Villa Stari Mlin is a 400 year-old Montenegrin heritage property fully restored and modernised to provide all the comforts of 21st century living, while retaining all the charm of its long history. In a recent feature it was included in the top 5 villas in Montenegro.
Located high up on the Lustica peninsular, the villa has dramatic, 180-degree views of the Bay of Kotor and the twin massifs of the Orjen and Lovcen mountains, and is nestled on a peaceful hillside surrounded by olive groves, small stone hamlets and fishing villages.
The house has 5 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, each individually decorated with a combination of English and continental antique and contemporary furniture. There is a large sitting room with comfortable sofas and a wood burning stove, a spacious, fully modernised kitchen-dining room comfortably seating 12, and a sizeable first floor veranda for outdoor dining, with stunning views onto the rural landscape and the sea and mountains beyond. The housekeeper comes to the house every day to make beds, tidy and clean for a few hours. The terraced garden, which is planted with typical Mediterranean plants, herbs and trees, includes a 10-metre infinity pool, a large stone-paved sun terrace and a shady pergola made from parts of the original wooden olive press that was in use until less than twenty years ago. The pergola also includes a summer kitchen with fridge and barbecue.
For those who would like it as an extra (either for an overflow of guests or for staff), there is also a self-contained cottage with two further king-size bedrooms, a large reception room, and its own kitchen and bathroom, as well as a private outdoor dining area shaded by vines. Photos of the annex (which costs an extra 15% on the full rental price) can be made available on request. Do not worry, we do not rent out the cottage separately to the main house, so it will be empty if you do not wish to add it to your rental.
Guests will not want to leave this stunning hillside sanctuary; but should they want to, the medieval UNESCO-protected seaside fortress town of Kotor, the idyllic Venetian republic maritime towns of Rose and Perast and the glitz of Porto Montenegro, Europe’s largest super-yacht marina, with its clubs, boutiques, spas and restaurants, are all a short drive away. The house is well-served by local restaurants serving fresh local fish and seafood and supermarkets, and there are several beaches within a 15 minute drive.
Easy Jet flies to Tivat airport (25 mins) on Mondays and Thursday, and Ryan Air flies to Podgorica (1 hr 40 mins) on Sundays and Wednesdays. There are multiple flights to Dubrovnik (3 hrs), and many guests spend the first day/night of their holiday there and drive down the following day.
The villa is a perfect get away location in the autumn-winter "off season", with a wood-burning stove, a well stocked wood-shed, first-class bedding/soft furnishings shipped from London, and a variety of mountain walks/hiking nearby (as well as skiing in the mountains to the north).
What it’s Got:
• Sleeps 10
• 5 Bedrooms
• 6 Bathrooms
• Parking area
• Large private garden
• 10 metre private swimming pool
• 5 large outdoor seating areas
• Wood-burning stove
• Pets welcome
• Wireless internet
• Satellite TV
• DVD player
• Dish washer
• Washing machine
• Coffee machine
• Tumble dryer
• Towels provided
• Linens provided
• Daily maid service