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Immaculate And Beautiful 4* Luxury Villa Near Motovun, Istria

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
2 May, 2018

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 Motovun

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 Motovun in Municipality of Motovun

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check-in days. We typically work to a Saturday check-in but try to be flexible if possible. Please contact us if you wish to travel on a different day
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 (+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.


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Immaculate And Beautiful 4* Luxury Villa Near Motovun, Istria
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Relax in style!

  • 5 of 5

Great first impressions from the moment you open the front door and nothing disappointed us thereafter. A beautifully appointed villa with every possible amenity you could hope for during your holiday. The layout of the villa and quality of finish is superb matched by a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. The pool and outdoor space, including BBQ terrace, ensured that we didn't have to venture far from the villa. The setting of the villa ensures a peaceful environment yet a short distance away is the beautiful village of Motovun with various dining options. The local agents clearly take a pride in managing the property and were only too happy to help and ensure that everything was to our liking. When we were staying there, Croatia was experiencing a significant heatwave but the full air conditioning ensured we were comfortable throughout our stay. No hesitation to recommend this villa and we would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always wonderful to hear that families have a lovely time and appreciate the space and beauty of the surroundings. You are very welcome to make a return visit any time.
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Fantastic house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Monte was a fantastic place to holiday in Istria. Our first time in Croatia but we'll be back again. The villa was great for our family of 5 with teenage kids. It's very comfortable with everything you need in a well kitted out kitchen and outside BBQ area. The air con was a real god send as it was very hot. Pool was beautiful and was cleaned twice while we were there. Beautiful views from the pool and the upstairs terrace.

We visited Motovun several times and ate in Konoda Mondo. It's so picturesque. We also visited Groznjan and Oprtalj for lunch / dinner. Our favourite was Grosjan where you can sit in the cafe Arta and eat cake and watch the sun go down. We also did wine tasting in Fakin and Tomas wines nearby and took a trip to Porec and Vrsar on the coast.

Overall it was very relaxing and tranquil.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind feedback Alison. You have made us feel very envious as you visited all our favourite places. We can't wait to go back and visit next month. Thanks again. You are welcome to stay again any time.
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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: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 20-Aug-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: 19-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Istria has something for everyone. If you are looking looking for culture, there is a multitude of historic towns and villages to explore. For foodies, it is of note that Istria is a renowned area for truffle growing and there are a wealth of local konobas and restaurants offering fabulous truffle based delicacies at a fraction of the price at home. Wine tasting is another very pleasant pastime. For those looking to be more adventure there are many caves worth a visit, and if you are a keen walker or cyclist - this is the dream destination with the whole area set near many national parks.

If you are a golfer, there is a very good championship golf course in Umag about a 1 hour drive away and another on the Brijuni island which is a wonderful place to spend the day whether you are a golfer or not but probably isn't for the serious golfer with peacocks and deer to be seen all over the course.


There is a multitude of lovely coastal towns and beaches all within a 30 minute drive from Villa Monte, for example the seaside town of Porec is only a 25-30 min drive away.


There is a choice of airports from which you can easily reach us and the motorway systems are efficient and well maintained; it is fair to say that you rarely see the sort of traffic jams typical of other popular areas. The property can be reached from Pula in about 45 minutes, Rijeka in 90 minutes and from airports in Italy - Venice 3 hours and Trieste 90 minutes respectively. Another option is to fly to Venice and then take the ferry from Venice to Pula and pick up a car there.


The cultural towns of Motovun and Grosjnan are on your doorstep being a 10 and 15 minute drive away. Seaside towns like Porec and Rovinj have pretty harbours, cobbled streets to explore and a multitude of places to eat and drink. There is a Roman amphitheatre in Pula which is worth a visit. Boat trips to Venice and the Brijuni Islands are possible from many harbours.

Further Details:

The closest village is a 10 minute drive or 20 minute walk away and has a grocery store for basics; there is also a bank and a butcher and a place to buy good quality wine. For a family shop, there is a wide choice of large supermarkets in nearby Porec along with many bars and restaurants for your enjoyment.

Istria has a long hot season starting in late April/early May and running until late September. In the winter it's also a lovely place to visit if you are into walking. The views and countryside are stunning and the restaurants cosy with open fires and a welcoming smile from their owners.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Motovun, Istria

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Apr-June 2018
8 Apr 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Jun 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jul-Aug 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Nov-Dec 2018
28 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Dec18-Jan 2019
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

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. We are a strictly no smoking property.

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. .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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