Situated in the picturesque bay of Zaton, just 10 minutes drive from the Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, Villa Pugliesi is an exceptional private estate with 6 spacious bedrooms, fabulous living spaces and expansive Mediterranean gardens with an outdoor pool and a private chapel. An ideal choice for families and groups of friends, the villa can host up to 14 people.
Built in the 15th Century, the Pugliesi was originally a summer retreat for aristocrats, a getaway from the heat of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and a place to relax, enjoy and entertain friends and family. Its striking waterfront location, impressive but unpretentious interiors, tranquil garden ambiance and complete privacy is a fine example of Dubrovnik Renaissance architecture and protected Croatian National Heritage.
The Pugliesi family were the last family to reside here in the 19th Century. When they left, the estate was abandoned until the present owner recognized its grandeur and decided to return it to its former glory. Following a substantial investment of several million Euros and a reconstruction of two years conducted in close collaboration with conservation and restoration experts, Villa Pugliesi stands today as a monumental tribute to an excellent vision of its historic ambiance infused with modern comfort and contemporary design.
The main entrance to Villa Pugliesi sits at the deep end of Zaton bay, along the waterfront promenade. Stepping into the southern courtyard, its massive stone walls immediately resonate an exclusive experience and true privacy, an atmosphere quite different from newly built villas. Furnished with outdoor sofas, the courtyard is focused around the staircase leading onto a very modern structure, the full length glass bridge runs over the courtyard and connects two outdoor terraces on the first floor level. From both the terraces and the bridge, the views of Zaton bay, its marina and crystal clear Adriatic are unbelievable.
The main house, comprising 580 m2 of space is spread over two floor levels. Typical local materials such as Croatian stone, tufa and top quality wood, but also glass, dominate in the interior. Its clean and modern design lines successfully bring together contemporary minimalism, homey warmth and original historic details, some dating back 500 years; the stone staircase in the entrance foyer for example, or intricate stonework of the library wall niches. Airy and spacious, the interior of Villa Pugliesi holds many unique corners, making everyone feel very much at home here.
The entrance foyer is the central space of the ground floor and doubles as a lounge. To the right of the foyer are two double rooms each with a bathroom and both with their own unique features; doors to the gardens, a bench placed within an arched niche which was originally an entrance for boats.
There is a fully-equipped professional kitchen; a large, open-concept area which features a well equipped bar area, a cozy living room space with a fireplace and an impressive dining area, dominated by the massive, one-piece table made of wood and stone, seating sixteen.
The first floor is accessed by an impressive staircase and the library is located on this level. Formerly a salon, the library is an airy space full of light, with high ceilings, large windows and double doors leading onto one of the two terraces on the first floor level. The terraces overlook the bay of Zaton, its piers and docks, yachts and boats, and are the perfect spot for a sunset glass of wine over idyllic panoramas.
The first floor comprises four luxury suites, each on two levels. They all have a comfortable seating area and a modern shower room with walk-in shower and underfloor heating on the lower level. Each suite has a wooden staircase leading up to the gallery with a king size double bed. Satellite TV, safe and toiletries in each bathroom are standard for each suite.
Behind the main house and completely secluded by high stone walls, the terraced Mediterranean gardens extend at over 1,500 m2 and are incredibly fragrant, quiet and private.
Enjoy the scents of typical local plants such as citruses, olives and lavender, as well as picking fresh ingredients for your meals from the herb garden. Coupled with the outdoor pool, an inviting, shaded lounge area and outdoor grill, the gardens are certainly the place to spend most of your time at.
At the back of the gardens is the chapel of St. Jerome, an integral part of the property.
There are many modern touches with everything from lighting, music and temperature regulated by the touch of a tablet and a number of preset programs make it easy to experiment and select your perfect setting. Specially designed indoor and outdoor lightning plus SONOS and BOSE sound systems throughout the property create a special atmosphere during the day and turn the villa into a fairytale estate at night.
To make your stay at the villa perfect and your experience of the region complete, our Villa Manager is at your disposal for all information and concierge services. Well-versed in the Adriatic region, the Villa Manager can assist you with everything from travel arrangements, airport and local transfers, boat trips, day excursions and restaurant reservations, to organizing special get-togethers and celebrations or sourcing additional personnel to assist during your stay, whether it is a butler, a private chef or a maid you are looking for.
Minimum stay 7 days from June – September, other periods minimum stay 5 days.
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Ground floor: Entrance hall/living room. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms each with shower room en-suite & each with sofa bed for 1 person. Laundry room.
First floor: 4 suites each on 2 levels with king size beds, seating area & shower room.
Minimum stay 7 days from June – September, other periods minimum stay 5 days
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Prices are in £s sterling per week, per villa. If your holiday dates cross two seasons please ask us for a quote.
*Prices in Euros are approximate only and are only intended to provide an indication of the Euro price.
Dubrovnik, in the extreme south of Croatia was proclaimed by Lord Byron to be the Pearl of the Adriatic. It really is a special place with magnificent marble streets and baroque buildings glistening in the sunshine. The main pedestrian area is lined with cafes and shops and has magnificent monuments at either end. The architecture is amazing with churches, monasteries, and museums and although Dubrovnik was badly damaged in the siege of the early 90’s, restoration has been painstaking and it is almost impossible to imagine that there was such extensive destruction. Beyond the city are the gorgeous beaches, densely wooded peninsulas and the turquoise Adriatic dotted with lush islands.
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TV with English channels - varies between the UK terrestrial channels and in some cases may be a full viewing package.
TV with limited English channels - free to view programmes which may be limited to news & sport.
TV with national channels - Portuguese speaking television.
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