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The villa is situated beneath the Motovun town walls, on the hill dominating the wonderful Mirna river valley. It overlooks the ancient Motovun oak forest rich with truffles, mushrooms of sublime taste, and the slopes where grapes for famous Istrian wines are grown. The interior is spacious (350 m2) and has been beautifully furnished and decorated with attention to details. The villa surroundings, with olive trees and a small vineyard, give complete privacy around the stone decked pool. A covered terrace with a barbecue provides the perfect outside dining area by the pool from where you can enjoy sunsets over the valley. Motovun legends, smells and tastes all came together into a distinct atmosphere that also rubbed off the Dolce Vita.

Land of Giants
An old legend states that long ago giants lived in the valley of the River Mirna. They were so big that they could, looking at the towns on the hillsides above Mirna, hand each other tools and big rocks. One of the towns that were built by the giants during this legendary time was Motovun. Many years later, when Istria was inhabited by ordinary people, the giants began to disappear. However according to legends and the stories of Vladimir Nazor the noted Motovun giant Veli Jože was so big and strong that he could shake the bell tower of the Motovun church with his bare hands.

Motovun is a town-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis town located atop a 277 metre high hill, whose present appearance dates back to the Middle Ages, from the 12th and 13th century. Leading to the top of the hill and its Venetian town square is the longest Istrian staircase, with 1052 steps.

From the rich architectural heritage of Motovun especially noteworthy are the city gates with tower, renaissance town palace, town lodge, parish church Saint Stephan, the smaller churches of Madonna dei Servi and Madonna delle porte, the medieval lay outof the streets, town cisterns and many coats of arms on the building facades. The position and vistas of Motovun make it one of the most beautiful towns on the Mediterranean.

Around Motovun lie vineyards from which come the renowned Istrian wines, teran and malvasia, while the Motovun forest, which extends for kilometres along the Mirna valley, is the dwelling place of the famed underground mushrooms, truffles that are extracted in this region with the help of specially trained dogs. Summer and early autumn is the period when black truffles come to fruition, whereas the Istrian white truffles are gathered in late autumn and winter. In the month of October, in numerous places in the Mirna Valley, festivities of "The days of truffles" are held.

Motovun has historically been the most significant inhabited locality in the surrounding area according to recent research by "New Age" scientists. The significance of this town is due to its positioning on the crossroads of the Earths energetic meridians that is on the so called "Dragons furrow". These meridians emanate positive Earth life energy into their surroundings and in places where these "furrows" intersect, as in the case of Motovun, strong sources of positive energy appear, they are the "breathing orifices" of the planet Earth. Such energy fields have a relaxing and calming effect on man, increasing his concentration and spirituality, offering rest and rejuvenation, are conducive to meditation and generate creativity and tolerance. This may be the reason why there are so many gatherings and social events attended by people from all over the world in Motovun.

Whats around?
Motovun is a medieval town-monument with a golf course, natural spring wells and spa, horseback riding and a international film festival. Great restaurants, taverns, vineries, cafes are all around the villa. The Adriatic coast is 20min away with the beaches and tourist towns of Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad... 45 min away is Pula and Brijuni islands national natural park. You can even get to Porec on a mountain bike trail that runs just under the estate. The trail used to be an old railroad... and the original stone tunnels and bridges are still preserved. From Porec you can make a boat trip to Venice. Just over the border a 30min car drive is the city of Trieste with great shopping. This property is a perfect spot in Motovun for large partys. The tasteful lay out, the garden and the breath taking view over the vineyard and the Mirna valley are the star facers of the property. It is definitely one of the best locations in Motovun area. Amenities’ are in a walking distance.


A newly renovated spacious villa with a private pool, garden and a spectacular view. Tucked in the hillside of the medieval town-monument of Motovun.


Property type: Villa

Room details


6 bedrooms, sleeps 12

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 4: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 5: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 6: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 cot
Room for 12 in the dining area
Room for 12 in the living area
5 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in Local
Snooker / pool table
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning
Central heating
Open fire
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Balcony or terrace
Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for
Restricted mobility (The ground floor is leveled na the ground floor room has direct access to the pool with twin doors and a spacius en-suite with bath.)
Pets (Well behaved pets are welcome with an extra 50 euro cleaning charge)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Scuba Diving
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions


Prices and availability

Last updated 11.01.2013

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Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
19th May 2015 to 30th September 2015 None set No 0

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Dog cleaning charge All year N/A £36.40 per week

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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 0.2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 5km
  • Adriatic coast: 20km
  • Natural thermal spring: 10km
  • Porec: 25km
  • Brioni national park: 50km


4 out of 4 people recommend staying here

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Die Villa ist sehr gut ausgestattet und in einem Top-Zustand. Die Eigentümer kümmern sich laufend darum und wenn man Fragen hat, sind sie immer erreichbar. Die Fotos auf der Homepage entsprechen in jeder Weise der Realität. Besonders geschätzt haben wir den Grillplatz mit der überdachten Terrasse. Wir waren eine Woche dort, 8 Erwachsene und 4 Kinder zwischen 9 und 14 und jeder konnte seinen Urlaub geniessen. Der Garten und der Pool (ohne Chlor) sind wunderbar gepflegt. Das Haus liegt direkt an der Straße, wo zeitweise etwas der Verkehr zu hören war. In nur 2 Minuten findet man eine kleine Fleischerei und einen gut sortierten Mini-Supermarkt, sowie Bankomat.
Dolce Vita was absolutely gorgeous in every way. It was well furnished & beautifully clean with a good sized pool. Lily & Walter (the owners) left us in peace but came out to us instantaneously when we had a minor problem with the electricity supply.
The property and views from the property were beautiful. The owners, Walter and Lily, were very nice and assisted us with everything that we needed. I would definitely stay here again when I come back to Croatia and would highly recommend the house to anyone looking for a beautiful, peaceful place to stay.
Fabulous property, photos dont do it justice. Very clean, very spacious and very well furnished to a high standard. The owners even left a phone with us so we could contact them direct if we needed anything, a great service. Would recommend trips down Rovinj, a beautiful town by the coast, about hour away by car. Was a lot like Venice in architecture, narrow cobbled street, on the water, many cafes and restaurants. Picturesque. Also worth a visit is Grosnjan, about 15 mins from the apartment, its an old town, top of a hill full of artists and hand made crafts. Have fun
We are a group of 5 couples in our early fifties who have just enjoyed a week in this beautiful villa. The owners, welcomed us to the villa on our first day. We found the villa to be clean and well maintained and thought that the photographs and descriptions gave an accurate reflection of the villa and the facilities on offer. The kitchen was kitted out with plenty of good quality cooking equipment (but would benefit from a larger and faster kettle for tea drinkers!) and we particularly enjoyed the barbecue and outside eating area. We were all bitten by midges - something beyond the control of the owners - so remember to take lots of insect repellants. It was easy to find our way around in Istria. The roads are excellent and very quiet. We enjoyed days in Rovinj (a beautiful coastal town) and the seaside resort of Novigrad. Motovun itself is stunning and well worth the climb. Eating at the villa was made easy with large supermarkets available in Buzet and Pazin, each about 20 minutes drive away (and open until about 8pm Mon - Sat). There is a small shop across the road from the villa for essentials, including tasty bread. Eating out and drinking was also excellent value. We particularly enjoyed a meal at the Hotel Kastel in Motovun with spectacular views of the sunset. All in all - an enjoyable holiday in a beautiful villa, surrounded by unspoilt countryside.
This is a beautiful villa with six large bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and a pool around which you can base your whole stay. There is outdoor seating which comfortably sat 13 of us (all adults) for all of our main meals. There is also a large indoor dining table, but we never used that. For those who want to get out of the sun, the living room is perfect for relaxing with the french doors left open and there is a pool table which is great if you fancy a quick game. I would recommend this villa. It is large enough for a big group and is within walking distance to shops, a bar, restaurants and the village of Motovun. It also is in a good location for day trips to Pula, Porec, Rijeka or Opatija - you will need a car though!
We have just returned from the most perfect family holiday at Villa Dolce Vita in Motovun. It was the perfect location for our extended family of 12, including 4 generations of our family from England. It was an ideal property for 80 year old plus Great Grandparents who had the downstairs bedroom leading out to the pool, and also great for the rest of our grown up family and 3 year old grandson. Our hosts were brilliant not only looking after us so well, but also dealing with all of the small things to make our holiday easy and comfortable. We have stayed in Villas as a family in Italy, Greece and France many times, but this was the BEST experience that we have had. Great views from the balconies, a terrific and very clean swimming pool and great outdoor eating areas and barbeque. We have high standards and Walter and Lily and Dolce Vita met them all. I can recommend this villa and the hosts to all. The website gives a splendid and very accurate picture of the villa. It was excellent value and I hope that we will return to this part of Istria and to Dolce Vita in the near future. 5 star recommendation from all 4 generations ideal for peole like us in their 80s, 50s, 20s and also youngsters.


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