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Sleeps 8 (plus 2 children)
Living Space

4 bedrooms:
All bedrooms have king size beds
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom, shower and doors to private balcony
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom, shower and doors to private balcony
2 further double bedrooms sharing one bathroom

Fully equipped kitchen
Sitting room
Dining area with fireplace and seating for 10
TV room with large sofa which can double as sofa bed for 2 children
Additional bathroom with WC and shower (on ground floor by TV room)
Utility room


Swimming pool 14 x 4m (can be heated, payable locally)
Poolside shower
Air conditioning
Underfloor heating
Fireplace (free firewood can be delivered)
Shaded outdoor dining for up to 16 people, with open fireplace
Washing machine and dryer
Iron and ironing board
Satellite TV
Stereo sound system
Shaded parking for up to 3 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


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


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). Villa Cipresso can be booked in conjunction with Villa Moro, to sleep a total of 14 people. Alternatively, all 4 villas on the Prascari Estate can be rented together for larger groups.

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

This is a really lovely conversion on a beautiful Istrian estate – near to the other houses on the estate but entirely separate, Cipresso has the feeling of an undiscovered gem. The house is set in a beautiful garden which is laden with flowers and has great views of the countryside.

No expense has been spared by the owners who have kept the elegance of the old building but created a haven of comfort and style. The four immaculate bedrooms are painted in muted colours with elegant white wooden furniture – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d set foot in a Farrow and Ball showroom! The bathrooms are large with lovely tiles and fluffy towels.

There is a great TV room for the children (or adults!) – a good place to pop little people when the sun is at its highest. This room has a sofa bed which can be used for children – which takes the house up to 10 people.

If you can get yourself out of the house you’ll love the large garden and fabulous pool area – a cabana-style pool house is just the spot for you to spend your days under the warmth of the Croatian sun. And those amazingly comfortable sun beds! Deep dark-coloured cushions – so stylish!

The coast is just 20 minutes by car so you can have the fun of the beach and some delicious fresh fish day or night.

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