Villa Achelois

Stari Grad, sleeps: 10

A spacious two-storey villa, old but newly restored, respecting tradition but still comfortably contemporary. Stylized interior, charming terrace overlooking lively bay and a beautiful Mediterranean garden - what a perfect and oh so pleasurable place for a perfect and oh so pleasurable vacation. 

Villa Features

Villa Achelois was built in 1930 and fully renovated in 2006.

Property has 604 square meters with additional 594 square meter garden.

Ground floor has 81m2 plus the 45m2 terrace while the first floor has 71m2 plus the terrace with a balcony of total 21m2.

There are four large bedrooms inside villa Achelois (total of 3 double beds, 2 french beds and 1 single bed), three bathrooms, 1 toilet, large kitchen on the first and one smaller on the ground floor, two living rooms and two terraces – one with an amazing view on the first floor and the other with the garden in front on the ground floor.

Villa is positioned in a way so the clients can enjoy full privacy. Lateral side of the Villa overlooks the garden, while the front side overlooks the orchard where you can spend your time relaxing or eating breakfast and such. Villa offers variety of possibilities – you can sunbathe, you can barbeque, kids can play all around... Also, the concept of a villa made possible for different families/groups to have their privacy.

Two-car parking space is just outside garden gates.

When entering the gates there is a partially shaded courtyard. Large house entrance leads from the courtyard to the very spacious L-shaped living room/dining room/kitchen with a big open fireplace and the two sofas which can serve as extra beds. Additional doors separate L-shaped space from a two-bed bedroom with en-suite toilet room and a sink.

There is a separate bathroom with a shower unit on the ground floor as well. Also, there is an additional two-bed bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor but that one can be entered only from the separate entrance in the courtyard, not from the main house entrance.

Ground floor is connected to the first floor through the stairs that connect downstairs living room with an upstairs living room. First floor consists of a spacious and modern kitchen and two two-bed bedrooms – one with a double bed and one with separate beds plus one large bathroom with a bathtub.

Interior breeds a cosmopolitan spirit, which is understandable since its owners are cosmopolites in every sense of the word.

Villa is just 200 meters away from the centre of the town and approximately five-minute walk to the nearest town beach suitable for children.

It is an ideal place for both families and groups of friends. It is away from all the loud noises yet close to important town contents and just a 20-minute drive away from exciting Hvar nightlife.

Love at First Sight

One spring morning the ship arrived to the port. It was just like any other morning; scent of almond blossoms filling the air and seagulls squawking beneath spring blue sky and above the sea that reflected its blueness.

The only difference was that ship brought Achelois – ship was means for her escape.

She figured this beautiful Mediterranean island is the best possible choice for her breakout from reality. She booked a nice villa located in even nicer little town with rich historic background. Achelois spent the island days enjoying the nature walks, exploring the town secrets, trying out food and wine and reading books on the villa terrace.

Once the sun would go down, Achelois would drop everything she was doing and concentrate on the silver moon rising. She was just observing it carefully from the terrace. Her first night there it seemed that moonshine was somehow brighter in the island but she guessed it was just her imagination. Next evening she thought she saw a familiar face appearing on the moon surface, but she shook her head in disbelief and went to sleep.

The third night she was waiting anxiously for the moonrise - he was still there. Smiling this time. Achelois felt moon rays dancing playfully in her hair caressing her face, her neck and her arms ...

Each night Achelois was on the terrace waiting for the moon and longing for the unpredictable play that moon rays were performing. She doubted no more that her coming to that villa was predestined. Pain of loss she felt upon her arrival was subsiding each day while she became more and more at peace.

Moon face would smile at her warmly each night and embracing its rays it was clear that love doesn’t end with the end of earthly life.

Amenities
WIFI
AC
SAT TV
BBQ
Features
Features
  • sleeps 8+2
  • rooms 4
  • bathrooms 3
Amenities - Inside
Amenities - Inside
  • fully equipped kitchen x 2
  • AC x 1
  • gas stove
  • oven
  • refrigerator / freezer x 2
  • coffee plunger
  • toaster
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • SAT TV
  • DVD player
  • DVD library
  • stereo
  • wi-fi
  • baby cot
  • hair dryer
  • iron / ironing board
  • open fireplace in lounge
  • all linens provided
  • all towels provided
Amenities - Outside
Amenities - Outside
  • dining for 8 people upstairs terrace
  • dining for 6 people downstairs terrace
  • sun deck
  • large lounger and shade x 2
  • garden
  • gas BBQ
  • private parking / 2 cars
Additional Services
Additional Services
  • upon arrangement
Location
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.

Location

International Airport Split
Local Airport Jelsa / 10 km
Town Center 200 m
Beach 500 m
Bar / Restaurant 200 m
Grocery Store 150 m
Supermarket 150 m
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Rates
Villa Achelois

Weekly Rates

16.09.2017 - 30.09.2017 €1.260
30.09.2017 - 05.05.2018 €1.120
05.05.2018 - 02.06.2018 €1.330
02.06.2018 - 21.07.2018 €1.750
21.07.2018 - 25.08.2018 €2.345
25.08.2018 - 15.09.2018 €1.750
15.09.2018 - 29.09.2018 €1.330
29.09.2018 - 04.05.2019 €1.120

Weekly rates per property.

Weekly rates include: use of all facilities and amenities, VAT, wi-fi, 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.

All additional services upon request prior to your arrival.

Towels and linen are all provided. Linen is changed once 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.

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

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Booking Notes

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

There is no refund if the booking is cancelled.

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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