Villa Dolce Vita

Villa Dolce Vita

The villa is situated beneath the Motovun town walls, on the hill dominating the wonderful Mirna river valley. It overlooks the ancient Motovun oak forest, rich with truffles and mushrooms of sublime taste. The spacious interior can accommodate up to 15 persons and has been beautifully furnished and decorated with attention to details. On the ground floor you will find 1 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom (and direct access to the outside pool), a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining area, a living room furnished for your ... Read more comfort and relaxation and a pool table room for your entertainment, also containing a sofa-bed, with a sleeping possibility for 2 persons. The first floor comprises of 3 bedrooms and a suite, of which 2 bedrooms are with ensuite bathrooms and double beds (each max 2 persons), another bedroom with a double bed (max 2 persons), an additional bathroom and the master suite gallery - which has a smaller separate fully functioning kitchen and dining area, master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and open fireplace for a specially warm atmosphere. Stairs are leading to the open gallery, which has 2 single beds (each bed is 140 cm wide, accommodating a max of 4 persons). The suite also has direct access to a large terrace with a partially covered fireplace. Here you can relax while enjoying the wonderful views of the valley surrounding Motovun. The villa surroundings, with olive trees and a small vineyard, give complete privacy around the stone decked pool, from where you can enjoy sunsets over the valley. Motovun legends, smells and tastes all come together into a distinct atmosphere, that also rubbed off the villa Dolce Vita. The romantic villa is available for rent all years around. Cook and cleaning services are available at an extra charge.

Villa Dolce Vita location

Motovun, HR
Motovun is a medieval town-monument with a golf course, natural spring wells and spa, horseback riding and a international film festival. Great restaurants, taverns, cafes are all around the villa. The Adriatic coast is 20min away with the beaches and tourist towns of Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad... 45 min away is Pula and Brijuni islands national natural ... Read more park. You can even get to Porec on a mountain bike track that runs just under the estate. From Porec you can make a boat trip to Venice. Just over the border a 30min car drive is the city of Trieste with great shopping. This property is a perfect spot in Motovun for large party's. The tasteful lay out, the garden and the breath taking view over the Mirna valley are the star facers of the property. It is definitely one of the best locations in Motovun area. Amenities’ are in a walking distance. There's a number of low cost companies flying to Pula (PUY) from all over Europe, and you can hire a car from several companies at the airport. Alternative airports are Rijeka, Trieste, Ljubljana and Venice. If you are getting here by car - Motovun is very easy to find and once there you just can't miss the villa. You can rent a mountain bike for around 12 EUR per day (including insurance) and take it on the wonderful 'Parenzana' trail which passes just under the villa. The trail used to be an old railroad and it goes thru vineyards and forests with the tunnels and bridges still preserved.


  • Distance - beach: 25 km - Porec
  • Distance - airport: 65 km - Pula
  • Distance - restaurant: 100 m - Very short walking distance
  • Distance - shop: 50 m - Very short walking distance

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SPECIAL OFFER 10% on available period 12.09.- 31.10.2017 - already included in the rental rates!
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16.09.2017 - 31.10.2017 Min. Nights: 4 1,336 € per week
01.11.2017 - 21.12.2017 Min. Nights: 4 1,485 € per week
06.01.2018 - 18.05.2018 Min. Nights: 4 1,485 € per week
19.05.2018 - 15.06.2018 Min. Nights: 7 1,830 € per week
16.06.2018 - 29.06.2018 Min. Nights: 7 2,310 € per week
30.06.2018 - 06.07.2018 Min. Nights: 7 2,970 € per week
07.07.2018 - 24.08.2018 Min. Nights: 7 3,300 € per week
25.08.2018 - 31.08.2018 Min. Nights: 7 2,970 € per week
01.09.2018 - 07.09.2018 Min. Nights: 7 2,310 € per week
08.09.2018 - 21.09.2018 Min. Nights: 7 1,830 € per week
22.09.2018 - 21.12.2018 Min. Nights: 4 1,485 € per week
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The price includes: VAT, Tourist tax and all as listed on the villa homepage.
Property damage security: A 300.00 EUR refundable damage deposit or 30 EUR non-refundable property damage insurance is required.


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Well behaved pets are welcome with an extra cleaning charge of 50€ per pet per week.

The ground floor is completely levelled and there is a ground floor spacious bedroom but no special equipment for wheelchair users.

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The Master suit consists of two floors. It includes a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a open fireplace, a dining area and a kitchen. Out the dining area two double doors is a big terrace, partially covered with a small outside fireplace. Over the master suite dining area the stairs will lead you to a open gallery where you'll find two single beds. The gallery bedroom is not suitable for small children. Baby cot available upon request. Bed linens are provided and changed once per week.


There are 4 ensuite bathrooms and one separate bathroom. Bathroom towels are included and changed one time per week. Beach towels are not included.

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4 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Julia M.
Date: 14.09.2017
Die Villa Dolce Vita ist sehr schön in den Bergen gelegen und bietet dadurch einen wunderschönen Ausblick. Auch kleinere Küstenstädte wir Porec oder Novigrad sind mit dem Auto schnell zu erreichen. Die Vermieter Lili und Walter sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit und sind auf alle unsere Wünsche eingegangen. Leider hatten wir etwas Pech mit dem Wetter und es gab einige stürmische und regnerische Tage. Dem schlechten Wetter waren die Fenster und Türen nicht so gut gewachsen und man musste auch die äußeren Fensterklappläden zumachen um im trockenen zu bleiben. Ansonsten ist das Haus sehr zu empfehlen und einen Besuch wert.
Owner response:

Sehr geehrte Gäste,

vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung!
Wir bedauern sehr, dass Sie schlechte Erfahrungen mit dem Wetter hatten. Während Ihres Aufenthaltes in der Villa, kam es in der gesamten Region zu bislang nicht verzeichneten Regenfällen.
Seit bestehen der Messdaten wurden solche Regenfälle nicht verzeichnet, schwer, dass sich so etwas wiederholen wird.

Wir würden uns freuen, Sie bald wieder bei uns in Kroatien begrüßen zu dürfen...dann unter nicht so stürmischen Bedingungen :-)

Ihr Myistria Team
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Francois D., Belgium
Date: 10.08.2017
With 4 families, 12 persons of which 4 children we enjoyed very much the nicely decorated house. As the weather was optimal ( not to hot and nearly no rain), we could have dinner every evening outside in a very nice equipped covered area with BBQ-facility. The swimmingpool was the center of activities for the children and the house had a very nice view over the landscape. All facilities as described by myistiria are correct and there is enough parking space for 4 to 5 cars. The owners are very committed in helping with extra tips (thanks Walter for the good restaurant advise and thanks Lilly with the extra tip that there is no need to buy bottled water) and i.e. swimmingpool was cleaned twice during the week without any disturbance for us. It is a great place either to stay the whole day at the villa or to explore the area around Motovun : wine, truffles, gastronomy, small villages or places at the coast are in the nearby surroundings. Motovun has a small supermarket, walking distance from the villa, where you could find most of the things you need during the stay. Everybody left the place with very nice memories and no doubt we can recommend this villa to other families. Finally I can add that the whole reservationprocess with myistria went without any problem.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Aud Gunlaug Jakobsen
Date: 31.07.2017
Thank you, Lily and Valter, for renting your house for one week, 15. - 22. July 2017. We celebrated Odd's 80 birthday together with our three daugthers and their families, 15 persons from Salzburg, Toronto, Sandnes and Stavanger. We loved to stay in your beautiful house. Everything was perfect.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Keune / Schneider
Date: 01.07.2017
Schöne Villa, sehr schöne Lage und ein sehr freundliches und stets hilfsbereites Vermieterehepaar.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Aiste
Date: 25.06.2017
This is a place where you forget everything around you and just enjoy time and life. Villa is in a beautiful place, hidde from neighbours, with amazing view, in Motovun. Really recommend to go up to the city center and enjoy amazing panoramas of Istria region. View will take your breath away. Villa is well equipted, you can find all what you need, everything like written in the offer. House is clean, pool was supervised by owner every few days, bbq area has all it needs, in master bedroom one more bbq place in terrace, game room with pool table for rainy days. We are still living our memories from this place and hope to come back there again. Everything was perfect. Thank you!
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Ove Johan Horrigmo
Date: 15.08.2016
We stayed at Villa Dolce Vita from 30 July to 6 August 2016. With our children and their families we were 13 people aged 8 to 70. Our high expectations right from the booking were surpassed by the experience during our stay. We had a wonderful week in a house with everything one can possibly expect to find. A beautiful villa with nice, spacious, clean, comfortable and well airconditioned rooms. Hot summer outside was no problem as the villa offers plenty of places with cooling shadow. And the 29 degrees salt water pool was everybody's favourite, especially the children's. Our evenings by the outside barbecue (one of two!) were unforgettable, as were our visits to Motovun, one of the gems of Istria. This ancient hilltop city offers much to enjoy, both outdoors and inside its restaurants. (Trip Advisor is a reliable restaurant guide here.) From high up here you have a stunning view of the landscape of the surrounding landscape. If the walk to the top seems challenging, you can go by bus every 15 minutes from just 200 metres from the villa. More about the villa: Parking for 3 to 5 cars on the premises. Grocery shop within short walking distance and no more than roughly half an hour by car to cities like Rovinj and Porec are extra bonuses. So are the owners, who turned out to be very friendly and helpful. All this added to our feeling of complete satisfaction.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Liv & Einar
Date: 17.07.2016
We are a family of 11 people, adults and children. We have rented Villa Dolce Vita twice. We are very pleased with the visits. The house is of high standard, well equipped, comfortable and clean and with a friendly and welcoming host offering good service. Compared to similar houses in Central Europe, the rent is affordable, especially in the off season. Absolutely recommendable!
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Maria Malmström
Date: 27.06.2016
We had high expectations and we were not disappointed. Villa Dolce Vita is a lovely house in a beautiful location! We were 14 persons and there was enough space for everyone, even if some had to share beds when they had preferred single beds. My mother needs a walker and she had no problems accessing the house and the a bedroom with bathroom on the bottom floor. The kitchen was fully equipped with what we needed. If we had any questions we got quick reply from Lili. All in all, a place to recommend!
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Kate & Ryan
Date: 15.06.2016
Gorgeous, comfortable home with ample space for 12 people. The view is breathtaking, and the pool very nice. Lily and Walter were very gracious and helpful hosts, and it is clear how much they love and care for this fabulous villa. The location is easily within walking distance to groceries, cafes, and the bus that will take you up into Motovun. We highly recommend staying here.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Barbara Walker
Date: 01.08.2015
Our favourite house... Our family of 12 (ages 12 - 74) stayed here for a week and loved every minute. The house is beautifully equipped and allowed plenty of room for everyone. The pool was a big hit with the whole family. We loved the birds in the morning and the views. Even the summer thunderstorm was fun. Day trips included the beach, Roman ruins and lots of hill top villages. We enjoyed cooking at home and relaxing. Our host and hostess were very helpful and caring. This was our first trip to Croatia, but we will return.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Paul, N Wales
Date: 26.07.2015
We have just returned from a week at Villa Dolce Vita and we had a wonderful time. The villa has great character and all the facilities you need including a great pool (1.5m deep all round). Plenty of bathrooms to cope with our group of 9 adults and 2 teenagers. The property has two kitchens and a (charcoal) barbecue. There's now loads of crockery and cooking utensils in the well-equipped main kitchen, huge fridge and separate freezer (in the utility room). Useful extra toilets inside and out downstairs too. There is also plenty of seating inside and out and two sunshades which we made good use of in the 40 degree July heat. Lily and Walter are great hosts, who make you very welcome and are on hand (15 mins away) for any help. The location was ideal for us with a great local shop (lovely bread), bank, restaurant, cycle hire (motonatours), winery and vineyard offering wine tasting all in easy walking distance, and of course, Motovun itself with the steps up to the town starting directly opposite the villa entrance. The villa is also very private, so you can be as noisy or as quiet as you wish. Couple of tips; don't buy loads of bottled water before your arrive as Lily has filters on cold water taps giving unlimited supply of filtered water. If you fancy a change from home cooking or eating out, there's an excellent pizzeria about 5km up the road at Karojba.
4 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Gine Billeso
Date: 03.09.2014
We had a great holiday with perfect weather . We were 4 families and many children with room for everyone. Lovely house with lovely indoor and outdoor area. The pool was perfect and we spent many hours swimming . We enjoyed the surroundings , the view. We spent the holidays on the walk to the top of Motovun and ate delicious dinner at the Hotel Kastel . We visited wineries which was a great experience greeted by friendly people. 20 min from the house are many fine beaches and quaint town that everyone has their own story . We had a perfect holiday and we would love to come back - there are many things we did not get to experience. Thank you to Lily and Walter are extremely pleasant people . It can certainly recommended for both adults and children. Greeting Gine
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Marie S.
Date: 10.05.2013
We were here in the beginning of May, and had a wonderful time with perfect temperature! The house is very tidy and nice in every way. We have absolutely nothing to complain about. Spacious both inside and outside, and well-equipped. Nice owners. The town of Motovun is pretty and very nice, and the surroundings are just astonishingly beautiful.  

5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Anonymous
Date: 25.07.2012

Villa Dolce Vita lives up to everything that is promised and more.

The houseowner took very well care of us.

The house is very beautiful, spacious and clean. The pool is clean and extremely nice to have on a hot summer day.

There is entertainment in the house for the adults as well as for the kids and the teens with the piano, pool table and tv.

There even is a washing machine if you feel like doing laundry during your vacation.

The house is in a nice location with a grocery store just 50 m away, so there is no problem to pick up some fresh bread in the morning for your breakfast. The store even have truffle products in their assortment. There are several restaurants in Motovun that serve fine food, I suggest you go for the truffles :) . Motovun is only about 1 km away.

In conclusion, our party of 9 adults, 2 teens and 2 children, were all very happy with the villa, Motovun and Croatia and I would recommend this house to any friend anytime :) !

Thank you Villa Dolce VIta 

5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Margot E.
Date: 12.09.2011
Die Villa Dolce Vita übertraf in allen Belangen unsere Vorstellungen.

Wir fahren schon 15 Jahre in verschiedene Ferienhäuser, aber noch nie haben wir so ein sauberes und gepflegtes Haus vorgefunden.

Die Klimaanlage in jedem Schlazimmer ist das Sahnehäubchen der Villa. Täglich haben wir das Schwimmen im chlorfreien Pool genossen.

Ein besonderer Dank gilt Lily und Walter, die außergewöhnlich freundlich und hilfsbereit sind. Aus all diesen Gründen haben wir bereits für den Sommer 2012 das Haus wieder gebucht.
5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Phil52, England
Date: 28.08.2009

We have just returned from the most perfect family holiday at Villa Dolce Vita in Motovun. It was the perfect location for our extended family of 12, including 4 generations of our family from England. It was an ideal property for 80 year old plus Great Grandparents who had the downstairs bedroom leading out to the pool, and also great for the rest of our grown up family and 3 year old grandson.

Our hosts, Walter and Lily were brilliant not only looking after us so well, but also dealing with all of the small things to make our holiday easy and comfortable. We have stayed in Villas as a family in Italy, Greece and France many times, but this was the BEST experience that we have had. Great views from the balconies, a terrific and very clean swimming pool and great outdoor eating areas and barbeque. We have high standards and Walter and Lily and Dolce Vita met them all. I can recommend this villa and the hosts to all. The website gives a splendid and very accurate picture of the villa. It was excellent value and I hope that we will return to this part of Istria and to Dolce Vita in the near future. 5 star recommendation from all 4 generations; ideal for peole like us in their 80s, 50s, 20s and also youngsters.

5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Pam G. Orpington, England
Date: 09.08.2009

The owners, Walter and Lily, welcomed us to the villa on our first day. We found the villa to be clean and well maintained and thought that the photographs and descriptions gave an accurate reflection of the villa and the facilities on offer. The kitchen was kitted out with plenty of good quality cooking equipment (but would benefit from a larger and faster kettle for tea drinkers!) and we particularly enjoyed the barbecue and outside eating area.

Our only disappointment with the villa was the lack of air conditioning in two of the bedrooms - making it necessary to sleep with the windows open which meant that unfortunately the occupants were frequently woken during the night by the howling and barking of dogs.

We were all bitten by midges - something beyond the control of the owners - so remember to take lots of insect repellants.

It was easy to find our way around in Istria. The roads are excellent and very quiet. We enjoyed days in Rovinj (a beautiful coastal town) and the seaside resort of Novigrad. Motovun itself is stunning and well worth the climb.

Eating at the villa was made easy with large supermarkets available in Buzet and Pazin, each about 20 minutes drive away (and open until about 8pm Mon - Sat). There is a small shop across the road from the villa for essentials, including tasty bread. Eating out and drinking was also excellent value. We particularly enjoyed a meal at the Hotel Kastell in Motovun with spectacular views of the sunset.

All in all - an enjoyable holiday in a beautiful villa, surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review - we ware delighted to have you and your party in our House. Arrangements to fit the remaining two bedrooms with air conditioning for the next season have allready been made - thank you.

5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: Matthew-B London
Date: 23.07.2009
This is a beautiful villa with six large bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and a pool around which you can base your whole stay. There is outdoor seating which comfortably sat 13 of us (all adults) for all of our main meals. There is also a large indoor dining table, but we never used that. For those who want to get out of the sun, the living room is perfect for relaxing with the french doors left open and there is a pool table which is great if you fancy a quick game. Two criticisms: firstly, despite the initial warm welcome from the property management team, we requested a new filter for one of the drinking water taps and this never arrived and two, the availability of various kitchen utensils and a full matching set of crockery for a large group was lacking. Nonetheless, I would recommend this villa. It is large enough for a big group and is within walking distance to shops, a bar, restaurants and the village of Motovun. It also is in a good location for day trips to Pula, Porce, Rijeka or Opidija - you will need a car though! 

Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. I'm sorry about the water filter... e-spring sells its filters by mail order... and it just didn't arrive in time. There's two such excellent water filtering systems in the villa and as we changed the expired filter they are both now in perfect working order. I'm also sorry about the crockery not matching, when we will replace them we'll pay more attention to get matching sets.

5 Villa Dolce Vita
Name: jiran, Graz Steiermark, Osterreich
Date: 29.07.2008
Alle Angaben waren nicht nur richtig sondern können eigentlich per Foto oder Beschreibung wiedergegeben werden, da es einfach perfekt war. So sauber und gepflegt wie man es von einem 5* Hotel erwarten darf, aber hier toll umgesetzt. Es ist über das eigene Haustelefon die Familie jederzeit erreichbar und sofort behilflich. Das Essen in Motovun ebenso perfekt und wenn man nicht weg will, kommt einfach der Koch ins Haus. Einfach ein Traum - Urlauben und sich verwöhnen lassen ohne Massentourismus in idyllischer Landschaft - relaxing pur. Da ich eine Internetverbindung benötigte überlies mir einfach der Schwiegersohn seinen Zugang und dies einfach für ein Bier.. unkompliziert und familär - ich empfehle diese Objekt jedem der einfach relaxen will, Billiard mag und in Ruhe im Pool seine runden dreht - und wenns sein muß ist man in 20 min. voll im Geschehen... 

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