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Kovaci – courtyard Istria

3-bedroom house with kitchen-diner in Kovaci, IstriaOur property in Kovaci lies on the edge of the highly sought-after village of Kaštelir. Tucked away from the road, it consists of two lovingly restored, old, stone buildings – a house and barn – in a walled, courtyard garden with a private swimming pool.

2-bedroom barn with living room & 2nd kitchen in Kovaci, IstriaThere are three double bedrooms, two shower rooms and a large kitchen-diner in the traditional, three-storey, Istrian stone house. A step across the courtyard, in the barn, is a large living-room, with two further double bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. In the garden, there is a swimming pool and a wet room in a restored outbuilding. The property has Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Extra accommodation is available in adjoining property for larger groups.

This characterful property is full of charming traditional features including original beams, wood floors and stone niches. It was fully restored in 2012.8m x 3m pool with room for ten loungers in Kovaci, Istria 

Being split across two buildings, this property is ideal for large groups (up to 10 people on ste, more elsewhere), as it enables a degree of  privacy if desired – for example for families holidaying together with and without children. Each buildings has its own well-equipped kitchen, making it possible for some meals to be prepared and taken separately, only dining together for special meals.

house and barn facing each other across the courtyard in Kovaci, IstriaKovaci’s in a highly desirable, village location with numerous facilities and sea-views. The local supermarket is a minute’s walk away, as are the café and award-winning wine producers. There are two restaurants about two minutes walk and several others a short stroll further on.


The house

House's kitchen-diner in Kovaci, IstriaOn the ground floor there is a kitchen-diner (with a dining table sitting ten). There’s a small sitting area with two armchairs and books, and a loo under the stairs.  The floor is tiled with a mixture of flagsones (the orignal ones relaid) and ‘tavele’ – the old roof lining tiles which were laid in the dining room.

Landing with old wood floor in Kovaci, IstriaOff the spacious landing, on the first floor, are two double bedrooms and a shower room, with a large shower. One bedroom has twin beds, the other bunk beds. We’ve managed to keep the lovely old wood floors and original doors.

Master bedroom in house attic, Kovaci, IstriaTucked under the eaves,  the huge master bedroom, in the attic, has a double bed (160 x 200cm) and an en-suite shower-room.

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The barn

lounge with sofa space for ten in Kovaci, IstriaOn the groundfloor is the living room with comfy sofas and a 40” LCD TV. There’s also a 4-person dining table and another small kitchen. There are beams and exposed stone through-out and the floor has the relaid flagstones.

One of the barn's two bedrooms in Kovaci, IstriaUpstairs are two double bedrooms: one with twin beds and the other with a double bed (160 x 200 cm), and a bathroom with a bath (shower over the bath). With remarkably high ceilings, these rooms are light and airy.

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Looking from the parking across the pool & garden to the houses in Kovaci, IstriaA paved terrace and BBQ area runs between the house and barn. It is built against the old well ‘sterna’ (an interesting, historic feature). Both entrances are covered by pergolas up which plants are growing. In time, these will provide shade: for now, there’s green netting to keep you cool. Also available are sun umberellas.  

Wet room with enormous shower & washing machine in part of restored old outbuilding in Kovaci, IstriaAcross the lawn is a swimming pool (8m x3m) and sun terrace with room for all ten loungers.

Also in the garden is a small, restored outbuilding. Part of this is a wet room with a huge shower, loo and sink – useful outdoor facilities. It also houses the washing machine. Next door is storage for the garden furniture and BBQ.

Parking area in Kovaci, IstriaThere is private, off-road parking at the entrance of the property for three cars.

The property’s less than ten minute’s drive from the sea and there’s a lovely sea-view from the landing window. (If you’re tall enough, you can also see the sea from the terrace in front of the house).



Main kitchen in house in Kovaci, IstriaCooking facilities are spread over two kitchens, providing plenty of space for everyone.

We love cooking and I know how frustrating it can be in a rental property to find you have ‘two odd saucepans and a blunt knife’! I’ve tried to provide everything we would want and hopefully our wishes/needs will match yours.

The barn's smaller kitchen in Kovaci, IstriaOn the appliances side: in the house there’s a 4-ring electric ceramic hob, and oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee-maker and microwave.

In the barn there’s a 2-ring electric ceramic hob, microwave-oven, fridge, toaster, coffee-maker and kettle.

Just outside both front doors there is a herb garden with, among others, oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary, all there for your use. 

Twin bedroom in house in Kovaci, IstriaKovaci has an official tourist classification for legal renting in Croatia.

Most people seem to prefer arriving and leaving on a Saturday, so we have made it our changeover day.

The property is cleaned once a week. Bed linen, bath and T-towels are provided and changed weekly. 

To help you get the most from your holiday, I’ve put together a comprehensive information pack.  Maps and guide books are also available.

Local facilities

The library area in Kovaci, IstriaAs mentioned, there are two restaurants within a couple minutes walk and others close by. The mini-supermarket has a butcher and the café (for morning coffee or afternoon beers/wine and ice-creams for kids of all ages) is next door. In the other direction there’s a children’s playground about a minute’s walk away. Various wine and olive oil producers are close-by (for example, there’s an award-winning olive-oil producer next door and much-sought after Cossetto wine is only a short stroll). There’s also a post office, tourist information office and other shops in the village. Larger supermarkets and petrol station are in Porec, 10 minutes drive away.

Kovaci – the home of the blacksmith

The double bed bedroom in the barn in Kovaci, IstriaWhen Kaštelir was founded in the seventeenth century, the village’s blacksmiths (the Kovac family) settled here and the area became known as Kovaci or ‘the blacksmiths’ district’ (Kovac is Croatian for blacksmith and ‘i’ is the plural).

Our property has been in the Kovac family since the village was founded and I found out about its history from Valter who sold it to us.

The property’s address is Kovaci 2, 52464 Kaštelir, Croatia.