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Free Wi-Fi at Castello- a spacious apartment in a Gothic house!

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Self catering apartment with roof terrace in medieval town

The Castello apartment is in a 500 year old Venetian Gothic house in prime position on the main square of the medieval town of Vodjnan in Istria 20 minutes bike ride from the beach A sweeping circular stone staircase leads to the the apartment on the second floor. The rooms are very spacious and light with views onto the square and church. The property has been modernised to a very high specification, with attention to the preservation of the original character and free Wi-Fi internet access. Vodnjan is 20 minutes from Pula airport (Ryanair), 2 hours from Rijeka airport and Trieste airport. It is also 20 minutes from Rovinj and 5 minutes from the ferry to Brijuni Islands. The apartment has a roof top terrace with spectacular views. The local area is excellent for biking, exploring, walking and rock climbing. Nearby Pula has a large Roman amphitheatre, a busy harbour as well as museums, shops and many cultural and sporting activities. Frequent bus service.

Summer event: The town of Vodnjan has an extended programme of events in the summer, particularly in August.

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Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French, Dutch, I speak some German and I am learning Italian-.
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Tessa

I am an Australian but I live in Scotland. My husband and I first came to Istria in 2004 and fell in love with it. The following year we bought the appartment in Vodnjan and since then have come to stay at least twice every year. Once we stayed for a whole month as we were able to do our work online.

Tessa purchased this apartment in 2005


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Vodnjan in Municipality of Vodnjan

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • A cot is available on request. A mattress (on the floor) with bedding can be provided for a child.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The roof terrace is shared with our other apartment Casa Benussi


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Free Wi-Fi at Castello- a spacious apartment in a Gothic house!
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews

Ideal venue to explore the area

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, clean and convenient apartment in a lovely old building on the town square . Air - conditioning was excellent and kitchen well-equipped . We were very well-placed to explore Istria and our local contacts were most friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If you would like to return to Vodnjan with friends and family, Benussi next door has 2 bedrooms and is also advertised on HomeAway. We can offer you a discount for your next visit! Tessa
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment in very old building .Parking was easy and lots of good restaurants in nearby Fasana.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming modern flat in an architectural gem of the past

  • 5 of 5

The locals we met were very friendly- our neighbours and the owner of the cafe below. A relaxed holiday with lots to visit in the area. Very nice to stay somewhere off the beaten track. I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic apartment and village to come home to.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at apartment Castello and Vodnjan is a great village away from the tourist trail but close enough to be able to enjoy all the sights and return to the very comfortable apartment. Small supermarket nearby for all our needs and local restaurants with great food. Central location to all the sights, mountain top villages and the wonderful seafront towns.

Would highly recommend this highly.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully restored flat in a fabulous building

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Vodnjan, an authentic medieval town which seems largely untouched by tourism; just how we like it.

Castello is a sympathetically restored apartment which overlooks the Square from the bedroom and the church tower from the living area. It has a spacious feel and is very comfortable. Our stay was in October which meant that the (very efficient) heating units were welcome. We only needed them at night though as the days were pleasant. It felt special to enter the building through the communal entrance and the stone hallway and spiral stairs evoked centuries past. Castello is welcoming with its wooden floors and neutral colour scheme. Everything you need is there and we enjoyed several meals at home, overlooking the tower and even a picnic on the roof terrace, with its wonderful views. The roof terrace is accessed via the attic, which was another highlight for me. The keyholders were welcoming on our arrival and helped us with where to park and to eat that night. The flat is beautifully clean (I understand that the caretakers live in another apartment in the building) and everyone we met in the building was friendly, even greeting us if they saw us in local bars. Tessa, the owner of the flat, provided excellent communication and made the whole thing very easy.

The apartment was very easy to reach from Pula airport and as we'd hired a car, we could go anywhere in Istria that took our fancy. The motorways have tolls but these are cheap by UK standards and are practically empty, as are the main roads. We enjoyed the sightseeing around the hill towns and the coast and returned to Pula to see the amphitheatre but mostly enjoyed the hospitality around Vodnjan. I would recommend visiting the tourist office for advice about what to see, especially if you're going slightly out of season as we did.

This was our first visit to Croatia and we look forward to going again for the beautiful scenery, friendly locals and authentic, unpretentious atmosphere. If we return to Vodnjan we shall certainly stay at Castello.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review. I am sure those considering staying at Castello will appreciate all the info you have shared. If you would ever like to return, our apartment, Benussi next door has 2 spacious bedrooms and sleeps 5. And you will get 10% discount as a returning guest! Tessa
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John & Rachel, August 2015

  • 5 of 5

I'm back at work but my thoughts and heart are still in Castello, where we just enjoyed a relaxing and special week's holiday. The apartment is spacious and combines modern comforts, such as air conditioning and a large, comfy bed, with lots of history and a romantic position overlooking the bustling square. We enjoyed exploring Istria in 35C heat, retreating to Castello in the evening to drink wine on the roof terrace or stroll the streets of Vodjnan. The beach was a little too far to pedal, for us, largely just due to the heat, but there are plenty of magical spots within a 30-minute drive, plus the towns of Pula and Rovinj to enjoy. This was my fourth trip to Croatia and although we went in peak season I also found the area to be surprisingly good value compared to Dubrovnik for example, with food, drink, parking and other essentials always cheaper than expected. The apartment also felt like good value, with spacious rooms and such a prime location, without a premium price tag.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sure you enjoyed the italian flavour, not only of the food but also the architecture which stems from this part of Croatia once being part of Italy. If you know some italian, the Croatians, who are bilingual, will happily respond to your efforts. You can also speak English as all the young speak good English and some of the older ones too. I hope you will return to Castello. We offer 10% discount to our guests who would like to book one of our apartments again. We have Castello and Benussi in Vodnjan and Lukovima in Rovinj.
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Pula airport (Ryanair)
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres

Istria has been an important gateway to Europe for more than a thousand years. This coming and going is reflected in both culture and architecture making Istria more like Europe than the rest of Croatia. Italian is the official second language here and both buildings and agriculture seem much like Tuscany. The ever popular coastal towns are well worth a visit, but so are the gems inland - the walled medieval hills towns of Groznan and Motovun, the ruined city of Divigrad and the dramatic views from the top of Mt Ucka. Wine, truffles, and a therapeutic hot-spring mud bath can make a great day out. Formerly Vodnjan was a garrison town for the Roman army; later overshadowed by its port, Pula. Today Vodnjan is rebounding in a rather relaxed fashion, and is a fine staging post for trips to the palaces of Tito's island retreats on Brijuni, the beaches of the fishing port of Fazana and the seafood restaurants of Pula.

Other Activities: Rock climbing, boating to islands.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Vodnjan, Istria

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
4 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

30% due with your booking. On receipt of your payment your booking will be confirmed. £100 security deposit will be due on arrival. This is refunded within 14 days of your departure if there is no damage.

There is a tourist tax to pay on arrival. In the summer it is 7.5 kuna (approx £1) per person per day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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