Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Hacienda Bencani is in the center of Istria, surrounded only by nature.
It offers complete privacy and intimacy. The nearest village is nearly 3 km from the villa. Next town is Motovun, which is 13 km away. Mountain roads are excellent for climbing and mountaineering and it will show beautiful sights of the Istrian inland. Not far from the villa are Istrian Spa, just 6 km away, by car just minutes. Very relaxing and revitalizing holiday experience.
Mountain air, Motovun and Istrian cuisine with high quality Istrian wines are a perfect combination for excellent holiday.
The villa was built from several small stone houses in one piece, the main building and a smaller building for guests or service combined.
The whole building is in authentic Mediterranean style, with some elements of modern architecture.
This property was built in 2011. The villa stretches on 24 000 m².
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Novigrad 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Istria region
Oprtalj-Portole, situated on the hill reachable from Motovun-Montona along the narrow southward plateau is according to many, one of the most picturesque towns of the northern Istria. Oprtalj-Portole or Portole, which is its Italian name, was formerly a fort surrounded by defensive walls on which houses were built among barely protruding former town gates. In front of the gates, there is a huge Venetian loggia with the collection of stone monuments and an immediate vicinity of a plateau situated on the high fortifications offering the view all the way to the sea.
The parish church of St. George built in 1526 is ornamented with the unique bell tower which top isn't shaped as a pyramid characteristical for the Istrian bell towers but remained in its original form as a tower. When visiting Oprtalj-Portole, you can also see two small churches painted in frescoes – the small church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Rocco.
This area is famous for three more locations well-known for its sights. Below Oprtalj-Portole, next to the Mirna river, there is Livade, a world centre of truffles. In the immediate vicinity of Livade, Zrenj also called Sridone is situated, a former town of skilful and rich craftsmen such as blacksmiths, weavers, stone-masons and the birth place of St. Geronimo. Below the 85 meters high rock, on the spring of healing water of St. Stephen there is a health resort 'Istrian Spa'.
The dreamlike nature, almost mythical landscapes and gorgeous mediaeval towns of central Istria will awake within you the primeval and deep, true pleasure! Central Istria is one of the rare Mediterranean regions adorned with the quality of unspoiled natural landscapes and rich heritage. Numerous coves and hillocks connect and divide many magic-like settlements, creating almost unreal scenery.
Any of the main roads from the eastern, western or southern Istrian coast will take you to Pazin-Pisino. It is the administrative headquarters of the Istrian County, placed at the very center of the Istrian peninsula. The Pazin-Pisino fortification Kaštel is elevated above the Pazin-Pisino?ica River, a spectacular pit, a natural phenomenon placed under special protection. From this fortification, Pazin-Pisino County - feud of the Habsburgs - used to be governed. This is, no doubt, the most beautiful example of the evolution of karst hydrography. French writer Jules Verne has even placed part of the action of his novel “Mathias Sandorf” here. Today Kaptel serves as a home for the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the Pazin-Pisino City Museum.
If you move from Pazin-Pisino to the north, in only twenty minute's time, you will end up in lovely Motovun-Montona, most important inhabited place of these parts since prehistory. This picturesque mediaeval town placed on a hill, has a rich cultural and historical heritage. It dominates over the valley of the Mirna River and the famous Motovun-Montona wood, a habitat of the best truffle in the world.
Keep moving upstream towards Buzet, a town placed on a hill in the middle of the fruitful valley of the Mirna River. Inhabited already in prehistory, it was fortified during the Roman rule. The central square with the parochial church of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Assumption, is the very core of the old town. While here, be sure not to miss a visit to the County Museum of Buzet and its surroundings. In the year of 1999, Buzet was publicly proclaimed the town of truffle, unique fruit of this mystical land.
You should also visit Ro?, today an exceptionally active cultural center, as well as Hum - the smallest town in the world. Between these two small towns there is a unique memorial complex dedicated to the old Croatian Glagolitic alphabet and culture. Both of these towns are placed under protection as exceptionally significant cultural monuments. In only a few hours, one of many hiking trails will take you from the picturesque mediaeval architecture over the afforested slopes of the Cicarija plateau to the largest Istrian mountain and park of nature, U?ka (1396m). It is one of the last European localities where a patient eye of a bird lover will be rewarded with impressive contours of the griffon vulture or the golden eagle.
If you move from Pazin-Pisino towards the south, you will find yourself in Žminj, a small town where old Istrian houses and holdings now serve for agritourism. Here you can get accommodation and enjoy the homemade Istrian cooking and the unspoiled nature.
If you keep moving further to the south, you will come to Svetvin?enat, the art center of southern Istria. It is placed on the karst plateau and surrounded by woods, pasture grounds and vineyards. Kaštel, the churches and the beautiful Renaissance square form a perfect scenography for supreme art events. Your thirst for cultural atmosphere will thus be fulfilled, bringing closure to this remarkable evening in your journey through the fairytale land.
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