Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Vintage Villa Magnolia is a charming town house with its own park, built in 1913 for Austrian navy Captain Julius Riedlein and his family. It is situated in Veruda which was a neighbourhood of family homes of high-ranked naval officers. Capitan Riedlein was a neighbour and colleague of Captain Georg Von Trapp and his family whose villa still stands in the vicinity. Von Trapps moved to Salzburg in the wake of WWI and became world known as a singing family from musical "The Sound of Music".
Villa Magnolia was built by architect, Giuseppe Heininger, who received personal honours from Italian King Vittorio Emanuelle II. It has preserved its original build - twin thick stone walls, which keep the house cool and shady in the summer and preserve the heat in the winter. The villa is designed and furnished in style characteristic for the beginning of 20th century, when flowery Art Nouveau was replaced by more geometrical Art Decó. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and still have the original parquet floors, windows with wooden shutters and high ceilings. Villa's furnishing is eclectic - original Art Nouveau furnishing combined with modern furniture, piano, french billiard table, comfortable beds and newly refurbished bathrooms. It has its own charming Shabby Chic style.
The house is surrounded with a lovely private green park, full of lush mediterranean plants, aromatic herbs and shady trees, providing privacy and tranquility. Stone stairs lead to a small porch by the entrance to the apartment which consists of a spacious hall with original wooden panelling, living room, dining room and modern kitchen. Wooden stairs lead to the top floor with three bedrooms. Master bedroom CAMELIA (30 m2) has an en-suite bathroom while other two rooms, MAGNOLIA (twin bedroom-28 m2) and MIMOSA (double bedroom 14 m2) have separate bathrooms in the hallway.
Only few steps from the garden gate are pizzerias, cafes, grocery shops, butcher, green market with local produce, small supermarket, post office, chemist, computer shop, access to public transport, petrol station, surgery. First beach is about 10min walk away and town centre is about 20min walk away. Marina, hotel and entertainment complexes are within walking distance as are pebbly and rocky beaches with crystal clear sea water, as well as beach cafés, jogging path that runs through the shadowy pine forest by the sea, tennis courts by the beach, entertainment for children, sports, biking paths...
Town of Pula has a long history and many remains can still be seen, such as small ancient Roman temple on the Forum, Roman Arch and Colosseum which hosts many concerts, events and festivals. There are uneven stone roads offering shade and coolness, shops, markets, archaeological museum, cinema. In the harbour you can take a boat trip to nearby coastal towns or Islands. Those wishing to venture further have a quick access with a car or motorbike to a circular road leading to motorways through Istrian peninsula. You can explore stone villages in Inner Istria, eat truffles in Motovun, admire old austrian hotels and riviera in Opatija, take a ship in Rijeka, visit caves and follow the wine road. Slovenian and Italian borders are about hour and half away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lungomare, Saccorggana, Verudela, Valkane 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pula 10 km, Nearest railway: Pula 4 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Istria region
Villa Magnolia is situated in a quiet residential suburb Veruda. It is easily accessible by road and in walking distance from town centre, beaches, marinas, hotel and entertainment complexes. There are pine woods scattered all around, offering a fragrant shade. Veruda was built up by Austro-hungarian empire for its high-ranked naval officers and many of the old villas, such as Villa Magnolia and villa Von Trap, are still inhabited today.
The local transport will take you anywhere you want to go in Pula and surroundings. The Pula Airport is only about 15min drive away, train station is in the centre of town as is the new bus station. From the harbour of Pula you can visit Venice (c/a 2hrs) and nearby islands and other coastal towns, such as Rovinj, Brioni islands, Lim fjord, etc.
The ancient roman amphitheatre in the town centre still stands today and hosts many open air events during the summer, such as international film festival, concerts of famous performers, theatre plays, operas, etc. Those more interested in music festivals will enjoy the Dimensions and Outlook festivals. Nearby Valkane beach was a birthplace of once renown Valkane beach party, which was even hosted by MTV in 90s.
Pula has a lovely archaeological museum and lots of historical points of interests to see on your walks. You can also have a coffee sitting next to James Joyce (actually, his statue) who occupies a table in the cafe above which he used to live at some point. There are many art shops and galleries, and many artists exhibit their works on stone stairs. There are also many old forts on top of the hills from which is a lovely view of the town and harbour.
Suburb of Veruda was built in time of Austro-Hungarian empire as a residential area for the austrian navy officers and their families. It is situated ideally between beaches and town centre, all in walking distance. Nowadays it is popular with tourists as well as local residents, but it has retained its tranquility and character.
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