About the property
- Apartment968 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
In the medieval town of Vodnjan: 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 9 windows- sleeps 5
The Casa Benussi apartment is in a much photographed Venetian Gothic house in prime position on the main square of the medieval town of Vodjnan in Istria. A sweeping circular stone staircase leads to the the apartment on the second floor. The rooms are very spacious and light with great views from all 8 windows! The property has been modernised to a very high specification, with attention to the preservation of the original character and free Wi-Fi internet access. Vodnjan is 20 minutes from Pula airport (Ryanair), 2 hours from Rijeka airport and Trieste airport. It is also 20 minutes from Rovinj and 5 minutes from the ferry to Brijuni Islands. The apartment has a roof top terrace with spectacular views over the countryside, distant mountains and nearby sea. The local area is excellent for biking, exploring, walking and rock climbing. Nearby Pula has a large Roman amphitheatre, a busy harbour as well as museums, shops and many cultural and sporting activities. Frequent bus service.
Summer event: The town of Vodnjan has an extended programme of events in the summer, particularly in August. Our position is pretty much the equivalent of a 'Royal Box' for such events.
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- english, french, dutch, I speak some German and I am learning Italian-.
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
I am an Australian living in Scotland. I am now retired and have time to be an artist and enjoy spending time in Istria and France. I have 5 granddaughters. The oldest is 5!
Tessa purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Tessa chose Vodnjan
My late husband and I fell in love with this property and its location. We got to know some of the local residents who are very friendly. Vodnjan is an undiscovered gem with a very interesting history.
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Check-in: 10:00 AM
Check-out: 3:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely apartment and very friendly staff at the cafe below.
We will definitely come back for another visit.
Beautiful apartment , lovely location.
Lovely holiday in this interesting town.
Escape from other tourists!
If you want to escape the tourists and yet stay in a lovely apartment which looks on to the medieval square this is Benussi. Vodnjan is full of undiscovered historical treasures. The locals are very friendly and the pace of life is relaxed. Yet within 20 minutes you can be where all the action is in Rovinj or Pula. And the beach is 5 minutes by car if you want to have a dip in the clear waters of the Adriatic.
Wonderful stay inVodjnan !
We enjoyed very much our stay in the charming village of Vodjnan. The Benussi appartment is very well located, overlooking the main square which is beautiful. It was an opportunity for us to feel the croatian atmosphere of a typical village. It is well decorated and comfortable, the parent's bedroom is quite large and very pleasant.
Staying in Vodjnan is perfect to discover the South of Istria : Pula is not far and you can find so many beautiful beaches.
We will keep very nice memories of our stay there!
Beautiful apartment in an idyllic old town
This was our 4th visit to Vodnjan and it won’t be our last. Each time we have stayed in Tessa’s apartments in the town square – twice in Castello and twice in Benussi. Both apartments are very clean, stylish and well appointed. The beds are very comfortable and both bath and beach towels provided. Both apartments share access to a roof terrace with fantastic views – perfect for enjoying a G&T before going out. Vodnjan is an excellent base from which to explore the whole of Istria by car. We have holidayed in Croatia many times over the last 10 years but this is our favourite part of the country.
We love watching the world go by in Vodnjan and the slower pace of life there. It is a beautiful old town, with a very relaxed atmosphere and few tourists – perfect for a peaceful, romantic getaway! Benussi is the more spacious apartment with the best views over the town square. However, both apartments make for a comfortable and pleasant stay and renting both apartments would be a great option for a larger group.
This year we were lucky enough to be there for some of the Vodnjan summer festival and were able to watch a couple of music concerts from the living room windows of Benussi. It really was just like being in a royal box!
The staff in the cafe bar (Arka) below the apartment are very friendly, as are the locals in the apartment below. Arka is perfect for an evening drink and we always buy our morning coffee from there – much better than making your own. There is a good (Konzum) supermarket close by and a smaller shop in the square (selling most things). In Vodnjan there is also a fruit and vegetable and fish market and an excellent Pizza take-away. There are also two good restaurants; Girotondo which specialises in pizza and pasta and Vodnjanka which has a lovely roof terrace and serves excellent local specialities including beef with truffle sauce which is fantastic.
Tessa has always been extremely helpful and is a good source of information. She always responds to emails promptly and efficiently.
Thank you for your review and for describing some of the pleasures of staying in Benussi (and my other apartment Castello). I too really enjoy the atmosphere and pace of a town that has moreorless been bypassed by tourism.
For those who want to be explore the area, there is plenty to see within half an hour's drive of Vodnjan- (eg Rovinj and Pula) and the beach at Fazana is only 10 minutes away.
I look forward to hearing from you again and the 10% discount for a returning visitor still stands!
We stayed in Benussi for one week in August. The air conditioning was vital as the weather was scorching! The apartment had everything we needed for our family of 4. The beds were particularly comfy and the roof terrace was beautiful in the evenings. The wifi was well used for posting photos on instagram!
Car parking was not a problem in the car park about 5 minutes from the house. The local beach at Fazane is rocky but the water is warm and there are lots of large inflatables for children around the ages of 8 to 14 or so. Ice creams are 60 pence each so we had rather a lot of them...
One comment for Tessa, perhaps you could update the kitchen photo on the website as the photo is not of the kitchen in the apartment. The kitchen is well stocked and had everything we needed but there isn't an oven.
Thanks so much for your review. Apologies about the kitchen photo and your disappointment at not finding an oven as you expected. Thanks for pointing it out. I have just uploaded the right photo. The one you saw on HomeAway was of the kitchen next door at Castello where there is an oven, but it is only a 1 bedroom flat. We offer 10% discount for returning guests who stay at one of our apartments, so please come back! (Benussi and Castello in Vodnjan, Lukovima in Rovinj)
Istria has been an important gateway to Europe for more than a thousand years. This coming and going is reflected in both culture and architecture making Istria more like Europe than the rest of Croatia. Italian is the official second language here and both buildings and agriculture seem much like Tuscany. The ever popular coastal towns are well worth a visit, but so are the gems inland - the walled medieval hills towns of Groznan and Motovun, the ruined city of Divigrad and the dramatic views from the top of Mt Ucka. Wine, truffles, and a therapeutic hot-spring mud bath can make a great day out. Formerly Vodnjan was a garrison town for the Roman army; later overshadowed by its port, Pula. Today Vodnjan is rebounding in a rather relaxed fashion, and is a fine staging post for trips to the palaces of Tito's island retreats on Brijuni, the beaches of the fishing port of Fazana and the seafood restaurants of Pula. Other Activities: Rock climbing, flying, boating to islands.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
30% due with your booking. On receipt of your payment your booking will be confirmed. £150 security deposit will be due on arrival. This is refunded within 14 days of your departure if there is no damage. There is a tourist tax to pay on arrival. In the summer it is 7.5 kuna (approx £1) per person per day.