Our four-bedroom seaside house is beautifully situated. It sits, slightly elevated, looking out over the blue, blue Peljesac Channel to the thousand- year old Venetian town of Korcula. The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic are little more than 100 metres from the house. The area is a living reminder of just how the Mediterranean coast used to be 50 years ago.
If you are looking for peace, tranquillity and a simplicity that’s also wonderful for children, then we can say with all honesty this is the place for you. Our family has owned the house since 2003. We, and many other families, have spent literally months here and are always very sad to leave.
The house itself is relatively modern and very family oriented. It is detached and not overlooked. There are figs, lemons, grapes and pomegranates growing in the garden. The house has four bedrooms and comfortably sleeps eight with the possibility of squeezing in extra children.
The two master bedrooms have terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows with magnificent sea views. Bedroom 3 has two sets of bunk beds and a terrace looking out over the countryside. The fourth bedroom has sea views and a single bed with a trundle underneath, so it can be a double. All bedrooms, except the fourth, have air-conditioning. There’s also an upstairs loo and washbasin.
Downstairs, the kitchen has wonderful views to cook by. It’s spacious and well equipped with a large fridge, dishwasher, oven, hob and microwave. The lounge has double doors leading on to the terrace, with 2 sofas, beanbags, TV and a dvd player. Across the hall, is the bathroom with a large walk-in shower that’s deep enough to be a bath for small children, plus a toilet, sink and washing machine. There are also steps down to the cellar which we use for storage.
But comfortable though the house is, it’s outside you’ll be spending most time. There’s a paved terrace around two sides of the house looking out over the sea and equipped with sun loungers and a hammock. There’s a lovely big wooden table that’s made for al fresco eating and able to seat a dozen people. You might find that you eat all meals outside, though there is also a dining table in the kitchen.
Even so, you might eventually conclude that, however pleasant the house, it is the surrounding area which makes a holiday here so special. Our village is called Kuciste. Famous writers have praised it. It has but a single shop, a post office and a church, plus, during the summer months, a waterside restaurant and bar. A swim and a chilled beer or wine are always at hand.
Stroll a little along the coast in either direction and there’s lots more simple bars and unsophisticated seaside restaurants. A delicious seafood platter and a very drinkable carafe of local wine can be enjoyed for a very modest price. We can let you know which restaurants serve mussels and oysters straight from the sea, and where you can watch your freshly-caught fish being prepared for the pan.
Slightly further afield is the town of Orebic with shops and markets, and across the water the Venetian city of Korcula. There’s a ferry service from Orebic and Kuciste to Korcula, where in the autumn an increasingly famous baroque music festival is held. Both towns offer a wider range of more sophisticated attractions. There are also local bus services so you can manage without a car.
Kuciste is on the Peljesac peninsula, famous for its vineyards, oysters and the richness of its history as part of the former state of Ragusa. It’s also a great place for walkers and naturalists.
In short, it is very special.