The amazing Villa Bencani sits on a terraced hilltop enjoying uninterrupted sweeping views of the glorious Istrian countryside. Words are hard to describe how magical the villa, the grounds and the setting are.
Several traditional stone houses were lovingly restored and cleverly fused into one unified whole to blend unobtrusively into their natural surroundings. It is a truly outstanding property that maximizes connections with outside spaces through oversized uniquely designed windows, large glass doors and glazed roofing panels integrated with the traditional stone walls to bring the warm Istrian light inside and make the most of the magnificent view. Both interior and exterior of this modern design stone house feature this wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary materials.
The high beamed ceilings were preserved, as was much of the beautiful old stonework, but the old floor plan made way for enormous living areas, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a stylish dining area, meticulously appointed ensuite bathrooms for each of the four beautifully designed double bedrooms and all the benefits of modern comforts such as WiFi, A/C and underfloor heating. The furnishings have a slightly classic feel, yet a modern twist with boldly coloured details and striking contemporary lighting so there is a wonderful collage of textures and colours creating a luxurious home with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The villa is cleverly configured allowing rooms on all levels to open directly into the garden or onto a beautiful elongated verandah equipped with a separate summer kitchen with a barbecue and dining area as well as the inviting whirlpool.
As in the rest of the house, the focus here is on the magical view with the spacious garden that slopes gently downhill to the salt water swimming pool laced with lavender bushes and olive trees. With its two independent stone houses, one attached to and the other just opposite the main house, it is a perfect accommodation for family gatherings, or an adult group who may appreciate the opportunity for their own space. After a long day visiting the surrounding villages or towns, what a place to witness the milky-pink sunsets with the silhouette of Motovun against the skyline arching over the magical Mirna valley.