Cottage Calypso

Stari Grad, sleeps: 6


Calypso is situated in a relaxing ambience of Mediterranean greenery and small holiday cottages. Little garden surrounds Calypso and is ideal for relaxing time with a good book and a glass of Bogdanuša. Bogdanuša means God-given and God-given will be the moments you spend in this serene oasis. 

Cottage Features

Charming and cozy cottage Calypso was built in the 1960s and it was renovated on two occasions – once in 2005 and once in 2011.

Cottage has 65m2 with additional 15m2 terrace and 400m2 garden.

The surroundings are quiet and fabulous - all you hear are the birds chirping, wind in the trees and the sea waves breaking on the shore during the quiet night hours.

There are two two-bed bedrooms in the cottage – one with a double bed, and one with separate beds that can be joined if needed. Living room, kitchen and dining area are all in the same room. The bathroom has a shower unit and a washing machine. All the rooms are accessed from the long hallway that spreads throughout the whole cottage. A spacious built-in closet is located in the hallway as well.

Large glass doors lead from the living room / kitchen / dining area to the terrace with dining table and garden furniture.

Olive and cypress trees together with lavender bushes and their Mediterranean scent give comfort and ease to your senses during time you spend on the outdoor terrace surrounded by green, fragrant garden.

Beach suitable for children is just a minute walk away while the town center is 10 minutes away if you take a relaxing stroll by the seaside.

The cottage cannot be directly accessed by car but the free public parking lot is located approximately 200m from the house.

Calypso Cottage is a great place for a family, for two romantic couples or for a group of friends.

The town of Jelsa is 10-minute drive away, while Hvar Town is 20-minute drive away. Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedjelja are approximately 30-minute drive away.  

Love at First Sight

She was just wonderful, both inside and out. And he was worth the attention – so clever and thoughtful yet so charmingly indecisive. The concept of time was abstract to him. He would change his mind ever so often and no one knew where he’d be in the next hour, the next day, not to mention the next year.

He liked her, but like all great analytical minds, at that point he couldn’t yet figure in what way and to what extend. She was determined, however, in her intention to end this hesitance of his - one way or another.

Without him knowing, she booked a holiday in the sun for both of them in a romantic cottage on a romantic island. When she handed him the plane ticket he firmly declined saying it is impossible for him to just leave everything. He had his job and many other things to think about and simply to put everything on the side and leave – it was not going to happen. She got the message and, without a shred of sadness, she went alone.


It was the best vacation ever. She had the time of her life; she enjoyed the secluded beaches, tasted all kinds of local delicacies, and drank an amazing Jubov wine. She had fun and she met wonderful people. She had a blast!

For three whole weeks she enjoyed her time in a lovely cottage and knew it would be hard to leave all those fascinating shapes, hypnotizing colors and scents of the island. It would be difficult to say goodbye to her chill-out terrace where she read her favorite book every afternoon before going to beach.

It happened one afternoon on her eighteenth day there – she heard the knock on her door, she opened and there he was - her charmingly indecisive friend. And it was clear to her how simple it was all along – if you love someone you have to set them free and the result is always perfect – one way or another.

  • sleeps 4+2
  • bedrooms 2
  • bathrooms 1
Amenities - Inside
Amenities - Inside
  • AC x 3 / in all areas
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining for 4 people
  • 4 ring stove
  • oven
  • fridge / freezer
  • coffee machine
  • washing machine
  • SAT TV
  • stereo
  • hair dryer
  • all linens provided
  • all towels provided
Amenities - Outside
Amenities - Outside
  • shaded terrace
  • dining for 4 people
  • sun deck
  • garden
  • garden furniture
  • outdoor shower
  • BBQ
Additional Services
Additional Services
  • upon arrangement
Town of Stari Grad

Without any doubt, the town of Stari Grad is something special. Specific combination of historical events that helped shape the place together with physical evidence that serve as a proof of turbulent past makes this town so unique and unlike any other place on Earth. They say when soul is leaving this world something remains – some form of energy, a spirit of some kind. In Stari Grad Town you can feel the spirit of the past on every single step. If you listen very carefully and with an open heart, every stone will tell you an interesting story.

The town of Stari Grad was a rather popular place throughout history, a "good catch" so to speak and many a people wanted a piece of it.

Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Venetians, Turks and Austro-Hungarians all walked upon this tiny fraction of a land located right under the bright Mediterranean sun. Some of them came to bring progress; some of them came to destroy it but all of them left something behind. And their traces can still be seen upon the city’s contours – in its monuments, in its more or less modest residential architecture, upon its streets and around its squares.

However, some places have an aura stronger than others.

One of the main town’s attractions is Stari Grad Plain also known as Ager or Hora. Greek colonists from the island of Paros founded a polis (independent city-state) in the year 384 BC at the place of today’s Stari Grad and called it Pharos.

The most probable reason for founding a polis at this particular place is that the land in hinterland of the site was extremely fertile.

What is left from the Greeks to this date is preserved division of the field with its paths. In fact, Stari Grad Plain presents the best preserved cadastral plan in the whole Mediterranean area and because of that it has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.

The other probable reason for polis being here is the perfectly and naturally sheltered 5 nautical miles deep bay located in the western part of the island. That same quality is recognized even today what caused the town of Stari Grad being a popular nautical destination for all those who are not into the whole "seen and be seen" scene so typical for town of Hvar, island’s capital.

Another "must see" place is the church of St. John. Stari Grad people declared themselves Christians in the 5th century and they build the church in the same place where today St. John’s church stands. The most magnificent version of the church was, however, built in the 6th century when twin basilica was raised together with baptistery and some other auxiliary facilities. The remains of this architectural edifice, with its ruins and early Christian mosaic can still be seen inside and around today’s church of St. John.

When talking about monuments and architecture, the "brightest star" of Stari Grad Town is, in fact, the palace Tvrdalj with its fishpond and garden located inside the complex. Tvrdalj is for sure the most romantic manmade place in Stari Grad Town.

The complex dates back to 15th century and it is the idea of the Renaissance poet, erudite and architect Petar Hektorović. "Tvrdalj" represents this humanist's life philosophy transferred into stone structure that was supposed to be a safe heaven for all of God’s creatures – fish, birds, plants and humans. Architecturally speaking, this is a structure that combines leisure and defensive architecture what resulted in this special form of fortified Renaissance leisure villa. The villa consists of a residential area and salt-water fishpond with a porch and garden. The entire complex is dedicated to the "Creator of all things" – Omnium Conditori.

However, Hektorović is primarily a poet. His most important work is "Ribanje i ribarsko prigovaranje" (Fishing and Fishermen’s Talk). It is a pastoral and narrative poem in which Hektorović describes his three-day voyage from Hvar to Brač and Šolta islands accompanied by fishermen. It is the first Croatian literary travelogue in verse.

One other site that we strongly recommend is a parish church of St. Stephen and Dominican Monastery of St. Peter. Within the monastery there is a small in size, but far from modest art collection that contains some of the greatest treasures of Stari Grad Town such as the painting of a famous Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto titled "Lamentation of Christ".

Make sure you visit Škor as well. It is one of the most beautiful little baroque squares in the Mediterranean.

Other hidden jewels of Stari Grad Town we will let you discover yourself...

Rich history, numerous churches, museums and lovely little art galleries (as "Maya Con Dios" or "Fantazam") make this town a popular destination for artists and both culture and history enthusiasts. If you are among those it is imperative that you visit the Biankini Palace. Inside the Palace there is a rich maritime, ethnographic and archeological collection same as the art collection of Juraj Plančić.

Juraj Plančić was a painter born in the town of Stari Grad and educated in Split, Zagreb and Paris where he died of TB at the age of 30. Although there is an obvious influence of Parisian museums and galleries in his work there is also a very visible joie de vivre of Mediterranean atmosphere so typical for Stari Grad Town.

There are numerous cafés and a quality gastro offer in a variety of restaurants where value-for-money is implied.

As far as the gastronomy goes, we would like to pin out "Pinetta", a great restaurant in the old town, as well as a charming place called "Antika". For the more affordable meals in the homely atmosphere check out the restaurant/pizzeria "Marko" or enjoy the busy atmosphere at "Kod Damira". If you prefer a dinner by the sea in the old town area then restaurant "Kod barba Luke" will be a good solution and if you prefer a romantic dinner by the sea take a little stroll to the restaurant called "Eremitaž".

Make sure you taste the exceptional locally made honey, traditional Paprenjak biscuit and surprisingly delightful lavender cake.

Don’t miss out on local olive oil and some nice, refreshing, high quality wines made out of white grapes such as respectable Bogdanuša variety or aromatic Pošip. Both varieties come from vineyards in aforementioned Stari Grad Plain.

A winemaker Pavino from Stari Grad is famous for his biodynamic method of winemaking. He uses grapes exclusively from the Ager vineyards and his whites made from aforementioned Bogdanuša sort, together with his reds - Plavac and Merlot, are the crucial part of the local enological offer. We heard it through the grapevine that his Merlot is the best.

When talking about Bogdanuša or Pošip variety we must also mention 2012 Carić’s Bogdanjuša that won a silver medal on The Balkans International Wine Competition in 2013, as well as Plenković’s Zlatan Pošip that won numeros medals on Decanter World Wine Awards, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

The town of Stari Grad is a great place not only for culture and history enthusiasts but also for divers, cyclists, fishermen, passionate walkers and all others who enjoy beautifully calming and relaxing ambiance.

If you’re a fan of sports and recreation, swimming in particular, choose your dates of visit carefully so you can enjoy Faros Marathon – an international competition in swimming which traditionally takes place in late August and its been happening since 1975.

The town beaches are a few minutes away by foot and the more secluded beaches are a 10-15 minute drive away. You can take either a car or a boat but we recommend a boat ride since the ride itself is an amazing experience of iconic nature beauty – seagulls flying over, deep blue sea, green pine trees and Mediterranean scents all mixed together creating a relaxing, unique and unforgettable experience.


International Airport Split
Local Airport Jelsa / 10 km
Town Center 900 m
Beach 150 m
Bar / Restaurant 200 m
Grocery Store 200 m
Supermarket 900 m
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Cottage Calypso

Weekly Rates

23.09.2017 - 26.05.2018 €665
26.05.2018 - 23.06.2018 €805
23.06.2018 - 07.07.2018 €1.085
07.07.2018 - 25.08.2018 €1.330
25.08.2018 - 22.09.2018 €805
22.09.2018 - 25.05.2019 €665

Weekly rates per property.

Weekly rates include: use of all facilities and amenities, VAT, linen, towels, water, electricity, gas, final cleaning.

Weekly rates do not include: tourist tax and all additional services.

Additional Information

Pets are allowed, upon request.

Smoking is allowed.

Cottage has wheelchair access.

All additional services upon request prior to your arrival.

Towels and linen are all provided. Linen is changed weekly while towels are 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 3 pm and check out is at 10 am.

Car is not necessary.

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Booking Notes

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

If booking is canceled within 8 weeks prior to your arrival date, none of your payments will be refunded.

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 less people that you indicated when making the booking or your party does not use the property for the full period indicated when making the booking.

All visitors who stay on the island must pay a tourist tax which will be added to your receipt. It is not included in the accommodation fee. Tourist tax is €1.00 per day per adult and €0,50 per day per child between the ages of 12 and 18. There is no charge for children under twelve years of age.

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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