We paid 1100 euro for a week here as part of a much longer trip - relevant as it was probably the most expensive place we picked. We selected it substantially on basis of Tripadvisor reviews so thought we should say how we found it.
The setting of the houses is very lovely and they look beautiful externally; inside they are carefully and deliberately crafted as pastiche antique which is fine especially if you like that, though not great for younger children. In general it's not really a place for children; there are no facilities for them beyond a half complete set of boules and a paddling pool. We noted it was dirty and were told we could clean it out. This turned out to be quite a task after borrowing a hose (and being asked to water the plants as well) - and not that pleasant when we discovered the dead frog in it.
Part of the vision for the place is the communal Konoba - again an attractive building well equipped for cooking, but not clean. The children pointed out the insect poo to us and the toilets had a broken seat and were full of webs and spiders. The concept though was an uneasy compromise with the small and not well equipped kitchens in the houses themselves - no kettle, no sieve, no cheese grater which left us and other guests shuffling between the two bases.
The vision, though, is not optional. When one of us was having the tiresome task of completing some left over work on a laptop at the front of the Konoba when everyone else was out this earned us a pretty forceful rebuke from one of the owners for breaking the house rule that the front of the Konoba was only for communal eating (even if it was not eating time and there was no commune there).
Rules like this might be all right if they were announced in advance or obviously necessary for everyone's welfare - or even if we hadn't paid over 1000 euros to be there on our holiday. But in this case it was plainly inappropriate and left a sour taste especially as followed up by continuing rudeness when we left as we hadn't immediately accepted our rebuke.
You might have a good time here if you don't want or expect anything from your hosts - and you make sure you are fit in with what they are expecting. But it wasn't for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stancija Mani, holiday apartments in the secluded surroundings of our traditional Istrian country house near the historic towns of Žminj and Kanfanar, and close to Rovinj. The holiday homes at Stancija Mani are built according to age-old traditions using local stone, combining contemporary and ancient architectural elements, materials and aesthetics. Open all year round, the property is ideally located for a peaceful holiday in the countryside. It is close to stunning Adriatic beaches and is a good starting point for outings to the cities, villages and culinary delights Istria has to offer. ... more less
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