Set on a quaint narrow street in the old town Vrsar, surrounded by similar traditional stone homes, our vacation rental in Istria, Croatia was fully renovated in 2009 to provide all the comforts of home yet it still exudes a wonderful rustic charm.
Perfect for families, the Vrsar holiday home features two bedrooms and a lovely open plan living, kitchen, dining space as well as a delightful terrace that’s always popular for alfresco dining during the warm Mediterranean summers.
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Set on the western coast of the Istria Peninsula, our holiday home is in the small town of Vrsar and is just 200 meters from the Adriatic Sea.
The quaint town is full of traditional stone houses and has retained its rich cultural heritage while still providing access to all the amenities you’ll need such as markets, stores, a hospital and drugstore, as well as some excellent restaurants plus a great new water park for family fun too.
The Vrsar vacation rental is situated in the heart of the old town, set on a hill, right by the castle.
Vrsar is a great location for family vacations with many other places to visit close by including the towns of Porec, Rovinj and Pula, and Brijuni and Rt Kamenjak National Parks. It’s even close enough to take a day trip to Venice. Pula Airport is close by for flights from across Europe, and this holiday home is only a 90 minute drive from Ljubljana .
From the outside this quaint stone house looks much the same as all the others in the old town of Vrsar, but open the door and you’ll immediately know that inside it’s a very different story.
The owners did a wonderful job of modernizing this traditional Croatian home, and transformed it into an inviting vacation home. While it now offers all the modern conveniences there’s still a great deal of historic character, from the rough walls to the old exposed stones.
By removing a wall the owners created a lovely open plan living space that’s more appealing to today’s families than the cramped rooms that once existed here. The grayish tones of the walls, floor (bleached oak wood) and ceiling mimic the colors of the original stonework but you’ll notice playful splashes of color here, as well as in the other rooms of this holiday home in Istria, Croatia.
Modern furniture provides comfy places to sit and relax, read a book or play family games, and there’s a large flatscreen TV with plenty of channels to watch, and a DVD player. The fireplace is great if you’re visiting during the cooler months.
From the living room, doors open out to the terrace—more on that in a moment—while at the other end of the space is the modern kitchen, crafted with a blend of materials including Istrian stone, Kirmenjak stone and solid oak.
All the appliances you should need are included here – an induction cooker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, fridge and washing machine, and of course there are all the plates, dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils provided.
The kitchen island doubles as a dining table with its four chairs, but much of the time guests like to dine outside on the terrace during the summer.
A door from the kitchen leads to the very useful powder room with toilet and sink – great for families so you don’t have to traipse upstairs all the time.
Masonry stairs rise up to the first floor and were designed to look like some of the local processed stone, named "stokani kamen". Due to the open nature of the stairs we recommend that parents of younger children take care of them around the stairs.
Go upstairs and you’ll find two good sized bedrooms and a modern bathroom. In the Master Bedroom there’s a double bed and lots of storage for you to put away your clothes and other belongings.
A wall mounted air conditioning unit helps to keep the bedroom cool during the summer while the small windows and thick walls create a warm and cozy ambiance in the winter months.
The second bedroom has been designed with kids in mind. It’s a fun and playful space with a bunk bed, a desk and room to play, and it’s made all the more friendly by the resident stuffies!
There’s a spacious closet for hanging your clothes, and air conditioning to keep it cool.
The bathroom is an excellent example of modern meets traditional. It has a rustic feel thanks to the large slab of stone on the vanity, and the exposed stone wall in the shower, yet it’s 100% modern with a beautiful vessel sink, great walk-in shower and a dual-flush toilet. Note that there is no bath in this Vrsar holiday home.
Open the French doors and let the outside in, or spend much of your time enjoying the weather on the terrace. The terrace has a lovely Mediterranean feel with the scent of herbs, bay leaves, lavender, passion flower, and lemon and olive trees, and there’s a solid teak wood table and chairs to make use of.