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Unfortunately I had to postpone due to business commitments. Carmen was very helpful in all respects and I hope to re-arrange for another date.
We had a lovely stay at Carmen's house. It's in a beautiful village on a hill in Istria so we happily didn't leave there for a couple of days as it feels like staying in a boutiue hotel. Edin was really nice and sorted us out with everything we needed. Definitely recommended if you're looking for somewhere to chill out for a few days in a stunning location.
Carmen's place is amazing, one of the gem's of airbnb. Lovely area as well.
It is so amazing to walk into such a designer-orientated property in such an authentic Croatian hill top village!! We are a family of six (2 parents, 2 children aged 4 and 10 yrs., and 2 grandparents), and Carmen's house suited us perfectly - enough space for communal meals, with a retreat for the grandparents. And the outdoor area with dining space and plunge pool was very well received at the end of a long day of exploring ( AND before breakfast!)
The surrounding areas seem so untouched and worthy of visiting, but Carmen's little village and property were so wonderful that we spent one of our four days happily house- and village- bound!!! The house has everything you would need, and the washing machine and dryer were very handy. Visit this wonderful area of Croatia before the hordes discover it, and stay at Casa Sterna Portole for its comfort, luxury, and convenience.
We had a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and very well equipped. The countryside is peaceful. All the main tourist destinations in Istria are easily accessible by car. Carmen is extremely friendly and helpful, and Edin is always around should you need anything. I was particularly impressed with the short reaction time when we had questions. Highly recommended!
Carmen's place is very beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay here!
Hard to complain a missunderstood when a lie is the base of it. Carmen told us we would be alone, with all come along, but she said the same to the unexpeted guests of the main house. The few days of "total peace" she promit us transform into noisy stay. Hard to have quiet when a familly live with two exiting little girls screaming just under your windows from early morning to late evening.
So don't trust any word of Carmen and don't expect to find the equipments mentionned in his announce : no washing & dry machines, and of course no pool.
I have also already tell AirBnB that some problems of security are in the house : I've recieved on my foot a big piece of wood not fixed in the stairs. And so more and so more like that.
So you'll need "flexibility" as she said and even maybe accept the feeling of being scamed!
we spent a week at Carmen's house... A hidden gem in a small welcoming village. Beautiful house fully restored with ultimate taste offering all the comfort you need. On top of the charm! Carmen was really helpfull when preparing our trip and Edin welcomed us and was there the whole week to support us with various requests including booking a restaurant, finding someone to do the ironing or providing us with fresh tomatoes from the garden. A marvelleous experience!
had a great stay in casa sterna
good support from owner when required
Amazing apartment in Oprtalj, just a little isolated and not too connected to the surrounding towns by bus or anything.. but wonderful setting and apartment, very nice hosts!
Strongly recommended and good deal for what it actually is!
Also close to the nice restaurant they have in the village... great!!!
Beautiful views as well since its in the mountains!
Carmen was a fabulous guest, organised and communicative prior to her arrival, treated the place well , she she always welcome back, we hope that our place contributed to her nice Christmas in Prague!
House Rules are to be respected, this was not the case with Carmen and her sister. Would not recommend them for anyone allergic to heavy smoking.
Carmen is a real globetrotter. We had the time to share our stories over a glass of wine. too short. you must stay longer next time!
There is a loit of design work to do in Loutzviller !!!!
Thanks for the visit
Carmen is a lovely guest. Very quiet, we hardly noticed they were there. Left the place very tidy and clean. Highly recommend and we hope to be able to accommodate them again in the future and we also definitely want to stay at Carmen's place in Croatia at some point as it looks divine!
Carmen is a dear old friend and family member - sister. Carmen has a great sense of humour, fun and very helpful and totally well connected with the community of her home and surrounding places. Her home is warm and stylish - makes me jealous of how wonderful she has designed the place to create an almost fantasy home. Staying in Istria is truly wonderful and to stay in her home os even more magical.
I highly recommend Carmen as a creative, honest, friendly and positive person. You will not be disappointed!
We know the house, Casa Sterna, and the family, and we love them all. The house is one of our very favorite properties in Istria, one that we use as a standard for our own ongoing renovations! The pictures do show how lovely the place is, but don't capture the warmth and peace that we find there. Simply put, the mix of creativity and architectural traditions capture the essence of Istria.