“A pretty little apartment in Montenegro’s prettiest little Baroque bayside village (sleeps 2-4)”
Staying in an apartment allows for a wonderful sense of independence and privacy, and here that extends to the location, too. Sat beside sleepy stone steps that run the height of the village, you could easy walk past this home-from-home without even realising. Thankfully you’ll be led there by a representative and given a quick introduction to the fittings, then it’s all yours.
The airy living space steals the show, not least because of the idyllic views outside the shuttered windows. But inside it’s just as charming. Exposed stone walls hold a relaxed seating area, a cute little dining table for 2-4 and a breakfast bar that merges into the kitchen space. Natural wood cupboards and enamel utensils create a homely feel, and self-catering soon feels like second nature.
There’s just one cosy, quiet bedroom. It’s tucked away at the back of the apartment with a shuttered window looking onto the terrace. Botanical prints sit alongside some religious iconography and a geometric double duvet, while blankets wait in wooden boxes for the cooler months. There's also a sofabed in the living room, but it can be temperamental to use.
The light-blue tiled bathroom is spotlessly clean with a shower over the short bathtub. Keep an eye on the water level in the external tank: if it gets low the water pressure will be dramatically affected (a neighbour is on hand to refill it).
It’s natural for guests to spend most of their time outside, so gadgets have been kept simple: an iPod dock and an internet dongle, but no TV. Temperatures can sky-rocket in summer, so the air-conditioning and fan are welcome assets; out of season the nights can be chilly so electric heaters are also provided.
You’re likely to be making breakfasts daily, as well as the odd snack, lunch or dinner. All are perfectly doable in the apartment’s well-equipped kitchen. Open shelves display various pots and pans, while enamel utensils and mugs hang from hooks over the worktop. There’s a full cooker and hob, and a fridge with freezer compartment, plus a kettle, a teapot, a decent set of knives and a wooden chopping board. You can dine indoors, or take the lightweight table and chairs out to the secluded paved garden.
I-escape guests get a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival, but you’ll have to buy everything else - including basics like tea, coffee, salt and olive oil. There are a couple of smaller shops in the village, but the nearest supermarket is in Kotor, where there's also a good daily farmers' market.
Beyond the apartment kitchen, a clutch of waterside restaurants provide ample temptation for lazy lunches and sunset suppers. Amongst them we spotted a cosy pizzeria and an over-water eatery, but we went for the Conte restaurant (by the main square) where we enjoyed a creamy Caesar salad, fresh seafood and a crisp glass of rose while gazing out over the bay. For more choice, Kotor’s Old Town is an easy 15-minute drive along the coast.
All ages are welcome at the apartment, and the sleepy village of Perast makes a great, family-friendly base from which to explore the country.
Babies (0-1 years)
The apartment has a small baby cot and a sofabed, although the latter can be a little temperamental to open and close.
A baby cot is available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A small selection of games and child-friendly books (e.g. Scrabble, playing cards, Harry Potter).