Our Lake Skadar Activity Base

Welcome to Villa Miela


Villa Miela is the base for our media-acclaimed hosted activity holidays and specialist breaks at Lake Skadar National Park. A beautifully renovated farmhouse with swimming pool, owned and operated by us, it is the best reviewed holiday accommodation in the area on TripAdvisor  and the Lonely Planet’s “Top Choice” of places to stay.

Exclusively for guests on our group activity holidays, its panoramic views and prime location offer easy access to the lake’s southern and northern shores as well as Virpazar’s restaurants and shops. Villa Miela is ideal for families, couples, solos and small groups. Make new friends as you share facilities like the well-equipped kitchen, terrace, pool and yoga deck!

Rudolf Abraham, award-winning travel writer & photographer, writes: “I can genuinely say there’s nowhere I’d rather stay in this beautiful little corner of Europe than at Villa Miela. Emma and Ben are fantastic hosts, the villa is gorgeous, and Lake Skadar and its surroundings really do offer some of the most gob-smackingly beautiful scenery this country has to offer. This is Montenegro at its very best.”

Please note: we do not offer accommodation-only stays – Villa Miela is the base for our lake activity holidays.

At a glance

  • Sleeps 8-10 with 2 double, one twin and one 4-bed bunk room, each with private bathroom
  • Swimming pool and orchard gardens
  • Co-living with shared guest kitchen and living room with TV, DVD and book library
  • Free WIFI
  • Incredible mountain/lake views
  • Large terrace with gas barbecue, sun-loungers
  • Yoga/chill deck with hammocks
  • Boules court
  • Two minute drive or 20 minute walk to the lake shore
  • 30 minutes from the coast
  • Free use of mountain bikes
  • Exclusively for our activity holiday guests

Traditional charm

We spent two years renovating this centuries-old farmhouse and adapting it for modern life, completing the project in 2010. Local people tell us a famous Orthodox saint by the name of Sveti Stefan Stiljanović was born at our villa. It’s certainly fit for a saint now! Be charmed by original character features like metre thick stone walls to keep you cool in the Mediterranean summer, or the stone archway downstairs, once used for fermenting wine and hanging smoked hams.

Modern comforts

With four tastefully decorated bedrooms (each with private bathroom), Villa Miela can sleep up to 10. Exposed stone details and wooden ceilings and floors add to the charm, with locally produced, handmade bedspreads and bathroom soaps also handmade from olive oil. Stunning views are offered up by each bedroom and the open-plan living area. The modern kitchen comes equipped with washing machine and dishwasher and the villa also has free WIFI access.

Amazing views

The villa’s 40 square metre terrace is perfect for dining, sunbathing, reading a book or even spotting eagles hunting on the rocky outcrop above. The panoramic views take in the coastal mountain ranges of Sutorman, Bješkeza and Lokvica, the historic fortress of Besac, Crmnica Valley (one of Montenegro’s most famous wine-producing regions) as well as the lakeside village of Virpazar and the lake itself beyond.

Surrounded by nature

Relax on the sunloungers and drink in the views over the forested hillside! Beyond the terrace, you will find extensive grounds, ideal for kids and adults alike to explore! Discover Villa Miela’s natural spring for a refreshing drink, find wild tortoises in the garden and walk around our orchard where you can pick figs, plums, cherries, mulberries pomegranates and walnuts right off the trees (depending on the season).

A pool with a view!

Enjoy the amazing views from Villa Miela’s swimming pool! It is quite simply the perfect place to relax after an adventure in the National Park or on a day free of activities. Grab a sun-lounger and listen to the best soundtrack this planet can offer – the sounds of nature, the cicadas chirping and the bird-song which emanates from all those trees around us. Temperatures are ideal for outdoor swimming from May through to September.

A great place to chill out

Get closer to nature with our new yoga deck! Nestled in among the walnut trees is our most recent addition – a wonderful, shady chill-space with bean-bags, hammocks and yoga mats ready for you to use. During the spring it’s mostly for our yoginis – but it doesn’t hurt that in summer it’s quite literally the coolest place to hang out!

Idyllic location inside the National Park

Villa Miela is located in a gorgeous spot, clinging to Mount Sutorman in the middle of the picture above. Due to the natural flooding phenomenon Lake Skadar experiences every winter, expanding its borders by some 200 square kms, most properties here are located up in the hills. The lake itself is within easy reach, with central lakeside village Virpazar, its bars, restaurants and shops just a two minute drive, five minute cycle or 20 minute walk away. Villa Miela is also a mere 30 minute drive to the coastal resorts of Bar and Petrovac, 45 minutes from Budva and 1 hour 5 mins from Kotor. It’s also just two hours from the skiing resort of Kolašin.

 

Villa Miela photo gallery

 

Villa Miela Holidays

Man on an activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar

Multi-Activity Lake Skadar - 7 days

Kayaking, hiking, wild-swimming and lots more at stunning Lake Skadar!
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Happy family laughing as they walk through an isolated waterfall we have found on our guided tours.

Family Summer Multi-Activity - 7 days

A multi-active mountains adventure for families with super-active younger children!
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People on a yoga holiday in Montenegro participating in a yoga workshop outside on a wooden deck at Villa Miela near Lake Skadar

Yoga and Multi-Activity - 7 days

Daily expert-led yoga sessions and multiple activities around Lake Skadar!
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Montenegro Birding - 7 days

Enjoy an incredible week bird-watching in Montenegro's untamed nature!
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