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When we embarked on this journey, we connected with Jon & Sheila, who were selling the house. What became our home, was their family holiday home, where their boys enjoyed blissful summers. We got to know each other. They knew that we would appreciate their little piece of paradise, and so from very early on, we all knew that we would become the next custodian of their house. We promised them that we would love this house and breathe new life into it. We’ve done that, but now we’re ready to move on. Are you?

Get in touch with us in the first place by emailing helen@escapetoistria.com directly if you would like to be the next custodian of this gorgeous corner of Istria. Ask whatever…

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Istria is beautiful, authentic, unspoilt and very picturesque, from the coast to stunning landscapes in the hills… a true place to decompress.

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We were completely overwhelmed with the mountains and valleys near Oprtalj… We felt this overwhelming sense of peace and excitement all at once. We were surround by wildflowers, valleys of pine, brush and succulents, with charming villages popping up around every corner… a special place and in our travels we haven’t experienced anything quite like it.

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The house is absolutely gorgeous. Every inch of the house has been thought through in terms of creative design. They both have a good eye for design detail. The house is a beautiful traditional Istrian stone house with a lovely outside space, for eating & relaxing. Internally, it is very contemporary.

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Their converted stone house in Zrenj is stunning… and their beautiful house does not disappoint. Situated beautifully set back from the road, peaceful, quiet and surrounded by rolling hills, they have really landed in a gorgeous part of the world.

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The house is unbelievably spacious with 2 massive L shaped sofas in the living room … and a fantastic snug… The overall feel of the house is that of stylish and practical living. The newly appointed kitchen is modern and chic with lovely under floor heating which is also in the shower room.

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An oasis of calm and tranquility… It is light but cool in summer and has a very relaxing outdoor area which nestles near an ancient wall covered in ivy, stunningly lit up at night. Designer fixtures and fittings combine with features such as an ancient, illuminated well as a centrepiece of the dining area. It has all mod cons including great WiFi.

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Externally, the house is a traditional, large Istrian stone house but has been cleverly renovated by Helen & Pete to bring it into the 21st century, whilst retaining the homely feel of the original dwelling… It feels quite remote when you first visit, but we quickly came to realise this was not a bad thing, especially if you want a little escape and peacefulness.

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The house is stunning inside and out – it makes such a difference that coming ‘home’ every evening is something to look forward to as much as the delights of the day. The location is quiet, so if it’s peace you want – and a million stars at night – it’s perfect. But, you can also be in Trieste in an hour and Ljubljana in under 2 hours, so you’re in no way cut off. What a place to live!

We love our renovated home and love Istria, but don’t just take our word for it. See what people who’ve stayed here think. It might help to make up your mind.