An old stone tower becomes a small house in Hvar, Croatia

The ruins of a stone windmill, built in 1761, were restored and turned into this small tower residence. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

In 1761, a group of Franciscans built a windmill on a hill overlooking the port on the island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea. The passage of time took a toll on the structure through, and a couple hundred years later the local residents were calling it the Ruina di Molino a Vento. The ruins passed to new owners who restored the tower’s stone base and converted the interior into a small home. It is now being used as a vacation rental.

The ruins of a stone windmill, built in 1761, were restored and turned into this small tower residence. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The tower’s living space is spread over five floors. Rooms are defined by changes in level rather than by walls. The entry door opens to the kitchen, with the dining area a few steps lower. A wood staircase curves up to a mezzanine level, used as a bedroom, before continuing up to the living room.

The ruins of a stone windmill, built in 1761, were restored and turned into this small tower residence. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The only interior walls separate the bathroom from the living room. Above the bathroom is a sleeping loft.

Because it was never meant as living quarters, the stone tower has only small windows. However there is a great view over the old city from the top-level loft.

The ruins of a stone windmill, built in 1761, were restored and turned into this small tower residence. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Aside from the shortage of windows, the tower seems to make a fairly comfortable home, once you get used to going up and down all the steps.

The tower is pretty conveniently located for visitors to Hvar. It is just a few minutes walk from the main square, although it is an uphill walk. You can rent the tower through Airbnb.

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