Countryside house for sale in the hills of Varaždinbreg, north Croatia
Ref: 0734 Jovanka
The large number of enquiries we receive are from people looking for a mid-sized house in a quiet rural setting but close to shops, schools and all the city amenities - at a good price. This is one of those.
The upper floor day room has a lot of wood! The floor has solid wood parquet, even the ceiling! The large twin-glazed shuttered windows face south (left) and west (opposite), both have beautiful views. This is the largest of the upper floor rooms and is currently used as a lounge/dining room.
The entrance door shown leads directly onto the upper floor terrace. There is a hallway (not shown) leading to the main entrance door of the house.
There are electric points, TV and telephone connections. There is no heating on this floor, this property has always been used as a summer dwelling although an as-yet unused chimney is available for a solid fuel boiler/stove. The adjacent roadway recently been re-surfaced and we understand a new connection to the town gas service will follow soon.
The second upper-level room is of good size and is suitable be used as a bedroom. The current owner has moved away recently hence the house is not now used as sleeping accommodation.
The twin glazed windows have external wooden shutters (as have all of them) which are effective as sun shields and add security to the property.
In common with the whole upper floor, the decor is simple and clean, the floor has solid wood parquet. There is ample room for a double bed plus storage cupboards/wardrobes.
The third upper-level room is smaller but is of adequate size to accommodate a normal single bed plus cupboards/wardrobe.
The simple clean decor is continued here as is the solid wood parquet flooring. The twin-glazed shuttered window faces north.
The kitchen is small but can be used as a dining room (as shown in the photo).
The design is old fashioned but everything is clean, in good condition and in working order. Everything is electrically operated.
The twin-glazed windows have external wooden shutters and face west, directly onto the upper floor terrace.
In summary - the upper floor can be regarded as a two-bedroom apartment with a day room, kitchen and bathroom. The lower level is not connected internally to the upper level although there are several options to achieve this should you wish, either within the building or by enclosing the existing external stairway.
The lower floor contains a large day room (shown here) plus two good sized internal rooms without windows.
The lower floor day room has a doorway leading direct to the lower shaded west facing terrace. It has two external walls which are shaded and two internal walls, this keeps things much cooler during the hot summer months and is consequently a popular place to be between May and September. Ceramic tiled floors add to the cool feel of the room.
The twin-glazed windows face south and west, both have external wooden shutters and both are shaded by the upper terrace. In keeping with the upper floor, the decor is simple, clean and has an airy feel about it.
One of the two chimneys are here, this one is fitted with a cast-iron solid fuel burner which is more than sufficient, even during the cold snowy months. If you wish to make this house into a full-time residence, it may be advisable to install central heating which can be fired by solid fuel. The area is due to be connected to the gas mains but we do not know when that will be.
This room is a large space and is homely and comfortable and could be regarded as additional living space to the upper level.
The lower level also contains a rudimentary small kitchen. It is the local custom to spend the hot summer days in the lower level so such kitchen facilities are a common feature of country dwellings. It could, of course, be converted to any function to suit your purpose.
Most of the north facing wall is below ground, hence the twin-glazed window is located high on the wall. This is also part of the design to aid summer cooling.
A door leads from the lower level day room to this large underground room. It is noticeably cooler than the rest of the house although its location also means it maintains its temperature year round.
This is where the wine making was undertaken. The current owner has stopped wine making activities and now sells the grapes to local producers.
This is a large space and is dry, many owners nowadays put washing machines and other household utilities in such rooms.
The large double doors shown lead to a further underground room, the wine store.
The deepest room in the house is completely underground and currently houses the wine barrels and wine making equipment. The constant temperature is a must for the fermentation process.
The upper level terrace runs the complete length of the south facing (shown) and west facing sides of the house. If you like sunshine, you'll have plenty of room to soak it up here, read the papers, do a crossword, drink beer ....... This is core to the countryside lifestyle.
Oh the stress of life!
With about 1.5 acres of land, covered as it is with vines (foreground) and fruit trees (behind the vines) plus a vegetable garden (not shown), there's plenty of space to indulge your gardening and/or agricultural or horticultural interests.
This image was taken at about 1/3rd of the way down to the bottom of the land, there's plenty more below.
We saw apple trees, pear, plum and a number of others which, I'm ashamed to say, I don't know.
This is the view of the house and the top section of the garden taken from the next lane. It shows the general context of its location in the hills of Varaždin (Varaždinbreg = hills of Varaždin). The city of Varaždin lays in the valley beyond, the distant hills are the start of the Alps in Slovenia. Ski resorts are a just a couple of hours away by car.
Tens minutes away in the opposite direction is the town of Varaždinska Toplica (Toplica = spa) where a major hot water spa and hotel resort is located. Several pools of various types and temperatures and a comprehensive health and fitness centre provide a great time for the whole family.
Twenty minutes away is Varaždin, a sizeable regional capital where all the amenities of a metroplitan centre are available.
Viewed from about 1/2 way down the garden looking back towards the rear of the house.
The small shelter is used as a wood store for the solid fuel furnace. There's plenty of wood to be had and pre-chopped wood deliveries are a common feature here
The steps up to the main front entrance door.
The lane/roadway is immediately to the left
The lower level terrace leads off to the right.
An attempt to show both south and west facing upper level terraces.
Layout and orientation from an aerial view.
Upper level floor plan.
Lower level floor plan.