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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Tranquility and beauty of the countryside are often irresistible to people who arrive from the big cities. For those who wish to experience rural Istria to its fullest, there are village households which offer plenty of ways to connect with the rural life.
Picking asparagus, olives, and grapes, or looking for truffles in the Motovun forest – these activities can be a delightful new experience to visitors. Children, on the other hand, might find the joy in the vast space they can play in, and spend quite a memorable time.
Of course, agritourism wouldn't be complete without the mouthwatering healthy meals. In fact, knowing that you eat home grown vegetables will only make the whole meal even tastier!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Novigrad 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: PULA 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house is decorated with shabby chic style. Beautiful handmade furniture adds a touch of rural luxury, but it's the richness of interior detail that gives Villa Marjeta its authentic and cozy atmosphere.
The ground floor features the kitchen, a pantry, and a spacious living room with the traditional Istrian fireplace. On the first floor are two bedrooms: a master bedroom, and a children's room. Painted in white and blue, they evoke perfect tranquillity. A modern bathroom is also found on the first floor.
The second floor is in fact a mix between the high attic and a terrace. Here is another kitchen with a pantry, as well as the fireplace ideal for barbecue. Since this floor is in part open-air, this is a lovely place to dine under the stars.
Guests should vacate no later than 10 a.m. and arrive no earlier than 4 p.m.
The Istria region
The westernmost Croatian region, Istria is the most visited tourist destination in the country. With its rich historical and cultural heritage, picturesque villages, beautiful coastline and a variety of popular events, Istria holds many treasures for those who seek to experience a memorable vacation.
Istria's pleasant Mediterranean climate comes with warm summer days and cooler nights. Temperature averages range from 24 °C in August, to 5 °C in January, and a large part of the year sees daily temperatures above 10 °C.
Wonderful nature is another one of Istria's strong points. Third of the territory is covered in woods, and the agriculture is an important part of the economy. Most notable are wine and oil production. Malvasia is the most famous wine in the area, while Istria's olive oil is one of the best and most expensive olive oils in the world.
In the Istria County, population of over 205,000 people inhabits the area of 2,820 km2. Larger cities can be found along the coastline, while the inland contains numerous small towns and villages. The coastal and continental areas are both well connected by the roads, which furthermore connect the region to the rest of Croatia and Europe. Other options to travel through Istria include railroad and airplane.
The biggest commercial airport can be found in Pula, the Istria's most populated city. Among Pula's attractions the most famous one is Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheatre built by Emperor Vespasian.
Located in the region's center, Pazin is dubbed to be "The Heart of Istria". The town features a castle built in 983, and is also the location of the Pazin pit, an impressive geological attraction. The castle and the pit served as the inspiration for Jules Verne's novel Mathias Sandorf.
From archaeological finds and gourmet delicacies, to festivals and vampire legends, towns of inland Istria have a lot to offer. Among them, Motovun is considered to be the main attraction away from the coast.
With its blend of Roman, Venetian and medieval influences, paired with abundance of activities and places to explore, Istria is truly a refreshing choice of destination.
Motovun is the most famous and best preserved Istria's medieval town. Since the town was built upon the old Celtic and Illyric prehistoric settlements, Motovun's name is in fact of Celtic origin and means "Mount Town". The name is perfectly justified, since this oval shaped hilltop town lies 277 meters above sea level.
Two sets of fortified walls divide Motovun into three sections, and the perfect way to explore them is to take a walk up the narrow cobbled streets.
Higher levels of the town uncover the magnificent view of the surrounding countryside, with vineyards on the slopes of the hill, river Mirna in the valley, and the nearby Motovun forest which is famous for its prized truffles.
The town holds elements of Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque styles, and the higher you climb, the older the monuments are. Passing by the 16th and 17th-century Venetian houses will lead you to 15th-century main city gate, with antique weaponry museum and an art museum. Moving further, you will encounter the 13th-century gate beyond which lies the original core of Motovun. The main square reveals a Renaissance citadel, the church of St. Stephen, a 13th-century bell tower and the 14th-century well.
A legend says that Motovun was built by giants, one of whom was Big Jože (Veli Jože). In the book "Veli Jože", written by Vladimir Nazor, the good giant became a symbol of the Istrian people. In 2008, a memorial to Nazor was uncovered in Motovun to mark the 100th anniversary of the book.
Motovun is a small town and its population counts approximately 500 people. This, however, changes in the mid-summer, when Motovun Film Festival gathers a lot of movie enthusiasts. This five day long festival can be described as a cross between Glastonbury and Sundance festival, and is focused on small independent movies. Festival is especially popular among youth, who enjoy camping in the valley.
A historical center as much as the cultural one, the town also hosts international symposiums on medieval art.
Soaked in history, loved by artists and admired by many visitors, Motovun is easily a true gem of inland Istria!
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30 Apr 2013
Great atmosphere, great location, great countryside.
This was best vacation we had in years. We spend a week in Villa and really enjoyed relaxed atmosphere and slowness of local living. If you need a gateway from daily living this is place to go.
Visit neighboring city of Motovun, go to some local place to have a dinner, do a long walks around....really great.
26 Apr 2013
Located in the heart of Istra, close to town of Motovun, this wonderfully decorated villa will simply take your breath away. If you are trying to find a weekend getaway or a longer vacation stay with either your friends or family, do not look further. This is the best Istra has to offer!!! The villa is newly decorated and offers all you need for a perfect stay in a small rural village with only a few houses which surround it. If you need any tips, the owners go beyond and above to explain all the wonderful things you can see and do. I will definitely be back :)
26 Apr 2013
"Wonderful experience, will come back again!"
Motovun is a great place for couples and friends. Beautiful scenery, great food and the prices are really acceptable. I recommend trying the local "agrotourism" restaurants.
The villa itself is inland, but the sea is a 15 minute drive away which is worth it considering you don't have to deal with the crowds and prices near the coast.
7 Nov 2011
"Feel at home in Amazing Villa away from the crowds"
This villa is one of the best I have ever stayed in.
Villa was exactly as advertised. Brilliantly equipped - everything has been thought of with so much charm and style.
Really enjoyed our stay and definitely will go back!!!
7 Nov 2011
"Great place for a party with choosen company"
My friends and me visited Villa Marjeta in August for an extended weekend. Weather was great, the atmosphere in the Villa is really exquisite. Everything was clean and there was no piece of equipment missing. Although we did not use the grill there are 2 stone grills available! We spent the day time in Istria as everything is within 1 hour of driving distance. I would definitely recommend this place.
31 Oct 2011
An ideal place for a quiet holiday. Wake up in the morning sounds of the local people. Enjoy dinner under the stars. Feel the the peace of nature just a half hour drive away from the little villages.
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