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Villa Sofia: Private Pool, Mature Garden, Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

NEW - Villa near Porec, Istria - Newly on the market - Ideal Location to Explore Istria

This villa was built for us in 2008. Its location on the hillside of Kastelir, with views spanning to the sea, makes it a lovely place to contemplate the beautiful Istrian countryside enjoying the light breeze from the sea. It has a private pool and plenty of space for 6-8 guests, accommodated in 3 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a comfortable double sofabed in the living room. With 3 bathrooms, it ensures the necessary privacy for the guests.

Kastelir is the perfect location for a diverse holidays. Only 4 miles from the sea it makes for a good base to explore the different resorts on the coast, or the historical town of Porec. Centrally located in Istria, it is also ideal to explore what the region has to offer, from undiscovered Venetian hilltop villages, to truffles and, of course, wine and olive oil. It is ideal for cycling (my favorite activity!) as it is in the midst of many cycling routes. The house is fully airconditioned, just in case the summer gets a bit too hot.

If you are the sporty type, then the hose has some table tennis table or - if you eel more energetic - access to a tennis court just a couple of minutes away, which can be easily booked. Besides cycling, in the near by beach resort of Lanterna you can do pretty much anything, from horse-back riding to wind surfing and paddling.

There is a very good tourist office in the local village square, which can give good advice on the potential activities around Kastelir and the region. Depending on when you stay, the region offers quite a lot in terms of cultural attractions and activities as well, including an excellent jazz festival in Grosnjan and a well known film festival in Motovun, a medieval festival in the Morosini-Grimani castle and many more.

Alternatively, you can spend a great week just laying by the pool and reading a book - its all down to you!

More Details

Property Manager
Mattia Romani
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Mattia Romani

I am Italian and grew up in Trieste, where my family is from. I know Istria well as I have been running around the region since I was a little kid, and I love all it has to offer. I now live in London where I work as an economist in a development institution. But I go to Istria as often as I can get away!

Mattia Romani purchased this villa in 2008

Why Mattia Romani chose Istria

We carefully selected this location as it is very well placed for a diverse holiday: itis a summer house, not far from the sea and properly hot in the summer, but at the same time it is the perfect base to explore the region, which is amazing. And it is 5 mins away form fabulous restaurants, markets and wineries. You can't beat that!

What makes this villa unique

Tabel tennis table; tennis court 5 mins from the house, easily bookable (please ask me for the number to ring); bikes available; close to paragliding location (I can arrange for tandem jumps and courses if needed, just ask me for the contacts)


Brnobići Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , The room can a double or two singles - en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , large bedroom with private terrace with great views
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (first floor) with double bed and private patio (good for an intimate breakfast). Bedroom 2 (first floor) with double bed and sea views. Bedroom 3 (ground floor) with double bed (ensuite bathroom).
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Given the depth of the pool, it is not suitable for young children. Keep older children under constant supervision. Strictly no-smoking in the villa. Outside: The property has a large covered patio overlooking the hills and the sea to the front of the property. This is the perfect place for an evening barbeque, it is fitted with a large table, bench and chairs to sit up to 10 people. The swimming pool is surrounded by a deck with loungechairs and a large parasol. There are some bike and a table tennis table available to guests. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included.


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Villa Sofia: Private Pool, Mature Garden, Sea Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A wonderful retreat off the Istrian coast

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family felt right at home in this great house in a pretty little village in the wonderful region of Istria in Croatia. We hope to return soon. This is a very welcoming place, with a veranda overlooking the garden filled with scented lavender, a cozy living room with fire place and big windows to enjoy the view towards the coast. And, of course, the pool to linger and take a cool dip during the hot summer days. Clearly a house that the owner has given much attention and care to.

If you come, make sure you have a car - there is too much to enjoy in the nearby area. A quick 10 minute drive gets you to several beautiful beach locations (Plava Laguna near Porec was our favorite), the region abounds with magnificent medieval towns along the coast and inland. In Kastelir itself there are a couple of good restaurants and just a 5 minute walk from the house a small, charming and richly filled fruit/vegetable stand with everything grown right behind it - hyper-local produce… you can even taste some 7 types of locally produced olive oil types - what a treat. A proper small food store is a short walk in the other direction. Within a 10 minute drive we found everything we every needed in all sorts of stores.

While the Istrian coast with its many beaches was a clear attractor for us - and it didn’t disappoint - the inland was the real surprise. Only a few kilometer inland from Kastelir you find beautiful valleys with medieval villages on the hill tops, the truffle region,… we moved by car but it must be a biker’s paradise.

The owner has been wonderful in making this a great stay and gave us good and useful information that helped direct us to Kastelir coming from Austria (only a short and picturesque 4 hour drive through Slovenia) and pointed us to the many treats in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Drei Generationen waren hier glücklich und zufrieden!

  • 5 of 5

Wir, Eltern, zwei Jungs im noch nicht ganz Teenie-Alter und die Großmutter haben eine sehr schöne Zeit in der Villa Sofia verbracht.

Bezüglich der Ausstattung des Hauses und des Gartens können wir uns nur unseren Vormietern anschließen. Alles bestens! Besonders den Pool haben wir sehr genossen! Bei den vielen Sitz- und Liegemöglichkeiten, im Schatten oder in der Sonne, rund ums Haus und im Haus fand jede/r sein Lieblingsplätzchen. Den Gasgrill und den Service mit den großen Badetüchern für den Pool haben wir sehr geschätzt! Auch die Tischtennisplatte hatten wir fleißig in Gebrauch. Dankbar waren wir auch für die Insektenschutzgitter an den Fenstern, denn die Mückenplage war während unseres Aufenthaltes sehr groß. Unbedingt ins Reisegepäck einpacken: reichlich Antimückenmittel!

Die Raumaufteilung des Hauses kam uns sehr entgegen. Die Großmutter im Schlafzimmer im EG mit eigenem, schönen Bad und Eltern und Kinder im OG mit einem gemeinsamen Bad.

Gerne sind wir in den Nachbarort Visnijan gefahren. Dort gibt es einen sehr guten Bäcker für die frischen Brötchen, süßen Stückchen (sehr lecker!) und Croissants zum Frühstück sowie einen guten Metzger. In der Ortsmitte gibt es einen schönen Platz, wo man Abend mit Einheimischen und anderen Gästen sehr beschaulich und gemütlich sitzen kann und bei der Pizzeria 'Al Ritrovo' günstig und gut essen kann.

Dankbar sind wir auch unseren Vormietern für den Tipp mit der Badestelle 'Plava Laguna' gewesen, denn wir fanden es nicht ganz einfach, eine wirklich gute Badestelle zu finden. Oftmals liegen die Strände an Campingplätzen, Hotel- oder Appartementanlagen und da muss man erst einmal wissen, wo, wie und ob man da hinkommt. Plava Laguna hat uns schließlich auch am besten gefallen, schon wegen der guten Infrastruktur (Duschen, Toiletten, Liegewiese, Kiosk und Parkmöglichkeit, ...).

Trotz der vielen hübschen Küstenstädtchen sollte man eine Fahrt ins Inselinnere auf keinen Fall versäumen!

Als weitere Ausflugstipps können wir den "Klassiker", eine Fahrt mit einem Ausflugsboot von Vrsar (die Touren gehen aber auch von anderen Küstenorten wie Porec oder Novigrad los) nach Rovinji und in den Limski-Fjord/Kanal (mit Badegelegenheit!) durchaus empfehlen.

Mit Kindern kommt man fast nicht um einen Besuch einer der beiden Wasserparks herum. Wir waren im Aquapark Istranlandia und fanden den echt klasse! Der Park ist sehr schön angelegt, liegt landschaftlich wunderschön und wir hatten wirklich viel Spaß dort.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank! Lovely review, thanks for taking the time and for adding such a wealth of information that I am sure other guests will benefit from. I am glad you found the bakery, the restaurants and the various shops and cafes around the village. It is a little village, but it has everything you need. Glad to hear the table tennis was well used, it is my favourite sport in Kastelir too, together with cycling - you must try it next time you come!
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A perfect holiday in the villa of our dreams

  • 5 of 5

The pictures did not betray us... the house and the garden are really beautiful and well-kept. The private pool made our dreams come true... The villa is perfectly equipped with just everything. The rooms are nicely decorated and furbished with style. The airconditioning is working perfectly. Everything was spotlessly clean. There are two small shops in town and a very nice fruits and vegetable lady with her own booth not far from the house. There are three very good and low-priced restaurants in the neighbourhood which we can definitely recommend -especially "Toni". The trips to the ocean by car just took around 15 min and there is no trouble with parking next to the beaches (for free). We can recommend the "Hawaii-Beach" at Cervar Porat. The staff at the agency were very friendly and helpful -like everyone else we met here in Croatia. We surely would like to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Super schönes Haus

  • 5 of 5

Die Bilder haben nicht zu viel versprochen. Das wirklich geräumige Haus in echt ruhiger Lage ist super ausgestattet und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Alles was man braucht ist da. Wir haben uns super wohlgefühlt... Der realativ große Pool ist natürlich genial. Zum Meer ist es nicht weit- man kann verschiedene Strände mit guten Parkmöglichkeiten anfahren. Vor Ort hat man auch echt alles was man braucht; Supermarkt, Obststand, wirklich gute Restaurants... Alle sind sehr gastfreundlich. Alles in allem ein super Urlaub! Sehr zu empfehlen.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Very nice and komfortable atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was very uncomlicated and easy to handle. We directly felt welcome. We had a nice breakfast every morning at the really comfortable terrace. Also nice barbecues. In the house is everything you ned. We were with 6 persons, it was optimal. The house is situated in a small village,Not far away from porec. A car is good to get around and buy food. There are also 2 small markets in the village were you get fresh rolls or bred every morning :-) the area is very calm. The view of the ocean is amazing. There are restaurants Toni and Robi, which we recommend to have some food :-) very delicious! So all in all it really was a very nice holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
pula airport
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: recommended


The closest beach is at 'Lanterna' a large complex with lovely rocky beaches (typical of this region of Croatia) and a full array of services (tennis, sailing, boating, waterski, etc.). It can be reached by car in 10mins or by bike in 30mins. There are several other beaches also in close proximity, including naturist beaches and secluded coves.


Pula is the nearest airport (30mins away). Trieste is also close by (1 3/4 h without delays). Car hire is highly recommended.


The villa is in the outskirts of Kastelir/Labinci. The closest shop is a 5 mins walk from the house, while there is a large supermarket (opened every night until 10pm) 15 mins walk away (less than 5 mins by car). There is a cash machine at the supermarket. There are several restaurants in Kastelir, all only a few minutes away from the house. Restaurants and supermarkets accept cards, and the cash machine near the supermarket works with British bank-cards. There is a weekly market in Kastelir.

Further Details:

There is a tennis court 5mins walk away from the house, which can be booked locally. Kastelir has a paragliding site. Information is available at the local tourist office.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $64.33 per person per night
Pet Fee $128.67
Damage Deposit $514.67

Booking Notes:
Booking procedures: 25% deposit is required to confirm your booking, balance 4 weeks before departure. A security deposit of euro 400/£400 is required at the time of booking (on either a euro or a GBP UK bank account). This will be held against any loss or damage. Receipt of funds confirms booking. You should arrange your own cancellation insurance. Further details on request.

Changeover Day:

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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