|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Privately owned luxurious villa in a unique development boasting both floodlit tennis court and swimming pool. The villa is in an elevated position on the outskirts of the pretty Istrian village of Tar with fantastic views of coastline and olive groves, yet a short walk to shops, bank, restaurants and bars. The beautiful fishing village of Novigrad with its new Marina, and bustling Roman town of Porec are both within a few minutes drive. The villa is well positioned as a base from which to visit the medieval hill top villages of Motovun and Groznjan, the Venetian built promontory of Rovinj and the spectacular caves at Baredine. The Mirna valley from which you can observe wildlife including otters and birds of prey in abundance, is only a few minutes drive. Two new water parks, Istralandia and the recently opened multi-million Euro water park 'Aquacolours' are both only be a short drive from the villa and provide a great day out for children and adults alike.
Keith and I live in England with our two teenage sons. We work for ourselves and are lucky to be able to spend a few weeks of the year in lovely Istria, although it's always difficult to leave! We would be very happy to discuss and answer any questions you may have. As we have spent a considerable amount of time in Istria I think we can give more local information than you would normally obtain from a brochure, or browsing the internet.
Keith & Jo purchased this villa in 2005
We love this area because it has excellent access from many airports, as well as being easy driving distance from the UK. The surrounding area has so much to offer and the coastline is amazing with it's many islands and inlets complimented by the crystal clear warm water of the Adriatic. The countryside is very unspoilt and the local people are so friendly. Istria was once part of Italy and you will see the Italian influence with architecture and wonderful cuisine. There are great restaurants in the village of Tar together with bars and bakeries offering excellent pastries, coffee and ice creams at prices you will find very pleasing. The neighbouring towns of Novigrad and Porec offer similar variety on a larger scale, seafood, steaks, pasta and pizzas are all of excellent quality.
The small Bella Vista complex is very unusual having a floodlit all weather tennis court and a pool, both of which are only a few steps from our door. The house is a short walk from the village centre, yet in a quiet location. We love the tennis court and pool, and swimming in the warm sea at any of the local beaches is a treat. You really can do as much or as little as you like at Bella Vista.
We had a fantastic time in Tar. The house is very spacious and well appointed. The terrace is a very relaxing place to idle time. The village has some nice restaurants. Nearby the resorts of Porec and Novigrad offer all sorts of options. So, you can have a chill out or busy holiday or a mix of both. Highly recommended. One thing, the villas in this complex are in rows. This property is in the best row. Choose this over the others that are available if you can.
Review Submitted: 09 August 2011 Date of Stay: July 2011
'The villa is an excellent base from which to explore this area and is so much better than those we have been accustomed to in Greece. Food is excellent, very good value, and the service very friendly. We visited Motovun, Groznjan, Vrsar, Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad, Lim Fjord and the island of Cres. All are worth the effort.' PG Surrey.
A really well appointed 3-bedroom villa in an excellent location. We - a family of two adults and two children (age 11 and 9) - had just over a week here, and found the property very comfortable, with all facilities/amenities to hand. The terrace to the rear has a beautiful aspect looking west - some great sunsets over the adjacent vineyard - and the built-in BBQ got two outings.
Pool and tennis court (racquets and balls are provided) were both appreciated and very well-used.
Tar is not big, but has a bank, shops/supermarket (bakery deserves special mention) and a nice cafe in the centre. Plenty of restaurants too, with Arka and Teran (our favourite) a cut above the rest. All within easy walking distance.
Rovinj, Porec and Novigrad just short drives away, and access to coast available at Lanterna resort. Two waterparks also close by - we went to Istralandia and had an absolutely brilliant day.
Owners Jo and Keith were staying in the complex at the same time. They were an excellent source of advice and help, but never intrusive. We would happily return!
The property was beautifully situated with all the amenities of a modern three bedroomed house. We had a great time exploring the many coves and restaurants both by the sea and in the town. It was a trip back in time from cost, relaxed atmosphere and architectural standpoints.
Had a marvellous week in Tar in early June. The apartment is on a small well maintained complex, beautifully furnished and equipped with all you would need. The pool is just a few steps away and a real bonus in the hot weather that we enjoyed. The tennis (hard) court is right to hand, in good condition and very private as we were the only users during our stay. We are pleased that we chose this particular apartment as it has a superior location on the 'front row' of the development. This means that you benefit from a great view over open countryside (you can even see the alps in the distance on a clear day !) as well as afternoon and evening sun and some spectacular sunsets. The outside eating area is great, with dappled shade provided by a lovely kiwi growing over the pergola.
Tar village has a good variety of excellent restaurants within 5-10m walk. We tried out 4 of them and were impressed with the standard of food but particularly the small bill at the end ! - amazing value. We loved the local wine and discovered a local producer nearby 'Elvio' who allows tasting and sells straight from the vat (bring your own plastic bottles). Nice baker, butcher and grocery store are handy but we tended to do bigger shops at the supermarkets a short drive away.
We had some great excursions to the coast for brilliant fish and seafood and the occasional pizza.... thanks to Keith and Jo for their recommendations. Particularly enjoyed Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj and Vrsar but also some little beachside restaurants within 15m drive
If you haven't been to Croatia/Istria before, then I would highly recommend it, and this location and apartment is a great choice to get the best of both village and coast life, with pool and tennis thrown in if that's your thing.
We will be back !
This was our first family visit to Croatia & we were pleasantly surprised with the entire area. Tar which is the nearest village to the complex is less than 5 minutes walk away with a number of very good restaurants. The complex itself was small with only about 10 apartments. The tennis court is nearby & the pool is quiet but really nice for a relaxing dip at the end of the day. The apartment itself was very clean with everything you could possibly need: Fully equipped kitchen, TV, Satellite, safe, ironing board & iron Etc. The entire Istrian coast has numerous towns which are both historic yet lively especially Porec which we particularly enjoyed.
We had a great holiday in Croatia, Beautiful countryside. Great value, Good local resturants,, The Villa was well equipped, lovely views, The pool was OK but could do with some shade and seating. Would certainly return plenty more to see, eat ,and drink.
Great holiday. Loved the villa-very relaxing and comfortable.
Keith and Jo made sure this was a great holiday for us.
Tip: if you have teenagers who want nightlife go to Lanterna and use the free bus there and back from the villa.
Will be back!
Special interest holidays:
Our small complex is ideal for a group tennis holiday. The court is free for guests and is rarely busy. There are two brand new multi-million Euro water parks nearby, they will be great for family days out.
The local farmland is mainly cultivated for the production of wine and olive oil. There are many wine producers that offer excellent wine tasting within a few kilometres. Just opened in 2013 a local cheese maker (Spin) is offering excellent meals with wine & cheese tasting in the most delightful setting, only 1 kilometre away. Another gastronomic delight of this area is the truffle which can be found in many local restaurants.
The coast with a gorgeous waterfront restaurant is within a pleasant walk through beautiful countryside. There are countless shingly beaches within a short drive, some with excellent water sports and restaurants.
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Nearest airport Pula (Ryanair, Jet2) 30 mins drive, Trieste (Ryanair, Jet2) is 90 mins drive. Other airports are located at Rijeka (Easyjet), Ljubljana (Easyjet), Venice (Ryanair, Easyjet,). Car train from Dusseldorf to Rijeka (DB Autozug). From nearby Porec, a catamaran runs to Venice and takes 2½ hours. Drive your own car (1000 miles from Calais), save on flights and car rental, and take advantage of all the attractions Istria has to offer.
The house is situated on the edge of the village of Tar, with a 5 minute walk to shops, restaurants, banks. Porec (10 mins by car) is an historical town with many events organised throughout the year, beaches, shopping, marina and the Euphrasius Basilica. Vrsar (25 mins)has beaches and marina. Motovun (1 hour)is truffle country. Pula (45 mins) has a Roman Amphitheatre. From Porec a catamaran to Venice takes approximately 2½ hours. Car hire is highly recommended.
Among the diverse leisure activities available nearby are sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, diving, fishing, cycling, horse-riding, paragliding, tennis, table-tennis, go-karting. There are numerous cycle trails all around Istria's hills and coastline. This part of Istria is famous for its gastronomic delights, with fabulous seafood restaurants and much emphasis on locally grown, organic produce.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Non-refundable 30% deposit of total rental booking at time of confirmation. Balance payable not less than 6 weeks prior to arrival by cheque or telegraphic transfer to our bank. Please note the villa is strictly no smoking, and no pets allowed. Guests should make their own arrangements for holiday and cancellation insurance. £250 security deposit required, payable by separate cheque which will be returned if no damage or breakages. Tourist Tax is payable locally at approx. 70p p.p. per day.
Changeover is flexible. Check in after 4pm, check out by 10am.