“A pretty little apartment in Montenegro’s prettiest little Baroque bayside village (sleeps 2-4)”
Climb into the recesses of the village and you’ll find peaceful church gardens, bougainvillea-dressed cottages, rickety little gates and, in the upper reaches, Perast Boutique Apartment. A simply decorated 1-bedroom haven with painted wooden chests and vintage ceramics, the original stone walls frame a stunning vista over church bells towards the tranquil bay. The homely kitchen invites lazy lunches out of the midday heat, while 2 minutes’ walk away, the fab waterfront restaurants are perfect for carefree romantic dinners.
- A blissfully quiet village location, yet you’re within easy driving distance of Kotor's Old Town, and just a bit further from Sveti Stefan’s famous beaches and the mountainous national parks
- Gorgeous views from the open-plan living and dining room
- We loved the rustic-chic decor: enamel kitchenware and mismatched ceramics made it feel like a real home-from-home
- Couples seeking a sense of seclusion and escapism will love it here (and it's great value, too!)
- Perast is an easy drive from Dubrovnik airport (approx 1 hour) and the apartment has a parking space close by, so you don't have to leave your car at the entrance of the village (as is the norm)
- Full cost of booking must be paid by bank transfer in advance of stay, there's a strict cancellation policy, a 5-night minimum stay, and a security deposit is required on arrival
- A lot of steps need to be climbed or descended to reach the apartment; it’s tiring in the warmth of the sun and requires a torch at night (bring your own, just in case)
- The paved garden is behind the apartment so it doesn’t get much sun and lacks views
- Water is provided by an outdoor tank: water levels need to be monitored and it can be noisy at times
- The double sofabed can be tricky to manoeuvre
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- Boutique Apartment
- 1 bedroom
- Self-catering (walk to restaurants)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Laundry Service
- Washing machine
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.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Electric fan heater
- Extra beds
- Full kitchen
- Hob stove
- Internet dongle
- Ipod dock
- Washing machine
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.
- Coffee tea making
- Full kitchen
- Hob stove
- Restaurants nearby
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
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
Kids Activities on site:
A small selection of games and child-friendly books (e.g. Scrabble, playing cards, Harry Potter).
Kids Activities nearby:
- Kotor Old Town (pedestrianised)
Families Should Know:
- Families with toddlers and small children may find the many steps to the apartment hard work
- Perast has a couple of basic corner shops for snacks and water, but don't count on them having specific baby products or brands
- A doctor's phone number is provided in the apartment welcome information
- Airport: 30 minutes (Tivat)
- Supermarket (and pharmacy): 15 minutes (Kotor)
- Hospital: 15 minutes (Kotor)