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Traditional Istrian stone farmhouse in centre of village with private pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Restored farmhouse with pool in centre of Vabriga, Nr. Porec, Istria - a popular holiday village, easy walking to restaurants & shop

Welcome to our family holiday home in Vabriga. This is a sensitively restored 3 bedroom traditional Istrian stone farmhouse with private 8m x 4m pool, landscaped garden, patio, stone barbecue and roof terrace with sea view. Accommodation includes a unique converted cowshed with en suite situated separately from the main house. The property is in the centre of a popular village within easy walking distance of a shop and numerous restaurants. The nearest sea is 2km from the house, with easy access to many other beaches for swimming and sunbathing. The small town of Tar with more shops and restaurants is a short walk away, and the lively town of Porec with its bustling restaurants, shops and nightlife is a short 15 minute drive away. The house is categorised as 3*** by the local authority.

Brian Robertson
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Brian Robertson

Ownership is shared between 2 families, who became friends whilst serving together in the Army.

Brian is a self employed management consultant and manages the property. He lives in Leven in Fife with wife Susie.

Peter is a self-employed fundraising consultant, and lives near Nottingham with wife Fiona.

All our offspring have left home and are pursuing their own careers.

Brian Robertson purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Brian Robertson chose Vabriga

We wanted a holiday property that was large enough so that we could all stay at the same time, and could be used by our families. We were looking for somewhere that was close enough to the UK that a long weekend stay was feasible, that had good weather, and would provide a good return on our investment.

Having researched most of Europe, we settled on Istria, and then looked for a house. 1 Sv Anton ticked all the right boxes, since it was an old property with lots of character, there was room to put in a pool, it was in a village with a shop and lots of restaurants within walking distance, and fairly close to the sea. It was also not on a new build estate surrounded by other Brits, something that we wanted to avoid at all costs.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our house gives you the benefit of living in a sensitively restored stone house with many unique features that you will not find in any of the modern properties for rent in the area. These include a traditional fireplace, a roof terrace, a large BBQ with water and power, and an 8 metre by 4 metre pool. The house is also in the centre of the village with easy walking access to a shop and several restaurants, rather than being added on to the periphery of a town or village as so many of the newer properties are.

Another unique feature of our house is that it is a family holiday home and is used outside the summer months by families and their friends. We like to think that this gives the house a more lived in feel than many of the buy to let properties you will find elsewhere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments from some of our past guests:

We spent 2 weeks in early August at the property – my 2 teen daughters and I loved the spaciousness of this beautiful house, the brilliant garden where we spent hours lying in the sun and the pool where we spent almost as much time playing volley ball. We tried the local restaurants as well as those in Novigrad and Porec and were amazed at what we could get for a very reasonable price. There is a wide variety of supermarkets available which was yet another upside. We all came away declaring this to be one of the best holidays we have had." Mandy Muller

"We had an absolutely fantastic time and loved your property. We found our whole holiday relaxing, simple and easy going. The gardens and pool were beautiful and although we spent a lot time there, we enjoyed exploring Istria and all it had to offer. The house was very well equipped and the books, DVDs and hairdryer especially were much appreciated." Emma Evans
Jan 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Vabriga, Croatia

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We do not accept large single sex groups due to previous problems with damage and noise
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    Downstairs shower room - toilet , shower enclosure
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Bathroom on first floor with small bath and shower adjacent to upstairs bedroom. En suite shower room for downstairs bedroom. En suite shower room for detached Bedroom in the old cowshed on the other side of the property.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Detached Bedroom - 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Bedroom in detached old cowshed with en suite shower room
    Upstairs bedroom - 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Main bedroom on 1st floor adjacent to bathroom
    Downstairs bedroom - 1 double bed , Ground floor bedroom with en suite shower room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs bedroom with twin beds is on the first floor, adjacent to the bathroom. Downstairs Bedroom with double bed is in the single storey stable block, which is connected to the main house, and has an en suite shower room. Detached Bedroom with twin beds is in the detached cowshed on the other side of the property, and has an en suite shower room. 2 portable beds can be used in the twin bedded rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: Bedrooms in the main house are air conditioned with a portable air conditioning unit in the cowshed. There are fans in all the rooms. 2 portable (Z) beds are available if you wish to put 2 children in either the main upstairs bedroom or the cowshed. Outside: The house has a fully maintained landscaped garden with irrigation system. There are extensive natural stone patios around the 8m x 4m private pool, with outdoor furniture. There is a shady terrace adjacent to the pool if the sun gets too hot for you. The large stone barbecue is a much admired feature of the property, with a sink, food preparation area and power supply - a veritable outdoor kitchen! Finally, there is a roof terrace with a sea view and a spectacular panorama of the surrounding area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen /: Towels and bed linen included. Property is cleaned and towels/linen changed for the start of your visit. Please supply your own pool towels.


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Traditional Istrian stone farmhouse in centre of village with private pool
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews

Unique experience in a traditional Croatian house

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this traditional Croatian stone house. The pool is lovely and we enjoyed relaxing for a few days after traveling around Croatia for a couple weeks. The kids loved having their own private pool. The location is good for hitting the tourist spots around Istria (Rovinj, Pula, Groznjan). The Barradine cave is very close and we enjoyed doing a tour - quite an impressive cave! It was a neat experience to stay in a traditional old house and get the feel of living a traditional life. I would stay there again and would like to do more exploring of the area since we were only there for a few days.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your holiday at our house and look forward to welcoming you to Vabriga again.
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Another brilliant holiday in Vabriga.

  • 4 of 5

Returning for the fifth time to this lovely converted farmhouse in Vabriga.

In the well-kept garden there is plenty of shade, if needed, and indoor it's cool. The pool is glorious on a hot day, very welcome for an early morning swim and so attractive lit up in the evenings..

If you are looking for peaceful and relaxing holiday this is the place to be. but if you are looking for a more active time there are many attractive places to visit not far away.. Bikes are available for hire, for the more energetic, in the next village of Tar and a selection of beaches are just a shortr bike or car- ride away.

There are very friendly and pleasant restaurants within walking distance of the house and a good choice. just a short car ride away is Al Porto, en route to Novigrad, overlooking a beautiful bay with lovely sunsests. . It is our favourite at the moment.. A bit more expensive than the local ones but good. Wise to book if you want a table near the water's edge.

If possible a sixth visit next year would be something great to look forward to.


  • Review Submitted: 23/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, it would be a pleasure to welcome you back again next year.
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Fantastic place for a family holidays!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lot our stay at this house (2 family including 5 kids)! Well placed (in a peaceful neighbourhood), it has almost everything you need to spend a relaxing stay for holidays. Thanks to the pool and the garden, you even don't need to go to the sea (our kids prefered to stay at the house!).

The owner is very polite and nice. He answered quickly and thoroughly to all our questions! Furthermore, our early arrival and late leaving wasn't any problem for him!

  • Review Submitted: 06/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, and the positive comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Vabriga, and hope to see you again in the future.
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Kids Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

Property is lovely, and Istria is beautiful. We were actually pleasantly surprised by how much there is to entertain the kids in the surrounding area - from 2 new waterparks, DinoPark, horse riding, endless parks, water activities....

We will be back next year for certain.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that you enjoyed your holiday in Istria, and look forward to welcoming you back to our house in Vabriga next year.
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fantastic property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

a brilliant house with everything you could possibly need,

location was perfect very quiet with a few bars/restaurants within strolling distance, we enjoyed the kiwi bar just a few minutes walk away with great food & drink,

wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to anybody visiting the area

we all had a fantastic time, thankyou.

  • Review Submitted: 05/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our house, we love the village location too. Please come back and stay with us again.
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Croatain Summer Dream

  • 5 of 5

An old style converted farm house. We love this house and have spent four very special holidays here. It's not upper market but it's extremely comfortable and pleasant. Ideal for families with children and older folk alike. You can sunbathe by the pool but there are plenty of shady areas too The pool is not over big but a relaxing dip on a hot day is magic. A fantastic bbg is at the bottom of the garden and provides an opportunity for a fun evening. The local restaurants are all within walking distance and serve good food. There are a couple of lovely beaches about10 minutes car-ride away. For days out there are many interesting places to visit. I would recommend this place for a lovely summer holiday to anybody.

  • Review Submitted: 26/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It is great that you love the house as much as we do, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back again next year.
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Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Konoba Labud
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Konoba Labud
Nearest Beach
2.1 Kilometres
Vabriga Harbour
Car: recommended


The nearest beach is at the old fishing harbour, 2.1km from the house. This is a 20 minute walk, or 5 minute cycle. There are numerous other beaches within easy striking distance by car, including the picturesque town of Novigrad with a variety of swimming spots. All the local beaches are Blue Flag rated with lovely clear water.


The nearest airport is an hour's drive away at Pula, with regular Ryanair services from Stansted (Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and a weekly Jet2 service from Edinburgh (Sunday). We usually use Trieste airport, which is up to 2 hours drive away in summer, and has regular daily Ryanair flights from Stansted. We have found the car hire to be cheaper at Trieste, although the border crossings can be busy.


Novigrad, 10 minutes.

Porec, 15 minutes.

Vrsar, 25 minutes.

Limski Fjord, 35 minutes.

Rovinj, 50 minutes.

Further Details:

The local well stocked shop is a 5 mins walk away and has an ATM machine and currency exchange. There are other shops and an ATM in Tar, which is a short walk away. Vabriga has 7 restaurants, including 2 directly opposite the house. The very lively and popular Santa Marina restaurant at the fishing harbour serves excellent barbecued fish and meat and provides live entertainment with seating for up to 600 people.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note that we will not accept bookings from single sex groups.

The owner will contact renters by email 2 weeks before arrival with instructions for collecting the keys, a passport form for completion, and directions to the house.

Changeover Day:
The normal changeover day is Tuesday, in order to allow the use of cheaper flights and to avoid the Saturday changeover traffic congestion. We are flexible if you would like to arrive on a different day to suit your travel plans.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per day in UK Pounds. We can also accept payment in Euros. Please note that prices include Tourist Tax, so there is nothing else to pay on arrival in Croatia. The house is only available for these dates as it is used by the owners' families for the rest of the year - this is a family holiday home, not a buy to let investment property!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.