About this listing
This property is designed for relaxing flexible travelers with independent spirit of exploration for the surrounding villages and beaches. Outdoor shower and plunge pool will refresh you in summer but in autumn and spring make a magic fountain..
This property comprises two stylish houses set in the peaceful, traffic-free center of old town of Oprtalj in central Istria. The main house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms with open plan kitchen, dinning and lounge spread over 180m2 of accommodation with a charming traditional courtyard terrace, surrounded by fragrant Mediterranean herbs with an outdoor lounge and a plunge pool. The terrace is shared with a property listed separately as Boutique Casa Sterna which house up to additional 4 guests if needed in one double bed and two spare mattresses. The two houses can only be rented by the same group of people (total of 8 guests) at any one time so your privacy is always guaranteed. The main kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, large freezer and fridge with icemaker, oven and gas stove. The bathrooms feature two bathtubs and 4 showers. The property is newly renovated with polished concrete floors in the main house and and a traditional stone floor in the second. They are heated with underfloor system throughout. With respect to traditional styles and techniques of building this property has been adapted to modern European lifestyles and standards. Contrast between the old and the new materials, furniture and utensils creates an exceptional ambiance for discerning and experienced travelers. The property situated in the medieval walled city of Oprtalj, next to the very popular Groznjan and Motovun, and is surrounded by pristine Mediterranean nature. Walking, biking and hiking activities to nearby villages offering exceptional food and hospitality are recommended, as is the famous healing spa of Istarske Toplice. Golf course 17km. Jazz and film festivals are held every summer in the area. The nearest beach at Novigrad is 20 min drive. Venice 2h away by car. The location is an excellent base-camp for touring the Istrian peninsula where every village offers historic monuments from Roman era, Medieval architecture and painting to charming Venetian and Baroque additions. I am happy to help you make your stay in this part of the world specifically tailored to your needs and interests.
Guest have the full use of a gourmet kitchen with a modern fridge, gas cooker and electric oven, full set of dishes, pots, pans and utensils. This property was our home for 5 years and still has complete equipment of a family house. Cable tv with a 50'' monitor and wifi throughout the property. Washing machine and dryer. Large jacuzzi and traditional shady Mediterranean terrace surrounded by fragrant herb garden.
Interaction with Guests
I am normally not present in Oprtalj but there is always a nice and pleasant person with good English knowledge to take you around and help you along in your holiday making plans and actions.
The town of Oprtalj is sparsely populated with expats from everywhere but Istria. There is a beautiful terrace cafe where you can enjoy mingling with some of the locals over coffee or a glass of wine. Oprtalj is situated in short driving distance to the towns of Motovun and Groznjan (about 15 min each) that boast many festivals, tourist offerings and souvenir shops. You will enjoy the quiet unspoilt peace of the village life in the Mediterranean as it one was.
There is absolutely no reliable public transport leading to the village. You must come on foot, by bike or car either by the steep road from the Mirna Valley or along the plateau from Buje.
Other Things to Note
Many gourmet food suppliers live near by and your host will be able to recommend the truffle hunter, wine maker, honey farmer and other produce suppliers such as cakes, pasta, meet products. Please ask your welcoming host if you are interested in sampling any of the local delights on your arrival and they'll do their best to point you in the direction of the best.
The guests should behave as they would in their own home. Taking good care of the facilities provided and communicating clearly about any issues that may arise through Airbnb message board directly with me or with one of the hosts by mobile phone. Please do not smoke indoors. Pets must be tidy and well behaved and will be allowed to visit only with prior permission from me directly.