Note: in June and Sept 2019, we can rent either a whole or half house: in July and August, we only rent a whole house: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.
One half has full indoor kitchen, Klasika and Mala bedroom, and one bath, sleeps 6. The Second half has outside kitchen, terrace and 2 bedrooms, 2, bathrooms, sleeps 6 adults, with a private terrace and private kitchen outdoors with grill. Includes 1 parking spot for each half.
Villa Lavanda is a front-row beach house with art gallery, luscious terraced gardens, three covered terraces, each w/seating set (one that seats 16 for large groups); 120m2 indoors + 50m covered terraces, + 1050m2 gardens + parking for 3 cars -- 4 bedrooms, (sleeps 7-12, but max 7 adults) 3 baths, fully equipped family home, including washing machine, outdoor BBQ grill and a second, outdoor kitchen.
We added a hot tub this year to the front garden, and will add photos in March when we get there.
Off season, we also rent a portion of the house, so it can be adjusted for 2 bedroom rates. Please ask as about that.
Villa is also the base for the "@BackDoors Tours" find it on FB - organized for small groups. The group organizes trips to wineries, cultural immersion trips, Game of Thrones sites, etc. Also, if your group is larger and needs additional sleeping, but wants to use Villa as your base, we can book extra rooms at neighbors adjacent to the house. Pls ask about this in an email.
On the beach there is a waterpark perfect for children and adventurous adults.
Gradac is the most southern beach village on the Makarska Riviera. It is placed at the crossroads from Roman Split and the Renaissance Dubrovnik, to UNESCO-protected Muslim village. The region has many cultural and religious sites including the Catholic churches and the Pilgrimage Medjugorje, Sephardic synagogues, Orthodox churches, and mosques. Gradac is also very close to a few recognized wine appellations.
Villa Lavanda's organic garden is filled with a scent of lavender mixed with orange and lemon trees, rosemary and sage, which you can pick to add to your BBQ.
The house’s two front terraces provide a spectacular view of the beach, sea and the islands from a distance of 5 meters. It is surrounded by a beautiful organic garden filled with lavender, rosemary, oleander as well as grapes, fig and lemon trees around the whole house.
Villa Lavanda is equipped with modern amenities: AC, internet access, wifi, TV+ cable chanels, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine and a gas BBQ grill.
In addition, we organize immersive experiences for you – wine tastings with light snacks at a local vineyard, or bringing a reputable local chef who will spend an afternoon/evening at Villa Lavanda and teach you how to prepare a local Dalmatian meal (seafood, vegetarian, you pick!) You can participate or just watch. Meals can range from a traditional Dalmatian “peka” to “buzara.” These meals will be prepared with fresh food coming from a local organic farm.
Add surf sound, crickets and vino! Now that is a vacation.
In addition to the perfect beach location, the luscious garden filled with herbs and fruit (which you are welcome to pick), Villa Lavanda is filled with art. The owner, whose ancestors are from this village, is an art history professor who over time collected and displayed pieces of art, making this both a charming and sophisticated house. Art pieces are either replicas of historically important art, or originals from local artists (hung high on the wall, so you don’t need to worry about your children reaching them).
The living room and kitchen face the sea. There are four bedrooms and three baths, and an outdoor shower. Overall -- about 120m2 of inside space + another 50m2 of covered outdoor terraces. All terraces have their own seating arrangements, some extending into the garden. On the shaded back terrace is the outdoor kitchen and the dining area with a mountain view, and a hammock for quiet reading.
The bedrooms have all new matresses and all pillows have allergy protective covers. Bed linens, house and beach towels are provided. There are two parking spaces available for use (back to back parking)
The Modern bedroom (king-size bed) exhibits modern art pieces. It also has a sea view. The other bedrooms have views toward the gardens. The Classic bedroom has a queen-size bed (that can be separated into 2 single beds) and has classic art pieces, including some replicas of greek and roman art. The third bedroom is the children's room with a bunkbed (adult size). The Rustic bedroom has a queen size bed, and in addition has two chair mattrasses in a loft. The living room also has a sleep sofa, if needed. Overall sleeping capacity is 10 in bedrooms + 2 in the living room.
The indoor kitchen is fully equipped with stove/oven, fridge, two sets of pots and bowls, sets of dishes for 12 people, spices, wine glasses, etc., as well as a coffee machine, microwave and dishwasher. The outdoor kitchen includes another fridge, an additional stove and microwave as well as a very large gas grill.
Bed linen, house and beach towels are provided and so are many “beach toys,” such as beach chairs and umbrella, sand toys, and balls, as well as masks for snorkeling.
Gradac is centrally located between the Split and Dubrovnik airports, so you can fly to either one. Split Airport is time-wise closer. Depending on how you plan to spend your vacation, having a car is not a necessity at our house as there are stores and restaurants etc nearby. If you don’t plan on renting a car and need an airport transportation to and from, or occasional additional rides, we can organize that. Just let us know.
It is a faster trip from Split, as the A1 highway from Split goes all the way to Ploce, so you only have a few kilometers on a two-way road to Gradac, making it an 1.5 hour drive. The drive to Dubrovnik airport is an hour longer as it is only a two-way road. However, it also involves getting through a passport control in a small section of Bosnia, which can cause delays. Getting to Gradac is not an issue, but getting back to the Dubrovnik airport to your return flight might be, so please plan accordingly.
Take a stroll on the beach and enjoy snorkeling, diving, peddle boat and surf rentals, etc. You can rent bikes in the nearby hotel. The local bakery is a few meters away, a convenience store about 100 m away, and both the pharmacy and a medical office are in town (which you hopefully will not need on your vacation).
There are plenty of small restaurants and cafés in town. So, if you chose to, you can stay on the beach and relax for days, and just walk everywhere.
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In addition to the beautiful Adriatic sea and all water sport activities, there are many points of interest in this area, which is a genuine cultural cross-road. From the Roman city of Split to the well-known Renaissance city-republic of Dubrovnik (both of which have very old Sephardic synagogues; the one in Dubrovnik being the oldest one still in use in Europe) to Mostar and Pocitelj with their Otoman Empire architecture - you will be mesmerized with the beauty of the geography, architecture and music.
Add to that a few hidden adventures like a photo safari in the Neretva valley or kite surfing on the delta sand beaches, you will wish time has stopped.
We encourage you take advantage of being close to many sites that are not as frequently visited, and all are within a short distance of Gradac. Upon your booking we will send you a list with links to many sites, including these:
Zaostrog - old Franciscan monastery with an ethno museum
Metkovic -- Narona, old Roman city, in situ archeological museum
Pocitelj and Mostar, one day trip to Herzegovina;
Kite surfing on Neretva delta
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