We had a lovely , relaxing week at Our Istria - the house and garden are beautiful.
Ariela and Marin are great hosts and we had everything we need.
Would recommend for anyone wanting to chill out !
The house was very charming and the garden and pool are lovely. We spend hours by the pool every day during our stay in Istria. Beautiful view from the house. A great place to relax. Ariela and Marin are very nice and gave us great advice about which places to visit during our stay. We will be back.
From the very first contact to see if there was any availability, Marin and Ariela were fantastic. Warm, welcoming and friendly. They accommodated our needs regarding dates. The information received was spot on with regard to what to expect and how to get there, which was very easy. When we arrived, they were waiting for us with a warm welcome and it felt like coming home, we couldn't have asked for better. (the boys adored them from the start) The property and grounds are breathtaking, beautifully kept but, again, very welcoming - no feeling of 'please keep off the grass'!!! It was hard to believe that all that was just ours for the week! Facilities were excellent, we wanted for nothing. Ariela and Marin gave us a tour, explained how things worked and gave us loads of information about things to do in the area, tailored to our needs. They left us with supplies so we didn't have to go out again that day which was fantastic. The house is beautiful, clean and very well maintained - lots of lovely little areas to suit all needs (and weather). My two personal favourites were the little pool house so I could relax and watch the boys play in the pool and the covered upstairs veranda (I want one just like it!!). The two boys (8 and 11) had a great time with the toys, play equipment and the pool with all-weather-swimming cover. They didn't want to leave at the end of the week. The local area is great, Istria is beautiful and steeped in history - lots of little old hill top towns to explore, beautiful coastline, beaches and coves and the people are warm and welcoming. Thank you Marin and Ariela for showing us round your lovely town of Kastav. The local Tavern is amazing, again very friendly and welcoming. We went twice and had the best meals of the holiday there and when you factor in cheapness the value for money is outstanding. (The owner even came haring down the track in his car after us because it started to storm and he didn't want us to walk back and get soaked! service with care!) We would highly recommend this property to anyone, It is peaceful and it suits families with kids of all ages (who can shout and run and play without disturbing anyone) as well as a perfect romantic getaway for a couple. The care and attention to detail is great, we really couldn't have asked for a better place to start our holiday in Croatia or better people to welcome us to the amazing country, and I really hope we get a chance to come back. Thank you so much
I spent a week in July at Our Istria with my husband, daughter (15) and son (11). It was so wonderful that we found it a challenge to drag ourselves away every day to visit the many awesome places to visit in Istria. In fact, we didn't want to leave at the end of our stay and plan to return next time for several weeks. In fact, it was our favorite place during two months of traveling through mostly Greece, Italy and Switzerland. We rent our country house with extensive grounds in the California wine country. I know therefore the incredible amount of work Ariela and Marin put in to maintain the house, the grounds and take such special care of their guests. It is truly a labor of love and it is evident in all of the details. Although we were several hours late, Ariela and Marin waited at the house to greet us. We enjoyed drinking their homemade biska while they suggested the many places we should visit. Ariela left a delicious dinner of soup, bread, wine and cookies. It was such a treat especially after a long trip. They were readily available all week to answer questions. The late 19th century house is beautifully renovated and decorated with rustic elegance. It was like stepping back in time and it was a very special experience living there. We loved sleeping in the master bedroom with the soaring ceiling with heavy beams and splendid windows. The children's room was like fairyland with sweet handpainted walls. Putting my son to bed at night was a treat gazing up at the star painted ceiling. A surprise was that there were air conditioning units downstairs and in the bedrooms. Wifi, phone, t.v. and a washing machine were all amenities we appreciated. Although it was very hot, the house stayed cool and we only used the air conditioning a few times. We enjoyed sitting and reading in the stone covered porch overlooking the grounds. The garden was stunning! It was bursting with flowers, plants, an orchard and extensive lawn and fields. The views beyond were lovely. It was a very private and quiet setting.There was an extensive vegetable garden that we were invited to use. The kids had fun harvesting vegetables and herbs for our dinner. We all enjoyed badminton and ping pong. The time spent at Our Istria was such a peaceful and happy experience for our family. Our children are still talking about our visit. We can't wait to return and we look forward to staying in touch with Ariela and Marin!
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We had the most fabulous 2 week holiday at Nasa Istra. We arrived late evening and were warmly welcomed by Ariela and Marin (who live in another village) with delicious soup, homemade cakes And Istria biska. They were both so helpful and provided very welcome assistance before leaving us to enjoy our holiday. This was our first visit to Croatia and Istria did not disappoint. The villa is ideally situated to visit hilltop villages, mountain and woodland trails as well as both east and west coasts of the Istria peninsula. There is even a Konoba (small restaurant) within walking distance of the villa. The villa itself has all you need, WiFi, washing machine, TV and Dvd player without losing its character. The garden is the main attraction, a good size with scope for badminton and other games, fabulous flowers and shrubs with a vegetable plot which our hosts let us sample potatoes, courgettes, lettuce and radishes - terrific! There was even a table tennis table and we spent many an evening improving our game here. Ariela and Marin were helpful and discrete hosts throughout our stay and we took up their offer to meet up at their boat in Icici and had a wonderful afternoon/evening with them exploring Kvarner Bay - a real highlight! I would highly recommend anyone seeking peace and quiet in a magnificent setting to try Nasa Istra.