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Dream villa with spectacular sea views, 3 bedrooms, swimming pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

This idyllic stone house dating back to the 19th century is located in an untouched landscape. Century, the perfect holiday destination for those looking for seclusion and perfect nature. The property has been carefully converted into a beautiful family-friendly house, preserving the historical heritage. The enchanting position on the hillside, in a picturesque area typical of the old Dalmatia, offers you a wonderful panoramic view of the countryside, as well as a magnificent view of the sea and the islands.

The interior, a blend of modern and antique, creates a warm and inviting impression. The property consists of two connected buildings with three bedrooms with their own bathrooms. In addition to the modern kitchen and the living area, this cozy house also has a well-equipped, archaic-looking summer kitchen, which opens onto the terrace where you can enjoy your morning coffee without the other. Furthermore, this kitchen and the terrace offer the perfect retreat from the noon.

The comfort of a contemporary holiday home also offers a swimming pool, an outdoor shower and a barbecue. Here you can spend the days at the pool or with a good book in the shade.

If you are looking for some variety for the activities around the house, you can go hiking in the surrounding hills and mountains or cycling. Bicycles can be used free of charge by guests and can be found in the garage of the house. In a five minute drive you will find a beautiful pebbly beach or one of the charming neighboring villages, where you can find shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

This peaceful oasis in the old village of Zaostrog is a great starting point for excursions as it is located halfway between Split and Dubrovnik. You will need 90 minutes to both cities, as well as to the Hvar or Pelješac islands, where you can be pampered in one of the famous local wineries.

The Villa Mara is the ideal house for a holiday with friends or family even in the early summer as well as in the late summer.

More Details

Matko Barbaric
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, German, Italian, Croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Zaostrog in Municipality of Gradac

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Dream villa with spectacular sea views, 3 bedrooms, swimming pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week here in Villa Mara. The house is lovely; mixing old world charm with all the modern facilities. The location is fab, as you have easy access to the sea but you are up in the hills, where is is quiet and with a beautiful view. Also Matko was extremely helpful. It was a great stay, very relaxing, and we would highly recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing from start to finish

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 amazing weeks at Matko's beautiful villa in September and it was fabulous. The location, a mile or so up a winding road into the woods, is so peaceful and the views stunning from every angle. The villa itself is beautiful, modern, stylish and tastefully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need. Matko himself is the most helpful and attentive host you could wish for and couldn't do enough for us, without being in any way intrusive.The bread and basket of vegetables he left for us were a lovely touch. He even organised us a table in a restaurant in the village on our arrival late at night and the minute we arrived, we knew we were in heaven. Everything is spotlessly clean and we had more clean towels, beach towels and sheets that we could possibly use. The village is very pretty as are the many others around this area and we found Croatia absolutely stunning along the whole coastline, as well as in land around the rivers and lakes. Out of all of the villa's around Europe that we have stayed in, this is my absolute favourite. We were so sad to leave and will definitely come again. Have already recommended it to many friends. Thanks Matko, you have done a great job.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mara is stunning both inside and outside. Its wonderful location is peaceful and the views are breathtaking. It was hard to decide which way to look from the pool area; down the valley to Zaostrog, the sea and her islands or to the majestic mountains around the house. Both are fantastically inspiring. The old village is quiet and with just a few families living there so we didn't feel on our own but had complete privacy. It also has a natural spring just a hundred metres along the road and the water is sweet and cool. The house itself has been renovated with great care and attention to detail. Nothing had been forgotten to make our stay comfortable and easy. Everything in the house was finished tastefully and to a high standard with air conditioning in every room. It was just a short car journey to the beach where the owner Matko miraculously provided us with a parking space a few steps from the sea. Just one of many thoughtful things he did for us. Matko couldn't have been more generous and helpful; from fresh fish for our supper, to organising an 18th birthday cake for our son, to finding a boat to explore the coast for an afternoon, to advice on restaurants and activities, we were incredibly well looked after. Thank you Matko for it all and we wish you all the success that you deserve with this wonderful house. Hopefully one day we will be able to return- we would absolutely love to!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful villa, hosted by a great owner

  • 5 of 5

We travelled with 2 teenage boys (14 &17) in July 2017 looking for a mix of lazing by the pool and lazing by the sea! We were taken in by the photos but didn’t really believe the villa could be that nice: how wrong we were. The house is everything it promised to be and more besides.

From the beautiful décor to the provision of every single thing anyone could need to enjoy their stay, Matko’s villa exceeds all expectations. More like a mini hotel in its quality we settled in within minutes and were heartbroken when we had to leave.

The attention to detail was brought home when Matko mentioned on arrival that one of the sun umbrellas was broken and that he’d bring a new one the next day. Not only was he there as promised (calling first to check we were OK for him to visit) but, unable to find a new one to match the old, he bought two and replaced both.

Set at the foot of the most amazing cliffs in the bowl of the most stunning mountain this is easily the best villa we’ve used and would recommend it and Matko to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Place to Unwind

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect holiday in which to unwind then look no further than this incredible stylish retreat with its stunning views.

With no detail overlooked - from barbecue coals to mountain bikes - owner Matko's exceptional taste and standards are displayed throughout this hillside villa.

We spent our days relaxing around the pool and wandering up to collect mountain spring water from the old village of Zaostrog, before heading down to the coast to swim in the beautiful clear Adriatic waters.

In the evenings we tended to stay and cook in the villa before settling down to catch a film on Netflix, play cards or sit out by the pool with a drink. But on a few occasions we did venture out to eat; the best being Galeb, a recommendation from Matko (who kindly drove us there).

For us, this wonderful villa offered the ultimate setting in which to enjoy some quality family time and served as a base from which to explore the area and experience the warmth of the Croatian people (and the local donkey).

Ultimately, we only encountered one problem: leaving this stunning house behind when our time had come to an end.

An absolute gem.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Matko's gorgeous house. Tastefully decorated, and very well equipped, it had everything we needed for a relaxing holiday.

Our two teenagers were happy to hang around in the pool, while the adults took the short drive down to Zaostrog for an afternoon dip in the warm, clear sea. Matko was the perfect host, arranging a vegetable basket and fresh bread delivery from a local family, and even delivering us a beautiful dinner from a nearby restaurant. Between swallows dipping in the pool, and a visiting donkey during the day, and a sky full of stars and bats at night, we were in heaven. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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