Hotel San Rocco Istria
Brtonigla (Italian Verteneglio) is a little village nearby Buje, in inland Istria — a calm, rural region renowned for its truffles, wine and olive oil, however still just about three miles (five kilometers) from the shore. San Rocco sits on the border of this village, its terraces cascading softly down from the outside patio chairs to a sizable outdoor infinity pool, overlooking old olive groves and gardens.
Style & personality
Little, intimate and family run, San Rocco unites a bucolic setting and legacy features with lavish guestrooms plus a gourmet restaurant that’s a destination in itself. Beautiful stone walls, original old wooden beams and polished wooden floors set the mood for a room that you need to linger inside, surrounded by exquisite gardens. Food is an essential component of the San Rocco encounter, with an emphasis on Slow Food and nice dining, paired with a wine list containing about two hundred wines, along with the best olive oils that are nearby.
Service & amenities
Service is quite great, and the staff and owners are friendly, welcoming and helpful. San Rocco includes a beautiful garden with big outdoor infinity pool. The health facility has a Finnish sauna, small indoor pool overlooking the gardens, and outdoor massage loggia. Free wine and olive oil tastings (generally about once a week).
San Rocco has 14 double bedrooms, superbly decorated with polished hardwood floors and first wood-beamed ceilings, and information like exposed rock walls and wrought iron gratings. Large, very comfy beds. Bathrooms have either a walk-in bath or tub with shower. Views from the tranquil gardens (but no balconies).
Food & beverage
San Rocco’s restaurant includes a pleasant standing for its exceptional cuisine. Dishes are prepared with the best seasonal and local components — out of entrées like scallops with black truffle, or Istrian shrimps on broccoli with homemade ricotta, to polenta with wild mushrooms and scallops, or boškarin beef fillet with white or black truffle. There’s also a seven-course degustation menu (HRK 460/#52), along with a superb wine list.
San Rocco generates its own olive oil, in the surrounding olive groves, which can be found for sale and is very excellent. Crisp white tablecloths inside, and a patio outside overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. The breakfast is great, with a buffet (not the broadest selection) along with eggs and omelettes made to order, also enjoy dinner can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the patio. Member of Association des Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, also recorded in Gault Millau.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $119 (#100) in low season; and out of $189 (#159) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Hotel guests enjoy a 10 percent discount in the restaurant and in Primizia. Much, much greater value and in a totally different league compared to the majority of the big hotels on the shore.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Accessibility for wheelchair-users is restricted to the rooms at the home building, which has a elevator; chambers at the adjoining construction are only accessible by stairs. 1 room is designed for guests with disabilities.
Yes, but keep in mind that the restaurant is called a silent, gourmet place for fine dining. San Rocco also possesses Primizia, a little, welcoming konoba (trattoria) at the middle of the village, which serves exceptional and incredibly reasonably-priced Istrian dishes in a relaxed, homely setting — even more convenient for kids.
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