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Villa By The Mediterranean

Overview

Property

Updated: 08-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Villa in Cavtat, near Dubrovnik, Croatia - On The Edge Of The Medieval Town, Yet Quiet And Within A 5 Minute Walk From The Beach.

The villa is located in Croatia's southernmost town, Cavtat, built on a pine-scented peninsula. The medieval town occupies one half the peninsula, the forest covers the other. The villa is on the edge of either. Over 400 year old, the villa has all modern conveniences, such as a state-of-the-art kitchen, while its old charm has been retained. The wine-cellar is stocked with good local wines, available to guests (who pay the caretaker afterwards). Cavtat features among the most beautiful towns in Croatia. Its boulevard overlooks a splendid bay, and is lined with restaurants, cafés, and super yachts. It boasts better beaches than Dubrovnik, which is within easy reach by boat or bus. Cavtat is an upmarket town in an upmarket region. Discos are banned in the old town, and the only buzz comes from the restaurant- and café-terraces on the palm-lined boulevard. Yet, even this buzz cannot be heard from the villa, which is built on the top of a small hill (40-odd steps).

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Kitty van Zweeden
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
8 June, 2017

About Kitty van Zweeden

I am a Dutch teacher living in land-locked Luxembourg but spending some of my free time on the Med. One day in 2003 my husband called me from Cavtat, and said: 'I've found the perfect place. They don't need Brigitte Bardot here to turn this into another Saint-Tropez.' He was right. Cavtat is superb, a fact that is not lost on the owners of the super-yachts that nowadays line the boulevard. It is also much nicer than Saint-Tropez, as it has retained its charm. After we had left the Netherlands in 1990, we lived in many countries. Although I never grew tired of that lifestyle, I did want to drop an anchor somewhere - a home to return to from wherever we happened to live. Cavtat is the place were we invite family - I have three children - and friends to. No-one ever declines.

Kitty van Zweeden purchased this villa in 2003

Why Kitty van Zweeden chose Dalmatian Islands

When we first moved in, in 2003, doors and windows were still missing. We felt a little awkward having to leave our valuables in the villa when going out. Looking back, we still laugh about such naivety - the crime rate in Cavtat is zero. Cavtat is very safe, impossibly beautiful, and hedonistically pleasant. It can be a little busy, but it is never crowded, especially not around our house (which on a hill-top at the edge of the old town). We like many places in the region, but this we never skip: dining in the village of Mali Ston, swimming in the lake on Lokrum Island, wine tasting in Peljesac. My husband also believes there is no better place for running than the Konavle hills, and no better place for a haircut than the hairdresser on the Cavtat boulevard (sea-view in the mirror).

What makes this villa unique

We have invested substantial amounts of money in the villa, which is a 400-year old stone house, and I think this shows. I have tried to recreate an old world charm without overdoing it. Much of the furniture is imported from Transylvania, as we could not find what we wanted in Croatia. I feel very much at ease in the house, but in summer we only live outside. The terrace is five times the size of the living room, which in itself is not small. It is dominated by a huge bougainvillea, and has orange and lemon trees. Some people find the 40-odd steps to the house an inconvenience, but like many locals I have come to appreciate this built-in daily exercise. Think of it like this: Cavtat has - in relative terms - ten times more centenarians than my native Holland.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"What a wonderful house and garden! We had a really lovely holiday. We will be back!" - Niamh Mulligan, July 2013.



"Beautiful villa in an idyllic setting - we have enjoyed staying here, eating gelato, day-trips to Lokrum and Dubrovnik, visiting the mausoleum and the great artist Bukovac's house (it was really wonderful)." - Adie family, May 2012.



"Me and my family had a really good time here in Cavtat. The house is amazing! The city and the people are really nice, and we had a great time. We hope to come back" - Thor Christian, July 2011.
Dec 2012
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Guestbook comments from the manager

"What a wonderful house and garden! We had a really lovely holiday. We will be back!" - Niamh Mulligan, July 2013.



"Beautiful villa in an idyllic setting - we have enjoyed staying here, eating gelato, day-trips to Lokrum and Dubrovnik, visiting the mausoleum and the great artist Bukovac's house (it was really wonderful)." - Adie family, May 2012.



"Me and my family had a really good time here in Cavtat. The house is amazing! The city and the people are really nice, and we had a great time. We hope to come back" - Thor Christian, July 2011.
Dec 2012
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9 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

5

Wonderful situation, well appointed - ideal!!!

  • 5 of 5

As a group of 7 women this villa suited our needs perfectly. It is very close to everything yet secluded too. Suzanna was wonderful, so welcoming and helpful. Cavtat is a wonderful place to stay, rather than Dubrovenik old town itself. Cavtat is beautiful and relaxed. It has great restaurants and bars, lovely walks, the clearest of seas containing a myriad of sea life including dolphins and an overall ambiance which makes you slow down. Dubrovenik is easily accessible via bus number 10 or, as we did, by boat. This cost us the equivalent of £7 return and was a great way to arrive in Dubrovenik. The old town is interesting, clean and worth visiting. However, to walk the wall you have to pay (over £20 each). Game of Thrones watchers will enjoy spotting Kings Landing images and the 'walk of shame' area. Dubrovenik is much more expensive than Cavtat - double the price for a meal and drink - another reason to stay in Cavtat!

Without reservation we thank Kitty and Suzanna for all of their help prior to our visit and during. We had an amazing break and would return without hesitation. The steps to the villa would make it unsuitable for the elderly or infirm but we liked the workout!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen, Thanks for you review, which is much appreciated. Of course we're most happy you enjoyed your stay. As to the tickets for the Dubrovnik city walls, we also think they are too high. On the other hand, much of the money goes to an NGO that uses it for the restoration of other landmarks. Thus, for instance, the NGO could afford the badly needed restoration of the Ston city walls (supposedly the longest after the China's Great Wall). Kind regards, Kitty
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is an idyllic house in a perfect location for our girls weekend away. It is clean, spacious and well equipped, the garden is beautiful to sit in the mornings and evenings. Susanna was lovely and very helpful. we explored the local area, we chartered a private boat from Dubrovnik boats who picked us up in Cavtat in the morning and we spent the whole day exploring the Elafiti Islands, swimming, snorkelling and had lunch at a beautiful fish restaurant, we spent evenings watching the sunset from 'Beach Bar Little Star'

we would highly recommend this house and would love to come back

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

We were really, really impressed with this villa. It was immaculately clean, stylish and well equipped. The reliable wi-fi was an essential for us, allowing the children to play on their iPads in the evenings. The villa has a dishwasher and laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a very helpful caretaker, Suzana, who lives locally and speaks good English. The villa is well positioned, being only a couple of minutes walk from the beach and the shops and restaurants in the harbour. We found it is perfect for two families of four, as there are two bedrooms plus a bathroom on each floor (plus an additional en suite to the first floor double bedroom) so each family has some space and privacy.

Note, however, that the villa in at the top of a steep hill. The steps up nearly finished us off in the heat and would definitely be a challenge for babies/toddlers and pushchairs, not to mention older or less mobile people. It cannot be accessed by car, so reaching it was a bit of a shock when the taxi dropped us off at the bottom of the steps with all our cases!

The walled garden was absolutely beautiful, with plenty of outdoor seating and shade. We had some wonderful evening meals in the garden and there is also a bbq, although we did not use it. However beware the mosquitoes and other biting creepy crawlies - Cavtat seemed plagued with the Asian Tiger mosquito which bites during the day and does not seem at all phased by repellant! We adults were eaten alive, although fortunately the mozzies did not bother the kids.

Cavtat is about 10 miles south of Dubrovnik and we caught the water taxi up the coast, which run about once an hour. It is a lovely journey and only takes about 45 minutes to get there. There is plenty of boating, water sports and kayaking around the Cavtat peninsula; kayaking was great fun and not too expensive. The restaurants were generally pretty good and the ice cream shops fantastic. The harbour itself is stunningly beautiful and we have never seen such clear water that makes you actually want to jump in. There are a few small beaches around the peninsula, but take some surf shoes for the beach as they are rocky rather than sandy.

The other point to mention is that Cavtat is under a flight path from the nearby airport, so it could get a bit noisy with quite low flying planes. It would not put us off going again though, as Cavtat itself is so lovely and you do stop noticing them pretty quickly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Cavtat villa.

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant. Lovely property

Ideal position.

Cavtat is superb.

Recommend to others.

Daily boat trips made the holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect stay in a beautiful accommodation

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is very close to the waterfront and the harbour. We really enjoyed the big and amazing garden / yard. The house is quite big and has enough space for 8 people. There is everything you need in the accommodation.

Dubrovnik is just a 25 minutes trip by bus or a boat trip of 45 minutes away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Late summer break

  • 5 of 5

Our initial intention was to book a holiday break in Dubrovnik, however having stumbled over the property in Cavtat decided this might be a better option, and this turned out to be the case. The property is very well maintained and equipped to a high level. The garden is very pretty with lots of seating areas. The restaurants and bars are nearby and plentiful. We enjoyed some lovely meals in particular, fish dishes, which we found not too expensive. The water taxis were a delightful mode of transport to Dubrovnik and surrounding islands. We were able to hire bikes and spent a fabulous day in the mountains and lower valleys. The local residents are extremely friendly and helpful. All in all we had a great holiday and we would recommend the place and the accommodation to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

When we first moved in, in 2003, doors and windows were still missing. We felt a little awkward having to leave our valuables in the villa when going out. Looking back, we still laugh about such naivety - the crime rate in Cavtat is zero. Cavtat is very safe, impossibly beautiful, and hedonistically pleasant. It can be a little busy, but it is never crowded, especially not around our house (which on a hill-top at the edge of the old town). We like many places in the region, but this we never skip: dining in the village of Mali Ston, swimming in the lake on Lokrum Island, wine tasting in Peljesac. My husband also believes there is no better place for running than the Konavle hills, and no better place for a haircut than the hairdresser on the Cavtat boulevard (sea-view in the mirror).

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

Three beaches are within a 5-minute walk, a fourth is at 10 minutes, a fifth at 15 minutes. All five beaches have deck-chairs, parasols and a café. One beach, at the far end of the peninsula, overlooks a small, shallow and secluded bay that is particularly safe for young children.

The sea around Cavtat is crystal clear as the town boasts a brand-new water purification plant, built into a mountain.

Further beaches, all almost private, are in the hinterland within 15 minutes by car.

Travel:

There is no need to rent a car, as all necessities (shops, restaurants, beaches) are within easy walking distance and Cavtat is moreover served by buses and boats. The airport is only 7 km away.

Yet, to explore the surroundings in depth a car is recommended. Cavtat is at one hour's drive from Peljesac, a beautiful 80 km long peninsula which is home to some of Croatia's best wines. It is even closer to the Bay of Kotor across the border into Montenegro.

Distances:

Distances:

Airport: 9 km.

Dubrovnik (medieval town): 16 km.

Trsteno (renaissance gardens): 23 km.

Peljesac (wine route): 76 km.

Korcula (medieval town): 126 km.

Konavle (Cavtat hinterland): 5 km.

Herceg Novi, Montenegro (medieval town): 27 km.

Kotor, Montenegro (medieval town): 57 km.

Trebinje, Bosnia (medieval town): 46 km.

Island of Lokrum: 25 minutes by boat from Cavtat.

Island of Lopud: 45 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik.

Island of Mljet: 90 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik.

Further Details:

The old town of Cavtat has a supermarket, a chemist's, bakery, a post office, a tourist office and scores of cafés and restaurants. As to the latter, the best by some way seems to be Leut, which is also among the most expensive ones.

Cavtat is great for swimming, scuba diving, jogging (around the peninsula), table tennis (at beach restaurant Rokotin), beach volleyball (hotel Croatia), and tennis (at various places). The Konavle hinterland has beautiful footpaths and small roads that would render any long-distance runner happy. Cycling routes are, sadly, still lacking.

Wine tasting used to be confined to the Peljesac peninsula, but the Konavle hinterland has also (re-)started to produce very decent wines. Bosnia, only half an hour away, boasts a wine route. Wines in this part of the world are of interest because producers have retained the varieties that have grown here for many centuries. Most of those, such as 'plavac mali', cannot be found anywhere else.

Lovers of history are well-served. Within easy driving distance many medieval towns can be found. To name a few: Korcula, Ston, Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Budva and Trebinje.

The most beautiful islands are Mljet, Lokrum, Lopud and Korcula, all of which are a must. Off Cavtat lies tiny Mrkan, where some scenes of the HBO hit serial 'Game of Thrones' were filmed in 2012. For Lastovo, a still largely undiscovered paradise, an overnight stay is required.

Further afield, but within 5 hours, are the beautiful cities of Split (Croatia), Mostar (Bosnia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia), as well as Lake Skodra (Montenegro) on the Albanian border.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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June
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£691
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£173
 
 
July-August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,263
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£253
 
 
September
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£691
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£173
 
 
October
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£472
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£118
 
 
April
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£522
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£131
 
 
May
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
£640
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£160
 
 
June
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£758
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£189
 
 
July-August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,390
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£278
 
 
September
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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£758
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£189
 
 
October
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My Standard Rate
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£522
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £252.66

Booking Notes:
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Changeover Day:
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Facilities

From the Owner

We have invested substantial amounts of money in the villa, which is a 400-year old stone house, and I think this shows. I have tried to recreate an old world charm without overdoing it. Much of the furniture is imported from Transylvania, as we could not find what we wanted in Croatia. I feel very much at ease in the house, but in summer we only live outside. The terrace is five times the size of the living room, which in itself is not small. It is dominated by a huge bougainvillea, and has orange and lemon trees. Some people find the 40-odd steps to the house an inconvenience, but like many locals I have come to appreciate this built-in daily exercise. Think of it like this: Cavtat has - in relative terms - ten times more centenarians than my native Holland.

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Oceanfront
  • town

Attractions

  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 150 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, containing shower, sink and toilet. Bathroom on first floor landing, containing shower, sink and toilet. Bathroom on second floor landing, containing shower, sink and toilet.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and bathroom-en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds (that can be joined top form a double bed). Bedroom 4 with twin beds. It is possible to add a cot or air mattress in bedrooms 1, 2 and 3.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The entire villa, with the exception of the living and dining room, is air-conditioned. Outside: The 220 m2 walled terrace has several seating areas, laid out in such a way that both shade and sun can be found at almost any given time. The dining table, which easily seats 8, is close to the kitchen. There is also a barbecue that can be wheeled to any part of the terrace. Vegetation includes lemon, orange and tangerine trees, a bougainvillea, two oleanders and several pine trees. The terrace's perimeter is marked by palm trees. Care has been taken to install lighting that not only adds to the atmosphere, but also suffices for reading at night. The laundry can be hung out to dry on a separate part of the terrace, largely out of sight. Utility Room: The hoover is in the in-house utility room, the washing machine is located in a separate stone building that also contains the hot-water installation. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the price; they are changed once a week if the property is rented for more than one week. Cleaning is also once a week. WiFi internet is also included in the price. Other: The wine-cellar is stocked with 100-odd bottles of Croatian wine, ranging from simple table wines to expensive reds from the Dingac region. They can be drunk by clients, who pay the caretaker afterwards.