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Immaculate And Beautiful 4* Luxury Villa Near Motovun, Istria

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Character Stone Villa near Motovun Immacuately and Lovingly Restored - 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Villa With Large Private Garden And Swimming Pool In A Quiet Hamlet

Awarded 4* by the tourist board, our villa has a quality feel and all the furnishings and fittings are new; it is large, spacious and airy with a wealth of exposed beams and stone work adding to its rustic charm. The exterior of the property has two large terraces, one in shade for comfortable breakfasts and lunches and another for relaxed drinks early evening. There is a large pool with paved surroundings providing ample space for sunbathing and reading. It is set in a private garden with space for children to play or for those with a little more energy. The village of Brkac has a kanoba serving organic food just a 5 minute walk from the villa, and a 10 minute walk takes you to the local winery where the wine can be purchased for a song. Two of the most historic towns in Istria are on the doorstep with Motovun a 5 minute drive away and Grosjnan approx 15 minutes. There are beaches and small coastal towns within 20-30 minutes drive. For walkers and cyclists it's a dream destination. There are also a host of top quality vineyards for those interested in local wine and 3 restaurants in the area have been listed in France in the Worlds Top Restaurants.

Jayne Espley
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Jayne Espley

We have lovingly restored this beautiful stone house as both a holiday home for ourselves and our friends and family as well as to share with other holiday makers. It has been furnished as a home as opposed to a holiday let with this in mind. Being a qualfied interior designer means that the quality of finish really mattered and I am hoping that what we have achieved reflects this.

Jayne Espley purchased this villa in 2006

Why Jayne Espley chose Istria

We fell in love with Istria during a holiday in 2006 and on the only rainy day of a 2 week stay decided to go searching for property. The stone house in Brkac which we have now completely restored caught our eye, partly because of its potential to create a beautiful and private holiday hideaway and mainly because of its situation.

Villa Monte has extensive and very private grounds around it with uninterrupted views of the rolling Istrian hills which take your breath away. To the east of the property, beyond the vineyards and olive groves there are views of Motovun just two miles away.

The location provides the best of both worlds - the privacy that most villa holiday makers crave combined with accessibility of tourist destinations like Motovun, Grosjnan and Porec.

For cyclists or food and wine connoisseurs, there is a choice of top quality vineyards for wine tasting and good restaurants right on the doorstep.

What makes this villa unique

Whilst the property resides within a small hamlet, there is still the convenience of a local farmer, only a 5 minute walk away, who is happy to sell his wine by the litre and Toni's, the village konoba (taverna) is open every day. About a mile away, there is a village convenience store which sells all the basics. Motovun is a 10 minute drive and Grosjnan is a 20 minute drive away. Larger supermarkets and the seaside are in Porec, about 25 minutes away.

The house is built on 3 levels. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and there is a large kithen/dining room as well as 2 separate terraces. There is broadband and internet access and the house is finished to a high standard. The garden has been professionally landscaped and benefits from a swimming pool with ample space for sunbathing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You should be proud of the stunning home you have created, we felt very at home there", Denise Cartwright, UK

"It's absolutely stunning and the outside is beautiful", Gill Jenner, UK

"Very well equipped, we couldn't find a thing missing, we can't wait to return again" Bob and Lynne Battersby, UK

"Absolutely wonderful. We sat on the patio watching the stars during the evening and didn't want to leave". Reni Hansch, Germany"
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Brkač, Croatia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathrooms are pristine and luxurious. Each of the three bathrooms has a large and spacious wet room along with separate wc, washbasin, heated towel rails, good storage and lighting. Bathroom 1 also has a bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (+baby cot) The bedrooms are spacious and have been furnished with custom made solid oak furniture. Bedroom 1 with double bed and french windows with views of the garden Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedrom 3 with double bed and access to the garden via french doors
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: This is our holiday home and has been furnished accordingly. As a qualified interior designer we like to think we have decorated the house tastefully and to a high spec. The rooms are light and airy and all of a decent size. The house caters both to the needs of adults wanting that luxurious home from home feel not prevalent in an impersonal hotel environment whilst also catering for the more practical needs of families with children. There is a large and safe garden and all the surfaces are hardwearing and practical providing that much needed relaxed holiday feel to the place. We are proud to say we get quite a few repeat bookings and one family even booked the day they got home for next year,they enjoyed their stay so much. Outside: The house is surrounded by fencing and hedgerows and a large gate making it extremely private. There is ample parking for up to 3 cars in the driveway. The grounds and gardens have been professionally landscaped and amount to just under half an acre. At night time it looks beautiful with the garden lighting scheme providing lovely ambience.There are two large patios, and a brick BBQ for your enjoyment. The swimming pool is large and private and has ample space around it for sunbathing and relaxing. It is set within the grounds with uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and valleys or "green sea" as the locals like to call it. There is also a large enclosed play area for children or the more active. We have provided a range of good quality sunbeds and tables and chairs for your enjoyment. We are sure that when you leave the villa for days out, you won't be able to wait to return to the peace and transquility it provides. Utility Room: There is a separate utility room for laundry containing a washing machine, clothes dryers, iron and ironing board. There is also a safe for valuables. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen (apart from pool towels) are all provided and are changed on a weekly basis by the maid who will also clean the property. The pool is also cleaned weekly. Should additional linen be required this can be arranged at an additional cost. Other: The exterior of the property lives up to the same standards as the interior. The garden has been professionally landscaped and has lovely lighting for relaxed evenings at home. There are two patios, a BBQ and play area.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Excellent - highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

Your villa was amazing and even better than in the pictures. We loved its peach and tranquility and the fact it looked over the forests with nothing in view for miles and no lights at night. The stars and bats flying over the pool at night were great. The villa and pool were so lovely that we didn't do much during the day but lazed about and went up to the villages for a meal in the late afternoon/evening. Motovun, Groznjan and Oprtalj were amazing. I especially liked Oprtalj and we had a great meal at the taverna in town. Please recommend it to your guests - it is called Konoba Oprtalj/Taverna portole (seems to have 2 names!). Also went to Toni's which we really liked and had a good meal.

We must have seen 2 mosquitoes and didn't have to use any spray or put any insect killer on and only used the air con in our bedroom at night. You get a lovely breeze on the hill in the villa and because it is an old house doesn't seem to get too hot. Barbara and Andrej were charming and very helpful generally especially helping me find a dentist when I a problem and giving us directions when leaving.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your stay in Villa Monte. We are thrilled when our guests love our Villa and beautiful Istria as much as we do. Thanks for the recommendation. You are welcome back any time.
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Immaculate, stylish and with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

As a family of four with two teenage children, this was the perfect villa. A bedroom each on three floors with en-suite facilities. The villa had air conditioning throughout and was very well equipped. The pool area was spotless with outdoor shower, sunbeds and parasols. The view from the villa was spectacular and a wonderful sight to wake up to each morning.

The area in Istria has so much to offer and one week was not enough to explore properly. The hilltop town 'Motovun' was beautiful with craft shops and pavement cafes. Groznjan was similar, quieter and just as beautiful. Both with cobbled streets and sweeping views of the lucious green surrounding countryside and vineyards. Coastal places were within 45 mins reach to include; Porec, Rovinj and Vrsar. All unspoilt with an array of cobbled streets, cafes and craft shops. Boats bobbed up and down on the deepest blue sea water at all three coastal towns.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful villa with us! Our first of many visits to Istria!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is wonderful to hear when families have a lovely experience at our villa. Thank you so much for this positive feedback. Whilst this family state that it was perfect for a family of four, we can accommodate six people very comfortably. On previous occasions three couples have stayed with us, as have larger families of up to four children as there is a spacious double bedroom and bathroom on each of the three floors.
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  • 5 of 5

A beaufiful villa in wonderful surroundings, the villa was gorgeous and spotlessly clean with stunning views over the garden, pool & valley, a wonderful hidden gem, but with easy reach to some marvelous villages and within 20 minutes to the coast, we would highly recommend a stay in this tranquil villa and village in Croatia

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your very kind words. It is always nice to know our guests had a lovely time and enjoyed our property and the surrounding area every bit as much as much as we do. You are welcome to go back any time as many of our guests are repeat visitors to us.
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Lovely, spacious villa

  • 5 of 5

The villa is immaculate, spacious, in a quiet hamlet, with stunning views over the surrounding country side. Five family member's stayed at the villa for just over a week, exploring the local area, as well as relaxing days by the pool. I would recommend exploring the local towns of Motovum, Buzet and Pazin. The area particular know for it's truffles, which can be sampled in most of the local restaurants.

We had a very enjoyable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, secluded and stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last year and had the most fabulous week. The villa is stunning, the quality is superb and everything you could possibly need is here and more. Our family of four stayed here for a week and enjoyed lazing by the pool, barbecuing, trips up to the amazing Motovun, and wonderful days out in Istria.

Highly recommended for a wonderful holiday. The owners make sure everything works out perfectly and we had a fabulous time. In terms of consideration of needs this is probably the best holiday home I have ever stayed in.

Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Villa Monte

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Villa Monte several times and will be returning later this year. The property is immaculate, spacious and quiet, in a pretty stone-built village, with superb views over the countryside to distant villages. All the fixtures and fittings are top quality, the kitchen is particularly well appointed, and we spent a lot of time eating outside on the terrace overlooking the pool - using the large built-in BBQ. There are plenty of local attractions within a short distance by either car and foot (including some lovely restaurants), including a large supermarket about 15 minutes away. Also the hill towns of Grosjnan and Motovun are a must visit.

This area of Croatia is very similar to the unspoilt parts of Tuscany - (in fact Italian is widely spoken), including some excellent vineyards which can be visited - several that do free tastings are within walking distance of the villa, but the area is far better value for money than Tuscany!

We would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely villa, and are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • 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
Mid 1- 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
HIGH 2017
3 Jul 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid 2 - 2017
11 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
Payment can be arranged in either UK Pounds or Euros. A deposit of £400 is required to secure the booking. This then becomes your security deposit and is returned at the end of your holiday if no damages are incurred.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but we can be flexible on occasions so please let us know if you wish to travel on a different day and we will do our best to accommodate. Arrival is after 16:00 and departure before 10:00am

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are UK Pounds however payment can be arranged in either UK Pounds or Euros. Although we suggest a minimum stay of 7 days, should you wish to stay for less please let us know and we will try to accommodate.

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