Spacious and ambient 3 bedroom Olive Mill House (sleeps 8) set in a charming and peaceful stone village, and surrounded by rolling green hills and only a few minutes walk or drive to fine clean beaches with a variety of shops, restaurants & cafes;
This is what the house looks like form the outside- About 250m2 laid out over 3 floors, and 2 large outdoor terraces, a garden and all enclosed behind beautiful old stone walls. Outside you can park you car in a private car park too!
Welcome to Lustica Country where you will relax and discover the real Montenegro, with a combination of open seas, beautiful beaches and countryside on your doorstep !
Lustica, a real get-a-way of pretty beaches, and peaceful countryside covered in thick olive and pine woods, while at the same time surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Adriatic and famous Kotor fjord. A natural habitat for flora and fauna, there is plenty to discover among the small beaches, the Blue cave, Mamula island and Arza forts, island-church, while wonderful winding roads have dramatic views of the sea coast and fjord.
The Lustica Mill house is a peaceful retreat from busy civilization and offers you, your family or friends a relaxing holiday in a bright and spacious home (3 bedroom, sleeps 8) -whether you are a small party of 2, or a larger group of up to eight persons. Prices are given for 4 persons and for 6 and 8 persons you will see price in the price notes - or ask.
On the top floor, it has a large and cozy double and twin bedrooms (en-suite), while down below, on the ground floor, there is a comfortable double bedroom (suitable for persons with restricted mobility); kitchen and lovely stone dining area, where the old mill is situated. On the middle floor, there is a comfortable and bright reception room and a studio/office which also has a fold out bed for 2 persons. Finally, a sunny outdoor terrace area. Outside you will find a charming garden and a second terrace.
The house is located on the edge of a peaceful village which lies among the rolling green hills of the Lustica peninsula.
The house has a unique and warm atmosphere created from a combination of traditional old stone and colourful interiors, decorated using wood and metal furniture, materials and decorations from from Katmandu, Nepal.
Spread out over three floors, the house is also spacious for guests to enjoy quiet and private corners to read a book, do nothing, fall asleep, … while other parts of the house are more spacious and well-equipped for larger groups to enjoy the living, dining and outdoor areas during morning and evening meals, preparing BBQs, sunsets and other gatherings.
The house is located in the charming town of Marovici, with its stone houses,small streets and peace and quiet; The house has 2 terraces and a small garden and all surrounded by old stone walls. Outside there is private car parking.
The house and kitchen are well equipped with ample space and equipment to prepare locally caught fish and fresh salads (from the many markets) on our solid stone kitchen work areas, a hob/stove, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher. The house also has a washing machine, iron/ironing board, internet access (separate), air conditioning in 2 bedrooms, or room fan, child cot, barbecue and plenty of indoor and outdoor sofas, chairs and furnishings.
The house is accessed through large exterior wooden gates and there is an intercom outside the main doors. There is a large grassy and pebble private area outside the old walls surrounding the house, to park a car and this area is bordered by gardens and fields, as well as another dwelling which shares the parking area. There is ample secure children playing areas. Outside the outer gate, a small road leads into the village, or, down a lane will bring you, to paths that lead through the surrounding fields to two beaches. Within a 15 minute drive, there are several other villages and beaches on the peninsula of Lustica, such as Oblatov, Rosa, Ponte Veslo and elsewhere.
If you like walking or swimming, the town is surrounded by delightful paths, and the beaches of Mirista and Zanice are a short stroll away. Both beaches have facilities, such as restaurants, cafes and shops and as well as chairs, umbrellas (to hire) and a lifeguard to keep an eye on things.
From the small harbours, boats go back and forth to the island-Orthodox church, the fort at Manula, the coastal fort of Azur, and the Blue Cave which is large enough for boats to go in and out, but not before stopping to allow bathers to take a dip in its famous blue waters. During season, boats also regularly sail the waters between these beaches and the larger towns of Herzeg Novi, Igalo, Zelenika, and Rosa.
The immediate area surrounding Lustica lie many of the more popular tourist sights, such as the old walled town of Budva, Kotor and its dramatic fjord, the mountain tops of Orien and Lovcen, the historic capital at Cetinje, and the renowned city-state of Dubrovnik is not far away, across the border, in Croatia.
While it is possible to stay here without a car, (arriving and departing by taxi), and using the limited public transport that does exist, having your own car is almost essential if you are not familiar with the area, as well for visiting the nearby historical towns and also useful for stocking-up at the shopping centres in Radovici, or Tivat (35 mins), or Kotor (35m) and Budva (45). There are 2 new large supermarkets 25 mins away.
Tivat Airport is 30 minutes by car, Dubrovnik Airport is 1h30m, and Podgorica is 2 hours away. The ferry port of bar, is 1.5 hours away.
The house is only rented to one set of guests at a time; and everything there is for their use and enjoyment.
The car parking is shared with a neighbour, who are very helpful, make their own wine, grappa and olive oil.
Interaction with Guests
Occasionally I am there, and when not, my neighbour Rosa is there to help get familiar with the house and surroundings
Peaceful; quiet; historic; surrounded by nature; beaches close by;
There is public transport- bus service that operates to a local ferry and nearby main town, but is limited. Car rental is almost essential to all but the most adventurous. Car parking is included in the offer. best way from airport to house is by car
Security deposit and cleaning charge
A E200 (cash) deposit is payable on arrival and will be returned on departure following an inspection of the house. A mandatory cleaning charge of 100 euros will be deducted from the security deposit on departure.
Arrival after 3 pm and departure by 10/11 am. Depending on flight schedule, luggage can be left in the house on arrival (if earlier) or on departure ( if later). Saturday changeover day preferred in high season. Depending on the arrival or departure of the next guests we can be flexible, so please ask.
Pets Welcome !
The Lustica Mill House is an old restored Olive mill house and we ask that guests are careful with the many old features retained in its renovation. Given the house is on a small village we ask that guest respect other people's right to peace and quiet, especially late at night. The owner request that visitors respect the non smoking rule within the house. however, there are plenty of nice comfortable places to smoke on the terraces and elsewhere around the house exterior.
To keep the house at its coolest during the hot summer months, especially in August, it is best to keep the wooden shutters closed during the day. You can freely open in the evenings as all windows are fitted with mesh preventing insects getting in.
Water is a precious commodity on Lustica and all water is collected from rain. We particularly ask you to start to think of the environment when staying at the house , by considering the amount of water you use when washing and cleaning.
Kitchen: Is fully tastefully furnished with the solid oak wood finishes, granite counter tops and a four ring cooker, oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. The kitchen is ideally located to serve meals inside or outside on either of the terraces.
Dining The house is equipped with ample kitchen wear including utensils, pots and pans, serving dishes, and plates, knives, forks etc for up to 9 persons. Large jugs are provided for water. There are two dining areas inside on the kitchen-living room (6 persons), and on the first floor (8 persons). A BBQ is located outside.
Seating. There is ample comfortable sofas and chairs inside (10 persons) and a spacious seating area outside.
Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron, hoover, and cleaning equipment, electric heaters and fans are available if required. The two upper bedrooms have a/c facilities.
Internet A wireless internet connection can be provided on request that can be used with your computer. The connection (3G) is useful for email, internet, (website hidden) and other applications. It is a mobile plug-in device using a usb connection.
Lighting. Both inside and out are fitted with bright and low lighting for relaxing evenings in a convivial atmosphere and there is a light outside the main entrance beside the intercom/ house bell.
There is secure car parking behind exterior gates which are kept closed most of the day and always in the evening.
With a large double bedroom on the ground floor, kitchen, comfortable dining area and large ground terrace area, this floor is idea for persons with restricted mobility.
I received helpful arrival information which explained just about all I needed to know before arrival and for staying at the Lustica Mill House. The house and area are beautiful and I hope to return with friends in spring for discover more about Lustica, its beautiful walks and friendly people. Beaches look clean and water turquoise, but a bit cold in december! House has really well thought out design, spacious and comfortable ! Will be back again- thanks Jas- especially for all the useful tips !
We really enjoyed our stay at the house which is tastefully decorated, spacious and well equipped with comfortable furniture - and the old stone walls are stunning. Our host was very helpful with useful tip and suggestions; and we enjoyed discovering the old Austro Hungarian fortresses, natural wildlife and walks around Lustica, as well as popping into nearby Tivat ( Porto Montenegro marina) and Kotor (old town and fjord). We look forward to returning to this great holiday base which combines all the comforts of a cosy house with natural and authentic surroundings.
Great place- we will be back
The Lustica Mill House was a lovely place to base ourselves for a few days in Montenegro. The house is very well designed with lots of interesting spaces inside and lovely terraces outside.The village of Marovici is a charming step back in time with old stone houses, and small passages that once formed a fortresses. The house has lots of books and information about the village and area. The local people are very pleasant and we able to buy some locally made olive oil, fresh milk ( both cow and goat) and honey! The Lustica peninsula is very interesting with old Austro Hungarian fortresses to admire; great walks and beautiful nature. We were about 30 minutes from Kotor ( famous Fjord) and Tivat ( new Porto Montenegro) where there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and museums to visit. Although we did not use the beaches at this time of year, there are three close by - 5 mins by car to Zanjice, Miriste and Arza- all which were nice for walks and imagine are beautiful during the summer, the water looks delightful too, as the small coves open out directly to the Adriatic sea - The water is the same beautiful turquoise colour as the beautiful waters further north in Croatia. Jas was a great host and provided us with plenty of useful information before we arrived - directions were straight forward although arriving during the day was easier...... and when there, was on hand to help with planning trips and giving us plenty of practical tips. The best thing about the Lustica Mill House- it is so peaceful and relaxed that you feel like you are on holiday the moment you arrive! Far from the maddening crowd, yet close enough to the bigger towns like Budva, Kotor and Tivat when you feel like going out! PS The neighbour Rosa is a sweetheart too- providing us with wood (we left her a tip:) and very helpful whenever we were stuck with something......
On arrival to the Stone Mill House in Lustica we were met by Jas, our host and his gorgeous neighbour Rosa. We were given a tour of this incredible house which is beautifully restored. All rooms were very comfortable and the house is laid out over three floors with plenty of living space. The outside areas are private and lovely just to sit around and read our books in the peaceful surroundings.
The village is very quaint and we met plenty of the locals as well as purchasing some of their locally produced products.. honey, cheese and delicious Olive oil produced by Rosa. We had some lovely walks and if you are adventurous there is a lovely forest path that leads down to the sea with the most stunning views.
Marovici is located on a beautiful peninsula away from the crowds but it's a lovely drive to visit towns such as Kotor, a UNESCO protected walled city, Budva and of course Dubrovnik..
We had a ball and will be back next Spring to see this beautiful country again... Thank you Jas & Rosa for a wonderful stay...
This is a lovely peaceful house as Jas - and the other reviewers have said. To comment first on finding it, the road across the south of the peninsula seems to be improving, so it might be worth using it rather than the busier one across the north. Then the turning to the village (and the house) is right opposite a newish Orthodox Church (turning left if coming from the southern route). The Mill House is slightly behind the very large new white house that Jas references. Hope that's useful.
There are no cash machines (ATMs) or petrol stations on the peninsula, so make sure your vehicle's tank is full and your wallet is replete as you drive in.
Beyond that, the house is a delight. JJas and family were in local residence when we were there and he was very helpful with all sorts of advice. Rosa is lovely: she and the other neighbour were in and out several times with food parcels and local wine. Neither of the neighbours has any English, but the guy in the White House speaks good German and reasonable French. As Jas is Irish, his English is perfect!
Thank you very much for your review Carmel; which I think offers guests the opportunity to plan (arrival details atm, shopping etc) in advance and before arriving on the peninsula- and most of which are covered in the Arrival/Local information sheets guests receive upon making a booking.
Just one small note/correction, since I feel your comment may leave the impression that no one speaks English here- apart from being a native English speaker myself, most guest to Montenegro will find that all young people, and especially people engaged in work on the coast, during the summer season, are all quite well spoken in the English language, which is popular in schools and culturally.
Lustica House perfectly fit with what we were looking for: a very nice, clean and well restored house in the middle of a small and quit village on Lustica peninsula, at distance from seaside resorts. Jas was really friendly. He showed us where we can buy cheese, honey, wine…in the village and really payed attention to offer us a very pleasant stay. Thanks Jas and we hope to see you again.
It's a best place to stay if somebody wants to see non-touristic Montenegro. Very nice and warm stone villa and absolutely charming host Jas. You may even not want to leave your place and go around - such a peaceful and quiet nest you ll be staying in.
All facilities are available, the only difficulty could be with driving through serpentine roads - just be careful and stay calm if you miss a turning or a crossing you need.
I am the "lucky" owner of the Lustica Mill House, an old stone house, on the Peninsula of Lustica. I bought the house in 2005 while working in tourism in Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia between 2000 and 2006. For someone who was familiar with the beautiful Adriatic coastline, I was pleasantly surprised (nay, shocked), to stumble upon somewhere so beautiful, yet seemingly "invisible" - to all but a few local and international visitors - while, at the same time, located directly beside Tivat airport, and also near Dubrovnik airport. Two years later, the house was fully renovated with the help of Tivat based architects, Axum ( Ivan and Nevin), who combined sensitive restoration with modern facilities. The house was tastefully decorated later using genuine furnishings and brightly coloured materials I brought from Katmandu in Nepal. To date, I have had numerous guest who appreciate the unique stone house, the peaceful and natural surrounds of the village and peninsula, and the fresh and inviting, deep blue open seas. The local people are very friendly and often make and sell their own home made produce such as olive oil, cheese, wines and grappa. Finally, the peninsula is nothing short of a 'gem'- still quite undiscovered, surrounded by rolling green hills and wild nature, the sea water and beaches lovely and finally, close to all the main towns on the coast- Kotor, Tivat, Herzeg Novi ( all within 30 mins by car or boat), and Budva and Dubrovnik.