Nestled in the hills near Labin, an Old Venitian town full of art galleries, fine restaurants and cafe bars. This was an old mining town steeped in history. The area is full of vineyards and beautiful countryside ideal for long walks or bike rides. The beautiful pebble beaches of Rabac is 3km away where you can enjoy all sea sports including scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing or daily excursions to the many islands. Other sports such as tennis and horse riding are also available locally. The daily open market is a must for buying local produce and fresh fish/meat. Hire a car and take a drive to the ancient town of Pula 35km away where concerts are performed from May to September in The famous Roman Amphitheatre. Take a coastal drive to Icici and Opatia and see the many marina's and casinos. Nearest airport in Pula. Fly direct to Pula from Stansted with Ryanair and other ryanair destinations around Europe, Dublin with Aer lingus, flight time 2.15 mins. Pula is 35 min drive from house, Rijecka (KRK) 1 1/2 hours drive from house. Venice 3.5 hours drive. Official categorization of property.
Tranquil Location, mountain views,free WiFi, air con, parking, garage & BBQ
- english, Manager speaks Croatian, German, English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Nov 2018
About Dee Kernan
Hi My name is Dee and this home is my absolute dream. Somewhere in years to come, I can retire here and feel right at home. The people in this region are so friendly and welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble and this quality is hard to find. There is so much to explore I never get bored. Yet I can sit by the pool and just admire the landscape and take in the peace and tranquility. I hope that someday If I have grand kids they will visit me here and fall in love with it as I have. Its such a beautiful place that I hate having to leave it each time I visit. You can only get that feeling by going there and experiencing it for yourself. I guarantee you will want to revisit and I will be happy to have you. My sister owns the house behind mine so bring friends and take the 2 houses and enjoy.
Dee Kernan purchased this House in 2008
Why Dee Kernan chose Ripenda Kras
Having met several people from this region and seeing how friendly, honest and open they are I could see myself being at home here. When I saw this particular piece of land, with the mountains and vineyards and lush forestry, the air was fresh and healthy, I knew this was a very special place. It is just 4 km to the beautiful beaches of Rabac on the Kvarner bay and 3km to the town of Labin an old mining town full of Venetian cobbled streets, cafe bars and art galleries, it was perfect. Fly Ryan air from the UK to Pula 30 min drive. or Rijeka 1 hour. From Ireland Aer Lingus fly direct Dublin to Pula drive to house. Rent for a month or more get discount. Pool & terraces have just been completed June 2013. This is the first season to rent I hope it provides all the comforts of home and more.
What makes this House unique
The pool with terrace is situated in the garden of the property. The outdoor eating area has a brick BBQ and is shaded by oak trees. gardens surround the house. The view of the tree covered mountains valleys and vineyards is beautiful. Go 1 km and the drive to the beach is spectacular. The gastronomy in the area suits everyone's tastes and budgets with the seafood being a specialty. Have pizza delivered on those lazy days or take a short stroll to the nearest family run restaurant about 5 mins walk. There is a variety of sports to take part in such as tennis, horse riding, the scuba diving is pretty special! The Istrian Peninsula is quite small so each town is a short drive at most to go explore the region. Lots for adults and children to occupy themselves with here. There is a male and female mountain bikes in the garage help yourself. Just leave them the way you find them. If booking for more than 6 people and one of them is a baby, there is no extra charge for a baby so please subtract them for the number of guests. You can email me about this. There is a travel cot & cot linen and a high chair in the house no charge for these. Tours/car hire/ excursions can all be booked through Michele the House Manager who will meet you on arrival to give you keys and show you around the house. If interested in Wine tours ask me and I will organize this for you. A car is necessary here though it is only 2.5km from the town or beach the area is hilly and on country roads so no footpaths/sidewalks. The house can be reached in 2 ways. I will send you one of the directions from Labin on booking. The Lidl supermarket opens till 11pm during the summer which is the closest one to the house. Please be aware that other shops close between 1pm and 5pm during the summer season but usually open then till 7pm. The small hospital/clinic & pharmacy is just off the road leading to the bus station. Police station is on the opposite side of the road to the bus station.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lap of luxury in Labin
This well equipped, homely feeling house was amazing. It was spotlessly clean, very spacious with lots of room for a family or a group.
The kitchen had every utensil more than a celebrity chef,. The open planned living area that Incorporated the garden and pool view was so soothing. It could well be described as a romantic dream with the nightly lit swimming pool and the surrounding outdoor chorus it was so beautiful.
TV , games and wifi add to the amount of extras this house has to offer.
Within a 15 minute drive there is Labin town, with a restaurant, a cafe, pottery/ceramics shop and a further 5 minutes a lidl supermarket. There are three well reknown restaurants nearby although a booking is necessary in the high seasons.
There are many types of places to visit and a few beaches a short drive away.
I would highly recommend this house as a great base to see Croatia.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. You have captured the very essence of the house and area. Maybe you will come and visit again sometime soon as you would be very welcome.
Wonderful secluded location close to local beaches and amenities. Large spacious and well equipped living space that easily slept 9 visitors. Perfect base to explore nearby towns,beaches or just lounge by the pool.
Thanks Mark for your kind words . I'm glad the house suited your needs and the location suited you. Please come again soon regards Dee
Wonderful secluded location not far from local beaches and amenities. Very spacious and clean villa with excellent facilities easily sleeping 9 that stayed. Beautiful weather and scenery unspoilt by commercial pressures seen elsewhere. Perfect base to explore local towns ,villages ,beaches or just relax by the pool.
Thanhs Mark for your lovely words which I'm sure will resonate with future guests looking for a similar holiday experience. Hopefully see you over again sometime in the near future as you would be very welcome. Kind regards Dee
Picturesque and perfect.
Both the location and property were perfect. Spacious rooms and living area, amazing bathrooms, and a pool the kids absolutely loved; and all of this just a short drive or walk from the local town. Can't speak highly enough of this property! Would most definitely use again.
Hi Matthew thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you liked it and hope you will come again soon as you are very welcome. Regards Dee
A beautiful home in a beautiful setting.
The house was a home away from home, beautiful house, very clean and well maintained, everything that you would have in your own home. The house was easy to find and the directions that Dee provided got us directly to the house. The local restaurants were really nice and the local wine was even nicer :) The area itself was beautiful and we really enjoyed exploring it via car, bike, walking and running, the beaches were stunning and we cant wait to go back to the same place next year. I would highly recommend this house and the area and I have nothing negative to say about my experience.
Thanks so much for such a lovely review. I would be more than happy to welcome you for a return visit. I'm happy your experience of my house and the area was a good one. Kind regards Dee
Quiet, lovely, large and nice House in the Hills of Rabac/Labin
We spent 14 days of July 2017 in this clean and fully equipped home and loves it. The pool was clean and large enough for four kids and the pool area large and with a lot of sun beds for us to relax in. The House has two air conditions - one at each level. It took us a couple og days to get the temperature right in each room. The House has every gadget you could ask for, in the kitchen and in the tv room. A lovely grill and barbecue area, sun and shadow equally found around the House for breakfast and dinner. The area is so quite that you can hear a dogs bark miles away. We loved to retire to this calm site after days by the sea and in the cities. Istria has so much to offer! Lovely food culture, and very nice restaurants nearby. We were met with so much kindness by the local, almost as if the tourism wasn't also a burden on the nature and the population.
Dee has followed our trip all the way and she is a great and generous hostess and she lets you use her personal things, such as bikes, matresses and so forth. She has a local representative who helps out in case you need it. The neighbours at both sides are so friendly and nice. Thanks to Dee and the lovely Croats and the beatifull Istria. We would love to return.
PS: be aware of the mosquitoes! Bring remedies.
Thank you Maria for your very nice words about the house. You certainly seemed to enjoy your stay and I am glad the house and facilities allowed you these comforts and lovely memories of your trip. Look forward to hosting you again sometime. Please remind me you are a returning visitor so I can give you a discount. Kind regards Dee
Special interest holidays:
This area is famous for its scuba diving. Many diving schools available within 3km from house. Istria is great for Mountain bike & touring as there are many trails/good roads. Contact bike rentals in local hotels for organised tours. Bike trail map can be purchased in tourist agency. Hiking another past-time enjoyed, check with tourist agency for organised trips or buy a map outlining the trails. Great tennis club 4km from house. Private tennis lessons can be arranged locally. Horse riding is also available locally. Fantastic place for Sailing enthusiasts, research on line for best deals. Truffle hunting see local tourist agencies for dates.Winery excursions and festivals throughout the year. Labin is the Art capital of Croatia with large amount of local Art galleries to explore. As the Istrian Peninsula is a small region all towns are easily accessible to the house with approx. An hours drive to the furthest town of Umag, Porec 50 min, Rovinj 40 and 30 minutes to Pula on the west coast. On the East side Rijeka 50 min, Opathia 40min. The drive along the coast to these towns are spectacular.
3km drive to pebble beaches of Rabac stretching the coast as far as the eye can see. Here you will find cafe bars, clubs, hotels & amenities, ice cream parlours, crazy golf, sea sports, excursions, beach shops, supermarket & banks. 2.5 km drive to town of Labin steeped in history, old Venetian cobbled streets, art galleries, cafe bars and some fine restaurants. In the new town you will find shops, supermarkets, cafe bars and the open market where you can buy fresh home grown produce and fresh fish
Pula 35km, hired car recommended. Ryanair fly direct from London Stanstead, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and other UK airports & other airports around Europe 2.15 hours flight time. Fly with other airlines direct from Britain to Pula. Aer Lingus now flying direct from Dublin to Pula. Rijeka (Krk)1.5 hour drive, Trieste 90km beautiful drive down through coastal towns of Umag and Porec 1 hours drive. Zadar 3 hours drive, Zagreb 3 hours,Venice 3.5 hour drive.
Beach 3-4km. Town 2.5km. Pula 35km. Porec 60km. Opatia 30km. Rijecka 35km.
This area is famous for scuba diving having several sunken war ships and planes to explore. The Sailing here is fantastic with lots of Islands to explore. For the Tennis enthusiast there are plenty of local clubs near by (3km). Horse riding also near by. Most hotels in Rabac offer all the spa treatments you could want. The Culinary delights are exceptional in most restaurants, fish and local traditional dishes a must. The local people speak Italian and English as second languages and are exceptionally friendly. For the younger guests on the beach there is crazy golf, table tennis, small go -Karts, bungy trampolines, and sea trampolines. There is a beautiful Aquarium near Pula Airport. For the older guests take a leisurely boat ride to the nearby island of Tres and spot the dolphins as you go. The hotels offer a variety of entertainment in the evenings from Children's discos to mini shows and cocktail entertainment. The camp site in Rabac hosts a variety of amenities for all ages. Go for a meal in Rogojana restaurant and hire the quads while you wait. Booking advised as its a busy family restaurant. Visit the small harbour of Trget and sample the mussels as they are pulled from the sea. Take a short drive to Rovinj and hire out the kayaks and visit red Island and go for a swim in the clearest sea water ever or if you like your comforts sip cocktails beside the hotels large swimming pools. If its spa treatments your after the hotels in Rabac offer it all from your mint chocolate wrap to a manicure or massage. Hire bicycles and trek through the many cycle routes marked out on special maps obtained by the tourist agencies. Take up tennis and get private lessons from a professional tennis player. Before arriving check out the many wine festivals in the region as they are well worth a visit. Live music concerts in the town check for concert dates usually free! 2nd Weekend in August is the towns main festival. Bring hiking boots for a 3 hour trek up the mountain to Skitaca.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Babies under 1 year old using the travel cot supplied, there is no charge, so please do not include them in the amount of guests if over 6 people or the site will charge them additional costs per night. Visits of a month or more avail of discounts. Friends & family welcome. My sister owns house behind mine, rent through me for large groups or 2 families. Extra person after 6 people €30 per night (max 9). Changeover Day: Changeover day preferably Saturday. Especially during the high season. Flexible dates from September to May. Departure by 10am, arrival 3pm. Notes on prices: Prices are based on 6 people. There is a supplement of €30 per person charged for groups over 6 people up to a maximum of 8 people or 9 if it is a child. All taxes included in price