Villa Lira

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Modern Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
All Bedrooms En-Suite

With spectacular views of the Istrian countryside all around, 3-bedroom Villa Lira might prove irresistible. Situated between Buzet and Motovun, one of the most beautiful towns in the region, this characterful villa comes with breathtaking outdoor spaces and a stunning centrepiece pool.

Villa Lira occupies a truly special location on a hilltop with Lake Butoniga in view. You are sure to love the 120 sq m pool with hot-tub-style jets, which has some of the finest views you could hope for. Alongside it, a superb, covered kitchen and seating area with a barbecue will become a favourite hangout, plus there are loungers for you to enjoy the sun.

Additional seating and dining areas can be found in the garden and on the terrace around the house's perimeter. Inside, you have beautifully appointed rooms incorporating rustic and classic style touches. A large, open-plan living space with decadent dining area, open fireplace and comfy lounge oozes elegance.

On the same floor, you'll find one of the bedrooms, complete with en suite. The other two bedrooms, also with private bathrooms, are upstairs. Antique furnishings and amazing views make all these rooms supremely inviting. A fitness and spa area and a well-stocked wine cellar offer more opportunities to enjoy the good life at Villa Lira.

Around 15 minutes away, Motovun is just one of the attractions of northern Istria that's well worth seeing. Famed for its International Film Festival, this stunning town offers excellent dining, art galleries and walks along the Old Town walls. Peaceful Buzet is known for its fine truffles, and you might catch one of its Truffle Days if you visit in the autumn.

The town is also well connected to larger destinations such as Pula and Poreč – among the significant cities which line Istria's western coast. Take a drive east, and you'll soon reach the fringes of the lovely Učka Nature Park, the perfect terrain for hiking and invigorating walks.

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What you should know…

  • A security deposit is required to stay at Villa Lira.
  • Pets are permitted on request. Charges may apply.
  • This is a non-smoking property.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Cooling Jacuzzi BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV

The Villa

Perched on a hill with amazing views over Motovun, Villa Lira is as spacious three bedroom villa offering comfortable accommodation for six guests with a large garden and swimming pool.

Ground Floor
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Open plan living and dining are with fire place
- Double bedroom king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Wine cellar

First Floor
- Two double bedrooms with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Fitness area with massage table

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool (120 m2) with built in jacuzzi
- Terrace with sunloungers
- Summer kitchen with barbecue and seating
- Multiple outdoor dining areas

Additional Facilities
- Air Conditioning
- Wi-fi
- Satellite TV
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Drying rack for clothing
- Safety deposit box
- Soundproofing
- Mosquito screens
- Baby chair (on request)
- Baby cot (on request)


About the surrounding area of Villa Lira
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Northern Istria offers many delightful destinations. Buzet is less well known than some, but this peaceful town has plenty of charm, with cobbled streets, churches and good dining opportunities. This is a big truffle town, and regular events such as the annual Festival of Subotina offer even more chances to sample the local delicacy. You can also find tours and excursions based around truffle hunting and wine and olive oil production too.

Around 20 minutes drive southwest, you can discover the stunning hilltop town of Motovun. While it should certainly be on your list for the scenery alone, Motovun also draws crowds to its annual International Film Festival. Usually, in late July, this festival showcases independent cinema in both indoor and outdoor screenings.

The ruggedly mountainous Učka Nature Park and the glamorous resort of Opatija are among the highlights of the region’s eastern side, while in the east, pretty Novigrad is another good destination for foodies – the seafood here is particularly recommended. Only about 25 minutes from the Slovenian border, a visit to Novigrad could easily be combined with some time in stunning Piran or nearby Portoroz or any of the lovely Croatian beaches which lie to its north. The town hosts various festivals throughout the year, including the Gnam-Gnam food festival and the intriguing Lunasa Astral Party.

A drive down the coast will soon take you to the popular resort of Poreč, where you can admire the Roman Old Town, home to the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the beautiful Zuccato Palace. There’s also the opportunity to walk or cycle the Parenzana Trail, which was once a railway track running all the way from Poreč to Trieste in Italy (itself not much more than an hour away). The beautiful Zelena Laguna beach and the town’s impressive Baredine Cave are among more good reasons to visit the Poreč area.

Down the coast is the jewel of the Istrian coast, stunning Rovinj. With an Italianate charm, this gorgeous town offers amazing views all around from Istria’s highest bell tower at the Church of St Euphemia. Island excursions, kayaking, diving and other such activities all take advantage of Rovinj’s idyllic seaside setting, while summer festivals bring music and entertainment to the streets.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pula Airport


Nearest City Pula


Nearest Village Motovun


Nearest Beach Novigrad


Nearest Supermarket Studenac Market



Nestled along Croatia’s enchanting Adriatic coastline, Istria welcomes visitors with open arms and a rich tapestry of experiences waiting to be unraveled. Whether you're seeking adventure in nature, indulgence in culinary delights, a glimpse into history and culture, or simply a warm and inviting atmosphere, the peninsula of Istria has it all.

Istria's diverse and unspoiled landscapes will be the first thing to capture your attention! The region is renowned for its lush green hills, rolling vineyards, and enchanting coastline: the stunning scenery is a playground for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and beachgoers alike.

Offering a remarkable 445 kilometres of pristine coastline, including tranquil coves and sandy beaches, visitors can find plenty of secluded spots to soak up the sun. The clear, azure waters of the Adriatic are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving, making it a fantastic choice for those who enjoy an active day of water sports.

Venture inland and you'll discover picturesque villages set amidst rolling hills and verdant forests. Istria is home to over 30 nature reserves - an absolute haven for hikers and cyclists, with an abundance of well-marked trails to explore. The Učka Nature Park, in particular, stands out as a hiking and nature lover's paradise, offering waterfalls, historic villages, and breathtaking panoramic views of Istria's outstanding scenery.

Istria's rich history is woven into the fabric of its towns and cities. An ever popular choice for tourists is the impressive port city of Pula, full of quaint town squares and local restaurants, and home to one of the most well-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. This ancient arena, known as the Pula Arena, is a testament to Istria's Roman heritage and hosts numerous events, including concerts and film festivals.

The medieval towns of Rovinj and Motovun enchant visitors with their cobbled streets and historic charm. The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a stunning example of early Christian art and architecture.

Istria's culinary scene is a treat for the taste buds: the region is famous for its truffles, particularly the elusive white truffle, and you can savour dishes infused with this prized delicacy in charming local restaurants across the region. Wine and olive oil lovers will find joy in Istria's vineyards and olive groves, offering tastings and insights into traditional production methods. Fresh seafood, often served with a Mediterranean twist, is a staple that you can enjoy at quaint waterfront eateries along the coastline.

One of the most enduring memories visitors take away from Istria is the warmth of its people. The locals are known for their friendly, welcoming nature and their willingness to share their traditions and stories with tourists. You'll find yourself immersed in the local way of life, whether you're exploring ancient towns or enjoying a meal in a family-run tavern.

Istria is easily accessible, with Pula Airport serving as a major gateway. Once you arrive, navigating the region is a breeze with well-maintained roads connecting major towns and villages. Language barriers are minimal, thanks to the widespread use of English, Italian, and German, alongside the local Croatian language.

Istria’s unique blend of pristine landscapes, rich traditions, and warm-hearted locals creates an experience that will linger in your memories long after you've returned home.

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

One of the favourite activities for holidaying families in Istria has to be visiting a water park. There are two big names in the region that are worth looking out for. Poreč’s Aquacolors and, near Novigrad, Aqualand Istralandia. Both of these parks serve up fun days out for all, with rides and slides for kids and areas to relax and dine.

If they’re not into water, there’s the treetop adventure park, Glavani Park. Around 30 minutes north east of Pula, this is the place to be for tree swings, zip wires, climbing and the like – great for older children and teens. The youngest of the family might also enjoy the prehistoric fun of Dinopark Funtana near Poreč. This park has more than 80 life-size dinosaur models, as well as a mini-zoo, restaurant and regular live entertainment.

Fancy venturing underground? The caves of Špilja Mramornica lie just a 10-minute drive from Aqualand Istralandia, and are sure to provide an unforgettable adventure. For more stalactites and stalagmites, the spectacular Baredine Cave in Poreč is another great place to take a tour. Also in Poreč, Motodrom offers a fun day of go-karting, while the adjacent Sky Fox park is packed with exciting obstacle courses and outdoor activities.

Slowing down the pace a little, the Kamenjak Nature Park, just outside Premantura, is a lovely place for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Along the way you may come across some charming beaches. Zarečki Krov Waterfall, near Pazin, is another very pretty destination, surrounded by areas of forest.

If you fancy a boat trip, try a cruise around the superb Brijuni National Park archipelago, north of Pula. A visit to the largest island, Veli Brijun, is a popular choice. You will find a safari park and various archaeological sites there, as well as a tourist train to take you around.

Animal lovers may also enjoy Istria’s various aquariums – Umag, Poreč and Rovinj are among the towns which have one. Umag is also home to the Squirrel Park, as the area has a notably high population of squirrels, and kids can watch them play and learn more about them here. Also on a wildlife theme, Bale’s Istrian Butterfly Garden is a beautiful place to relax among these colourful creatures.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Cooling Jacuzzi
  • Toys


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following: 

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & vaping are not permitted.
Tax Included in the rental price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 3rd 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 £3,294 £4,392 £5,490 £7,686
Jun 15th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 £4,118 £5,490 £6,862 £9,607
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 £4,941 £6,588 £8,235 £11,529
Aug 17th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 £4,118 £5,490 £6,862 £9,607
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 24th 2024 £3,294 £4,392 £5,490 £7,686
Dec 24th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376
Dec 31st 2024 - Sep 4th 2025 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 3rd 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 €3,584 €4,778 €5,973 €8,362
Jun 15th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 €4,480 €5,973 €7,466 €10,452
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 €5,375 €7,167 €8,959 €12,542
Aug 17th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 €4,480 €5,973 €7,466 €10,452
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 24th 2024 €3,584 €4,778 €5,973 €8,362
Dec 24th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288
Dec 31st 2024 - Sep 4th 2025 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 3rd 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 $3,887 $5,182 $6,478 $9,068
Jun 15th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 $4,858 $6,478 $8,097 $11,335
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 $5,830 $7,773 $9,716 $13,602
Aug 17th 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 $4,858 $6,478 $8,097 $11,335
Sep 14th 2024 - Dec 24th 2024 $3,887 $5,182 $6,478 $9,068
Dec 24th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242
Dec 31st 2024 - Sep 4th 2025 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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