2 Bedroom Apartment with an amazing outside area and beautiful views
- english, Croatian
About Stane Frith
I was born in Croatia but have spent the last 22 years living in England with my husband and two children. It was always my dream to build a house on my family's land in Croatia. Although it has taken some years to build, we are delighted with our new home and hope that guests can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and house that we have built. The second part of the project is on-going and over the winter months we hope to transform the upper part of the property for ourselves and future guests to enjoy.
Stane Frith purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Stane Frith chose Municipality of Konavle
The Konavle region is a rural region in the southern most part of Croatia with distinct character. A rocky coast on the south with mountains to the north and a beautiful green valley in between. Villa Oliva sits at the top of the valley with beautiful views for miles around, whilst benefitting from being so close to the airport, beach resorts and Dubrovnik. A perfect place to enjoy a varied and relaxing holiday.
What makes this Apartment unique
A unique opportunity to rent a two bed apartment with such a vast and beautiful outside space to enjoy. Two outside seating and eating areas with outside shower, outside kitchen and WC making life in the summer very easy to dine out "al fresco" style!
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 4
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Villa Oliva is a truly hidden gem. Just perfect.
An outstanding holiday experience from the first contact enquiry with Stane to actually staying in Stane's holiday home.
We arrived late on a dark warm Sunday night in September, however with Stane's emailed detailed directions and knowing that Stane's brother Andro was there to support our arrival and settling in took away any anxiety and stress associated with travel to new place. Villa Oliva is perfectly situated with only 20 minutes from the airport.
My first impression on Villa Oliva was the cleaness also the support items that Stane has in the villa, everything that you can imagine from washing powder to a needle and thread. Stane has made Villa Oliva a home from home holiday experience for her guests.
We visited stunning Cavtat a few times, both day and evening. Parking in Cavtat's town parking was easy and taking the longer walk around the bay was just beautiful, which we would highly recommend. We had a fantastic meal at La Boheme in Cavtat, fabulous food and presentation, with impeccable service. Took the boat trip from Cavtat to Dubrovnik, taking advice from a previous holiday guest/review and visited on a Tuesday as less cruise ships. Although still rather busy it is a beautiful town and has to be experiened. You can buy tickets for many boat trips from boat sellers on Cavtat harbour, all are very friendly. We visited local towns such as Cilipi for the Sunday folk dancing, costal towns Mlini, Srebreno and surreal Kupari, (an abandoned hotel resort) a place that truly is unique and for fabulously different holiday photos, I personally enjoyed the uniqueness of the old hotel resort.
We also visited Sokol grad, a defensive medieval castle which is 5 minutes up the road from the Villa Oliva. The views are specular, so take your camera. Also we explored the Konovle region which is very pretty with the water mills and streams, and has two great restaurants in the area. All information is in a guest basket in the Villa.
Tommy store is great for food shopping. Staff friendly and accommodating - all speak a little english.
We have stayed in many holiday homes around the world for many years and we must say Villa Oliva is one of the tops when it comes down to cleanliness, quietness, resources, easy access to get to, great communication with owner and owners great brother and just a wonderful location. We would highly recommend Villa Oliva for a quiet peaceful holiday. Forgot to say the swimming pool is lovely. Thanks Stane.
Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday so much! We look forward to welcoming you again ...
One of the best holidays we have ever had.
We have never been to Croatia but had been advised to try by a friend. We could not have been any more impressed with this beautiful home set in such an idyllic spot with privacy and the most amazing views all around the villa. The property is a great size, immaculate and well equipped throughout, we particularly liked the bathroom as is far more modern than the photo suggests and the washing machine on particular note very efficient and tucked away. The bedrooms are modern, wardrobes more than ample and the bedding provided was so fresh and beautifully laundered. We had a bedding change after a week by the housekeeper which was lovely. The open plan kitchen area very pleasant and more than enough options outside for alfresco eating. The air conditioning a god send !! The pool is large, and the views are simply breathtaking with the little touches of fairy lights on the railings a welcome addition in the evenings after enjoying the sunset ! Plenty of towels are available and we enjoyed the pool being regularly attended to and discreetly too, the owners brother kept on top of things but came early so to remain unobtrusive. The airport is only 15-20 mins away and our favourite spot was “Cavtat” where we ventured several times ( less than 30 mins away) easy to get to, lovely restaurants and a little church and the marina amazing with some yacht spotting !! Though, car parking limited but so worth it. A trip by boat to Dubrovnik was a highlight ! Well worth the time to go ... overall, if you are looking for slight seclusion, privacy and comfortable accommodation you can’t go wrong - this felt more than a holiday home, you can access busy towns easily. We feel fully recharged and appreciated the extra touches the owner offers too. Culture, tourist attractions , peace and tranquility all in one holiday. Thank you to the owner - it was superb !!
Thank you for leaving such a positive and wonderful review. We really do appreciate it and are so pleased that you enjoyed all that we offer at Villa Oliva plus all the great places to visit around us.
Beautiful setting and fabulous holiday house. Definitely one of the best we have ever stayed in.
We absolutely loved staying in Stane's beautiful holiday house. The setting is perfect. Feels away from it all but actually really easy to get to the main road and all the attractions. It was so easy to get here from the airport with easy to follow instructions, even in the dark! Andro was there to greet us and show us around. Thanks to Andro for being so helpful and making great recommendations for places to visit. We loved the folk dancing at Cilipi and a wonderful hidden beach at Pasjaca which was one of the highlights of our holiday, made especially wonderful as Andro lent is snorkeling masks and we saw some lovely fish. We also loved Cavtat and the boat trip from there to Dubrovnik. Wandering around the walled city was a great day trip. We also recommend the bars in Gruda for a refreshing drink and the lovely restaurant Konoba Vinica Monkovic where we sat by the river under the trees, idyllic. We also visited Sokol Tower which is only 10 minutes up the road and has amazing views.
The house was so comfortable with a king sized bed and good size singles for our tall teenage daughters. The sitting room was perfect for late evenings and even has a smart TV! We loved the outside seating area perfect for eating, reading in the shade and playing cards. The whole house was so well kitted out and the kitchen was great. We always like to cook on holiday and this kitchen had everything we needed, a real treat. We loved the pool it was kept so clean and had everything we needed, poolside shower, sun loungers, and inflatables. The outside BBQ area was great and we used this several times. Really fun to use the outside kitchen and have lamps on as the sun goes down. The views from the pool and house were fabulous, looking over vineyards and olive farms, so beautiful.
Thank you Stane, we had a wonderful week and will definitely be back!
Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review - you obviously loved everything about our house and the area as much as we do! We hope to see you again one day!
The villa far exceeded our expectations
The property is ideally located as a base to eco lore the beautiful Croatian countryside. The pictures on the site don’t do it justice it’s gorgeous! The views from the pool are stunning and it’s gorgeous and secluded whilst being minutes from the neighbouring towns - we’ll definitely be back!
Thank you for your lovely review - we are so pleased that you had a good holiday and hope to welcome you back again!
Lovely villa in a peaceful location
My husband and I have just spent a week at Villa Olivia and highly recommend it for anyone wanting peace and quiet within a short drive of restaurants and places of interest. The villa is very comfortable, with the bonus of air conditioning if required. The views are gorgeous and there is plenty of space for everyone and it was wonderful to have the lovely private pool to cool off in after a day exploring the area. We enjoyed having breakfast in the covered eating area outside the front door, and ate dinner or drank wine at the little table on the terrace by the pool, watching the spectacular sunsets. As the villa is only approx 40 minutes' drive from the airport it's an easy drive after your flight. Stane was very responsive with any questions I had prior to our trip, and as her brother lives nearby there is someone on hand locally should there be any issues during your stay. The area is not "touristy" at all, which is why we chose it. For eating out locally, we enjoyed meals at both Konoba Vinica Monkovic and Konavoski Dvori in Ljuta; both are on the river and serve really delicious food in a lovely setting. Further afield we recommend visiting Cavtat, about 25 minutes away; there is a lovely walk along the waterfront and around the headland, and we took boat trips from there to the Elafiti Islands and Dubrovnik (tip: visit Dubrovnik on a Tuesday or Thursday as less likely to be full of cruise ship passengers, though it will still be busy!). There is also a bus terminal for an alternative route to Dubrovnik and further afield. There are numerous bars and restaurants in Cavtat for more eating options and we ate in this lovely little town on a few occasions. Other places we visited were Sokol Grad, a fortress only a few minutes' drive from the villa, Cilipi to see the folk dancing in the square on a Sunday morning, and the Trsteno Arboretum north of Dubrovnik. We were only here for a week but in such a beautiful relaxing setting we felt we'd been away for much longer.
Thank you so much for your fantastic and very detailed review Tracy. It sounds like you managed to fit so much in to 7 days, but glad that you still found it relaxing.
The countryside village of Ljuta is stunning with its clear streams, stone buildings and fields of greenery. The remains of many water mills still exist along the river in Ljuta. Beautiful walks along the river and two fantastic restaurants along the river's edge.
The Konavle region is a rural region in the southern most part of Croatia. The region is excellent for cycling, hiking, horseback riding and anything to do with nature. The Konavle region is also known for its many local restaurants serving genuine dishes from the region using fresh and local produce.
The nearest village GRUDA in the valley below Villa Oliva is popular with tourists and has an excellent selection of local shops, supermarkets, bars and cafes with one of the best Pizza Restaurants in the area.
The coastal town of CAVTAT (20 minutes' drive) which is on the Adriatic coast known for its beaches and many ancient buildings surrounding the beautiful harbour. Cavtat is the biggest nearby town with beaches, many excellent restaurants, bars and sunsets like you've never seen before. Half hourly boat trips run between Cavtat and Dubrovnik 7 days a week in high season or you can take the bus.
CILIPI, just a 15 minute drive from Villa Oliva is the Folklore Centre of Konavle. Every Sunday at 11am from Easter to the end of October a traditional folklore dance is performed in the square in front of the St. Nicholas Church, surrounded by ancient buildings.
POPOVICI - Konavle cliffs can be over 100 feet high and are particularly high near this village. A rocky, steep footpath leads to hidden sandy beaches (Pasjaca) cut into the bottom of the cliffs.
MLINI located between Dubrovnik Airport and Dubrovnik has an excellent Hypermarket as well as a beautiful coastline where you can spend many a lazy day by the water's edge. Slightly further along the coast you can spend a relaxing day on the beach at Kapari where war torn buildings make for an impressive and surreal backdrop.
DISTANCES BY CAR FROM VILLA OLIVA TO:
GRUDA 3 km (5 minutes)
DUBROVNIK AIRPORT 13km (14 minutes)
CILIPI 13 km (14 minutes)
POPOVICI 9 km (14 mins)
CAVTAT 19 km (20 minutes)
MLINI - 24 km (25 minutes)
DUBROVNIK - 34km (35 mins).