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Transition Lifestyle Retreat in Croatia
Ranked #11 of 27 Porec B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 July 2011

This was the ideal setting in a very small village. The villa is of very high quality in a very tranquil setting. About 20 mins to the coast / Porec. We had many trips planned but enjoyed sitting around the pool so much, we hardly went out. Good local places to eat and only a short drive to Porec with all of its restaurants. Don't forget Croatia is not in the Euro 'yet', that makes a huge difference to your pocket. Fantastic.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

Excellent 'home' to enjoy a chilled out retreat in an idyllic village environment, and yet perfectly situated near all major motor routes as a base from which to explore all Istria has to offer. It is an unspoilt country and has some stunning scenery and beautiful towns. Nigel and Shirley are the perfect hosts, making you feel very welcome and relaxed in their gorgeous spacious farmhouse. Freshly laid eggs every morning from their happy hens! Plenty of local wine in the evenings:-) In addition, Shirley is a very special therapist and I experienced the best indian head massage and reiki ever! With a group of friends, we had a fabulous week exploring Istria and Croatia. We would all recommend particularly the Istrian night which is a unique and genuine opportuniy to experience the Istrian way of life, joining a family for food and wine that has all been home reared and produced. Everything was delicious and had taste - a far cry from the 'plastic' tasting meat and veg we are used to buying in our supermarkets! The olive oil they produce is exceptional. If you are going to Croatia go and stay in Transition to enjoy the real Istria and have a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2009

Transitions is just delightful - in all respects. Nigel and Shirley have created a peaceful haven in the countryside. I went with a friend and it was right up our street - they 'live' the eco life as much as Croatia will allow - growing their own veg and keeping chickens - which all contributed to wonderful food Shirley provided. We were very lazy and only went out for 2 day trips. It was so quiet and serene just staying in house and grounds - wonderful. A lovely pool, fabulous massages/reiki, etc from Shirley, great food and pretty walks just outside the front door, into countryside that could have been Tuscany. The next village even had a farm with a baby donkey!! The local area has lovely villages, all 'Italian' style with cobbled streets and craft shops - just what you want on this type of holiday. Would I come again - definately, in a heartbeat!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 June 2009

What is fabulous about Transition Lifestyle Retreat? Everything. And about Istria? All of it.

Shirley and Nigel (Brits now permanently located here) create a cheery, welcoming, eco-aware ambience, enhancing the physical charm and beauty of their updated old stone structure, the village of 47, and the surrounding farmland and hamlets. Rooms-with-a-view (all) and cozy linens; breakfasts with eggs from the ranging-in-the-garden chickens or quail, Shirley's bread, and fruit from the laden trees; home-cooked dinners (by your hosts, mainly Shirley) of locally grown foods; delightful yet non-intrusive conversation if you wish.... Pool, nap-in-the-afternoon chaise loungers, Shirley's relaxation and rejuvenation treatments in-room or under the loggia, Nigel's chauffeuring and/or stories.

How to choose? So much to explore, or not. Old stone hill towns, the seaside locales (Rovinj, Porec); wandering among the farmland and vineyards; discovering quaint little villages via tractor roads; never leaving Transition today; artsy locales like Groznjan; ruins you can experience up close in Pula (colosseum!); food, delicious food; driving anywhere on the back roads of Istria just to unveil what is around the next corner; exploring mountains that loom; and soaking in the people. Transition is central and close to all of this.

Lunch out or picnic wherever you are. Ask Shirley (a day or 2 ahead) if she will cook dinner. Yum. And don't under any circumstance miss Istrian Night at the neighbors across the way. 3 generations of Istrians sharing themselves, their food, and their way of life. Full-time jobs + acres of vines, veggies, fruit, olives, wheat, pigs, and chickens cultivated to feed the expanding family. Taste real bread made from flour milled of their own wheat. Their fine wine. Menu depends on season, of course; may include prsut (Istrian prosciutto), wild asparagus, cherries, peas, chicken, walnut cake, berry and kiwi compote..... Drool. Relaxed, serious, and real.

Help Nigel weed the potatoes! Deadhead garden perennials with Shirley. Go.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

My wife and I stayed at Transition for 11 days in late April and early May of 2008. Istria had been on our traveling radar for many years and once there I realized what all the buzz was about. We have been to the Algarve, Provence and Tuscany and hands down Istria is the most culturally authentic of them all.
Aside from the lovely countryside, the people are one of Istria's greatest features. The hosts at Transition are Nigel and Shirley Heyward, British ex-pats, who renovated a centuries old stone house in the village of Diklici. Their setting is totally designed for tranquility, beauty and relaxation. Shirley takes full advantage of the peaceful setting by providing massage, reflexology, and a host of other self renewal services which we thoroughly enjoyed! These are performed in the comfort of your guestroom (and I do mean comfortable, great beds and views of the landscapes) or on the screened porch near the pool, another amenity that can make it difficult to want to leave the “grounds”.
Diklici is small, maybe twenty houses, a few miles from the larger town of Visjnan that sits along the main North/South Highway (B9) to Pula. Nigel picked us up in Porec as we arrived by bus from the Italian city of Trieste, which was very convenient. We did not rent a car because we planned to spend most of the time relaxing and strolling the countryside. The bicycles at Transition helped extend our range and whenever we wanted to get out to nearby places like Motovun, Grosjnan, or Porec (for the Vinistra wine festival) all we needed to do was coordinate with our hosts and Nigel was happy to act as chauffeur. (Excellent when returning from a wine festival!)
Now I would be remiss if I did not mention a very important aspect, THE FOOD. We ate breakfast every morning, which was included, but we also had many dinners prepared by “Chef” Shirley. Her choices were a delight and did not repeat once over our seven dinners. Roasted chicken with Istrian potatoes, Lasagna, Grilled Sea Brehm (outdoor grillmaster Nigel presiding) Meat Pie, etc. Oh, and desserts like Baked Banana ice cream, Apple Pear Tansy, and the awesome Banalfie Sundaes! Again, why ever leave?
Well, one evening our hosts arranged a traditional dinner with a local family that was unforgettably authentic. The food - homemade prsut, roast pork loin, potatoes "under the bell", wild asparagus omelette, blood sausage, bread and WINE. Jordan, the patriarch, makes Malvaise and Terran from his small vineyard and it is fantastic. Transition serves his vino for what can only be described as “a steal”. (We enjoyed the wine from Istria in general immensely.)
Transition is perfect for any traveler who is worn out by the crowd and tour bus scene. Your hosts Nigel and Shirley are lovely people who are truly interested in the renewal of your personal well being. Combine what the Heywards have created with the gorgeous countryside and friendly locals and I can’t imagine anyplace else that will impact your soul like this regional gem of Europe.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Diklici br 6 | Visjnan, Diklic'i, Porec 52463, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Istria > Porec
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Porec
Price Range: £50 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renovated stonehouse with bespoke oak kitchen, Istrian fireplace, oak staircase leading to 4 double bedrooms with ensuite wet rooms, the 2 larger rooms can sleep up to 4 in each. The large garden has parking for 4 cars lawns, shrubs, sunbathing area and private pool with part covered pergola and BBQ and outside covered terrace. ... more   less 

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