Nestled on the edge of Slovenia’s beautiful Triglav National Park, and minutes from Bled, the Farmhouse offers stunning scenery and all kinds of outdoor activities.
Our village of Bohinjska Bela sits between Bled and Bohinj meaning that when you don’t feel like lounging in the Farmhouse’s orchard or admiring the views from the balcony, you are perfectly positioned to choose between cafés, romance and history or nature, sports and tranquility.
Coming back to Bela after a day out and about you’ll find everything you need during your stay. The local shop stocks all the essentials (including some very good local wine and beer), there are a couple of lovely village pubs and the restaurant down the road does genuinely great food.
Bled (6 minutes), famous for the its beautiful, island church surrounded by a crystal lake and overlooked by a thousand year old castle, has been Slovenia’s most popular holiday destination for generations. Cafés and shops surround the more popular areas of the lake but you wont need to walk far to find a quiet spot all of your own. Boats trips are available out to the island where you can climb the ninety-nine steps up to the church and ring the bell for to ensure a future of prosperity and good fortune. There is a golf course nearby with a spectacular mountain backdrop as well as very cheap scenic flights just down the road. If you want to stay on the ground but still get a different perspective, head up the hill to the castle, soak in the magnificent views and dine in the excellent castle restaurant.
Bohinj (20 minutes) is the name of the large lake that sits below Slovenia’s highest mountain (Mt Triglav) in the middle of Slovenia’s largest National Park. Planning in this area has been strictly controlled and the lake and surrounding mountains have escaped the over-development that you see in so many of Europe’s other, formerly beautiful Alpine destinations. As well as magnificent hill walking and mountain biking, there is “an almost ludicrous range of activities available” [Times Online]. Slovenia really does offer almost every outdoor activity imaginable.
The owners of Farmhouse Katricnek (Ralph & Jo) live on site, so are on-hand to help with advice and recommendations.
THE FARMHOUSE- Apartment 2
This apartment has an amazing upper floor beamed living room with great views down the valley and large opening doors to fully enjoy that view. It has a double bedroom with full size double bed and a shower room.
All our furniture is of the highest quality our double beds are king size (no fighting over duvets in our house) and to make your stay as comfortable as possible we provide big fluffy towels, cosy robes and slippers for Winter and include all kitchen & bathroom essentials and offer an optional Food Starter Pack of locally sourced essentials (local bread, ham, butter, milk, eggs, orange juice, coffee, wine & beer).
THINGS TO DO
Enjoy our outdoor solar heated pool, or just relax in the garden and soak up the views.
In terms of outdoor sports we can help you organise more activities that you can shake a stick at. From rafting and biking to paragliding in the summer to snowshoeing and ski touring in the winter, there are qualified instructors for every outdoor activity available. You can book in advance through us to guarantee your place (and avoid constantly having to put your hand in your pocket when you get there) or you can keep it flexible and we’ll help you arrange things once you arrive.
For climbers or those who want to give it a try, the Farmhouse really offers something special. The village of Bohinjska Bela is surrounded on the North side by a thirty-meter high cliff face and our garden backs directly on to a section of the cliff. You can climb in the privacy of back garden, (routes from 6a-8b) minutes from your own bathroom and without having to carry kit for miles, or you can stroll up through the village and enjoy one of the best climbing areas in the country (routes from 3 to 8b+).
Bled has one of the best golf courses in Slovenia. An 18 hole Kings Course (Par 73), plenty of T-offs, great surroundings, well stocked pro shop and a lovely restaurant. Prices from €60 (Sunday rates).
There are many ski resorts in this area, the closest is just 10min drive away with a full day lift pass costing just € 15. All are low key, friendly places where you can enjoy your skiing with no queues and no fuss. We can arrange all kit and passes for you in advance, so you are good to go as soon as you get here. Dont even need to hire a car if you prefer.
We booked the upstairs apartment because it seemed ideal for a couple, and it was located in a small quiet town. This turned out to be a reality. We knew we had picked a good spot when we began to contact Ralph before we arrived. His e-mails were friendly and helpful. We were worried about not having a car, but this turned out not to be a problem. The bus service was excellent. and we could get to the hikes we wanted to do easily. Our favourite hike was the "loop" to Lake Bled and back. The book Ralph and Jo have in the apartment was excellent to explain the hikes nearby. The pizza place near the bus stop was great for a beer after a day of walking we also enjoyed the food and atmosphere (picnic tables outside). The apartment itself was very nice, and had everything we needed. The view (as many other reviews mention) was gorgeous. We were also worried about being in a building where other apartments were located, but, again, this was not a problem. We didnt hear anyone else, and we felt we were in a very private space. Ralph and Jo obviously know how to treat people. They were always available for questions, but they left us alone unless we needed them. Jo was also very kind about acknowledging our anniversary, and this help make this stay even more special. This stay has really encouraged us to find apartments when we travel in the future.
Eija from Nurmijärvi
Stayed 07 Jun 2010
We really enjoyed to be there. Apartment was nice and clean and functional.
David from Bloomington
Stayed 19 Oct 2009
This apartment is a great place for four to six people to stay. Its newly remodeled and in great condition there is a lot of privacy. The village is picturesque and convenient to both Lake Bled and Lake Bohijn. The kitchen and dining area are comfortable and well-equipped, and the living room upstairs provides a great gathering place. The owners have thought of everything the visitor might need, so this apartment made for a great place to stay and visit Slovenia and the mountains.
Alistair from London
Stayed 04 Aug 2009
The property was in a lovely location with wonderful views and everything was as described. The only slight niggle was that there was no washing machine in the apartment (though there was a dishwasher).
Josephine from CAmbridge
Stayed 16 Aug 2008
Lovely views, very nicely furnished accomodation, very helpful local agent, lots to do in the area. Slovenia is beautiful and perfect for families.
Thomas from Brackley
Stayed 06 Aug 2008
Clean, good quality furniture and fixtures, tasteful decor and bed linen. Plenty of cooking utensils although oven/grill would have been very useful. Fridge too small for 4 people. Welcome pack disappointing, bread not fresh, processed cheese and salami, UHT milk etc..not as anticipated.
Outside area was not as described, jacuzzi not operational or screened off and area at rear of property clearly work in progress (Borut explained how situation would be improved for 2009) ..also useful to advise future clients not to venture further up grass verge and into neighbouring back garden (occupant less than impressed with our presence)
Due to tight luggage restrictions most guests would rely on the regular provision of fresh towels and given that there are no laundry facilities the towels need to changed more often.
Overall the holiday was extremely enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing..loads to do..Push the range of family activities in Bled, Bohinj etc..more.
The prospect of a Wellness centre does not, in our opinion add to the ambience but a utility room with washing/drying facilities and or/ games area with table tennis table/ badminton would.
Great location..Borut v helpful will come back again and again.
Always good to have feedback so many thanks for that. Im very sorry the welcome pack wasnt up to scratch. Weve made some changes and hope youll be more impressed next time. Apologies also for the jacuzzi issues, were wrking on getting that sorted out.
Laundry is an issue other guest have mentioned to us as well, understandably as luggage restrictions get tighter and tighter. There will be a washer/ drier in the wellness centre when its completed. Interesting to hear youre unenthusiastic about the wellness, the games area is a really good one. Table tennis, might be tricky but a badminton set, swingball (or whatever they call it these days) and so on would be easy so well get that sorted out asap.
Thanks again for the feedback and Im glad to hear that despite the problems you enjoyed your stay.
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2 other reviews
lovely village just 5 min outside of bled. awesome landscape around with lots of possibilities, like hiking, visiting lake bled, lake bohinj or the soca river. better than a stay in the touristy bled. small supermarket and two restaurants nearby.
the apartment (#3) offers everything you’ll need for a good holiday: fully equipped kitchen, whirlpool, swimming pool, plenty of helpful information like maps and hiking books. everything is absolutely clean and nearly unused. enjoy the fabulous view from the living room!
the owners are extremely friendly and helpful in every situation!
just try it, I’ll go there again definitely!
Beautifully decorated...very warm and welcoming. Wonderful, quiet location. Owners were very kind and helpful. Nothing but great things to say about our stay!
Outside swimming pool (summer only).
FREE UNLIMITED WIFI and CABLE TV are provided so that you never feel too far from home.
In the GARDEN there is loads of traditional RUSTIC SEATING as well as a large ORCHARD and GRAPE VINE to provide healthy snacks off the branch in case you over indulge on sausages and burgers.
About the owner
Visitslovenija is run by husband & wife, Ralph & Jo, who live themselves at the Farmhouse near Lake Bled. This is our 6th season and we believe some of the best accommodation available here in Slovenia.
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