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Varos Palm Garden Villa in the Historic centre, with a swimming pool

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Varos Palm Garden Villa in the Historic centre, with a swimming pool

Our historic villa is in the old city centre of Split, in the middle of the pedestrian zone Not so far from the attractions of Split's old town, with its narrow lanes and a stylish environment and. The house offers 5 bedrooms, and is ideal for 6-10 people and is only rented out as a single unit during the peak season, from Saturday to Saturday.

It has a tropical garden with a swimming pool, protected from outside views and 200 sq.m in size. You will sit on a wonderfully tiled terrace by a stone table for up to 10 people, as you look on the palms and the swimming pool in the garden. The house was entirely hollowed out and remodelled with modern technology. There is internet and satellite TV in all the bedrooms. The kitchen is luxuriously furnished with all the appliances. The entire house is fully air-conditioned. Climate control can be separately set in each bedroom. Of course, the house can also be heated in winter with the same devices. The house is good for all age groups - it is only non-ideal for large groups of young people who like to party into the evening in the garden. This is because loud music in our neighbourhood is not acceptable after 10 PM.

A description of the house's bedrooms follows, to assist you in sharing the rooms:

- Main house: 2 bedrooms on the first floor with a WC on the same level. A large bathroom with a double washbasin and double shower right underneath on the ground level. The whole ensemble makes up a single unit with an access door. The larger of the two bedrooms has a double bed and a desk, while the smaller of the two has two single beds that can either be placed apart or put together into a double bed.

- Garden: a small double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (with WC) can be accessed from the garden, where it is on the same level. The bedroom has a somewhat narrower double bed. In front of the bedroom entrance in the garden, there is a beautiful lounge set for reading and lazing about.

- Inner courtyard:

* A double bedroom is accessible on the same level as the sunlit inner courtyard, and has its own en-suite bathroom (with WC). The bedroom has a smaller bedroom than the other bedroom, and has two single beds that can either be placed apart or put together into a double bed. In front of the bedroom, there is a small table and a stone bench, where two people can sit and read or drink coffee.

* A large double bed on the first floor is accessible over stone stairs from the sunny inner courtyard. The bedroom has large double bed, a private desk and a particularly nice en-suite bathroom (with WC). In front of the bedroom, there is a small private terrace on the first floor under a laurel tree that twists towards the beautiful inner courtyard. On this terrace, there is a table and chairs for 4 people.

Furthermore, there is a common area:

In the large kitchenette, there is a fully-equipped kitchen built in 2009 with everything that you need. If at any time some little thing is missing, we ask that you simply buy it in one of the neighbourhood stores and just leave it there when you depart. This is a small politeness for the sake of the other guests - and does not cost much.

Further on, the kitchenette has a couch set for four people in front of a large flatscreen TV with many international television programs. There is also a Bose sound system with an iPod dock. The open fireplace is only lit in winter, but all the same adds something to the ambience in summer.

You can sit around the extendible dining table on one of the very few stormy days.

The private terrace:

This covered sitting area has a view of the garden. There is a stone table, armchairs and a stone bench for 10 people. This is the communications centre of the house: meals are eaten, wine is drunk, and games and discussions are held.

The garden:

This 200-sq.m area is planted with plants and spices that can be used in the kitchen. There are palm trees, a large lemon tree (please leave lemons for the other guests as well!), and many other plants.

In addition, there is a lounge set, a deck chair, and several small walls where you can sunbathe.

Our guests are mostly groups of 6-10 people:

- Large families with children that can either already swim well, or are watched around the open swimming pool

- Groups of two such families of 4-5 people each (10 or fewer people in total)

- Families with children and grandparents

- Those interested in culture, who want to see the city and partake in excursions

- Girls' groups: women of all ages who vacation once a year and enjoy the culture and excellent nightlife in Split

- Athletic groups that use the house as a base for bike tours, kayak tours on the Soca River, motorcycle tours in the surroundings and many more activities.

- And so on, and so forth - please don't be offended if I failed to mention one of our main groups of clients.

More Details

About Us

Michael Stift
St. Luzi Strasse 1
9492 Eschen
VAT Reg No

Michael Stift
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

About Michael Stift

Dear Split holidaymakers, I am the owner and renter of the Varos Palm Garden Villa in Split - and would like to say a few words about me: I had a top management position in large firms and have founded a consulting firm that helps companies acquire or sell other companies. I travel a great deal with my work and see many countries and cultures. In my private life, I stay in Croatia. I have been coming to this country for more than two decades and know my way around Dalmatia very well. Over several years, I have travelled to every nook and cranny of this region by land and by sea - by sailboat, motorboat, car, motorcycle, and bike. I am delighted to be able to recommend particularly beautiful places to you.

Michael Stift purchased this villa in 2006

Why Michael Stift chose Split

I bought Varos Palm Garden Villa because I fell in love with the house, the property, and the neighbourhood at first sight. The house was in a frightful shape - hardly inhabitable. I hired an architect who had previously worked with the restoration of historical monuments and had him carefully take the house apart, right down to the foundations. Then, I had him build it again, as much as possible with the old stones and true to the original design. Of course, we used the latest technology - from the wiring to the internet cables and air conditioning throughout the house, all while remaining true to the original style of the 350-year-old city house. It was a difficult process, as the house is in a part of the city where they can only be accessed on foot. All the building materials had to be transported to and from the site without a construction vehicle. You will see that everything has come together superbly: An old house with all its former charm, but with first-class quality and modern technology that remains in the background.

What makes this villa unique

The special advantages of our house lie in the combination of the following attributes:

- Historic old city location only a few minutes from all the tourist attractions, restaurants, and bars

- Very peaceful location, 50 m away from the tourist thoroughfares in a peaceful corner

- Main house with two bedrooms, three other bedrooms, all separately accessible and with their own bathrooms and WCs

- A lovely, absolutely private and fully-enclosed garden with a swimming pool

- Complete child safety, given that the location can only be entered and exited via a narrow door

- Handicapped access via two ground-level bedrooms

- Well-furnished with tasteful furniture and architecture true to the original

- Internet and TVs in every room

- Beautiful covered terrace with a 10-person stone table

- Large grill on the covered terrace with shelves and washbasins

- Palm gardens with lounge furniture that are perfect for lying back and relaxing

- And so on, and so forth


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Split in Municipality of Split

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • All the bathrooms are fitted with Grohe taps and some have rain showers. Some have stone walls and wooden floors. Everything has modern furnishings.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The double bed can be separated into two singles
  • The house has 5 bedrooms. There is a large bedroom with a double bed and a smaller one with one double bed or two singles, as well as a large bathroom. Accessible from the garden is a bedroom with an en-quite bathroom. In front of the door in the garden, there is lovely lounge furniture to relax in. Two others bedrooms are accessible from the romantic inner courtyard. The upper bedroom has a double bed, bathroom and its own private terrace, while the lower bedroom has a double bed or two singles, as well as its own outdoor sitting area.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Gated Community
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Conservatory
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The house has been rebuilt in the old style, in accordance with the regulations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Split's restoration agency. It has new and modern electric appliances of the highest quality, and all the rooms are fitted with internet access and satellite TV. We have sought out stylish furniture and all the rooms are fitted with wood.


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Varos Palm Garden Villa in the Historic centre, with a swimming pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful house, wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, has plenty of space with each bedroom having own bath room facilities.

It was immaculately clean with everything you need. The wifi was a bonus, my daughter was able to have contact with friends back home.

The pool was a godsend as it was so hot during our first week, so spent a lot of time in it. My kids loved it.

The house is situated right in the centre of Split, which is a stunning city. We enjoyed wandering around and found some excellent restaurants.

Neighbour was very friendly and we enjoyed trying to make conversation with her.

The only downside was the mosquito bites, which we all had.

Would definitely return, and would recommend to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Katy, thank You so much for your nice comments - I am glad you liked it in Villa Varos ! The Location of our house in the vbery Center of the twon is definitly a Bonus - especially because the house is not only in a very central, but also in a very quiet place. The privacy of house and garden and the Swimming pool are always a great Feature for us when we come back after a full day of activities. The mosquitos are bad sometimes along the whole coastline of Dalmatia during August - but we have developed a strategy for this Problem: Cloes the sleeping rooms (doors and windows) before it gets dark and turn the Aircondition on (the whole house is fully airconditioned) - then you will be save when you go to sleep after a nice evening on our terrace or in a restaurant in town. I hope you will come back - you are always welcome ! Best regards, Michael
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Hønefoss, Norway

Villa Varos - even better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 norwegian adults who were so lucky to be able to rent Villa Varos for our mini-holiday. This house was just so great - even better than we hoped for!

5 big bedrooms with privat baths, nice kitchen and livingroom. The garden area with the pool was just so great and we spent many hours relaxing there.

The location couldn`t be better - right in the middle of the old-town and just a couple of minutes walk to the waterfront.

If you need a place to stay in Split, we would reccommend Villa Varos!

We hope to be able to come back some time, as we felled in love with the town and the house:)

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great comments - we really hope that you will come back some time. I must say that we are extremly lucky so far with our guests: All our guests have treated our house like it would have been their own property - if someone ever broke a glass or a plate he has always replaced it before he left. In this way our Equipment today is even better than wehn we started - without us having to replace things. Thank you for being our guest in Villa Varos ! - And come back soon please. Best regards Michael.
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Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

As said in the title, its such a beautiful place to stay with pictures that don't do the place justice.

I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for our week family holiday.

All rooms are a very decent size and some even with en-suite!

I would most certainly recommend this villa to a friend or family and I am considering going there again myself!

The are is a lovely little town with a fabulous tourist marker where we had lots of fun bartering with the sales men and women!

There was also a lovely little beach about a 15 minute walk from the villa with clear waters.

The property was very clean and everything was in working order, however we did have a problem with the WiFi but that was the least of our concerns on holiday!

The villa is so discreet and we were all little concerned walking down a small lane with buildings falling apart around us but when we walked through the gate we were nothing but pleased from then on!

I would recommend coming with a large group of people and renting the whole place as I don't know if I would have liked sharing with strangers.

The BBQ was also a favorite amongst my family as well as the cheap wine available in most shops around.

Food to buy in supermarkets was of a similar price to home in the UK but affordable!

We all enjoyed looking after the little kittens and cats that are also looked after and loved by the community.

About 100 meters from the villa there was also a lovely little nail salon with cheap prices.

Taxi drivers are pleasant and there is a taxi rank about 300 meters from the villa.

All in all It's a beautiful place that I recommend paying a visit too for anyone!!

Thank you very much!!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this nice comments - I am very glad that you liked it. We have many families and groups of two families (we have 5 double rooms, 4 of them with en-suite bathrooms) that come to our house and find it perfect for a family holiday with or without children. Also we have had a number of "Girls-Groups" of various ages that found the place perfect for them. If there is any kind of problem - like WIFI above - please dont hesistate to contact either me or my propoerty manager - we can most propably fix it immediately. For example for internet-connetion there are cables in every room because we know that sometimes WIFI is a problem - but cable always works. We tried to rebuild our 300 years old house in a way that the style and the materials are completely according to what the munument protection department wanted from us - but all technic and appliances in the house are according to the highest standards available today. I am glad that this has worked out and our guests really like it. Thank you again for your nice comments - and a nice holiday to all guests who read this ! Michael (owner of Villa Varos)
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Hervorrragendes, charmantes Haus inmitten der Altstadt in einer ruhigen Ecke.

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus ist toll - perfekt gelegen, alle Sehenswürdigkeiten, Restaurants sowie die Uferpromenade leicht zu Fuss erreichbar. Trotzdem sehr ruhig mit idyllischem Garten und privatem Pool. Kann man nur zu 100% weiter empfehlen !

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Als "Wiederholungstäter": erneut genial :):)

  • 5 of 5

Lieber Michael

Auch dieses Jahr konnten wir unseren Aufenthalt im schmucken Haus in vollen Zügen geniessen. Da wir ja bereits zum zweiten Mal dein Objekt gewählt haben, spricht dies ja wohl nur von all den Vorzügen, welches dieses hübsche Haus inmitten der pulsierenden Stadt Split bietet.

Details sind ja bereits in unseren letzten Bewertung ersichtlich.

Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Lara und co.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Lara - es freut mich dass Ihr nun 2018 schon zum dritten Mal kommt. Ich muss mal versuchen dass ich mich so organisieren kann dass ich in Euren 2 Wochen mal vorbeischauen kann und euch selbst ein paar Tipps (oder sogar Geheim-Tipps) in der Umgebung zeigen kann ! Liebe Grüsse, Michael.
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  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten zwei wunderschöne Wochen in Split. Das Haus ist echt genial: tolle Lage inmitten des Geschehens, nichtsdestotrotz absolut ruhig. Die Raumeinteilung ist ebenfalls gelungen (jeder hat seine Privatsphäre), die Duschen sowie alle sanitären Einrichtungen funktionieren einwandfrei. Man purzelt kurz aus dem Haus und findet bereits alles vor der Nase (Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, Restaurants, die Riva, der Markt ...). Dass man inmitten der Stadt ein Objekt mit einem total herzigen Palmengarten sowie einen erfrischenden Pool findet, ist ja wohl echt nicht die Norm und einfach genial! Die Hausbetreuung vor Ort funktioniert ebenfalls einwandfrei.

Split ist eine wunderschöne Stadt mit einem ganz speziellen Charme - dies sowie die reizende Unterkunft haben uns zwei wunderschöne Wochen geschenkt. Der Abschied fiel uns schwer und wir spielen bereits mit dem Gedanken, nächstes Jahr unsere Ferien erneut hier (also mit hier meine ich natürlich nicht nur Split sondern auch die Villa Palmgarten) zu verbringen.

Herzlichen Dank, lieber Herr Stift und herzlichen Dank auch liebe Vesna und co.

Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Marco, Eros, Diego, Ivan, Xenia, Miri und Lari

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Lara - danke vielmals für die netten Worte - es freut mich sehr dass es Euch so gut gefallen hat. Auch Vesna - meinem "guten Geist in Split" habe ich Euer Lob bereits übermittelt - wir freuen uns wenn Ihr nächstes Jahr wieder kommt. Diese Woche ist mein Sohn mit seinen Freunden unten - im September komme ch dann selber und auch im Oktober werden wir das zu der Zeit dann etwas ruhigere Split in vollen Zügen geniessen. Liebe Grüsse und bis nächstes Jahr, Michael.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Split Airport
Car: not necessary

Our historic villa is in the centre of the old city in the pedestrian zone near Diocletian's Palace. Everything is a short walk away: The waterfront promenade is three minutes away, as are the fish market and Diocletian's Palace - as well as the other attractions that the old city of Split, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has to offer. In spite of its central location, the house is absolutely peaceful and you can sit in the garden without being disturbed by noise or visitors.

Our house is 300 years old - however, it was completely renovated and newly built with all the modern amenities. There is a 200-sq.m garden with a swimming pool and tropical plants - a one of a kind refuge in the middle of the old city - restored in the model of the World Heritage Site - but with modern amenities - with satellite TV, internet, and modern bathrooms

Our house has five bedrooms, each for two people, as well as a beautiful living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a covered terrace, a garden, and a swimming pool.

Our villa is perfectly suited for families who love gardens, peacefulness, and the privacy of the property - right in the middle of the old city. It is less-well suited for groups of young people who want to play music and party in the house. This is because our house is in a peaceful part of the old city and very loud music is frowned upon after 10 PM.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Split, Dalmatian Mainland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Vorsaison 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Hauptsaison 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nachsaison 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Es finden bis zu 10 Personen bequem Platz (5 Schlafzimmer für je 2 Personen, jeweils mit Badezimmer inklusive Toilette).
Das Haus kann in den Hauptsaisonen nur als Ganzes - und von Samstag bis Samstag - gemietet werden.

In der Nebensaison (1. November bis 31.März) - und nach spezieller Vereinbarung - können auch Teile des Hauses gemietet werden. Der Preis wird dann pro Person berechnet

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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