The twin sisters Nataša and Ingrid rent various accommodations and holiday homes on the Croatian islands of Cres and Lošinj under the name “Sisters-Homes”. This includes Vidovići 9 and 5, two holiday homes that are only a couple of steps away from each other. The stone houses are located in the small mountain village of Vidovići, from which you can admire the blue of the Adriatic. Vidovići guests experience peace and seclusion in a small coastal village where time seems to have stopped.
But this is exactly the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the feeling of freedom on the boundless, sparkling sea. The houses are modern in design and still contain traditional elements through building materials or the elegant interior. Old furniture and utensils that were previously used in the houses have been restored and combine the present time with the stories of the individual accommodations.
Vidovići 9 is more than 200 years old. It used to serve as a stable, later as a house, and has even been used as a chapel in the village. The current holiday home was renovated in 2016. It can be accessed via the terrace on the first floor and has a bedroom, a living and dining area and a living room. There are more sleeping options on the gallery, which can be reached with a ladder. The special concrete stairs, open, spacious rooms and many selected modern furniture create a unique atmosphere and sophisticated architecture. Old elements such as the cast iron stove can still be used today.
Vidovići 5 consists of a traditional four-story stone house, from which guests have a wonderful view of the crystal clear sea and various islands. The house was built more than 100 years ago and renovated for a year so that it can be rented to guests since 2010. Here too, the furnishings largely consist of a mix of traditional island architecture combined with modern design such as the spiral staircase. Vidovići 5 has a beautiful garden with fig trees, flowers and various Mediterranean plants. In the middle of the fig trees is an old water tank made of stone. Next to it there is an outdoor shower for the guests. Only a few steps away from the house is a traditional terrace, "Guvno", on which wheat was previously ground, but today it is mainly used to enjoy the great view and the sunset.
We also featured this accommodation on our blog at Five places for summer.
ArchitectureThe use of new materials was very limited so that the old building substance and style could be preserved as best as possible. Modern concrete and steel elements were introduced, which serve as a recognition feature today. When converting their holiday homes, the twin sisters work exclusively with local artisans from the island and from Istria. In addition, every attempt has been made to restore and recondition the old furniture and elements. The architecture can therefore be described as a mix of old and new, in which the origin of the old stone houses can still be seen today, from the floor to the walls. Modern style elements and furniture were carefully selected in interaction with the nature of the house. For example, the sisters often use the original bed linen that is already 100 years old - this makes them particularly happy when old things are not thrown away, but are used again.
The two sisters have no employees, but personally take care of the rental and the guests. They are also committed to the maintenance and care of the local road leading to the village. They also support the Crescendo cultural project, a jazz music festival.
EnvironmentSustainability is a must on the island because the village supplies itself with rainwater that is collected in its own cisterns. The wastewater is also disposed of in modern 3-chamber septic tanks. In general, the residents of the village pay attention to an appropriate consumption of natural resources and to separate waste. The island of Cres is one of the largest Adriatic islands with the least inhabitants, which is why the biodiversity there is very high - by treating nature with care, it can be preserved. The region is also known for the organic cultivation of olives and the production of olive oil.
... Später, als der Himmel wieder blank geputzt war und der Mond ins Weinglas schien, redete man über die Schönheit der Insel Cres, ihre verwunschenen Dörfer, die Strände mit ihren Grotten und dem knallblauen Wasser, das Design-Hotel "Sisters Homes" in Vidovici, das unfassbar schön, aber leider etwas teuer sei. Irgendwann trollten sich alle, in leuchtenden Bändern krochen die Autos die kurvige Straße vom Berg hinunter. Besser aber ist: einfach bleiben, bis die Sterne verblassen und die Bar die Türen schließt. Ein wunderbarer Ort, vielleicht der schönste ganz Kroatiens.
The island of Cres is very well connected to the mainland by ferries. The journey does not take long and the ferries run frequently, especially during the high season. You can reach the island from two ferry docks. There is the port city of Brestova on the east side of the Istrian peninsula. From there you can reach the village of Porozina on the island of Cres. You can also get to Merag (on Cres) from the Valbiska ferry port on the island of Krk. The exact address of the property can be found on the website.
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