Villa Ruza is a traditional stone built house right on the edge of Tivat Bay.
About James Head
Lily and I live in Warwickshire, England. We have an adult son and daughter. We were introduced to Montenegro in 2009 by a friend who has a nearby water front property and we fell in love with the landscape, the culture and the people. We own two properties in Montenegro, both of which are available for holidays. The Stone House, 165 Prcanj (property # 1092464) and Villa Ruza, Donja Lastva (property ref # 8368138). We purchased Villa Ruza in November 2013 when it had been neglected for decades. The renovation began in September 2016 and was finished in August 2017. Our purchase of The Stone House, 165 Prcanj – was documented by House Hunters International in 2013. This was the first ever HHI show filmed in Montenegro. It is Season 64, Episode 8. We want you to have the best holiday experience ever. We have a great team in Montenegro who are there to help you. We are available to help in any way we can with the planning of your holiday.
James Head purchased this House in 2013
Why James Head chose Tivat
We love to be able spend time on or in the sea and that is what front line properties provide. We did not want a view of the sea, we wanted to be able to feel and smell it right at the house. Villa Ruza was derelict, but in a beautiful setting set beside the Church of St Roko and the Cafe Giardino. It just needed some vision and investment which we are delighted we have been able to provide.
What makes this House unique
Villa Ruza looks west and enjoys all day sunshine. Villa Ruza has the most amazing views of the sea and mountains. Villa Ruza is located in the community. Our neighbours are wonderful people who make you feel very welcome. Villa Ruza is secure and child friendly. Villa Ruza is located right on the sea front. Villa Ruza was totally renovated in 2017.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please discuss any event in advance
We request that no guests smoke inside the Villa.
Please do not even ask to bring a pet
The property is completely secure
Minimum age of primary renter:21
The most important house rule is that all our guests have a great holiday and enjoy themselves and Tivat Bay. We trust you to respect our Villa.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fabulous Autumn Holiday
Vila Ruza is a 5 star property with exceptional levels of comfort and convenience: it has everything holidaymakers need from dishwashers to a log burner. Beds are very large and comfortable and having two bathrooms is ideal when four or more adults are staying.
The surrounding Kotor area is stunning. The combination of sea and mountains provides astonishing vistas of beauty and pastoral perfection. Perast, Kotor City, the Blue Caves and the old Yugoslav submarine pens are "must see" features for which you will need a boat. James the property owner can arrange all of your water~taxi needs and anything else you need including excellent restaurant recommendations.
Despite the fact that this holiday was in October /November the temperature in the Bay was so mild we were able to go swimming!
I wholeheartedly recommend Vila Ruza, the Bay of Kotor and Montenegro as superb destinations. NB Montenegro is still great value for money compared to other "sun-spot" destinations.
Excellent holiday home
Villa Ruza is a lovely heritage property located in Donja Lastva, a small village just outside of Tivat and an ideal base for exploring Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. The owners recently completed an extensive renovation preserving the exterior and completely re-doing the interior, bringing it up to modern standards with air conditioning and tasteful décor reflecting its seaside location. The house is charming and comfortable, with a large, well-equipped kitchen and dining area, three bedrooms with excellent beds, and spotlessly clean and contemporary bathrooms with good hot water and shower pressure. There is also an outdoor seating area and patio making it easy to enjoy the sun or shade, whatever you prefer. You have a lovely view of the bay and the spectacular sunsets and there is a small beach around the corner where locals swim every evening (and you can too). Down the road, you can access a waterfront promenade that takes you to Porto Montenegro, an exclusive shopping, hotel, condo and marina complex within a 15 minute walk. The complex has several restaurants and designer shopping and is the mooring station for many super yachts which make for interesting sight-seeing! There are two grocery stores a 10 minute walk away making it easy to stock up on essentials when you arrive. The owner provides extensive information on how to manage the house, as well as suggestions for day trips and activities in the area, restaurant recommendations, transportation options and the best way to ask the owner of the small restaurant next door to prepare fish he caught earlier in the day for your dinner. The villa management team on the ground is responsive and helpful, and booked taxis for us to tour the area as we did not have a rental car (and really didn’t need one). One item to note is the village church next to the villa and the church bells that ring on the hour (and sometimes on the half hour) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. This is not an issue unless you’re a late riser or take long afternoon naps and is really part of the charm of village life. The pictures on the web site provide an accurate description of the house and a comprehensive overview of the exterior and interior. If you’re looking for a vacation property that’s comfortable as well as interesting, then Villa Ruza is an excellent choice. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Thanks for sharing all the detail. You summed Villa Ruza and the local area up beautifully.
Our stay at Villa Ruza was wonderful. The location is perfect with amazing views and it was only a short walk from a number of restaurants. It was well equipped with everything you could want and the beds were extremely comfortable. Thank you James for an excellent holiday!
Providing an excellent holiday is all we aim to do at Villa Ruza. It sounds simple, but we work hard to ensure that is what our guests have. Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic property in a lovely location!
We had a fantastic stay in this wonderful house! We were delighted with the location of the house in terms of its ‘central’ location on the coast - perfect for visiting the Bay of Kotor, the beaches of the Lustica Peninsula, the coast down to Budva and Petrovac, and inland to Lake Skadar and lovely Cetinje. We loved wandering down to Porto Montenegro for dinner and people/yacht-watching. We really appreciated all the information James provided in the house book and used a number of his recommendations - sadly we didn’t have time to do everything!
The house itself was absolutely lovely - from its waterfront location, to the really high standard of decor/equipment, it was a pleasure to stay in! The bed in the master bedroom was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in - it’s enormous - I need one at home! And the air-con was a huge bonus as it was very hot, and it meant that we all slept really well. As you can imagine, we didn’t want to come home!
We've been self-catering for the last 25 years, and this is probably the nicest house we've ever stayed in, in terms of comfort, equipment and location! We cannot recommend it highly enough!
We are so glad you had a great holiday at Villa Ruza. Villa Ruza is in an amazing location which does set it apart. The nicest house you have stayed in the last 25 years! That makes all the work we do for our guests worthwhile.
Great Villa in a Good Location
The villa, being fairly recently refurbished, is in great condition and is comfortable and well furnished. There is plenty of outdoor space to eat and relax and just enough shade for really hot days. It is noticeable that the villa has been fitted out by owners that regularly stay themselves, so everything you need is at the villa.
The restaurant next door is cheap with simple, delicious food and other restaurants are within 10 minutes walk. There are 2 supermarkets within 5 minutes walk.
Swimming just outside the front door and a small beach 90 seconds walk away. The scenery is spectacular, with a beautiful view across Tivat bay.
Porto Montenegro (15 mins walk) is well worth a visit (particularly at night) and Tivat is a further 5 minutes walk further on. This is the first holiday in a long time where I’ve not hired a car and have not missed it.
The owner, James is really helpful with great comms and his team in Montenegro is excellent - this all contributes to a smooth and relaxing holiday.
I’d struggle to think of any downsides. The bells on the church next door are really loud, which is only a problem if you have grumpy teenagers, but otherwise, Villa Ruza is fantastic and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
I am glad you enjoyed your 'car free holiday'. We do stay there often, but also want you to feel that Villa Ruza is yours for the duration of your holiday. The clock on the church chimes every 30 minutes from 07:00 to 22:00. As I guess it has done for a few hundred years!
Fabulous week at the Villa Ruza
Villa Ruza is a cool and comfortable property that made our stay in Montenegro really superb. I could walk out of the house each morning and swim in the warm water in front of the house and take breakfast on the patio in the shade of Bougainvillea at the front of the property with breathtaking views of the mountains and the sea before you. It was very hot that week but the stone house remained cool and airy and the air-conditioning enabled a great nights sleep. To sum up, Villa Ruza will not disappoint, from its cool antique ships lighting to its high quality furnishing and remarkable stone floor. The large beds are very comfortable, the house is spotlessly clean, the bathrooms are excellent and the kitchen is well equipped. The friendly and responsive local team make sure everything is perfect. The local community are very welcoming, from the grocery shop a few minutes walk away to the fish restaurant and bar very close by where the owner Zoran will prepare fish he has caught earlier that day for dinner. We Lived like a locals in luxury!
I think you captured the essence of the Villa Ruza experience. Luxury seafront accommodation in the heart of the community.
You can swim in the sea right in front of Villa Ruza. Just around the corner is a safe, gently sloping beach. This is one of the outstanding features of this Villa.
The area is very popular with visiting artists who enjoy painting the sea, sky and mountains.
There are plenty of opportunities to sail at Porto Montenegro where they have a fleet of J70’s and Blu 26’s available for rent. I can make all the introductions there.
There are numerous local places where you can walk in the hills and mountains.
If you like architecture then the ancient venetian city of Kotor is just one local example in the UNESCO protected bay of Kotor.
I particularly recommend a trip to the Mausoleum at Lovcen and a white water rafting trip in the Tara Canyon.