This idyllic property is located on the edge of a typical Karst hamlet and just a short drive away from the Adriatic coast, Slovene and Italian Mediterranean towns and art historical treasures.
The owners of this 200 year old Karst farm (an architect and art historian) renovated the building turning it into a comfortable, contemporary house, whilst respecting its traditional architecture.
The renovation of the house and premises has received critical acclaim in the specialized (architecture) press.
In the villa there's a wide variety of unique memorabilia and antiques, which the owners bought over the years on the Ljubljana and neighbouring regional Italian flea-markets. This handpicked collection gives the house a personal, homey, cozy feeling.
Karst is the plateau region situated east of the Gulf of Trieste. What the Provence is to France, and Tuscany to Italy, Karst is to Slovenia.
The property is located on the edge of a typical Karst hamlet and is composed of two separate houses. Each house is fully equipped, so the two houses offer comfort for two families. The large outside areas (a garden in front of the house which includes a swimming pool, a large stone table, an outside kitchen, a tower with two levels, a lower level garden and a garden on the west side of the first house) are ideal settings both for peaceful relaxation, as well as for social activities and socializing.
On the ground level of the house ,there's a living/dining room with a table for six persons; a fully equipped kitchen (including a fridge, dishwasher, oven,...); and an entrance hall.
On the top level of the house there are two large bedrooms (one with a double bed and a children's bed (mattress length 160cm); the other, with two beds and a bathroom (with a shower, two wash-bowls, and a toilet). Both bedrooms have direct access to a long walk-on balcony and to summer living space the tower.
On the ground level of the house II, there's an entrance hall, a fully equipped kitchen/dining room (including a fridge, dishwasher, oven, dining table for six persons), and a bathroom.
On the top level of the house there is a double bedroom and a large space (a twin bedroom with a living space where the children's bed could be placed if necessary). Both bedrooms have direct access to a long walk-on balcony and to the summer living room at the upper level of the tower.
The tower is connected to the house. It has two floors, surrounded by large glass doors/windows that look out over the hills, and can be opened or closed depending on the weather. You can be inside whilst being "outside" - a wonderful place for relaxation, reading, eating and drinking.
THE EXTERIORS OF THE VILLA & THE LOCAL AREA
There are two gardens on two levels and an additional third garden on the west side of the house with vegetables and herbs garden, and a large wooden table, offering an open view on the adjacent forest and fields. The premises and gardens provide peace and tranquility.
On the upper level there's a wide variety of Mediterranean flowers and plants. A mulberry, walnut and kaki tree, as well as an overhanging vine offer a pleasant shade during the summer heat. Under the walnut tree there's a large stone table for ten persons.
On the lower level garden there's a fig and a kiwi tree, lavender bushes, and an open green grass area.
As a renter of the property you the can enjoy all the 2000 sqm of green surfaces around the property with several different areas for sitting, eating and relaxing.
Recently a private swimming pool (size: 10 x 3 meter; depth: 1.40 meter; disinfection by salt-based electrolysis) has been added to the property. Photos are attached.
There is also a possibility to rent only house II. Please look at the offer: Property 87338.
We felt very privileged to be able to stay in Marjeta and Mladens beautiful home and garden. We arrived to a lovely welcome from them and were made to feel that it was definitely our home for our holiday as they handed over the keys. The house has many lovely objects in it, but not overwhelmingy so. It has the balance just right and is not sterile like many holiday villas. The kitchen is well equiped, the beds comfortable and the bathroom now has a shower rather than bath.
The garden is a wonderful place to relax with several different areas for sitting and eating. There are mature fruit trees, a vegetable garden and herb garden as well as vine covered walkways and seating areas. Another joy is the tower which is connected to the house. It has two floors, surrounded by large glass doors/windows that look out over the hills, and can be opened or closed depending on the weather. You can be inside whilst being outside - a wonderful place for reading, socialising, eating and drinking.
The villa is located a short way from the Italian border, with very easy access to the coast (20-25 mins) and Trieste. There are pine covered hills and fantastic views all around the area as well as hill top villages like Stanjel a short drive away. Llubjana is within easy access due to the good motorway connections as well as the amazing caves of the Karst region. You can also get to the beautiful Soca river or the lakes at Bohinj or Bled within 2 hours. You need your own transport to make the best of the area and to get to the great restaurants that are nearby.
It is definitely a house for relaxing in, but there was enough to do in the area to keep our two teenage boys happy as well as the parents.
Thanks really go to Marjeta and Mladen for making this special house available to rent. We absolutely loved it!
Colin from Weybridge
Stayed Jul 2011
We had a wonderful week in Karst Villa. Saturday started with Marjeta and Mladen making us lunch on our arrival. This was a real treat - we have been renting holiday properties for many years, and this was the first time any owners had made us a meal! It was great to meet them, and to find out what there was to do in the region.
The property itself is very atmospheric. I had wondered why Mladen had shown me the fuse box - but quickly found out that lightening, which is common in the Karst region over summer, causes the fuses to trip. This led to a wonderful evening in the tower room, looking at a tremendous storm over the area.
We had a thoroughly relaxing time in the cottage, while visits to local sites, including a day trip to Venice kept us and our two teenage daughters occupied.
Unusually for us, we would definitely consider coming back to this property - we felt there was much more we could have done in the region.
The summer-house/tower has floor-to-ceiling glass "walls" (on three of its walls) offering a panoramic view on the garden, the fields and the forrest from its first floor/summer living room. On the ground level there's a summer dining room.
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Climbing Fishing Flying Golf Horse Riding Mountain Biking
Sailling Scuba Diving Sports Center Swimming Tennis Water Skiing Wind Surfing