A cosy hideaway within the lush Croatian countryside, Villa Idlewood is a rural retreat that oozes relaxation and tranquillity. With endless rows of olive groves and green as far as the eye can see, the setting is as peaceful as it can get. Perched in the southern part of Istria in the sleepy village of Valbandon, sit back and unwind as you soak up the local life. Located just a fifteen-minute drive from the bustling ancient city of Pula, you’ve got the best of both worlds. You can spend all day gazing at its crumbling churches, archaeological sites, and famous amphitheatre, with plenty of delectable restaurants for refuelling after sightseeing. Close to home is the gorgeous resort of Fazana, where you’ll find rows of local restaurants and bars crowded beside its sublime golden sand beach.
This brand-new villa is an architectural beauty, with a modern square-cut design that stays true to the Croatian style with its terracotta red roofs and stonewashed walls. Separated into two separate studios, each featuring a kitchen and living area, the villa offers added privacy for small groups and can comfortably sleep up to four adults. One studio features a large circular double bed backed by a generous walk-in closet. The interiors are a beautiful reflection of Istrian design and are bursting with local charm, with their original ceiling beams, brick fireplaces, fresh white walls, and rustic stone facades.
The outdoor space at Villa Idlewood makes the most of its phenomenal surroundings, with scenic gardens that overlook the verdant countryside. Enjoy endless meals in the sunshine, whether it’s a picnic on the palm-tree flanked lawn or dinner under the veranda on the alfresco wooden dining bench. With a summer kitchen and a wonderful built-in brick barbecue at your disposal, you can whip up a family feast as you watch the sun set. The sparkling pool is perfect for a refreshing afternoon dip, with loungers and parasols for catching some after-swim rays. For some family-friendly competition, shoot a few hoops on your private basketball court or opt for a quiet game of table tennis. There’s even an outdoor trampoline to keep the kids busy for a few hours.