Villa | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casita One, a one bedroom luxury stone house cottage renovated to the highest standards with reclaimed Istrian stone and old oak beams.
An ideal choice to get away from it all, in a tranquil location, amidst the Istrian countryside, whilst being close enough to Porec and Rovinj to enjoy a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities. The cottages (Casita One and Two) share a private pool and can be rented together or separately.
As recommended by the Sunday Times Travel (Aug 2013) - One of the 25 best cottages and European villas for couples.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Bedroom: King size bed with wardrobe and bedside table
Bathroom: Fully tiled with shower, WC and hand basin
Living Room: Is open plan with the kitchen and has a L shaped sofa bed, wood burning stove, iPod docking station, LCD TV, DVD Player (Divx) with lots of films. Kitchen: Four ring hob, electric oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, microwave and leads onto the terrace overlooking the pool.
Baby friendly with baby bottle steriliser, baby chair/bouncer, changing mat, UV sun tent, baby trainer seat for the pool, high chair, travel cot and baby monitor are all available free of charge.
|Further details outdoors|
Landscaped gardens with a private pool (6m x 3m) which is shared between the 2 cottages. The pool and lawned sunbathing area have the sun all day.There are plenty of inflatables for use in the swimming pool. There is a large terrace with table and chairs, sun loungers, BBQs and outside lighting.
Sole use of the pool can be arranged, please ask the owner. This does not apply to bookings in July/August/September.
There are lots of baby stuff available: A highchair, travel cot, baby monitor, baby bottle steriliser, baby chair/bouncer, changing mat, UV sun tent, baby trainer seat for the pool,
Iron and ironing board provided.
The cottages are cleaned and new linen and towels are provided on arrival and on departure. There is no mid stay clean. If you would like a mid stay clean then please enquire about the price.
Please supply your own pool towels.
Saturday to Saturday arrival and departure in July and August. Flexible for all other months.
Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am.
The Istria region
Istria the region
A large, triangular peninsular in northwest Croatia, Istria has an identity all of its own. Historically it has close ties with Italy and still today, many towns, especially on the western side, are bilingual. It’s notably ahead of the rest of the country regarding current trends: restaurants serve beautifully presented creative cuisine, farmhouses dish up local specialities and the tourist office has set up a series of cycle routes and wine roads.
Lying on the tip of the peninsular is Pula, with a first-century Roman forum as the main square and an ancient amphitheatre dominating the skyline. Close by are the islands of Brijuni National Park, which once served as the summer residence of the late President Tito.
Croatia’s most popular seaside resorts lie on the Istrian west coast: Porec, home to a splendid sixth-century basilica decorated with stunning golden Byzantine mosaics, and neighbouring Rovinj, made up of ochre-and russet-coloured houses clustered around a pretty fishing harbour, crowned by a hilltop church.
Moving inland to the Scre Istre (Heart of Istria), narrow country roads meander through a gently rolling landscape of woodland and vineyards.
Istria’s rugged pine covered forests, deserted beaches, undiscovered coves and breathtaking fjords offer fabulous aerial vistas for hang-gliding and para-gliding, while Istria’s sailing and water sports, like much of Croatia are a world class opportunity.
Pula – home to one of the largest roman amphitheatres in the world
Porec – leading centre of Croatian tourism with a beautiful old town
Rovinj – old Venetian town with tiny streets, squares and hidden stairways
Motovun – ancient hilltop village, now home to a trendy annual film festival
Groznjan - 14th-century Venetian fortress reborn as an arts colony
Limski Kanal - a turquoise fjord, renowned for its superb seafood restaurants
Venice Italy – take the hydrofoil over from Porec
All within 5 – 30 minutes drive of The Casitas
Sveti Lovrec is just 3km away and lies on a hill with a wonderful view over tame fields, vineyards, olive groves and the sea in the distance. Its name goes back to the 6th century and stems from the Church of Sv. Lovro (Saint Lawrence). It's not all idyllic views, churches and history .... you will also find shops for basic groceries, a bar, cafe and pizzeria.
Porec is the well known tourist centre of Istria. The old part of the town is built on a small peninsula separated from the mainland by a canal, and protected from the open sea by the island of Sveti Nikola. The popular beaches “Plava laguna” and “Zelena laguna” are located to the south and offer a variety of water sports.
The old town is absolutely beautiful with a plethora of restaurants, bars, cafes and ice-cream parlours. There are farmers markets where you can buy local produce (olive oil, bread, meat, fruit, honey, truffles etc.) and various festivals throughout the year provide plenty of entertainment.
Porec is a popular ‘resort’ however it still looks and feels rustic and remains true to its history with some outstanding architecture. The Café Bar Torre Rotonda (round tower) is a great spot for a sun downer.
Rovinj is another beautiful Croatian walled town built on a small peninsula. Architecturally it looks very similar to Porec - located on small peninsula, surrounded by sea with its historic centre (modelled on Venice). Rovinj offers a whole range of visitor opportunities in a picturesque ambience of the ancient town, surrounded by dense pine forests.
The medieval hill towns of Motovun and Groznjan (our favourite) are within a short drive (30 minutes) as is Pula, home to the 6th largest amphitheatre in the world.
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16 Sep 2013
"Perfect relaxing holiday"
We had a great stay at Casita One, and we would highly recommend it. It was a very attractive small cottage which was perfect us, a couple with one child. The cottage is very well equipped for self catering, almost as well stocked as our home, and the little washing machine was very handy. We loved the pool, and we has sole use of it for our stay, for which we felt very lucky. The pool was a great size, and the pool area and patio was attractively laid out.
The location was very good for travelling around Istria and we visited both Rovinj and Porec, various beaches including Plava Laguna, and had a perfect fish supper at Viking Restaurant at the Limski Canal. We also took a boat to Venice for the day (a three hour trip from Porec-but definitely worth it just for the magical sight of seeing Venice appear as a dot on the horizon as you arrive). We packed a lot into our stay because we were so well situated in the the heart of Istria, most places were in easy reach, but we were also able to enjoy relaxing by the pool and generally lazing around because the accommodation was so great.
If there was one small thing that wasn't so great, it was the journey from Trieste Airport. Just a word of warning: it took us two hours just to cross the Slovenian border because of the queue to cross, and we were very unprepared for this. It describes the journey taking 90 minutes but it took over four hours, with a tired five year old, over what is a fairly short distance, which wasn't a perfect start to the holiday. It couldn't be helped of course, but had there been some warning of what we might expect, we would have been better prepared.
All in all this was an excellent holiday, and we enjoyed our stay very much, so much so, we would most definitely consider returning.
26 Aug 2013
"Home from home, except with a pool and some lovely sunshine!"
Lovely private little place tucked away from the hoards on the coast. Really well kiited out, spacious, clean and comfortable - ideal for a couple. Within walking distance of the amenities of nearby village, Sveti Lovrec, and just a few Km from the awe inspiring Limski Kanal. A great place to chill out and visit both coastal and inland Istria.
15 Aug 2013
Great location, easy drive from Pula (Car rental recommendations spot on too)Villa was well layed out and very clean and had everything you would need for stay. Pool was the icing on the cake!… More
1 Aug 2013
"Very nice place"
Beautiful little house. Very well kept, good for couples but also baby friendly. Friendly and helpful owner and local support (e.g. pool cleaner). Village itself has no amenities, though the next vill… More
15 Jul 2012
"A fantastic place to stay and a fantastic holiday"
Casita One at Stranici was a perfect base for our eight day holiday in Istria - from the moment we arrived we felt very at home and throughout our stay it was a lovely place to return to after each da… More
18 Aug 2011
"Casita One - Perfect base for exploring Istria"
I stayed here with my girlfriend for a week's early summer holiday in late May/early June. Casita One is a great little holiday home, equipped with everything you could need for a holiday. The villa itself is in a quiet little hamlet about 5 mins drive from Sv. Louvrec which has a shop and pharmacy. The location is very peaceful, which is exactly what we wanted.
The kitchen is great for occasional meals in with a proper oven, grill and hob, and everything was neat and tidy. The living area is nice and there's a good selection of DVDs to choose from if you just fancy a lazy night in. The bathroom is perfectly adequate and the bedroom is a good size for a couple. All of the windows have shutters on them so you can keep the place cool during the day. The pool area was lovely and although you share it with Casita Two next door, during our week we largely had it to ourselves.
Casita One is in a great location for exploring Istria - about an hour from Pula, 20 mins to Porec and 20 mins to Rovinj. Rovinj and Porec are both beautiful resorts, very Italian in style and beautifully picturesque. Rovinj is perhaps slightly less 'touristy' and was our favourite of the two, but either places are great for exploring, dinner and drinks. We also travelled up to the mountain villages in the north of the region, only 40 minutes drive away and a completely different look at the region - sensational views, great countryside and pretty hilltop villages.
All in all, a great base for our first visit to Croatia. Highly recommended.
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