Modern Villa - Montizana, Porec, Istria - Private Corner Site - Small Village.
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About Jim Brannan
My wife and I were married in 1983 and have 2 children. Our children were 17 and 13 when we first went to Croatia and we always felt that they were safe in the Porec area as it is "lively but civilised" We celebrated our 25th anniversary with a special party in our village of Montizana and it was one of the best nights of our lives. We want to be sure that guests will enjoy their stay so we never rent without speaking to people before they commit. This way, we can understand what they want from a holiday and we can decide whether Villa Istria is right for them. Sometimes, we suggest to people that it is not right for them. We enjoy going there as often as possible and we get a lot of pleasure when guests tell us how much they liked the villa and the area and book to return
Jim Brannan purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Jim Brannan chose Poreč
My wife Louise and I always went to different places for our holidays. But, when we went to Porec in 2004, we fell in love with the area and bought Villa Istria in 2005. We loved the area and had the opportunity to buy early on this development to get the best site. We bought before it was completed so we could get the villa with the best views and choose the internal finishes. We enjoy a holiday where we can have some peace and quiet but not have to drive too far to visit the beaches and restaurants. We cook in some times and go out others. Just at the coast is the Zelena Laguna complex where there is a huge range of sporting activities. We also own some prime land in a nearby village Kadumi and we are holding this as a further development and investment opportunity.
What makes this Villa unique
Montizana is a small rural village and we love it when the local chickens wander over to pay us a visit or the donkeys or sheep are out to see. If you go up the hill behind our house, you can climb a fireman's watchtower and see the beautiful countryside of Istria for many miles around. Our pool is cut into the hillside so is very private with no-one overlooking it. Ideal to relax. In the height of summer, Montizana usually about 3-4 degrees cooler that the temperature at the coast which can be welcome when temperatures peak. The Montizana sky is wonderful at night - well worth putting off the lights and just gazing at the sky to see it without light pollution. Many children have never see a sky like this before if they are city dwellers.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Small pets with well-behaved owners are welcome.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The villa was OK but a little TLC required on our side areas.
We were disappointed to receive a 3 star rating as this is the lowest ever received.
Traveler explained that there were some loose patio stones which have now been fixed. Also that he was concerned that the wheel of his car would go over the driveway edge (which has never happened before to any guest).
Great place to stay near the Croatian coast
We really enjoyed staying in the villa. Jim the owner was very helpful before and during the stay, arranging some extra bedding as soon as we asked for it. The villa is in a lovely environment, with views over fields, and within easy reach of all that Istria has to offer. I'd say the only thing missing is any sort of small shop/cafe/restaurant within the village - it means you need to get to Porec or Vrsar for everything. But all in all we had a wonderful stay.
A piece full spot a short drive from the coast.
Just what we were looking for. Away from the traffic and noise.
Home away from home
The villa had everything we needed which made it ideal from our perspective. The secluded and peaceful location suited us for rest and relaxation during the day and at night we could easily drive to Porec for more liveliness - it was a great combination for us as we wanted the best of both worlds during out holiday. The private pool, not overlooked by anyone, was a real bonus (and essential during the August heat) although the wasps were a bit of a pest as they seemed to come out of the lavender around the pool as soon as we got in! The owners have thoughtfully provided a wide range of equipment including books and useful information about the area. We would definitely come back though perhaps at a different time of year as it was extremely hot in August.
Sehr schöne Lage und sehr tolles Haus
Wir konnten einen wunderschönen Urlaub in einem wunderschönen Land verbringen. Das Haus liegt etwas abseits in einem Dorf. Es war schön ruhig und wir konnten am Pool schön entspannen. Abends haben wir die schönen Orte Porec und Rovinj besucht.
The area is characterised by charming bays with small beaches mostly lined by trees which provide shade. Villa Istria is 5 miles from the coast to Porec, Funtana and Vrsar. The Zelena (Green) and Plava (Blue) Lagunas (8 minutes drive) on the coast have a full range of sports available including watersports, horse riding, tennis, football and many other sports.
Cycling is very popular and Montizana is on the local cycle route.
Nearest airport is Pula 40 minutes . Trieste (2 hours), Venice (3 hours), Riyeka (1.5 hours) and Llubliana (2.5 hours). We will provide directions.
Villa Istria is on the edge of the tranquil village of Montizana. Groceries are available at the Zbandaj 2 KM away. there are many good supermarkets near Porec or Vrsar within a few minutes drive.
You must : 1) buy a bag of carrots; 2) walk 700 meters down towards Dracevac; 3) turn right - walk 300 meters to the Donkey Sanctuary; 4) Feed the Donkeys
There are many charming small villages within a 10 minute drive and a multitude of good qualty restuarants which are very reasonably priced. A family of 4 can eat well with a couple of drinks for under £40.
The Istria area has numerous places of interest including the Roman amphitheatre at Pula, the basilica at Porec and towns such as Rovinj and Motovoun.