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Century-old house with large courtyard-privileged privacy in the heart of Jelsa - Apartment # 1 within large renovated house with large courtyard



Updated: 18-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Captain Niko's House

Located in the very centre of Jelsa, this century-old property of Jelsa’s famed captains consists of two newly renovated adjoining houses, both accessed through a large courtyard.

Surrounded by exceptional cultural and historic heritage, the property full of character offers a special vacation.

Apartment # 1 (ideally for 2, max 4) consists of a fully equipped kitchen with bedroom, living and dining area, bathroom (shower + WC) and additional separate WC. The air conditioned apartment is accessed by an outer staircase through the 70m2 courtyard that is dominated by one of the oldest bougainvilleas on the island.

The spacious bedroom contains a large double bed and has a beautiful antique wardrobe and dresser. In the living area there is a double sofa bed, TV and dining table and chairs.

WiFi is available.

With a view of the narrow streets of Jelsa, as well as the wooded island hilltops, the 5m long apartment terrace above the inner courtyard provides peace and privacy.

Apartment # 2 (for 2) lies on the 1st and 2nd floor of the large renovated stone house. It consists of a bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, living area and large (35m2) rooftop terrace.

WiFi is available.

The bedroom is furnished with an antique wardrobe and an extra large double bed (200 x 200). It has two windows with Mediterranean shutters, one overlooking the courtyard bougainvillea and the other, the quiet backstreet and gardens. It has air conditioning /heating.

The newly refurbished fully equipped kitchen with large refrigerator is next to the bedroom and has dining table and chairs.

The bathroom (with shower) is next to the kitchen and just by the staircase leading to the upper floor.

The upper floor has retained its original flooring and has a sitting corner with TV which is on the way to the spacious terrace, which is surely the highlight of this apartment. This nearly 360o view rooftop terrace offers a superb view of the charming nearby streets and the surrounding wooded hilltops and villages.

It has a dining table and chairs, shower and beach chairs.

Start your day with breakfast on the terrace before setting off to one of the island's crystal-clear beaches or secluded coves or simply enjoy a relaxing evening drink while gazing at the star-dotted sky.

The Sea has been an inseparable part of our ancestor's lives – a vocation, devotion and inspiration which can still be felt in every corner of the house. Appreciating it ourselves too, the house has been renovated with great care and attention for every detail.

Please note that both apartments share the same entrance and passage through the courtyard. The courtyard is used by guests in Apartment 1 while the rooftop terrace is used by guests from Apartment 2.

Getting around: While staying on the island, don’t miss Hvar, the town of exceptional monumental heritage, and if you’re looking for more dynamic evenings, it’s best to be there when the night falls.

For those who wish to discover the beauties of Hvar Island, in Jelsa you can rent a car, bicycle or small boat.

Local buses also operate to Hvar Town, Stari Grad and Vrboska daily.

From Jelsa, you can easily visit Brac Island in a day: there are daily excursions by boat (a 60 min ride) to Bol where you can spend the whole day at the well-known Zlatni rat beach.

Owing to its perfect location, the apartment is equally suitable in low season when the town is quieter, and the favourable climate of the island offers you a possibility to discover the nearby villages, either driving, or walking through the rich vegetation along the vineyards that yield the island's well-known wines, olive groves and fields with a multitude of medicinal herbs.

Arriving in Jelsa: The nearest airport is Split with a shuttle service from airport to Split harbour (30 km). The bus stops next to the Jadrolinija ticket office where you can buy tickets either for the catamaran to Jelsa (via Bol) 2hrs or for the passenger/car ferry (2hrs) to Stari Grad and then continue by local bus to Jelsa (20 min).

If you would like taxi collection from Stari Grad this can be arranged.

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About the Owner

Lada Laura
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
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18 April, 2017

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The rates are based on 2 persons sharing the apartment. Additional guests (over the age of 10) using the sofa bed are charged 15 EUR each per night.
A 25% non refundable deposit is payable at time of booking and the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Any bank transfer charges are the responsibility of the guest.
Change over days can be flexible.

10 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay and Captain Niko's house! Lada is a very helpful and knowledgable lady, she was fantastic, helping us before we arrived and was helping us with timetables and ferry information for reaching Hvar island and Jelsa. Lada and her Husband take great pride in their home and the courtyard and it is kept immaculately clean. It couldn't be situated better with a short walk down to all the bars and restaraunts or beaches just a few minutes away. The folder that she has taken the time to put together is also very useful, clearly she loves the island and all that it has to offer. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you staying here and we will be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magic Jelsa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here but a week wasn't long enough. Had we known how much we would have loved the apartment, located right in the middle of the gorgeous village of Jelsa we would have stayed two weeks. Everything was perfect, it was spotlessly clean, comfortable, 4 supermarkets, too many restaurants to count, beaches, shaded walks, ferries, buses, temperature was high 20's to 30's and Lada is extremely helpful and generous- her elderly neighbour was so lovely she kept plying us with her home-grown tomatoes and cucumbers. This is a place we would love to keep coming back to if only it wasn't so far from Australia. Thankyou Lada for the best week of our 8 week holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, relaxing holiday destination

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend Jelsa as a great place to stay. Beautiful, peaceful, and everyone was extremely welcoming. The apartment was just what we needed. Perfect, central location, well decorated and well maintained. It was the perfect base for us to explore the island by car (one day's hire was enough), by bus (great way to get to and from Hvar Town), by bike (cheap to hire and the perfect way to get around) and on foot. Will definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfectly located apartment in Jelsa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying at Captain Niko's Apartment No.1 which is right in the heart of Jelsa. The apartment is in a fantastic position - a 3 minute walk from the restaurants and shops, but it's position behind the main church in the town shields it from the noise and bustle of the harbour.

Lada was a great host, leaving lots of information about where to eat, sight-see and how to get around the island. The apartment was clean and had all the facilities you need. The air conditioning was welcome for the week that we were there as the temperatures soared to high 30's.

We travelled from Split via the seaplane - the most elegant way to get to the island! This visit we hired bikes to travel to beaches/rocks which were mostly crowd free and had the most wonderfully relaxing time. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming apartment in the heart of Jelsa

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in apartment 1 at Captain Niko's house. Lada and her husband were very welcoming, with Lada kindly waiting for our arrival at 11pm to take us to the apartment. The courtyard of the house is stunning and the apartment we stayed was homely, clean and had everything we needed for our stay. We used the kitchen and the freeze blocks provided were a god send for our picnics. Lada has provided a whole folder of information and tips on things to do, which is great and includes everything you need to know about the buses and the ferry to the mainland. The apartment looks over the church, which is beautiful and provides you with an authentic wake up call. We arrived just before the summer season really kicked in and Jelsa was wonderfully relaxed, and while the town is much smaller than Stari Grad or Hvar Town there are still plenty of bars and restaurants a stone's throw from the apartment. The majority are around the harbour side which was just two or three minutes walk. The nearest sandy beach - Mina - is well worth the 20min walk. While the sandy part is small, the cove is large and sheltered making it perfect for swimming. We would highly recommend hiring a boat from the harbour side and exploring further north of Jelsa. The fee was around £35 for the whole day and we found some beautiful coves which you practically have to yourselves. The waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling. The bus service on Hvar is great value and reliable, if sometimes a little late. We used it to go to Hvar Town and Stari Gard. We loved our holiday to Jelsa, which was exactly the laid back week we were hoping for, and Lada and her husband were the perfect hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We are a couple in our early 60s and stayed at Captain Niko's House for two and a half weeks from mid September to early October. We ended up at Jelsa because we were booking late and Hvar town had nothing much available. As it turned out we were delighted with our choice and would definitely consider going back another year.

The house was exactly as described; it is right in the centre of town, three minutes from the catamaran, two minutes from the bars and one (crucial ) minute from any noise or disturbance that you can expect in a tourist resort in high season.I'll mention the Church bells because I notice that others have. The church clock chimes on the hour and the bells call people to mass. They absolutely did not disturb us!

Lada was friendly and helpful with excellent English. She is based in Split and has local friends who can help with any problem. We had one day's difficulty with the wi-fi and it was fixed as soon as we mentioned it.

We didn't take a car and used buses to visit Stari Grad and Hvar Town but we loved Jelsa best. Jelsa is a functioning town, not only a tourist resort: it has a school, the houses have vegetable gardens, there are weddings in the church and working fisherman use the port.There are bars and restaurants, five supermarkets and other stalls, boats and bikes to hire, fantastic swimming in quiet bays, wonderful walks in the hills along the old roads, and (during the grape harvest) a heady smell of new wine.

We don't actually want to encourage lots of other people to go there. We'd like to keep it for ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : at 200 Metres Nearest Train : at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 50 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : at 300 Metres Car: not necessary

Ideally located in the central part of the island, Jelsa is only 11 km from Stari Grad, the island’s oldest town, and 33 km from Hvar, the largest town on the island. The surrounding area has an abundance of beautiful beaches to suit every taste - the closest only a 10-minute walk away.

On the opposite side of the port, a pleasant 1.5 km walk along the road through the pine woods by the sea will bring you to Vrboska, a picturesque small marina town.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Jelsa, covering every taste.

There are also many bars and even a nightclub.

Shopping is no problem as there are several good supermarkets and a fish market and a petrol station.

WiFi is also readily available in lots of bars and cafes as well as in the apartment itself.

On Hvar you will be able to experience many summer cultural events such as classical and popular music concerts and exhibitions.


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • town
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 40 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Extra large shower cubicle
  • The very modern, sunny bathroom, has an extra large shower, wash basin and toilet. An additional WC is located next door.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Living area - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, 145 x 200
  • The spacious bedroom has a beautiful antique dresser and a large wardrobe. The air con/heater unit is in the bedroom. The apartment is fitted with double glazing and shutters to ensure peace and quiet.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome


  • Welcome pack: complimentary – bottle of wine and water. Linen and towels are changed on a weekly basis. We can arrange suitable parking for guests. Pets are not welcome. Smoking in the apartment is not allowed. A baby cot and high chair can be provided. Please note that during part of the high summer season of July and August, the owners Lada and Tony, will be staying in the other apartment and will also be using the courtyard facilities. Even if you're staying at the house when the owner is not there, as art historian and licensed tour guide, Lada will be happy to share with you information about places worth seeing. After having lived in English speaking countries her fluency in English can be very helpful in planning your holiday or while you're already on the island.

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