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Free Wi-Fi at Castello- a spacious apartment in a Gothic house!



Updated: 24-Aug-2016
Self catering apartment with roof terrace in medieval town

The Castello apartment is in a 500 year old Venetian Gothic house in prime position on the main square of the medieval town of Vodjnan in Istria 20 minutes bike ride from the beach A sweeping circular stone staircase leads to the the apartment on the second floor. The rooms are very spacious and light with views onto the square and church. The property has been modernised to a very high specification, with attention to the preservation of the original character and free Wi-Fi internet access. Vodnjan is 20 minutes from Pula airport (Ryanair), 2 hours from Rijeka airport and Trieste airport. It is also 20 minutes from Rovinj and 5 minutes from the ferry to Brijuni Islands. The apartment has a roof top terrace with spectacular views. The local area is excellent for biking, exploring, walking and rock climbing. Nearby Pula has a large Roman amphitheatre, a busy harbour as well as museums, shops and many cultural and sporting activities. Frequent bus service.

Summer event: The town of Vodnjan has an extended programme of events in the summer, particularly in August.

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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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25 Reviews

based on 25 holidaymaker reviews


Beautifully restored flat in a fabulous building

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Vodnjan, an authentic medieval town which seems largely untouched by tourism; just how we like it.

Castello is a sympathetically restored apartment which overlooks the Square from the bedroom and the church tower from the living area. It has a spacious feel and is very comfortable. Our stay was in October which meant that the (very efficient) heating units were welcome. We only needed them at night though as the days were pleasant. It felt special to enter the building through the communal entrance and the stone hallway and spiral stairs evoked centuries past. Castello is welcoming with its wooden floors and neutral colour scheme. Everything you need is there and we enjoyed several meals at home, overlooking the tower and even a picnic on the roof terrace, with its wonderful views. The roof terrace is accessed via the attic, which was another highlight for me. The keyholders were welcoming on our arrival and helped us with where to park and to eat that night. The flat is beautifully clean (I understand that the caretakers live in another apartment in the building) and everyone we met in the building was friendly, even greeting us if they saw us in local bars. Tessa, the owner of the flat, provided excellent communication and made the whole thing very easy.

The apartment was very easy to reach from Pula airport and as we'd hired a car, we could go anywhere in Istria that took our fancy. The motorways have tolls but these are cheap by UK standards and are practically empty, as are the main roads. We enjoyed the sightseeing around the hill towns and the coast and returned to Pula to see the amphitheatre but mostly enjoyed the hospitality around Vodnjan. I would recommend visiting the tourist office for advice about what to see, especially if you're going slightly out of season as we did.

This was our first visit to Croatia and we look forward to going again for the beautiful scenery, friendly locals and authentic, unpretentious atmosphere. If we return to Vodnjan we shall certainly stay at Castello.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review. I am sure those considering staying at Castello will appreciate all the info you have shared. If you would ever like to return, our apartment, Benussi next door has 2 spacious bedrooms and sleeps 5. www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p68166 And you will get 10% discount as a returning guest! Tessa
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John & Rachel, August 2015

  • 5 of 5

I'm back at work but my thoughts and heart are still in Castello, where we just enjoyed a relaxing and special week's holiday. The apartment is spacious and combines modern comforts, such as air conditioning and a large, comfy bed, with lots of history and a romantic position overlooking the bustling square. We enjoyed exploring Istria in 35C heat, retreating to Castello in the evening to drink wine on the roof terrace or stroll the streets of Vodjnan. The beach was a little too far to pedal, for us, largely just due to the heat, but there are plenty of magical spots within a 30-minute drive, plus the towns of Pula and Rovinj to enjoy. This was my fourth trip to Croatia and although we went in peak season I also found the area to be surprisingly good value compared to Dubrovnik for example, with food, drink, parking and other essentials always cheaper than expected. The apartment also felt like good value, with spacious rooms and such a prime location, without a premium price tag.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sure you enjoyed the italian flavour, not only of the food but also the architecture which stems from this part of Croatia once being part of Italy. If you know some italian, the Croatians, who are bilingual, will happily respond to your efforts. You can also speak English as all the young speak good English and some of the older ones too. I hope you will return to Castello. We offer 10% discount to our guests who would like to book one of our apartments again. We have Castello and Benussi in Vodnjan and Lukovima in Rovinj.
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Amanda & Jon (Cardiff) July 2015

  • 5 of 5

Costello is a lovely apartment; clean and spacious with a well stocked kitchen. The A/C made for a restful nights sleep and generally made our holiday more comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed drinking wine on the roof terrace and pondering Vodnjan's age old history - absolutely beautiful views. Vodnjan is perfectly situated to explore Istria by bicycle, bike or car. We hired a car so managed to get further afield and visit Rovinj, Pula, Medulin and Permentura to name a few places, but Fezana is a short cycle away and Vodnjan is steeped in history - including mummified Saints resting in the local church. We particularly enjoyed the Bist (Olive Oil local shop) tour of the owner's (Paul O'Grady - yup; Irish) beautuful Olive Grove. We now truly understand olives and olive oil. We feel like we've discovered an unspoilt, non-commercialised peace of heaven and Castello is definitely a place we shall revisit. Hvala! Amanda & Jon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased you and Jon enjoyed staying at Castello and appreciated Vodnjan and its unspoilt character. The locals are friendly and helpful in a relaxed way. There is no feeling of being a tourist target as happens in so many places these days. After 10 years of visiting several times a year, I still enjoy it- even in the winter with the wood stove burning. I look forward to hearing from you again when you plan your next visit. Tessa
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The house that tourists photograph

  • 5 of 5

We had a 10 days in Vodnjan. Absolutely loved it. We walked out on the cycle paths amid banks of wild flowers, paddled at Peroj, watched the children celebrate the last day of school at Fazana, took the train to Pisino and Savicenta and found Vodnjan quiet,and friendly. All perfectly feasible without car or bikes if you are prepared for some gentle walking - and the weather at the end of May/early June was perfect. The tourist office was patient and helpful with all our requests for information and the people in the local shops couldn't have been more friendly inspite of our slowness with the money and general ignorance of how things are done. Loved the terrace at the end of the day too, of course.

Speaking Italian was useful for communication with older people, but many young people speak English and seem keen to practise!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your enthusiastic review. I hope you will come and visit Vodnjan again soon!
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Castello Oct 2012

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is lovely and has everything you need for a relaxed stay, the star of this apartment though is the lovely roof top terrace ideal for chilling with a bottle of wine in the evening watching the sunset.

The castello is ideally placed 20 mins from the airport and pula which has an amazing ampitheatre, 10 mins by car from the beach, there is loads to explore nearby. We totally recommend the beefsteak with truffles at the nearby Vodjanka restaurant and amazing pizzas at Girontoda.

The only downfall for us was the mattress it is so uncomfortable and if that was changed we would have no hesitation in visiting again and would give it 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super Ferien in Vodnjan

  • 5 of 5

Wir (2 Erwachsene + 1 Kind) waren 8 Nächte in Vodnjan im Castello.

Das Apartment ist gräumig, sauber, toll ausgestattet und ist ein idealer

Stützpunkt um den Süden Istriens zu erkunden. Sehr guten Kaffee gibt es

in der kleinen Bar unterhalb des Aparments und sehr freundliche Bedienung.

Auch Kontakt zu Einheimischen war recht einfach. In einer halben Stunde

mit dem Auto erreicht man leicht schöne Badebuchten im Osten Istriens

sowie im Westen rauf bis Rovinj.

Alles in Allem ein sehr schöner, interessanter Urlaub im Castello, Vodnjan.

five points


  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pula airport (Ryanair) at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 5 Metres Nearest Ferry : Pula at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pula at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Vodnjan at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : at 5 Kilometres

Istria has been an important gateway to Europe for more than a thousand years. This coming and going is reflected in both culture and architecture making Istria more like Europe than the rest of Croatia. Italian is the official second language here and both buildings and agriculture seem much like Tuscany. The ever popular coastal towns are well worth a visit, but so are the gems inland - the walled medieval hills towns of Groznan and Motovun, the ruined city of Divigrad and the dramatic views from the top of Mt Ucka. Wine, truffles, and a therapeutic hot-spring mud bath can make a great day out. Formerly Vodnjan was a garrison town for the Roman army; later overshadowed by its port, Pula. Today Vodnjan is rebounding in a rather relaxed fashion, and is a fine staging post for trips to the palaces of Tito's island retreats on Brijuni, the beaches of the fishing port of Fazana and the seafood restaurants of Pula.

Other Activities: Rock climbing, flying, boating to islands.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Jan 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

30% due with your booking. On receipt of your payment your booking will be confirmed. £100 security deposit will be due on arrival. This is refunded within 14 days of your departure if there is no damage.

There is a tourist tax to pay on arrival. In the summer it is 7.5 kuna (approx £1) per person per day.

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic
  • Romantic


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town


  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 45 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • A cot is available on request. A mattress (on the floor) with bedding can be provided for a child.


  • Terrace


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The roof terrace is shared with our other apartment Casa Benussi

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