One of the things that we have discovered on our travels, is that flexibility can often mean being able to stay in places that would normally be otherwise a bit too pricey to justify an off-the-cuff trip. We’re very lucky that our circumstances allow us to be flexible and so we’re always on the look-out for unusual places to stay.
We’ve recently relocated to north west Istria, and we’re taking massive pleasure in discovering this new area. But, as flexible as we can be, we do still need to work – and the wheels out here turn very slowly when it comes to having broadband installed. We arrived at the beginning of March when most places were still operating “out of season” rates, and some amazing deals could be secured in hotels. We needed a couple of days of good wi-fi, and somewhere quite warm – we’ve bought an old (but renovated) stone farmhouse and as it had been empty for a fair few months, our first few weeks were very cold.
We’d previously visited the beautiful village of Brtonigla and had seen – and then read about – San Rocco Hotel, which the official website describes as a “Heritage Hotel” and which has been awarded the title of “Best Small Family Heritage Hotel in Croatia” a number of times. We booked for two nights (Sunday and Monday) via Booking.Com and secured a double suite, with breakfast, for €238.
Our room was certainly very beautiful – traditional, but tasteful, with more than enough room for two people. And with good, strong wi-fi. However, we soon discovered a problem – the tap did not quite fit the plug-hole in the bath. Reception staff were immediately onto the problem and although it could probably have been rectified quite quickly, we were offered another room. And this one was a bit special, as it had sweeeping views over the hotel grounds, the infinity pool and beyond, to the Istrian countryside…
We chose to eat in the hotel restaurant on the Sunday evening – and as the only diners, were afforded lots of conversation with the very knowlegeable member of staff who served us. We found out about local wineries and aspargaus harvests and even had personal matching of wines to our food choices. Plus complimentary prosecco to begin. All very nice, indeed. The food was amazingly delicious, and certainly lived up to the description of “magical gastronomy” on the website. Breakfast was equally as good, with a selection of cheeses, cold meats, juices, fruits, cakes, fresh bread and eggs done to your style.
We are so, so lucky that Hotel San Rocco is now only about 15km from our house, so we can now take a break when we fancy. And, we’d also have no hesitation in hugely recommending anyone coming out to visit us, to factor in a night here – it’s more than worth it!