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We stayed at Villa Celenca for eleven nights in September. The owners welcomed us warmly and were attentive to every need we had. The house is lovingly cared for with lots of fruit growing in the gardens plus the owners make their own wine from their grapes and generously gave us a bottle which was indeed delicious. The apartment was outstandingly clean and comfortable. Air-conditioning was very welcome as the weather was around 27 to 29 degrees every day. Bed linen and towels are provided. There is a fridge, hob, kettle, pans and utensils plus a mop, brush and dustpan. Guests should bring, or purchase when there, their own pool towels, toiletries, including hand soap, shower gels, shampoos plus kitchen necessities such as washing up liquid.
The apartment is in a quiet location with five restaurants/bars in the vicinity. The nearest is ‘Rosa Bianca’ which provided excellent Italian food at a very reasonable price. ‘Bógó’ restaurant, overlooking the inlet, is about a ten minute walk away. This is a little more expensive but worth it. The menu is varied; we can recommend the fresh fish, tuna and the beef. There are two pizza restaurants in the village of Mokosica (above the apartment) which are basic but good for the money, plus a bar which serves a limited menu down by the sea edge just a little further to the right as you leave the house. There are a few small supermarkets around the area plus bakeries where you can buy freshly baked warm bread in the morning.
The bus stops across the road. The journey into Dubrovnik centre takes between twenty to thirty minutes depending on how busy it is. All journeys cost 15 kunas if purchased on the bus, or 12 kunas if purchased from a ticket kiosk - these can be found at various places, the main ones being the bus station and Pile Gate stops.
The apartment has a stunning view of the inlet where you can watch the ships and yachts come and go whilst sitting on on the large balcony. The pool area was superb for relaxing and enjoying a swim in beautiful surroundings.
The owners are warm and welcoming and are available to help whenever needed but are careful not to intrude. They made our stay extremely enjoyable and we hope to visit again very soon.
My husband and I (mid 50's) travelled with my mother (fit 79 year old) for our very first holiday to Croatia. The aim of our holiday was to relax, visit some of Dubrovnik's historic sites and beautiful coastline and islands .
We booked Villa Celenca for 2 weeks because of the great reviews, location and the wonderful photographs which truly represent the accommodation and surroundings. We wanted to be near to Dubrovnik rather than in the city centre so good public transport was essential as we did not want to hire a car.
Our hosts Milo and Anja live in the ground floor apartment and were extremely attentive and thoughtful throughout our stay. They arranged our private taxi transfer from the airport to the accommodation and greeted us on arrival with a refreshing drink. We had the upper apartment which was perfect for us. 2 large bedrooms with storage space including a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, very comfortable beds; large shower room with toilet, sink and loads of storage space with plenty fresh towels; fully fitted kitchen with cooker, dishwasher and fridge freezer; large open plan lounge and dining area with a beautiful view over the estuary towards the Franjo Tudman suspension bridge. 3 air conditioning units kept the apartment comfortably cool. There is a laundry room on the ground floor which guests can use for a small charge.
The garden is maintained beautifully and is laden with fruit trees including orange, mandarin, pomegranate, grape vines and flowers. Vegetables are grown to the rear of the property and Milo has another plot of land elsewhere where he grows all sorts of vegetables. Similarly the pool area is spotlessly clean and is maintained in excellent condition. There is an outdoor hot/cold shower to use prior to swimming.
Milo and Anja invited us to join them for a glass of delicious homemade red wine one evening and we regularly enjoyed fresh grapes from the garden. Our hosts paid particular attention to my mother and made her feel like an extra-special visitor throughout our holiday.
Although there are a number of apartments locally, one of the best things about Villa Celenca was that the area was not touristy or tacky. The nearest restaurant, Rosa Bianca is 100m away and served great food at a sensible price. The Vapor Bar/Cafe is on the waterside and quickly became our 'local'. Local shops provided all we needed within easy walking distance or a short bus ride.
Thank you Milo and Anja for a truly wonderful holiday xxx