CASA CELESTINA
Merisce, Buje, Istria Region

€450 - €950 per week

SPECIAL OFFER - see prices section below
A beautifully renovated 1 bedroom Istrian stone house located in a hilltop village with spectacular views to the Adriatic. BEDROOMS : 1SLEEPS : 2-4

Casa Celestina is located in a spectacular position in the village of Merisce in central Istria, an area of great natural beauty often compared to Tuscany. It is on a high ridge with stunning and uninterrupted views of the Adriatic and the Italian coast in the distance. The village also looks out towards other hilltop towns including the ruined tower of the 13th century castle at Momjan and Buje with its striking high church steeple. Merisce is no more than 10 kilometres from the coast. In this region of Croatia, Italian is the principal language.

View from terrace
Terrace access and view

ACCOMMODATION

Casa Celestina is over 100 years old and we have restored it so as to retain many of the original features with full use of the natural materials of which it is built. Beautifully furnished in Mediterranean colours and in a truly breathtaking and peaceful location Casa Celestina provides a unique holiday experience. The villa is fully air conditioned. For the winter months there is under-floor heating on the ground floor and bathrooms and the bedroom has warm air heating.

GROUND FLOOR

The kitchen and dining area lead into the living room through a wide stone archway. The living room opens out onto a terrace and has a direct view to the Adriatic. A comfortable sofa in the living room can fold out to provide an additional double bed.

The kitchen units have been built in Tuscan style with stone sink and worktops made by local craftsmen. The kitchen is fitted with electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher. A fridge freezer and washer/ dryer are housed in a walk in store room. A downstairs WC and hand basin facilitates the use of the sitting room for additional sleeping accommodation if required.

FIRST FLOOR

A stone staircase leads to the first floor where the bedroom, with king size double bed, has a galleried ceiling and access to large terrace with 180 degree panoramic views over vineyards and olive groves and with the Adriatic spanning the horizon. An alcove contains a built-in settee that can convert into an additional single bed. The shower room and WC are accessed from the bedroom.

OUTSIDE

The ground floor terrace has a large covered area with grill, table and chairs and is ideal for outside dining. The first floor sun terrace has magnificent views of the Adriatic and surrounding countryside. Below the house there is a steeply sloping garden area with fruit trees.



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VILLA LOCATION





FLIGHTS AND TRAVEL OPTIONS TO MERISCE

PULA AIRPORT

Ryanair flies from London Stansted, Brussels, Oslo and Frankfurt Hahn. Thomson flies to Pula from Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. Jet2 flies to Pula from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted. Aer Lingus flies from Dublin. German Wings flies direct to Pula from London Stansted, Manchester, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Rostock, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Leipzig/Halle, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Palma di Mallorca and Tel Aviv.


easyJet flies to Pula from London Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays (this service commences 23 June 2015).


Croatia Airlines flies to Pula with connections via Zagreb and direct from London and some European destinations. InterSky flies from Friedrichshafen. SAS fly from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. S7 Airlines from Moscow. Other airlines flying to Pula are: Finnair, Norwegian, Metrojet, Belavia. Check the Pula Airport website for the full flight schedule.


Car hire. Contact us if you would like us to arrange car hire for you at Pula Airport with our preferred local operator.


RIJEKA AIRPORT

Fly to Rijeka Airport on the island of Krk. Ryanair flies from London-Stansted, Brussels, Oslo and Stockholm. Croatia Airlines flies direct from Heathrow to Rijeka. German Wings flies to London Heathrow London Stansted, Reykjavik, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg, Dresden, Stuttgart, Berlin Leipzig/Halle, Zurich, Ibiza, Palma di Mallorca, Casablanca, Moscow, Antalya, and Tel Aviv. Air Baltic flies from Riga. SkyWork Airlines flies from Bern in Switzerland.


via ITALY (Trieste, Treviso and Marco Polo, Venice)

Ryanair flies daily to Trieste in north Italy from London-Stansted. There are also flights from Bari, Trapani, Alghero and Valencia. Trieste Airport is 1 hour drive from the Croatia/Slovenia border.


Slightly further away, but still within reach, there are regular flights by Ryanair from many European cities to Treviso (just north of Venice). EasyJet,and British Airways and many other operators fly to Venice (Marco Polo Airport). A couple of days in Venice makes a great two centre holiday.


via Slovenia - Ljubljana

Another option is to fly EasyJet to Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia (1 hour drive from the Croatian border). This route opens up the option of a day or two in the beautiful Slovenian lakes of Bled and Bohinj.


Check the Ljubljana Airport website.


PRICES & AVAILABILITY

  • All prices are in euro (EUR) and for the whole villa based on Saturday to Saturday bookings.
  • Tourist tax is included.
  • For stays of less than 1 week a cleaning fee of €60 is extra.
  • Short stays may be accepted (minimum 3 nights).
Period FromPeriod ToWeekly Price
14 Oct 201717 Nov 2017€500€480 *
18 Nov 201722 Dec 2017€450
6 Jan 201830 Mar 2018€450
31 Mar 201827 Apr 2018€500
28 Apr 201825 May 2018€560
26 May 201815 Jun 2018€675
16 Jun 20186 Jul 2018€790
7 Jul 201817 Aug 2018€950
18 Aug 201824 Aug 2018€890
25 Aug 201821 Sep 2018€790
22 Sep 201812 Oct 2018€560
13 Oct 201816 Nov 2018€500
17 Nov 201821 Dec 2018€450
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GUEST REVIEWS

Everything you need and is beautifully restored

Casa Celestina liegt auf einem kleinem Hügel, in einem Dorf mit 11 Einwohnern. Dementsprechend ruhig und erhholsam ist es hier Urlaub zu machen, für uns sogar sehr friedvoll und entspannend. Die Sicht und der Blick nach Slowenien und aufs Meer ist ein Traum, der Garten für unsere Tochter sowieso. Das Haus ist absolut perfekt ausgestattet - wie beschrieben- und wunderschön restauriert. Das Ein-und Auschecken war sehr angenehm und unkompliziert, die Informationen von Laida und Nigel mehr als genau - einfach nur super! Wir kommen gerne wieder!

Casa Celestina is situated on a hill in a small village with 11 inhabitants. We had a very tranquil and relaxed holiday. The view to Slovenia and the sea are stunning and the garden has been a dream come true for our daughter. The villa is absolutely perfect and beautifully restored. Check-in and check-out was easy and straight forward and all information given by Laida and Nigel was spot on and absolutely fabulous. We would love to come back.

Manuela (Austria)  25/04/2017

Perfect place to get away from it all

Casa Celestina is the perfect place to get away from it all. But it still is in Istria, a beautiful Italian region -history has made it Croatia but the few neigbours speak and feel Italian- with everything you need to spend a great summer holiday.Merisce, the village, is just a few houses. We saw a few people only...and they go to bed early. By 10pm nothing moves, nothing whistles. Not even the sound of an AC. Paradise for those who hate noise.

The house is fully equipped. And by that I mean fully. Unlike other rentals, where you do not even find your toilet paper, Casa Celestina is managed by people who care about visitors. Everything is there for you and in abundance. The management knows its job and may these lines recognise their profesionalism. Perfect house for 2 people, there is just one room, upstaris, beautiful room. Bathroom a bit small for my taste, shower has a curtain which makes it uncomfortable and somehow démodé. But other than that the equipment is up to date, decoration simple but nice, everything is clean, new...

The views from the house are great. Nothing between you and the Slovenian valley and sea below. When night comes and temperature falls you can open the doors out to nature and it feels great. AC works well during the day. Overall, great place. As for the area, the main problem is when you get to the beach. First because beaches are rather disappointing -a Spaniard has high standards I guess- and worst than that because there are far too many tourists. Much more than we expected -our fault, obviously-. Tons of Germans all over. And they did not seem poorly nourished. A few miles back into the hills and you got your peace of mind back. But yes, we would come back. Casa Celestina is a fantastic place. Oh, and never saw better information pack than the one we got from the people that run the place. Real professionals as I said. We'll definetely work with them again.

GV (France)  03/08/2016

We're back in Belgium. It was nice staying in your house. We enjoyed Istria.

Rob G. (Belgium)  15/05/2016

Perfect

We spent a wonderful week at Casa Celestina. If you want the real Istrian countryside, charming local wineries and konobas, and a small town (Buje) without t-shirt and postcard stalls, this is the place. The Casa itself was an adventure to find, but once settled we spent every moment we could on the lovely terrace. It has been beautifully renovated and was more than comfortable for two. I thankful could be accommodated fairly easily. We greatly enjoyed exploring the hill towns throughout Istria from this vantage. This was the highlight of our seven week trip to Slovenia and Croatia and we're already planning a return.

MT (Washington State,USA)  03/08/2015

The villa was lovely thank you and we really enjoyed our stay after visiting Bologna, Trieste and Ljubljana - the peace and quiet was much appreciated. Parking wasn't easy but we put the car in an adjacent spot which nobody appeared to mind. Bit scary finding a live black scorpion on the stairs but I caught it and put it in the garden! The wild deer and boars outside the veranda were lovely! The restaurants were all superb! And very good value after Italy and Slovenia. A very nice holiday thank you.

DW (Bradford, UK)  29/07/2015

Lovely Place

This is one of those places you're reluctant to tell the world about because it is so special. Casa Celestina is beautifully renovated, very comfortable, ideally located in rural Istria, and with a view we will long remember. It remains the highlight of our seven week Slovenia and Croatia adventure. Very comfy for two, but fourfold work as well. The immediate area has good restaurants and konobas, exceptional wineries and lovely small hilltop towns to explore. We loved our stay.

MT (USA)  24/05/2015

Wonderful experience. We celebrated our honeymoon in beautiful Croatia.

Mitch and Melissa  (USA)  13/10/2013

Lovely stay, lovely place. We loved the sunsets from the terrace.

Yvonne and Ross (Liverpool, UK)  08/09/2013

The house is beautiful, more than we hoped for. We would recommend a walk down to Stari Podrum for a great dinner experience. Istria is a quietly beautiful corner of the world, full of sunshine and beautiful landscapes.

Emily and James (London)  25/08/2013

Perfect Romantic Get-Away

We cannot praise Casa Celestina enough! It is perfect for a romantic get-away. The condition of the property was brilliant - better than we could of expected. The kitchen is wonderful, the living area downstairs comfortable and the bedroom/balcony with it's stunning view is breathtaking. The house is set within a tiny hilltop village surrounded by olive groves and vineyards - coming from London we were struck by the absolute quiet and serenity of the place. I cannot recommend this place enough. No complaints whatsoever. The all important air-con is very effective.

JP & EC (London, UK)  21/08/2013



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