|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Situated in a beautiful rural location by the famous wine producing hamlet of Bajkini, approximately 300m above sea level, Villa Olivia offers you a peaceful and quiet location with a vista of rolling hills to the sea – on a clear day Venice and the Alps can be seen. The ground floor has a large light and airy lounge and similarly proportioned dining room which is adjoined through an arch way to a modern kitchen. Covered terraces run along the length of the rear and include outdoor furniture for dining and relaxing. Just a few paces from the villa is the 10x5m tiled heated pool with Roman steps and a border of lavender bushes, which lightly scent the air. After taking a refreshing swim choose one of 6 loungers on the sun terrace for developing a tan. The garden is grassed, elevated and screened for privacy using trees and bushes. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom or shower. The master bedroom has its own balcony for secluded sunbathing.
Beautiful Rustic Location in Northern Istria: Situated in a beautiful rural location by the famous wine producing hamlet of Bajkini, approximately 300m above sea level, Villa Olivia offers you a peaceful and quiet location with a vista of rolling hills to the sea – on a clear day Venice and the Alps can be seen. The ground floor has a large light and airy lounge and similarly proportioned dining room which is adjoined through an arch way to a modern kitchen. Covered terraces run along the length of the rear and include outdoor furniture for dining and relaxing. Just a few paces from the villa is the 10x5m tiled pool with Roman steps and a border of lavender bushes, which lightly scent the air. After taking a refreshing swim choose one of 6 loungers on the sun terrace for developing a tan. The garden is grassed, elevated and screened for privacy using trees and bushes. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom or shower. The master bedroom has its own balcony for totally secluded sunbathing.
The villa rental includes air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a Welcome Pack.
'Place in the Sun' and 'Holiday Villas' Magazine: Villa Olivia was featured as a five page Case Study in the 'Place in the Sun Magazine' and in a four page feature article on Istria in 'Holiday Villas Magazine' UK.
An information pack will be available in the villa providing full details of attractions and best restaurants to try out.
The villa was originally designed for the personal use of Dussmann Homes directors and to be a show home for their award winning property developments. It therefore has many additional design features and exceptional build quality.
Please note that smoking is not permitted inside the villa building for health and safety and insurance reasons. Smoking is allowed on covered terraces, sun terraces, balcony and in the garden.
Extracts from Villa Olivia's Guest book: “The Beverly Hills of Istria”
“Beautiful villa, very well placed, high standards of furnishings and all you need for a relaxing holiday.”
“We had a great holiday – villa + surroundings stunning.”
“Villa Olivia is a beautiful place and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our time that we had here!... Overall we had an amazing time and really loved the villa and surrounding area!!
'Wir sind wieder gut zu Hause angekommen und erinnern uns gerne an die wunderbaren Tage in Ihrer fantastischen Villa Olivia. Es war sehr schön in Vizinada. Wir werden gerne Ihre Villa weiter empfehlen.' (Approximate translation: 'We have come again well at home and remember with pleasure the miraculous days in your fantastic Villa Olivia. It was very nice in Vizinada. We will recommend with pleasure your villa.')
'We had a fantastic week at the villa, which looked just as good in real life as it did in the pictures. And the week just kept getting better... an unforgettable vacation.'
James and Sharon Waddell are married and have four adult children, one cat, two Cavalier King Charles spaniels and three grandsons.
Dr James B Waddell purchased this villa in 2005
The location of the villa is stunning. It is on the south side of the Mirna Valley in an elevated position facing West towards the Adriatic Sea, which can be seen in the distance over rolling hills. The villa was built buy a German developer using local craftsman to a very high standard and was going to be used as their family home, but fortunately they sold it to us. When we visited the plot for the first time one of the builder told us that he thought the location of the villa, which was built in place of a ruined farm house was a special place, we could only agree completely. We looked at many other villas and nothing came close in terms of build quality, location and design.
The interior furnishings of the villa has been specified to provide a hand in glove holiday home experience. From the comfortable beds, the high spec Egyptian cotton sheets and towels imported from the UK, a well equipped kitchen, satellite TV, Wi-Fi so you can FaceTime friends and family at home, and a Bose Sounddock II to plug you iPhone or iPod into play your own music for water aerobics in the pool!
The location was the first thing that attracted us. Rural, surrounded by vineyards and yet not far from grocery stores and the main tourist attractions. The design of the villa is very light and airy with little features such as the little alcoves used traditionally, as a safe place for candles to give light, the arrangement of the interior arches from one room to another framing the open fire place at one end and French doors at another. The slight off-set of the stairs into the lounge suggesting you head straight out to the pool. The stone work is a work of art. Lie in the master bedroom double bed and look at the stone work to the left hand-side – how did that stone mason balance all those small and big stones in such a pleasing yet linear pattern?
As the villa is elevated at around 275m above sea level there is always a slight breeze, which can be lacking in other villas in lower locations. Do not be surprised if all you want to do is just hang around the pool during the day drinking in the scenery and heal your soul from the ardours of modern life. There are great family restaurants just a short drive away and more formal establishment in the main tourist resorts along the coast.
Thank you both for the villa. Wonderful view, really well equipped house and we loved the nature from the whistling partridges to the lavender engrossed bees. Out door shower was a great addition to the pool.
Arman and Rossi vineyardsvery good and thanks for the kind welcome pack..
We did manage a couple of days sailing as well so everything we hoped for was delivered..
Best wishes to you both.
Michael, Tamsin, Archie, Benedict and Isabel..
Lovely house in a very rural location down a rutted unmade road. South facing pool and garden to enjoy the afternoon and evening sun.
As has been said before the owner is incredibly helpful and sends a mass of information about local places to visit and recommends restaurants and vineyards. The property is very well furnished certainly not your standard rental fare. There is a washing machine in a cupboard under the stairs and a huge open fire, a stack of logs were provided and we had a lovely fire each evening as it was a mite chilly by the end of October.
The agent who looks after the house does not materialise at all but is at the end of the phone if there are any queries. A substantial welcome pack was provided, which included a very palatable bottle of wine and some beer.
Something to bear in mind, if travelling later in the year the weather is really not conducive to swimming. The pool is heated but a combination of being so far north, the cooler weather and the pool not having a cover rather negates the heating which is a shame, but the generator can only work so hard. There is masses to do and see so I would suggest forgoing the pool from end of October until the Spring. I queried this with the owner on our return and 50% of the heating charge was refunded, I had not requested this and it was totally unexpected.
We spent a wonderful week at Villa Olivia. It is a spacious and well equipped villa with a beautiful pool and outside eating area - one of the nicest we have seen. The views over the surrounding countryside to the Adriatic are truly memorable. James gave us many excellent suggestions of places to eat and visit. The villa is perfectly located in this lovely part of Croatia to visit all the major sights of the region.
We were seeking tranquillity, relaxation, a large pool, scenic views, and comfortable external dining/lounging areas. We were not disappointed.
The villa is situated on a bucolic & unmade road which winds through vineyards and has wonderful views across the vineyards and fields out to sea.
It is an attractive and well designed villa which has been fitted out with good quality/antique furniture. All rooms are spacious and even though we were a party of 7 adults/teens we never felt cramped.
It was a privilege to open the shutters every morning to reveal the wonderful view and step out into the total peace and quiet of the garden. This experience was matched at the end of most days with stunning sunsets over the sea - truly memorable and magnificent.
We ate locally at Agriturismo Jadruhi and Selo Mekisi, as well as in restaurants in Porec and Rovinj and the hilltop villages in Motovun and Groznjan. All the meals were very different but excellent. We visited beaches at Dajla and the waterfall and chasm walk at Pazin. We enjoyed visiting historic Porec and had a wonderful day in Venice, a 2.5 hours drive.
We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Olivia and, if able, would award it 4.5 stars. The only reasons for not awarding 5 stars are; the proximity of the house to the road means that you are aware of the farm vehicles travelling up and down the road - which also causes a lot of dust, the position of the neighbouring villa unfortunately reduces privacy around the pool and external shower area, the lovely big bbq area could be better equipped, the single convection oven was insufficient for our needs and the fridge freezer was only just adequate, the master bedroom ensuite bathroom would benefit from a full, independent shower, and the external seating and lounging furniture was in need of repair/replacement.
The owners were fantastically responsive and informative throughout the entire process – from our initial enquiry and questions, through booking and payments, more questions and then in their response to queries whilst we were at the villa. The local representative was likewise very efficient, responsive and helpful. The security deposit was refunded within days of our return. All round excellent customer services.
In conclusion, Villa Olivia is a beautiful villa in a scenic and unique location. We would definitely want to return in the future and confidently recommend it to our family and friends and to anyone reading this review.
Myself and my husband came to this villa on honeymoon for a bit of luxury.
On arrival at the villa we weren't disappointed! The presentation of the villa was immaculate, luxurious but homely.
It was a treat having such a huge villa all to ourselves but definitely gave us the idea to come back again and make use of the spare rooms.
I loved the private pool and outside area. It was the perfect way to spend some lazy days in the sun.
Also expect some pretty amazing sunsets come evening, when the sky fills with beautiful colours as the sun goes down over a blanket of vineyards, with the Adriatic Sea in the distance, and sometimes a glimmer of Venice on a really clear day.
We also really enjoyed the wine tasting with one of the best wine producers in Istria, Franc Arman, who is only a 10 minute walk from the villa. This is just as well after sampling a few wines!
Being a sporty couple too, we loved exploring the village with many pretty runs, greeted by chickens, cows, geese and donkeys :)
The villa was equipped with everything we needed and more. They really have thought of everything.
Fantastic location, with many lovely local town and villages nearby with the use of a hire car.
Would highly recommend this villa to anyone! We loved it! The perfect chill out week!
Lovely property, very well maintained and everything was as described or better.
Both James and the local rep were immediately helpful when we had a couple of questions, and the area was both gorgeous and also, brilliantly, a lot less busy than we expected.
For a change we spent the school holidays going to restaurants with plenty of room, driving practically empty roads and being able to park within walking distance of world class tourist sites.
We truly enjoyed our vacation at Villa Olivia. The Villa is modern, well appointed and fully equipped with all essentials. In particular: we like cooking and Olivia has everything to prepare, serve and enjoy extensive family feasts over the beautiful Istria sunsets. The views and smells are amazing and so is the location: just a step away from Istria's best wineries. It was our third holiday in Istria and the best so far! Thank you, James, for letting us to enjoy this special place.
Bajkini: 1 km to fine wine producers - Marijan Arman, Franc Arman, Marino Rossi, Wolfgang & Waltrud Ernst
Vizinada: 2km grocery shops, family restaurants close by.
Motovun: Beautiful medieval hill top town in the Mirna Valley with fine restaurants.
Porec: 17km with boutiques, restaurants and water front promenade. Famous UNESCO world heritage site Eupharasius Basilica a 6th Century Christian mosaic in the centre of the town.
Novigrad: 17km with marina and some very good fish restaurants
Pula: 60km with one of the best preserved amphitheatres from 200AD.
The Istrian coastline is rocky and there are no sandy beaches but there are many opportunities to sunbath and swim in the clear Adriatic Sea. Good places to swim are: Zelena Laguna, which is south of Porec, about 30 mins by car from the villa, and there is also a water ski cable pull circuit there and modest priced restaurants on the coastal edge. More rural beaches can be found at Dajla north of Novigrad about 25 mins by car.
Other Activities: Fine Wines and Olive Oil, Superb Rustic Restaurants, wonderful hill walking, mountain biking, superb sailing
Golf: In August 2009, the World Class KEMPINSKI GOLF ADRIATIC Championship 18-hole Golf Course was opened. In a spectacular location only a few steps from the Adriatic Sea the facilities boast:
• Driving Range
• Putting and Chipping Area
• Golf Pro Shop
• Club House, Restaurant, Bar with a spectacular view toward Italy, Slovenia and the Austrian alps
• Golf Club
Just over half an hour by car away from Villa Olivia, the course has been built on a peninsular between Novigrad and Umag, where the clear Adriatic sea laps against the rocky coastline bordering the fairways and greens.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$369|
Heated Pool (supplement of £100 GBP per week if requested), normally not required between June and August.
Air Conditioning, broadband Wi-Fi and Visitor Registration Fee and Tourist Tax are included in Rental Fee.
The villa is built for all year round use. Air conditioning for the summer. Central heating, including under floor heating downstairs and open fire place in the lounge.