Lilly's Cozy Cove
Croatia holiday apartments
Lilly’s Cozy Cove vacation home was created by a duo composed of a chef/teacher imported from Chicago, and a Doctor of Anthropology/teacher/gardener who grew up in Croatia and lived in the US for 2 decades, before returning back home. The first part of our life partnership we spent in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, and are now realizing our next dream, in a cove of a small village of Tisno on the Croatian coast.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we are following the cleaning and disinfecting recommendations by WHO and the Croatian Agency for Public Health.
At Lilly’s Cozy Cove, we open our door to welcome you into our comfortable and eclectically decorated rooms, with a view to the sea and/or our scented, colorful and bountiful garden for the enjoyment of all of your senses. Our goal is to provide a quiet and relaxing vacation spot for every guest, and this is how we do it.
In the morning, wake up to the lively chirping of the birds. Start your day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, sipped slowly while sitting outside on the balcony, looking out to the sea or our garden buzzing with bees....
The short-term, summer holiday rental on the Adriatic coast in Croatia
Affordable monthly rental during off-season months - September through June (check out our Apartments page for details)
Cooking classes with our private chef Joe, for adults and children, online or live
Home-made meals made by our private chef Joe (check out our Cooking page for details)
Active vacation opportunities (cycling, hiking, and more listed on our Activities page)
Free parking in front of our house
A washing machine in each apartment or available
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Our classically trained private chef Joe, with 35+ years of experience, prepares custom-made meals suited to each individual family. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Perhaps you would like a surprise birthday dinner, a romantic dinner for two, or a family/friends event celebration! We sit down with our guests and hear what they like to eat. We can make a three-course meal, to includes an appetizer, main course and a dessert, served with a bottle of local wine, beer, coffee, tea and home-made juice or herbal tea. All year long we also offer a rotating weekly menu, preparing dishes from around the world. In addition, we make our own artisan bread, cinnamon buns and other baked goods. Our wine and olive oil are carefully selected from a few local producers, and we also have it for sale. Our fresh produce comes from our garden or family farms near us.
PRICE: Breakfast - 8 E/person
Dinner - 12 -40 E/person
Kids Cooking Class
For avid cooks of all ages, chef Joe loves to whip up a cooking/knife skills class or custom-made class series to meet the skill of each young cook.
Each class includes:
Breakfast which includes: egg flipping, measuring ingredients, pancake or crepe making
Home-made herbal juice or tea
Safety and sanitation
Duration: 2 hrs
Gifts: apron, recipe book and pen
Kids need to:
Wear closed-toe shoes
Bring great attitude and desire to learn
PRICE: 35 E/child
Cooking class for adults
We offer live cooking classes at our home kitchen, and online cooking classes for those who love to cook but can't come to Tisno. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/ICookClasses
Each live class includes:
Your choice of a meal: fish (filleting and cooking), homemade pasta, etc
Market trip at 8 am (optional)
A bottle of local wine per family, coffee or tea, and home-made herbal juice or tea
Duration: 10 am to 2 pm
Gifts: apron, recipe book and pen
You need to:
Wear closed-toe shoes
Bring a great attitude and desire to learn
PRICE: 75 E/person
Cycling tour of the island
You need to bring in your backpack:
Beach pad or towel
Your tour package includes:
Daily bike rental and helmet
Tour of Murter island beaches
2-4 hrs of leisurely cycling
Flexible difficulty level
Lunch, coffee or ice-cream stops (Buy your Own)
PRICE: 45 E/person (rental bikes included); 30 E/person with own bikes
Hiking less traveled paths of Krka National Park or Vrana Nature Park
What to bring with you:
Good walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (no flip flops or sandals)
1-2 bottles of water
Your favorite snack
Pack your own picnic lunch
Additional water bottle
Stop for coffee and ice-cream when possible
PRICE (Does not include the park tickets whose price vary by season): 40 E/person for half-day
Full-day, custom-made hikes around less known trails in the Krka National Park are available for 70E/person, to make your life easy as far as parking, and avoiding the crowds.
Our apartments are equipped with clean sheets, towels and kitchen towels for each guest. Each apartment has a wifi, a TV and a desk. For families with small children, we provide bed guard, high chair and outlet covers.
We accept dogs who are well managed by their owners.
Each kitchen has a refrigerator and a stove to give our guests an opportunity to prepare their own meals easily and efficiently. There is also an assortment of gadgets from pots and pans, quality knives and other necessary utensils and condiments (locally made olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar, coffee, dish detergent).
Sun and Sea apartment
This is our 2nd floor, 2-bedroom/1 bath apartment; sleeps a total of 5 (a queen size bed in the master bedroom, 2 single beds in the 2nd bedroom, and a pullout couch in the living room). The apartment has a private entrance at the back of our house and a large terrace with a sea view. The blue and yellow wall colors were chosen to evoke the calming and warm effects of the sun and sea. The bathroom tub with a reclined back is suitable for a relaxing soak with your favorite bath salts.
This is a charming 1-bedroom/1-bath apartment; sleeps a total of 4 (2 single beds, or one king-size bed in the bedroom and a 2-person pullout couch in the living room). The cottage is situated in our yard, behind the main house. Its yellow and green walls resemble the colors of sunflowers, providing a feeling of being in the middle of a sunflower field. Step outside the door into our orchard and enjoy coffee and quiet time surrounded by Nature.
This is our 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment on the 1st floor, with a large balcony overlooking our front yard. The apartment sleeps a total of 5 (a queen size bed in the master bedroom, 2 single beds in the 2nd bedroom, and a pullout couch in the living room). We picked its name and lavender and gray decor colors to create a feeling of serenity, while relaxing out on the balcony or planning your day in the comfort of the living room.
We gladly accept direct bookings. Please use the form below, or contact us through email, messaging, or phone. An additional cleaning charge of 40 E is due at check-in. A damage deposit of 200 E in cash is collected at check-in and returned at check-out after our walk-through. When traveling with a dog, we ask for a 100 E security deposit, returned at check-out after our walk through.
Sun and Sea apartment
Jan - May 60 E
June - June 65 E
July - Aug 160 E
Sep - Sep 65 E
Oct - Dec 60 E
1st Sep - 30th June 650 E
Jan - May 45 E
June - June 50 E
July - Aug 105 E
Sep - Sep 50 E
Oct - Dec 45 E
1st Sep - 30th June 430 E
Jan - May 70 E
June - June 75 E
July - Aug 180 E
Sep - Sep 75 E
Oct - Dec 70 E
1st Sep - 30th June 700 E
Things To Do
Klick on each picture above to see a description of each place we recommend.
Other things Tisno offers, within a 15 minute walk from our B&B:
9. Closest grocery store: Studenac, Djelo and Tommy - hipermarket in
10. Our favorite restorants: Broscica, Tereza.
11. Bankmachines: PBZ, Erste, ZABA
12. Doctor's Office, Tisno Pharmacy, Murter pharmacy
13. Post office
15. Scuba diving center Tramonto
16. The Garden Music Festivals
17. Fresh produce and fish market in the old town (June-August only)
18. Tourist office - right before the bridge
19. Taxi Transfers - right before the bridge
20. Currency exchange office
21. DSR Adria Sport bike and paddle board rental and windsurfing school
22. Mare Boat rental
23. Ice cream shop Valentino
24. Kids' playground
25. Sport field at the Tisno elementary school
The following instructions can be seen on each photo by clicking the forward arrow above.
Our house is located in a quaint village of Tisno, near Šibenik. Tisno is partially located on the mainland and partialy on the island of Murter. Our B&B is on the mainland. Traveling by car, we are 3.5 hours from Zagreb, an hour south of Zadar, 1.5 hours north of Split, and 3.5 hours north of Dubrovnik.
We are about 50 minutes from the Zadar airport and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Split airport.
From Split or Dubrovnik, take higway E65, which is a 4-lane road, except the last 1/3 of the way, when it turns into a 2-lane road. This section can be slow moving, turning a 3.5 hour trip into a 7 hour trip. A plentiful of coffee shops and restaurants in the small towns along the way offer pleasant break spots.
Croatia has an excellent intercity bus system. Check out https://getbybus.com/en/ for intercity bus destinations.
To get to us by bus, your destination city is either Sibenik or Vodice.
From Sibenik, a local bus drives into Tisno several times a day. Ask us for the local bus schedule!
Visiting Krka and Plitvice National Parks by bus
With GetByBus https://getbybus.com/hr/ you can take a day trip to see Krka National Park, and then another bus to the Plitvice National Park.
Another way to get to Plitvice National Park is by bus from Zadar.
Check out http://www.croatiaferries.com/italy-ferries.htm. The closest ports to us are Split and Zadar.
Our Sustainability Commitment
We believe in sustainable living, eco-tourism and life choices that minimize our impact on Nature.
We focus on buying less, reusing and repurposing. When we buy, we choose items that last longer and can be recycled.
Our house is insulated to help reduce heating and cooling cost and make our guests' stay cozy and comfortable.
Our apartments feature comfortable beds, dressed in 100% cotton linens and washed with a fragrance-free detergent.
We rely on natural light, passive solar heat and Dalmatian breeze to keep us cool during the summer months. Our three apartments have heating and cooling. We suggest to our guests to set the thermostat to more energy-efficient temperature levels.
We use LED lights and outdoor motion lights.
We minimize our use of plastic, encourage our guests to drink tap water and recycle. Each apartment has a mixed recycling bag.
We compost and feed our garden soil microbes. Each apartment has a dish with a lid under the sink for composting.
Each apartment has fabric grocery bags and upcycled produce bags for our guests to use instead of plastic bags.
Get in Touch or Book Directly
+385 91 280 2236 Laura or +385 91 230 4415 Joe