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Beautiful luxury Stone Villa, Private Pool, Vineyeards and Mountain Views

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,679 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

4 bedroom Stonehouse with ensuite wetrooms in a historic village in Istria with private pool & gardens.

Relax and recharge at a beautiful renovated 200 year old stone house which is surrounded by a huge covered terrace. The large oak kitchen fully equipped for all your cooking and dining requirements, including fridge with icebox, microwave and toaster. A solid oak staircase leads upstairs; to 4 double bedrooms all with en-suite shower and WC. The lounge has a wood burning stove and door leading to the terrace. The large garden is stocked with flowers, shrubs, fruit trees 2 lawns, sunbathing area by the pool and gravelled area for children to run around. A beamed pergola by the private pool is for outside dining with a stone BBQ and outside lights. There is also parking for 4 cars inside the iron gates and stone walls surround the property for safety of children. The utility room has a washing machine, dishwasher, ironing board and iron, also a separate WC and sink. All bed linen and towels are supplied. The house is cleaned before your arrival.

The village is delightful and so convenient for getting to all parts of Istria, only 20 minutes from the beach, 10 minutes from shops and cash point and 5 minutes from the nearest restaurant. Ancient hill tops towns are very nearby and Venetian towns and the nearest airport, Pula, is 50 minutes drive on a good motorway which is only 2 miles away. Flights from the UK take 1hour 50 minutes from Stansted,Gatwick and other airports. Driving in from Europe is so easy with the good motorways through Italy and Slovenia.

Returning to villa after a day out sightseeing or the beach is shear bliss, with the lovely pool and garden to unwind in. You can go for a quiet walk through vineyards and small holdings to the next beautiful village with no worry of traffic.

The only noises you hear will be of the countryside - the occasional cockerel or tractor. You can buy local wine in the village and sometimes fruit and vegetables. Different traders come in vans from time to time with groceries, fish or chicken. The villa has everything you need for a totally relaxing holiday.

We are also offering 3-7 night women's retreats in the Summer months.

Diklici is now a village of historic protection.

More Details

Shirley Heyward
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, german
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Shirley Heyward

From the UK, Nigel and Shirley purchased their stonehouse in Istria, Croatia in 2005 and their first season was in 2007 opening up as a retreat, B&B. The house was rented as a villa after they returned to the UK in 2011.

Shirley Heyward purchased this villa in 2005

Why Shirley Heyward chose Općina Višnjan

This property is, 200 plus years old, in a lovely quiet village it has a majestic appearance at the top of the village, made of Istrian stone and is the perfect size for groups to enjoy with a large enough garden to relax in and sunbathe by the pool. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with rolling hills, vineyards and views of the sea down a quiet unmade road, perfect for walks and cycling. The village is in the heart of Istria away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside towns and traffic, but in easy reach of them and all the ancient towns. Also only 1 3/4 hours flying time from Stansted in London to Pula, which is only 50 minutes drive from the house in the village called, Diklici. Other airports are Trieste, Rijeka and Lublijana. It is easily reached by Europeans who can drive, in a few hours.

This wonderful setting is idea for Women's retreats to enable them to unwind and join in fun and inspirational workshops.

What makes this villa unique

Beautiful egg shaped pool for your rejuvenation and a symbol of rebirth for your private use only. The peaceful garden has fruit trees and lovely flowering borders and lawns. Your parking, inside the gates, is for 4 cars and a gravel area for exercise and children to run around inside the surrounding walls. The house inside is lovely and cool because of the thick stone walls and every room has it's own wet-room and separate toilet. The kitchen is unique, made by a craftsman of local oak, with a large double oven cooker and dinning tables. The pergola has a large seating area and stone BBQ with outside lighting and the house is surrounded by a wide terrace for outside dining. All aspects of Istria are within easy reach, the sea is 20 minutes drive away. Groznjan and Motovun the ancient hill top towns 10 minutes drive. A ferry is available in Porec for the crossing to Venice which can be visited in one day or more.

The neighbours are very friendly and will often offer to show you around their small holdings with a taste of local wine and prsut (Parma ham). Walking or cycling through the surrounding vineyards to the next village is delightful, where you can see old breeds of cattle, goats, chickens and ducks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had a very relaxing stay in your lovely house. It's been great fun looking at the chickens and going for lovely walks, we will certainly recommend you to friends who want a true Istrian experience, thanks for a most enjoyable holiday. Ian and Julie, Cheshire UK.

Body mind and soul rested and refreshed after a week in your home, when our spirits and sanity are in need of rejuvenation we know where to head. Chandra, Kalpana & Aadasch, Birmingham UK

What a fabulous week we have had in Istria, and a very relaxing homebase for exploring a very special area, the best memories will be taken home with us. Gerry & Patty Oakland California USA.
Dec 2010
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Općina Višnjan Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1679 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower , toilet is separate from the wetroom
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , toilet is separate from the wetroom
    Shower room 4 - toilet , shower , toilet is separate from the wetroom
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , toilet is separate from the wetroom
  • Ensuite shower/wetrooms with sink in each room and separate WC and also a WC and sink off the utility room downstairs with a back door to the pool.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , bed has 2 single mattresses with single bed linen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , bed has 2 single mattresses and single bed linen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bed has 2 single mattresses and single bed linen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps maximum of 8 adults all beds are double but only one has a double mattress. The single beds are good quality fold up beds but should not be required for 8 people, but give another option. Room fans are provided and separate heaters. The thick walls of the stone house provide a much cooler atmosphere for hot Summer days.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Shirley has now decided to include women's workshops periodically at this lovely retreat house. She will be running monthly weekend workshops with wonderful homemade food and relaxation in-between villa rentals.


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Beautiful luxury Stone Villa, Private Pool, Vineyeards and Mountain Views
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 14 reviews

House is cool in Summer

  • 5 of 5

The countryside is so natural, wildflowers and vineyards so authentic and the garden and pool are just what we needed. The house clean and spacious with lovely showers in each room. You can see the sea from the short walk to the next village and the mountains from your bedroom window. The large town of Porec is just 20 minute drive and the next town 10 minutes for restaurants and mini markets.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you
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Birmingham UK

A lovely relaxing holiday in a beautiful villa

  • 4 of 5

The villa was excellent, really comfortable and for a family group it was great to have comfortable bedrooms and very good shower rooms. The village is very quiet and we hadn't realised we would have to drive to get to local shops and restuarants, but the nearest village Visnjan was very close and we liked it. The swimming pool at the villa was great, clean and surrounded by a lovely patio and garden with loads of garden chairs etc. we had very hot weather and it was nice to potter around outside in June shade. The area was beautiful and we easily found the coastal resorts and pretty hill top towns when we wanted to. Only things which could have been better, a small welcome pack given that there is nothing within walking distance, and the information about local places including maps could be improved . The house is very well equipped but strangely there was no info about rubbish disposal or recycling. But overall a super place for a family group who like comfort but enjoy the countryside.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to provide a welcome pack, I have asked our manager, but not as yet forthcoming. There is a note about taking your rubbish to the large green bin outside the wall in our book of instructions notes, I can only think you must have missed it. Large coloured recycling bins are also just on the road out of the village by the cross roads. I will make a note of these for next season, thank you for pointing that out.
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A house filled with care

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful sunshine and the stone house is stunning. The owner's have added lots of lovely touches, it was home from home, surrounded by lovely countryside for walking and sightseeing, great place to unwind and then eat out, so cheap. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We had a fantastic time!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful few days at Shirley's stonehouse villa. The villa itself is absolutely stunning, with a wonderful garden, beautiful stonework and very spacious rooms. It comes with everything you would want; a full kitchen complete with oven, fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave, about 4 different seating areas (we particularly liked the sunloungers by the pool to relax during the day and the sofas in the living room for watching films in the evening), and four very spacious ensuite bedrooms with hot showers and comfy beds. Everything was very clean and clearly well looked after, we felt very safe and secure, whilst the pool was also a real bonus. We'd also like to note a special mention to Smiljana the caretaker who made us especially welcome and answered any questions we may have had.

The village itself is very peaceful - we hardly heard any cars for the entire stay, while we took the opportunity to take a couple of evening strolls to the local villages of Cerion and Prascari. It is in very close proximity to Porec, Rovinj and Pula (with Rovinj being our absolute favourite, although all are definitely worth a visit!)

Jack, Becky, Jake and Rosanna

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review, it says it all and it is how we see it too. I am so pleased you had such a great time, just a shame it was so short. We hope to see you there again sometime.
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  • 5 of 5

Istria is certainly a beautiful part of the world, with friendly people, and lots to see and do. The property we stayed at was lovely and spacious. We were a family of four but it could easily accommodate another couple. The pool was great. It is situated in a very peaceful village. You can buy very cheaply amazing fresh vegetables and fruit, with homegrown wine from the lovely friendly neighbours. If you are looking to get away from it all, this really is the place to come and relax. The kitchen was big with a great double oven. I suggest to stock up with food at the large supermarket in Porec (Plodine) and there is a small supermarket, in the next village for small supplies. The villa also in great proximity to explore the area by car. Grosnjan, an artists hilltop village (you can buy interesting artwork there) and Mutavun are worth a visit. Porec is about 20mins. We hired a boat in Funtana and explored the island around the coast. All in all a lovely stay - I cannot fault it.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you loved both the area and the house, it is such a lovely spot and so central to Istria, we look forward to accommodating you again. kindest regards Shirley
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Happy Holidays

  • 4 of 5

Nine of us spent a very enjoyable holiday here. The house was very clean and the pool was delightful. We swam every day. Smilijana who looks after the property couldn't have been more helpful. There were lots of daytrips within half an hour of the property and we particularly enjoyed the beaches at Porec, Istralandia water park, Pula and the local hilltop towns. There are some lovely restaurants locally but the only downside of this property was that you had to take the car to go for a meal as there was nowhere within walking distance. As Croatia has a zero limit for any alcohol in your system it meant that the driver could not even have one small beer. Having said that this did not spoil our holiday and the peaceful location was really lovely. There were lots of little shops in the local town where supplies could be purchased and the cost of food and eating out was very reasonable. We were very impressed with our Croatian holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Montana steak house
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
254 Kilometres
Bjelolasica Zagreb
Nearest Beach
11 Miles

YOUR VILLA IS THE PERFECT PLACE for families and groups

to unwind and enjoy a real Istrian experience of unspoiled countryside and lovely friendly people and ancient sites such as Motovon, Grosjnan, the Venetian town of Rovinj.


The nearest beach is Porec with a lovley old town and basillica which is a 20 minute drive away or the Venetian seaside resort of Rovinj which is 30-40 minutes drive from Diklici. Beaches in Istria are generally pebbled with beautiful clear water. Many wonderful boat trips are on offer which may include a fish/meat picnic. It is lovely to return to the peaceful location of the house after a busy day on the beach.


Nearest airport is Pula which is 50 minutes drive on very good motorways direct to Visnjan which is 3 kilometers from Diklici. Porec can also be reached by ferry from Venice or you could take a day trip to Venice which is easy to book. Istria is easily accessible from Europe by car, the motorways are very good. There are many local restaurants in the surrounding areas.


Nearest town Visnjan is 3 kilometers which has restaurants, bank and ATM, shops and a lovely old town and telescope. . Rovinj is a beautiful venetian seaside resort with winding ancient streets and churches. Motovan and Grosnijan are ancient hilltop towns only 10 and 15 kilometers away and the famous Roman amphitheatre is in Pula. The village is very central to all of Istria, so an ideal relaxing house.

Further Details:

The village is surrounded by lovely walks and cycle routes through vineyards and hills and wonderful place of relaxation and central to many places of interest. Food and wine of the region is very good and cheap and the pace of life is easy and the villagers are friendly, but will not intrude.

Our manager also speaks German.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $413.91

Booking Notes:
We will send a booking form and terms and conditions.
Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Sunday, this year if possible, but other days are considered.

Notes on prices:
Prices include VAT and TOURIST TAX and registration with the tourist board.
In the lower season smaller groups can be accommodated at a 20% discount just ask for rooms for 4-6 persons, one bedroom will be closed off.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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