This charismatic old stone cottage, probably originally a fisherman's cottage, sleeps four people. The walls are about a metre thick helping to keep it cool in summer and warmer in winter. It is front line to the Boka fjord so the views from the terrace and house are absolutely stunning. Across the water is the village of Kamenari - the other ferry port - and rising behind the village are the mountains.
There is a single track road that runs between the house and the water but as the house is set behind the terrace you cannot see the road and will not be disturbed by it.
Upstairs there is a double bedroom with balcony overlooking the Verige Straits to the front. This room has a large double bed, wardrobe and dressing table - the balcony is ideal for a quiet breakfast or evening drink as the sun goes down. You can also see the mountains on the other side of the water from the bed! There is a hairdryer in the cupboard in the dressing table.
The twin bedroom is situated to the back of the house. There is a Z bed that can be put up in the double room, but I would suggest that this is probably only suitable for small children. There is no room in the twin bedroom for the Z bed. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers and comfortable chair in this room.
Bath towels and bed linen are provided, but guests are asked to please bring their own beach towels and not to take the bath towels on to the terrace or to the beach. For those guests staying two weeks a change of bed linen and towels will be offered at the end of the first week.
The house has wooden floors and rugs and as the walls are extremely thick the downstairs at least stays fairly cool.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with stove and fridge freezer. The kitchen really does have everything you will need to cook full meals and although it is small it is fully functioning.
Furnished for year round living the cottage is comfortable and cosy. There is a sizeable bathroom with shower, loo, sink, bidet and washing machine and an outside toilet can be accessed from the terrace.
All rooms are air-conditioned, but we do request that guests conserve the world's energy and only have the air conditioning on when they really need it. We request that it is not left on when guests go out.
There is a flat screen, DVD player, films, books to read, packs of cards and a much loved and used game of scrabble in the living area downstairs. Downstairs is open plan with dining table and chairs and comfortable seating with a sofa and two easy chairs as well as a lovely view onto the terrace.
The terrace, shaded in summer, is huge and becomes the main living area during the hot summer months with a table seating 10 overlooking the water and ferry port. There is a small BBQ for the guests' use and also an outside tap. There are lots of cushions for the dining chairs and also for the loungers and built in seating. There is plenty of seating with small tables for drinks and food. All we ask is that cushions are taken inside and put in the cupboard under the stairs whenever guests leave the property as, even in the hottest months, there can be a sudden downpour that goes as quickly as it comes!
The pots of plants on the terrace desperately need to be watered every evening - we ask that if our guests don't want to be disturbed by Ana, the housekeeper, coming in to do the watering that they agree with her that they will take on the responsibility.
Lepetane is where the ferry crosses the fjord to Kamenari and the cottage is near to the ferry - if you would like to know more before requesting a booking, please email me for details. The ferry costs about 4 euro to take a car across, but is free for foot passengers. There is a bigger shop in Kamenari and guests often catch the ferry over to do a quick shop.
If you want to get to know Montenegro and the Montenegrins and seep yourself in local life this is the place, but not for those who seek peace, quiet and isolation.
Lepetane was, at one time, within the borders of Croatia so many of the residents are Croatian and Catholic. Hundreds of years ago the village was situated up in the mountains above the present village at Upper Lepetane. There are still some people who live there and you can walk up the old village if you have the energy! Lepetane is not a tourist resort, but a residential village whose population doubles in the summer months when locals rent out rooms and apartments to people from all over Europe. The Ferries cross from Lepetane to Kamenari continually giving easy access to the other side of the fjord. Tickets are about E4 and the crossing takes just minutes. Foot passengers travel free so take advantage and hop on the ferry for a view from the other side. We go across for a meal in the evenings sometimes, when we don't feel like driving. There is a small boutique hotel that does a nice supper. Turn left off the ferry and walk a few hundred meters and you will see it on the right.
Take the ferry with your car if you want to visit Herceg Novi, Risan or Perast.
Lepetane has a small village shop which is great for fresh bread, ice cream, local wine, a few vegetables, canned goods, loo paper and the odd thing you have forgotten to get at the supermarket.
Restaurants: If you take the car over to Kamenari on the ferry, turn right and a few kilometres further on you will see signs for the Konoba Catovica Mlini which is a gorgeous restaurant in an old mill by a bubbling stream, with mill ponds teeming with fish. It isn't the cheapest, but well worth a visit and you may have to book on weekends. You can also go as foot passengers on the ferry (for free) and there are several restaurants in Kamenari. We particularly like the boutique hotel with its garden restaurant about 5 minutes walk along the road as you turn left off the ferry.
The fish bar by the sea in Donja Lastvia, near Tivat is excellent - all the locals eat there - it only does fish and is quite reasonable. I love the prawns in garlic, a bowl of chips with a bottle of the local sauvignon.
If you carry on past this restaurant there is a boutique hotel on the right, right on the waterfront, called the Carruba Hotel and Restaurant. It is lovely to eat outside looking over the bay in the evening and the food is excellent.
All along the fjord road to Kotor you will see family run Konobas where you can eat good local food at reasonable prices. In Kotor try The Gallion, built on stilts in the Bay, not cheap but stylish. Restoran Stari Mlini in Dobrota is the sister to Catovica Mlini, and in another beautiful setting with mill ponds teeming with fish.
Beaches: You can swim in Lepetane - we swim off the big jetty, 200 metres down the road - the water is deep but lovely and clear. About 15 minutes walk along the road to Kotor is another little fjord beach with beach bar called Verige Beach. The same distance in the other direction in the second Lepetane Bay is another beach with beach bar. Both these are lively and the swimming is good.
Tivat also has a couple of beaches which are just a few minutes in the car - you can also splurge and go to the Porto Montenegro swimming pool for the day. Very classy and very expensive, but nice for a day if you don't mind forking out lots of Euros.
If you prefer to swim in the Adriatic rather than the Fjord then 20 - 40 minutes in the car will bring you to a host of beaches on the far side of the Lustica Peninsula. Try Mirista (lovely fish restaurant on the beach - suggest you reserve a table as soon as you arrive), you can also get boat trips from here to the blue lagoon caves.
Oblatno, Krasici, Plavi horizonti are some of the other beaches on the Lustica peninsula. At the tip of the peninsula is the village of Rosa across the water from Herceg Novi - you can access it by car or drive to Herceg and get one of the tourist boats across.
One of my favourite beaches is the Almara Beach Club - at Radovici - here is a link on the map https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Almara+Beach+Clubfirstname.lastname@example.org,18.652124,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x134c2fb80f20768d:0x27f8b3e0700b515c
I love to swim and there the waters are turquoise crystal clear and there is a floating bar to swim out to. The service is great - E10 to rent a sunbed with parasol and towel. There is a restaurant - the chef isn’t brilliant, but it is adequate. A DJ starts at 4pm with quite loud music, so if you don’t like that go there first thing in the morning and leave at 4pm - otherwise stay and boogie with the best of them!! I suggest you call to reserve sun beds - tel. 067 17 00 17
Or drive down the beautiful adriatic coast and visit the towns of Budva, Petrovac, Sveti Stefan, Milocer, Przno, Kamenovo, Becici and swim in the beautiful azure waters.
I live near the sea in North Somerset in the UK, although not as near as I do when in Montenegro! I work as a performance coach in the non-profit sector and as I do a lot of my work on Skype I can base myself anywhere in the world - Montenegro is a great place to work from! I visit my cottage three or four times a year and my aim is to spend another summer out there in the not to distant future - it is just so lovely. I have made lots of Montenegrin friends as well as ex-pats who have moved to Montenegro to start businesses.
Sian McDermott purchased this cottage in 2005
It is not easy to find waterfront properties and this old cottage, despite being delapitated when I bought it, had a good deal of charm. After a total renovation it is now a comfortable holiday home with everything you need to self-cater and relax and enjoy yourself. It does have the ferry, but I love watching the world go by and it is easy to get across the Boka. Also very few houses, even first line to the water, have a terrace this big and this well positioned! Lepetane is not essentially a tourist village, although the population swells in summer with locals renting out apartments and rooms to people from Serbia and other countries, so you really are part of the community. I love having my breakfast on the balcony outside my bedroom watching the shipping in the straits.
Being right on the front line to the Boka. Being able to wander down for a swim. Near to Tivat and not far from Kotor. Watching the sun set behind the mountains across the water and occasionally watching lightning dart along the mountain crests - spectacular!
First of all Montenegro is stunningly beautiful and this cottage has a great view of the Bay of Kotor. It has a marvellous terrace which we used all the time. It is very spacious cottage for 2 people and would suit a family of 4 easily. It is a fully equipped, you want for nothing and great air conditioning. It is very clean and has a good fridge, cooker and washing machine. The owner Sian provided us with full details of the cottage and the area, she cannot be faulted for her helpfulness. She also has an neighbour Ana who will help you during your stay but her English is limited.
Staying here in Lepetane you will definitely need a car to get to all the marvellous beaches and towns in the area. There is nothing really in the village, one very small shop. You can drive to big supermarkets in nearby Tivat. It is also essential you get the card to park in the army barracks car park because there is absolutely no real parking anywhere else in the village. We did use taxis quite a lot it was sometimes difficult getting them from Lepetane but we always did eventually. The one down side to Lepetane is it is a ferry port with ferries crossing the bay all day and night, this takes a bit of getting use to and may not to be everyone satisfaction.
You will also need to go other towns to eat as there are no restaurants in Lepetane. But the good news is there are nice restaurants nearby, our favourite was Hotel Carrumba. The fish and seafood in Montenegro is outstanding and the local wine is good. The most disappointing meals we had were in Kotor, beautiful city but a bit of a tourist trap.
We highly recommend a visit to Peras a beautiful town which was part of the Venetian Empire which has great restaurants, views and swimming. A visit to Our Lady of the Rock is also recommended. Montenegro is still quite undiscovered but I am sure this will not last forever so now is the time to go and enjoy its delights!
Fab! We stayed in Sians home for a week in July 2016. I spent a lot of time on the balcony, which was every bit as good as the photo's. The noise from the ferries didn't bother us at all. (It wasn't too noisy) merely a background noise that was actually very therapeutic! We hired a car at the airport and the house was easy to find following the instructions. Anna a couple of doors down is available to help if needed, she is very friendly.
It is on the beautiful bay of Kotor and many places of interest are within easy reach. A trip into the mountains via the 'Serpentine' was an enjoyable and interesting way to spend a day. We found the people of Montenegro very friendly and accommodating. The restaurants in nearby Tivot are very good and it is a pleasant way to spend an evening looking at the yachts in the marina.
But the best part for me was sitting on the balcony, walking to the sea, having a quick dip and going back for a drink and a meal outside.
The wine by the way is excellent and it was nice to find a bottle as we arrived.
Would we go again? Absolutely, it is a gem of a place.
We just finished our stay in this lovely little house with the marvellous terrace. Right opposite the Lepatane ferry port which we really enjoyed watching when we were outside on the terrace. Yes there is the continuing hum of the boats docking and loading and unloading but we found no issue with it. There's no wifi internet that we found to use in the village so make sure you have a plan and find out about what you need to know before you arrive in Lepatane. We didn't have a car the first few days but found the bus to Tivat stops near by and seemed to go between 40 and 50 mins part the hour. We like Tivat a lot and there's free wifi there and in most cafes, bars and restaurants.
The house was really comfy and perfect for the 4 of us. There were all the necessary items including very nice deck chairs and sun beds and devine cushions making lying on the terrace even more enjoyable:) The photos of the bay just don't really do it justice as it's ever changing, depending on the light, time of day, clouds on the mountains etc. We could sit and look for hours. The DVD player was an added bonus for our son (we bought some with us)
The house was close to a swimming platform and the water was clean and clear. My 8 year old and older girls really enjoyed swimming. To be honest the stone platforms are more comfortable than the beaches which are pebbles. However we did try various different beaches including a few across the other side and all were clean and water clear and shallow on entry becoming deep quickly. This would be tricky with younger children or non confident swimmers but was fine for us. I highly recommend staying in this lovely property. Sian was really helpful giving us all the information we needed. The lady who looks after the property was kind and gave us some little treats, cake, strudel and plums. So sweet of her and there were a few items for us in the fridge when we arrived which were really appreciated. Many thanks for a lovely time in your beautiful home.
I am still raving about this great holiday, one of the best weeks we have had away in a long time. The property is well-situated just by the Lepetane ferry port. Though there is a lot of traffic in and out all day, I personally grew to find the noise quite soothing. Property was perfectly clean, layout is great for one or two couples, or a family visiting. A short and cheap taxi to Porto Montenegro where you can find shopping, fine dining and a fabulous pool club (One and Mitsu Sushi were our favs! As was the menu at the Lido). You will be staying steps away from the bay for when it is too hot and you need a dip into the water. It is also approx. 20 min taxi ride into Kotor, which I highly recommend to see and enjoy a meal. This location offers you the best of all worlds as you can relax and join the locals in a laid back lifestyle or you can party with the best of them at the Port. It suits all budgets as there is a great corner shop a few steps away for fruit/veg and the basics or you can take a taxi back toward Tivat airport and go to a supermarket. The food is great. I would highly recommend this property to a friend. Sian gave us all the information we needed to confidently navigate our way around. She warned us of the ferry noise, but as previously mentioned I grew to enjoy and appreciate it. I would recommend if you can, getting out on the bay by boat as Montenegro is a spectacular country with loads to see. Happy Travels!
We stayed here at the beginning of September last year and had been looking forward to the trip for some time after seeing photos of the place and doing research on the area. I have to say though, the reality really did exceed our expectations...and it's not often you can say that!
The location is simply stunning - looking out over the crystal clear waters and the jaw dropping mountainous backdrop, I could've sat there for days (and we did a couple of days!) just soaking up the view and watching the amazing boats sailing past whilst sipping on a cold beer - absolute bliss! The sun terrace is the jewel in the crown here, you really do have to see it to believe it!
Before we booked here we were made aware of the fact that the cottage overlooks the ferry port and to expect a bit of noise. You can hear the ferries but I have to say it was absolutely not a problem for us and I would actually say it was nice because it was something to watch while we sat on the sun terrace.
We loved the location because you are really amongst the local community and the friendly gentleman next door was always out with his fishing rod and a beer - although they didn't speak much English, him and his wife were always very friendly and smiley when we walked past. There are some lovely little beach bars a few minutes walk in each direction which we strolled down to a few times and they're great places to just chill out with a drink by the water.
We rented a car and drove to Porto Montenegro which is a very impressive place to stroll around - there are some top quality restaurants and bars there and the Marina is home to some of the most impressive super yaghts I have ever seen. We also visited Kotor which is an amazing little walled town with cobbled streets - we went and had a lovely meal there which was great value and would definitely recommend a visit.
Overall we had an absolutely fabulous holiday and I would recommend anyone to visit this perfect little cottage - Montengro really is an undiscovered gem and we will be returning this year!
This was our first visit to Montenegro, but most certainly not the last.
The cottage itself was spotless and equipped with everything you would need even for a lenghty stay, the veranda absolutely adoring and the surroundings were breathtaking even for us Norwegians used to fjords.
There is a small inconvenience, though.
Sian, the owner, warned us before we signed the contract about noise from the ferry, but for us this soon became a non-issue. You may find the noise to be a nuisance at first, but after a couple of hours you simply do not notice it.
In order to fully enjoy the area's fantastic views and attractions, we recommend using a car, but even public transport may do the trick, especially if you want to enjoy a nice evening out. Taxis won't set you too far back either.
A thorough folder with nearly all information you would need about the area is found in the cottage, but you may well find adorable restaurants and beaches not mentioned there.
Also, dealing with Sian's friends who take care of the cottage for her was a delight.
We hope to revisit this gem of a cottage some time soon.
The house is on the waterfront in the charming village of Lepetane. The old stone village curves round a beautiful bay on the Verige Straits in the Boka Kotorska, Europe's southernmost Fjord, a stunningly beautiful World Heritage site. The Boka is teeming with history and has some well preserved medieval towns including Kotor, a beautiful walled city with narrow streets, endless churches, 13 squares and no cars, think mini Dubrovnik! Plenty of Venetian and Roman architecture in the Boka to gaze upon, restaurants galore and for those less interested in visiting cultural heritage sites, Tivat is home to Porto Montenegro, the largest marina in the Adriatic, built to house the fabulous yachts of the super-rich! The Boka has many pebble beaches and jetties to swim from and a half hour drive brings you to the aquamarine waters and stunning beaches of the Adriatic. Some suggestions for Adriatic beaches are Mirista, Przno, Petrovac and Jaz. If you want to swim nearer to hand there is Opatovo beach just round the corner from Lepetane. Here there is a beach bar, sun loungers to hire and good, safe swimming.
There is plenty to watch from the cottage's shaded terrace with liners, super yachts and dinghies passing close by and ferries docking.
Other Activities: Boat cruises
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Stay tax||£1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 1 years.|
If you fly into Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet) we can suggest a car rental company that we have used for years. It is an easy 1.5 hours drive to Kamenari in Montenegro where you can get the ferry across to Lepetane.