We recently had the pleasure of spending 6 amazing nights in the breathtaking ancient city of Dubrovnik. Knowing what a tourist hot spot Dubrovnik is, especially during the peak holiday season during the summer months when we visited, we wanted to find an accommodation option that was affordable, yet close to the city so we didn't need to spend a fortune on transport costs. House Verde delivered on both these things!!
HOUSE VERDE - DUBROVNIK APARTMENT
House Verde is a family owned private terrace house located just outside the city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The home is two stories, with views over the city and of the ocean, making it a pretty amazing place to stay!
You will instantly feel the authenticity of staying in a city like Dubrovnik when at House Verde, with the terrace garden overlooking the city, complete with grape vines draped overhead. What a beautiful place to sit at sunset and enjoy the views and warm weather!
The house has all the amenities you need for an enjoyable and comfortable stay, with a kitchen complete with a microwave, an oven, full size fridge, and stocked with everything you need for self-catering. There is a dining table with 6 seats, but the area is small so you may prefer to eat your meals out on the terrace instead where there is another table and chairs. This is what we did. Why sit inside when you have such views at meal times!
We were delighted by the small touches during out stay, such as a full fruit basket and fresh juice on arrival and plenty of pantry items stocked for convenience, including tea and coffee and condiments.
The apartment has 3 bedrooms upstairs, two with double beds and one with single beds. They also kindly provided a portacot for us for our stay to accommodate our 1 year old. Overall, the personal touches were lovely and gave the stay a homely feeling.
House Verde is conveniently a 10 minute walk from the Old Town which was one of the reasons we chose this accommodation for our stay. Outside the city walls means more affordable, yet close enough to walk to the city centre. However Dubrovnik is full of stairs, especially just outside the city. Narrow passages of stairs going in every direction. It's quite the maze!
And also incredibly hard going on the legs. Especially if those legs belong to a 3.5 year old. It only took day 1 before our eldest decided she hated stairs, and often refused to walk anywhere for the rest of the trip. Yep, we had some fun with terrible 3s and tantrums during our trip. Instead there were a lot of piggy backs and being carried while in Dubrovnik, since the stroller isn't much use with all the stairs. We tended to leave it behind.
Thankfully our younger daughter who was just 1 during this trip was able to go in the Ergo carrier
for a lot of our big walks and that was a big help. But it was indeed hard going, especially after a big day of walking around the city in the heat and having to go back up all the stairs to get back to House Verde. The one downfall.
The other thing to consider is that House Verde is not overly safe for younger children who are walking. The edge of the garden sits several metres above the stairs beside the property and there are no fences as such around some parts of the garden. While we kept a close eye on our children and did not let them out on the terrace unsupervised, it is something to consider if you are travelling with smaller children who are walking.
Another of the personal touches from the hosts and owners of House Verde - homemade biscuits and meringues. So yummy!
Our two girls exhausted after one of our huge days exploring Dubrovnik. And trust me... it really was exhausting at times. Humid, hot, and soooooo much walking! Stairs that never ended. Especially the day we did the city walls walk. OMG!!
House Verde is located in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia. It accommodates up to 7 guests. We booked our stay at House Verde via AirBnB. If you have never booked via AirBnB before, you can register via this link
House Verde has free wifi throughout the property. There is a bathroom with separate toilet, a TV downstairs and a free standing air-conditioning unit upstairs (being heritage listed, they are unable to install into the wall). The air conditioner requires water refills and only cools one section of the upstairs area.
There are two supermarkets within 5 minutes walk. Getting to House Verde can be a little tricky, however the hosts will meet you on the main road and assist you with finding your way. They are also excellent and maintaining contact and will answer promptly via email or text if you have any questions or issues.
House Verde in Dubrovnik was a wonderful accommodation option with many great features. It is a comfortable place to stay, with a complete private home for your use. Great if like us you are travelling with a larger group (there were 7 of us) and it gives you your own space to return to each day.
House Verde is close to the city centre but be mindful this walk does require a reasonable level of fitness and is not ideal if you are travelling with young children who will get tired easily. This is more so during the hotter months, with little shade during the walk to and from the Dubrovnik Old Town.
Overall, House Verde was a pleasure to stay at, with an authentic Croatian vibe and fantastic views of the Dubrovnik signature orange roofs and blue ocean. We loved our stay and were very grateful to our hosts for making it a wonderful experience!