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Illyria - a beautiful fisherman's cottage just 3 meters from sea

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6-8 people


Illyria is a very old Dalmation fisherman's cottage which has been restored sympathetically to retain the authenticity of the property. Locally quarried Brac stone is used throughout to give the property a cool and serene feel. The property is set over 3 floors with 2 of the three bedrooms enjoying breathtaking and uninterrupted views across the Adriatic Sea. The property comes with 2 bathrooms both equipped with power showers. Illyria is fully air conditioned throughout and satellite TV is available.

The property has a large terrace with BBQ - you can fish from the terrace and then pop your catch right on your own fire. There is a mooring post, situated in front of the property making it suitable for those with a boat or small yacht. Illyria is within a short walk of the local amenities including the many fine restaurants and pubs of Postira and the immediate vicinity. Guests may use the gym, spa (incl. manicurist) and sauna/solarium/internet facilities of a nearby hotel for a small charge.

The island of Brac is only a 45 min ferry journey from Split which is directly served by an international airport. In the summer months, ferry departures from Split are very frequent i.e. every hour approx. Flights to Zadar (one and half hours drive from Split) and Dubrovnik (3 hours drive from Split) would also be suitable as would flights to Bol on the island of Brac..

Illyria was recently featured in the U.K. Channel 4 programme "Homes by the Med" - https://vimeo.com/205875693, enter code "med13" scroll to 12m35s and enjoy the coverage.

To view more photos see www.facebook.com/illyriapostira

We are associated with an excellent local tour operator, Gecko tours, based in Split and offering day tours and activities for all interest groups across Dalmatia. Gecko tours are also able to arrange a private pick up from Split airport (or Zadar airport) and drop off at the port-side at Split - they can also pre-buy your ferry tickets to save you the hassle. We have negotiated a discount off all local tours (bespoke or advertised) provided by Gecko tours for Illyria guests - well worth considering during your stay at Illyria. Gecko tours can also arrange a private 12 seat speedboat transfer from a jetty just 800m from the airport entrance directly to Postira harbour (only 400m from our house) which is a very exciting and quick, a rather James Bond way of arriving. Please just let us know if you're interested and we'll arrange the rest.

We also own and manage another prime site property, nestled in the heart of Diocletian's palace in Split(see HomeAway listing 1300888).This 120 metre, luxury, 1st floor apartment with its own private terrace (a rarity in Diocletian's palace) is simply stunning and its many guest reviews reflect this. It was recently fully renovated and is now available for rental. If a two-stop Dalmatian holiday is something you are interested in i.e. min 3 days in bustling Split city and it's great restaurants and shops coupled with a min 4 day stay on the island (only 40 mins away) with its great swimming and pure relaxation please let us know and we may be able to arrange it ...

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Steven Robinson
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Dutch
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Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Steven Robinson

We are a British family who first fell in love with the beauty of Croatia in 2004. We bought this ruin of a fisherman's cottage because of its wonderful location right on the Adriatic sea. It has been a wonderful holiday destination for our family as well as the countless visitors we've hosted each year.

Why Steven Robinson chose Postira

This property really does offer visitors the best a seaside holiday has to offer. It's perfectly located right on the water's edge. The Adriatic is wonderful for swimming with water temperatures at about 24 - 28 degrees Celsius in peak season. The cottage is located in a working fishing village environment where most inhabitants live directly from the land or sea

What makes this cottage unique

We are now able to offer guests a two stop holiday experience, with a fisherman's cottage on Brac and a luxurious inner city apartment ( sleeping ) in the heart of the roman Diocletian's palace in Split, see property no. 1300888. Also, in 2015 and in partnership with some very enthusiastic locals we set up Gecko Tours, based in Split, to showcase all that is very best about Dalmatia to offer guests a truly authentic view of the area and its culture. Guests of Illyria will be offered discounts on certain tours, so please ask.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on Postira on Municipality of Postira

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , twin
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • 2 doubles, 1 twin. All bedrooms are fully air conditioned.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The property has an IPOD docking station as well as CD player/radio.


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Illyria - a beautiful fisherman's cottage just 3 meters from sea
average rating of 4.883721 based on 43 reviews

Incredible spot with the sea outside the back door.

  • 4 of 5

Illyria Cottage is a characterful haven. We had some stormy weather during our stay and it was exciting to have the waves breaking a few metres away from the dining table. When it was sunny and calm we had pre-breakfast swims in the incredibly clear water just outside the back door. Postira is a wonderful place to stay on the island as it's not quite as touristy as some of the other towns. It has amenities and lovely walks to breathtakingly beautiful swimming spots around the coast. Being out of season quite a few restaurants were shut but we enjoyed self-catering in the cottage.

I would suggest hiring a car as there's lots to explore on the island.

The cottage had everything we needed and worked well for two adults and two older children.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Illyria, particularly in late October when the weather is sometimes changeable but the scenery around you continues to captivate ... Regards. Steven
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Unbelievable setting in a quiet town

  • 5 of 5

Postira is a perfect town to avoid the crowds of tourists, and the Illyria house makes you feel right at home. The sea is right in your backyard, and restaurants, supermarkets, other beaches are within 5-10 minutes walk. The house is basic but has everything you need-- you'll find yourself on the back patio the majority of the time :) The owner and property manager were both extremely receptive. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review Katrina - I'm so glad you had a great time and that the sun shone on you at our house in Postira!! Regards. Steven
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Fabulously located and characterful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a wonderful 12 days in Illyria.

We adored hanging out on the sea terrace stirring only for the occasional dip or to do a spot of fishing off the rocks.

The cottage is simple but had everything we needed and plenty of space for five adults. Enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace was the highlight of the holiday.

Postira is a lovely authentic village which, even in August, was blissfully quiet. There are a handful of lovely restaurants and more bars all serving excellent and inexpensive food and drink.

When we ventured further afield we discovered the beautiful and ancient village of Dol, the wonderfully picturesque Pucisca and the bustling and busy resort of Bol. All were worth a visit.

We rented a boat and a skipper from Postira and crossed to Omis with its magnificent gorge and ancient castle. After an excellent lunch at sea we took in some gorgeous deserted coves where we swam off the boat.

This is undoubtedly the best located cottage we've ever stayed in and we are feeling thoroughly relaxed and sun-kissed as we head back to English autumn.

Thanks to Ivan and Marina for the welcome and recommendations.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lynda. I'm so glad you had a great time in Postira. We too are now afflicted by the UK autumn ... long may the Brac sun kiss and state of relaxation remain!!! Regards Steven
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully situated house with everything we could possibly want. Ivan and Marina were really helpful and the house was clean and well cared for. Swimming from the back terrace was wonderful with amazing snorkelling opportunities and welcome shade on the terrace in the afternoon.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Faye for your kind review and so glad you all enjoyed the snorkelling etc. Regards. Steven
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four ( two adults and two teenagers) who stayed at Illyria for 6 nights. If only it were longer! Illyria and the town of Postira combine to make quite simply the perfect getaway . The cottage has a unique setting being so close to the sea, with a stunning view over to the mainland. The vista was always different and always interesting - watching the daily activity on the water - and as a result we struggled to leave the terrace. The cottage itself was perfectly situated - a two minute walk to a well stocked small supermarket ( great bread at 7 am!) and a ten minute walk into Postira, a really pretty harbour town with a selection of restaurants, cafes, bars etc. We hired both bikes and a boat for the day from Postira and explored neighbouring areas. We bought beautiful meat from the butcher in town to barbecue and took a taxi to the restaurant in Dol for a traditional meal of Peka. Illyria has been renovated simply but beautifully , Steven and Thea as owners were always in the background should we need anything and the local property managers Ivan and Marina , warm, welcoming, friendly and informative. Without question we will return to Illyria and the beautiful town of Postira. Thank you to Steven and Thea for giving us the opportunity to stay at their beautiful fisheman's cottage. We would recommend it without hesitation !

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jo, what happened to you on the way to Postira? I suspect a call in at cafe Bracera for a glass of something but merely supposition on my part as I can do it in 5 mins sans a call in there. Still, time well spent if you did and thanks so much for this wonderful review - you were all truly amazing guests at both our properties and a real pleasure for us and you would be welcome back anytime the mood takes you!! All the best. Steven
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay for one week in this paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it Cecilie - nice to have had you to stay. All the best. Steven
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Split (or Zadar)
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Supetar, Brac
Car: recommended

The property is situated in Postira, Island of Brac - a beautiful and unspoilt fishing village on the Island of Brac. The Island of Brac is just a 45 min ferry boat journey from Split centre - ferries/car ferries are frequent in summer, approx every hour.

The village of Postira enjoys 5+restaurants and a number of bars all of which thrive in the summer months though are never loud or noisy. Fresh caught fish can be bought from the fishing boats in the morning.

Postira is a good base from which to explore the rest of Brac and the other Dalmatian Islands. Brac enjoys many secluded beaches including the beautiful sandy beach of Lovrecina, just over 2km from IIlyria.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on Postira, Dalmatian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Medium
27 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Medium
2 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
21 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Medium
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Medium High
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
21 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

In season we generally ask for a minimum stay of 7 days. Prices based on 6 people sharing. Each extra person above 6 people is charged at £50 per week. A security deposit of Euro300 is required by the landlord's agent on arrival and before occupation and is returned on departure. All bookings are confirmed by a deposit of 50% of the full amount due with the remainder paid 6 weeks before occupation. Croatia charges a nominal tourist tax for all tourists.

Owner'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.
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