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Traditional oak house set in forest and fields

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Varazdin - 15 minutes drive

Our traditional, oak-built house has accommodation for a total of 8 people (2 double bed, ensuite apts + 2 twin-bedded rooms) . Each apartment can be booked separately - Stara Kucha 1 is the larger studio apartment with large ensuite doublebed bedroom, seating/dining area, a separate kitchen - £50 pn. Stara Kucha 2 is the smaller studio apartment with ensuite double bedroom, kitchenette area with breakfast bar - £40 per night. There are 2 twin-bedded rooms in the loft which share toilet facilities - this extra accommodation can be booked when booking the main apartment. Please see the details of 2 apartments under the separate listings, Stara Kucha 1 and Stara Kucha 2.

While fully renovated to a modern luxurious standard, , the heavy oak beams throughout the building speak of old world charm and history. The cottage backs onto an oak and beech forest which offers miles of walks past castles, vineyards, streams and lakes. From the porch, there is a panorama view of gentle hills and herds of deer.

Facilities - BBQ and dining area, professional acrylic tennis court, canoes for hire, internet

Nearby activities - hiking in Ivancica Mtns, canoeing on Drava River, wine-tasting at award-winning vineyards, horse-riding, clay pigeon shooting

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Zagreb Airport 110 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ

Northern Croatia region

Northern Croatia is a delight for discerning travellers who do not want to compete with the hordes on the coast. Tourism here is completely underdeveloped: your experience will be of personal encounters with local vineyard owners and farmers and discovery of rivers and hills where will find yourself the only explorer !

This is a hilly landscape dotted with grand manors and castles from when N. Croatia was at the heart of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The lush mountains are full of fortifications which were built to withstand the Mongols in the 13th century and then reinforced to repel the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire . . . always the front line between East and West, Christendom and Islam.

Flowing through the region is the Drava River, a hotspot of rare habitats, so precious that it now protected by the world's first 5 nation Biosphere Reserve.

Nestled up against the borders with Slovenia and Hungary, we are within a few hours drive of Budapest, Ljubljiana, Graz (UNESCO World Heritage site), Maribor (European City of Culture 2012)and course, just an hour from our capital citz, Zagreb. Varazdin is within a few hours of the stunning Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO World Heritage site), Lonjsko Polje Wetland reserve ~ with houses and lifestyles that reflect life in Central Europe 200 years ago. Visit Lake Heviz, one of the world's largest thermal lakes for a luxurious spa day.

Spring and early summer are delightful . . gently warm in April and comfortable in May. June and July are usually dry and . August can reach 35~40C. Sept~end Oct is usually great weather. Winter is a time of snow, mulled wine and roaring fires.


The nearby town of Varaždin is one of the best preserved baroque towns in Central Europe. Its grand palaces, delicately painted in pinks, blues and creams speak of its gracious, Imperial past. Vž has two great cultural festivals - - 10 days of free music and street theatre at the end of August and, a world class celebration of early classical music staged in baroque palaces and churches at the end of September.

Surrounding Varaždin are hills which are full of small, family run vineyards. Many producers are regional award winners and a few even have gold and silver awards from Decanter, the intl wine festival. The best wines are cool climate white wines, the very best are winter ice wines !

There is challenging rock-climbing at Kalnik, a 13th century fortress built into cliffs ~ canoeing down the Drava: enjoy swimming and bankside picnic ~ hiking or horse-riding into the hills and forests, past castle ruins and vineyards ~ hire bikes !! Our neighbours offer game bird shooting and clay pigeon shooting.

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2 Apr 2014


"Fan Tas ticked all boxes"

Dear Avid FollowerAs You know I only review the truly Bad and the truly Great..This was in the great camp.fantastic clean comfortable accommodation, Great location, Knowledgeable friendly hosts,My adv… More

27 Mar 2013


"Comfortable house, delightful hosts, beautiful region with few tourists."

We had a really lovely holiday. Amanda and Jeremy have created an excellent base to explore northern Croatia and beyond. The log cabin was tasteful and comfortable and had a picturesque view of a fi… More

22 Mar 2013


"Great place for an 'away from it all', but active, break."

Well kitted out, authentic wood house in beautiful countryside. An immaculately clean, comfortable and spacious house that could be used by a largish family, a group of friends (as we were) or indivi… More

21 Mar 2013


"Idyllic Paradise in Croatia"

Staying at Stara Kucha was a fabulous beginning to a fabulous trip. Amanda & Jeremy made sure that we had all we needed while there. The bedrooms are spacious with refrigerators stocked with supplie… More

19 Mar 2013


"Stara Kucha"

I stayed at Amanda and Jeremy's with 3 other friends (24/25 yrs old) following some time spent on the coast. We couldn't have asked for a better stay, a combination of Tennis, Fishing, Canoe… More

17 Mar 2013


"Great to have holiday tailor made to our requirements"

Wanting a week away my husband and I decided to ask Mintys Choice to organise a week's itinerary in North Croatia where they are based. Bit of an ask as we were going first week of March and they… More

17 Mar 2013


"Charming cottage, beautiful area, wonderful hosts"

This is an amazing place. We have done a great deal of traveling and our week there in Northern Croatia remains one of our favorite memories. The area is beautiful, unspoiled, and utterly relaxing. … More

14 Mar 2013


"Great Place to stay"

We had Amanda plan our stay in Croatia. Her and her husband are charming friendly and knowledgeable people. Amanda took us in her car around the area to wineries, markets, and castles. As a special tr… More

Thank you. We loved showing off our own little bit of heaven !

14 Mar 2013


"What a wonderful place!"

I stayed at Stara Kucha in October for 3 nights whilst exploring some of the area around Varazdin. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and self-contained for those who want to do their own thi… More

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  • 1 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:01 Sep 2014

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