Villa Stepancic

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Sleeps: 8 - 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
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Overview

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Villa Stepancic, a gorgeously restored villa secluded in three acres of lush Istrian forest is the perfect countryside retreat. The house itself is one of the oldest buildings in the original hamlet of Stepancici and was lovingly restored by its owners in 2016 to create a contemporary and comfortable holiday home.

The villa can easily sleep up to eight guests across four comfortable bedrooms, plus an additional two guests on the sofa bed in the living room and a single futon bed in one of the larger bedrooms. There are three luxurious bathrooms for the guests to use, as well as a large well-manicured garden and private swimming pool. The open-plan living area is bright, airy and spacious with full length windows and patio doors allowing plenty of sunlight to flood the room. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area – perfect for relaxing with friends and family.

You will find two bedrooms on the ground floor, a double room with en-suite bathroom, a twin bedroom and the first family bathroom. Head upstairs for the remaining two bedrooms, a double and a twin as well as the second family bathroom. All bedrooms have been designed to an extremely high standard with plenty of wardrobe space in each.

Head through the patio doors onto the lovely garden which is extremely private due to its secluded location in the forest. Children will love running around and exploring the garden as well as the playing on the swings. The private swimming pool is the perfect place to cool off on those hot summer days, and can even be heated during cooler months for extra comfort as you swim. There are plenty of seating areas to relax on, both in and out of the shade, the owners of the villa produce their very own wine and the terrace makes the perfect place to sample a glass! Make the most of the barbecue and dine al fresco at any time of the day. With no close neighbours, guests lucky enough to enjoy a stay at Villa Stepancic will enjoy total tranquility and privacy.

Drive just 11km to the coastal resort of Rabac where you can enjoy the beautiful beach coves, dine at one of the lovely restaurants, enjoy a drink in one of the bars or browse the shops. Villa Stepancic provides the perfect base for those wishing to explore the area as well as have a comfortable holiday villa in Croatia.

Sustainability
Villa Stepancic has also put in place a number of features to ensure the villa is as environmentally friendly as possible. The villa is thoroughly insulated thanks to both its traditional thick stone walls and modern insulation techniques, so the house stays cool in summer and warm in winter, saving the amount of energy used to moderate the temperature inside the villa.

The villa has also been designed to maximise natural light with the inclusion of skylights on the top floor, creating a light and airy feeling throughout the property. Solar panels have been installed allowing the Istrian sunshine to heat the water you use the property, while a traditional cistern is used to collect rainfall and provide irrigation during the dry summer months.

Fruit trees and a vineyard surround Villa Stepancic, so depending on the season, it is possible to eat homegrown organic produce, including figs, olives, peaches, chestnuts and more! What's even better, is that any organic waste is composted and placed back in the garden to fertilise the fruit trees. And thanks to this natural surrounding, any wood provided for the fireplace at Villa Stepancic is harvested locally, sometimes within 100m of the villa, so you can rest easy knowing that are enjoying local products during your stay.

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What you should know…

  • Due to the rural location, car hire is highly recommended so amenities can be easily reached
  • There is a single futon in one of the larger bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living area, accommodating up to two additional guests upon request

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (locally owned)
  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Vegetable Patch)

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Working Fireplace/Woodburner

The Villa

Villa Stepancic is a 4-bedroom villa sleeping 8 +2 guests, located a short car journey from the popular town of Labin, best known for its seafood restaurants and galleries.

Ground Floor
- Fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, toaster, filter coffee machine, Espresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and dining facilities
- Open-plan living area with sofa bed*
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with twin single beds
- Family bathroom with bath and overhead shower

First Floor
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin single beds
- Family bathroom with shower

Exterior Grounds
- Private heated** swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth: 1.5m with step access)
- Sun loungers
- Children’s swings
- Pergola
- Dining facilities
- Lawn
- Barbecue

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- TV
- Baby cot & highchair available upon request
- Hairdryer
- Washing machine
- Iron
- Single futon*

* The sofa in the living room is a sofa bed and can accomodate one additional guest. A single futon can be placed in one of the larger bedrooms and can accommodate one additional guest, raising maximum capacity to 10 upon request.

**Pool heating available from March 2020. Please see Ts and Cs for more information.

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Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Stepancic
Rural Location Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Villa Stepanic is located in 3 acres of lush forest with its own fruit trees, natural beauty and quiet of the surrounding countryside. Drive 11 km to the coastal resort of Rabac where you will find crystal clear waters, small beach coves, restaurants, bars and shops. The villa is also only 7km from Labin, a Venetian medieval old-town with plenty of culture and history to explore and yummy restaurants to enjoy. The closest airport is Pula which is just a forty minute car journey from the villa. 

The enchanting waterside escape of Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic sea. Deriving its name from a pre-Roman tribe, Istria is steeped in history. Its rich heritage is shaped especially by long periods of Roman, Venetian and Austrian rule. There are many fascinating historical sites that travellers can visit. Perhaps the most impressive of which is the Roman Amphitheatre which has been preserved incredibly well, standing in Pula and this amphitheatre is the sixth largest Roman arena in the world (and still used for concerts, cinema and other events almost every day during the summer)! But you can find historical sites almost in any village and town across the peninsula.

Outside of its historical charms, Istria has plenty of other features on offer. Surrounded by the Adriatic sea, there are many pristine, picturesque beaches and seafront café’s where one can soak up the sun or watch the boats as they travel towards the nearby ports of Italy and Slovenia.

Turning away from the coast, the bucolic interior of rolling hills and fertile plains attracts food- and culture-focused visitors to Istria’s hilltop villages, rural hotels and farmhouse restaurants. The  peninsula is a cornucopia of culinary riches, with the seafood of the coast melding with the hearty meat-based fare of Central Europe. A visit  to some of the local vineries and olive mills is a must, with world-class wines and olive oils being proudly displayed and sampled. If you are enticed by the lure of wild and rare nature, then take a boat trip to the nearby Brijuni archipelago which is not only surrounded by the most intensely stunning beaches but also covered in greenery boasting rare wild plants (protected as a national park)

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pula airport

(45 km)

Nearest Village Labin

(7 km)

Nearest Town/City Pula

(50 km)

Nearest Restaurant Restoran Tomazici

(4 km)

Nearest Beach FKK Beach

(15 km)

Nearest Supermarket Plodine

(6 km)

Region

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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Kids

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

Villa Stepancic makes an excellent choice for families travelling with children, who are bound to enjoy splashing around in the private pool, playing games in the garden and having fun on the swings and trampoline. For the older children, complimentary Wi-Fi is included in the rental price, perfect for keeping them occupied in the evenings! For the little ones, cots and highchairs are available on request at time of booking.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Toys

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €200 is payable in cash upon arrival, this is to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm (please note that arrivals after 10pm will incur a €50 additional charge payable in cash locally on arrival)
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay across peak Summer dates, this may be reduced to 3-nights in lower season
Changeover day Bookings must start on a Saturday across peak dates, this may be relaxed in lower season
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Pets welcome? No pets
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property
Pool heating charge? Pool heating available upon request for an additional cost of €160 per week. Pool heating is available in April, May, June and September only, and will reach a maximum temperature of 25C. The pool will not be heated in July and August.
Other Ts and Cs The villa can accommodate two extra guests upon request due to a sofa bed in the living room and a single futon bed in one of the larger bedrooms.
Use of the extra beds is included in the rental price.
Tax Tourist tax is included in the rental price

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 25th 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 £835 £1,113 £1,391 £1,948
Jun 15th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - £2,165
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - - £2,816
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - £3,730
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - £3,248
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 - - - £2,816
Sep 7th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - £1,840
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 5th 2024 - - - £1,685
Oct 5th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 £659 £879 £1,098 £1,537
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £542 £722 £903 £1,263
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 £886 £1,182 £1,477 £2,068
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 £533 £710 £888 £1,243
Mar 15th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 £767 £1,023 £1,279 £1,790
Apr 26th 2025 - May 17th 2025 £776 £1,035 £1,294 £1,811
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 £835 £1,113 £1,391 £1,948
Jun 14th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 - - - £2,165
Jun 21st 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - - £2,816
Jul 5th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - £3,730
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - £3,248
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 - - - £2,816
Sep 6th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 - - - £1,840
Sep 20th 2025 - Oct 4th 2025 - - - £1,685
Oct 4th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 £659 £879 £1,098 £1,537
Nov 1st 2025 - Nov 26th 2025 £542 £722 £903 £1,263

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 25th 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 €912 €1,216 €1,520 €2,127
Jun 15th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - €2,364
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - - €3,075
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - €4,074
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - €3,547
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 - - - €3,075
Sep 7th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - €2,010
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 5th 2024 - - - €1,840
Oct 5th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 €720 €960 €1,199 €1,679
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €592 €789 €986 €1,380
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 €968 €1,291 €1,613 €2,258
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 €582 €776 €970 €1,357
Mar 15th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 €838 €1,117 €1,397 €1,955
Apr 26th 2025 - May 17th 2025 €848 €1,130 €1,413 €1,977
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 €912 €1,216 €1,520 €2,127
Jun 14th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 - - - €2,364
Jun 21st 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - - €3,075
Jul 5th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - €4,074
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - €3,547
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 - - - €3,075
Sep 6th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 - - - €2,010
Sep 20th 2025 - Oct 4th 2025 - - - €1,840
Oct 4th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 €720 €960 €1,199 €1,679
Nov 1st 2025 - Nov 26th 2025 €592 €789 €986 €1,380

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 25th 2024 - Jun 15th 2024 $986 $1,315 $1,644 $2,301
Jun 15th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - $2,558
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - - $3,326
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - $4,407
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - $3,837
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 - - - $3,326
Sep 7th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - $2,174
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 5th 2024 - - - $1,990
Oct 5th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 $778 $1,038 $1,297 $1,816
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $640 $853 $1,066 $1,492
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 $1,047 $1,396 $1,745 $2,443
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 15th 2025 $629 $839 $1,049 $1,468
Mar 15th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 $907 $1,209 $1,511 $2,115
Apr 26th 2025 - May 17th 2025 $917 $1,223 $1,528 $2,139
May 17th 2025 - Jun 14th 2025 $986 $1,315 $1,644 $2,301
Jun 14th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 - - - $2,558
Jun 21st 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - - $3,326
Jul 5th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - $4,407
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - $3,837
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 - - - $3,326
Sep 6th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 - - - $2,174
Sep 20th 2025 - Oct 4th 2025 - - - $1,990
Oct 4th 2025 - Nov 1st 2025 $778 $1,038 $1,297 $1,816
Nov 1st 2025 - Nov 26th 2025 $640 $853 $1,066 $1,492

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.

Reviews

  • Beautiful Villa

    on 08/04/2020

    A beautifully renovated and expanded house, away from the hustle and bustle! We enjoyed the tranquility, the beautiful pool and the entire property! The care by the family of the owner was friendly and competent.

  • Beautiful

    on 19/08/2019

    Beautiful villa with all the comfort you could wish, we spent 2 weeks there with 2 families! We lacked nothing! There was a lot for the kids. The villa is very quiet surrounded by beautiful nature and yet not far away from wonderful and crystal clear beaches.

  • Looking forward to the next visit!

    on 14/06/2019

    Ideal as family friendly holiday destination, we can wholeheartedly recommend this lovely and relaxing spot - very kind and helpful owners, plenty for the kids to do and explore, well equipped - already looking forward to the next visit!

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