Unique villa in Croatia available for holiday lets 2020 and 2021


Palazzo Portole a unique villa for rent, a hide-away in a captivating setting.
A baroque villa with a pool, walled garden and outdoor dining room and it's very own medival Tower.

The ideal destination for families and groups of friends.The ancient hilltop town of Oprtalj is a romantic maze of cobbled streets, deep vaulted arches, defensive walls, hidden doorways and narrow alleys.

Here in this magical place you can stay in a real Castle with a terrace on top of the Tower and deep cellars in the basement. Spiral staircases and wooden beams. Tumbling arcades of roses and drifts of lavender.

There’s nowhere like Palazzo Portole. It’s tucked away inside its own walls. Behind the gates there’s everything you need. A pool hidden in the rose garden, a shady Loggia for al fresco meals and barbecues. Tunnels of roses and vines to sit beneath in the heat of the day and gaze at the verdant landscape of Alpine Istria.

On a clear day from the Tower you can see three countries. The sea is only twenty minutes away.




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In the Autumn stay in a Castle right in the middle of Istria’s White Truffle Country. Perfect for a gloriously over-the-top gourmet weekend.

The white truffle season runs all Autumn and there are festivals around Istria every weekend celebrating the annual harvest. At these you can taste and buy ‘all things truffle’ - cheeses, sauces, oil and other local produce including wine, honey, olives and oil.


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                      The pool                              The Sitting Room                   The North Garden

The Castle

Palazzo Portole with its high tower keeping watch to the north and east is unique. Go up to the Tower Roof Terrace to admire the stunning countryside, unspoiled nature and panoramic views of lakes, mountains and forests. The beautiful gardens with a private pool and outdoor eating area provide seclusion and privacy. The interior decor with its quirky details reflects the taste of the owner and the heritage of the Castle.

Oprtalj, an ancient settlement on a peak of just over 1200 ft (378 m), is sparsely populated but still at the centre of local life - www.istrianet.org/istria/towns/oprtalj/history1.htm. The Venetians built the lovely town Loggia and the Austrians considered it important enough for them to locate one of the highest stations on their Parenzana railway line just below the town - www.parenzana.net/en/parenzana_ii.

For a stunning aerial tour of Istria watch this amazing film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEG8YTW61yk 


Perfect for Your Holiday

We have welcomed guests at Palazzo Portole for over a decade and we have plenty of experience of helping to make your stay here special. The layout of the property makes it flexible for all sorts of different groups, with places indoors and out for children to play in safety, such as the Tower room; quiet spots like the Library or Roof Terrace for those who want a bit of peace and large living areas -  the Sitting Room, the large Kitchen-Dining Room and the outdoor Loggia - where the whole party can gather.

The Palazzo is perfect for family holidays; cycling - http://www.istria-bike.com - walking and birdwatching adventures; spa breaks - www.istarske-toplice.hr/pages_en/index_en; archaeological and cultural sightseeing trips; hunting parties; gastronomic tours; wedding or conference groups. For further information please check these links www.istra.hr/en/attractions-and-activities/sport/trekking / www.istria-bike.com/en.


Spectacular Location

The Palazzo is the most prominent private residence in this small town. A walk around Oprtalj reveals the ancient layout of the town with thick defensive walls laid out in the middle ages still visible. What stands here now is the most recent building on this ancient site. It was erected in the 18th Century on part of those town walls and is the most impressive property in Oprtalj. The town has barely changed for centuries with deep vaulted arches and cobbled lanes too narrow for traffic. Although the main holiday season covers the summer months, the Castle is special all year round. There is often snow at Christmas, beautiful Spring weather at Easter and a heatwave in May. The year-round activities provide as much interest off-season as in the summer.  

Easy Access

It's easy to get to Oprtalj from Trieste in Italy - an hour's drive away - and Ljubljana in Slovenia, which is just under two hour's drive. There are flights and trains from all over Europe to both of these cities.

Venice is two and a half hours away by car. You can take a fast hydrofoil there during the summer from the coast, half an hour away, and return within the day - http://www.venezialines.com/schedules.

There are flights from April to October into Pula, at the tip of the Istrian peninsular and also to Rijeka, both just over an hour away. The motorways are excellent and the local roads are relatively quiet, even at the height of the season.