Maximum: 12 adults plus 2 child/children
Situated in the picturesque bay of Zaton, just a 10 minute drive from “The Pearl of the Adriatic” – Dubrovnik, Villa Zaton is a unique private estate with six spacious bedrooms, vast living spaces and beautiful, expansive, Mediterranean garden with a swimming pool and private chapel.
Built in the 15th Century, the villa was originally a summer retreat for the Croatian aristocracy. With a striking, waterfront location, impressive but unpretentious interiors, a tranquil garden and complete privacy it is a fabulous example of Dubrovnik Renaissance architecture.
The property has recently been painstakingly restored to its former glory, in conjunction with numerous conservation and restoration experts it is registered as a Croatian National Heritage Monument. Due to the historical importance of the building some concessions have had to be made such as slightly inconsistent internet throughout the property.
There is a real sense of history at the property; from the original stone staircase, 15th Century wall niches and the private chapel of St. Jerome which is tucked away in a corner of the garden.
The last family to inhabit the villa left in the 19th Century from which time the estate was abandoned and fell into disrepair until the present owner decided to return it to its former glory. The restoration took two years to complete and the result is a historic ambiance infused with modern comfort and contemporary design.
The main entrance sits at the end of Zaton bay, along the waterfront promenade. Stepping into the southern courtyard the massive stone walls make it clear that you are about to enjoy an exclusive and unique experience in an atmosphere quite different from newly built villas. Furnished with outdoor sofas, the courtyard is focused around the staircase leading onto a modern, glass bridge which runs over its length and connects two terraces on the first floor. From both these terraces and from the bridge the views of Zaton bay, its marina and the crystal clear Adriatic have to be seen to be believed!
The main house is spread over two levels, the interior is a combination of local stone, top quality wood and glass. Its clean and modern design lines successfully merge contemporary minimalism, warmth and original features, some dating back 500 years.
The fully equipped, professional kitchen is open-plan with stone floors and a modern bar area, cosy living space with a fireplace and an impressive dining area, dominated by the one piece table made of wood and stone and seating sixteen people.
The first floor is accessed via the historic staircase and leads to the library, the central common area on the upper level. Formally a salon, the library is an airy space full of light, with high ceilings and double doors leading onto one of the two terraces.
The four suites on the first floor are all on two levels, with a wooden staircase leading to a gallery with a double bed. Each suite has a modern shower room with walk-in shower, underfloor heating, a lounge area, satellite TV, a safe and toiletries.
Behind the main house and completely secluded by high, stone walls, the enchanting terraced gardens extend over 1500m2 and are fragrant, quiet and private. The air is scented with citruses, olives and lavender together with herbs and spices for you to enjoy in your meals. There is an inviting, shaded lounge area and outdoor grill beside the swimming pool.
There are both SONOS and BOSE sound systems throughout the property.