Splendid stone house by the sea in the Old Town of Cavtat, near Dubrovnik
Kitty van Zweeden
- english, french, german, dutch
About Kitty van Zweeden
I am a Dutch teacher living in land-locked Luxembourg but spending some of my free time on the Med. One day in 2003 my husband called me from Cavtat, and said: 'I've found the perfect place. They don't need Brigitte Bardot here to turn this into another Saint-Tropez.' He was right. Cavtat is superb, a fact that is not lost on the owners of the super-yachts that nowadays line the boulevard. It is also much nicer than Saint-Tropez, as it has retained its charm. After we had left the Netherlands in 1990, we lived in many countries. Although I never grew tired of that lifestyle, I did want to drop an anchor somewhere - a home to return to from wherever we happened to live. Cavtat is the place were we invite family - I have three children - and friends to. No-one ever declines.
Kitty van Zweeden purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Kitty van Zweeden chose Cavtat
When we first moved in, in 2003, doors and windows were still missing. We felt a little awkward having to leave our valuables in the villa when going out. Looking back, we still laugh about such naivety - the crime rate in Cavtat is zero. Cavtat is very safe, impossibly beautiful, and hedonistically pleasant. It can be a little busy, but it is never crowded, especially not around our house (which on a hill-top at the edge of the old town). We like many places in the region, but this we never skip: dining in the village of Mali Ston, swimming in the lake on Lokrum Island, wine tasting in Peljesac. My husband also believes there is no better place for running than the Konavle hills, and no better place for a haircut than the hairdresser on the Cavtat boulevard (sea-view in the mirror).
What makes this Villa unique
We have invested substantial amounts of money in the villa, which is a 400-year old stone house, and I think this shows. I have tried to recreate an old world charm without overdoing it. Much of the furniture is imported from Transylvania, as we could not find what we wanted in Croatia. I feel very much at ease in the house, but in summer we only live outside. The terrace is five times the size of the living room, which in itself is not small. It is dominated by a huge bougainvillea, and has orange and lemon trees. Some people find the 40-odd steps to the house an inconvenience, but like many locals I have come to appreciate this built-in daily exercise. Think of it like this: Cavtat has - in relative terms - ten times more centenarians than my native Holland.
Max guests: 9
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Terrific villa in a charming old village. There are 3 great beaches within easy walking distance and a nice selection of cafes on the main street. The easy access to Dubrovnik via water taxi was nice (about 30 min away). The caretaker Suzana was very helpful. All in all this was a great place to spend a relaxing week.
Hi Terry, Thanks for this review - much appreciated. Kind regards, Kitty
Cavtat House on the Hill
A lovely house that suited myself and my friends very well. The 100 or so steps up from the harbour got easier as the week went on! And they gave us a good excuse to eat more without feeling guilty.
Cavtat is a charming town with a beautiful harbour and plenty of restaurants. We particularly recommend Leut and Toranj. The service and the food at both places were excellent.
Family Holiday in Cavtat
We found the property exactly as described on the website. The house was lovely and the air-conditioning was very effective without being noisy.
All the arrangements were very efficient with both the property owner and manager. We appreciated being able to check-in early on our arrival day.
We very much enjoyed our stay in Cavtat, the snorkelling was a highlight for everyone.
Great accommodation for group of friends or large family
From booking to checking out everything was handled perfectly. Both the outside and inside were spacious and well appointed. As 3 couples we were able to have our bedroom and shower/toilet.
The kitchen was well appointed for cooking our own meals and Cavtat had plenty of restaurants if eating out was preferred.
Yes you have to get your luggage up the hill when arriving but it’s well worth it. If returning, this would be the first place we would look to book.
Great stay in Cavtat
The property was lovely and the outside space was great. Make sure you take mosquito spray as we all got several bites. As the property says it has quite a few stairs but for us it wasn’t a problem and helped with the daily exercise.
Three beaches are within a 5-minute walk, a fourth is at 10 minutes, a fifth at 15 minutes. All five beaches have deck-chairs, parasols and a café. One beach, at the far end of the peninsula, overlooks a small, shallow and secluded bay that is particularly safe for young children.
The sea around Cavtat is crystal clear as the town boasts a brand-new water purification plant, built into a mountain.
Further beaches, all almost private, are in the hinterland within 15 minutes by car.
There is no need to rent a car, as all necessities (shops, restaurants, beaches) are within easy walking distance and Cavtat is moreover served by buses and boats. The airport is only 7 km away.
Yet, to explore the surroundings in depth a car is recommended. Cavtat is at one hour's drive from Peljesac, a beautiful 80 km long peninsula which is home to some of Croatia's best wines. It is even closer to the Bay of Kotor across the border into Montenegro.
Airport: 9 km.
Dubrovnik (medieval town): 16 km.
Trsteno (renaissance gardens): 23 km.
Peljesac (wine route): 76 km.
Korcula (medieval town): 126 km.
Konavle (Cavtat hinterland): 5 km.
Herceg Novi, Montenegro (medieval town): 27 km.
Kotor, Montenegro (medieval town): 57 km.
Trebinje, Bosnia (medieval town): 46 km.
Island of Lokrum: 25 minutes by boat from Cavtat.
Island of Lopud: 45 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik.
Island of Mljet: 90 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik.
The old town of Cavtat has a supermarket, a chemist's, bakery, a post office, a tourist office and scores of cafés and restaurants. As to the latter, the best by some way seems to be Leut, which is also among the most expensive ones.
Cavtat is great for swimming, scuba diving, jogging (around the peninsula), table tennis (at beach restaurant Rokotin), beach volleyball (hotel Croatia), and tennis (at various places). The Konavle hinterland has beautiful footpaths and small roads that would render any long-distance runner happy. Cycling routes are, sadly, still lacking.
Wine tasting used to be confined to the Peljesac peninsula, but the Konavle hinterland has also (re-)started to produce very decent wines. Bosnia, only half an hour away, boasts a wine route. Wines in this part of the world are of interest because producers have retained the varieties that have grown here for many centuries. Most of those, such as 'plavac mali', cannot be found anywhere else.
Lovers of history are well-served. Within easy driving distance many medieval towns can be found. To name a few: Korcula, Ston, Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Budva and Trebinje.
The most beautiful islands are Mljet, Lokrum, Lopud and Korcula, all of which are a must. Off Cavtat lies tiny Mrkan, where some scenes of the HBO hit serial 'Game of Thrones' were filmed in 2012. For Lastovo, a still largely undiscovered paradise, an overnight stay is required.
Further afield, but within 5 hours, are the beautiful cities of Split (Croatia), Mostar (Bosnia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia), as well as Lake Skodra (Montenegro) on the Albanian border.