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Starina Mala Vitaljina (Konavle) | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Web Ref: 3452 | Sleeps 4
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Starina Mala 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | Dubrovnik Old Town 45km | Sleeps 4
To the south of the unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik lies the scenic and unspoilt Konavle valley. Peppered with vineyards, pomegranate shrubs and towering wild cypress trees, it is edged on one side by craggy hills and on the other by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Nestled at its southern end, close to the border with Montenegro, lies Starina Mala, tucked away behind stone walls in the hamlet of Vitaljina.
A spacious covered dining terrace wraps itself around two sides of the cottage, punctuated at one end by an impressive inbuilt barbecue, creating the perfect space for outdoor dining and relaxing. From this convivial spot, step inside and you will discover a contemporary interior behind the traditional stone walls. The ground floor is given over to a bright and fresh open plan kitchen/dining/living space, the white walls given a splash of colour by modern artwork. An open sided staircase leads to the first floor where two bedrooms and a shower room can be found.
The terraced lawn leads to the pool and rear terrace, part of which, interestingly, was once the stone threshing circle used by the villagers in days gone by. Nowadays though, the only activities it will be used for are sunbathing and relaxing by the pool!
The charming fishing village of Molunat (10km) offers a fine shingle beach, a couple of restaurants and a small store. A wider choice of amenities can be found in Gruda (15km), surrounded by vineyards and orchards. Further on lies Cavtat (30km), a strikingly pretty coastal town, from where you can take the ferry to Dubrovnik.
Alternatively, visit another country for the day. Pop across the border into Montenegro and explore the town of Herceg Novi (15km), known for its abundance of mimosa tress and tropical flowers.
The rear/poolside terrace is somewhat uneven in parts and would not be ideal for younger children or anyone unsteady on their feet.
Open stairs leading up from the living room mean that younger children may need supervision.