Montenegro Stone Cottages

near Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Cottages for 2-8 in a restored village behind the pretty coastal town of Herceg Novi: great value, stunning views and a family-friendly vibe
Montenegro is an outdoorsy sort of place. A clutch of glorious national parks wait behind its mountainous coastal veil, glass-still bays mirror the weather (from grey to black, bright azure and back again) and fortified towns pepper the craggy coastline. It's a striking combination, and our cottages are perfectly placed to survey the drama. Hidden in a tiny village above Herceg Novi, shrouded by thick woodland, they gaze directly over the open valley towards the Adriatic horizon.

Rescued from ruin in 2006, the village is now a gated community for independently minded holidaymakers. We've chosen 3 very different self-catering cottages here: 2 are contemporary in style, with 3-4 bedrooms and sleek open-plan living rooms and kitchens. The third is more traditional, with a double bedroom, a rustic kitchen, a separate living room and an annexe holding a twin bedroom. Families will relish the self-sufficiency offered by the homely cottages, but there's also a sense of community at the village's reception: unwind in the spa area or lounge by the large infinity pool. With so much secure space, the kids are bound to make new friends in no time.

Highs

  • Great-value self-catering cottages with spacious, fully equipped kitchens and up to 3 dining spaces each - set in a secluded hillside holiday village
  • All have spectacular views over the valley - a sunset dinner on your private terrace is a must
  • A popular and secure option for families: children can roam freely around the village, mingle with other kids, and swim in the large shared pool
  • Herceg Novi's coastal Old Town is a 10-minute drive away, with beaches, shops and restaurants
  • You’re just 4km from the Montenegro-Croatia border, so it’s easy to take a day trip to Dubrovnik and use the city’s airport

Lows

  • Due to the rural location, car hire is essential. The village is at the end of a bumpy track so, although a standard car can handle it, it’s a little hair-raising the first time you do it
  • Suited to those who enjoy privacy and freedom over hotel-style service - you'll be left to your own devices after arrival
  • Being in the north of the country means you’re slightly further away from some of Montenegro’s main attractions, but most are doable as day trips
  • Regarding self-catering: no basic ingredients (salt, tea etc) are provided and the nearest shop is a 5-minute drive away
  • The only WiFi is at reception, there's none in the cottages (a plus for some!)
  • Minimum stays and strict changeover days apply

Best time to go

Montenegro is busiest during the long, hot summer (June-August) during which time the country's towns, beaches and borders can get clogged up with visitors. We prefer visiting in spring or early autumn, when the temperatures are still high enough for swimming but it's easier to explore the country's stunning landscape. As autumn progresses into winter, rainstorms become more prevalent and many coastal businesses close. Montenegro Stone Cottages tend to close from November until early May.

Our top tips

Herceg Novi has a good concentration of companies offering expeditions, tours and activities in and around Montenegro. Take a look around on your first day, so you'll have plenty of time to plan the rest of your trip.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Cottages
  • 5 cottages for 2-8
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Jan 2016 - 4 Jul 2016...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Washing machine
  • Hiking trails
Room: Lavender

Rooms

At the front of the village, the 3-Bedroom Cottage has a contemporary look, with cream interiors and the odd pop of colour: blue bathroom tiles or perhaps a rainbow rug. The ground-floor living space leads you past a sleek kitchen-diner to a bright lounge area with pillowy white sofas and an impressive wood-burner. Doors open onto the small garden, with a little terrace and a much larger alfresco dining space looking directly over the valley. Downstairs, a fun triple bedroom has bean bags and a convenient ensuite shower room (décor best suited to kids). This floor also has a functional laundry room. Then it’s back up past the ground-floor w/c and up the stairs to the first-floor bedrooms. This is the grown-up floor, with a simple but pleasant double with an ensuite shower, and a rather more tempting master bedroom. Light and bright, with an ensuite bathroom (shower over tub) and a gorgeous balcony opening out over the valley, it's the ideal parents’ escape.

More traditional, the 2-Bedroom Cottage is located near the top of the village, but it’s worth the climb. The front door brings you into a beamed kitchen-diner - terracotta-tiled, with natural units and a solid wood table - but you’re more likely to dine upstairs on the terrace. With great views and a vine-laden pergola providing shade and grapes, it’s the prettiest alfresco dining spot in the village. Indoors, the first floor holds a cosy living room, a master bedroom and a bathroom with a bathtub and overhead shower. A walled garden climbs around the side of the house and up the hill, allowing a door from the first-floor living room to lead straight onto the grass and across to a single-storey annexe. Here you’ll find the twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room. This unusual layout makes it best suited to groups or families with older children.

Finally, the 4-Bedroom Cottage, with the most flexible accommodation, was our favourite option. Split over 3 levels, you enter via the ground-floor living space with L-shaped kitchen and direct access to the main dining terrace. On the lower-ground floor there are 2 double bedrooms (1 with ensuite shower), a twin bedroom, a family bathroom with a nook for the washing machine and a fifth, windowless room which can be used as a baby’s room. The large first-floor master suite has an ensuite shower room and views directly over the lush woodland towards the bay. There’s also a terrace on this floor, perfect for a romantic nightcap.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

This is self-catering at its easiest. Proper houses with proper kitchens ready for you to descend and launch straight into holiday mode. Kitchens are fully equipped with ovens, hobs, fridge-freezers, microwaves and kettles.

The 3-Bedroom Cottage has an airy, cream kitchen with a table seating 6. Doors lead straight out to a small dining space at the side of the house, and there’s another larger dining terrace at the front looking directly over trees towards the valley. The 4-Bedroom Cottage has a similar set-ups, with lots of open space and alfresco dining areas.

At the back of the village, the 2-Bedroom Cottage has a slightly unconventional layout. Again, there’s everything needed for self-catering, but in this case the outdoor dining space is upstairs via the first-floor living room. The payout is a characterful terrace with a pergola and grape vines that produce fruit in summer.

Although the reception has tea- and coffee-making facilities, there are no real shops or cafés in the village, nor are any basics (salt, olive oil, washing-up liquid) provided. With this in mind, it’s best to stock up on en-route when you first arrive: the nearest shop is a large supermarket about 3km from the village, on the outskirts of Igalo.

On those nights when cooking doesn’t appeal, it’s a short drive down to Herceg Novi on the coast (5-10 minutes). The Old Town has plenty of restaurants to choose from, but if you’re unsure just ask the village rep for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
Eating: Magnolia
Activity:

Activities

  • Spend an afternoon in Herceg Novi’s coastal Old Town: relax in the pretty squares, cycle along the waterfront, lounge on one of the beaches, or walk around the enormous Kanli-Kula fort for views over the town
  • Cross the Croatian border and spend the day in Dubrovnik, one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful cities (and just a 40-minute drive from the village)
  • Wander the narrow pathways of Kotor’s Old Town or visit the tiny Baroque village of Perast: both are beautiful coastal settlements with rich histories. Seek out a better view by climbing Kotor's hilltop fort or sailing to Perast's nearby island (both just under an hour's drive)
  • Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, is an unmissable natural wonder. Take boat trips, windsurf (in certain areas) or hike the national park, where there's abundant birdlife (2 hours’ drive)
  • Test your driving skills, and your nerve, on the twisting Kotor-Lovcen mountain road. At the top, you can explore the Lovcen National Park and Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro
  • Sheltered Kotor Bay is the perfect place to try your hand at sea-kayaking. We saw plenty of groups happily paddling along the coast, as well as independently visiting Our Lady of the Rocks island
  • Join one of the boat tours from Herceg Novi, or embark on a diving expedition from Kotor: there are some stunning caves and ship wrecks to be discovered in the bay
  • Drive south towards Budva and the famous Sveti Stefan island. Beaches at the latter are expensive to use, but those at Budva and on the Lustica peninsula are free of charge (approx. a 1-hour drive, but summer car ferries reduce travel time)
  • Back at the village, embark on a woodland hike directly from your door, swim in the infinity pool, or simply gaze out over the breathtaking valley views

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

The village is popular with outdoorsy families and the cottages are well-equipped for a week's self-catering - ideal homes-from-home where the children are bound to make new friends.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The 3-Bedroom Cottage has 2 double bedrooms and a children's room with 3 single beds, an ensuite shower and playful décor. The 4-Bedroom Cottage has 3 double rooms, 1 twin and a small room suitable for a baby cot. The 2-Bedroom Cottage can sleep 4, but is better-suited to families with older children, as the second bedroom is in an annexe with an exterior door. The annexe adjoins the main house and is set within a walled garden, so it's very secure.

Baby equipment:

Kids' pack containing the following (weekly charge):

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

A fully equipped kitchen with everything you'd need for preparing family meals: kettle, microwave, oven and hob, fridge-freezer.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Woodland
  • Lawns

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking

Families Should Know:

Teens may find the isolation of the village a little stifling, especially as the cottages don't have WiFi.

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 minutes' drive (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' drive (Igalo)
  • Hospital: 10 minutes' drive (Herceg Novi)
Kid Friendly: Lavender

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
7/
Service
7/
Value
7/
Overall

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