ISTRIA AND KVARNER GULF
Fair-Excellent. A working shower and better washing machine. (Recommend) Visit old Trogir, old Split and although not in the area Plitvice Lakes were amazing.
Favourite villa moment: Children playing in paddling pool.
Impressed with: It is our second time. The weather, idyllic setting and beauty.
Stayed June 2012
Apartment 2 was great. Very quiet, scenic, tidy with beautiful landscaping. Host was very good, very helpful, and friendly. Good language skills in English. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting a base near seaside in North. KRK Island is nearby but need to plan long drives to Istria, Lakes, etc. as they are distant. So best if you want place on seaside to relax, stay put with maybe closer area visits instead. Not sure we would book one place again but maybe stay in several for two nights each so we better see country. Like apartments versus hotels but to ease travel would prefer to stay several places versus so much daily driving. (Restaurants) We liked Nada on Vrbnik on KRK Island and Francopan locally. (Enjoyed) Just relaxing out on grounds in sun with sea facing
Impressed with: Beautiful country. Friendly people.
Not impressed with: Graffitti and satellite dishes on historic bldgs.
Stayed May 2012
The apartment was very dark and the lights in the room were not very cosy. Owner was very helpful.
Not impressed with: Food, unfriendly people
Property response: I suppose that they were very dissapointed about the weather, it was raining all the time the whole week, very cold, they had heating on. Regarding the lights: there are 2x ceiling lights ( each with 3 bulbs in) and a lamp beside the sofa bed in the living room, again such a ceiling light and two lamps on each side of the bed in the bedroom...There is also a neon over the sink and one over the electric hob.
Stayed May 2013
It was perfect for our needs, demands and wishes. The only things are: - it is situated in the middle of industrial harbours which does not give the best feelings. But you do not feel any impact in the quality of the environment In general it was a very beautiful villa with an amazing pool and private beach!!! Thanks for this proposal. I already recommended you to several of my friends.
Impressed with: Sealine Nature Food
Not impressed with: People Cleanliness of the country
Recommend: Pizzera Petrus Restaurant Kokaban (or similar) was an excelent seefood restaurant both directly in the town
Favourite villa moment: Relaxing at the pool or beach. It was so quite - no Mallorca-beach-feeling at all. Perfectly for coming down from the stress.
Stayed August 2012
Our apartment in Medulin was great for just the two of us . Hadn't expected quite the culture shock of it being such a family destination at the beach but the apartment being the other end of the main area, with some really nice restaurants close by, suited fine plus we enjoyed exploring the national park and Pula , plus cycling etc
Stayed July 2017
The family are charming people. The father was there every day pool-cleaning and tending the gardens. They really do care about the contentment of their visitors.
We stayed two weeks. On the first day of week 2 they changed the sheets and towels and did a good clean. BUT they didn't give us toilet paper for week 2. I asked for some and he gave me one roll, but I thought "What a shame to give the illusion of being tight-fisted" when he is NOT tight-fisted. A quiet word in his ear is required; two rolls for week two, automatically, please.
If anyone asks for suggestions for a holiday, then send them to IS002A. It's wonderful.
Impressed with: Istria is full of interesting history, some pre-Roman. The people made a huge impression. Many of them speak excellent English and are genuinely Europeans. They are good entrepreneurs and there are lots of things to do.
Not impressed with: The run-of-the-mill tourist restaurants.
Recommend: The best for meat is "Salt and Pepper" on the road to the harbour and for fish it is Ristorante Mizerija, on the sea's edge round the corner.
The zipwire at "Adrenailin Park" is good and must be followed by the zipwire at Pazinska jama, 35 miles north.
Favourite villa moment: Diving into the pool at the end of the day. That really makes this villa stand out from others that are available.
Stayed June/July 2017
Villa Comments: For self-catering properties, items such as toilet paper, washing up liquid/cleaning products are not included in rentals although often items from previous guests are left at the villa for next guest use.
Everything was perfect, thank you.
Impressed with: Landscape & culture
Not impressed with: Nothing. Overwhelmingly loved it.
Favourite villa moment: Every moment spent by the pool, using the grill area, looking at the view.
Stayed June 2015
The young lady who showed us to the villa was so friendly and helpful - please pass my regards along to her! Everyone was amazing.
Impressed with: How incredibly friendly and hospitable everyone is, and the incredible unspoilt natural beauty!
Not impressed with: nothing
Favourite villa moment: The pool!
Stayed July 2014
There is a serious safety issue in connection with this property. It is far from the main road and there are no public telephones around. In the case that somebody has an emergency the 112 hotline (or its local correspondent 94) CANNOT be reached from your foreign mobile phone (not even with Croatian prepaid SIMs). This has to be resolved ASAP, or lives might be in danger.
The owner was very nice and the pool has been cleared from twigs and leaves.
Recommend: Restaurant Nono had great food at reasonable prices.
VILLA COMMENTS: Signal strength at the villa is very good.
Stayed August 2012
Johanna and the owner were very friendly and helpful. Johanna recommended us beautiful places to go and see. She was amazing representative. We loved her for her professional manner.
I have got few comments for you. I was strongly disappointed as swimming pool haven't had a jacuzzi as per your page specification. When we arrived at the villa we were looking for it everywhere until the agent said there's no jacuzzi at the place. This misleading information is still on your page therefore I will recommend to remove that from the below page: www.croatianvillas.com/accommodation/istrian-villa-pool-is027#BookOnline Built : 1906 Last Renovated : 2004 Area : 170 Sqm Frequency of Linen/towel Change : Once a week Maximum No. Cars : 2 Pool Size : 10m x 5m Pool Comments : Pool + Jacuzzi Pool open 15 April - 31 Oct Also we had mice in the house and you could find a droppings all over the kitchen dishes which was quite uncomfortable. We found few scorpions in the rooms upstairs and I would strongly recommend to warn all families with little babies staying at the villa. Last thing we had an owl at the property on the last day which made our stay quite uncomfortable as we couldn't even finish our breakfast and we left the property rushing.
Impressed with:Nice people, amazing food and great beaches.
Not impressed with: Scorpions,
Recommend: I would recommend all to go to Rovinj, Porec.
Comments. Jacuzzi has been removed.
Stayed August 2014
The village was lovely.
Stayed May 2008
Excellent. A lovely setting with great access to the sea. The owners could not have been more helpful. They were horrified that one of the air conditioning units was not working (the apartment had one in every room) and immediately arranged for it to be repaired, despite it being a Sunday.
Impressed with: Beautiful coastline, very good value for money.
Not impressed with: Some traffic congestion on the main roads on Saturdays.
Favourite villa moment: Early morning snorkel in the sea!
Stayed July/August 2012
Excellent. Very kind manager that lived there, she was fantastic.
Stayed November 2011
It was beautiful and the accommodation and location were really lovely. (The) dramatic landscape and the people were so friendly the weather was amazing. A great place to holiday, still unspoilt and relatively cheap.
Stayed August 200
Apartment was of an excellent standard, well maintained and in a great location.
Stayed May 2007
Our host was fabulous. Charge more money and include toilet paper, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, beach towels,salt, pepper and sugar.
Impressed with: The beauty of the country and the weather
Favourite villa moment: Sunrise and sunset overlooking the Sea
Croatian Villas comment: If you would like a grocery shop to be arranged before your arrival, we can arrange this if you e-mail us a list of products you would like purchased. Payment to be made locally.
Stayed June 2012
Impressed with: Cycling in Istria is very good with clearly signed routes to suit all abilities.
Not impressed with: Pula - worth half a day visit for the Ampitheatre otherwise very drab.
Recommend: Pizzaria in Sveti Lorec was good. 5 minute drive, 40 minute walk.
Favourite villa moment: BBQ early evening.
Stayed September 2015
Everything was as we expected. We only had two problems, one was the air conditioning which seemed to cool the property very well during the day when we were not in it but at night it appeared to change to 'heating'and so made sleeping very difficult and the other problem was with ants in the kitchen no matter how careful we were to make sure no food was left around. Agent was extremely pleasant and helpful. Owner was also very pleasant when we were leaving
Impressed with: The sunshine and the cleanliness
Not impressed with: We had no complaints about our visit to Croatia
Favourite villa moment: The pool was excellent
Stayed August 2012
Great pool & fabulous outdoor seating area. Poolside beach towels would have been a bonus. Lack of glasses for wine & soft drinks. Extra pillows would have been useful. Villa lovely but not brilliantly equipped. Local representative was friendly & helpful. Didn't really see the owner as he generally came round when we were still asleep.
Impressed with: Friendly people, beautiful scenery, great seafood & good value for money.
Not impressed with: Struggling to come up with anything negative to say about it to be honest. Not great if you're a big sandy beach fan I guess but we're not.
Recommend: Great pizzeria in sv Lovrec & the seafood restaurants at Limski Kanal are good. Church at Porec worth a visit.
Favourite villa moment: Early evening g & t watching the kids splashing in the pool. We will return to Croatia for sure!
Stayed August 2012
Excellent. A good base for visiting northern Croatia and the local islands as it is close to the ferry port.
Impressed with: Easy to travel around and all places were very tidy.
Not impressed with: Some staff in restaurants were a bit literal/ unhelpful. If you ask do you have a table for two people outside. The waitress will say no, she won't offer you any other options of give an idea of when one will be available.
Recommend: We really enjoyed visiting Krk Town. Tea and cake on the front was lovely, all the restaurants we tried were good. Our day trip to Cres and Losing islands was great although the weather was dull.
Stayed September 2012
The Villa is beautiful and clean and comfortable. The views are amazing and we had a wonderful holiday. The island of KRK is excellent value and we ate out most evenings. The sea food was great. There was plenty to see and do in the two weeks we were there, mostly visiting pretty towns and messing about in the Sea.
Stayed July 2011
We loved the property. It was fantastic for us in every sense: style, size, and layout. We are a family with teenage children. This house would not suit a young family due to the bedroom layout, unless the children slept in the same room as parents. (We liked) the historic towns Beautiful clear sea to swim in.
Stayed August 2010
Our host was great! Went out of his way to accommodate us.
Impressed with:Endless stunning scenery. Easy to navigate around to enjoy exploring. Culturally interesting. Great value for money.
Recommend: Kataka beach bar - great food, great service. Riva restaurant - Selce
Favourite villa moment: Dinner alfresco by the pool, overlooking the stunning views of Krk.
Stayed August 2014
Caretaker was extremely helpful and communicative. Regrettably the Jacuzzi and the steam room were both out of operation for our stay.
Impressed with:Oprtalj, istria is unspoilt Tuscany
Villa Comment: The main water pipe passing under the wellness zone incurred a leak; we lost 1000l of water during two weeks. The part of the spa area including the Jacuzzi and steam room were out of order. The Jacuzzi tub was soaked, with water penetrating from under the mosaic tiles and insulation. Because of that the Chloride / Ph values were not at the correct level and we couldn't take any risk. As it happened in the middle of the season, we could not react in time, the repair is going to take 20 days. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Repairs will be carried out over winter.
Stayed August/September 2014
An excellent experience all round
Impressed with: The sea
Favourite villa moment: The first meal which reassured us that we had chosen the right holiday and the final meal where we were made to feel so welcome
Stayed August/September 2016
Only positive comments on everything, excellent experience overall. Extremely hospital and a very good host and cook!
Impressed with: Friendly people beautiful country
Not impressed with: Couln't say.
Favourite villa moment: Breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Stayed August 2015
Excellent. The food was extraordinary. The owner of the villa is outstanding, in terms of attitude and service.
Stayed August 2012
The property was great, and very well maintained. Nice view of the valley where you can enjoy the swimming pool, views and sunsets. The house had many details that made our stay very comfortable. Particularly, the bathrooms were well maintained and spacious but more importantly they are private to each bedroom. Everybody was very helpful.
Some additional wineries suggestions. We found the one suggested closed and we did not really know where else to go. Perhaps some wines of the region catalogue would be helpful since there are so many vineyards around. I would also recommend to provide some citronella at arrival while guest have a chance to get more in town (mosquitos may be aggressive without repellant).
The villa was great as well as the local contacts. Before the trip, I had appreciated some information around the area to be prepared. I requested information and people were very responsive. However, it had been nice if they had taken the initiative to share some pre trip advice.
Impressed with: The Adriatic coast and the valley lined with vineyards.
Not impressed with: The wines and the truffles. Also, the food at the restaurants was not that great.
Recommend: Motovun: Mondo Restaurant. Groznjan is a great cute hill town. Rovinj boat ride and Blue Restaurant.
Favourite villa moment: Just hanging out at the swimming pool. It was very fun and relaxing. In addition, the weather was great so you could always have dinner outside by the barbecue.
Stayed August 2012