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If you’re a traveller who revels in being first to uncover hidden gems it may be that you visited Croatia a decade ago. Today the secret of Croatia is long out – abundant with vibrant history, ancient architecture and exquisite coastline for days the country has, with good reason, become a well-documented and much loved destination. There remains in Croatia an authentic rawness which leaves travellers feeling they made a connection with the locals and experienced the real thing. This is certainly true for Lopud – a tiny island, under five square kilometres, which one traverses on foot or by bicycle. And it is here that we have uncovered a rather special home. To get there take the Jandrolina Postira ferry from Gruz Port in Dubrovnik which the owner describes as “very romantic. It allows you to slow your pace and take in the beauty of the surrounding islands”. The romance doesn’t end there – once one has climbed 150 steps into the hillside and looked back at the views from above one feels utterly transported to a fairy-tale.

Caida House was created by restoring and expanding a limestone dwelling, parts of which date back to the 1400’s. The main house features a generously proportioned live-in kitchen and lushly comfortable lounge with double doors opening onto sea views. Then there are two bedrooms, each housed in separate structures affording guests complete privacy and linked with paths and plantings in a soft palette of silvers and greens.

The centrepiece however has to be the pool – ruins discovered under rubble and undergrowth were lovingly repurposed as the foundation creating a setting truly princess castle-like in its sense of history and quite magical beauty. Should you prefer to swim in the sea you can maintain the feeling of residing in your own principality. The owner thoughtfully procured the land all the way to the calm, clear waters below to ensure a completely private swimming experience. When able to wrench oneself from this enchanting homestead days are spent dawdling along island paths in the drowsy heat, lunching at one of the five good island restaurants then meandering to the harbour beach for a cooling dip before scaling the hillside. There are neighbouring islets to visit, ancient churches to explore and a sense of peace to rediscover in a place where the modern world has yet to intrude.

What we love!

  • Thick, limestone walls make the house deliciously cool.
  • Willing staff happy to assist with kitchen stocking, island hopping, wine shopping (one can purchase wine at the house).
  • The sleepy, backwater feel of the place juxtaposed with some really good restaurants both on Lopud and nearby islands.

What you need to know…

  • The 150 steps up the hillside require a moderate level of fitness.
  • Like most islands on the Dalmatian Coast, Lopud sea swimming is chiefly done by diving from the rocks, though there are sandy beaches both at the harbour and on the opposite side of the island if desired.
  • No children under 12 years of age

Facilities

  • 2 x Bathrooms
  • 2 x Bedrooms (king)
  • Dishwasher
  • No TV
  • Pizza oven
  • Pool (no net)
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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  • Guest
    2018-06-07

    I wanted to tell that we were particularly happy with our stay and the week at Caida House. The house was amazing and Dario’s service extremely good. We can’t wait to go back there in the future!

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$1 000 - $1 250

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