This charismatic old stone cottage sleeps 4. Double with balcony overlooking the Verige Straits and twin to the back of the house. There is a Z bed that can be put up in the double. The house has wooden floors and fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer. Furnished for year round living it is comfortable and cosy. There is a sizeable bathroom with shower, loo, sink, bidet and washing machine and an outside loo accessed from the terrace. All rooms are air-conditioned. There is a flat screen, DVD player, films and books to read. Downstairs is open plan with dining table and comfortable seating. The terrace, shaded in summer, is huge and becomes the main living area during the hot summer months with a table seating 10 overlooking the water and ferry port.
Lepetane is where the ferry crosses the fjord to Kamenari and the cottage is near to the ferry - if you would like to know more before requesting a booking, please email me for details.
The cottage waterfront terrace has built in seating, deck chairs, loungers and a simple BBQ. It has a rush matting roof in the summer to protect you from the sun and it is the place where guests spend all their time when they are not out and about. If you want to get to know Montenegro and the Montenegrins and seep yourself in local life this is the place, but not for those who seek peace, quiet and isolation.
Lepetane was, at one time, within the borders of Croatia so many of the residents are Croatian and Catholic. Hundreds of years ago the village was situated up in the mountains above the present village at Upper Lepetane. There are still some people who live there and you can walk up the old village if you have the energy! Lepetane is not a tourist resort, but a residential village whose population doubles in the summer months when locals rent out rooms and apartments to people from all over Europe. The Ferries cross from Lepetane to Kamenari continually giving easy access to the other side of the fjord. Tickets are E4 and the crossing takes just minutes. Foot passengers travel free so take advantage and hop on the ferry for a view from the other side. We go across for a meal in the evenings sometimes, when we don't feel like driving. There is a small boutique hotel that does a nice supper. Turn left off the ferry and walk a few hundred meters and you will see it on the right.
Take the ferry with your car if you want to visit Herceg Novi, Risan or Perast.
Lepetane has a small village shop which is great for fresh bread, ice cream, local wine, a few vegetables, canned goods, loo paper and the odd thing you have forgotten to get at the supermarket.
Restaurants: If you take the car over to Kamenari on the ferry, turn right and a few kilometres further on you will see signs for the Konoba Catovica Mlini which is a gorgeous restaurant in an old mill by a bubbling stream, with mill ponds teeming with fish. It isn't the cheapest, but well worth a visit and you may have to book on weekends. You can also go as foot passengers on the ferry (for free) and there are several restaurants in Kamenari. We particularly like the boutique hotel with its garden restaurant about 5 minutes walk along the road as you turn left off the ferry.
The fish bar by the sea in Dona Lastvia, near Tivat is excellent - all the locals eat there - it only does fish and is quite reasonable. I love the prawns in garlic, a bowl of chips with a bottle of the local sauvignon.
If you carry on past this restaurant there is a boutique hotel on the right, right on the waterfront. It is lovely to eat outside looking over the bay in the evening.
All along the fjord road to Kotor you will see family run Konobas where you can eat good local food at reasonable prices. In Kotor try The Gallion, built on stilts in the Bay, not cheap but stylish. Restoran Stari Mlini in Dobrota is the sister to Catovica Mlini, and in another beautiful setting with mill ponds teeming with fish.
Beaches: You can swim in Lepetane - we swim off the big jetty, 200 metres down the road - the water is deep but lovely and clear. About 15 minutes walk along the road to Kotor is another little fjord beach with beach bar. The same distance in the other direction in the second Lepetane Bay is another beach with beach bar. Both these are lively and the swimming is nice.
Tivat also has a couple of beaches which are just a few minutes in the car - you can also splurge and go to the Portonegro swimming pool for the day. Very classy and very expensive, but nice for a day if you don't mind forking out lots of Euros.
If you prefer to swim in the Adriatic rather than the Fjord then 20 - 40 minutes in the car will bring you to a host of beaches on the far side of the Lustica Peninsula. Try Mirista (lovely fish restaurant on the beach - suggest you reserve a table as soon as you arrive), you can also get boat trips from here to the blue lagoon caves.
Oblatno, Krasici, Plavi horizonti are some of the other beaches on the Lustica peninsula.
Or drive down the beautiful adriatic coast and visit the towns of Budva, Petrovac, Sveti Stefan, Milocer, Przno, Kamenovo, Becici and swim in the beautiful azure waters.