Hotels in Slovenia

Vila Lavanda, Istrija

A personal recommendation: we spent a week of our 2009 summer holiday here, and loved every minute.

House and the pool
House and the pool



The ground floor of the building is open(ish) plan, and comprises a lounge with a large, comfortable sofa, TV and a wood-burning fire, a dining area that will seat up to six, and a well-equipped kitchen.

The upper floor has two large double bedrooms, one of which has a single day bed, suitable for a fifth person. All of the upper rooms overlook the large garden, which in turn has marvelous views of the surrounding olive groves and vineyards. In fact, on a clear day, you can see the Adriatic. A major feature of Vila Lavanda is the swimming pool - not huge, but perfect for a 'proper' swim or a bit of a splash-about. There is also a little pool house, which includes a shower and toilet.

The house isn't 'season dependent': as well as air-conditioning for the summer months, there is under-floor central heating to keep you snuggly warm during the autumn and winter (although when we were there at the end of October, we got a tan!).

Around and about

For those of you who want to kick back and relax, Vila Lavanda is probably all you need. We, on the other hand, sometimes think we want to laze around... but curiosity always gets the better of us. So, for those like us, there's plenty to do and see.

The pretty coastal towns of Piran and Portorož are a short drive away (not places you'll want to stay in mind, but nice to visit), and the port of Koper is even cloaser. Watch out for the fish restaurants on the front in Piran: very tempting but very naff food. The coastal hinterland is gorgeous - full of vineyards and olive groves - go for a nice walk or drive through the hills and down to the coast.

Working up an appetite

  • Olive picking. One or two days in November, Bojan can arrange olive picking on his own grove, or others nearby.
  • Grape harvest from September to mid-October - pick grapes, drink wine, eat, sleep. Repeat. Marvelous.
  • Wandering: Vila Lavanda is about 300m up above the Dragonja River Valley (a national park), so there's plenty of scope for ambling - both horizontal and vertical.
  • Sailing in the Adriatic can be arranged on various sizes of floaty things.
  • Full day trips can also be made to the Postojna caves, while Ljubljana is just over an hour away on the motorway.
We guarantee the best rates offered by the hotel, at any time of the year.

Cottage, 2 - 5 persons, 135 - 272 euros/night.

Minimum stay: 4 nights.

Price differences depend on season:

Season A: 1,900 15/07/15 - 31/08/15
Season B: 1,715 30/06/15 - 13/07/15; 01/09/15 - 07/09/15; 22/12/15 - 04/01/16
Season C: 1,210 02/06/15 - 29/06/15; 08/09/15 - 28/09/15
Season D: 1,010 28/04/15 - 01/06/15; 29/09/15 - 02/11/15
Season E: 950 07/01/15 - 27/04/15; 03/11/15 - 21/12/15
Price includes Cleaning on departure, linen and towels, water and electricity, use of swimming pool, A/C and heating and welcome pack. Tourist tax.
Price excludes Hire of beach towels (for the pool)

More than welcome - one of the bedrooms has an extra little single bed, and a cot can be arranged.

Please note that the pool is not fenced!

Minimum Stay Four nights
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In brief...

Self Catering

Price/night per: night

Euros: 135 - 272

Minimum stay: 4 nights

Fully-fitted kitchen

2 double bedrooms

Large lounge

Swimming pool

Large garden


Local meats, cheeses and wines and oils available

Wine store

Refurbished traditional house

Pretty decor

AC and central heating

One bathroom to two bedrooms, so family or close friends!


Rolling hills



Wine tasting



Ljubljana: 90 min

Trieste: 70 min

Venice: 130 min

Zagreb: 160 min


Lake Bled: 100 min

Postojna: 50 min

Skocjan Caves: 40 min

Kobarid: 120 min

Ljubljana: 80 min

In the summer, shorts, frocks, T-shirts, sandals (or sturdy shoes or boots if you're off walking), something warmer for the evenings and something waterproof in case it rains. In winter: wrap up!

More than welcome.

is open all year.

Summers are warm - July and August are the hottest months, with daytime temperatures around 25C, while during spring and autumn you can expect around 15-20C.
Winters can be very cold indeed, with deep snow sometimes between December and March.

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Vila Lavanda, Istria

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