We have just returned from a very relaxing stay here with our young adult kids and their partners. From the moment you drive down the long gravel track (excellent condition) and see the villa in the middle of olive groves with no neighbours in view from any direction, you know this is going to be a very peaceful holiday!
The villa is highly recommended, it was plenty big enough for the 6 of us, with 3 bedrooms, 2 ensuite and the other room with the bathroom next door - all extremely clean and tidy with comfy beds and plenty of space for clothes etc. (Long haired ladies note that the Hairdryers are those attached to the wall with a tube blowing out hot air which heats your hands more than dries your hair though! )The kitchen is very spacious with ample crockery and equipment for self catering if you so choose. (coffee machine but no kettle, not that this bothered us at all). The terrace outside was a lovely place to eat, nice and shady and plenty of space plus a lovely sofa, positioned perfectly to catch the sunset with your glass of wine!
There is a great barbecue area too. The pool is lovely, unheated so a little fresh in September, but am sure in the heat of Summer is would be fantastic. Plenty of patio space and sun loungers. The grounds of the villa are huge and you can see nothing but trees for miles around - totally relaxing and private. We were invited to help ourselves to tomatoes and aubergines that were growing.
The host, Sergio and his wife are the perfect hosts. Friendly, welcoming, helpful but never intrusive. They were available for any minor problems and also an invaluable source of information about where to eat and visit. You could not fault them at all - absolutely lovely people! They brought us welcome coffee and offered to bring us bread every day as well as arriving with 3 huge pumpkins for us to cook!
We struggled to get our teenagers to move from their sunloungers for most of the week so batteries will be fully charged before they return to Uni next week. However, my partner and I did get to view some lovely Istrian scenery - very unspoilt and the roads were a pleasure to drive on. Rovinj is a lovely town to visit, with its cobbled streets and bright blue sea and quiet bustle of life. Ask Sergio for restaurant recommendations! Pazin has a vast gorge to view and we had a lovely homely lunch at Konoba Vela vrata in Beram . The Limski kanal is also worth seeing, though we were a little disappointed with the food at Viking - I guess you go for the location not the food....
The villa is about a 5 minute drive from Bale, a little village with a good supermarket and a few restaurants. Very sleepy village in September but a small cobbled centre to wander around. We would recommend La Grisa to eat, lovely pastas, plenty of truffles and a lovely ambience in their little courtyard. We did try the Konoba Price which is a sort of Jazz cafe too - the food was mediocre but the staff were friendly. There were a few other simple restaurants and a small coffee bar for your morning coffee in the sun. But very much a locals village - very friendly locals they are too!
To sum up: a beautiful villa,with wonderful hosts, in a peaceful idyllic setting, with enough things to do for a holiday with 'lazy teenagers'.