Seafront house in fantastic location on Bol Harbour. Perfect for a beach vacation as Croatia's most famous beach, and the local diving centre are nearby. We are currently taking bookings for 2015.
We were drawn to Bol because we love the sea and it is a perfect place to take a beach vacation and go scuba-diving, swimming, boating, water kayaking and windsurfing. We love nature and appreciate the pristine nature of the Croatian countryside but wanted to be at the hub of things and Bol is the activities centre for Brac. Here you can play tennis, go climbing, cycling, walking, flying from Brac Airport or just laze on the Golden Horn [Zlatni Rat], an idyllic beach a short distance away. The Monastery Beach [5 minutes walk along the coastal path] is a delight. Here you can relax with young children and eat at a lovely restaurant built in an old fisherman's house on a promontory overlooking the beach. The monastery has an original Tintoretto and museum with Roman artefacts, makes is own wine and has a lovely garden terrace overlooking the beach. Once the big yachts come into the harbour in July/August the town gets really quite lively and revelry can continue into the early hours. However, the house is equipped with its original windows [now double glazed] together with secondary double glazing to ensure that guests can sleep without disturbance. There is a lovely garden and small citrus orchard behind the house, together with a marble terrace for dining. It is one of the few houses around the harbour with a seafront terrace, and really is unique. It is completely enclosed so children can play safely.
Air conditioning keeps the house cool.
For guests with boats, a berth in Bol Harbour can be arranged.
We fell in love with Harbour House because (there are panoramic views from every room, and especially from the large terrace) of its simplicity and safe, friendlyfeel. Built of Brac stone like the White House in Washington, it is a famous landmark and often appears in photos of Bol. Its simplicity is appealing because, although not especially large (108sq.m.) its construction makes it feel spacious and airy. If you love the sea you will love Harbour House.
Croatia Airlines, Easyjet, British Airways and Whizzair have regular flights to Split. You can often get
significant discounts on these flights if you book through Travel Republic.
As well as the local market, supermarket, pharmacy, post office and bakery, for those interested in sea sports the house is close by the local diving centre. The Tourist Office is close by, and all around are little bars, restaurants, shops selling jewellery, swimwear and hand-made artefacts. Bol is close to the most famous beach in Croatia, the Golden Horn beach. This is approx. 1 km away from the house [although the small local beach is only 30 metres away] and can be reached by a gentle stroll. Boats also sail the few minutes back and forth to the beach or you can take the little road train that chugs back and forth to the beach all day long.
The Monastery Beach is 5 minutes away along the coastal path, and here you will find a sweet little restaurant on a small promontory immediately overlooking the beach. This provides delicious food, and is located within an old fisherman's house. The Monastery, itself, is worth visiting for its fine collection of artworks. You can find many other restaurants along the coastal path, including Restaurant Mlin, in an old Mill by the sea. The owners can negotiate discounts for off peak dates.
Bol is delightful and the position and outlook from Harbour House - especially the balcony is outstanding. The house itself is nicely decorated although the layout of kitchen on the ground floor and alot of stairs to the balcony means that to take full advantage required much carrying - and the stairs are fairly steep.
One major improvement would be a book of the house with tips such as: do not try to have windows open at night - there is a huge amount of noise with one bar in particular going on till 2.30 am. We learnt by day 3/4 that the solution was to leave doors open and air conditioning on at night with each of the three layers of shutter/window/double glazing shut - which worked like a charm and totally explained why they are there...
Unfortunately the parasol was broken - and the table on the balcony is obviously not long for this life. With the result that most of the day the balcony was too hot to use.
Also, we found that Zlatni Rat as a beach was unusably crowded from circa 11am and it also took us a while to find the beaches in the direction of the monastery which are much nicer and more used by locals. The beach just in front of the pier is surprisingly good for a swim/sunbathe...
One further tip - if climbing up to Vidora Gora (the mountain) the guides are ridiculously optimistic with one quoting a one hour walk and another 2 hours. Allow three. But the views are really worth it and there is a restaurant at the top to refresh you even if the car park up there does initially seem to make a mockery of the exertions of the climb!
The beaches are very stony and sea shoes arent really optional if you want to play in the water, so buy them as soon as you arrive or bring them with you. Also beach rolls - we found some in Konsum for 5 Kuna which we left for the next occupants - which we hope they will benefit from as the house seemed to have been somewhat cleaned out between lets when we arrived - always a little annoying when you think what Harbour House in particular costs...
The house is beautifully situated and its views are simply breathtaking. It is hard to imagine a more picturesque setting, add the fact that a range of bars and restaurants are virtually on its doorstep and the location is even more impressive. Hours can be spent chilling out on its balcony.
The only down sides were calling an old transistor radio a 'music player', no kettle and bizarre arrangements for collecting and depositing the keys.
Apart from those points Harbour House is perfect - Bol and the island of Brac equally so.
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Thank you for a most enjoyable week in the lovely Harbour House in Bol. We all completely loved the place! Hope we will have the opportunity to be back again. Ann and Gunner, June 2013.
Bol was lovely. Our hire car didnt move from the deep blue car park for two weeks as we could walk everywhere. There is never a dull moment when on the balcony!
We loved the Monastery Beach and only went to the Golden Horn Beach twice. We hired a RIB speedboat and went over to Jelsa, Verboska and Styari Grad on Hvar ... all beautiful towns too, and found a lovely little bay to anchor in for lunch. Restaurants were simple but very good, and cheap. Pizzas in Croatia are awesome. Weather was non-stop sunshine. I hope we will return to Bol before too long and can stay in Harbour House again. Jonathan Wade, July 2013.
I just wanted you to know that we had a fantastic time in Bol. Vesna was excellent, offering to help with any enquiry. The water sports were great fun. I tried kite surfing (after a couple of lessons in the UK). We went kayaking, windsurfing, rafting on the Cetina River (organized it ourselves via a firm in Omis that picked us up from Split: Stella Lucis) and took a speedboat to a few other islands and the Blue Cave. We walked everywhere and didnt feel the need to hire bikes, use the boat taxi or road train. The restaurants were all very good, including the one at the end of the pedestrian walkway that you recommended. Anyway, all my family say it was the best holiday hyet. It rated higher than our recenty trips to Corfu, Sardinia, Crete and Corsica. Thanks for a great holiday. Nick Helps, August 2013.
"We loved staying in your house in Postira. The town was absolutely charming. It was marvellous to be right on the water front and so close to the shops for our supplies. The vcovbe around the corner ... proved to be a wonderful place for swimming and picnics (and walks along the coast)." Tom Butler
Sadly back in the UK after a great holiday.
Bol was lovely. Our hire car didnt move from the deep blue car park for 2 weeks as we could walk everywhere.
We loved the Monastery Beach. The restaurants were simple but very good (and cheap). Pizzas in Croatia are awsome.
We enjoyed our stay in Harbour House. The bbq was very good and there was never a dull moment on the balcony terrace! Air conditioning was a good-send at night. Weather was non-stop sunshiner but included 2 days of wind which was quite nice.
I hope we will return to Bol before too long and can stay in Harbour House again.
Jonathan Wade, Leeds. July 2012
"I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful introduction to Croatia. We loved the place, the people and are most envious of your little piece of it all. You really have got the most idyllic spot. We would be very tempted to buy a property in Croatia, but fear we would never find anything so perfect! ... Many thanks for a perfect week."
Sarah Hopwood - Director of Finance and Resources
Glyndebourne Productions Ltd (permission given to print this review)
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful introduction to Croatia. We loved the place, the people and are most envious of your little piece of it all. You really have got the most idyllic spot. We would be very tempted to buy a property in Croatia but fear we would never find anything so perfect!Sarah Hopwood, Director of Finances & Resources, Glyndebourne Opera House. [permission given to print this review]
********Please amend existing review*********"I just wanted to thankyou for a wonderful introduction to Croatia. We loved the place, the people ..... You really have got the most idyllic spot. We would be very tempted to buy a property in Croatia, but fear we would never find anything so perfect!Sarah Hopwood, Director of Finance & Resources, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd."
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful introduction to Croatia. We loved the place, the people and are most envious of your little piece of it all. You really have got the most idyllic spot. We would be very tempted to buy a property in Croatia, but fear we would never find anything so perfect!Sarah Hopwood, Director of Finance & Resources, Glyndebourne Producct. Ltd
[visited May 2005] "I just wanted to say thankyou for the use of your wonderful house. Our week in Bol was so comfortable and relaxed, and we all came away feeling like new people...The house was kitted out perfectly, complete with all mod-cons and very comfy beds. All in all a great stay on a lovely island and we'd love to come back some time." [this family extended their stay by 3 nights]
"I just wanted to say thank you for the use of your wonderful house. Our week in Bol was so comfortable and relaxed, and we all came away feeling like new people.I particularly loved the view of the harbour from the terrace. I hadn't expected it to be so close and we got quite used to starting our mornings with coffee and croissants overlooking the bobbing boats. The town itself was very friendly and our two-year old made good pals with the local fruit-sellers. The house was kitted out perfectly, complete with all mod-cons and very comfy beds. All in all a great stay on a lovely island and we'd love to come back some time." [This family stayed an extre 3 days]
Harbour House has been created as a holiday house for its English owners so you can walk straight into it and feel at home. It is simple but elegant, with rugs and lovely pictures on the walls. It has a large kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, full-sized cooker and is well equipped with linen, china and cooking equipment. A lovely, comfortable, sofabed in the terrace sitting room becomes full-sized single beds (one pulls out from beneath the other). Cot & child's bed also available: For larger famillies the simply furnished attic has a further two [comfortable] mattresses for children. An enclosed garden with white marble patio and a mandarin orchard make the garden ideal for children. Guests enjoy using the garden, which is lovely and fragrant in the evening. There is a stone barbeque in the garden.
About the owner
We have been visiting Croatia since 1968 and when, In 2003, we had the opportunity to purchase Harbour House, Bol and Orange Grove House, Postira, both on the Island of Brac on the Dalmatian coast, we jumped at it.
We have never regretted this and hope that our guests feel as happy in Croatia as we do. Croatia is a wonderful country. It is clean and pristine. The sea is completely crystalline and clear and a joy for swimming and the watersports that Croatia offers are absolutely fantastic.
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