|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Hisa Brdo is located in a small hamlet right on the edge of Triglav national park, 2 kilometers away from the village of Grahovo in the picturesque Baca valley which winds its way into the Julian Alps.
The location is ideal for discovering Slovenia as we are located half way between the Soca valley and the Bohinj, Bled lakes. Ljubljana,postojana caves, Skocjan caves and Goriska wine region are all within an hours drive and the coast is only a 1.30 minute drive
The house is situated on 20 acres of forest.
There is a large garden to the rear of the house which boasts several mature apple and pear trees. At the end of the garden, 100 metres below, the river Baca meanders its way through the valley. Directly to the rear of the house there is a herb and salad garden as well as a patio and BBQ area. The first floor has a balcony with another patio area which has spectacular views of the mountains and evening sunset, don't worry if you are busy with the BBQ you can still see it from the lower patio area! You can take a steep walk down through the forest to the Baca River .(only recommended for the fit and adventurous as the decline is very steep) or you can drive there in about 5 minutes Mountain biking, horse riding, hiking, climbing, trekking and fishing are all possible in the immediate area.
Grahovo is a small, sleepy, rural village surrounded by mountains and forestry. It is unspoilt as it is slightly off the main tourist track but still allows you to access all the main tourist attractions and activities.
As regards to things to do in the Baca and Soca Valleys, well, the list is fly fishing (Slovenia is world famous for its paragliding and fly fishing) canoeing, white water rafting, mountain biking, trekking, hiking and hunting to name a few.
If you are less adventurous, this area is steeped in history from the 1st and 2nd World Wars, there are many local walks where you can explore bunkers and visit monuments. You can visit Slovenia's widest tree in the nearby village of Rut. Take more relaxing walks near the house or simply relax in the garden and take in the view. However you choose to spend your time, you are guaranteed to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, flora and fauna of this beautiful area.
I first visited Slovenia 9 years ago on a fly fishing holiday.I fell in love with this beautiful country and moved here( from Ireland) one year later.
I spent the first 4 years renovating Hisa Brdo and now reap the rewards of having time to enjoy this beautiful country.
John Cusack purchased this farmhouse in 2006
The property is located in the beautiful Baca valley which is located half way on the route between the Soca valley and Bohinj and Bled. It is an ideal base for discovering the west and southwest of Slovenia.
The Soca valley is a 20 minute drive away and Bohinj is 25 minutes away if I take the car train. Ljubljana, the capital, is just over an hours drive or you can take the train from Grahovo village ( 2 km).
Being a fisherman, I also wanted to be close to the Baca river and well, in winter I can see the river from my garden. In Summer the forest blocks the view of the river but not the breath taking sunsets as the sun goes down over Italy.
The house has been lovingly restored , exposing and restoring many of the original features and fitting modern day comforts.
The house also boasts a great panoramic view looking west down the valley and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Italian boarder.
Enjoy the sunsets.
My family and I (kids age 21 and 7) spent a week @ Hisa Brdo this summer. We've long looke at Slovenia as a holiday destination and it exceeded even our high expectations. John's charming house had a whole lot to do with it. Secluded, but 15-20 minutes by car to town, with a small village on either direction. An hour to 2 hour drive to just about anything most people would like to see in the region. The century+ year old House is well-updated but has a ton of old mountain area charm. Honestly - there is nothing wanting. Perfect for a family of 4. John was a gracious host and fishing guide for this Rocky Mountain trout bum. The roads are narrow as others have mentioned, and some care (more or less - 'just go slow') needs to be taken, but this little slice of the world is not to be missed. We can't wait to return. I simply can't recommend it highly enough for someone considering a laid back Slovenian mountain holiday.
Spacious updated country home with excellent internet and an owner who was quite responsive. Our only complaint is about the narrow, winding roads in the area. Be careful! Best for folks who want to put their feet up, relax, and enjoy the quiet countryside.
Fly fishing, paragliding and white water sports are the big tourist attractions in this region of Slovenia. For those of you who are less adventurous , there are many hiking trails in the mountains with varying levels to suit everyone. On wet days the museums at Tolmin and Kobarid give visitors something to do and also give you a good insight into the history of the local area ( and there is a lot of history).
Kolovrat open air museum gives you a chance to walk through the trenches of the first world war.There are also numerous bunkers from the first and second world wars to explore .
The local village of Grahovo was also the chosen location for the filming of the first Slovenian movie.
The movie tells the story of rural Slovenia during the WWII occupation . There is a marked walk to bring you to the different filming locations and photos from that period at each location. Amazing how little has changed.
For those you love flora and fauna, well this area is a paradise for you.
Because of the warm adriatic coast being so close, this area has a unique climate with warm mediterranean style summers and alpine winters giving rise to a vast array of flora.
Red deer, roe deer, ibex and wild boar roam the meadows and forests of this area. A typical walk in the forest ( if you are quiet) will normally reward you with a photo of a few deer and maybe ibex. It is rare to catch a glimpse of the wild boar. European black bear ,linx , jackels and even wolves are known to be present in the area at certain times of the year but you need to be extremely lucky to even have a chance of catching the slightest glimpse of these very elusive creatures.
|Stay tax||€1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 7 years.|
Stay tax; 1.26 euro per person per night 7+ years.
A damage deposit of 150 euro is payable in cash on arrival. Refunded in full on departure provided no damage to the property or its contents.
For Autumn, Winter and Spring bookings, there is a 200 euro heating deposit payable in cash on arrival, Oil fired Central Heating( if required) is charged extra on a per cost basis( approx. 1 euro per liter used). You have full control of heating and will only be charged for the liters of oil used.
The balance will be refunded on departure.
Firewood is supplied free of charge.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.