Villa Angelo is the place to stay in Istria, according to
Condé Nast Traveller, September 2018.
"Holiday home of the week: a country retreat on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula"
Villa Angelo mentioned in The Spaces Magazine
“The decor is stunning, simple but in excellent taste and the recent addition of the amazing infinity pool and a beautiful garden complement the stunning views from the Loggia.”
We had an amazing stay at Ben's house in glorious Motovun. Communication was consistently excellent and clear instructions were given on arrival where the excellent Kristina made sure we were properly welcomed. And then the house itself. Well just wow! We now know from chatting to Ben that this property is a family labour of love with a long and interesting history and it shows. The decor is stunning, simple but in excellent taste and the recent addition of the amazing infinity pool and a beautiful garden complement the stunning views from the Loggia. If this sounds a bit gushing then so be it, as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even during one of Motovun's spectacular night time thunderstorms with the lightning and thunder crashing around us. The town itself is a marvel and easy to access if you are aerobically minded (the hills are not for the faint hearted) and there are decent places to eat although as Ben points out there are probably better places away from the town itself. We mostly lazed but there are lots of pretty towns (coastal and otherwise) to visit within reasonable distance and I loved walking chunks of the Parenzana (a disused railway now converted into a walking trail). Thanks Ben - we will be back!
— John Ashworth & Family, UK, August 2017
“Every day you get up and look out the window in amazement at the view and the building. The recently added garden is also a haven that has been stunningly designed and planted.”
Just back from spending 2 weeks at Villa Angelo and it was everything we were hoping and more. The pictures are a great representation of what you get - stunning views, an amazing pool (larger than expected and about 3m deep at the deep end) and a great large villa with high quality appliances and equipment throughout. It is all very comfortable and luxurious without being fussy and all very usable. Every day you get up and look out the window in amazement at the view and the building. The recently added garden is also a haven that has been stunningly designed/planted. Check-in and help when needed was quick and simple and it is a great base to explore Istria from without being in the middle of a large town but still having some great local places to go and visit. Being there during the Motovun Film Festival was great fun too (not too busy or noisy at all), great venues for some very good movies. We really cannot recommend this highly place highly enough - certainly our best AirBNB experience yet
— Charles Marks & Family, UK, July 2017
"Magnificently beautiful stone villa in Istria"
Villa Angelo mentioned in Buro 24/7
"Urlaub für die Seele in einem echten Traumhaus! Authentisch, liebevoll und mit gutem Geschmack renoviertes Steinhaus im malerischen Motovun."
Urlaub für die Seele in einem echten Traumhaus! Authentisch, liebevoll und mit gutem Geschmack renoviertes Steinhaus im malerischen Motovun. Ich habe in der Villa Angelo erst einige Tage mit Freunden verbracht, dann noch mit Familie. Wir wollten eigentlich Istrien bzw. die Strände erkunden (Novigrad und Porec sind sehr nah!), allerdings konnte sich niemand von diesem besonderen Platz losmachen: Im Infinity-Pool meint man, durch die grüne Landschaft Istriens zu schwimmen. Die Villa erfüllt hohe Standards in punkto Lage (ungestört und nicht einsichtig, Blick ins Grüne, Lebensmittel und Restaurants in Spazierweite), Ausstattung (Pool mit Luxus-Außenbetten und Kühlfächern für Getränke; große Betten mit hochwertigen Matratzen, eine Küche, der es an nichts fehlt) und vor allem Geschmack: wunderschöne Holz- und Steinböden, viele Altholz-Tischlereien, dezente Liebhaber-Möbel, tw. Kunst an den Wänden. Ein besonderes Highlight: die Badewanne :-) Kommunikation und Information ohne Wartezeit, Kristina vor Ort, jederzeit erreichbar und sehr zuvorkommend. Ich komme bestimmt wieder!
— Daniela Jungreuthmayer & Friends, Austria, June 2017
“The view is stunning and even more beautiful than any picture of it. And of course the pool. Just awesome!”
We booked over half a year in advance because Villa Angelo was booked for the whole summer. We stayed there for 7 nights with 4 kids an 4 adults. Ben - the host - was very friendly and helpful and answered all of our questions. A few days before we started the trip, Kristina - the Property Manager - mailed us a PDF: There where helpful infos for arriving, living in the house, finding the best places in Motovun and Istria. Some insider tourist tips. The house was awesome and much bigger than we expect. Everything there is really beautiful, light, clean and artistic. This is definitly a 5-Star-location. You´ll find everything in the house you´ll need, the Wi-Fi works perfect. The view is stunning and even more beautiful than any picture of it. And of course the pool. Just awesome! We decided to spend the first 3 days at the Villa - just going out for a little walk through the beautiful city of Motovun and a restaurant - and it was super nice. We had a beautful and funny evening with the host Ben, we asked him to come over for a wine. We got some more infos about the location and Croatia, which was very interesting and helpful. Kristina and Ben where available for questions via cell phone - but we didn´t had any problems at the Villa, super quiet there, no neighbours, you´ll reach the house with car and have just to walk about 3 minutes. Small kids need to be supervised when they are not able to swim, because the pool is just for swimmers. One of the best stays we ever had in an airbnb-house. Five out of five stars, we will come again!
— Franziska Stadler & Friends, Germany, July 2017
“Villa Angelo is an amazing place to stay! We absolutely loved it’s location in Motovun and the wonderful views from the terrace of the house.”
"Villa Angelo is an amazing place to stay! We absolutely loved it’s location in Motovun and the wonderful views from the terrace of the house. We enjoyed wandering up the cobbled lanes to the top of Motovun to eat at the excellent restaurants, truffles being the order of the day! Kristina, the lovely property manager, contacted us prior to arrival and gave us clear instructions on where to meet her. She was extremely helpful and easily contactable, especially on day one when we needed to find a Dr! Ben was also really quick to answer any questions when we were booking the property. The house is extremely stylish and comfortable with lots of space for everybody and also well stocked with everything we needed and more! Clearly a lot of thought has been put into developing the property. A bottle of excellent local wine, cooled in the fridge on arrival, was very welcome. The swimming pool, steam room and outdoor beds to relax on, plus the pretty garden, were great. There were nice touches, like an fridge by the pool, which were really useful. There are lots of lovely places to visit in the area near Motovun. We hired bikes in the town and also drove into nearby Slovenia for a couple of trips. We visited the coast at Piran (around 1/2 hr) and Lake Bled (around 2 hrs), also took the ferry over to the island of Cres which was a highlight. After 2 weeks we did not want to go home and hope to return soon! Thank you for such a lovely holiday!"
— Lisa McEleny & Family, UK, August 2017
"New wow-factor holiday rentals in Croatia"
Villa Angelo mentioned in the Financial Times - How to Spend It
“Definitely the best airbnb experience we have had and we cannot wait to book again. Best bits: the pool - AMAZING; excellent communication and local advice from the host and house manager Kristina; did I mention the pool!; beautiful views and surroundings; well equipped; peaceful and tranquil.”
Where do I start!! This place exceeded our expectations and to top it off we were able to meet the host Ben and his father (now fondly know as Uncle Phil by our kids!) who were both lovely! We travelled as two families (two parents and three pre teens and one parent and an 11 year old) and we all loved swimming in the pool, enjoying the beautiful garden, hanging in the living room etc. We rented a car and did a couple of day trips out of Motovun but also spent a couple of evenings just out for a walk and dinner in Motovun. The town walls and the views from the hill are well worth a look. Definitely the best airbnb experience we have had and we cannot wait to book again. Best bits: the pool - AMAZING; excellent communication and local advice from the host and house manager Kristina; did I mention the pool!; beautiful views and surroundings; well equipped; peaceful and tranquil.
— Corrine Blake & Family, UK, June 2018
"Nestvarno lijepe kamene vile u Motovunu"
Villa Angelo mentioned in Croatian Lifestyle Magazine - Journal.hr
“Where do I begin...Villa Angelo is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed.”
Where do I begin...Villa Angelo is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. The owners have managed to keep the traditional rustic feel of the house but with all the modern things you would ever need, making it the perfect balance. I spent 7 days here with my two daughters & three of the friends. The ages ranged from 50-16. Villa Angelo became home for the week and it was and is truly paradise!!!
— Wendy O'huadhaigh & Family, Ireland, June 2018
“This place is what dreams are made of!”
This place is what dreams are made of! Every morning waking up and looking across the valley feeds your soul! The golden hour lighting and the early morning mist is magical!!! Not to mention the beautiful rustic interior of the villa! 10/10 would recommend to a friend 🧡
— Johannah Lordan & Friends, Ireland, June 2018
"Enchanting fairytale property of the highest standard! The pool is simply spectacular. Thank you!"
— Samantha & Leo, San Francisco, July 2018
“To go to bed with the full moon shining into our room, and to wake with the sunrise and the low cloud below - it's really good for the soul!”
“Just back from a week at Villa Angelo, and we all had a fantastic time (three 'older' adults, and 5 'kids' aged 16-22). The pool is without question the nicest villa/hotel pool I have been in, and I never tired of looking at it let alone swimming in it! The gardens are stunning, and despite the weather (warm) we did enjoy the steam room a few times too. Ben sent welcome emails despite being the other side of the world, and Kristina was always on hand to help us out on arrival and beyond. Despite many attempts to take photos of the view, you really have to experience it yourself to know it's beauty. To go to bed with the full moon shining into our room, and to wake with the sunrise and the low cloud below - it's really good for the soul! The film festival was a fun bonus. We did dip into it a few times, but you wouldn't have known it was going on if you didn't want to. We could choose to enjoy films and DJ's playing into the early hours in the main square, or sit on our terrace under the moonlight where we didn't hear a thing. The food was lovely in all the places we ate out at, and great value if you head outside of Motovun especially. They all accommodated our party of 3 vegans, 2 vegetarians and 3 'normals'. The waterfall at Pazin was well worth a visit (go early to avoid crowds) - I saw a turtle in the pool below! Looking forward to returning one day Motovun and Villa Angelo definitely has a place in all of our hearts now.”
— Louise Hankinson & Family, UK, July 2018
"The Most Beautiful Villas: Telegram represents 12 divine new houses that are rented in Croatia"
Villa Angelo mentioned in Croatian Magazine - Telegram.hr
“I cannot recommend Villa Angelo enough, the location, the atmosphere and the home itself are all heavenly.”
Villa Angelo is a stunning property set in the picturesque town of Motovun - a perfect holiday destination for friends and family! My week spent in Villa Angelo was magnificent, from the beautiful vista to the superb pool, no detail was left unturned in the creation of this home. The owners have seamlessly harmonised old with new in a 'Grand Design' type fashion, accentuating the timeless features of this period property with gorgeous modern design, all of which is done to the highest spec. I cannot recommend Villa Angelo enough, the location, the atmosphere and the home itself are all heavenly.
— Megan Carroll & Friends, Ireland, June 2018
"How a Brit fell in love with Motovun and bought the most beautiful house we’ve ever seen..."
Villa Angelo mentioned in Croatia’s National Newspaper - Jutarnji.hr
"Three houses in Croatia that will delight even the most avid design lovers."
Villa Angelo mentioned in Serbia’s Magazine - Buro247.rs
“Spending the last week at your extraordinary villa was a spectacular and revitalising experience.”
Ben, I just wanted to say a big thank you, to you, Kristina and rest of your team. Spending the last week at your extraordinary villa was a spectacular and revitalising experience. The beds are super comfortable, the kitchen was equipped to the smallest detail, the bathrooms spacious and clean, the swimming pool was perfection and living room felt like home. Oh, and Motovun, so beautiful and fun to stroll around. To me and my family this was a flawless vacation, so thank you 🙏
— Daniel Motlis & Family, Israel, August 2019