Embraced in a leafy rim of laurel and cypress trees, La Villa is a splendid small-group retreat in the quaint seaside village of Trsteno.
In the Renaissance, the aristocrats of Dubrovnik built their summer estates here, drawn by the serenity of the cliff-side village which gazes at the lovely Elaphite Islands. Just below La Villa, you will find the lush Arboretum Trsteno, the region’s oldest botanical garden, a prime Renaissance estate, and the Game of Thrones stand in for the heavenly gardens of the King’s Landing.
In the same spirit, La Villa sets a perfect stage for leisurely retreats. The property can accommodate up to 12 guests in six double rooms. Five are in the main villa and one in the side annex, perfect for staff or guests who seek more privacy. The expansive stone-paved terrace in front of the house can easily host a festive dinner or a poolside cocktail reception or a small event. As well, the fragrant garden with a pavilion is ideal for an intimate ceremony, as well as simple contemplation or yoga practice.
With indoor and outdoor dining, outdoor barbecue, 5x11m open-air pool, a verdant garden, four parking spots and a location close to many of the region’s most alluring sights, La Villa is a superb choice for both family vacations and small, private celebrations.
The cascading property of La Villa comprises 1500m2. It spans three levels: roadside, with four parking spots; the level below holds the main villa, its annex, front terrace with outdoor dining table and pool; the lowest level is the garden with a small pavilion.
The main villa has 400m2 of interior space. Its layout was inspired by the surrounding Renaissance estates: each of the two floors is centered on an expansive central space. The arched French windows throughout the house boast stunning panoramas of the islet-dotted horizon and bring in loads of daylight. The contemporary lines of the tailored furniture and fittings are accentuated by carefully selected historic details and vibrant wall colors.
The central room of the ground floor is the grand dining room with a table for 12. The deep purple of its walls is splashed with bright paintings by renowned Croatian modern artists. The antique glass chandelier and the subtle 18-th century embroidery wall piece add a dash of opulence.
Branching off from the dining room, find the three guests bedrooms. All three feature double beds and clean, modern design. One bedroom, in the quiet and shade of the back of the house, has its own bath with a shower. The other two rooms share a bath with a Jacuzzi, and one of the two has direct access to the front terrace.
Also on the ground floor is the square-shaped kitchen with a central isle. Its modern design includes all the equipment and appliances needed to prepare a light lunch or an elaborate, chef-curated dinner. Its extension, the outdoor barbecue, is located next to the villa annex.
The upper floor oozes elegance and luxury. In the central lounge, the massive Fendi couches in dark leather contrast the tabletops and fireplace lined with light onyx marble. Extending from the central lounge is the roofed balcony of 16m2. Hovering above the gardens, you’ll for sure enjoy more than one daydream cozied up in its Italian-deign loungers.
A master bedroom sits to each side of the central lounge. Each master features a king size bed, a private bath with tub and shower, a walk-in wardrobe and a small balcony. One of the baths has a Jacuzzi and the other one two sinks. With no partitions, the entire space is flooded by natural light, adding an airy, zen-like quality.
To the side of the house, the villa annex holds the sixth accommodation unit. Its 40m2 are comprised of a bedroom with two twin beds which can be converted to a double, a bathroom and a walk in closet.
Staying at La Villa is splendid isolation, perfect for soaking up the sun by the pool and enjoying the views from the balconies. But when you are ready to explore, there’s a multitude of experiences at your doorstep.