Beautiful hillside chalet with stunning views over the surrounding Alpine mountains and valleys. The most spectacular of cottage retreats.
We fell in love with this property at first sight. Tucked away on the slopes of an alpine meadow overlooking the mountains and the beautiful village of Livek, the chalet is an idyllic, relaxing hideaway. Close to the historic town of Kobarid and just 2km from the Italian border, its the perfect place to get away from it all, or to go out and explore.
We have done our best to make the Retreat as comfortable as possible while still retaining that traditional feel. A king size double bed, with pine walls and shutters upstairs, modern kitchen, comfy sofa and Slovenian woodburning stove downstairs. We also include a welcome pack of provisions that will get you started as well as shower creams and all cleaning materials.
Wake up every morning in your own little retreat, step out onto the balcony and soak up the views. Right outside your front door is some of the best and most picturesque hillwalking in the Julian Alps, renowned as much for the low number of visitors as much as their beauty.
It is difficult to describe in just a few words so we have included a video and lots more photos on our website (visitslovenija.eu).
The Soča valley is famous throughout Slovenia for offering the country's most jaw dropping scenery and truly picture-postcard views. It is also renowned in kayaking circles for offering some of the best white water sports in Europe. Nearby Žaga & Bovec (20 minutes) have become thriving outdoor activities centres with almost every imaginable sport available. In summer taking advantage of the beautiful Soča river and in Winter the ski resort of Kanin.
In the other direction you can drive or cycle the Fifty Bend Road to Kranjska Gora or journey to the village of Trenta to see the source of the Soča river.
The area is steeped in history, many of the First World War trench lines ran through the mountains nearby and there is a museum in Kobarid (15 minutes) offering a touching local insight into the period.
An excellent day trip is to travel south to see Slovenias Karst region with its massive underground caves, vineyards and the world famous Lipizaner stud farm - an absolute must for any equestrian enthusiast and a wonderful day out even if you are not.
Or, for something very different, go the other way and visit the stunning towns of Udine & Cividale in Italy. They are within 30min drive from the chalet and give a whole different experience of culture, shops and food.
The unforgettable city of Venice is also less than 2 hours drive away, offering yet another contrasting day out to enjoy.
Livek's alpine location means that a car is a must, but getting there from the airport is surprisingly straightforward. Ryanair fly to Trieste which is an easy 65km drive away. If you want to see some of Slovenia's gorgeous capital first, Easyjet flies to Ljubljana's Brnik daily and the motorway round the mountains means this is only a slightly longer journey. All major car rental firms are at the airport.
HOT TIP: Venice Marco Polo airport is also just 2 hours drive - Venice makes a terrific two-center holiday with this chalet!
A beautiful chalet in breathtaking surroundings (the photos do not do not do it justice!). Perfectly located to explore the surrounding area. Ideal for couples wanting to get away from it all and enjoy beautiful long walks. Well definitely be recommending Slovenia and the chalet to friends and family. Thank you for a lovely stay and the welcome hamper - it was much appreciated and a lovely surprise after a long journey!
Jenny from Milano
Stayed Jul 2014 - Family
We stayed for one week with our 9 month old baby. The cottage is perfectly located for exploring the region. It was extremely clean and very well equipped - we were very impressed. We had a few days of terrible weather and spent these at home. A great place to relax during the rain. Would love to visit again as one week is not long enough! Thank you
Jeremy from Nr Chippenham
Stayed Aug 2008
A real mountain chalet - magical. Great building and fantastic location, vgood welcome pack. Lots of activities in the area, diy walks etc on the doorstep or drive 15mins to Kobarid for rafting etc etc. We did 4 activities with X-Point who were excellent.
Would book again - maybe when there is snow on the ground.
Steven from Portsmouth
Stayed Jul 2008
We loved the our time at the chalet. The location was perfect, extremely beautiful and about half a kilometre from the nearest village. We found it to be very well equipped, and very cosy.
The kitchen was quite small, but it was adequate for our needs, the only thing that may have been useful was a washing machine, other than that it was perfect.
We had an amazing honeymoon there and will definately be returning.
Sybil from London
Stayed May 2008
A wonderfully secluded spot with gorgeous views. This was our second visit to The Retreat which proves we liked it enough to return! It is well equipped and comfortable and well placed for exploring the beautiful landscapes of Slovenia.
lee from cardiff
Stayed Aug 2007
The property was very warm and welcoming with a great atmosphere. Although rural and quiet we found that we were in a good poisiton to visit many places of interest. The welcome pack and information file gave it a very professional feel.
All three family members would use the retreat again!
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3 other reviews
We spent a week at the cottage Livek.
Firstly, we thank the owners for the specific information they have provided us with the greatest kindness.
The retreat is located in an idyllic location. Can not find better in this respect in the Valley of SOCA.
The cottage itself is simply beautiful. This is the "Little House on the Prairie" ... no more no less ...
Its location is also very interesting. A few minutes from Tolmin, Bovec and Kobarid.
This is an excellent accommodation for a family with one or two children away from the roads and of stress and danger.
One word .... Slovenia is a beautiful country where life is good and that we leave with regret.
Thanks to Mr. Musto and his family who have allowed us to live these moments of happiness.
Francis and Nathalie DAUSORT
"A fantastic few days spent at The Retreat. Mountains, snow, sun, fire, warmth, food, water, fish and the breath-taking blue-green Soca River! A beautifully serene getaway in nature - a rejuvenating experience!"
"We've sat on the balcony in the evenings, watching deer, glowworms, some fantastic lightning storms and swifts darting around. We retreated, we relaxed, we honeymooned. Wonderful place, wonderful country."
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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