Villa Barbara


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Delightful, beautifully positioned, in a very quiet area, at the edge of a small Istrian village, the villa provides privacy for your family, a peaceful and safe comfort place in the Istrian land with calming greenery. One can enjoy relaxing around the refreshing pool, listening to the bird song and prepare the food in superb, stone built BBQ and outdoor kitchen with an additional pizza oven and bar.

Yet, from this relaxing getaway, on easy reach, you may feel spirit of Istrian historic sites, enjoy the culture events, experience the taste of local food and wine.

The closest airport is in Pula (40min) and airports in Trieste (1:30h) and Venezia (2h drive away from villa), open even more options in planning your holiday.

Renewed in old style with traditional materials - stone and wood. It has a private, south facing, swimming pool of 32sqm in front of the house just a few steps from the covered terrace and summer kitchen-BBQ so that pool area is easily overlooked from the house and garden. The villa is centrally placed in the big garden with a lot of greenery and few cherry trees which provide the natural shadow around the villa in a hot summer time. The villa is built with large stone blocks and contains large open space in the ground floor and three double bedrooms on the first floor. All the rooms upstairs have the air-condition but usually it is not needed as the wide solid stone walls keeps the heat outside. The barbeque has a lot of place to prepare the dinner and it is placed close to an unique garden table made of a big stone plate with heavy iron chairs around.

The Villa Barbara has the groundfloor with one open space with inside walls made of big stone blocks. It consists of the solid built kitchen, fully equipped and large massive wooden table to accomodate six people. On the opposite side there is a sofa and is close to the open fireplace which is made of massive stone blocks. Utility room and one toilet is found on the groundfloor as well. Wide stairs leads up to the first floor. 1sr floor has three bedrooms of ~12-15sqm. All bedrooms have the massive wooden beds, the small table, the chair and the mirror. All of them has aircondition. The master bedroom has en-suite shower room and others share the second shower room. Car rental essential. Private parking secured inside the property. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but only outdoor. Outside: Your family will enjoy 1000sq meters of the garden with cherry trees and an olive around the house. The Villa Barbara is suitable for children but one must be supervised around the pool area. Private swimming pool with ceramic tiles is 8m x 4m size with 1.2 -1.8m deep. It has automatic watter cleaning system of the highest standard. Wooden sun beds are easy to move around the pool or even to shift on the grass and under the shadow of the cherry tree. Large summer kitchen just a few steps from the house and pool. It has two fire places (BBQ) to prepare the grill or „peka“ and you will be provided with woods and coil to prepare your own meals. While you prepare the dinner your party can watch sitting on the stone bar chairs and enjoy the coctels in the covered summer kitchen. In front of the villa there is a covered terrace with table. Behind the house there is covered parking lot. The villa is walled, fenced, standalone and just 150m away from villagers so to feel comfortable and safe. Utility Room: Utility room on the ground floor has washing machine, an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, bath and pool towel sets are provided. The villa is cleaned once a week at change over. The pool is cleaned with automatic salt cleaning system of the high standard and also manually cleaned and checked twice a week.

About The Area

Sveti Lovreč nestles in the immediate hinterland of Vrsar and Poreč. It is one the best preserved medieval fortified towns in Istria, The town was named after the small church St. Lawrence built in the 8th century on the town graveyard located outside the town. The Romanesque bell tower next to the church was added in the 11th century.

The circular shape of the settlement originates from the prehistoric period when a hillfort was located on the hill top. During the Byzantine era Lovreč had already been fortified with walls and towers, which were later thoroughly restored on various occasions. Most of the remaining fortifications date back to the Venetian era when Sveti Lovreč was the seat of the military administration of the Venetian Istria – the so called pazenatik.

During the administration of Captain - Podestà Giovanni Contarini very strong town walls were built extending to the east and including St. Martin`s Basilica. The monumental Velika vrata - Main Gate (2), built in the same period, is decorated with the coat of arms of the families Grimani and Moro and the recurring Venetian symbol – Lion of St. Mark holding his book closed meaning that the gate was built in a time of war.

Passing through the gate we enter the irregularly paved square - Plac (3). The square is dominated by the spacious town loggia – a place still used for official gatherings. The stone pillar of shame reminds us that the gatherings were not always of festive character. Inside the loggia, along the southern wall of the parish church, there are numerous stone fragments from all historical periods of the town from Roman times to the end of the 19th century.

The parish church – the three-nave St.Martin`s Basilica (4) is accessed from the neighbouring smaller square - Placeta. The church is furnished with partly conserved and recently well restored frescoes, so far the oldest frescoes in made in the 11th century. Younger frescoes were painted in the 16th century.

North from the parish church there used to stand the Town Palace but today we can only see the beautiful stone Town Water Well (6), decorated with the coats of arms of the Contarinis and the Zulians, and the figure of St. Lawrence – the Patron Saint of the town. St. Lawrence can be recognized by the gridiron, which has been inserted into the present official coat of arms of the Municipality of Sveti Lovreč. To reach the Water Well one must climb the steps north of the church. 

he street continues to the square tower Funtanela (7). The interior of the tower hides a water well dating from 1331. This water well is decorated with the coat pf arms of the Soranzos, a family which gave four podestàs to Sveti Lovreč. If you go behind the tower, you can check for yourselves the defencive might of the town walls.

By continuing your visit of the town clockwise, the next landmark is the triangular tower (8), followed by a tall belfry - tower (5). At the foot of the toweryou will notice the walled up gate surmounted by the coat of arms of the Grimanis. The following walls, which have been incorporated into residential buildings during later reconstructions, bring you back to the Main Gate.

t is worth looking through the window of the church St. Blaise built in 1460. The interior hides a sequence of frescoes which can seem confusing at first sight. The frescoes that can be seen today are actually two equally visible layers.

also have in mind that Villa is located very close to Limski kanal, Rovinj... and you can explore whole Istrian pennisula easly.

House Rules

SECURITY DEPOSIT: 300€ - payable in cash on site
- No smoking
- Not suitable for youth groups
- Check-in anytime after 3PM
- Check-out until 10AM


Room Details

Sleeping Arrangements

  • Bedroom 1 1 King

  • Bedroom 2 2 Single

  • Bedroom 3 2 Single

  • Living room 1 Sofa Bed

Bathroom Arrangements

  • Bathroom 1Full

  • Bathroom 2Full

  • Bathroom 3Half

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