Villa Stepančić, Istria, Croatia, is an oasis of calm, surrounded by fragrant bushes and forests. There are no neighbors and the property is not fenced, so guests can feel and move around freely. In addition to the chirping of birds, guests can expect silence and a time in harmony with nature.
The living area consists of an open, bright and spacious living area with a fireplace, a cozy dining table and an excellently equipped kitchen. Large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto two terraces and offer great views of the gardens, forest and pool. The furnishings and fittings can be described as minimalist and luxurious. Due to the thick stone walls, the sleeping area ensures natural rest and a comfortable sleep. The villa has extensive grounds with an outdoor pool and a large terrace with seating. The garden includes flowers and various fruit trees including cherries, kiwis and chestnuts.
The house, which was built around 1900, is one of the oldest buildings in the Stepančić village. In earlier times it was used as an osteria with its own bocce court. The family of the current owner has lived in the region for decades and did not want to leave the house to decay, which is why they purchased it in 2016. Host Vladimir himself lives with his family in London and also likes to spend his holidays in Villa Stepančić. His brother and other family members who live just a little further away take care of the guests.
The guests can experience the best of both worlds over short distances: the Adriatic coast with beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, as well as the landscape of the Istrian peninsula with towns perched on hills and the diverse gastronomy.
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ArchitectureThe converted Villa Stepančić creates a flowing transition from the inside to the outside area. The usual boundaries disappear when the sliding glass walls are opened. Elements of the house have largely been preserved, such as the stone wall at the entrance, a 100-year-old water cistern and the large oak tree in the garden. However, the house has been expanded and new minimalist furniture has moved in. Istrian limestone was used as the building material, the wooden floors in the sleeping area are made of Slavonian oak. The terrace is also paved with limestone.
FoodThe guests of the villa take care of themselves during their stay, the large and very well equipped kitchen serves them. As a greeting, the guests receive two bottles of the host family&
EnvironmentThanks to its traditional, thick stone walls and modern insulation techniques, the villa is superbly insulated so that the house stays cool in summer and warm in winter. This not only saves energy, but also creates temperatures in the villa that make you feel good. The villa has been designed to maximize natural light through the use of ceiling lights on the top floor, creating a light and airy feel throughout the home. Solar panels were installed to heat water, while in the dry summer months a traditional cistern is used to collect rainwater and provide irrigation. Depending on the season, guests can harvest local organic products such as figs, olives, peaches, chestnuts and much more from their own garden. All organic waste is composted and finds its way into the garden to fertilize the fruit trees. The wood for the fireplace is also felled just 100 meters from the house. The rental income is used, among other things, to plant new trees on one part of the estate that needs restoration following open-pit bauxite extraction.
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From Munich you can reach Villa Stepančić in about 6.5 hours (559 km). From Salzburg it takes just under 5.5 hours (440 km), from Graz just under 4.5 hours (352 km), from Venice a little less than 3.5 hours (263 km) and from Ljubiljana you can reach the villa in just under 2.5 hours (161 km). The exact address can be found on the villa&
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