Property of the Week: Successful Stone Luxury Rental Business on Hvar

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February 26, 2019 – Looking to buy into a property rental business with a lot of love on gorgeous Hvar? You have come to the right place. 

If there is a stone house in Dalmatia that has seen more love and laughter than this one, I would like to meet it. 

It is one of my favourite real estate stories of all. A British couple looking for a new life abroad came to Croatia way back in 2004. First-time visitors, I remember showing them this property in my former existence as a real estate agent one Monday morning. By lunchtime, they had decided. By Friday they had completed the transaction (a rare case of completely clean papers) and were on the plane back to the UK. 

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And then started the renovation. And the love. 

From a shell of a ruin with three ruined goat sheds emerged one of the warmest welcomes and hospitality experiences on the Adriatic, as the two Brits put a very Scottish trademark on this most Dalmatian of properties. Visitors to the Quaich Experience have been touched by the attention to detail and attempts to go the extra mile over the years, as the owners exceeded the expectations of their numerous guests, many of whom came back year on year. 

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All good things come to an end, however, and now the Quaich Experience in Vrbanj is for sale, ready for a younger couple (or family) to take over this lovely stone rental business in central Hvar – either as a business or a family home. How better to describe it than through the words of the owners:

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At the foot of the Hvar mountains, between Stari Grad and Jelsa, you will find the village of Vrbanj – population approximately 450. At the foot of the Hvar mountains, between Stari Grad and Jelsa, you will find the village of Vrbanj – population approximately 450. 

This is where you will find The Quaich – an old stone house nestling on the edge of this quiet, peaceful village – with magnificent sweeping views of the houses below and across to the island of Brac and the Croatian mainland. 

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This historical property, which is circa 150 years old, is offered for sale fully restored and renovated to a spectacular standard. 

The listing includes the large main house, three separate and self-contained cottage apartments, PLUS a double-tiered courtyard and patio area with swimming pool. 


Generously sized and faithfully restored, the heart of The Quaich is the main house, which consists of three large floors of living space (each measuring 44 sq m.) with one more floor of reinforced attic space for storage.  

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Ground floor: 

A large open-plan kitchen, dining area and utility room, with downstairs toilet and washroom. 

Wood-burning stove fitted to the fully-functioning chimney and large staircase leading to the first floor.   

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First floor: 

An exceptionally spacious, fully air-conditioned open-plan living area. 

Real wood floors, spinning ceiling fans, a second wood-burner and feature staircase make this room welcoming, comfortable and beautiful in every season. With five shuttered windows, and a door leading outside and down to the terrace and apartments, it serves as both a conveniently placed hub for friends and visitors, and a blissful retreat from the high temperatures in the hottest months.  

A spiral staircase leads to the second floor. 

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Second floor: 

A peaceful and airy space, with large windows, air conditioning and more ceiling fans, the second floor consists of the master bedroom, a large ensuite bathroom and a private outside terrace with panoramic views across the water.  

The bedroom boasts room enough for a super king size bed and wall-to-wall fitted oak wardrobes/cupboards, while the ensuite bathroom includes both a jacuzzi-style bath and double shower cubicle.  

The private terrace overlooks the Croatian mainland and Brac island, making this a very special place to relax. 

Third floor:

Attic space: Large floored and reinforced attic space. Plenty of storage, or possibility of converting the space. 

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The Quaich includes three fully-furnished and equipped cottage apartments with varying levels of capacity (2 – 4 persons). Each cottage is approx. 36 sq m. and they share a large courtyard patio and private swimming pool area. Each of the cottages is decorated to a very high standard and have their own kitchen and bathroom.* The furnishings in the cottages are included in the sale of the property. 

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The courtyard is a tranquil year-round sun trap and is planted with many mature flowering plants and hanging grape vines. Steps lead up from here to the pool area, where there are even more plants and more views!  

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The pool measures 15 sq. m and is a rare treat in Vrbanj, where temperatures can reach 30C on just an average summer day. 

There is ample parking in the vicinity. Local amenities include a great place to get pizza and a convenience store just 2-3 mins walk away. 

Vrbanj is 5-6 kms from both the towns of Jelsa and Stari Grad and 6 kms from the main port of Stari Grad where there are regular ferries to Split on the mainland. Hvar Town is 22 kms. 

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*The three cottage apartments are currently designed as self-contained holiday lets, but two of them could easily be joined with the main house to create a luxurious and extremely large three or four bedroom family home.

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Sales price 495,000 euro. For more information, contact us at [email protected] 


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