Harbour House, Bol, Croatia
We were drawn to Bol because we love the sea and it is a perfect place to take a beach vacation and go scuba-diving, swimming, boating, water kayaking and windsurfing. We love nature and appreciate the pristine nature of the Croatian countryside but wanted to be at the hub of things and Bol is the activities centre for Brac. Here you can play tennis, go climbing, cycling, walking, flying from Brac Airport or just laze on the Golden Horn [Zlatni Rat], an idyllic beach a short distance away. The Monastery Beach [5 minutes walk along the coastal path] is a delight. Here you can relax with young children and eat at a lovely restaurant built in an old fisherman's house on a promontory overlooking the beach. The monastery has an original Tintoretto and museum with Roman artefacts, makes is own wine and has a lovely garden terrace overlooking the beach. Once the big yachts come into the harbour in July/August the town gets really quite lively and revelry can continue into the early hours. However, the house is equipped with its original windows [now double glazed] together with secondary double glazing to ensure that guests can sleep with minimal disturbance. There is a lovely garden and small citrus orchard behind the house, together with a marble terrace for dining. It is one of the few houses around the harbour with a seafront terrace, and really is unique. It is completely enclosed so children can play safely.
Air conditioning keeps the house cool.
For guests with boats, a berth in Bol Harbour can be arranged.
We fell in love with Harbour House because, although right by the sea (there are panoramic views from every room, and especially from the large terrace) the house feels safe, solid and friendly. Built of Brac stone like the White House in Washington, it is a famous landmark and often appears in photos of Bol. Its simplicity is appealing because, although not especially large (108sq.m.) its construction makes it feel spacious and airy. If you love the sea you will love Harbour House.
Croatia Airlines, Easyjet, British Airways and Whizzair have regular flights to Split.
As well as the local market, supermarket, pharmacy, post office and bakery, for those interested in sea sports the house is close by the local diving centre. The Tourist Office is close by, and all around are little bars, restaurants, shops selling jewellery, swimwear and hand-made artefacts. Bol is close to the most famous beach in Croatia, the Golden Horn beach. This is approx. 1 km away from the house [although the small local beach is only 30 metres away] and can be reached by a gentle stroll. Boats also sail the few minutes back and forth to the beach or you can take the little road train that chugs back and forth to the beach all day long.
The Monastery Beach is 5 minutes away along the coastal path, and here you will find a sweet little restaurant on a small promontary immediately overlooking the beach. This provides delicious food, and is located within an old fisherman's house. The Monastery, itself, is worth visiting for its fine collection of artworks.
Harbour House has been created as a holiday house for its English owners so you can walk straight into it and feel at home. It is simple but elegant, with rugs and lovely pictures on the walls. It has a large kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, full-sized cooker and is well equipped with linen, china and cooking equipment. A lovely, comfortable, sofabed in the terrace sitting room becomes full-sized single beds (one pulls out from beneath the other). Cot & child's bed also available: For larger famillies the simply furnished attic has a further two [comfortable] mattresses for children. An enclosed garden with white marble patio and a mandarin orchard make the garden ideal for children. Guests enjoy using the garden, which is lovely and fragrant in the evening. There is a stone barbeque in the garden.