Cottage - 1 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Phil and I are two Brits who settled in Istria in early 2005. Having left the UK in the early 80s to take up jobs in The Netherlands and then Belgium, we ended up running our own small marketing communications agency in Antwerp. After many years beavering frenetically in the corporate jungle, we came to Istria for a more relaxed, outdoor lifestyle: to live somewhere we could have outdoor sofas, lunch on the terrace and an afternoon swim. We live in the main house at the other end of the garden with our 2 cats (Baggy & Tally). As well as running my small rental business, I also write/run Live Istria - the website for everyone interested in Istria or living in the sun - and when I have time, I love to garden.
Owner purchased this House in 2005
Why Owner chose Poreč
We built the Little House for visiting family and friends, but when it is empty we are delighted to welcome other guests.
What makes this House unique
Over the years we’ve stayed in a lot of self-catering places and we wanted to make the Little House somewhere we would want to stay. Somewhere cosy and comfortable, where everything has been thought of. The sort of place we’d want to come back to time and again. Probably the Little House's biggest selling point is the pool - it is huge and I think unique for a one bedroom cottage. While you share it with us, you usually have it all to yourselves (we unfortunately are usually too busy to lie by the pool:)). Many people also say the garden's very special (you'll often find me beavering away somewhere in it), as is the peace and quiet. Having us on site might, or might not be, seen as a 'unique benefit'. However you view it, our aim is to give you the amount of privacy you require. We're on-hand if you have questions or advice, if not we'll leave you in peace to enjoy your holiday.
Smoking allowed outside
Children not allowed
Preferred arrival day is NOT Sunday as it is our one day off
For Cancellation Terms, please refer to the Owner's Rental Agreement
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Peaceful Cottage with Beautiful Gardens
We have just returned from a fantastic stay at 'The Little House', a brilliant base to see the sights of Istria. The cottage was perfect for the two of us, it had everything we needed and was set in their stunning gardens. The pool is a great area to relax in after a days sightseeing. Nicky and Phil are excellent hosts and always on hand for advice on the area, nothing is too much trouble for them even rescuing us after we got lost on the way to them !
Located in the hamlet of Matulini, the Little House is perfectly situated for enjoying the peace of the Istrian countryside, whilst offering easy access to the coast, tourist attractions and restaurants. Our hosts, Nicky and Phil, have thought of pretty much everything to ensure guests want for nothing during their stay, provided a welcome pack if you hadn't managed to stop off at the supermarket enroute and were always on hand to give tips and advice if needed. The beautiful gardens and the pool were always lovely to come back to at the end of a day's sightseeing in Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad, Vsrar, Motovun or Groznjan. Highly recommended!
A hidden gem of tranquility
Set in the countryside - a haven of rest after enjoying A busy day site seeing.
The villa is well equipped, has a good kitchen - essential for us! , comfortable bed & sitting area.
Access to a washing machine was excellent - a must for us as we had been travelling for some weeks.
Nicky even volunteered to hang our washing out for us - allowing us to go out exploring .
2 personal garden siting areas outside the villa allow for sun or shade - whatever suits.
To enjoy an evening swim in the lovely pool was an added bonus after a day of sightseeing.
Our hosts Nicky & Phil did everything to make us feel welcome & relaxed. The whole garden has been well planned to allow both owners & guests to enjoy their own privacy & spaces.
A car is essential in this location to allow access to Porec & local areas.
Lots of maps & information provided to allow you to explore the areas.
Perfect getaway for couple
Exactly what it says on the tin! Perfect little cottage at the bottom of Nicky and Phil's garden with everything needed to make it a home from home. Welcome pack was ideal and more than expected so no need to panic about finding a supermarket before arriving - we had bread, jam, wine, beer, tea, coffee and milk and the kitchen drawers contained matches, cling film and foil etc. There was even a bag of charcoal for the BBQ. The pool was beautifully warm and big enough to feel like you were actually getting some exercise when swimming lengths. If you desire complete privacy you may feel you are too close to the owners house but Nicky and Phil were great at giving advice on where to go, even arranging tickets for us to see Status Quo at the Pula Amphitheatre, and there is a lovely private terrace at the back of the property which catches the afternoon/evening sun. Parking is in secure, gated driveway and there is more than enough to do in the area so would happily have stayed for two weeks. Great file of information on the area as well so you will never be stuck for ideas. Enjoy! We did!
As good as it looks
This property is every bit as lovely as described....it certainly surpassed our expectations.
It is very well maintained & has everything needed for a self catering holiday.....although there are restaurants within an easy 10 min.drive.
A car is essential. The area has many interesting sights & Nicky is very knowledgeable & willing to give advice.....the house has a very good folder with lots of suggestions of places to visit & things to do.She is also on hand & willing to give advice & help,if needed
Would recommend this house to anyone who wants a very relaxing ,peaceful holiday,enjoys swimming (pool really good) likes cats & appreciates a lovely garden.
Seriously thinking we'll return.....lots more to do & see in this lovely part of Croatia or maybe we will just sit in the garden & enjoy the peace!!!!
Helen & Kim Rockall
A really good find
Nicky and Phil, our genial hosts, have struck a perfect balance between being there when needed but giving us privacy at other times. The property was clean and included all the little things that many properties we have used have lacked e.g. charcoal for the bbq and the essentials in a welcome pack. The pool is the star, however, it is larger than most, has very few chemicals and was warm.
Lying on the edge of Matulini, a tiny village of 20 houses, the cottage is surrounded by woodland and old vineyards. It is reached down a rural lane which circles the village and goes out the way it came. Quiet and rural, this peaceful location is only 10 minutes drive from Porec with its numerous restaurants and beaches. Located close to the new north-south main road and the east-west, Porec-Pazin road it is also ideally situated for sightseeing and house hunting across the whole of Istria. Basic shops are only a few minutes drive away (3-5 km) and there is a large supermarket in Porec. There are many good restaurants in the area. Nearest is a rural, rustic affair at junction with main road.
Please note the Google map is not completely accurate. The road to the village is a no-through road which simply loops round the village.