Perched high on the hill with breath-taking views across the valley of river Mirna, Villa Sancta Maria is a truly unique luxury property, with a large heated outdoor pool (100 m2), Kids Zone, organic vegetable garden, Wellness & Spa center and multi sport playground.
Inspired by the colours and countryside elements of the Istrian region, this traditional stone home with large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, is the perfect family retreat. Those looking for a sublime villa with spectacular views need look no further! Villa Sancta Maria near Motovun will enchant families wanting the ultimate holiday home from home.
Set in majestic private grounds, Villa Sancta Maria sits amidst a verdant idyll overflowing with life. You can pick herbs from the garden to season local meat sourced from the markets nearby. The outdoor table seats the whole party for al fresco suppers, where you can chatter away until day turns to night. The house has six bedrooms in total; four with en suite bathrooms and two rooms on top floor sharing a bathroom and balcony.
Villa is a unique fusion of the traditional elements ( local stone, oak wood from Motovun forest, antique furniture from local artisans, domestic terracotta) and has been renovated to offer Bohemian style full of color and pattern, incorporating many different things from different parts of the world. The villa is surrounded by jaw-dropping countryside and there’s no excuse not to embrace the great outdoors here. Wander through the peaceful countryside - heart of the truffle kingdom and refuel in one of the local restaurants nearby, before regrouping in your irresistibly comfortable home-from-home.
Inside, on the Ground Floor you will find two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All bathrooms are small in size and have only showers. From your bed, with the patio doors wide open, you can enjoy the best summer views.First Floor has two more bedrooms, Living room plus kitchen with dinning room. A kitchen area is equipped with a wooden beamed ceiling , stone fireplace and modern appliances like toaster, food blender, dishwasher, cooker, oven and espresso coffee machine. When tiredness reigns, rest and relaxation will be order of the day on the sofas in the living room. Second Floor has two bedrooms and one bathroom plus a lovely balcony. What better way to ignite inspiration than from the ever-changing views surrounding this utopian hideaway?
There are several spaces for dining in the garden, plus a BBQ, and you can help yourself to varieties of seasonal vegetables in the organic garden.
A stylish sanctuary, for large family gatherings and a perfect private retreat to retire, is offering Wellness & Spa Center (includes hot tube with hydromassage, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, chromotherapy, SPA Ritual by L'Occitane, teak lounge, TV/home cinema, playstation, mini bar, shower, restroom).
Multi Sport Playground is equipedd for perfoming 4 different sports – football, badminton, crossmint and volleyball. Playground has natural grass, irrigation, safety net, spotlights for the night game and related sports equipment.
Many people compare Istria to Tuscany, and one of the reasons are hillside towns like Motovun but every place is unique in its own way. Every year in October and November Motovun, as well as other neighboring villages, get full of visitors who come for the Truffle Days – White Truffle Fair. Festival takes place in a village Livade, very close to Villa Sancta Maria, directly beneath Motovun, for seven weekends starting from the first week of October until mid November. White truffles are fungi that typically grow in northern Italy and Croatia. The largest truffle in the world was found inthe forests of Motovun Istria back in 1999. The founder, Giancarlo Zigante, still holds the world record in the Guinness book of records for the largest white truffle ever found in the world.
This is why still many foodies from around the world come to Istria every year. You probably won't have your own truffle hunting guide, but at least you can enjoy this precious underground jewel in local restaurants, taverns and family farms.