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Overview

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!

Summary:

Beautiful hillside chalet with stunning views over the surrounding Alpine mountains and valleys. The most spectacular of cottage retreats.

Facilities

Property type: Cottage

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
Seats:
Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (This is a quiet retreat - no radio, no television, just a few books and lots of peace and quiet! There is, however, an iPod dock - good music we need!)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking
Pets (Please do confirm this with us prior to booking. Thanks.)

Sports and activities

Fishing
Flying
Horse Riding
Skiing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
24th February 2015 to 31st August 2016 5

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 15%

Extras

Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Short stay weighting All year Booking length: Duration less than 5 days £43.68 per booking

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Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
TomTom Satnav All year N/A £10.92 per week

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Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest bar: 5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest ski lift: 20km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Campoformido Airport: 44.1km
  • Tolmin: 20km
  • Trieste, Airport: 90km
  • Bovec Outdoor Centre: 20km
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport: 120km

Reviews

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29 out of 29 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Sunday 21 September 2014 with Couple
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!
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Stayed Friday 04 July 2014 with 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
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Stayed Wednesday 06 August 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.
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Stayed Monday 07 July 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.
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Stayed Monday 26 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.
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Stayed Saturday 11 August 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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Stayed Monday 09 July 2007
Very nice (small) house in beautiful surroundings. Great view. Quiet. Good 2 p. bed. Delicious wellcome pakket. Clean. Very well equiped (kitchen).
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Stayed Saturday 13 May 2006
We enjoyed every day in the chalet. It was great to sit outside, also we slept so well. It was quit, only the bells of the church ring and the fox visited us at night. We relaxed at the the stay and also we could make a hike every day. Stay there and enjoy too.
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Very well cared for beautiful chalet in stunning surroundings, including a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, spectacular nature, excellent restaurants. Expect to hear the sounds of crickets, cowbells and church bells.
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Ein sehr schönes und ruhig gelegenes Häuschen in den Bergen, viel Platz drum herum, mit einer sehr gut ausgestatteten Küche. Die Einkaufsmöglichkieten sidn etwas entfernt, aber man kann wählen, ob man in Italien "dolce vita italiana" einkauft oder etwas schlichter nach slowenischem Muster in Kobarid.
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My wife, myself, and our adult daughter spent a very happy 6 days in this beautiful house. There is lots to do in the local area, and plenty of good places to eat, but it was quite tempting just so sit on the terrace and enjoy the sun, the view and the silence. Pretty well the perfect place for a restful holiday.
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The property is well equipped and cosy. Ideal for a couple looking for a retreat in a lovely quiet mountain meadow. 10 minutes down winding mountain road into beautiful soca valley and chilled town of Kobarid. Great restaurants in area too. We had a wonderful week in June 2012.
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Das Chalet ist sehrschön gelegen undeignet sich hervorragend als Ausgangspunkt für Kajak, Klettern, Wandern und MTBiken. Auch unser Enkel 19 Monate ist hier aufgeblüht. Der Grill hat uns kulinarische Genüsse beschert. Die Pizzeria in Kobarit ist wirklich gut. Ein Urlaubhier ist wirklich schön und auch günstig.
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So kindly and well taken care of by the hosts from the very first e-mail contact. Expectations were high and surely not disappointed. A well equipped and beatifully located cottage - what a lovely place.
Owner reply:

Lars - thanks a lot for taking the time to enter a review and for your kind comments. We do appreciate it.

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I have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years and this one beat the lot for location, scenery, peace and quiet. The owners email communications were prompt, informative and friendly, and the welcome pack was comprehensive and greatly appreciated: we felt instantly at home. The cottage itself is cosy, comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. There are countless scenic walks, activities and things to explore within easy reach, and although it has a remote feel, you are only a 10 minute drive from a supermarket in the nearest town.
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A great location and a cosy comfortable cottage full of character, warm and welcoming on arrival. Welcome pack exceeded expectations and was a great boost for the first night. Situation means easy access to Italy and Austria with some of Europes best scenery on your doorstep. Whether its a quiet retreat or a base for adventure sports you want we couldnt recommend it more.
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"we all had a really great time at the retreat with stunning scenery, and peaceful location The Retreat certainly lives up to its name. Excellent.
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A fantastic place to stay in a quite and peaceful environment full of great views and beautiful flowers. The "Retreat" is very well equipped and maintained with the stove giving it a special cosy atmosphere especially when there is a thunder storm outside. The welcome-pack with all sorts of food was a nice surprise and very useful because we arrived late at the weekend.
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Unique, idyllic mountain hideaway situated within a beautiful wildflower meadow - great location for hiking and seeing the WW1 history. Felt very welcome with food, walking information, log burning fire and all that we would need ready and waiting for us on arrival! Great value for low season. Recommend with no hesitation.
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the location of the property is wonderful - it really sits on its own in the middle of nowhere with fantastic views of the valleys and mountains. The property itself is small and without mod cons but its cosy and clean and has a lovely terrace and sun loungers! We had a fantastic time and would love to return. Our 4 year old kids loved it too.
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The Retreat is a beautiful, peaceful chalet. No neighbours, and spectacular views. We went for 1 week of our 2 week Slovenian honeymoon, and it was the epitome of relaxation, and peace and quiet. Great location - near several hikes, activities, beautiful villages and towns, and within easy reach of Italy, with Venice only 2 hours drive. The chalet is exceptionally well equipped and the owners were incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and during the stay. We would definitely recommend The Retreat, and are hoping to return there in the future - maybe to see the snow of the Julian Alps.
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We have just returned from 9 nights at the Retreat and I would go back tomorrow if I could. It was fabulous, everything I had hoped for and more. There were just the 2 of us, and we found the chalet to be very clean and well equipped for our needs - and a lovely welcome pack. I had to find a bottle of the same wine to bring home! I always look for the perfect place, and this was it. Quiet, peaceful, not next to anybody else, gorgeous scenery and views and within reach of good places to eat. The only noises were those of the countryside which beats living in a busy city any day. The weather wasnt brilliant during our stay, but we managed a couple of BBQs - perfect evenings. We ate nearby a few times - although you do have to drive about 5K to get to any restaurants. We also treated ourself to a meal in a posh restaurant one night (Hisa Franko s ), which was superb. I cant recommend the Retreat highly enough if you like walking and beautiful scenery and the perfect peaceful location. The locals are so friendly and helpful and everywhere is very clean. I would go back without any hesitation.
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The Retreat is located high above the Soca valley about 10 minutes drive from Kobarid. It is beside a road. The view is out over a side valley rather than the surrounding mountains but is lovely. The garden is not especially private or enclosed but it does get the sun all day and well into the evening. The property has good accomodation for a couple and 2 kids Although the kitchen is small it is well equipped for self catering. The main bedroom is accessed through the smaller bedroom which might be a problem for 2 couples sharing.The stairs are not especially child friendly but can be closed off upstairs with a door. In essence a great location for those wanting to explore the Julian Alps!
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Enchanting. So beautiful with the spring flowers and so peaceful we were immensely sorry when we had to leave.
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I would like to thank you for inviting us to stay at your Chalet. It was excellent value for money. We were quite surprised by the wonderful pack with food and drinks. The Chalet was also very well equipped. The views and scenery were spectacular. We will definitely be back! Thanks again. Stacey & Dave
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A fantastic property in a special location. The accommodation was immaculate and fully equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay in the mountains. A wonderful welcome pack awaited us allowing us to sample some Slovenian delights as soon as we arrived! The surrounding area is stunning walking country and is well served by excellent local restaurants, friendly bars and numerous activity providers. Definately recommend to others, check it out.
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Beautiful setting, comfortable and clean and had everything needed whist on holiday. Excellent, personal and friendly communication with owner. Would highly recommend it.
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A truly wonderful lodge and a truly wonderful setting. The lodge came equipped with everything you could think of. Can't recommend it enough - go along and find out for yourselves!!
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Amazing location. Comfortable, cosy, well equipped.
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."

Owner

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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Located in: Slovenia
Joined: October 2006