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Magical Istria - your peaceful shelter with Private Pool - Secluded & Away From It All

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 3 bathroom Villa with Private Pool, 5000 m2 property - Sport courts

The magical and completly new cottage villa Bird’s heaven is secluded and situated in the heart of an ornithological park, just 9 km from Rovinj, the pearl of beautiful Istria. The inside as well as the outside is full of charming details. Here you can read, relax, enjoy the bird’s singing and admire life!

The location itself is unique: not only is the beach just 10 minutes of walk away, and the most famous Istrian city Rovinj 10 km, but you live in an serene Oasis of Nature: since this is a protected ornithological park, no construction is allowed, just some small shepherd shelters pop up here and there from the old times (one of those was transformed into this charming. cottage villa with pool!), so you won’t hear or see any neighbor several kilometers around. This is what nowadays is considered luxury.

One Italian doctor sold his private office in Milan and escaped to this land here, moved into a small shepherded house, which he renovated and turned into his cottage home. He now raises sheep and goats and cultivates olive and wine grooves. You can buy an excellent home-made sheep and goats cheese, fantastic olive oil and wine from him, he is just a couple of kilometers away.

When you walk the macadam road towards the beach, you will reach the sea and wonderful pebble beach. Those seeking more adventure can turn left and enter the camping place with its numerous activities, the others can stay on the right side and enjoy the peace and tranquility of their own small pebble bay.

Nested in a Oasis of Nature - National Park Palud - tis beautiful rural Villa with huge property of 5.000 m2 is just 9 km from the most romantic Renaissance town of Rovinj (with a stunning medieval church on top of the old town) and 1,3 km from the Adriatic coast with long pebble beaches.

This rustical cottage Villa is 100% ecological: it has its own solar system generating power, genuine water source on the property and is absolutely independent from the city infrastructure.

Since the solar power is not the same as normal city electricity, there is no water boiler, toaster or coffee machine (but there is a nice italian cafetiera for making coffee).

There is a dishwasher, hairdryer and an air-conditioning unit in the living room, which has a daily limited time of functioning.

There are also fans in the villa, which can be used unlimited during the day.

Upon arrival the guests receive instructions regarding the villa, sports equipment, information on the best restaurants, excursions and also where they can buy local olive oil and wine.

Give yourself up to the magic of stars breathing the purest air in Europe

Spoil yourself filling your batteries at 5000 m2 of perfect oasis under the Croatian sky. Surrounded by natural beauty, moments spent in this artistic villa will last much more after your vacation.

Let your body and mind rejuvenate!

Staying at this place where time seems to stand still, among the green Istrian countryside, chaos and haste of everyday life will become distant memories.

There are private sport courts like badminton court, beach-volleyball court, small football court, basketball court and table tennis, so you can luxuriate in your personal oasis and all of your tensions and stresses will melt away.

A place of timeless elegance...

This unique holiday home is made out of ecological wood, stones and absolutely no chemical glues whatsoever. It has been decorated with unique artistic paintings and decoration details. Besides the artistic touch, the villa is equipped for the maximum comfort of a modern holiday maker, making it a true “home away from home”.

Rediscover peace and harmony

The location of the Spanidiga - Palud Natural Park provides shelter from busy summer days in Istria. Complete peacefulness, green forests, warm summer night with shining stars near the romantically lighted pool feel almost surreal.

Many families with children come here to explore the Istrian countryside and tourist attraction, but get so seduced by the peace and relaxation they hardly leave the property at all…

A fully serviced unique villa for special people

It would suit people who want a completely different holiday, dislike commercialization and enjoy really good food and wine. They may also have an interest in history (lots of naval history), sailing, diving (Greek and Roman wrecks), vineyards, ecology and incredible ice-cream.

No need to get in a car and drive miles for your bread in the morning. A bakery and small grocery store are just a few minutes' with a bike away in a nearby Camp San Polo, while a fish market and fruit/veg market are in Rovinj town, 9 km away.

You can just order everything to your host and have it delivered directly to your summer home.

Other Activities: eco-tours of the agriculture

Ideal for family activities, romantic getaways, complete privacy and relaxation.

A covered terrace with a barbecue provides the perfect dining area by the pool and garden. The interior is spacious and has been stylishly designed, combining modern furniture with natural materials. Special attention was given to details The villa is available from June until end of September.

An exclusive cook hire service is available.

This is really spacious house, fully equipped and very comfortable for up to 8 persons.

Its main characteristics are:

- 2 bedrooms (one with double bed and the other one with one double bed and one single bed) accommodate 5 persons

- 3 bathrooms

- Gallery with 4 mattresses

- Kitchen with kitchen utensils, cutlery, dish washer, refrigerator, stove, coffee Maker,

- Spacious terrace on both floors with table and chairs, sunshade, deck-chairs

- Dining room with table and chairs

- Living room with sleeping couch for 2 people

- Free Wi-Fi internet access, SAT TV, Air conditioning (which has a limited time of use), Baby cot-on request, Towels, Linen, Changing towels, Changing linen

- Outdoor facilities: Barbecue, private car parking, Swimming pool, Garden, Outdoor shower

- Private sports Courts: Badminton, small football, beach volleyball, basketball, table tennis

Mysterious Istrian legends

Istrian legends, smells and tastes all create a romantic atmosphere. The old legend of Istrian Terra Magica included a very rich Italian family named Bonassini, who had their main residence in this small village, now almost deserted, with only 1 inhabitant, who is at the same time a village’s mayor.

The family Bonassini suddenly died very mysteriously after the second world war, and many inhabitants from villages around it were very sad about it, since the rich family always helped poor inhabitants with food and other support, when times were tough. They even built the stone oven in the middle of their residence (renovated with love and in use again !), where they baked the bread for people in trouble from all the villages around Bonassini’s residence.

After they mysteriously died, the local people decided to create a special micro small village in dear memory of the greatness of this Italian family. Only 5 houses remained in the village, 4 of them being just a summer residence and 1 being constantly inhabited (the mayor). Now additional 6 villas emerged in this little village, one of which is presented here.

More Details

Property Manager
Tanja Gutenmorgen
Speaks English, French, German, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

About Tanja Gutenmorgen

The owners of this ECO is a family of and entrepreneur and an artist with their son and dog Rim. They all have in common an incredible passion and love for Istria.

They set their mind to create a really authentic Croatian villa holiday experience, where the guests (as well as themselves and their friends!) would enjoy the peaceful surroundings, authentic organic materials, beauty of design and a harmony with the nature.

This Eco Villa Bird's Heaven is made with lots of love and passion. Villa is a unique representation of timeless elegance and a glorious project of a team of designers under the guidance of female artist.

Her love for unique, special details and natural materials can be seen in ecologically treated wood materials, special lightning and delightful artistic design.

She loves beautiful things. She didn't want her six villas to be just another villa rental - but something special and unique.

Tanja Gutenmorgen purchased this villa in 2013

Why Tanja Gutenmorgen chose Rovinj

Both owners have spent their holidays in Istria since childhood. They instantly felt the special energy and peacefulness of the Natural Park Palud.

Barbara, interior designer and artist, created beautiful decorations, pictures and lighting in the villa, as well as garden and all villa materials. She too fell in love with the peacefulness of the place and she poured her passion for art and creation into this beautiful rural villa.

What makes this villa unique

- Ecological woods

- no chemical glues

- perfectly peaceful surroundings due to 5000 m2 property

- nature all around the villa

- fully serviced upon request

- ecological and self-sustainable (solar power, own water source)

It is the smell of the lavender, rosemary and other herbs all around the Park.... The peacefulness of the air, the feeling, that the time has stopped, and a glass of the finest istrian wine accompanying the day turning into the night...


- first beach: 1,3 km away (with car) or 1 km by foot

- second beach (another beautiful pebble bay): 2,2 km with car and 1,6 km by foot (throug a little forest)

- first restaurant (local agro-toursim Arco): 1, 2 km

- second restaurant (tavern Moufardin): 1, 8 km

- cafe, bars, fruit shop, bakery: 1,3 km on the beach near camping place

- Rovinj old town (the most romantic town in Istria!): 9 km


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rovinj in Općina Rovinj

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom
    Gallery with mattresses - 4 Single Bed , Gallery with mattresses on the floor
  • All bedrooms are very large and comfortable made from organically treated wood, so barefoot walking on this special wood is a pure pleasure. Baby cot is available on request.
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Since it is a self-sustainable villa with its own electricity and water, the use of the appliances such as Air conditioning, Sat TV, dish washer and similar appliances sometimes has to be coordinated, as not all big electricity users can be run simultaneously. Here you can spend your dream vacation and at the same time not burden the environment.


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Magical Istria - your peaceful shelter with Private Pool - Secluded & Away From It All
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Unforgettable holidays in natural oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time and I can’t wait to go back to Croatia. Your judgement of selecting the Istrian Villa was excellent and we really loved the area and the nature. We’ll certainly be coming over again and will be in touch.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
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Great place with lots of outdoor space for kids

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic relaxing holiday in a beautiful villa and tranquil location. The local restaurants were excellent and local shops sell good food

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pula international airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Beach Bar San Polo
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Pula town
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Fazana Brioni golf club
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Mofardin Tavern Resturant
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Beach San Polo
Car: recommended

Little charming Natural Park Palud just 9 km from Rovinj is surrounded with pure nature: smelling pine trees, lots of different (and protected) birds, wineyards and olive grooves. It is a little peace of heaven, a little paradise, away from it all,,.a real oasis of peace and silence. Everyone needing a privacy and physical detachment from the stressful world will find his peace here.

However villa is only 15 minutes drive away from hustle & bustle of long pebble beaches, towns with museums and shopping facilities and tourist attractions.

Make sure to visit Rovinj, the cutest little Venetian town on the Istrian coast, since it shines with charm, art galleries, adorable restaurants with great food and fantastic architecture. We will give you a list of our personal favorites, only locals are aware of.

A must see is also Brioni natural park, where famous Yugoslav president Tito had his summer residence. There you will see all kinds of wild animals walking around in perfect harmony with people.

Beaches, golf, tennis, adrenaline parks, water sports and horse riding at your fingertips

Beaches on the western Istrian coast are easily accessible (within 10 minute drive), and the same distance it takes to reach romantic Rovinj and Pula, so you can still decide to create special moments with your family and indulge in:

- finest Istrian restaurants with the exquisite local and sea food cuisine are within ten to twenty minute drive

- truffles. In high truffle season experience of truffle hunting can be provided

- adventure park in Glavani, just 15 km away, is the best adventure park in Istria

- bike routs - more than 50 bike routs all over Istria can be provided upon request

- hiking routs

- delicious wine routs

- Golf experience: 20 minute drive to Fazana and then with boat to Brijuni Golf Course (if you love golf, than Brijuni golf course should definitely be your next destination. On the reconstructed 18 holes of the onetime largest golf course in Europe, you can experience the enchantment of playing amid untouched nature. This rightfully dubbed environmental friendly golf course is truly impressive!).

Great location in Central Istria

Situated in central Istria, Bonasini have great location. The principal towns of the region, Pula, Rovinj and Porec are within a 20-30 minute drive. Only 5 minutes drive away is Vodnjan, where are all facilities and direct access to the fast road to Pula and Trieste Airports are (Ryanair, FlyGlobespan, Thomson, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Tuifly, German Wings, Sterling, Wizzair and many Russian charter flights).

Pebble beaches of the Adriatic coast along with all kinds of water activities are just 10 km away.

The medieval town-monument of St. Vincent is just 8 km away. The old architecture of the town and surrounding villages is well preserved. St. Vincent and its surrounding countryside is well known not only for its historical and cultural legacy but for excellent wine and genuine Istrian cuisine.

The city of Pula with its Roman amphitheatre and Brijuni national park with a 18-hole golf course is just a 14 km away (Fazana) + boat ride. Brijuni golf course is dating from 1922 and it is one of the most fascinating in Croatia. Brijuni golf course numbers 18 green hole within 5.486m length, in a perfect tranquility with company of deer, mouflon, rabbits or peacocks and provide more then impressive atmosphere!

Must see are beautiful cities of Porec with the UNESCO World Heritage Euphrasian Basilica and Rovinj with it's art community and church of St. Euphemias.

Horse riding is available in Manjadvorci: 'Ranch barba Tone', 13 km away.

For a vivid night-life, Porec is best place in whole Istria. Great night club is Lighthouse, in Bale, 10 km.

Why is Istria region so special and why does it have the nick name “Croatian Tuscany”?

The Adriatic below the Alps is central Europe’s closest Mediterranean. This miniature heart-shaped world of magical Istria is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea. Its idyllic geographical position has perfectly arranged seasons - lush greenery springs, colorful autumns, pleasant summers and mild winters.

The dreamlike nature, almost mythical landscapes and gorgeous medieval towns of central Istria will awake within you the primeval and deep, true pleasure! Central Istria is one of the rare Mediterranean regions adorned with the quality of unspoiled natural landscapes and rich heritage.

Numerous coves and hillocks connect and divide many magic-like settlements, creating almost unreal scenery.

As you get to know Istria you will notice more and more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village alleyways with their specific architectural touches. Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, towns and people.

Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £61.87

We accept Paypal payments.

We will be available for any information throughout your vacation. Send us a text message to our mobile phone number + 386 41 806 608 and we will respond gladly.

Additional charges:
- 10 €/day baby cot
- 10 €/day pets (max 2 dogs)

•Conditions of booking:

A 30% deposit of the total rental price is required at the time of booking. A confirmation about the deposit receipt and the reservation confirmation will be emailed to you. The remaining balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival via bank transfer as well (inside the EU).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.