Price per week €1750—€2950
Sleeps 6
Living Space

3 double bedrooms
All bedrooms have king size beds and en suite bathrooms with showers

Fully equipped kitchen
Indoor dining area for 6-8 people
Spacious sitting room
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and additional fridge
Bathroom with WC and shower, and direct access outdoors

Shaded outdoor dining area for 8-10 people

Amenities

Swimming pool, 11 x 3m (can be heated, payable locally)
Sunbeds and umbrellas
Gas BBQ
Air conditioning
WiFi
Flat screen satellite TV
Stereo sound system
Fireplace (free firewood can be delivered)
Central heating (for low season bookings)
Iron and ironing board
Parking for 2 cars

Domestic Services

House manager/concierge
Maid service available on request (payable locally)
Cleaning available on request (payable locally)
Yoga/babysitting/massage at the house available (payable locally)
Cook available on request (payable locally)
Vineyard tours and truffle hunting can be organised (when booked in advance, payable locally)
Pool maintenance
Gardener

Location

Istria is a heart-shaped peninsula very near the Italian border.
The Prascari Estate is in the north of the peninsular and a little inland

The nearest local restaurant is a 5 minute drive
Motovun is a 20 minute drive from the villa
Porec 30 minutes drive and Novigrad 35 minutes

Pula in the south of the peninsula is 50 minutes by car

Transport

Fly to Pula airport (40 minutes drive)
Fly to Trieste airport (1 hr 35 minutes)

Ljubljana airport in Slovenia is 2 hrs from the villa (good 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, 1 hr 45 minutes

Note: during high season July/August, do try and fly directly into Croatia as opposed to Venice or Slovenia, only there can be long traffic jams at the borders during summer months

Car hire highly recommended

Local Information

The house is on the beautiful and private Prascari Estate in Istria. This charming, authentic hamlet features beautifully restored houses surrounded by lush greenery and amazing views. The estate is surrounded by fields, olive groves, vineyards and truffle forests and the are native Boskarin cattle grazing nearby (you can hear their cow bells gently ringing as you approach).

Istria is a sight to behold. The stunning views are a feast for the eyes, from distant mountains, valleys, olive groves and vineyards to the vast forests and wheat fields.
Its rural parts are as glorious as its coastline. The area is rich in culture and history with museums and galleries to explore. There are several historic sites including a Roman amphitheatre in Pula, and the stunning Euphrasian Basilica in Porec.

Istria is renowned for its delectable truffles and truffle-hunting tours can be easily arranged. For the wine-lover Istria has many local vineyards which offer excellent tastings, including the award winning Bienvenuti in the town of Kaldir. The culinary delights do not stop here – the area is home to some fabulous olive groves, producing some truly delicious oils.

The unmissable Motovun Film Festival is in the last week of July. The main square of the hilltop town is transformed into an outdoor theatre, and screenings take place throughout the day and into the evenings.
Somewhat surprisingly, the coast is just 20 minutes away – perfect for a wander around the seaside towns, perhaps stopping at one of the many brilliant fish restaurants serving the freshest of fish straight the boats you see arriving in the harbours. For those who fancy a dip even closer to home, there is the Mirna River.

For the more active and adventurous, there are wonderful walks, perfect for experiencing first hand the glorious Tuscan-esque scenery. Mountain bikes can be hired if you prefer to take in the views at a faster pace, and horse riding too.

The delights of the area are to be found all year round, with the official truffle season from September to January, and daily local markets in Rovinj and Porec while winter guests can enjoy the amazing Christmas markets in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Our View

The delights of the Croatian countryside and the immaculate taste of the owners of this house are a heady marriage which work so well. Villa Castagno boasts a rural position overlooking fields giving the peace and tranquility most of us long for all year.

This old house has been beautifully restored – the owners have converted it into a stylish holiday home. The three bedrooms are all a good size and all have en suite bathrooms – one of the bedrooms is in the eves of the house – they all have beautifully restored wooden floors and exposed wooden beams.

The bathrooms have been sympathetically developed using local stone and tiles, painted white with wooden floors. Some of the inside walls have exposed stone and some are whitewashed.

In the beautiful garden the L shaped pool is just perfect for cooling off on long, hot days under the Istrian sun – and with the coast just a 20 minute drive you have the best of both worlds. Eat lunch by the pool at the shady table.

For larger groups it is advisable to rent the 2 bedroom Villa Moro next door which is perfect for older relations or those who might like to get away from the main group. It is possible for both groups to eat at Castagno.

This map guide is only an approximation

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