Our spacious 3 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms apartment is 140m2 on 2 levels in Villa Magnolia, comprising of a lounge/diner & well-equipped kitchen. The prestigious heritage Art Nouveau villa has many original features, a large garden & covered seating areas. Just 20 mins walk to beaches, town centre & parks. The story of the house starts in 1913, built by austrohungarian officer von Ridlein, whose wife left a diary about the life in the house at the time. We still share info with her grand children.
Villa MAGNOLIA is located in the historical residential suburb Veruda. It is situated close to the magnificent Adriatic coast with clean pebbly & rocky beaches and crystal clear blue sea with parks and forest. The Villa is part of heritage architecture from Habsburg Empire period and was built in 1913 in Wiener Sezession style for Julius Riedlein, Empire Navy officer. Situated next door is the Georg von Trapp and his first wife Agatha Whitehead family villa of 1911. Georg von Trapp, his second wife Maria and their children became famous as the "Singing family" in the classic movie "The Sound of Music".
The Villa is in a nice residential area and the owners live on the ground floor. The apartment for rent is very spacious and comprises of the 1st and 2nd floors and use of the huge garden. The "CAMELIA" is an ensuite double bedroom of 30m2 with a King size bed 160x190 and air-con. The "IRIS" is 30 m2 with two twin beds 120x200 and a private bathroom with washing machine across the hallway. The double bedroom "MIMOSA" is 14 m2 with a Queen size bed 140x200 with full bathroom and balcony across the hall. A fold out bed is also available for extra guest/child. In the master bedroob there is a sofa bed 140x190. On the floor below, first floor, there is a fully equipped modernised kitchen, a lounge with sofas, chairs and dining table, a toilet and a terraced area by the front door. These two floors of the Villa can be rented as an apartment for 6+3 persons or the bedrooms can be rented separately and the other rooms used as communal areas. Wifi is available throughout the house. The Villa is approximately 15 -20 minutes walk from beautiful pebble beaches and the historic old town. In the vicinity are restaurants, bars, supermarkets, walking & biking paths, forests, parks, tennis courts, marinas and diving centers. In the summer, in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, events are organised like 2 Cellos (2 July), Jose Carreras ( 23 July), Robert Plant (30 July) , Status Quo UK (29 July), Dimensions (30 August) & Massive Attack (24.August) and Outlook (6 August). It is possible to organise trips to visit some of the most attractive locations in Europe: Venice, Dubrovnik, Brioni islands or Plitvice Lakes. The Villa is situated in the residential suburb VERUDA with all urban facilities. Villa MAGNOLIA is unique. We have kept much of its original decor and wooden floors, stairs, doors and windows. We have added some new modern furnishings, in keeping with its style, for comfort and convenience. The house is under conservatory protection and we do not wish to destroy its originality with modern features suc as concrete pathways or plastic windows.
The famous Georg von Trapp family summer residence (made famous by the movie "Sound of music") is situated close by. Also available, in the newly renovated ground floor facilities, are holistic therapies (Hatha yoga, Shiatsu & Reflexology) upon request. Private sailing tours to Premantura, Brioni Islands or private guided tours are available upon request as well. We can help you find biking tours in Pula and surroundings. The central benefit of our villa is quietness, space, elegance, garden, fresh air and modern kitchen and bathrooms. A truly unique holiday experience is available upon booking our residence for your holidays.
Our guests will have access to the private garden & terraces, private and public parking free of charge. Guests have use of a modern, well equipped kitchen, spacious lounge, downstairs toilet and front terrace with seating. There are also covered seating areas and gažebos in the huge garden with its mature trees and flower beds. BBQs can be arranged upon request. Also available, in the newly renovated ground floor facilities, are holistic therapies (Hatha yoga, Shiatsu & Reflexology) upon request. The hosts live on the ground floor so the garden paths are common use and the backyard is used by the hosts.
We are available for our guests at all times.
Host family is offering usefull informations about local wines, food & reastaurants with modest prices. It is possible to enjoy them in the villa on request.
Referring to recent review which postulate that the house is not attended, we would like to clear it up that the house has been renovated and that we do have some restrictions imposed by the conservatory regarding some element in the house such as windows and pathways (everything that is seen from outside) so we cannot replace anything that does not look like old. So we have to adjust to what is possible to renovate and we do depend on professionals availability; never the less nothing is out of function and we maintain the house at maximum as well as in restoration and the cleanings (we have a regular cleaning lady and we regularly call professionals for restoration and we have the best appliances on the market). We find the recent review very unfair as it can be seen by many other reviews which are 100% positive. These guests were hard to communicate with and we think they did not read well our description. The incident with insects was unique to climate change (it did not rain in mid august and the whole city had similar problems) and we responded immedialtly. Never before or after we had had any problems with cleaningness (on ground floor we did not even had that problem). All that was described in the review was not communicated to us so that we can react and solve the problem. This year we hat over 80 people in the house and some doors or windows might get loose but we arrange service immediatly. The smell that was mentionned I suppose it was about the antique piece of furniture in the living room made of wood, nota bene guests did not open and aerate the house. We also suffered damage of antique clock by them due to uncarefulness (it is there for 30 years). We avoid criticizing our guests publicly as those seem not having any airbnb experience and in my opinion are more like happier with organised vacation.
The house is antique with original wooden floors and doors as well as decoration elements such as clocks, little things in the vitrines... so we would appreciate our guests to respect it and be careful with things. Quiet parties and events are possible but nothing too loud or boisterous. Smoking is allowed outside only. Self-catering, continental breakfast is available on request for 5,00 euro per person per day. A BBQ can be made available for personal use.
Each room has air-conditioning including the kitchen.
City tax: 1 euro per person per night has to be paid on arrival or we include it in the price.
I am well traveled, very communicative person who likes to meet new people and know new things. I work as a holistic therapist and yoga teacher and I have a bachelors degree in health education. I like the nature and all outdoor activities, I am sensitive to arts and culture. I love dogs, reading, meditation and making friends. I like to cook specially nice cakes and salads. In summer period I am quite busy and sometimes I don t get to meet the persons that come to the house, but I have my familliy members helping out.