My week of sheer bliss
Submitted: July 2, 2011
Stayed: June 2011
I stayed at Mulberry House for 1 week in June. I needed a week away from the hustle and bustle of my life in order to complete some work, get some head space and decent rest. What I actually got was a break that was over and above the norm for Croatia.
For a start the accomodation was incredible with attention to the tiniest of details. Yes, it is billed as 'rustic', but done with a 5* flair which makes you feel like an honored house guest. Every need is catered for, with amazing bathrooms- (they are all equipped with walk in showers and rainforest shower heads), to comfortable beds and fully functioning kitchens, with coffee, tea and other essentials waiting to be used. All the cottages are perfect for sleeping-in, lazy days reading and sunbathing and eating. They all have balconies. In the evenings when it gets dark, its ideal for sitting outside in the warm summer nights, talking, playing cards, listening to music or watching films, hearing the gentle chirping of crickets and hooting of nearby owls.
When I felt like i needed a break from working, the beautiful Istrian Coastline was 10 mins away by car, or I could drive into Ravinj and walk around the old city, talk to local artists, browse antique shops and drink coffee.
There is ample space, peace and quiet, but what really makes it special is the hosts Zahra and Karen. Both experts in local cuisine, wine and music, they were really happy sharing all their edible knowledge of the surrounding area. In fact, with their help, I pieced together what was essentially an impromptu week-long gastronomic tour of the area, including a 7 course meal over 5 hours in a local agro-tourismo place. My heart loved them, my waistline did not :-) You have to try the local cheese, prosciutto and honey raki.
Over and beyond the food, they can also help with local wine buying, best places to go for walking, swimming and of course local concerts. In fact, they will bend over backwards to ensure that your stay is perfect in every way. This, coupled with the tranquil location and beautiful cottages and bedrooms means that, 2 weeks later, I am still glowing and feeling the effects of a perfect, relaxing holiday.
Its a great choice for a romantic getaway, perfect for family holidays, and ideal for individuals who needs some down time. I've already booked my return flights.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
Helpful votes: 2/2
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