Istra Panorama

Broekstraat 15
3050 Oud-Heverlee
Tel:+32 475 96 98 65

We rent out our private holiday houses 'Balini' and 'Casa Acqua Dolce

In Istria, Croatia, at about 20 km from the coast we rent our two private holiday houses. Both historical houses have their own swimming pool and breathtaking view, Casa Acqua Dolce even its own spa, with Jacuzzi (whirpool) and sauna. There is free wifi in both houses.

Istria is much more then just a beautiful coast with clear water. Istria, Italy on 50 by 70 km, with its mediterranean climate, vineyards on soft slopes, old sleepy cities with a history going back to Roman times, and offering an honest kitchen. It is worth discovering

Balini, a stone house with swimming pool

Our villa Balini is a traditional Istrian stone house of 180 m2, within a Mediterranean garden including a large swimming pool (4 x 8 m) and an authentic Istrian barbecue. The house contains two fully equipped apartments and is suited for 6 persons, up to maximum 10 people. This house offers a really breathtaking view on the Mirna valley with the historic hilltop town Motovun. This holiday house received a 4 star categorization from the Croatian tourism authorities. The rent for this house is between 600 and 1.890 Euro per week, depending on the number of people and the season. More information Balini.

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Casa Acqua Dolce: a luxury house with private spa

This four star house of 250 m2 is situated in the small historical town of Oprtalj (Croatia). It has its own private spa with indoor swimming pool, jet stream, jacuzzi, sauna, massage mattress and special relax area (more information about the spa). From the living room and the large terrace you have a wonderful view over the surrounding area. This house was completely renovated in 2005. It is fully equipped and disposes of central (floor) heating, making it a year round destination. There are 4 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. We can house up to 8 people with guaranteed privacy. The rent is between 1.000 and 1.990 Euro a week, depending on the number of people. More information Casa Acqua Dolce.

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Location of our houses

Both houses are situated in Istria, which is the most Western part of Croatia. Istria is known as the blue and green peninsula, with pure air, a clean sea and a lot of sunny hours. It has a rich cultural heritage. This Tuscany-like region is a land of artists and offers delicious food and wine, a land where the best truffles are found. For more information on the region and what there is to do and to see click "The region" or "Possible activities".

Croatia is member of the EU and especially Istria is nearer than most realize. For example, Trieste in Italy is only 35 km away from both of our houses. Venice, the Alps, Austria, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split or Plitvice are all within 3 hours drive. If you want to know how to get there, click "Getting there".

For more information, please "Contact" or phone us (+32/475-969865).

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Dear Aline and Marjo,

Meanwhile, we are safely back home after a perfect trip. We really have spent a great time in your house.
Casa Acqua Dolce is really very pleasant and in the living...

We all had been in Istria once or more. But now...

I do not know how to write it down, but still: DOBRDAN Marjo and Aline. THis is the only Croatian word we know after having this unforgetable holiday. Helas, for really exploring this paradise it...

Thanks a lot for giving us the chance to make use...

Today we are leaving from beautiful Istria, we...

Tomorrow we are to leave after 1,5 week in...

After a great week sailing the Adriatic on a...

Sanda: Sharing your house with us, allowing us to...

Bienvenuti a Balini!


Your house deserves a place in a designers'...

While enjoying a "Pivo and Vino" on the terrace...

"Hey, what a lovely house" said Chantal. And who...

We came for a long WE, but never expected this....

Just after the "forest" we saw the name-board "...

He: Our last hours here in Balini. The last...

First and foremost, our compliments with the way...

Really high calls interior design, beautiful...

Paradise does exist! That we are now convinced of...

 We love our stay in Casa Acqua Dolce. A week is not enough. We continue to be impressed with all the attention to the detail you've put into the house! We hope to be back.

We are Nick (9 months) and Cyro (2,5 year) and we...


Casa Acqua Dolce finished!

Our new house in Oprtalj is now fully decorated. The result is really stunning.

Marjo and Aline welcome you in their houses in Balini and Oprtalj

Now that our house in Oprtalj, Casa Acqua Dolce, and our house in Balini are fully renovated and decorated, we think it is time to open the house to a larger public.

The Parenzana, a new tourist destination

In Istria they recently opened a new tourist attraction: the 'Parenzana' or road of health and fr

The season of the white truffle has started in Istria!!

The culinary chefs agree upon one thing only: the truffle should be placed at t

Spring is back, with its wild asparagus

Spring is probably the most beautiful season of the year.

The oldest Lodgia of Istria being renovated in Oprtalj

In Oprtalj (Portole) there are two lodgias (covered markets): a big one just outside the city walls, which is still in use, and a small on the first little square when entering the city.

Direct road to the sea

From Livade or Motovun, there is now a new direct road Novi Grad (Cita Nova). So when you stay in Balini you can be at the seaside within less than half an hour. 

A romantic weekend or midweek

Until the end of May and from October onwards it is possible to rent Casa Acqua Dolce for less than a week.

Tourist train following Parenzana

Since mid-April 2014, a tourist train is operated between Motovun and

The road to Balini is asphalted

The time that driving to Balini was an adventure, is no longer true. The municipality has just paved the road to Balini, both from Pirelici, as well as the connection up to Krajici.


RyanAir's flight schedule for the summer of 2015 has been released three months earlier than usual! So you can already book your summer vacation for next year at fantastically low prices!


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Balini's new garden

This winter we re-arranged our the garden. Some bushes and the large fig tree had become too big and were cropped or even removed. In result we created lots of extra space in the garden.

TV Programma "With Four in Bed" from the Belgian channel VTM

On July 18, the TV program "With Four in Bed" from the Belgian Commercial channel VTM will be broadcasted. It shows our house Casa Acqua Dolce within the scenic city of Oprtalj.