“Renovated 16th-century stone villa with a pool and spectacular sea views, on the Peljesac peninsula in Dalmatia (sleeps 4-10)”
The ground floor has an open-plan living and dining space, plus a kitchen, with stone floors throughout. There’s an open fireplace in the living room, with several colourful kilim rugs, 2 comfy dark-brown leather sofas, an Oriental-style divan with scatter cushions, plus a small plasma TV, DVD and CD player with an iPod setting. The dining area has a long wooden table seating 10, wrought-iron chairs, and an exposed stonewall with an archway leading through to the kitchen.
From the living room, wooden stairs lead up to the first and second floors. The bedroom decor is rather spartan - functional rather than stylish, but clean and spacious. On the first floor are 2 kingsize double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (one with a tub, one with walk-in shower, Molton Brown toiletries throughout); on the second floor are 3 rooms (1 double, 1 twin, and 2 bunkbeds) sharing a funky blue-and-white tiled bathroom with walk-in shower.
All rooms have wooden floors, wrought-iron bedsteads and sea views (except for the bunk room), and the rooms on the second floor, under the roof, have wooden sloping ceilings and dormer windows. We slept amazingly well in a double room on the first floor, thanks to the country air, total peace, an excellent mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets and luscious feather pillows.
You get a light and spacious fully-equipped kitchen with a high-pitched wooden beamed ceiling. Facilities include a cooker with a big oven and 6 gas rings, an ample fridge with a small freezer compartment, kettle, toaster, filter-coffee machine and dishwasher, plus a vast selection of pots, pans, crockery and glasses. Upon arrival, you’ll find a bottle of local wine for booking through i-escape, plus essentials for your first breakfast - fruit juice, coffee, tea, milk, bread, butter and fresh fruit. You'll also find some basics: washing up liquid and sponges, bin bags, salt and pepper etc.
On the sea-view stone terrace out front there’s a long table and a big built-in barbecue, perfect for cooking fresh fish over charcoal on a balmy summer evening. At the bottom of the garden, you’ll find yet another stone terrace with a dining table by the pool. There's also a long wooden table indoors, which seats 10.
In Viganj, there’s a small Mareta general store (with fresh bread daily), and several locals offer homemade wine and olive oil for sale. You can buy fresh fish from local fisherman on the seafront in Viganj, though you’ll need to get up early - the best catch has already been taken by 7am. Alternatively there’s a fish market in Orebic (6km east along the coast) where you’ll also find a bigger choice of supermarkets (including Konzum), plus a greengrocer, butcher and baker. You can also have your groceries delivered before you arrive; enquire when booking.
If you fancy being spoilt, the owner can arrange for a chef to come in and cook for you: think calamari, seafood risotto, local smoked ham and figs and grilled just-caught fish.
For eating out, we recommend family-run Vrgorac in Perna (4km away, between Viganj and Orebic) for genuine home cooking, an informal atmosphere and views across the water to Korcula - they do a heavenly octopus salad, which goes down a treat with a glass of chilled white wine. In Viganj itself, there's the small informal Konoba Karmela, which has a wooden terrace built out over the water, and is great for drinks and a simple meal of Dalmatian dishes. Further afield, in Mirci Bay near Loviste, on the western tip of Peljesac peninsular, try Konoba Bili Dvori for delicious fresh fish - there’s a pebble beach out front, and sailing types moor up their yachts here and come ashore to eat.
Families are welcome and this would be a lovely place to bring kids of all ages. We'd particularly recommend it for 2 families holidaying together.
Children will enjoy playing outside, using the pool and having barbecues, while teenagers will love exploring nearby beaches and trying out watersports. The village is safe for children (10+) to visit on their own for ice creams.
This villa is ideal for 2 families, with 2 ensuite doubles for parents plus a bunkroom and shared bathroom for kids. An extra bed is available and the ensuite bathrooms have a bath tub.
An English-speaking sitter is available from the village - she's a family friend of the owners and has 2 children of her own. See Rates
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The villa is self catering and the kitchen is well equipped, with a blender, fridge and cooker. There are child-friendly cafes and restaurants nearby and shops within walking distance.
There is a lockable gate at the top of the steps leading to the path to the pool. There is a drop off the terrace around the pool.