Villa Astraeus

Ivan Dolac, sleeps: 6

Heritage These accommodations give clients the opportunity to stay in renovated historical buildings that maintain the typical  Dalmatian architecture.
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Astraeus is... listen; can you hear that?! A gentle breeze, a sunny day and THE Voice: "Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what spring is like on a Jupiter and Mars; in other words, hold my hand, in other words, baby..." 

There are villas. And there is - Astraeus.

Villa Features

Astraeus nestled comfortably on a hill above the small village of Ivan Dolac, on the sunniest part of the island of Hvar, as befits the God of the stars.

Villa Astraeus was finished in 2013, after a renovation of two old stone houses that used to belong to the Machiedo family. The owners of Villa Astraeus are primarily cosmopolitans, but also aesthetes that can be matched by few. During the renovation of the house, they hired one of our favorite Croatian architects, Duje Kaliterna – and the man did an amazing job: he made Astraeus the way it is today. The Villa has kept its gentle Dalmatian image with minimal interventions into the natural beauty bestowed upon it in abundance.

The cascading estate, which stretches over 1250m2, has two stone houses: a bigger, main house covering 115m2 and a smaller guesthouse of 40m2. The cascading terrain that descends from the main to the guesthouse was ideal for a summer kitchen, a sundeck, a terrace with eternity pool and a small Jacuzzi.

The summer kitchen is located to the left of the house and has a built-in barbeque complete with a dining area.

The main house has a ground floor with a kitchen and a living room. In the old days, this very ground floor used to be a wine producing plant, which is still visible in the living room floor tiles shaped as a canal. The first floor of the main house has a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom (bathtub), another, smaller bedroom with an en suite bathroom (shower unit) and a lovely terrace.

The guesthouse, on the other hand, was designed as a small, comfortable studio apartment. It has a kitchen with a living room, which has a sofa for two persons, and a bathroom. Each room on the estate has an AC system, a satellite TV and a stereo set.

A painfully beautiful view of the endless blue extends from the stone cascade terraces. It is hard to imagine that this kind of Zen is only a 40-minute drive away from the vibrant nightlife of the town of Hvar.

The owners have fully redecorated the plot by planting different kinds of authentic plants, and an irrigation system has also been created to make the plants feel well even during the hot Hvar summers.

The villa is fully enclosed and private; it has video surveillance and a parking area for three cars.  

The rustic interior and exterior of Astraeus, traditional Dalmatian details such as the wooden shutters and the pergola, natural materials – high quality wood, stone and cast iron – combined with stylish tailor-made Italian furniture complete the design of this lovely Hvar story.

The astonishing Astraeus, a stylish jewel among the hills of Hvar, is what every soul needs to enjoy the ever so desired peace and quiet away from city noise. In its intimate, sequestered environment, this recently refurbished embodiment of Mediterranean architecture offers all kinds of sensory delights. It prides on its luxuriant greenery, abounding in typical Mediterranean flora, as well as the breathtaking views reaching as far as the surrounding islands. An amazing experience indeed.

It seems we are in love. Again!

"Fill my heart with song, let me sing for ever more…"

Amenities
AC
SAT TV
BBQ
Pool
Features
Features
  • sleeps 6
  • bedrooms 3
  • bathrooms 3
Amenities - Inside
Amenities - Inside
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • AC in all rooms
  • dining for 6+ people
  • stove / gas x 2
  • oven x 2
  • dishwasher
  • refrigerator x 2
  • freezer
  • icemaker
  • coffee machine
  • toaster
  • juicer
  • microwave
  • iron / ironing board
  • washing machine x 2
  • hair dryer
  • LCD SAT TV x 4
  • DVD player
  • stereo
  • books
  • safe
  • baby cot
  • all linens provided
  • all towels provided
Amenities - Outside
Amenities - Outside
  • private pool / size 30m2
  • terraces surrounded by greenery
  • dining for 10+ people
  • garden furniture
  • loungers and sunshades
  • jacuzzi
  • sundeck
  • outdoor shower
  • BBQ
  • parking / 3 cars
Additional Services
Additional Services
  • maid service
  • chef service
  • food & beverage delivery
  • laundry service
  • baby sitting
  • wine selection
  • concierge service
  • tailor-made tours
  • car rental
  • boat charter
  • other services upon arrangement
Location
Village of Ivan Dolac

You chose Hvar for your holiday destination?

Congrats! You chose wisely.

And in case you feel more like Robinson Crusoe than Paris Hilton let us tell you a bit more about southern side of the island. 

Picture this:

You got off the ferry and you are heading south. By the way, we hope you have your car with you, but in case you don’t – no problem what so ever – you can rent one in our agency.

So, where were we? Yes, you are heading south and after a short ride through this beautiful, picturesque, little village of Pitve you enter the tunnel which somewhat resembles the Batman cave. 

The tunnel is 1400 m long and has a purpose of not only transferring you to the other side of the island, but also of transferring you to the whole different kind of life. A life in which you are able to leave all your worries behind and enjoy the world where Mother Nature is kind and loving and where lives are lead in accordance with and to the soundtrack of nature.

Once you are out of the tunnel you stumble upon this breathtaking view of the islands Šćedro and Korčula, as well as Pelješac peninsula. You are able to see pebble beaches, pine forests, houses by the sea and vineyards on such steep slopes that they are almost defying gravity.

To make the long story short – you enter paradise!

Ivan Dolac

The southern side of Hvar is the tale of wine. All true connoisseurs of wine (as well as those who like to think of themselves as such) should go on a pilgrimage to southern Hvar at least once in their lives, as Christians take their holy expeditions to Rome or as Muslims visit the Mecca.

Ivan Dolac is a little village by the sea on the southern side of Hvar. The path to Ivan Dolac is somewhat challenging, but definitely rewarding.

The place nearest to the exciting tunnel is Zavala – a little fishing and agricultural village by the sea. 

From Zavala to the west you will reach Ivan Dolac and Sv. Nedjelja. People of Svirče inhabited both places centuries ago. Ivan Dolac was first mentioned as early as in the 15th century. People of Svirče cultivated grapevine in these locations and they built their leisure houses there so they didn’t have to travel far back home after a hard day’s work. That was a necessity at a time since there were no motor vehicles back then and the distance from the vineyards to the village was fairly large.

Today, Ivan Dolac is still mainly the summer residence of Svirče people, wherea Sveta Nedilja evolved into an independent settlement that lives both during the summer and winter.  

Once you get to Ivan Dolac, you will find yourself surrounded by a typical Dalmatian stone architecture with the spirit of antiquity embedded in all of it and the scent of rosemary, lavender and sage in the air. The crystal blue sea and beautiful pebble beaches will make sure no worries found you there. In case some trouble still haunts you – disperse it with a glass of wine. And make it the very best wine – Plavac Mali.

Even today, the vineyards are still tended with the same energy, dedication, and love as centuries before. They are located on a very rugged terrain and the soil is far from easy to cultivate, but what is so special about this place is the abundance of sunshine year around. The results of that specific combination are the best wines you can get on the island – wines of high quality that have been recognized amongst enologists throughout the world.

Plavac Mali is the most important Croatian autochthonous variety and the world famous sorts of Plavac crowned with numerous international awards are from these particular slopes: Ivan Dolac (Vujnović); Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru (Plenković); Plavac Mali barrique (Tomić); Medvid and Medvjedica (Duboković); Plovac Ploški and Plovac Ploški barrique (Carić).

Ivan Dolac has a few little stores where you can buy basic supplies. Also, there are several restaurants and cafés there.

My colleague Dalibor recommends café "Vartal" in Ivan Dolac. He believes it to be one the best places on the island for relaxing and claims there is no place where ice coffee tastes so good. Keep in mind he is from Svirče so he might be biased, but still; give him the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, I like "Vartal" as well. 

Ivan Dolac offers not only hedonistic treats in the form of excellent wines and good food but also numerous forms of recreation: cycling, walking, swimming, diving, surfing… Ivan Dolac proffers its guest a wholesome, yet quite natural, spontaneous, and low-key story.

In case you need a bank, a doctor’s office, a pharmacy or a post office, you will need to go to Jelsa, the closest place to Ivan Dolac, about a 15-minute drive away. 

Location

International Airport Split
Local Airport Jelsa / 11 km
Town Center Jelsa / 11 km
Beach I.Dolac / 1.1 km
Bar / Restaurant I.Dolac / 1.1 km
Grocery Store I.Dolac / 0.9 km
Supermarket Jelsa / 11 km
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Rates
Villa Astraeus

Weekly Rates

27.08.2016 - 24.06.2017 €4.340
24.06.2017 - 26.08.2017 €5.880
26.08.2017 - 23.06.2018 €4.340

Weekly rates per property.

Weekly rates include: use of all facilities and amenities, VAT, tourist tax, linen, towels, water, electricity, gas, soaps, shampoos and shower gels, daily housekeeping (the things that must be done regularly to keep something working properly), final cleaning. 

Weekly rates do not include: wine selection and all additional services.

Additional Information

Small pets may be considered, upon request.

Smoking is not allowed.

Events are allowed, upon request.

Wheelchair inaccessible.

All additional services upon request prior to your arrival.

Towels, bed linen and tablecloths are all provided. Towels are changed on a daily basis while linen is changed every 3-4 days.

Minimum stay is 7 days, but exceptions can be made depending on a high/low season.

A short stay (less than 4 nights) is possible out of high season, but requires 30% surcharge. 

Changeover day is preferably Saturday, but can be flexible depending on a high/low season.

Check in is at 4 pm and check out is at 10 am.

Car is essential.

€1000 refundable security deposit is requested in cash and will be returned after departure inspection.

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Booking Notes

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking and the final balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.

If you cancel your booking at least 8 weeks prior to your arrival date, we will return your advance payment. If you cancel your booking within 8 weeks prior to your arrival, we will not be able to return your advance payment or any other payment for that matter.

All bank transfer fees are the responsibility of the guest.

The entire agreed rental fee must be paid even if the property is used by fewer people than indicated when you made the booking or your party does not use the property for the full period indicated when making the booking.

By confirming your booking and paying the advance, you explicitly confirm that you are familiar with the general terms and conditions, and that you accept them.

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