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Tessa

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, dutch

Benussi - a spacious apartment in a medieval house. Free broadband

19 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Vodnjan Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tessa (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, dutch

Reviews

4.9
based on 19 traveler reviews

Benussi - a spacious apartment in a medieval house. Free broadband
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
5

Beautiful apartment in an idyllic old town

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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5

great week

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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)
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5

A gorgeous relaxing stay, in a very authentic town

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in your apartment, it was perfect! We found Istria to be full of food, culture and history and loved every minute of it! The bikes were great - although cycling in 37 degree heat was not so nice! There are many bike tracks throughout Istria which are great for exploring more of the countryside. We had everything we needed- thank you for such a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spacious apartment in a wonderful old building

  • 5 of 5

We chose Casa Benussi as a base to explore Istria and it was ideal for that. Vodnjan is a lovely old town with very few tourists and the apartment has a fantastic view over the main town square, and you can watch children playing in the square and people meeting for a drink or coffee.

The apartment was very clean and well equipped with air conditioning and a sound system. Beach towels as well as bath towels were thoughtfully provided. We used the two bicycles available with the apartment only on two occasions but very much enjoyed our rides outside the town and it was good to find helmets and a pump with the bicycles.

We also enjoyed having a drink in the evening on the roof terrace, listening to the swifts and house martins in their evening flights, although it took some courage on the first attempt to find the terrace, exploring through the dim light of the unimproved attic of the building to find the stairs up to the terrace. However we had no problem finding our way into the centre of Vodnjan or locating the car park where we could leave the car following the map provided by Tessa. There is a good Konzum supermarket on the edge of town although getting into its car park took us three attempts because the underground car park was under repair.

We particularly liked eating in the Vodnjanka restaurant and also having a fantastic pizza from the take away nearby. We would certainly recommend the apartment and if visiting it is worth the drive to Porec to visit the 6th century basilica there, although of course the amphitheatre in Pula mustn't be missed either.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of Benussi. We have had the property 8 years and I never get tired of going to Vodnjan. It is rare to find a place which is so accessible, charmimg and yet free of tourists. I would add one comment for future visitors. We have WiFi- this is very useful in a town that doesnt have an internet cafe! Tessa
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5

A lovely apartment in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

It was just starting to rain when we arrived in Vodnajan. (It was nice and sunny the rest of the week). We had not realised until the week before we went that there is no parking at the apartment and the town car park is a few minutes walk away so we trudged through the cobbled streets with our suitcases trundling over the cobbles. We later learned that we could have dropped off outside the apartment as there is a route through.

We met Matija who showed us around the apartment. I was slightly disappointed at first as the kitchen on the photograph is not the kitchen that is in the apartment. The kitchen in the apartment does not have an oven. One of the reasons I chose the apartment is that I like to cook myself due to food intolerances. However this did not spoil our stay an I managed with the hob and microwave and lovely pizzas from the restaurant at the end of the road.

My parents aged 83 were with us and the stone staircase leading to the apartment was easily manageable by them (They are fitter than me I think!). The steps leading up to the roof terrace were a bit more of a challenge to them and they only attempted it once. The views from the roof terrace are astounding.

The town square can be quite noisy on an evening and early morning. This was not a problem to my parents who were in the main bedroom but could be heard more from the loft bedroom. I didn't mind as we were happy to be up early. We also had a couple of thunderstorms through the night which was a bit scary in the loft bedroom!

The towns water supply was cut off for 2 days and it was quite exciting to join the locals at the portable water tank which came into the square twice a day. Also the neighbours in the flat below have a well in the garden and provided water for us to flush the toilet! The neighbours were so friendly and helpful, such a lovely couple...I had a tear in my eye when I said bye on our last day (and again now typing this!).

The apartment is an ideal location for visiting the area, Pula, Rovinj, Medulin, Fazana and Brijuni Islands are all well worth a visit. The apartment has a lot of character and it was easy to transport yourself back to medieval times :). The first day, no parking, no oven, climbing the stairs with our cases I thought "I am not sure about this!" By the end of the week I did not want to leave and I am so very pleased I chose Benussi for our holiday apartment . Lots of happy memories to treasure. I recommend Benussi for a holiday apartment.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

Benussi was a great choice for us! Vodnjan is a great location for exploring Istria. The apartment is very well appointed and has a very comfortable and modern feel, even as it preserves the classic character of the building. The rooftop deck is amazing! We had breakfast up here every morning and finished each day with a candle-lit glass of wine overlooking the church tower. Fantastic! Tessa (owner) was extremely helpful and gave us great tips for shopping and exploring the area. The check-in/check-out procedures were easy and the parking was close by. We highly recommend this apartment and Tessa for her hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Pula airport (Ryanair)
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Pula
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Vodnjan
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres

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.

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Rates & Availability

Vodnjan Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
August
Aug 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$885
 
 
September
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$673
 
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$525
 
 
November
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$415
 
 
December
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
$79
$415
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
$99
$593
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Vodnjan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • A cot is available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The roof terrace is shared with our other apartment Castello.

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