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Waterside Villa near Dubrovnik, close to shops, restaurants, beach and pools

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 200 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Waterside Villa near Dubrovnik, close to shops, restaurants and pools, with sea swimming right outside the front door

The Villa is next to the sea, perfect for a quick dip, in a quiet suburb of Old Mokosica, 5 minutes walk to local good value shops and bars, occupied mainly by Croatians, with very few tourists in evidence.Villa Mirak has a really peaceful and restful atmosphere. An excellent bus service is close by running to all major locations. We would describe the area as " spectacular rustic". All of the neighbours are very friendly - some own their property as a holiday home, so a few properties are not occupied all the year around. Part of the property comprises an old family chapel, which is now used as a dining room with an amazing atmosphere. Outside there is a Renaissance style restored garden with its own natural well. Villa Mirak is 2 miles from the ACI Marina where there are excellent restaurants, a good supermarket and a superb otside swimming pool. The Old City of Dubrovnik is 8 miles from the Villa, with the Port Town of Gruz 4 miles away. The Old City is a major tourist attraction, as it has a Venetian atmosphere, with a large range of restaurants and bars and excellent cultural activities including concerts and clubs.

Paul Sampson
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Paul Sampson

Married once 39 years ago to Margaret, two adult children, worked with PwC for 32 years in Nottingham, Reading, London, Johannesburg, San Jose and New York. 'Retired' as a partner in 2003. Now a business angel to daughter's florist business (assisted with 2011 Royal Wedding flowers); Interests include boating and gardening. Active networker in BNI and member of Pangbourne Rotary. Catenian. Will probably not stop working for many years. Current role in family business includes marketing, van driver, accounting and waste removal. Developed this property as a joint project with Margaret. Villa Mirak is owned by our company, Sampson d o o, a Croatian Limited Liability Company and guests contract with this company for their rental agreement.

Paul Sampson purchased this villa in 2005

Why Paul Sampson chose Dubrovnik

We visited Dubrovnik in 2004 because we were fed up with the Salcombe weather and looking for another location to keep a boat with a sensible climate. The cliche love at first sight applies. We acquired the boat in 2004 and, against all advice, the house in 2005. The house has its own boat moorings, is by the sea, is a listed 400 year old building (called a monument in Croatia). After firing the first architect who did nothing for 4 years, we found an Australian with a gift for project management, who had a team of Croats working for him. Eighteen months later it was all done. The area is genuinely Croatian. Its rustic, no tourists. The surrounding houses are either permanently owner occupied or summer houses for people living in Zagreb and other inland cities in the Balkans.

What makes this villa unique

On hot days of which there are many in summer, swim in the sea right outside the Villa. Five minutes walk to good low cost shops and bars used by locals, not tourists. Three minutes walk to the bus stop with buses every twenty minutes to all major centres. Hire car not needed. No air-conditioning needed except when unusually hot.The Villa is in an area favoured by the aristocracy in the 1700/1800's because it is cool in the summer. We can sit outside and just watch the yachts sail by. We can read by the well out of the sun. We can barbecue, cook in the kitchen or dine out. The house is so restful. Maybe because it has the mark of a previous church/chapel, now our dining room. We love the Old Town, just to walk in and dine. We have made many friends with our neighbours who are incredibly sociable - beware the local lethal brews, which will be offered at any time of the day!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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We have had a wonderful holiday in your pretty house and lovely garden, set in a Jewel of a setting - Latchfords June 2013

We have enjoyed the peace and quiet of this lovely setting and have spent many a sunny hour just relaxing and watching the river life - Sinclairs July 2013

Fantastic location - Wickards July 2013

We had a lovely 5 days stay at Villa Mirak. Lots of home comforts to make our stay easy and enjoyable - Pepper Family August 2013

We had an amazing stay at Villa Mirak. It was so peaceful - yet so much life in the area - Taits August 2013

After leaving a very cold and flooding UK we arrived to perfect weather which stayed all week. Had a lovely stay. Enjoyed cycling as well as the three island cruise and trip to Montenegro – both booked with Amico in Town and got picked up and dropped off which was great. Did not miss not having a car.

Favourite restaurant – Lady Pi Pi - Wetherbys
Jan 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Downstairs shower room with basin and toilet. Adjacent to the house in the garden, there is a stand alone building with toilet and wash hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double bedroom with 6 foot double bed, large fitted wardrobe, looking directly out onto the sea. One bedroom with twin beds and with large fitted wardrobes overlooking the Renaissance garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: The sea is just 10 metres from the front door - ideal for a quick dip! Outside: To the rear, there is a secluded Renaissance style restored garden. The Villa is 400 years old and survived the 1667 earth quake which destroyed most of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The garden has its its own fresh water well, a raised herb garden, a covered gas barbeque area, surrounded by a cobbled path and low walls. Loungers and a covered large dining table and chairs are provided. Guests can pick fresh figs, lemons and oranges when in season. There is also a mooring for a boat of up to 8 metres in length. There is a small sea facing terrace with table and chairs, which is a great place to relax in the evening and just watch the yachts slipping in and out of the Marina, whilst sipping a cool beer or vino. Many of our guests have said how much they enjoyed the wonderful walk or cycle ride outside the Villa leading past the old monastery to the village of Komolac. Utility Room: Washing machine, vacuum cleaner, other cleaning utensils. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa Mirak is fully equipped with bed and bathroom linen as well as towels for the beach. Other: The dining room is set in lower part of the old chapel and seats 6 around a glass top steel dining table.


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Waterside Villa near Dubrovnik, close to shops, restaurants, beach and pools
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Another great 10 days at Villa Mirak

  • 5 of 5

Very well looked after by Cvjetko and Dube as always

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway within reach of all one would want to see without the touristy chaos!

  • 5 of 5

Both homeowner & manager were wonderful to work with. The hospitality was second to none. The home is clean, has everything you may need, felt safe & was in an ideal location. Restaurants in walking distance were fantastic. And the main city was an easy drive with inexpensive parking.

  • Review Submitted: 16/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to The Dahlbergs for this kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay.
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Back to summer by the sea in October

  • 5 of 5

Amazingly restful 10 days in October - great to get back to summer by the sea - every meal al fresco - superb walks - came back to the UK fully refreshed

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dubrovnik Indian Summer!
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Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely family holiday at Villa Mirak. The Villa itself is beautiful and well-equipped and the children (5yrs & 3mths) had a great time. The Villa is located in a nice quiet residential area but also has very good transport links to the Old Town, ports, marina and nearby islands. There are shops, cafes and restaurants nearby and the locals are all very friendly. What more could you ask for! We will be back again soon...

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review - so glad you had a great holiday
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Beautiful, quiet location just outside of the stunning historic city of Dubrovnik.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing week in the villa. The location is perfect for a peaceful break but has easy access to Dubrovnik old city, beaches and islands if you want to explore. The villa has all the facilities we needed for our stay - a rustic, country garden with lovely patio area, pagoda and fabulous BBQ. The bedrooms were light, airy and air conditioned which was great in June as the weather was beautifully hot. The lounge area (which we didn't sit in very often because of the fabulous weather!) has the rustic exposed brick work of the original villa which we loved. The owners thought of so many little touches that made our stay from the well-equipped kitchen to the multiple spare plugs throughout the villa! The wonderful Croatian managers of the property were so helpful and supportive during our stay. They didn't overwhelm us but were there for advice and local connections which were invaluable. We used the local marina bar and swimming pool area which were great. The trip into Dubrovnik couldn't have been easier on the bus and it was so cheap. The old city is stunning - we can't wait to come back as we ran out of time to explore all the museums. We also did a boat trip to 3 beautiful islands, had some wonderful meals out (we left the leaflets of the really good ones in the villa!) and visited the local Banje Beach. We had a brilliant week and will definitely be back. Thank-you for a superb stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, It is very much appreciated and we will pass on your comments to Cvjetko and Dube. Looking forward to your next visit already. Best wishes Paul & Margaret
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A lovely well equipped summer Villa, next to the sea, with a great garden

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days in May and had wonderful weather. The garden was a real bonus, as we were able to barbeque every day and rest there after a busy day. We did go out to some very good value restauraunts close to the Villa, particularly near the Marina. We rented a car, but ended up using the buses for local trips to Dubrovnik. Excellent service. The islands were a feature of our holiday. We had three boat trips and swam each time off the boat to the sandy beaches. The Old Town was very enjoyable in the evening and we found some fabulous restaurants. Our local husband and wife hosts Cvjetko and Dube looked after so well and arranged out trips out fopr us - thanks so much. We loved this holiday home and hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks - Glad to read you had a great holiday
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
100 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Banje, Dubrovnik
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Our Villa Manager is extremely knowledgeable about Dubrovnik's rich cultural history, which may go back as far as the Greek Empire! He will be delighted to accompany you around the many ancient buildings and monuments in the area and share his knowledge and anecdotes with you. Power boat hire can be arranged, (boat as pictured on the site or similar). A Day Skippers' License is required or a skipper must be hired. Guests who have done this have said it was wonderful to go offshore and visit the beautiful islands surrounding Dubrovnik. Even better to be picked up and set down at your front door by boat! There is a cultural link here as well, as some of the islands have a rich heritage again stretching back to occupation by the Greeks. There are Greek, Roman and Slavic ruins to be explored. Additional bikes are available for hire in Dubrovnik during the holiday season.


Distance to the coast is 10, yes 10 metres. There is a superb outdoor swimming pool about 2 miles away at the ACI Marina. The best beaches are at the Islands, offshore. These can be reached by ferry from Gruz (4 miles away), or renting a boat that can be moored at the Villa, if required.


The Villa is 15 miles from Dubrovnik International Airport (about 25 mins drive). You only need a hire car, if you are reluctant to use the excellent buses and/or you wish to travel further afield beyond the Dubrovnik area.There is off road parking for two cars. Local shops and bars are 5 minutes walk, larger shops in Gruz (4 miles) and 15 minutes by bus.


Old City of Dubrovnik is 8 miles way, the Port of Gruz is 4 miles away, the ACI Marina is 2 miles way. Mostar is 40 miles away and Medjugorje 60 miles away. The Elaphite Islands by boat are between 3 and 10 miles offshore.

Further Details:

Local shops, bank and bars within 5 minutes walk. Larger shops in Gruz,(4 miles). Excellent choice of restaurants at ACI Marina (2 miles), Gruz (4 miles and Dubrovnik Old Town (8 miles). There are some magical restaurants right on the sea where they tie up the lobster below the tables for you to pick (Zaton Mali).

The must do's in the Old City of Dubrovnik are, in no particular order; walk the walls at sunset, ride the cable car at any time, wander round the cathedrals and palaces whenever, attend the outside concerts given by visiting and local Philharmonic orchestras in the evening, window shop in some amazingly high fashion retailers, just people watch... and not mentioned... sample the very Italian pizzas. Just a peaceful stroll from Villa Mirak, is the beautiful 14th century Franciscan monastery at Rozat, dwarfed by the tail end of the Dinaric Alps, running through Croatia from north to south. From certain points, further around towards the ACI Marina, it is possible to see a Croatian Flag painted by Dubrovnik residents high up on the cliff face. This was done when Montenegran troops occupied the area in the 1990's war. On the steep banks of the river directly opposite Villa can be seen the remains of the old Dubrovnik Sarajevo narrow gauge railway line. This is now a superb walk accessed from Gruz. For pictures of the line and river (with no road bridge) visit. The owners of the villa next door used to live in Sarajevo and travelled on the line. The place to swim in Dubrovnik is Sunj Bay at the Island Lopud. The Island is steeped in Greek and Roman history. Many bring their boats here to swim and dive. Some come by ferry and explore the island on foot. There is a legend about the beach. If you swim here with your loved one you will stay together for ever. Our experienced managers can arrange all the trips and tours you may need, including Krka National Park, Mostar, Montenego, Split and Medjugorje which is an amazing and spiritual place to visit.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

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25% payable on reservation, 75% payable 70 days prior arrival
Cancellations - 56 days prior to planned date of arrival; loss of 30%. 55-43 days prior to arrival ; 50% total cost. 42-29 days prior to arrival ; 65% total cost. 28-15 days prior to arrival ; 90% total cost. Less than 15 days prior to arrival ; 100% total cost
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Changeover Day:
Any, subject to other booking commitments

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