“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”
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.
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years)
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.
Kids' pack containing the following (weekly charge):
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A fully equipped kitchen with everything you'd need for preparing family meals: kettle, microwave, oven and hob, fridge-freezer.
Teens may find the isolation of the village a little stifling, especially as the cottages don't have WiFi.