Lovely house not too far from Split. Set half way up a hillside with one precipitous drop; it is nothing if not peaceful!
We had a really warm welcome from Ivan who made himself available to us throughout our stay.
The property has everything a family needs and has a couple of local shops within 5 minutes drive that stock all the essentials.
The outdoor eating area with a brilliant BBQ next to the pool is perfect in the evenings.
Overall - an immaculate property with great views, short drives to the main local attractions and handy local amenities.
Would give this villa 6 out of 5 if we could.
My husband and 2 teenage children stayed here for a week in 2018 and think it’s the best villa yet. It is a lovely and well thought out space. Even though we arrived later at night than planned we received a lovely warm welcome and much needed food. We arrived in the dark and were rewarded in the morning by a beautiful view from the top of the hill. The villa is great for people who like to get away while they are in the villa but be close to amenities and local sites.
We wanted somewhere quiet and private for a relaxing week in the sun and you could not find anywhere that fulfils these requirements more than Villa Maria. Whilst the photos are nice (and of course we booked it after viewing them) they do not and could not do this beautiful villa justice. The views from the pool and sun terrace are truly breath-taking and the sound of the local goat herder herding their goats in the morning whilst drinking coffee on the sun drenched terrace is awe-inspiring, but if the sound of goat herding isn't your thing, you can also play music through the speakers outside by the pool, which was really nice to listen to when we cooked on the brick built BBQ on the terrace. The eerie silence at night and remoteness of Villa Maria might not be for everyone but for us and for most it is a hidden gem in magical surroundings. Villa Maria is spotlessly clean and modern with all of the home comforts anyone could need: flat screen TVs, well appointed kitchen, lovely shower room and tasteful, comfortable lounge and bedrooms. There are a couple of really nice local restaurants and a couple of small supermarkets a short (5 minute) drive away, one of the restaurants serves spit roasted lamb which was delicious and one of the sets of 'Game of Thrones' (Klis Fort) is only a 5 minute drive away and Split is around 20 minutes in the car. As many previous guests have commented Ivan was a fantastic host; greeting us with home baked apple cake, a platter of cheese and meats and a variety of homemade wine, etc. which was a lovely touch. Ivan visited most days (to tend to the garden) and would check we had everything we needed and also helped us by recommending a local restaurant, nice beach and somewhere where we could do 'Paddle Boarding'-nothing was too much trouble for him! We don't normally visit the same place twice for a holiday but Villa Maria is the place that has probably changed that as we cant wait to return!
We have just returned from a wonderful week in this beautiful villa! The villa itself was a high standard - could not fault it and just like the pictures. Loved coming outside every morning to the views of the mountains below.
Split was an easy drive in the car, it's a good place to visit, lots of places to eat and you can go on fantastic boat trips (definitely go and visit some of the islands), but the town itself is very busy so we loved being able to get away from it all in the afternoons to relax in the pool, have a BBQ and just take in the tranquil surroundings.
Ivan could not have been nicer or more helpful, he had left us everything we needed and came to replace drinking water. A very thoughtful and friendly host.
We had a great time in this well equipped villa in the middle of nowhere but easily reachable from Split