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This dream house is 300 years old and has been renovated but a touch of times long past has been preserved and it is ideal for the discerning guest.Among the new villas, Which before she takes your breath away, whether it is her interier or exterier, is called Villa Murva. It is located near the pitoresque town Žminj and having Viljam Cvek, the most famous Croatian chef in the world, and the executive director of the food and beverage department of Maistra in Rovinj as owner. The name was given by a150 years old tree, Which is situated in front of this luxury villa, professionally restored three hundred year old Istrian stone house, to welcome guests from all around the world.

Every detail in the decoration of the Villa Murva has been carefully selected from the environment with a rich history.
The icons that adorn the walls of the house are at the origin of the local church and they are more than 500 years old.

Pictures in the corridors show the exact layout before renovation, and prove the warmth and energy of the past.
Every stone in 2006 was removed and restored back as the original in order to retain memories of past generations who have lived in this house

Everything that we have today was build on the fondation of the past,relying on that if you do not have a history, you have no solid foundation on which you can build the future ....

In a small village which is situated in the heart of Istria there are only 5 houses, one of them is Villa Murva, you can easily see like in the mirror, soul pure and natural life ... silence and the sound of nature is the only thing we hear out there ...
Far from the fast, loud, and stressful life .... but still close to all that is necessary for a perfect holiday.

Aware of stress and fast living, each of us deserves at least a minute of our short life, a moment in Who can relax completely and enjoy the peace of nature, away from anything that can cause discomfort....


Luxury villa in the heart of Istria(Croatia), only 20-35minutes from Rovinj,Pula,Porec,Motovun....This dream house is 300 years old.Holiday cottage 335 m2 and Closed natural plot 2000 m2...


Property type: Villa

Room details


5 bedrooms, sleeps 13

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 4: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 5: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in In the living room, 1 single sofa bed located in In one of the double bedrooms, 4 cots
Room for 11 in the dining area
Room for 10 in the living area
5 bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Snooker / pool table
Table tennis
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning
Central heating
Open fire
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private: Solar heated
Balcony or terrace
Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Scuba Diving
Sports Center
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Theme Park

Prices and availability

Last updated 15.06.2014

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
5th April to 31st May 10 Days 20%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
28th June to 19th July 80 Days 35%


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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 20km
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • ŽMINJ: 2km
  • ROVINJ: 25km
  • POREC: 30km
  • GROŽNJAN: 30km


4 other reviews
Stayed 15 Aug 2005
After our wonderful holiday at Villa Murva, Im glad I found a place where I can thank the owners for the wonderful service and a complete organization for each day (travel and seeseights tips, restaurants - great food and wine). My family,me and my husbands parents had our two beautiful weeks of rest and travel around Istria. We are already coming back four years to spend our holidays in Croatia, but if you do not have anyone to direct you to what, where, and why you should visit alone is difficult to choose, however, the owner of this house made reservations for us at great restaurants, and give us all the instructions for all the famous and interesting places in the suroundings that were perfect for a day trip (the best was definitely Rovinj on the coast and Motovun in the countryside). Almost every day we went on a different places and beaches. I have already recommended this villa to anyone who wants to visit Istria, no worries for nothing, because the owners are ready to organize everything. Many thanks and see you next year (It is great that now we can reserve online) P.S. Andrej (our little son) does not stop to talk about the pool:)
We shared two wonderful weeks in this stunning place: The owners decorated the place with so much love and thoughts, the place offers a wealth of things to do and is brilliantly located if you want to discover what Istria has to offer - what else can you want? The fireplace makes for romantic evenings outside, the pool is heated so you can swim whenever you want, the whirlpool and the sauna is luxurious and the rest is top notch anyway. We are not exaggerating, just in case! Three weeks after returning home, we still talk about it and would love to be there again. Another thing that makes the stay more than just worth it (and maybe the most important thing): The owners care about your well-being with so much honest enthusiasm, that you just feel as if you were their best guests ever.
Richard A. Schaffhausen, Switzerland 5 Perfekte istrische Gastfreundschaft Review Submitted: July 11, 2012 Date of Stay: May 2012 Wir waren bereits zum dritten Mal hier in Gradisce in der Villa Murva und genossen – mit unsern Hunden – die Ruhe auf dem Land und das schöne, luxuriös eingerichtete Haus mit seinem abgeschlossenen grossen Garten und dem neuen Swimming Pool. Uns gefällt, dass wir in weniger als einer halben Stunde überall am Meer sein zu können – ob im Westen bei Rovinj, im Süden bei Pula oder im Osten bei Labin. Sogar in Rijeka ist man in weniger als einer Stunde. Am meisten aber schätzten wir die Gastfreundschaft, die Hilfsbereitschaft, die Professionalität, das Engagement und die Freundlichkeit von Silvana und Ivan Cvek, die das Haus dieses Jahr von Mira und Viljam Cvek übernommen und neuen jugendlichen Schwung hinein gebracht haben und die uns betreuten als wären wir VIPs. Herzlichen Dank für alles. Wir können Villa Murva und seine Gastgeber nur jedem und jeder empfehlen und werden sicher wieder kommen. Helga und Richard Altorfer, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Schweiz Owners Response: Dear Mr. Richard and Madam Helga, Thank you very much on your nice words and on your precious time that you are taking to write this wonderful comment. There is no better way to describe our pleasure to have you as our guests of our great effort to make you feel the same like in your own house with all amenities necessary for a perfect holiday in Istria. Thank you from our heart and can not wait to see you again ... Warm greetings from Istria .. Sincerely, Ivan & Silvana Cvek Rating 5 out of 5
Reviews Rating 5 out of 5 Many thanks to the owners .... Dr.Wallhagen Review Submitted: September 25, 2011Date of Stay: July 2011 It is my pleasure to write a few words about our wonderfull stay at Villa Murva. Me and my family (eight adults, two children and two dogs) spent a week in this beautifull place.The Villa is very spacious, luxuriously decorated but still keeping her ancient soul. The garden was huge with a large pool and terrace with outdoor grill. The house owner is one of the best cook in Croatia (many thanks for a wonderful dinner). Every city is just 20 minutes drive, so we went every day to a different part of Istria.This is an ideal place to recharge batteries. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to see the whole of Istria and to have a rest in nature ... Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children Owners Response: Many thanks for your review ... warm greetings from Croatia with the hope that we will see you again...


About the owner
The owner of this villa is one of the most famous Croatian chef in the world, dipl.oec. Viljam Cvek. with more than 40 years working experience in tourism and hospitality, today's F & B Director of the largest chains of hotels, campsites and tourist resorts in Croatia "Maistra" and the owner of this beautiful villa in which he wrote his last book, "Look in the mirror." In love with the greenery and purity of nature in 2005 Mr.Viljam has found a wonderful house, hidden in silence, whose walls are slowly destroyed, seeking a new owner who will succeed in preserving the memories of all generations who were born, lived and died in the past 300 years in this house ... Mr. Viljam today, personally welcome each of its guests, and also directs them how to feel the magical scents of the Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by carefully selected Istrian wine ... "The best cook of the world is a mother while cooking for her child" Viljam Cvek
Owner score 88
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Located in: Croatia
Joined: November 2011