From the Mirna river valley, dense in oak forest and rich source of prized Istrian truffles, we followed a quiet country lane, gently winding its way uphill towards the emblematic medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan. Nestling on the wooded slopes with glorious views back across the verdant valley, we came across Bolara one of the prettiest stone built cottages we have discovered and a perfect hideaway for honeymooners and couples.
Lovingly restored, this ancient farmer’s cottage contains a wealth of characterful, authentic details such as open-faced walls, a large in-built stone fireplace, internal arches and solid wood cross beams. Cooling quarry tiles have been laid downstairs and wooden flooring in the bedroom. The effect is a property of immense atmosphere where privacy, peace and back to nature tranquillity are all assured.
As you may discern from the accompanying photographs, Bolara is also one of the most incredibly spacious properties for two that we have come across. Originally conceived as a two bedroom property the owner decided that he liked the space so much that he would leave it as a one bedroom house and maybe, one day, add another bedroom. Or maybe not. He’ll see how he feels!
The upstairs bedroom in particular has a large en suite shower room with an imposing, solid king size bed and a generous covered terrace overlooking the grounds and that magnificent sweeping swathe of lush countryside. The private pool is also a very good size and sits in a sunny position surrounded by lawn and sun terracing.
You may find little reason to leave this calming pastoral oasis but a foray to the coast and around the immediate area is well worthwhile. Just 2km away you will find Ponte Porton, a respected local restaurant serving Istrian specialities such as gnocchi, fresh asparagus and a range of truffle dishes. Grožnjan (7km) is home to a mini market and two café bars as well as stunning views, delightful architecture and a wealth of galleries and craft shops selling artwork, jewellery and ceramics.
Further supermarkets and various seafront restaurants are found between Novigrad and Umag (30 mins) together with beautiful, clear water pebble beaches such as Mareda and Dalja.
Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (TV, CD, DVD, fireplace). Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher). Cloakroom. Central heating.
First floor : Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room (washing machine). Large covered terrace.
Outside: Covered and open terraces. Extensive lawned grounds. Covered private parking.
Private shaped swimming pool (9m x 5m at widest points) with Roman steps.