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17th Century Castle on Dalmatian island

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 2 bathroom with sea and vineyard views in a village

Kastel Spanič is a unique Adriatic family house located on the Croatian island of Korčula. Recently restored to its original 1674 format. The house is designed for those wishing to enjoy the more traditional island way of life of a wine growing village. With beautiful views sea and vineyards it is removed from the tourist centres of the island. The closest beach is 1.4 km away, but isolated coves are all within easy reach as are excursions to other islands and inaccessible bays.

About Us

Alexander Paine
Cara Nekretnine
Alexander Paine, 9 Lower Grove Road
TW10 6HP London
Cara Nekretnine d.o., 08273208683
Company registered in Croatia: Seat: Kaštel Španić, , 20273, Ćara, Korćula, Croatia
VAT Reg No

Alexander Paine
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Alexander Paine

I am on the left of the photo. I am British and we live in London. We spent between 2001-2014 living in Bosnia and Slovenia. We bought the house in 2005 but only finished the restoration project in 2013, since then we have been doing the interior. We have only just put the house on the market - starting rather late in June 2016. This is our first year!

I work for a large development bank in London and work a lot in Eastern Europe. We have two kids and used to have a lovely old mongrel dog from Sarajevo. My wife and I both grew up in Italy and this project is a real "once in a lifetime".

Alexander Paine purchased this villa in 2005

Why Alexander Paine chose Čara

If you are seeking a stone dalmatian house then Kastel Spanič is a classic.

We have spent the last 6 years restoring the property under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture as it is a listed building and categorised as a National Monument.

The Bishop of Korčula built Kastel Spanič in 1674. With a dominant view over the Adriatic it served the purpose of providing advance notice of any sea borne threat as well as ensuring that the inhabitants of Čara paid their dues. The original fortifications still exist and include 16 firing ports or “gun loops” and four “bartizans” at each corner of the top room looking down on to the ground. The house is one of the island’s more important historical buildings. The Spanič family crest of three roses and mailed fist holding a sword still adorns the house.

Korčula is one of three islands that dominate the southern Adriatic coast of Croatia (the other two being Hvar and Brać). It is 46 kilometres in length, with good roads connecting its two ports of Korčula and Vela Luka to the mainland hubs of Split and Dubrovnik.

Trojans, Romans, Illyrians have been settling on the island on the Dalmatian coast since C12th BC. The Venetians held considerable sway over the island and Marco Polo is reputed to have come from the main town of Korčula. Korčula was the last outpost of the Venetian Empire for 200 years. Immediately to the south lies the Dubrovnik Republic.

What makes this villa unique

Čara, the village, is one of the oldest settlements on the island of Korčula and spreads out on the south slope of the surrounding hills, just above a large and fertile field called Čarsko Polje, famed for its Pošip white wine. Čara enjoys a lot of sunshine all year around, while at the same time enjoying a good sea breeze.

The house is designed for those wishing to enjoy the more traditional island way of life. You are surrounded by sea and vineyards and it is removed from the tourist centres of the island. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the small but unique village life of a wine growing community. Access to the sea is by car - with the closest swimming made of secret coves and small outcrops rarely accessed by most tourists. The local harbour town is 1.4 kilometres away with two restaurants and a coffee shop with wi-fi, and a great harbour wall to leap off. From here you can hire boats to farther outlying islets, secret inaccessible coves and near tropical beaches close to the island of Lastovo - Croatia’s farthest inhabited island before Italy.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Čara on Municipality of Korčula

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in shower
    Annex - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Regular shower cabinet
    Ground floor wc - Toilet , Small WC in sitting room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Annex - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Master - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed
    Kids - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The housekeeper will be looking after you. She will welcome you and lives close by in the village so can arrange for most requests. Her Dad is a fisherman so do ask for a large fish...if available.


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(4 traveller reviews)

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17th Century Castle on Dalmatian island
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Stand out Property with 'Wow'

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were planning a multi stop trip along the Dalmation coast and thought we would include one of the islands along the way. We chose Korcula as it has traditional working villages as well as larger historic towns to visit. Korcula old town and Vela Luka are both around 25 minutes drive away from Cara, in opposite directions, so you are very central and there are other villages and smaller towns nearby too.

The owners description of the house, the village and the area is absolutely spot on. The village of Cara and the work going on daily in the vineyards can be seen from the commanding views of the house. They have provided a welcome folder with lots of information such as nearby areas to swim and excellent restaurants in neighbouring villages. The folder also shows photo's of the Kastel before and during the extensive restoration project and illustrate what an outstanding result they have achieved. The house is a 'lived in' family home for parts of the year and this gives it a warm, comfortable and very pleasant feel as well as being well equipped, both indoors and with outside equipment. There are pleasant breezes from the South, which blow into the main bedroom, if the shutters are left open, which we did every day. The patio looks over the local vineyard (and church... whose bells dong quite a bit... but you do get accustomed to it!) and the huge locally made table is ideal for outside socialising, with plenty of room. There is also another patio just down the steps by the Annex, which has another area, ideally suited for outdoor entertaining such as a BBQ and all the facilities you need for that, are stored in a large utility area with a secondary kitchen. TheWiFi is connected to the mobile network and worked very well, without any problems the whole time we were there.

The housekeeper and her husband, who helps with maintenance, live nearby and are delightful. They called in to check if we needed anything or had any questions about the property or the surrounding area and reassured us that we could call them anytime if the need arose. Alex, the owner is a mine of information about the local area as well as the whole Island and beyond, so do ask him about things if you wish.

To conclude, Alex's description tells you a lot about the house and the area. If we venture to Croatia and this beautiful part of the world again, we would have no hesitation in staying again at Kastel Spanic! Thank You ;-)

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian and Anne, thank you for this review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and the island, which we hope will leave you with a desire to come back again! The bells....aaah yes, they are in full swing. But remember that the church is at the centre of village life, and am quite sure that people rely on these rather than time pieces to organise themselves!!! All the best. Alex
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Vacances idéales.

  • 5 of 5

Avril 2018

Des vacances merveilleuses.

Gâtée par un temps estival,je viens de passer une semaine dans ce petit château du XVII ème magnifiquement restauré tel qu’il était á l’origine.

L’interieur De style anglais,c’est á dire,élégant,confortable,original,arrangé avec goût,est un repos salutaire après une journée de plein air. il y avait longtemps que je n’avais si bien dormi.

Čara est un petit village authentique oú j’ai retrové tout ce qui entouré mon enfance dans le Sud Ouest de la France.

Comment ne pas apprécier le charme des traditions villageoises,les cloches,le chant des coqs,les oiseaux,le parfum et la variété des herbes,et même le nid d’une hirondelle au creux d’une meurtriére et tout cela dans un cadre méditerranéen,l’amer,le soleil ,la chaleur et la paix.

Je ne suis plus trés jeune ,mais j’espére revisiter Korčula et tout spécialement čara dans les années futures,


  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup a vous!
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Small castle with stunning view

  • 5 of 5

The property was even better than described by the owner - a 17th century Castel (small castle) with stunning sea view from the large terrace. The interior is beautifully decorated with antique style furniture, spacious and well equipped. The closest beach is few minutes away by car and the restaurant in Zavalatnica proposed by the owner was superb.

The wide stone walls keep the temperatures surprisingly cool, which together with the quietness of the village Cara was great for sleeping late in the mornings (even our two year old boy slept on average 2hrs longer than usual). We enjoyed Cara for its authenticity of a small Croatian coastal village - centric bar and grocery store are the key gathering points of the few local inhabitants. Unfortunately we left just before the week of 25 July, during which we were told the traditional days of Cara (vine tasting, local music, etc.) attract people from all over Korcula as well as tourists.

We stayed for an entire week which passed too quickly and will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we are glad you enjoyed your stay!! Alex
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Stunningly restored 17th century castle

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this stunning castle last year before it was officially on the books. The position was wonderful away from the noise. There is a local supermarket just below the castle where you can get nearly all provisions including wine!! It was clean well maintained and the customer service was excellent. One local restaurant in Pupnat called Mate is absolutely excellent. There are lots of lovely places to visit and the island itself is stunning with the most amazing clean sea. I would highly recommend to anyone for a stunning holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!!
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Local Cafe
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Vela Luka/Korcula
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1.4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The island produces mainly white wine. Cara is at the centre of the production of Pošip. This is an indigenous white wine grape that is primarily grown in Cara and Smokvica.

14th-century votive church of Our Lady of the Čara Field reliefs depicting scenes from the life of the Madonna. These are Nottingham alabaster reliefs that washed up on the shores during crusader times

The island is famous for its dancing: The best known of these dances is Moreška which has been performed for more than four hundred years and which probably originates from Spain). We think there is a connection between the Moreška and Morris Dancing…both of which involve weapons and likely to describe the struggle against the Moores.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Čara, Dalmatian Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Season 2018 (2)
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£904 **
Mid Season 1 2019
10 Jun 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£904 **
High Season 2019
15 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
£1,204 **
Mid Season 2 2019
2 Sep 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£904 **
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£100 **

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Tourist tax £ 0.5 per person per night
Pet Fee £0

The house is owned by a Croatian company. all payments will come and need to be paid to the company bank account in Croatia. Transaction costs need to be met by payer. Invoices will also come from the company.

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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