3 bedrooms: (all with south-facing views over the valley)
Master bedroom with super-king size bed, and built-in clothes storage, en suite bathroom with bath tub and separate shower
Large double bedroom with super-king size bed and built-in clothes storage, adjacent large bathroom with nickel bateau bath and separate shower
Spacious attic room with beamed ceiling and super-king size bed and a further two single beds, making the room perfect for up to 4 children/teenagers
Additional separate stone-lined shower-room
Two large ground floor rooms with 4 sets of French windows giving on to a 15m terrace with glorious view
Covered loggia for al fresco dining at one end of terrace
Sitting room with two Italian sofas and large TV above open fireplace
Professionally equipped kitchen, built in local limestone, with large dining table
13m infinity-edge swimming pool, taking full advantage of breath-taking views of garden and valley below
Shallow end is perfect for children and deep end is 3m
Pool can be heated up to 25 degrees centigrade, payable additionally
Turkish hammam steam room with hot shower and toilet
Three four-poster sunbeds on different levels
Extensive terraced gardens with stunning views and secluded seating area within flowerbeds
Outdoor shower and sink
Poolside concealed drinks fridge
Air conditioning in all bedrooms
New Hypnos pocket-sprung super king beds with Egyptian cotton bedding and personal safes
Anti-allergy duvets and other bedding
Two Hair dryers
Ironing board and steam iron
Under floor heating in kitchen and living room
55” Flat screen TV with Netflix account
Professional ILVE Italian two-oven cooker
6-slice Dualit toaster
Nespresso-type coffee maker and milk frother
Miele 7-kilo washing machine
Miele 7-kilo tumble dryer
Cot with linen and mosquito net
High chair with cushion
Wedge changing mat
Maid service and fresh linen twice weekly
Villa Angelo is situated in Motovun, a stunning medieval hill-top village in Croatia
Motovun main square is a 5 minute walk up a charming cobbled street, where there are several bars, cafes and restaurants
Porec is 30 minutes drive and Novigrad is 25 minutes
Fly to Pula airport (1 hr drive to Motovun)
Fly to Trieste airport (1 hr 30 minutes drive)
Ljubljana airport in Slovenia is 1 hr 50 minutes from the villa (great for low season bookings)
It is also possible to fly to Venice and drive to the villa, around 2 hrs 50 minutes or arrive by boat (takes 1 hr 45 mins)
Car hire essential
Resting on a hilltop with stunning views across the valley, Motovun is a rural hub of activity, with plenty on offer throughout the year. The surrounding valley and its forests are renowned for their truffles, with the nearby Italians travelling across the border to dine at Istria’s esteemed truffle restaurants. The white Istrian variety is amongst the most highly sought after in the world, and the valleys below Motovun are full of them.
It is possible to arrange truffle-hunting trips, as well as wine tasting at a number of the local vineyards, including the award winning Bienvenuti in the nearby town of Kaldir. The culinary delights do not stop here – the area is also home to some fabulous olive groves, producing some truly delicious oils.
Motovun itself is host to the Motovun Film Festival in the last week of July – not to be missed if you’re lucky enough to be in the area.
The main square of the hilltop town is transformed into an outdoor theatre, and screenings take place throughout the day and into the evenings, amongst many other festivities.
The coast is just 20 minutes drive away – perfect for a wander around the seaside towns, try any one of the great fish restaurants serving fish fresh off the boats which you’ll see in the harbour. For those wanting a swim nearer to home, there is the Mirna River, just 5 minutes from the villa, and the ideal spot for cooling off in the height of summer.
The area is rich in both culture and history with museums and galleries to explore.There are several historical sites well worth a visit – including a Roman amphitheatre in Pula, and the breathtaking Euphrasian Basilica in Porec.
For the more adventurous, there are wonderful walks in the valleys surrounding Motovun itself, ideal to experience the wonderful Tuscan-esque scenery. Mountain bikes can be hired and there is also horse riding. The official truffle season is from September to January, and throughout the year there are daily local markets in Rovinj and Porec.
Winter travellers can enjoy the amazing Christmas markets in Ljubljana in Slovenia, under 2 hours away by car and is not to be missed!
Villa Angelo really is in a league of its own. Sitting above the beautiful hill of Motovun, surrounded by the most glorious scenery, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled back in time – thoroughly unspoiled and beautifully picturesque.
You enter the villa through an arched antique door on a charming cobbled walk-way, and are greeted by the beautiful interiors of this lovingly restored property. The sitting room, with its glorious open fireplace and softly accented colour scheme, leads directly onto the terrace. Through the three French doors you can see the valleys below Motovun, leading off from this room, the enormous kitchen is a sight to behold. Exposed ceiling timbers are decorated with sprigs of lovely dried flowers, mod cons are hidden from view behind bespoke wooden cupboards, fully in-keeping with the rural charm of the house without compromising on comfort and ease of living in the slightest.
Stairs leading off from the kitchen take you to the bedrooms on the first floor. As you head in to the master suite, you notice the delightful handmade, tin-lined copper bath in the bathroom, and then the sumptuous bespoke beds. Beautiful artworks and artefacts adorn the walls, and the two windows frame two equally beautiful vistas – one towards the mountains, and one towards the valley.
The second double bedroom also boasts the same super king-bed, and the muted moss-green walls work seamlessly with the golden colour of the wooden features in the room. Upstairs is the attic bedroom sleeping up to 4 – such a fun room for children and teenagers. Gorgeous exposed wooden beams and stone walls, the room is airy and spacious, and (unusually for an attic room) brilliantly well lit with natural light pouring in through four low windows.
The outside terrace runs the length of the house, and is accessible from both the kitchen and the sitting room, and is covered at one end to provide shade when dining outdoors in the height of summer. At the other end, there is an inviting four-poster sunbed, one of three nestled in various locations in the terraced gardens to best capture the sun at different points during the day. Use the cobbled walkway to get down to the enticing swimming pool, with various different depths, it’s somewhere the family will love to spend the whole day.
Beneath the pool, further terraces are full of scented plants, expertly planted with herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. The overall colour palette differs with the seasons, spanning blue-violets, terracotta oranges and brilliant whites.
What with so much to see and explore, surrounded by so much comfort in this beautiful rural setting, we’d quite understand if you never want to leave!