|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
The property is situated in a quiet part of Rovinjsko selo. It consists of 3 floors, ground floor with 2 ensuite double bedrooms, utility room, sitting out terrace, 1st floor with kitchen and living room with covered balcony with bbq, 3rd floor with ensuite twin room. The pool is in the front garden, 32sqm, with sunbathing terrace and lawned area with Mediterranean trees and shrubs. The balconly on the first floor extends from the kitchen and is ideal for breakfasts and dinners al fresco.
The property has excellent location just 5 mins drive from Rovinj, the pearl of Istria.
This is a lovely house and very well equipped. ...we had everything we needed. Our emails were replied to very promptly and the owner was there to meet us with helpful advice. Only one of our party was brave enough to try the swimming pool as it was a little cool in September.
The property was very clean and very well maintained and we would not hesitate to recommend it.
Villa Ester is in a very quiet spot in Rovinjsko Selo, just a five minute drive from beautiful Rovinj with its many restaurants and shops. We received a very friendly greeting from Ervin, who was on hand if we needed him. The villa itself is perfect for a party of 6, having the benefit of ensuites attached to each of the 3 bedrooms. The lounge/dining area was extremely well equipped. The outside terrace was lovey for evening drinks and watching the occasional thunder storm and the pool area felt very spacious. The Bakery and small supermarket just 2 minutes from the villas were very handy and the drive to Rovinj, a straight road with plenty of restaurants along the way - Babilon Steak Restaurant very nice if you like a hog roast! We had a very relaxing time, found some lovely beaches and explored Pula, Vsar and Porec. Would thoroughly recommend this villa and would like to go again some day. Many thanks to the Barbancic family for their prompt replies to all our enquiries and to Ervin for his very warm welcome.
Having never been to Croatia we had some trepidation when we landed in Pula airport at around 2200hrs.Suzy's directions to the village were spot on & we arrived quickly at Villa Ester where Ervin was there to greet us. He was always helpful.
The villa is of old stone and very pretty. It was spotless & catered for our needs perfectly. Our 2 boys are 9 & 12 so happily slept in the attic room. Each bedroom has its own en suite which was great but there is also a handy toilet in the kitchen.
The gardens & pool area were again spotless & there are some other houses in close proximity but it had the sense of peace & we weren't affected by any external noise. (probably creating too much of our own at times with Pool wrestling!) The village is ideally sleepy & there is a small shop & a larger supermarket 'Valata' within walking distance & also 2 small bars & a restaurant.
We had a hire car & visited Rovinj many times to shop , eat & visit the beach. Rovinj is about 5k away down a straight road & it couldn't have been easier. There are lovely beaches to the north & south of Rovinj & some are accessed via campsites which let you use the beach but charge a fee. One which didn't was the beach at Rubin villas to the south side of Rovinj. It had banana boats,wind surfing, parascending etc & there was even a small Konsum market in its complex which keeps cost of drinks etc.down. The best thing to do is just explore in the car. The ones we visited had toilets , showers, beach bar/restaurant but we were always able to find a quiet spot. Buy the folding sponge mattresses in the 'Valata' supermarket near the villa as cheaper than tourist shops. same for snorkels , air beds etc. In fact we only visited the bigger 'Konsum' market once to buy fish as the 'Valalta' had everything we needed.
Do buy the slip on shoes as the beaches rocky & hard to walk into the water. My 2 boys wore sandals we'd brought which can be used in water but the youngest still ended up with his '13 injuries' (only cuts&nicks to feet!)
We also had a great day exploring 'Motovun' the medieval town , the aqua park at Porec ( you can bring a picnic but pack it in a bag as won't let cool box in). Also a day in Venice on the fast ferry 'Atlas' was a fabulous experience. There are so many places to visit that are all accessed quickly, a plus when you have children who don't want to spend all day travelling.
A perfect holiday to a beautiful villa&area & we would love to return!
You can visit Lim fyord, the best is to take a boat trip from Rovinj. Brijuni national park is 20 mins drive away, an archipelago worth exploring. There are water parks for children and adults in Porec, 30 minutes drive away. Glavani adventure park is 40 minutes away, great fun for all ages. Rovinj abounds with summer festivals, events, concerts and all kind of entertainment.
|Refundable damage deposit||$320|
30 pct downpayment at the time of booking, the rest in cash on arrival