiful, with lots of good restaurants and things to do in nearby Rovinj.

Thank you Lis for letting us share your home and for helping to make it so memorable

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you were pleased with everything. The hog roast was good fun! You were lovely guests and we be more than happy to see you again.
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Very nice house in a lovely little village not far from Rovinji

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house in a lovely little village not far from Rovinji

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a good time and that kids said it was a 10 star Villa!! See you again soon.
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Spacious, relaxing with a warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a relaxing week in this lovely villa near Rovinj. The house was spacious and well equipped. There was plenty of sun drenched and shaded areas for sunbathing and eating. We took advantage of the gym too. Lis gave us a warm welcome, giving us some recommendations or places to eat including booking one for us. We ate at Puntalina at sunset which was magical.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always good to hear that people have had a great time. The gym facilities are very good and followed by a swim in the pool, there are no excuses for not staying in shape! There is also tennis close by which is free of charge, so you really can do lots of activity, if that's your thing! Otherwise enjoy the garden, decking and pool and of course do visit the lovely beaches in Rovinj which are only 15 minutes away. I have lived here for over 10 years and have built up lots of knowledge of the area, restaurants, cafes etc.I am more than happy to help you find the ideal thing for you and your family. Just ask and I will arrange!! Look forward to seeing you here in Rovinj. Lis
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Fantastic Holiday in Beautiful Villa & Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family holiday in this beautiful villa, not too far from Rovinj, and perfect for exploring the areas around the small village.

The villa itself was huge, easily accomodating our family of 9, with room to spare. It was clean, well presented and provided all the amenities we needed for our week stay.

Lis and her husband were also great hosts and we thoroughly recommend the hog roast!

All in all a relaxed and extremely enjoyable stay.. highy recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous holiday house

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely villa. Great swimming pool and table tennis table which kept us all entertained. Amazing summer kitchen which was such fun to use. This is an ideal house for 2 families sharing with local restaurants within walking distance. Close to beautiful Rovinj, with an owner where nothing was too much trouble. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic family holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This fabulous family villa was our base for a week in early summer (1st week in June). There was plenty of space for our party of 2 families of four with lots of different 'zones' to socialise and relax in. The weather was a bit hit and miss this particular week (unusually I believe) but the covered terrace and outdoor kitchen meant we could still enjoy the warm outdoor air untroubled by rain. There was still plenty of sunshine which meant the kids could make the most of the lovely pool (although a bit chilly for me this early in the season).

Lis was a fantastic hostess, popping in to ensure all was ok and giving us great advice on beaches to visit and local restaurants. The local area was beautiful and the market in main town of Rovinj a short drive away became part of our morning routine. Amazing fresh fish from the market cooked on the villa's substantial BBQ was a highlight we enjoyed on more than one occasion.

The villa was immaculate throughout with plenty of equipment to ensure it became a home from home for our week away. All in all a great villa in a lovely location and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always great to hear how much people have enjoyed there stay at our Villa. We aim to please! I am always around to help you with booking things and recommendations, you just need to ask. In the Villa there is lots of information on places to go, restaurants and events to ensure you have a great time.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Please ask us about hiring bicycles.


The beaches are just 10 to 15 minutes drive away and some of them have sea based aqua parks and trampolines which are great fun for adults and children! There are also several beach bars serving excellent local cuisine at good prices. Changing facilities and showers are also available. 2 good diving schools are based near Rovinj too. Trips to the Limski Canal and the many islands around Rovinj are easily booked in the town.


We recommend flying to one of these airports and then hiring a car: Pula Airport (in Croatia) is 30 miles from our villas. Ryan Air flies there from Stansted. Monarch Airways have just launched a new service that flies between Pula and Gatwick on a Saturday. Trieste (in Italy) is 60 miles away. Ryan Air flies there daily in the Summer from Stansted from £9.99 each way. Ljublijana (in Slovenia) is 80 miles away. Easy jet flies there daily in the Summer from £35. Jet 2 from Manchester to Pula also


Matohanci is small village with a good supermarket 5 minutes drive away. Other large supermarkets are in Rovinj just 10 minutes away. The village has a Grill style restaurant 5 minutes away on foot and a great Pizza restaurant 2 minutes away by car. Traditional local cusine is available evenings only 5 minutes drive away. The best fish restaurants are at the Limski Canal, 3 minutes drive away. Rovinj offers everything from fine dining to pizzas, with many restaurants located on the beaches.

Further Details:

The local supermarket is just 5 minutes by car and has an excellent butchery dept. Larger supermarkets, banks and the fresh produce market are in Rovinj, 10 to 15 mins away. Banks are also located there. There is a fabulous local restaurant within 5 minutes walking distance along with a great pizzeria walking or car a few minutes away. the famous Limski Canal with its amazing fish restaurants and fish market as well as delicious gelatos is 2 minutes by car. You can also swim here off the small beach. The village itself offers tennis, football, basket ball hoop and sand volleyball very closely. As well as the village internet we have also installed our own dedicated internet service for speedy connections! A petrol station is 2 minutes away and sells basics food requirements. Spit roast evenings can be arranged in advance or traditional local foods, which ever you would like.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please call us to discuss availability if not Saturday to Saturday booking. A 500 euro cash security deposit is required against damages and is returned on departure. If you wish to book a 2 centre Villa holiday we have another beautiful Villa near Groznjan, this way you can experience much more of Istria but with the ease of knowing that both Villas are of an excellent standard. Please see Villa CR 756.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible in some situations, but generally Saturday to Saturday. Check in after 4.00pm amd check out at 10.00am.
If this Villa is not available then please see our other one CR756 which is equally lovely and sleeps 10 +2.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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