The Beach House in Bol

Brac, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Book from Book from £676 per night

A secluded 4-bedroom stone cottage with pool, set on a hillside above Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island - Croatia's windsurfing mecca
The village of Bol on Brac's sunny south coast is famed throughout Croatia for its astounding beach – Zlatni Rat, a spit made up of tiny pebbles, that juts out into turquoise seas. It's also Croatia's top windsurfing and kitesurfing destination. On a hillside above this coastline, set amongst pine trees and olive groves, sits the Beach House. With white wooden shutters and pink hydrangeas out front, it's a peaceful retreat that's ideal for a large family gathering or a group of friends.

The interiors centre on a large open-plan living room and kitchen area, with double doors opening onto a spacious seaview terrace. From the living room, stairs lead down to the lower floor, where there are 4 ensuite bedrooms (3 kingsize, 1 twin). Behind the house, there's a heated outdoor pool, and a pool house with a second kitchen, barbecue and dining table. Divide your days between lovely beaches and your pool, and be sure to explore authentic local eateries and hillside pathways for hiking and mountain biking. From Bol, boats sail regularly to Jelsa on the neighbouring island of Hvar, which is well worth a day trip.

Highs

  • Lovely, peaceful south-facing hillside location with sublime sea views
  • A covered seaview terrace furnished with sofas, rocking chairs and a dining table for 8
  • Families will love the heated pool and spacious grounds
  • Brac's south coast offers excellent beaches and outdoor adventures – windsurfing, hiking and mountain biking
  • A concierge is on-hand to arrange transfers, activities, shopping deliveries and an in-house chef

Lows

  • We loved the peacefulness, but you're a bit isolated – it's a 20-minute stroll to the beach and a brisk 25-minute walk to Bol village
  • Bol's seafront and Zlatni Rat beach can feel very touristy in peak season
  • Getting here requires a bus-ferry-car combo from Split but the destination is worth it. The concierge can arrange a private speedboat transfer if you prefer
  • There's a 4-night minimum stay, which rises to 7 nights in July and August. Full pre-payment is due 8 weeks prior to arrival

Best time to go

For many, the shoulder season (May-Jun and Sep-Oct) is the nicest time to visit Bol. The weather is sunny, the Adriatic (just) warm enough to swim, and all sports providers and restaurants are open, but not overly busy. In peak season (Jul-Aug), Bol and Zlatni Rat beach can get very crowded and rather hot. The town is also lovely in April, and all of the watersports centres tend to open for the season at Easter. Just be aware that many restaurants stay closed until May.

Our top tips

The owners have another superb property in Dubrovnik's Old Town, The Byron, which also sleeps 8 (with 4 double/twin rooms), so before or after your stay in Bol, you could book there for a complete 'city-and-island' Croatia experience.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Villa
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Self-catering; restaurants a walk away
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: November to early April
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Weekly cleaning
Room:

Rooms

On the lower floor, there are 4 bedrooms – 3 with kingsize beds, and one with a pair of double beds – all decorated in whites, with elegant linen curtains and pretty floral bedcovers. Each has a small tiled ensuite bathroom with a shower, and double doors opening onto a small garden terrace. There's also a laundry room with washing machine and ironing facilities on this level.

On the upper floor, the living room has whitewashed wooden panelling, exposed rafters and a wood-burning stove, and is furnished with 2 big comfy sofas, hot-pink pouffes, and a large TV and iPod dock. Steps lead up to a cosy mezzanine with an additional sofa. There's also a small bathroom with an old-fashioned free-standing bathtub on this floor.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • Underfloor heating
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

On arrival you'll find a welcome hamper with provisions for your first breakfast – fruit, milk, coffee, fresh bread, butter and jams. The modern kitchen has everything you might need for a week or 2 of self catering – double sink, oven, hob, coffee machine, fridge/freezer and dishwasher – and there's a dining table for 8 on the covered front terrace.

Up by the pool, there's a stone patio with another table (seating 8), an additional little kitchen and a barbecue. On request, the concierge can buy fresh fish or local lamb for you, and prepare a barbecue.

There are plenty of good restaurants serving Dalmatian seafood (octopus salad, tasty risotto, grilled fish) in Bol, or you could drive into the hills to dine on roast lamb (a Brac specialty!) at one of several agrotourism eateries.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Spend lazy afternoons on the beach, either at Zlatni Rat or one of the quieter pebbled coves that string the coast
  • Try windsurfing – the sea channel offers ideal conditions, making Bol Croatia's top surfing destination. Local providers offer tuition and rental equipment
  • Hike or mountain bike to the top of Vidova Gora (780m), the highest peak on the Croatian islands, for fantastic views over the sea to Hvar, with Vis rising on the horizon. The concierge can arrange bike hire
  • You can charter a boat for a private sailing trip (with skipper, if required) to explore Brac's coast and other nearby islands. Be sure to dock at Jesla town, Hvar's wine capital!
  • Play tennis at Bol tennis centre, home to 26 clay courts; tuition and equipment hire available

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Both the house and grounds are ideal for families. There are 4 bedrooms (3 kingsize, 1 with 2 double beds), all with ensuite shower bathrooms, and there are plenty of separate outdoor spaces so everyone can do their own thing. Older children and teens will love having their own kitchen up by the pool, and they'll also enjoy Bol's beaches and watersports.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cot

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

Kids Activities on site:

Swimming pool, lounge with TV

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches with watersports
  • Tennis centre
  • Go Ape outfit above Zlatni Rat
  • Water park near Zlatni Rat, another to the east of the monastery
  • Rent mountain bikes & helmets for the family (delivered to the Beach House)
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding for kids over 8
  • 585 Club for teens (good DJ line up)

Families Should Know:

The pool is not fenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 mins (Brac); 1 hour (Split by speedboat); 3 hours (Split by car & ferry)
  • Medical facility: 1km (Bol)
  • Shop & Restaurants: 1km (Bol)
Kid Friendly:

Location

The Beach House is located on the outskirts of Bol, a village on the south coast of Brač island, overlooking the sea channel towards the island of Hvar in Croatia.

By Air:
Most guests fly to Split (24km). There's also a charter airport on Brac itself called Bol (23km), which is only served by a handful of airlines.

From the Airport
From Split, take the airport bus or self-drive to Split’s ferry port, then the ferry to Supetar (Brac's main port) - Jadrolinija offers a regular service. Once on the island, take a bus (60 min) or taxi (40 min) over to Bol. Note that this journey can take over 3 hours.

By Car:
If you'd prefer to hire a car just be aware that many of Brac's pretty harbour towns (such as Bol and Pucisca) are pedestrian-only and parking is a problem in high season. Local buses connect all the main settlements on the island.

Alternatively, it's possible to arrange transfers from Split airport by speedboat (the airport is on the seafront) which will take just over an hour, or simply from Supetar via taxi. Enquire when booking.

By Sea:
If you are arriving from Italy, Jadrolinija and Blue Line operate daily overnight ferries to Split from Ancona. In addition, through summer (June-September) SNAV runs daily catamarans from Ancona to Split. Then, from Split, catch the Jadrolinija ferry (see above) to Supetar.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Croatia and getting around

Airports:

  • Split 24.0 km SPU
  • Dubrovnik 265.0 km DBV

Other:

  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

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