Kastelir Villa Rental Photos and Description
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bath, Private Pool, Courtyard Garden, Restaurants & Shop
Our property in Kovaci lies on the edge of the highly sought-after village of Kaštelir. Tucked away from the road, it consists of two lovingly restored, old, stone buildings – a house and barn – in a walled, courtyard garden with a private swimming pool. There are restaurants, a shop & wine cellars within walking distance.
There are three double bedrooms, two shower rooms and a large kitchen-diner in the traditional, three-storey, Istrian stone house. A step across the courtyard, in the barn, is a large living-room, with two further double bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. In the garden, there is a swimming pool and a wet room in a restored outbuilding. The property has Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in the bedrooms.
This characterful property is full of charming traditional features including original beams, wood floors and stone niches. It was fully restored in 2012.
Being split across two buildings, this property is ideal for large groups (up to 10 people), as it enables a degree of privacy if desired – for example for families holidaying together with and without children. Each buildings has its own well-equipped kitchen, making it possible for some meals to be prepared and taken separately, only dining together for special meals.
Kovaci’s in a highly desirable, village location with numerous facilities and sea-views. The local supermarket is a minute’s walk away, as are the café and award-winning wine producers. There are two restaurants about two minutes walk and several others a short stroll further on.
On the ground floor there is a kitchen-diner (with a dining table sitting ten). There’s a small sitting area with two armchairs and books, and a loo under the stairs. The floor is tiled with a mixture of flagstones (the original ones relaid) and ‘tavele’ – the old roof lining tiles which were laid in the dining room.
Off the spacious landing, on the first floor, are two double bedrooms and a shower room, with a large shower. One bedroom has twin beds, the other bunk beds. We’ve managed to keep the lovely old wood floors and original doors.
Tucked under the eaves, the huge master bedroom, in the attic, has a double bed (160 x 200cm) and an en-suite shower-room.
On the ground floor is the living room with comfy sofas and a 40” LCD TV. There’s also a 4-person dining table and another small kitchen. There are beams and exposed stone through-out and the floor has the relaid flagstones.
Upstairs are two double bedrooms: one with twin beds and the other with a double bed (160 x 200 cm), and a bathroom with a bath (shower over the bath). With remarkably high ceilings, these rooms are light and airy.
A paved terrace and BBQ area runs between the house and barn. It is built against the old well ‘sterna’ (an interesting, historic feature). Both entrances are covered by pergolas up which plants are growing. In time, these will provide shade: for now, there’s green netting to keep you cool. Also available are sun umbrellas.
Across the lawn is a swimming pool (8m x3m) and sun terrace with room for all ten loungers.
Also in the garden is a small, restored outbuilding. Part of this is a wet room with a huge shower, loo and sink – useful outdoor facilities. It also houses the washing machine. Next door is storage for the garden furniture and BBQ.
Just outside both front doors in a herb garden with a selction of fresh herbs including rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme.
There is private, off-road parking at the entrance of the property for three cars.
For larger groups, additional accommodation is available next door. Please contact me for a quote.
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
About Nicky Anson
Phil and I are two Brits who settled in Istria in early 2005. Having left the UK in the early 80s to take up jobs in The Netherlands and then Belgium, we ended up running our own small marketing communications agency in Antwerp. After many years beavering frenetically in the corporate jungle, we came to Istria for a more relaxed, outdoor lifestyle: to live somewhere we could have outdoor sofas, lunch on the terrace and an afternoon swim.
We fell in love with Istria and decided it was the perfect holiday location. First we built a little house at the bottom of our garden for family and friends. Then, after a year’s hunting, we bought a traditional 3-bed place as a holiday let. A few years later, after another long hunt, we bought Kovaci and spent the whole of 2012 renovating it and turning it into the lovely place it is today.
Over the years we’ve stayed in a lot of self-catering places and we wanted to make all our places somewhere we would want to stay. Somewhere cosy and comfortable, where everything has been thought of. The sort of place we’d want to come back to time and again.
We live in a small Istrian village, not far from the sea with our 2 cats (Baggy & Tally). As well as running my small rental business, I also write/run Live Istria - the website for everyone interested in Istria or living in the sun - and when I have time, I love to garden.
Nicky Anson purchased this villa in 2011
Why Nicky Anson chose Kastelir
It took me over a year of solid hunting to find Kovaci, but it was well-worth the hunt. It's a slice of real Istria - a lovely old stone property which still had many of its original features - and there was exactly the right space for a garden and pool - perfect!
It's in a great location - less than 10 minutes drive to the sea, in a lovely village with plenty of restaurants and shops.
What makes this villa unique
One of the best things is you can walk to the restaurant - and there's a good choice of them too! It's unusual to find a property sleeping so many people in a village with good facilities just around the corner.
I've always dreamed of having a pool in a courtyard garden - in Kovaci I've achieved it. It feels really special swimming in the pool with the gorgeous stone walls surrounding you.
My favourite room must be the master bedroom under the eaves in the house. It's huge and the beams are so beautiful and totally original. As are the well-worn floorboards: if only they could talk!
Phil loves the barn's wonderful stonework and the courtyard garden which is enclosed, yet there's plenty of space. (Having plenty of great wine producers near by was an added bonus).
Now that it's finished I'm delighted with how well its come out. It just fits together so well. I just hope everyone else loves it as much as I do.