Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This delightful house is perched above the medieval town walls and has breathtaking views over valleys, vineyards, olive groves and distant mountain ranges. The landscape is wonderful; in the spring and summer you are surrounded by lush greenery, and in the autumn a whole range of colours is dazzling – from yellows and golds, to pinks, bright reds and browns. The view towards the town is also charming – sitting on the terrace, among the fig and palm trees you can discern the white Venetian church bell tower across the road, on the little town square.The house is in the medieval town of Oprtalj also known by its Italian name Portole. The population there is bilingual – Croatian and Italian. All around the town are panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The house is south facing with a terrace planted with vines and a private garden. The garden is planted with rosemary bushes and typical Mediterranean vegetation.
Casa della Vigna has one double and one twin bedroom. The double room has an additional single bed. It can sleep two further people on a sofa bed in the sitting room. From the cobbled road the house is reached through a pedestrian private arched alleyway. It is an extremely quiet and peaceful location very reminiscent of Tuscany. The region is renowned for its food and wine and there are many excellent restaurants within easy driving distance whilst the interior of Istria with hilltop towns and beautiful landscape is ideal for touring, cycling and walking. The Adriatic coastline is 30 minutes drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Umag 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pula 70 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||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (6)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Istria region
Oprtalj (known as Portole in Italian) is located on the crest of a hill at 378m (1240 feet) and from this high vantage point offers stunning views across the Istrian peninsula stretching coast to coast from Mount Ucka (above Rijeka ) in the east to the Adriatic coast in the west.
The site was occupied in prehistoric times and was a Roman military post. The present town was established during the medieval period and part of the original fortifications are now incorporated into houses built into the town walls. From 1420 to 1797 the town was controlled by the Venetian Republic. The parish church, set on the town square was built in the early 16th century with baroque features added in the 17th century. Oprtalj has kept its town walls and its medieval lay-out of narrow streets, tiny squares and arched passages. On visiting Oprtalj the overwhelming sensation is one of quiet and tranquillity coupled with a direct association with its medieval past. Local facilities include a bistro, a restaurant, a local shop/general store and a post office. There are a number of excellent restaurants within a short drive.
Food and Wine: The area around Oprtalj is one of the principal areas in Europe for finding truffles. The largest ever truffle (as recorded in the Guinness book of records ) was found in the Motuvun forest just a few kilometres from Oprtalj. The local restaurants specialise in providing dishes incorporating truffles and a grilled steak covered with a thick layer of fresh truffle shavings will cost less than a regular steak in London. On of the most highly regarded restaurants in Istria, Zigante, is just 10 minutes drive down the hill to Livade. In the autumn there are annual truffle festivals centred on Livade and Buzet. Within a 15 minute drive from Oprtalj there is a wide selection of first class restaurants. We provide details and recommendations.
Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the very best Croatian wines. Local olive oil is another feature of the cuisine.
Hilltop towns in central Istria: Central Istria is studded with hilltop towns many of which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Close to Oprtalj and of particular note is Motovun, at 277 metres and perched on a conical hilltop, the town has well preserved fortifications and elegant 16th and 17th century architecture. Motovun is a popular tourist destination and features an annual film festival. Also of interest is Groznjan, an ancient medieval settlement now restored as a centre for arts and music and featuring art galleries, bars and restaurants. There are many others worth exploring and we will provide you with our own suggestions of places off the usual tourist routes that should not be missed.
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14 Aug 2012
"casa della vigna-great example of excellence!!!"
we stayed at the villa for 4 nights in august.we were 3 adults and 3 kids ages 16,13,8the house is simply marveleus! in a very quite area.the owner thought of every thing to make ower stay pleasent.vi… More
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