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Villa Maja - Something Special Near Dubrovnik

House with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Hodilje, Croatia

From £658 per week

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House to rent in Hodilje, Croatia

House all alone in woods, 10 meters from see, gives you incredible privacy to enjoy nature

  • House
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Near beach
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

House overview - owner's description

Villa Maja is located near the historic ports of Ston and Mali Ston, 12 km from the main Dalmatian coast road at the entrance to the Peljesac peninsular. The house can only be reached from the village of Hodilje (2-3 km from Ston) by a 400 metre footpath, not by car. This guarantees you complete privacy and tranquillity. Alternatively, you can take a boat (available for hire with the house) from Hodilje to the private landing 100 metres from the house.

The house is set in spacious grounds on 3 levels and isolated from other properties, so you will be completely alone. The living room opens onto a big tiled terrace containing chairs and tables with fine views across the sea to the Dalmatian mainland. The shallow sandy bay in front of the house is very safe and good for swimming, sloping gradually down into deeper water. You can also jump off the boat landing into a small rocky bay.

The villa is exclusive and contains a big living room with satellite TV, which can sleep 4 more, kitchen, large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower cubicle. Outside there is a garden shower, two barbeques (gas and charcoal), washing machine and plenty of deck chairs and recliners.

We stay in Hodilje, in a separate house where we can offer you a safe parking place during your stay. Hodilje has no shops but it has a friendly local taverna that also can be easily reached by boat. Ston has a daily market selling fruit, vegetables and other regional produce, plus 2 supermarkets, a wine shop, pharmacy, hospital, police station, post office, bank, bakery and many cafes and restaurants. When you arrive, we will carry you and your luggage to the villa by boat. The journey takes about 5 minutes. , ...

There are 3 bedrooms: two double with French beds and one with 2 double twin beds. Maximum for 8 people, but we recommend 6 adults, or 4 adults and 4 children.

Places of interest
Mali Ston, only a short journey by boat from the villa, houses some of the best seafood restaurants in Croatia. Its bay is famous for mussels and oysters while the town is surrounded by the longest wall fortifications to be found anywhere in Europe. The region is full of sights to visit. Dubrovnik is only 60 km to the south and the island of Korcula is easily reached by ferry from the end of the Peljesac peninsular.

Internet and Cell:
Internet USB flesh drive can be bought from Vip mobile, cost about 20 euros and it gives you 2gb of data. You can also buy cell phone card with number for around 13 euros, that gives you same amount of cell phone credit. Its sold in city Ston. Reception of signal in house is good. Maja, your host, might have a flash drive so that you will have to top up credit for internet, and not to buy flesh card

The beautiful island of Mljet, a National Park, is also close.


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10 out of 11 people recommend staying here


Family from Woking, United Kingdom Aug 2018

What a find! We've now stayed here two years running as we like it so much.
Firstly, don't worry about the negative review on here – during both our visits, we honestly have not encountered the problems mentioned in it.
Although the facilities in the house are quite basic, they really are more than adequate. The interior of the house is a little dated but there’s an abundance of charm, character and personal touches instead.
The surrounding gardens/grounds are simply idyllic with plenty room to explore and so many different places to lounge around and relax. The terrace makes for a great place for dining at any time of the day, with lovely views over to the mainland. There are plenty shaded areas too if you want to escape from the sun.
Having one's own access to the sea is wonderful. There are swimming pool style steps into the sea and paved steps too, so accessing the water for swimming is no problem.
We spent much of our time just lazing around the garden, on the jetty or in the sea.
I wouldn't recommend jumping off the wooden landing stage / platform into the sea as it's nowhere near deep enough! But it does make a wonderful 'on the sea terrace' for lounging/basking on, watching the sunset from, or even star gazing at midnight.
Thick rubber soled water shoes are definitely recommended as the sea bed has plenty sea urchins in places.
To confirm, as the description is a little misleading, there are two bedrooms (both equipped with a double bed). There are two basic sofa beds in the living room which potentially could sleep 4 additional people.
Although the building is split level, all the accommodation and the terrace are all on the one level, with a basement just for storage on the lower level.
There are tiled steps leading up to the terrace, on which you just need to exercise care if wet footed (common sense). In our opinion, these are not as treacherous as some reviews have stated.
It is warm in the house at night, but there are multiple fans available for use and we weren't troubled by it.
We've used Maja's boat on a couple of days for exploring the local waters and it does have an anchor if you wish to just stop and have a swim from it in the open water, although it is quite tricky climbing back on board – even with the rope ladder we found in the basement of the house.
It's definitely not a necessity to have the boat all the time though, as some people have mentioned here. The path from the property to where you can leave your car makes for a delightful 10 minute walk and is really no problem as long as you are fine with walking on uneven ground and don’t mind the dark in the evening of course. (It’s also quicker for getting back to your car than by boat)
I don't think the rental charge of 25euros per day for the boat is unreasonable at all. I think the normal rate for renting a boat for a day at a resort is 100euros or more.
When you first arrive the very welcoming Maja meets you at the village quayside and transports you and your luggage to the property via the boat. Don't worry about having too much luggage - there's plenty room in the boat. And I'd recommend stocking up on groceries before you arrive so that these can be transported too.
Likewise happens in reverse at the end of the stay.
There are a couple of small supermarkets in nearby Ston for groceries and numerous restaurants (heartily recommend Restaurant Stagnum).
There's plenty scope for exploring along the Peljesac peninsular. If you're into walking/hiking, Mount Sv. Ilija near Orebic is definitely worth checking out - amazing views from the top at 960m.
And we found the small beach at the village of Borak (near Potomje) a great spot for snorkelling - not too busy either.
We would most definitely recommend this place and are sure to return ourselves.
Finally, if you are not aware, it is a legal requirement in Croatia for accommodation hosts to register the details of their guests with the Croatian tourist board upon their arrival. So, don’t be alarmed if when you stay in Croatia, you are asked for your passport details on arrival. We weren’t aware of this rule on our first trip to Croatia and were taken aback a bit.


Family from Cramlington, United Kingdom Aug 2016

Maja was very friendly and hospitable and the area is lovely including the location of the house but there are definate problems with the property.
Firstly the cleanliness of the property is not acceptable, mouse droppings of kitchen shelves is simply not good enough.
We had to leave the property 3 days early and check into a hotel as the beds are infested with bedbugs and every member of our group recieved terrible bites which we though we're mosquito bites at first until we looked into it further as we continued to be bitten even with the strongest repellents on.
2 hobs that work in the kitchen is simply not enough for a party of 7 to cook on and it turns out the other 2 do work but the gas hadn't been refilled! The fridge barely works below room temp so whatever food was bough went off fast.
The house is not child friendly at all, patio steps are lethal when wet or with wet feet, plug socket in the hall coming off the wall and steep tiled steps are an accident waiting to happen.
Hot water is sporadic, sometimes works but mainly doesn't and bathroom taps don't turn off fully.
The house has great potential but it simply hasn't been maintained to a good enough standard for a holiday let and is all a bit too tired and unloved!
In my opinion the boat should come with the house as although there is a path to get to the village on foot , it isn't a clear enough route to tackle in darkness or with small children and the only option is by boat. The boat is an essential item with this property and the 120 euro charge for the week is on the steep side in my opinion especially after paying over 1000 euros already on the villa rental.
We would love to go back as it is a great spot but the property would stop us returning until it sees some much needed maintenance


Family from Bratislava, Slovakia Jun 2014

Beautiful and very silent place. I can recomend the place for families with children. However you definitely need a boat due to logistics. There was no dishwasher there. Therefore we used mother in law for that purpose )


Friends from Warminster, United Kingdom Jun 2013

Lovely place with a lot of charm and comfortable. Jellies essential as the only way into sea from Villa involves jumping off spikey rocks or picking your way through sea urchins of which there are masses. Fun to use the boat from time to time but no anchor or ladder for swimmers and very few places within reach where you could tie up. Maja very helpful. Great base and perfect if you are looking for somewhere very quiet. Teenagers had cabin fever by the end. Mouse in the house but visiting cat sorted that out. Real treat to see a tortoise seen on path through woods that takes you to the car.


From London, United Kingdom Aug 2012

Absolutely quiet and very private place. No need to go anywhere to get usual holiday benefits - your private piece of sea is just off your terrace, massive garden at your disposal. Most days we spent on the terrace enjoying fresh fruits, excellent local wine and just coffee when kids were on their own in the water for the whole day picking crabs, shells and sea horses. A lot of urchins as well though so make sure you have swimming shoes. A snorkelling mask is a must - abundance of life underwater mesmerises.

Maja is a very welcoming and helpful host. All queries and questions responded quickly. Figs from her tree that she regularly supplied us with and allowed to pick up ourselves are exquisite!

The boat is a very nice to have to go around the bay, also for shopping and dining in Mali Ston. The long rocky path to where car is to be kept is also beatiful, but make sure you have a torch if youre late.

Definitely want to come there again.


From Rotterdam, Netherlands Aug 2011

We had a wonderful holiday here in August 2011. The house lies in a secluded position, and ensures a very quiet stay, with direct access to the sea. The sea has crystal clear waters, and we enjoyed snorkeling and looking at the fish, octopus, urchins etc. The luggage has to be brought by boat, but there is also a fairly easy walking path through woods, taking you to the house in between 5 and 10 minutes from where the car can be parked. There is no airconditioning, but air from the sea in the evenings is cool, and there are fans in the sleeping rooms, so we had no problems with the summer heat. The gardens and terrace are wonderful, and we spent whole days lying and reading below a majestic palm tree.

1 other review

Jul 2006

the property was spotless clean, it had everything you could wish for, and more. .the facilities that it offered were excellent, and it wasnt far from the main road, with eateries, shops, and other facilities, but was far enough away not to have any noise from revellers. I would definatley use this property again, as it was to a high standard and good value for money

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This house is:

3km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 60km from Dubrovnik airport 3km from post office 3km from coffe shops

Local activities

Scuba diving 15km Walking 3km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Local food market 3km Museum 15km Night club 60km Shopping 45km Theatre 45km Cinema 45km

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Outside this house in Hodilje, Croatia
This house is in the countryside near a lively area, the sea and mountains. It has a balcony, a barbecue, a garage, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

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  • big new boat for 8 persons with new engine

    £22.49 per night, paid locally



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed

There is also 2 double sofa beds in in third room, lounge area, 1 cot


1 bathroom


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Radio, TV Languages in English, Italian, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 8, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Sea view

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Smoking, Pets


Average rating from 11 reviews

Private Owner From Belgrade, Serbia Member since Oct 2005

Renting Villa Maja is a family business, and internet management is taken care by Maja son, Andrija, and hospitality by Maja herself. We are doing our best to keep our custemors very satisfied with our house since 1998. You are Welcome !!!

Past bookings: 42 bookings

Last seen: a month ago

Number of properties: 1

Renting Villa Maja is a family business, and internet management is taken care by Maja son, Andrija, and hospitality by Maja herself. We are doing our best to keep our custemors very satisfied with our house since 1998. You are Welcome !!!

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