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We had a most wonderful welcome from our hosts, and were presented with a platter of regional meat, cheese and bread, a bottle of red and white local wine and some fresh figs from their garden! There was chilled bottled water too. Any time we contacted the hosts we got an immediate and helpful reply.
The property is a newly renovated villa situated in a small farming village.The property comprises of 3 double bedrooms (one with a small balcony that overlooks the parking area) and a compact living area/kitchenette.The accommodation is all on the on the first floor. On the same floor there is a shower room with toilet and washing machine, and a second small toilet adjacent to this. There is a large balcony off the living area (overlooking the pool) with a table that seats 6.The garage on the ground floor houses the table tennis table (2 bats, 1 ball provided) and the table football.There is an air conditioning unit in the living area, and a fan is also available. There is no access to the top floor of the property.
The kitchenette has an oven, gas hob, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and dishwasher. There is crockery for 6 people and a dining table that seats 6. Basics such as kitchen towel, dishwasher tablets, cleaning materials, loo roll and pantry items were in plentiful supply. The internet was reliable for checking emails and web surfing.
The outdoor space is outstanding with a fire/barbecue that we used many times, both as a fire and barbecue. Logs were supplied. The unheated pool is a great size with Roman steps. The swifts kept us amused with their pool cleaning! The pool was also regularly and thoroughly cleaned by the hosts.
The property was clean, and spare sheets are supplied if you want to change your sheets weekly. Bath/hand towels were provided and it was no problem washing them and drying them in the sunshine. Pool towels are not supplied, nor is there an iron/ironing board available.
The nearest town is Benkovac which is about 15 mins drive.There is a Plodine supermarket there that is open every day until late. For an amazing and cheap dinner in Benkovac, visit Pizzeria Pape - we visited twice during our fortnight's stay!
We flew into Split airport (1hr 10mins drive). The property's location allowed us to visit Zadar, Split, Pag, Krka NP, Plitvice NP, Šibenik, Biograd, Trogir, Kornati island boat trip, Klis fortress, Omis, Benkovac and its castle as well as fitting in some pool days.
A car is essential.
From the exceptionally warm welcome in the very early hours of the morning due to our flight being delayed to the moment that we left the hospitality and care from the family was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always on hand with a smile for anything we needed, yet never once encroached on our privacy in our beautifully self contained apartment. It was fully equipped with everything we needed and spotlessly clean. Ample storage and living space, the star of the show was the stunning shady terrace covered in a mature grape vine overlooking the bay, a view that it would be impossible to tire of. The terrace furniture was of a high quality making it our favoured spot of the stay as we both ate and relaxed there for many hours. The garden was full of herbs and trees and was the only thing separating us from our early morning walk to the beach. A short stroll along the beach took us into the beautiful historic town of Pirovac with lovely restaurants ant boats to hire, both of which we took advantage of. For early birds, it is a lot of fun to catch the fish market at 7am and we enjoyed cooking the most delicious freshly caught fish back at Fortuna House. We came to Pirovac for an event and had very little idea what to expect but we found a little oasis where we have created many many happy memories that we will certainly return to.