|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Jasna and other alpine ski centres are just 20 minutes away by car in both directions, the cross country ski routes also doubling up as mountain bike routes in the summer. As the region is built on thermal springs, there is an abundance of spas and water parks, including Tatralandia - the Alton Towers of water adventures - a 30 minute drive away. Hotel Permon, 15 minutes drive, has a large and particularly luxurious spa and swimming pool. Only a few minutes walk are the quaint village of Pribylina and the Open Air Museum, both well worth a visit. The Orensnica restaurant, offering traditional Slovakian fayre is just over a mile away on one of the many trails through the pine forests leading up the mountains. The celebrated 13th century Castle Hradok is found in the next village of Liptovsky Hradok and boasts an impressive international menu in sumptuous surroundings. Nearby Liptovsky Mikulas houses many restaurants and bars and hosts shows and concerts on the town square.
I live in Yorkshire, England, with my husband and our two teenage daughters who, despite the stereotypes, are still great fun. We're quite an active family so Tatras Lodge is perfect on two levels. It's so peaceful, it's the closest we ever get to doing nothing (for nothing, I mean: long lunches on the decking, playing games, paddling in the river, reading several books and drinking wine) and yet this is an activity haven. There's every conceivable winter and summer mountain activity with spas and water parks built on thermal springs in every direction. Winters are snowy, the ski season long and summers hot like they should be (only broken by hugely impressive storms) so the weather never stops us doing anything we planned. Cycling, mountain biking and cross country skiing are on the doorstep. Eating out has become an unexpected pleasure, with local and international cuisine available locally and at a fraction of British prices.
Jackie Buxton purchased this chalet in 2010
We fell in love with Slovakia after stumbling upon it driving over the mountains from Poland. The climate is perfect for winter and summer activities, its history is fascinating, the people are lovely and there's so much to do which is generally at a fraction of British prices.
Tatras Lodge is in Pribylina at the base of the sought after Tatras Mountains. Being a popular ski and summer alpine walking area means its infrastructure and the amenities are great. And yet, as one of an exclusive development of wooden lodges where the gentle Bela and Vah rivers connect, you could be anywhere and certainly can't hear a single car or voice inside or outside of the lodge. For us, it's the perfect combination of peace and convenience - not just for us but for our 15 and 16 year old daughters.
We were involved in the planning and building of Tatras Lodge and opted for large, spacious rooms and three bathrooms (plus an extra cloakroom) to make for a truly luxurious stay for up to 10 people. Being one of only a few of the lodges to lead down to the river edge, and standing on a double sized plot, the lodge occupies a top, exceptionally private spot. Our local contact, and font of local information, oversees every stay and is always on hand to answer all your needs. Free WiFi is now available at the property and we are very excited about the latest addition to the grounds: a barrel sauna.
Arrived at Tatras lodge to be met by Peter who is an encyclopedia of local knowledge. The lodge is huge, spotless and very tasteful yet extremely functional and comfortable. If you rent one of these lodges be prepared...the views and surrounding countryside are stunning, you will be in the middle of nature at its best the smells and noises are fantastic, if you didnt know what real fresh air tastes like just wait till you arrive. You will meet the local wildlife. The lodge is placed perfectly for any option, stay secluded at one with nature or if you choose 15 mins down main road Liptovsky Mikulas, a thriving town full of restaurants, bars, shops and activities for the kids.
The village of Pribylina is a gentle two minute walk with very hospitable locals, shop and a couple of pubs..My recommendations would have to be...the mountain walks, the Ice caves, try the local foods (sheep dumplings are wonderful) beer is CHEAP!!! . My only regret about holiday is not spending enough time there, i will be back. Many thanks to Jackie, Martin and Peter all a pleasure to deal with.
Lake Mara is the local 'beach'. It's a 15 - 25 minute drive from the house, near Liptovsky Mikulas. Pedaloes, water skiing, swimming (life guards), wake boarding and lots of eateries are all available at this large and well-tended lake.
Fly from: many UK airports including London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Fly to: Krakow: 3 hr drive over mountains*, Bratislava: 3.5 hr drive, motorway, Katowice: 3.5 hour drive over mountains*, Prague: 6 hr drive, mainly motorway. Other European destinations fly to Poprad: 30 minute drive, motorway. Train: from UK to Liptovsky Mikulas (15 mins taxi from Pribylina) entirely by train or by car and train using Motorail.
Pribylina: 1 mile; Liptovsky Hradok: 10 minute drive; Liptovsky Mikulas: 15-20 minutes; Tatralandia Water Park and High Ropes Course: 20 minutes; Poprad: 30 minutes; Jasna for winter and summer sports: 20 - 40 minutes; Strbske Pleso for winter and summer activities: 20 - 40 minutes.
For local staples, bar, ice cream, church and internet try Pribylina (1 mile). For large supermarkets, restaurants, bars, sports and shopping, visit Liptovsky Mikulas (20 mins) or Poprad (30 mins). The Open Air Museum (Middle Ages) is a five minute walk and a relaxed half day out. Other museums and sight seeing in Liptovsky Mikulas and the fortified town of Levoca (40 mins), direction Poprad.
Great restaurants can be found in Liptovskyk Hradok (10 mins), Strbske Pleso (20 mins), Liptovsky Mikulas (20 mins). High Ropes courses, Down Hill Grass Tobogganing and Ice Caves are all about 20 minutes away in Jasna. Try rafting down the Liptov river (20 mins) and other watersports Twenty minutes in all directions are spas and waterparks -Tatralandia is good for families (20 mins) and Hotel Permon Spa or Bezanova Thermal Spa for adults (10-40 mins).
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$185|
Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 20% is required to secure your booking. Full payment is required one calendar month before your stay when we ask for a 20% refundable caution (can also be paid on arrival). We welcome all families but please note that there is a nearby river and a small bridge on site. Full terms and conditions available on booking or on request. Prices include bedding, cleaning prior to your stay, electricity and all other amenities.
Changeover day is flexible and short stay (4 nights) and long stays all accepted.
Notes on prices:
Prices range from £695/£820 per week in low/high season based on four sharing and increase to £755/£910 for up to ten people sharing. The 4 night minimum stay is from £495 for four people sharing (low season) up to £635 for ten people (high season). Prices include all amenities, bed linen and towels and cleaning before and after your stay. For different size parties, please enquire.