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Detached Waterfront Villa. Completely renovated in 2017. 3 B, 2BR

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 guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 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 ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

Stunning

  • 5 of 5

We arrived from Tivat at Lunchtime and after a short drive from the airport were greeted by the cool blue waters and Villa Ruza , the heady aroma of Lavender and Jasmine from the courtyard were wonderful . The Villa has been renovated to a high standard - this haven of calm has wonderful views from almost every window . To lie in bed with the shutters open gazing at the water is a great way to start he day . Porto Montenegro is a short walk away -housing superyachts , reasonably priced restaurants and designer clothing .From initial booking enquiry the owner James was helpful and provided detail to the max .. they have a large support network so if help is needed its a phone call away . Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent quality and outstanding views from the Villa and so close to the sea

  • 5 of 5

First time to Montenegro and all the taxis and border crossing very well organised.

Friendly people at all time and most speak English

Quality of food great with Cafe next door perfect for a quiet beer and food.

Villa is of a very high quality and all rooms excellent with a lot of thought gone into each one.

Waking up and opening the shutters with a perfect view memorable.

Walking and swimming ideal at this location and boats around the bay easy to hire

Cycling is popular as well

The scenery is outstanding with the occasional thunder storm that soon cleared

We will go back

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderfull stay at villa ruza donja lastva

  • 5 of 5

My family and i (5 people) stayed in the beautiful newly renovated villa ruza in late april. From the moment we booked the property, the owners james and lily were in contact with all the help and contact details we would need throughout our trip. They forwared a very comprehensive house book to us that gave details of the property,contact numbers of local people(friends of their's) eg; taxi driver to pick us up from the local airport tivat, which is 10 mins from villa ruza, shops and good local restaurants to eat in and recommondations of things to do and see while on holidays in montenegro.

The villa itself is beautifully renovated with all the mod cons you would need. Which was wonderful when you have 3 children with you! The villa sleeps 6 comfortably with handmade furniture in all the bedrooms. If you wanted a lazy morning you can keep the shutters closed on the windows and think it was nightime!!

The view out the windows of the bedrooms lets you gaze out onto the calm crystal clear water of the adriatic sea which is only 20 metres from your front door. The outside eating area in the private courtyard was a big hit as was the ample sun loungers provided by villa ruza to soak up the sunshine outside the front door.

Situated within 15 minutes stroll along the seafront to the marina of porto montenegro where all the super yachts are moored. This area has got everything you could wish for, shops restaurants and bars or simply sitting down to watch the yachts coming in or out.

The old town of kotor is a 15 minute journey by car and is well worth a visit.

All in all we had a wonderul stay at villa ruza and james and lily have done a terrific job on this property.

Cant wait to come back!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect villa for an amazing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Villa Ruza has recently been renovated to an incredibly high standard by the owners and provided our family of five with the dream location placed within the heart of the local community in Donja Lastva. Nestled between the beautiful Church of St. Roko and a charming family run restaurant this is a front line property with private sun terrace.

Worry not about a swimming pool as the clear Adriatic Sea beckons a few convenient strides away for a swim or locally arranged private boat trip.

The luxury of Porto Montenegro is an easy and safe 15-20 minute walk away and this marina setting offers a sight of huge Yachts that are moored there. There are boutique shops here with an interesting opportunity to visit the Naval Heritage Museum which informs about the naval history of Tivat and the chance to see inside an ex Yugoslavian P-821 submarine!

We ate and recommend Al Posto Guisto and One in Porto Montenegro, very lovely at affordable prices.

Within sight of Villa Ruza, the Hotel Carrubba is excellent for food or drinks on the waterfront terrace. We did not have the need or desire to rent a car with our location at Villa Ruza and a choice of three small supermarkets are so easily accessed by foot. This was a massive plus as we could obtain all we needed for our stay.

The owners were so helpful in supporting our needs and answering questions and you receive comprehensive house notes from them, swiftly after your booking is made. Which brings me on to the owners dedicated team out there. It can best be described as brilliant, with support and reassurance if ever you needed it. We had a memorable private boat trip via one of the owners recommended team - collected from the jetty in front of the Villa and driven to Our Lady of the Rocks, lunch at the excellent Hotel Conte in 'postcard perfect' Perast and finally taken to Kotor with it's unique history and atmosphere. We also enjoyed a car trip with another of the Owners recommendations who took us high into the mountains into Central Montenegro to experience another side of things in Njegusi, famous for it's smoked ham and cheese, before stopping for pictures of Skadar Lake and time spent in the charming old town of Budva.

The convenience of Tivat Airport just a 10 or 15 minute taxi journey away aided our stress free holiday. Villa Ruza is great, equipped to high standard, and does not give the feel of a rental home, more your very own place for a time. For all this and more, Villa Ruza is strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing to have your holiday at Villa Ruza and we are really pleased you had a great time. We understand it is a big responsibility booking a holiday for the entire family. Thanks for mentioning the team in Montenegro. They work hard to make sure all our guests feel at home and have the best holiday ever.
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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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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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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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