For the first time, guests are now able to sleep within a 15th century monastery in Croatia that was once the home of Franciscan monks. Accessed by ferry from Dubrovnik, LOPUD 1483 is located on the northernmost tip of the Croatian island of Lopud, in the heart of the Elaphiti islands, between Kokocep and Sipan.
The property’s name not only references the island it was built on but the year in which it was constructed. An enclosed sanctuary, the medieval fortified monastery has been restored over the last 20 years to retain its integrity and authentic feel.
LOPUD 1483’s 12 former small monk cells were converted into five-bedrooms, equipped with 21st-century technology and amenities. The dwelling now provides a perfect balance between contemporary comforts of a modern home, within an authentic historical setting for unique holidays and retreats in a tranquil setting.
Guests are able to live in the manner of great art collectors, with the Thyssen-Bornemisza family over four generations amassing an amazing collection that spans the 13th up until the 21st centuries. The collection was said to be the largest after that of the Queen of England’s.
Affording amazing views over the Adriatic and the surrounding islands, the property’s gardens feature over 80 species of plants inspired by the Franciscan monks’ traditional knowledge of medicinal plants. Wide lawns are dotted with olive and lemon trees, while a wooden deck has been created for guests who may like to soak in the sea views or practise yoga as the sun rises.
In addition to the one-hour public ferry from Dubrovnik to the island of Lopud, a speedboat transfer from Brsecine can also be arranged.
LOPUD 1483 is available to rent as exclusive-use until September and then available on a per suite basis in October, and at the start of the 2021 season in May.
Buy-out rates for all five suites, sleeping up to 10 guests, start at €10,000 per night on a Full Board basis, with a three-night minimum stay required. In May and October, individual suites are available to book from €1,400 per night.
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