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Exclusive Escape - Old Stone House ,Private Pool ,Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 90 nights


About the property

The Villa Itself Is Situated On The Hill With Panoramic Views On Countryside

The country house Villa Lavrika is set in over 10 acres of private land,in the hamlet called Pruhari and has a beautiful view of nature and the countryside .We live in an isolated village where you will be be almost alone with the surprising silence, with only birds to hear. The villa is ideal for family gatherings or a getaway with your friends. Children will enjoy the pool and our pets. Your pets are also welcome. At the entrance is a veranda with a coffee table for enjoying your morning cup of good italian cappuccino or smoking and talking with friends. Below the veranda is a wine cellar that is pleasantly cold even in the hottest summer, and here you can enjoy a glass of wine. Particularly attractive is the terrace which extends to the backyard with views of the surrounding hills, so it is the ideal place for dining and relaxing. It is perfect for self catering holidays as the kitchen is well equipped and there is a BBQ with a pizza oven on the terrace, all with a free supply of wood. If you don't want to cook there are various restaurants close by. We’ve opened up our home to you with the knowledge that you will feel as comfortable as we do. The interior is well equipped and furnished to a high standard and contains every modern comfort, providing a real home away from home experience, should you require it, from Wi-Fi to international cable TV, and a collection of DVDs and musical CDs. It is beautifully furnished with the old, refurbished furniture originally found in the house, while the other details are meticulously restored to portray all the beauty and anguish that once existed in all village architecture. The accommodation comprises of a farmhouse-style kitchen, a spacious and cozy dining room with a spacious table; peaceful sitting room, double sofa bed, TV, etc. ; a good selection of books, DVDs, CDs & videos are provided ; Two chic, stylish bedrooms with large double beds. Upstairs is a large space with lovely views over the gardens , with 3 beds, and 2 twin beds which can be joined. Downstairs you can use the bathroom with a lovely vintage bathtub. The upstairs bathroom has a marvelous floor painting. In fact every part of this house has a unique touch of the owner who is fond of painting floors, furniture, ceilings, doors, etc.

We've adapted it to suit our personal interests, and so have included a rich music, film and literary library, which you will be free to enjoy .This villa offers you the choice of getting out and exploring the area or simply staying in, sitting around the pool, or getting the barbecue prepared for the evening meal. In autumn you can have a lot of possibilities in our village such as you can get the fresh an young olive oil that is one of the most healthy and has a special taste, we have a grapes collection so there is a young wine, if you are on the other hand a mushroom fans in October the truffles are ready for hunting and there are other mushrooms as well. Don't worry about the weather because it can be still warm and maybe good for swimming too,it happens sometimes. Whether you stay put or venture out, you will not be disappointed with your day, you will enjoy it for sure. To share the best moments from your vacation with friends, an unlimited Wi-Fi connection is at your service.

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Property Manager
Jasminka and Irena Stanic
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Jasminka and Irena Stanic

We are a small family, Jasminka and Miljenko, a couple over 60,and daughter who is studying in Trieste, our dog Arga and 3 cats.

Pruhari is the birthplace of our ancestors. They built these houses with their own hands. It is an old familiar place. We think of Pruhari as a spiritual, aesthetic, and anthropogenic landscape, as well as the self-evident, existential frame of our family.

Completely out of personal and familiar ambitions there exists an idea of wider enrichment of the entire region and community through revitalization of the village, in the sense of sustained development. We spent the last 10 years and all of our savings in restoring the houses in the village, and we are very proud of such a job, because it was the village of our ancestors and we saved it from disappearing and being forgotten.

This traditional village was constructed by our ancestors 100 years and more ago, entirely of stone, and is adorned with characteristic balconies, under which lie well-cooled wine cellars.

Jasminka and Irena Stanic purchased this villa in 2000

Why Jasminka and Irena Stanic chose Općina Buzet

Pruhari arose in the mid-19th century, but the chapel on the nearby hill originates back to 1555, proven by the Glagolithic title on the entrance. We live in privacy, neighbored only by vineyards, olive groves, and truffle-rich forests. The wines, and the olive oil in particular, are first class, as are the truffles, a rare and valued mushroom.

What makes this villa unique

The villa makes an ideal base to explore Istria with lovely towns and coastal resorts, all within short distance .This is an ideal place to escape from busy life , big cities. Great for families with small children , nature lovers and for all people who are looking for a relaxation and rest.In this small and unique region, one glimpse will uncover an entire abundance of luxurious diversity; from a snowy white Ćićarija winter, to an aqua blue sea, to the greens of the vineyards.With it medieval towns/villages, festivals, stuning verdant scenery, breath-taking coast,seafood and rustic cusine, the Istrian peninsula offers something for everyone.


Općina Buzet Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • bathrooms are 3x3 m, upstairs and downstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , 1 child bed
  • Double beds are downstairs and 3 single beds are upstairs,sofa too
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
With life's often busy structure, we could all use an escape - but where to? Choosing where you're going to spend that precious retreat away from home is an important decision. You'll want to ensure that your choice is going to satisfy your wants and needs completely, we offer you the total relaxation of real escapes .We work hard to provide a dream vacation to each of our valued clients, every time.Visitors fall in love with our vacation rental because of the genuine hospitality you'll find here. Immerse yourself in this jewel and come vacation in our accommodating rural cottage.Enjoy wonderful scenery, rich history and revitalizing recreation around every corner. There are so many things to do and opportunities to create a wonderful vacation experience:Take a long walk, hike our nature trails, visit historical landmarks. Take a day trip to one of many nearby interesting locations. Satisfy your appetite at a great array of restaurants. The choices are endless!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Lovely house - peaceful and very scenic location.

  • 5 of 5

Good facilities. Great hosts. We were a group of seven - all had a fabulous time.

Great place to unwind and enjoy the local scenery and wine.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us and our future guests.Was really nice having you here. Hope to see you sometime soon :) all the best wishes from family Stanic
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Prázdniny v říjnu

  • 5 of 5

Byli jsem zde s rodinou a přáteli týden v říjnu a byli jsme velmi spokojeni. Celkem pro tři dospělé a tři děti je připraveno ubytování v autentickém objektu s historií který je velice citlivě a s neobyčejnou invencí upraven. Majitelé jsou velmi pohostinní a zajímavý lidé s velkým rozhledem o čemž svědčí mimo jiné například knihovna kde nechybí přední filosofové, nebo pojednání o matematice. Je zde k disposici sbírka muziky a to i velmi exotické. Dále se musím zmínit i o kulinářských kvalitách, protože jsme byli také královsky pohoštěni. Okolí a vlastně celá Istrie je prodchnutá historií s mnoha půvabnými městečky, hrady a jinými památkami. Mi jsme se věnovali zejména sportu konkrétně skalnímu lezení. V dojezdové vzdálenosti jsou příhodné terény jak pro začínající tak pokročilé lezce. Krajina je vhodná také na provozování cyklistiky ať již horské či silniční. Jsou zde vyhledávaná místa pro paragliding. V moři okolo Istrie se dalo koupat i na konci října a podnebí bylo příjemné.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Filip, thank You on Your nice review which my mother Veronika has translated to me. We hope that this comprehensive description will be useful and will attract the other guests as well as from Czech R. and the other countries. Jasminka & Miljenko
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Wunderbarer Sommer

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben 12 wunderschöne, entspannte Tage in Pruhari verbracht.

Die Vermieter sind sehr freundliche Leute, die sich liebevoll um ihre Gäste und das tolle Anwesen kümmern. Wir wurden mit einer köstlichen, selbstgekochten Mahlzeit empfangen und auch während unseres Aufenthalt standen sie mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Außerdem haben wir den ein oder anderen Abend zusammen bei Wein und istrischem Essen verbracht. Dennoch hat man absolut seine Ruhe und fühlt sich zu nichts genötigt, da die Vermieter dezent im Hintergrund bleiben und man z.B. den Pool für sich hat.

Das Haus ist exzellent eingerichtet; es fehlt wirklich an gar nichts. Der Grill und der Holzofen bieten perfekte Möglichkeiten draußen zu kochen. Aber auch in der hübschen Küche saßen wir gerne, gerade wenn es außen sehr warm war. Wir durften uns nach Belieben im Obstgarten bedienen, was dazu führte, dass unser Frühstück hauptsächlich aus Feigen, Weintrauben und Zwetschgen bestand.

Im und um das Haus stehen diverse Möglichkeiten zum Zeitvertreib zur Verfügung: natürlich der saubere Pool mit Liegen, eine Tischtennisplatte mit Zubehör, Federballsets sowie eine großartige Auswahl an CDs, DVDs etc.

Für uns war auch die Lage perfekt: im Hinterland, ab von den Touristenmassen und trotzdem ist das Meer innerhalb von 45 Minuten zu erreichen. Sowohl die Trüffelstadt Livade, als auch das wunderschöne Motovun sind in der Nähe

Rundum ein gelungener Urlaub! Vielen Dank dafür, liebe Jasminka, liebe Irena, lieber Miljenko und lieber Mladen!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wunderbare Ferienunterkunft mit Pool und Charme

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben Anfang August 2015 zu siebent (Großeltern, Eltern, 3 Kinder 8 bis 13 Jahre alt) eine fantastische Woche in dem Idyll von Pruhari erlebt - Umfeld, Unterkunft und die Gastgeber haben uns eine zauberhafte Woche beschert!

Weil wir nicht 2 Wochen im Trubel der Küsten verbringen wollten, entschieden wir uns für eine Woche im istrischen Hinterland und eine zweite an der Küste.

Die Villa Lovrinka bedeutet auch tatsächlich Abgeschiedenheit und Ruhe! Es gibt keinen Autoverkehr - eigentlich überhaupt keinen Verkehr und so konnten sich die Kinder den ganzen Tag frei bewegen. Dies, und der schöne, gepflegte Swimmingpool, reichte eigentlich schon für die Kids.

Wir durften aber durch die besondere Gastfreundschaft der Familie (Jasminka und Miljenko; Tochter Irena und ihr Verlobter Mladen - sofern sie nicht zum Studieren in Triest sind) noch viel mehr von Land und Leute erfahren und erleben.

Doch zunächst die Hard-Facts: Der Weiler besteht aus vielleicht 4 - 5 alten Steinhäusern. Nur die Unterkunft für die Gäste ist voll ausgebaut. Das Nebengebäude ist für die Gastgeber und teilweise ausgebaut - der Rest steht leer. Man ist also wirklich ungestört.

Die Unterkunft ist bezaubernd. Außerhalb der Saison beleben Miljenko und Jasminka sie weitgehend selbst. Das merkt man - die Ausstattung ist dementsprechend ansprechend. Miljenko ist ein weitgereister Mann, das verleiht dem ganzen einen sehr antroposophischen Touch. Wir haben uns ab der ersten Sekunde in dieser Mischung aus Bauernhaus und modernem Ambiente heimisch gefühlt.

Im unteren Stockwerk befinden sich neben der zentralen Küche mit Esstisch (8 Personen) zwei entzückende Schlafzimmer und ein Badezimmer mit WC. Das obere Stockwerk weist eine Doppel-Schlafnische, eine Wohnecke mit viel Medien-Technik (anlog-Hifi-Anlage bis Sat-TV) und eine zweite Schlafnische auf. Weiters ein Bad mit WC und die schon öfters zitierte Endlose Sammlung an Musik aus allen Ländern. Bemerkenswert, dass dies den Gästen alles so zur Verfügung steht!

Alles war zu unserer Ankunft perfekt hergerichtet und makellos sauber. Eine Klimaanlage im oberen Stockwerk hilft an den besonders heißen Tagen. Den kühlen Weinkeller hatten wir kaum genutzt, die schattige Terrasse aber laufend.

In Summe also alles heimelig und perfekt.

Das wirklich Besondere war dann aber die Gastfreundschaft und der rege Austausch mit Miljenko und seiner Familie. Zwar bietet er seinen Gästen immer die angemessene Distanz und Privatsphäre, wenn gewünscht. Wir waren

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bezauberndes Istrien

  • 5 of 5

Unseren diesjährigen Sommerurlaub werden wir als einmaliges Naturerlebnis, umsorgrt von außergewöhnlich herzlichen Gastgebern inmitten des ursprünglichen Istriens in Erinnerung behalten. Nach einer langen Autofahrt wurden wir von Familie Stanic mit einem köstlich zubereiteten Abendessen willkommen geheißen. In der Villa Lavrika ist alles vorhanden, was für einen rundum schönen Urlaub nötig ist. - Ankommen, entspannen und einfach wohlfühlen ist hier das Motto. Wer Ruhe finden möchte, bleibt in Pruhari. Die Umgebung lässt an Ausflugsmöglichkeiten allerdings keine Wünsche offen. Wunderschöne alte Ortschaften, weite Landschaften und ausgezeichnete Konobas lassen die Zeit wie im Flug vergehen. Insidertips erhält man jederzeit von Familie Stanic. Kurzum: Wir haben die Zeit genossen, uns pudelwohl gefühlt und würden uns jeder Zeit wieder auf den weiten Weg nach Pruhari machen!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentic and serene hill-top retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending 14 days at the cozy and authentic Villa Lavrika in the small Pruhari stone house settlement in the beautiful hills of Buzet.

We were 6 adults, 1 child and 2 dogs. Prior to our arrival we had a great correspondence with the hosts, so we were very confident that everything was in order when we left for Croatia – and it surely was.

Arriving late Saturday evening, after a long car ride we where greeted by 4 very hospitable people - Irena, Miljenko, Mladen and Jasminka - who had arranged a home cooked meal for us, all set up and ready at the dining table.

The house was everything we hoped for – authentic in style and charmingly decorated, but with all modern necessities available (TV, Wi-fi, bean-to-cup coffee machine etc.) Beds for everyone and two nice bathrooms (one with shower, one with bathtub) which made the morning routines a little easier being such a large group of people. We spent most of our stay outside in the garden area closest to the house. A nice green area with grass, bushes and trees. In an elevated part of the grounds the pool is located. We cooked multiple meals in the outdoor pizza oven and on the firewood grill, placed close to an outdoor dining area – an entertaining and exciting way to cook. The area around the house is ideal for hiking, and we had the pleasure of being accompanied by Arga (the hosts’ dog) on all our trips.

Our hosts were very helpful in regards to recommendations on sights, restaurants and local specialities. For instance we received a hand-drawn map of the market area in Rijeka and a list of translations so we could go shopping for fresh foods on the market, rather than just going to the supermarket. Our landlord even proposed to shop for us at a couple of local farmers in the nearby area, where we could get fresh lamb, vegetables, cheeses etc.

I must emphasise the necessity of having a vehicle when staying at Villa Lavrika – the serenity and privacy you get, is on the cost of “convenience” in regards to easy shopping.

We ended our stay with an incredible dinner cooked by our hosts. It was an amazing evening with wonderful food and great company by Irena, Miljenko, and Mladen, where we enjoyed local wine and beer, shared stories and talked about Croatia.

I highly recommend staying at Villa Lavrika for anyone looking for an authentic experience, with good hosts in nice surroundings.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all that you have said and done, we sincerely appreciate the reviews that you have written promptly and extensively. In the passed days we have often thought of you and mentioned you as we think that you are true ambassadors of your country. We admire how you manage to enjoy yourselves in the village it self, with running, mud bathing, sound recording, drawing and so on. We were greatly impressed by your own and your extended family's deep curiosity and understanding of the nature and our environment as well as by their opens and communicativeness. It was a real joy to host you and therefore we are looking forward to seeing you in the future. Our family sincerely wishes you all the best.
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Nearest Airport
83 Kilometres
Pula, Trieste, Rijeka
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Koper, Slovenia
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
21 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Crni Kal, Slovenia
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
39 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Pruhari (45°24' N, 13°55' E) are found on the Mlun plateau, 260 m above sea level, in the district of Buzet, northern Istria.

We are surrounded by hills, whose peaks are garnished with the small, medieval towns of Zrenj, Motovun, Zamask, Sovinjak, Vrh…

Looking to the north you'll find the Ćićarija mountains; to the west, Zrenj; south, Motovun; east, Učka.

The Villa is only 10 minute drive to Buzet (providing easy access to supermarkets,pharmacies,restaurants etc.) is idealy suited as a base to explore region.Venture north and you are 30 minutes from Slovenia and Italy ,east from Zagreb and south to experience the Istrian peninsula .A car is essential and driving is a pleasurable enough experience throughout the region but be prepared for some pretty tight narrow bends through the upland areas.You have the choice

of both the east and west coastlines of the peninsula and both offer plenty of swimming and bathing opportunities.

Beaches on both the east and west shores lie just 42km away, while a 10-minute drive will get you to Bracana, a nearby creek with emerald clear pools. If you're just not up to more traveling, you can enjoy our private pool.

This is one of 7 houses in the village.Some of them are stables ,only 2 are inhabited.

The nearest villages are Mali Mlun (1km) and Veli Mlun (1.2km).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $37.2
Final cleaning $123.99

Please Note:The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currencyspecified (EUR),before use of conversion tool.The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only.The owner may accept other currencies if specificaly agreed in advance.
Payment available by bank transfer.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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