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Safe, Family Friendly, Luxury Seafront Villa

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa Ruza is a traditional stone built house right on the edge of Tivat Bay.

Villa Ruza is a traditional, detached stone built house located right on the seafront (first line) of Tivat Bay in the village of Donja Lastva. Villa Ruza has 2 floors, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is available for up to 6 guests. Villa Ruza is fully air conditioned so you are in control of the temperature, detached with a beautiful terrace facing the sea. Villa Ruza was completely renovated to the highest standards in 2016-2017 and is now available for families and friends to enjoy. At Villa Ruza we have combined the benefits of traditional local materials with all the conveniences of modern living. Villa Ruza faces west and enjoys the sun all day and the most amazing sunsets as the sun sinks over Tivat Bay and behind the mountains. Behind are the mountains which separate us from the Bay of Kotor. Villa Ruza was once owned by Naval Admiral whose grandchildren we purchased the house from.

Villa Ruza sits between the Church of St Roko and the Café Giardino in Donja Lastva. Villa Ruza is about 200 years old and has a completely updated private, secure outside terrace of 35 square meters. The internal floor space is 90 square meters

The terrace has plenty of space and facilities for you to enjoy outdoor living and eating. There are shady and sunny areas so you can always choose the most comfortable place for you. Lafuma sun loungers are available for you to use.

There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully integrated modern kitchen, dining room, living room and a private outdoor terrace.

The bathrooms are floor to ceiling tiled with a WC, sink, shower, towel heater and cabinet.

The kitchen is brand new, spacious, light and airy with:

• Beautiful granite worktops throughout.

• A gorenje electric hob and oven.

• A gorenje extractor unit.

• Integrated gorenje fridge and freezer.

• Integrated gorenje Dishwasher.

• Integrated Bosch Washing Machine.

• Matt Black Franke sink

• Bosch Kettle

• Bosch Toaster

• Wine glasses

• Beer / Juice glasses

• Rakija shot glasses

• Tea Cups

• Plates, bowls and cutlery for 12 people.

• Pots, pans and utensils for cooking.

The downstairs floor is tiled with the original red and cream tiles which have been in the property for 200 years. The floor was re-laid as part of the renovation. You will see exactly the same type of stone tiles in the old city of Kotor.

There are three fully air-conditioned bedrooms.

The beds were all handmade and assembled in the rooms in 2017.

The mattresses are ultra-comfortable and were all new in 2017.

• Bedroom #1 has a double bed (200 cms x 200 cms) with sea and mountain views.

• Bedroom #2 has a double bed (180 cms wide x 200 cms long) with views of the sea, mountains and church.

• Bedroom # 3 has 2 single beds (90 cms wide x 200 cms long) with views of the church.

Wardrobes are currently being built for bedrooms 1 and 2 and so do not show on the photographs. Bedroom 3 will have shelves.

Additional Features:

• Private Parking for up to 2 vehicles.

• Beautiful views across Tivat Bay from all windows to the front.

• Café Giardino is 10 meters away. It is a quiet Konoba (water front restaurant / bar) which is owned by our neighbour Zoran and his family. They are super friendly and specialise in fresh fish dishes. Zoran and his son catch the fish themselves.

• Café Giardino will deliver your order to the house if you would prefer to eat at home.

• Beautiful Catholic Church of St Roko is our other neighbour. I recommend you look inside. Don Nikola (the resident priest) is very welcoming. The church bells ring between 07:00 and 22:00 daily. On the hour and every half hour. It is all part of the charm of the area.

• Convenience Store a 5 minute walk away.

• The marina, restaurants and shops of Porto Montenegro are a 15 minute walk along the seafront.

• All windows have glass windows and composite shutters so you can control the sunlight and temperature of the house.

• Original stone floor which has been cleaned and re-laid for the first time in 200 years.

• Exposed original stone interior walls in places.

• Reclaimed maritime brass lighting throughout.

• Canvass prints of the house prior to the renovation.

• New windows and shutters.

• Oak wooden floor up the stairs and throughout the three bedrooms.

• Handmade solid oak dining table and chairs.

• Two matching sofas purchased in 2017.

• Log burner for the winter.

• War Memorial to some fallen partisans from WW2 immediately next door to the left.

Villa Ruza has a fenced off child friendly front terrace. We can provide baby gear including high chairs and cot on request.

You can swim in the sea right in front of Villa Ruza. Just around the corner is a safe, gently sloping beach.

The area is very popular with visiting artists who enjoy painting the sea, sky and mountains.

There are plenty of opportunities to sail at Porto Montenegro where they have a fleet of J70’s and Blu 26’s available for rent. I can make all the introductions there.

There are numerous local places where you can walk in the hills and mountains.

If you like architecture then the ancient venetian city of Kotor is just one local example in the UNESCO protected bay of Kotor.

More Details

Owner
James Head
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2018

About James Head

Lily and I live in Warwickshire, England. We have an adult son and daughter. We were introduced to Montenegro in 2009 by a friend who has a nearby water front property and we fell in love with the landscape, the culture and the people.

We own two properties in Montenegro, both of which are available for holidays. The Stone House, 165 Prcanj (property # 1092464) and Villa Ruza, Donja Lastva (property ref # 8368138).

We purchased Villa Ruza in November 2013 when it had been neglected for decades. The renovation began in September 2016 and was finished in August 2017.

Our purchase of The Stone House, 165 Prcanj – was documented by House Hunters International in 2013. This was the first ever HHI show filmed in Montenegro. It is Season 64, Episode 8.

We want you to have the best holiday experience ever. We have a great team in Montenegro who are there to help you. We are available to help in any way we can with the planning of your holiday.

James Head purchased this villa in 2013

Why James Head chose Tivat

We love to be able spend time on or in the sea and that is what front line properties provide. We did not want a view of the sea, we wanted to be able to feel and smell it right at the house. Villa Ruza was derelict, but in a beautiful setting set beside the Church of St Roko and the Cafe Giardino. It just needed some vision and investment which we are delighted we have been able to provide.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Ruza looks west and enjoys all day sunshine.

Villa Ruza has the most amazing views of the sea and mountains.

Villa Ruza is located in the community.

Our neighbours are wonderful people who make you feel very welcome.

Villa Ruza is secure and child friendly.

Villa Ruza is located right on the sea front.

Villa Ruza was totally renovated in 2017.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Tivat in Kotor Municipality

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The most important house rule is that all our guests have a great holiday and enjoy themselves and Tivat Bay. We trust you to respect our Villa.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Tiled floor to ceiling with WC, sink & shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Tiled floor to ceiling with WC, sink & shower
  • Both bathrooms were brand new in 2017 and have floor to ceiling tiles with a WC, sink, shower, towel heater and bathroom cabinet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , bed (180 cms x 200 cms) views of the sea, mountains
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed (200 cms x 200 cms) with sea and mountain views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Beds (90 cms x 200 cms long) with views of the church
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Villa Ruza has a fenced off child friendly front terrace. We can provide baby gear including high chairs and cot on request. You can swim in the sea right in front of Villa Ruza. Just around the corner is a safe, gently sloping beach. This is one of the outstanding features of this Villa. The area is very popular with visiting artists who enjoy painting the sea, sky and mountains. There are plenty of opportunities to sail at Porto Montenegro where they have a fleet of J70’s and Blu 26’s available for rent. I can make all the introductions there. There are numerous local places where you can walk in the hills and mountains. If you like architecture then the ancient Venetian city of Kotor is just one local example in the UNESCO protected bay of Kotor.

Reviews

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5

Fantastic property in an truly amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

Villa Ruza was a very well appointed property, spotlessly clean with very comfy large beds and spacious rooms. Beautifully decorated whilst retaining all the charms of an old stone villa. The views over the bay from the house and terrace are stunning. Swimming in front of the house in the warm waters of the bay before 'breakfast on the terrace' was a favourite moment. Sitting in the living-room with a glass of local red wine with the front doors and windows open, looking out over the bay and the mountains and waiting for the sunset , was another. The small fisherman’s bar and restaurant just across the car park was great for fresh fish (caught by the owner that morning). This mix of old world charm with the vibrancy of Porto Montenegro Yacht Harbour restaurants and bars within a 15 minute beachside walk gave us a superb few days here. I just can’t wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you feel that booking a holiday at Villa Ruza was the right thing for you and your family and and that you intend to return. When you consider the amount of choice there is for travellers looking for a holiday villa in Europe we think that is a real endorsement of the holiday experience that we are offering at Villa Ruza.
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5

Villa Ruza Offers the Best of Amazing Montenegro

  • 5 of 5

Villa Ruza is guaranteed to delight even the most difficult-to-please holiday-maker. The property video and the photo gallery do full justice to the great ambience of the Villa which has air-conditioning, a massive benefit in Montenegro. All fixtures and fittings are of the very highest standard. The beds are spacious and comfortable and having two bathrooms is a great advantage. Luxury at all levels is guaranteed.

We did not hire a car and had no need to do so. For cheap transport round the bay use Red Taxi or the one-euro-gets-you-anywhere bus service. I recommend a flight from Manchester to Tivat for an entirely easy and stress-free trip: Villa Ruza is only fifteen minutes away from the airport. James, Montenegrin ID-holder, will arrange everything you need, so if you have special requests (sailing, boat trips, mountain drives, white-water rafting etc) please be sure to ask him. We wanted a boat-trip to Kotor City and James arranged a serene afternoon/evening glide across the Bay. The lights of the Kotor Battlements are truly spectacular at night, not only from the water but when viewed from the waterside of Restaurant Galion which has a great menu. Go for the sea food here. If you want something less upmarket and more “meaty”, give Barbecue Tanjga opposite Supermarketa Idea in Kotor a try. You select your own meat and your food accompanied by hearty local salad is brought out to you on a dinky terrace out the back. Tanjga has an “honesty fridge”. When you get your bill - which will be outstanding value - just tell the owner how many beers you’ve had. If you can remember. Great fun! On our first evening we ate at Café Giardino right next door to the Villa and once the staff knew we were guests of James’ on subsequent meal times we had food sent across for us to eat on the Villa’s floral terrace. If you prefer DIY catering, cooking facilities in the villa itself are super. If Giardino pales, (it didn’t for me as it became my “local”) there are many konobas in easy walking distance. If you want a close-up dekko at some of the world’s most mega-expensive super yachts I recommend a trip to Porto Montenegro, only a twenty minute walk away. Porto Montenegro, now highly fashionable among rock stars and royalty, has some excellent restaurants which won’t break the bank.

Villa Ruza occupies a truly spectacular location right on the front line of water-facing properties and is superb for swimming in the Bay.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think you have captured the essence of the holiday experience we want to create at Villa Ruza. Thanks for mentioning that we are keen to help guests with their holiday arrangements before and during their holiday. We want to add value wherever we can to all our guests who book at Villa Ruza.
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5

Fabulous house in a quiet and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited recently for a short break and we wish we had stayed longer! We flew in to Tivat airport which is literally a 5-minute Taxi ride away so extremely convenient. We arranged to meet the onsite contact who was waiting for us on arrival and showed us all aspects of the house whilst informing us about the surrounding location. The House is situated in a quiet square with the ocean directly in front with a beautiful old church right next door. Additionally, the house has a fantastic enclosed outside terrace/patio with seating area where you could easily seat 8-10 people whilst enjoying a sea view.

When they opened the doors for us we were astounded by the quality of the house which has recently been renovated to an extremely high standard whilst maintaining all the original charm. There are some lovely features like the original marine style lighting which goes so well with the property, as well as the lovely large beds and high quality linen which makes sleeping a pleasure. All the rooms have full blackout shutters and on the first day we slept until 1.00PM as they completely block the sun when closed. Bathrooms are extremely well appointed with fantastic quality towels and powerful rain showers, and the kitchen has fabulous facilities and all the appliances a family could need including a dishwasher (which we never used because eating out was so reasonable!)

Next door is a quaint bar/restaurant “Café Giardino” which is amazingly good value and serves a selection of excellent freshly cooked food. The owner was so kind and brought food over to the house for us to eat on the terrace whilst serving us drinks there as well. A few minutes’ walk away is the world acclaimed Port Montenegro which is a great place to spend time Yacht watching, eating in any of the fabulous restaurants, and enjoying the beautifully maintained promenades.

James and the local team were fantastic at promptly dealing with any of our queries, and were on hand at any time to assist us. I would recommend this property to anyone without hesitation as it was a first-class experience from beginning to end.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Ruza so much and that our local team were on hand to make sure you had everything you needed. We also appreciate your feedback on the Villa renovation. We have worked hard to ensure it retains all it's classic charm that it had 65 years ago when it was a Naval Admiral's house but to include everything our guests will need for modern sophisticated living.
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A wonderful first visit to Montenegro

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our 2-year son enjoyed a fantastic week at Villa Ruza. As a self-confessed worrier of a Mum, this is the perfect property for me as it’s so safe and child friendly. There is a self-contained, private terrace that my son took huge delight in charging around on. The terrace also has a built-in seating and table area which was lovely for having breakfast whilst looking out at the water which is quite literally a few steps away.

Next door to the house is a quiet family run bar/ restaurant that serves really good quality (and exceptional value) food. A highlight for me were the grilled prawns that were divine. The owners of the bar were so friendly and welcoming and always gave us a wave when we returned home after a walk/ swim.

A short walk from the villa is Porto Montenegro. We visited here almost every day to wander around the shops, eat in the wonderful restaurants and of course, gaze at the super yachts!

The Villa itself has recently been renovated to a very high standard. The whole property was tastefully decorated and furnished with quality items. The kitchen was fully equipped – far better than my own kitchen at home! The bathrooms again very tastefully done with a really nice touch in the towels that were lovely thick Egyptian cotton. The bedrooms are big and spacious with a super king-sized bed which was so nice to have. Perhaps my favourite part of the house is the view from the bedroom – you’re so close to the water all you can see whilst you’re lying in bed is bright blue sea. The location of the property makes it so you get to see the most incredible sunsets. I recommend enjoying them with a glass of something cold on the terrace.

This is the first family holiday that we have had in a privately hired self-catering property. From the initial booking through to getting back to the airport with a taxi the owner organised for us, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your family holiday and were able to really relax knowing your son was safe. Our goal is to create a luxury, seafront living environment in the heart of the local Montenegrin community and your review indicates to me that we have made a good start on achieving that.
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Location

Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Tivat Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Cafe Giardino
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Kamenari - Lepetane
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Cafe Giardino
Nearest Beach
22 Kilometres
Jazz Beach
Car: not necessary

You can swim in the sea right in front of Villa Ruza. Just around the corner is a safe, gently sloping beach. This is one of the outstanding features of this Villa.

The area is very popular with visiting artists who enjoy painting the sea, sky and mountains.

There are plenty of opportunities to sail at Porto Montenegro where they have a fleet of J70’s and Blu 26’s available for rent. I can make all the introductions there.

There are numerous local places where you can walk in the hills and mountains.

If you like architecture then the ancient venetian city of Kotor is just one local example in the UNESCO protected bay of Kotor.

I particularly recommend a trip to the Mausoleum at Lovcen and a white water rafting trip in the Tara Canyon.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Tivat, Europe

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
£444
for 4 nights
From
£111
£777
 
 
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£712
for 4 nights
From
£178
£1,246
 
 
Summer 2018
23 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 6 nights
From
£275
£1,925
 
 
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£712
for 4 nights
From
£178
£1,246
 
 
Winter 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
£444
for 4 nights
From
£111
£777
 
 
Spring 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
£712
for 4 nights
From
£178
£1,246
 
 
Summer 2019
22 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
6 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 6 nights
From
£275
£1,925
 
 
Autumn 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
£712
for 4 nights
From
£178
£1,246
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 4 nights
From
£275
£1,925
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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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