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Stone cottage in tranquil village location, 5km from Porec

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Air conditioned Istrian stone, cottage perfectly situated for a peaceful break

Beautifully appointed 2 bedroom air conditioned 3 storey self catering Istrian stone cottage set in lovely rural location between Istria's tourist mecca Porec and the rolling hills of 'The New Tuscany'. See our QuickTime movie.

Views over vineyards and olive groves in a tiny hamlet of 9 houses 5km from Istria's main tourist destination.

Enclosed garden with our own olive tree and locking gate. Covered patio area with garden furniture. Veranda leading directly from first floor bedroom with fine views of the surrounding vineyards and farmland.

10 minutes from Porec & resorts Plava Laguna (Blue Lagoon), Zelena Laguna (Green lagoon) and Bijela Uvala (White Bay). Waterskiing, windsurfing, boat & bike hire available. Pula, home to Europe's 3rd largest amphitheatre and gateway to stunning Brijuni Islands (where you will find Tito's palace, a safari park and a unique golf course) is just 30 minutes away.

Local Amenities: Superb local restaurant in adjoining village of Musalez. All facilities, supermarkets, banks, ATMs, travel agencies etc available in Porec. Local restaurants serve wonderful food with a strong Italian influence, great Pizzas and pastas, as well as sea food caught daily and very drinkable local wines.

For the more adventurous try the Istrian truffles with steak or fusilli, Prsut (the local dried ham), sheep’s cheese, wild boar with pasta, and raw fish gaspaccio.

Croatians love tennis, football and all sports, and local hotels offer excellent facilities, many with tennis centres with indoor and outdoor courts. At the Hotel Diamant there is a newly opened 'Wellness Centre', with gym, pools, sauna, steam room, treatments etc.

The beaches in Istria tend to be pebbly, rather than sandy, with a few exceptions. There are purpose built paved platforms with steps down all along the water's edge, which are ideal for sunbathing, particularly if you don't like getting sand everywhere! The Adriatic is one of the cleanest seas anywhere, winning praise from Jacques Cousteau as one of the most beautiful seas he had ever dived in.

Getting there: Low cost daily scheduled flights from Stansted, to Pula (40 mins from house) and Trieste (around 90 mins). EasyJet and Whizzair fly Luton to Ljubljana (90 mins) and EasyJet now have a new route opening June 2015 from Gatwick to Pula.

Other carriers have cheap charter flights to Pula and Rijeka. Scheduled flights also available. Car hire available at all airports.

Feel free to call Mike or Ria for help finding flights and car-hire.

More Details

Property Manager
Mike Sharpe / Maria Baker
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2017

About Mike Sharpe / Maria Baker

Daddy of two little girls, with a sense of adventure and an affinity with nature

Why Mike Sharpe / Maria Baker chose Porec area

Visit and find out for yourself..... Istria is a very, very special place, Come and see the blue and green of Istria - beautiful coastline, fjords, and hilltop towns, We love it and I'm sure you will too.

What makes this cottage unique

5km from Porec, Croatia's most popular tourist destination yet in a small tranquil hamlet where you can truly unwind.


Mušalež Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Downstairs cloakroom. First floor family bathroom with shower, wc etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 1 on first floor with good sized double bed. Bedroom 2 on second floor with twin beds and comfy camp bed. Double sofa-bed in lounge.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have made a Quicktime movie to let you get a better picture of the layout and the rest of the accommodation. Please contact us for the link to download this virtual tour. You will need Quicktime or iTunes to view this movie. Once loaded, you can move from room to room, up the stairs and outside (Click to change nodes when the cursor changes from a circle to an arrow). In each location you can drag through 360 degrees, zoom in and out with shift and control keys. The file is 3MB so will take a few seconds to download.... please be patient. Also, this movie was shot a couple of years ago, so you won't see the bannisters, air-con and landscaped garden.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Stone cottage in tranquil village location, 5km from Porec
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Well maintained, comfortable, peaceful location.

  • 4 of 5

The house was well maintained and contained everything that we needed for a comfortable stay. We enjoyed being in a peaceful location but within easy reach of many lovely places to visit. Neighbours were friendly and we appreciated very much the gift of fresh figs and grapes. Having the balcony outside our bedroom was a great bonus and we made good use of it. Rather disappointingly - and contrary to the information with which we were provided - there were no places to eat within walking distance. The restaurant in Muzalez had closed down - it seemed as if that had happened some time ago. We wandered around the village until we found what had been Bepo's Grill, recognising it from a leaflet in the house, and there was no sign of that ever having been a restaurant. It would be helpful, therefore, for information to be updated. By exploring around the village, we found a few nice walks, including one into Porec. Again, providing such information in the house would have been good. Setting aside those few niggles, we had a lovely holiday and would recommend the property and the area highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Porec paradise

  • 5 of 5

Great find. Perfect to unwind in the countryside in old stone cottage with modern amenities yet close to bustling Porec, a place of beauty, history, charm and culture

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Peaceful trip

  • 3 of 5

It was a very Nice stay in Villa Maria.

The cottage is confortable, well decorated, with natural colours and matérial.

The place is very peaceful. Some Angels look around : swallows and neighbours.. :-)

We loved Porec and istria in général.

Anne, Didier and daughter Coline, from France

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house in little village near Porec. Perfect for family holiday, quiet but close enough to the tourist Center of Porec and to beaches and restaurants. House was very clean, neighbours friendly and helpfull.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr schönes Haus. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus liegt schön ruhig in einem kleinem Dorf mit netten Nachbarn. Zum Strand, Einkaufen und für Ausflüge eine gute Lage. Die Nachbarn, die sich um das Haus kümmern waren sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Ein Dankeschön!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We had a most enjoyable stay at Villa Maria which is in a very small and friendly village. We felt we had made a good choice in both the property and location. The neighbours, who look after the property, were very friendly and generous in supplying us with pears and very tasty grapes. Porec is very beautiful and interesting. There are also many other places of interest to visit. We found a picturesque beach for swimming at Ulika. Like most beaches in Croatia it is rocky and stony but with a pair of jelly shoes it is not a problem - sea was pleasantly warm at this time of the year. A few good restaurants locally and a large choice in Porec. We barbequed a couple of times. Only negative point: TV sound would not work through satellite box and DVD player did not work (juddering and stopping). I let Mike know and I'm sure he will sort this out. A very minor point and we would recommend this accommodation without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Restaurant Konoba Daniela
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The cottage is located in the peaceful village of Valkarin, just a few minutes drive from the sea and the picturesque and historic town of Porec. There are many pretty and interesting towns and villages to explore within easy reach of the cottage. Sample the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants overlooking the clear ocean on one of the marinas at either Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad or Vrsar. Enjoy the journey inland through pine forests and rolling hills. Discover the ancient hill-top towns of Motovun, Grozjnan and Hum. A daily return fast cat ferry service (2 hours) runs from Porec harbour to Venice. Other places to visit: Hum (the smallest town in the world.) Baredine Caves, Limski fjord (taste the beautiful cheeses, olives, wines and Grappa). The Amphitheatre in Pula is an amazing, historical place to visit.

Other Activities: Spa, gym and pool (Hotel Diamant)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $1.32 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds and Euros, and do not include local tourist tax, which is approx 1 euro per adult per day. Any rental period possible, discounts for longer periods.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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