This really is a stunning villa, with views from the garden/pool and balcony you could never tire of. The house itself is a home from home, everything you need is there and more, such comfortable accommodation and all finished to a lovely standard and very clean. The pool is clean and although chilly at first (we were there in Sept) is fine once you're in!
The location for us was perfect. The last house down a steep narrow street the views are uninterrupted, not overlooked at all and extremely peaceful, yet not too remote. You really need a car to get around and manoeuvring in and out of the parking space and to/from the main road is a little tricky but part of the charm and not a problem at all. We had an Astra and would recommend the same or smaller to make things easier. All that said you're only a short drive from plenty of nice beaches, resorts, restaurants, shops and Dubrovnik ~15 mins away. We ventured farther to Ston, a beautiful town an hour or so north of Dubrovnik, a picturesque drive, incredible walls to climb/walk, real history and the most amazing seafood (best oysters and squid ever!!). We also drove south to Montenegro one cloudy day, interesting place but a long drive and over 2 hours queueing at the border (beware). You don't need to venture far at all though, there are lots of nice places all along the coast and Dubrovnik itself is delightful, if a little expensive and very busy during the days. We would highly recommend walking the walls in the evening before the sun sets and then wander round, have a drink and watch the world go by before picking one of many great restaurants for dinner. Also keep your tickets for the walls as it gets you into the Fortress just outside them for free too, well worth the climb.
Best of all about this slice of paradise is the owners though. Ivo (Joe), Suncica (Sunshine) and Diana (sorry Diana, no aka for you) met us at the main road and even offered to drive our car down to the parking area for us to unload, although we made it down unaided (sorry again Diana for making you walk in front all the way down, we didn't realise how far/steep it was and should have given you a lift). All 3 welcomed us into the villa, which had been meticulously prepared and treated us with gifts such as their own fresh fruit and veg, their olive oil, vinegar and wine, even some grappa wine drink (like sherry but better), which we all used to toast our arrival, so nice. The warm welcome continued throughout the fortnight, with Diana organising a meal to remember at Panorama restaurant one evening overlooking Dubrovnik, we had the best table in the house!! Ivo appeared every couple of days with more fruits (including figs to die for!!), wine, etc. He is a true gentleman and made our holiday extra special, taking us out on his boat to snorkel and visit the islands for wonderful freshly cooked fish. He also offered to come over and cook a meal for us one night despite working all day (so sorry Ivo for not feeling so good that night, missing the meal which I'm sure would've been wonderful and thank you for understanding and even going out to fetch rice to help me recover and checking on us the next morning). We cannot speak highly enough of our hosts who made us feel so welcome but also left us alone most days to relax and simply enjoy this true haven of tranquility.
Our first visit to Croatia did not disappoint at all and we were so lucky to find is gem of a villa, highly recommended indeed.
The Rustic Stone Villa was comfortable, lovely and had gorgeous views down to the ocean. Ivo and Suncica were wonderful hosts, providing everything we could need and more, including home made wine, delicious grappa, and olive oil. Ivo made a wonderful meal one very special evening. The ripe pears in the yard and the local figs were also delicious, fueling our daily walk up the driveway. We loved our stay here.
We can only recommend a stay in this wonderful house. We were greated by our hosts who were extremely helpful; they parked our car, carried our luggage and welcomed us with local specialties and gifts! The house is very, very charming and has lots of space. The garden is well kept and the pool just as it should be. And then there is the most breath taking view over the bay and mountains. We were welcome to eat fruit and vegetables from the garden! You can only hear birds singing and goats bleating - apart from that it is quiet. Be prepared to walk up a rather steep road when you leave the house, though, and to use your car to get to a city (only 5 minutes drive though). We are sure that you will enjoy a stay here as much as we did.
Lovely villa in a stunning location. The private pool was great with a couple of teenagers and everything was within an easy drive. The hill down to the villa was not for the faint hearted though. You either need a small car or strong legs!
We were in Dubrovnik for our daughters wedding and we booked this villa as a family including a 7 year old and a 9 month old baby. It is away from the crowds with fantastic scenery. Ivo, Suncica and Diana couldn't have been more helpful...Ivo even cooked us a meal one evening. I took everything I thought we needed,even down to a small blender for the baby's food , cling film, foil but it was all there. We used taxis which we arranged with Diana. The road down to the villa is steep and narrow but if you hired a car you could park half way down. It is an amazing place with fantastic people. Can't speak more highly and would thoroughly recommend it.
We will definitely be going back again. Thank you Ivo, Suncica and Diana
Absolutely Incredible!!!!!! Where do I start!!?? The whole trip was fantastic, the hosts, the villa, the location and weather all fantastic. Firstly the hosts, Suncica and Diana were brilliant in helping us settle in. Showing us round the villa and giving us a guide about the local area. Best restaurants, beaches and things to do. Diana and Suncica were always at the end of the phone to help with any questions we had. Helping with taxis and transport to the airport was a massive help. Diana also arrange a dinner at the panorama restaurant which I would highly recommend. Now Ivo, Where do I start. He went above and beyond in helping us feel welcome at his villa. What a guy he is. He picked fresh vegetables and fruit from his garden most days. He gave us homemade wine and olive oil. He cooked us the most amazing meal. Fresh tuna on the BBQ! He was amazing. Such a cool dude. He also offered to take us out on his boat which we gladly accepted. What a trip! One of the most amazing experiences we have ever had as a group. The scenery was just amazing. We fished and sailed around some small islands off Dubrovnik. Just an incredible experience! Which we will remember for the rest of our lives. The guy is just an absolutely gentleman. Couldn’t thank him enough for what he did for us.
Onto the villa. It’s beautiful. Everything that you need is there. It has only recently been renovated. Kitchen has everything that you need to cook with. The rooms fantastically presented. The outside area is superb. Fantastic pool and BBQ areas. Lovely table and seating area for dinner time. I couldn’t fault it.
The location was also great. It is slightly out of the way but this suited us fantastic. It’s a very quiet area and so peaceful. The views are incredible. In the night the stars are absolutely beautiful. I would strongly suggest getting a car. Taxis cost between 130 kunas – 210 kunas into Dubrovnik. The taxi drivers were not so familiar with the area but once we showed them on a map it wasn’t much of a problem.
The weather was fantastic. Very hot during the day and then cooled a bit in the evening. The people are lovely and the country is just fantastic. I have travelled to Australia, America and most places in between. Croatia is definitely up there.
I have to finish again with the hoists. This was turned from a holiday to an unbelievable experience by Ivo, Suncica and Diana. If you want to learn about their history and experience things you probably wouldn’t elsewhere, then i couldn’t recommend enough visiting the villa. It is absolutely superb. We will remember this trip for the rest of our lives. I will be definitely booking again for next year. It was that good.
Thank you Ivo, we cannot thank you enough for how kind and generous you were to me and my friends. Thanks Ivo!
Just spent a week at this magnificent villa with my husband,14 month old daughter and both sets of parents. We had a magnificent time and the hosts couldn't do enough for us! The accommodation was of an excellent standard and the setting although rural, very idyllic and easy to reach main attractions. We hired a car and went to cavtat and Dubrovnik, both of which were very close and easy to get to. Or hosts gave us excellent restaurant recommendations and even came to help up with the bbq one evening! We couldn't recommend enough! We would love to come back x