There is just something about Aloadae. Maybe it is the stone ramparts that surround the property? The pool surrounded by olive trees? Two stone houses surrounded by greenery and beautiful terraces? Not sure why, but here you will feel as if you were in your own private castle, in your own fairy-tale.
We cannot say with certainty whether this villa enraptures us more with the beautiful exterior filled with Mediterranean greenery, relaxing porch, beguiling interweaving of stone and wood, or maybe we love it for the charming rooms connected by interesting staircases and a maze of passageways which encourage our childlike desires for wandering and exploring beautiful areas.
When to all of the above you add the charm of the small village of Rudine where the villa is located, just two kilometers from the town of Stari Grad, and the charm of the bay that lies on a fifteen-minute walk through a century-old shade – you get the location of the villa that offers a magnificent blend of nature and the proximity of the town.
Relaxation is a must here. The owners, urban intellectuals and cosmopolitans, bought Villa Aloadae in 2004 and renovated it completely. They say it was precisely this property that perfectly brought them closer to their imagined idea of complete relaxation.
The villa consists of two attached stone houses and a large walled garden. The garden measures 200 m2 and has a swimming pool surrounded by an abundance of plants and trees.
The main, larger house comprises roughly 200 square meters of living space and can sleep 10 people; 4 of the bedrooms have queen-size beds and 1 bedroom has 2 single beds. The smaller house covers cca 80 square meters and overlooks a lovely and quiet village square; it sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
You will be enraptured by the size of this "living room out in the open” with its covered porch with a couple of lounge beds ideal for lazy summer afternoons, along with a large table for twelve people where friends can gather to eat. An additional table with four chairs is conveniently located between both houses and serves more as a perfect spot for morning coffee or late afternoon aperitifs.
The entrance to the main house leads directly to a light-filled living room and double doors opening directly onto the garden. Next to the living room is a modern sparkling kitchen with lacquered cabinets in bright orange. An adjoining dining room has a large table for ten people and an exit to the patio. On the ground-floor there is also a separate toilet.
We reach the first floor of the main house by stairs leading from the living room. An outer stone staircase evokes the wonderful time gone by but is not in use. On the first floor, immediately on the right, there is a room with two single beds, while on the left there is a room with a double bed and a sun-filled bathroom with a walk-in shower and courtyard view.
The stairs lead us up again to the second floor where there is a view in all directions on the green courtyard with a pool. This is the property’s most romantic room, with matrimonial bed, its high ceiling under the beamed hip-roof, private bathroom with shower and an access to its own balcony. If you do not already believe in fairy-tales, you will now.
Across the patio is a separate entrance to the two bedrooms, both with matrimonial beds. The stone walls and exposed wooden beams evoke the historic past of this centuries-old house. A large ensuite bathroom contains a massage tub for those who like a good long soak.
The second living unit occupies the two floors and it is reached through its own separate entrance, offering welcome privacy for family groups travelling together. The entrance is only steps away from the front door of the main villa across a charming square with a old well. When we climb the outer stairs to reach the first floor, we enter media room with a modular sofa that can be used to sleep one, if needed. A comfortable bedroom on the first floor has its own toilet with tiny shower.
Climbing an inside staircase brings us to the top floor of this second house and another large bedroom set under the eaves. This bedroom has its own adjoining bathroom and a door leading to a private terrace where the lucky occupants can gaze out over Stari Grad Bay as they drink their morning coffee.
The small house is stylistically fully coordinated with the main house, just as the entire Villa Aloadae fits perfectly in the Mediterranean, untouched ambience of the village of Rudine. Both houses are built from the same natural materials that surround them and the minimalism that reigns over soothes the property – while at the same time some beams, wood or stone cheer the property up in no time. The scenery is suitable for Oscar-winning holidays.
As in any real castle, in Villa Aloadae nothing is monotonous; the rooms are scattered around the property and hidden, which guarantees the privacy of a larger group of friends, couples or even a number of families. We would recommend Aloadae to larger groups of people with different rhythms, as well as to everyone who knows how to relax, literally – whether they want to hang out by the pool, relax with a book or lightly, from one foot to another, walk to the beach.
Be sure to allow yourself to go astray – you can come across wonderful rustic details in the surroundings of glorious nature and silence. Namely, silence is the absolute sovereign here, even during the worst summer throngs on the island.
Ultimately, why would you not have your own summer fairy-tale to share?