|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
This spacious non-smoking house combines all the comforts of modern living with the unique charms of a historic building that has remained virtually unchanged for over 200 years. While the recent refurbishments mean that groups of up to six will enjoy a most agreeable standard of living, you’ll still feel part of a property that has served generations of Slovenes for hundreds of years.
With the village shop and restaurant close at hand, and being located at the heart of the old town of the village of Zasip, you will find that everything you need from day to day is near by. Just a short drive from the tourist centre of Bled, the house is ideally located for those seeking the peace and tranquility of village life with the added benefit of having the top facilities associated with Slovenia's premier tourist destination within easy reach.
The house with meadow-style garden and south facing balcony, includes two double bedrooms, one usually arranged as a twin, and a spacious attic room with two single beds – ideal for children. Facilities are extensive and include all the mod cons you’d expect from modern farmhouse accommodation. These include a large LCD TV with free cable channels and a DVD player, a stereo sound system with iPod connection and an extensive library containing numerous guides, maps, books and DVDs.
Staying in an authentic farmhouse on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most breathtaking and tranquil regions is a truly unique experience. We’re confident you’ll appreciate it as much as previous guests have.
Child Friendly holidays: The area is particularly suited to young children who will love paddling or even swimming in the lakes. They will especially love chasing the fish that dart around their legs in the shallows of Lake Bohinj.....Exploring the forest paths and mountain meadows is a delight while playing pooh-sticks from the bridge at Ribno is always fun. The local pubs and restaurants welcome younger diners and will usually have high chairs. Since most cook food from fresh ingredients, even the fussiest of palates can be catered for. Which child dislikes pizza ?.... especially when the pizza is so big it doesn't fit on the table (family sized pizza at Pizza Ema in Cesnica). There are numerous well equipped playgrounds for toddlers and many of the sandpits include buckets and spades. The local swimming pools have play pools that are ideal for young children, especially those at Hotel Golf and Aqua Park, Bohinj. The latter has devilish water slides, caves and a climbing wall with splash pool below! For the youngest winter adventurers there are several winter village ski slopes to try out a toboggan or even skis for the first time! The larger resorts have special children's areas too.
Summer activities: The Bled area boasts all the usual lakes and mountains holiday activities, with agencies offering among others: pony trekking, white-water rafting, canoeing and canyoning trips as well as excursions locally and beyond.......The Julian Alps are criss-crossed with paths and attract both ramblers and serious mountaineers alike. Many paths are way-marked so it is easy to find your own routes. Guides are available to escort you on longer treks and up the challenging Triglav - at 2864m - the tallest mountain in Slovenia........Most visitors to the house in summer will at some point take a refreshing dip in Lake Bled. The lake is fed by thermal waters and can reach a very pleasant 24°C by September. Lake Bohinj is a little cooler but well worth a visit....the mountain backdrops are stunning and will take your breath away just as effectively as the cold water. Lake Bled offers scenic gondola and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Late spring and autumn are especially pleasant times for exploring the area's numerous paths and tracks. In spring, before the trees gain their summer foliage, often unseen vista are opened up. In September and early October the spectacular autumnal colours make the area a true ramblers paradise.
Winter is ski time and with several ski areas ( both downhill and cross-country) within 40mins drive there are slopes for every age and ability. For those in search of winter mountaineering, this is the place...the area's waterfalls freeze making low altitude ice climbing an option.
As a structural enginer I have always wanted to either build my own house or do a full-on renovation. When my daughter was born I realised that my available time and cash could both only shrink and that it was now or never!
As soon as I saw Lake Bled and had explored the local area I knew that it had to be now! With spectacular scenery, an understatedly classy feel and outdoor adventures all year round, I knew I would want to keep coming back. On top of that the food was good, the beer cold and the people warm.
With my daughter now 8 years old we have found the area to be great for young children. There are lots of short yet beautiful walks to do in summer, paddling with the fish is unforgettable and in winter the smaller nearby low-level ski slopes are ideal for starting out or having the thrill of a toboggan ride without the need to spend a full day in the mountains. The local pools have great baby areas with warmer water and toys provided. What more could you ask for. Oh yes, Spring is glorious with an explosion of mountain flowers and and kicking through heaps of dry aurtumn leaves is always a wonderful experience.
Stuart purchased this house in 2005
The Alpine Retreat, named by a friend, was the first property I viewed and I immediately saw that it offered me a great opportunity to indulge in my own 'Grand Design'.. Looking beyond its run down condition, I instantly knew the house was special for reasons beyond its age, charm and wonderful location. My neighbours were immediately welcoming, and it is always a pleasure to catch up when I manage to take a holiday myself, but I am sure they thought I was mad for buying such a rundown place. However, after five years of incremental and some quite major works, the interior has been transformed, and I can at last enjoy the house for what it has become. The original rooms have been upgraded whilst maintaining their character and the upstairs area, once open for storing crops, now houses two bedrooms, a bathroom and new windows that have opened up some spectacular views.
I bought the house and undertook the refurbishment with the intention of creating a family holiday home and really only considered renting to holiday-makers after all the hard work was done. So, with all the fittings, fixtures and furnishings, it really is a home from home for all to enjoy.
The warm notes from our guests, of thanks and appreciation of the house and the area, have made sharing our house more of a pleasure than a chore and I think this shows in our personal approach.
We are a family that likes to explore and, remarkably even after years of visiting, we are still discovering new places. Many of our favourites are included in the house folder so our guests can get straight to the local top spots.
We had the best time ever and plan to come back.
Thanks so much for a lovely place in the most wonderful location.
We spent a long weekend in Stuarts lovely remodeled farm house. The house is spacious, equipped with everything one might need. The garden next to the house is a great source of fruits! Bled is just a couple of minutes to drive. But one can start wonderful hikes just in front of the door.
We had no problem whatsoever, Stuart responded immediately and gave us a host of great information about the area, good enough for a couple of weeks stay. We really enjoyed the few days, ready to get more some time!
It was a wonderful stay in Zasip for us. The house ist very nice - a original old house with charme and it is modern and well equiped. The property was clean and it is in a quiet and rural environment. A good place to relax. The position is a vantage point to visit Bled and other nice places in this area
We spent 4 days in this house during xmas holiday.
We were 4 adults and 1 baby (20months) and we stay really well.
The house is big and confortable, with everything we need in! Also for the baby, very well equipped.
The country side around is quite and beautiful.
I would like to come back in summer or with snow all around!
The house was a great place to share with my extended family and friends visiting us through the month of July 2015. Stuart is a great host and organiser. Everything went smoothly and with the least of hassle. The place is well equipped, village is nice a quiet, people friendly and Bled is a walking distance.
This was an amazing family vacation retreat. The house was well-furnished and suited our family of 5 perfectly! We had some difficulties locating the key and had some additional challenges with the wifi, but we were able to resolve both with a quick phone call. The house is located just a short drive to Bled, actually you can walk it in about 30 minutes. There are lovely hiking trails above the house and a great little restaurant as well. Groceries and restaurants are also available within a few blocks in town. The kitchen was very spacious and included all necessary appliances and utensils to prevent eating all your meals at a restaurant. I would definitely recommend this house for families looking for a relaxing getaway...as long as you don't mind waking to the church bells out the bedroom window each morning.
We had a great two weeks staying at the Alpine Retreat in the pretty village of Zasip. Starting with the negative, there isn't much of a garden, but we knew that when we booked so this wasn't an issue for us.
The house was well equipped, plenty of DVDs to watch, a good selection of maps and guides including a number of interesting local walks. We went to Vintgar gorge, walkable from the house. Go as early as you can because lots of coach trips also go there, however the views are worth the effort. We also rowed to the island on Lake Bled, visited Ljubljana, and also went to Kranska Gora.
We also went further afield - to Pula and Rovinj in Croatia, both well worth a visit, and to the Alpine Road near Villach in Austria.
Slovenia is a beautiful country, and there is lots to see and do. Alpine Retreat is a great house, and Stuart and the house manager worked very hard to make us very welcome.
Sited just 3km from Bled, the house , traditionally known as ' Pr Tonco ' (Tony's Place), is well positioned for both lake & land attractions & as a base to explore the further reaches of the Julian Alps. The spectacular Vintgar Gorge is nearby and is easily reached by one of the many well trodden footpaths. Gorgeous Lake Bled is a short cycle away and it is easy to visit nearby Lake Bohinj by car or bus. If you decide to stay put and simply soak up the tranquillity, the balcony offers wide views over the fairytale castle and beyond.
By Slovene standards, Zasip is now a large village and contains everything you might need on a day-to-day basis, including the well-stocked local Mercator supermarket and a friendly pub / restaurant that serves good food and refreshing drink. On the hill overlooking Zasip, Pizzeria Jurcek offers great views of the village and the valley beyond. Directly behind the restaurant is a footpath which leads to the bottom of the famous Vintgar Gorge
Golf: Bled Golf course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe. It is maintained to competition standard, and is located just 5 km away.
Ski: Slovenia has a reputation for winter sports and the area around Bled has numerous downhill ski-runs, cross country ski circuits, a number of ice skating rinks and the largest ski-jump in the world.The ski fields around Bled are most suited to intermediate skiers, however there are enough easy runs for beginners to progress and a few black runs to test the more advanced skiers. Off-piste skiing is possible but the terrain is too exposed to attempt without a guide. Ski hardware can be hired in Bled or at the foot of most ski centres. The nearest resorts include Vogel, Krvavec, and Kranjska Gora as well as Bled's very own Straza ski slope, which is great for children... With several villages having their own smaller slopes it is a great place to bring younger and very young children to play in the snow or to try out a toboggan. Even if they don't take to the snow, the nearby aqua parks are sure to please children of all ages.
Although most of the summer attractions are curtailed by the low winter temperatures and snow cover, it is still possible to go trekking on Icelandic ponies.... The spa facilities of the Golf Hotel are especially inviting in the winter...the outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake and castle is a personal favourite.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Late summer and Autumn
6 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$11 per night, per additional guest|
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$287|
|nightly tax if 7 to 17||A$ 1 per person per night|
|nightly tax per adult||A$ 2 per person per night|
The quote given by Home Away is indicative. I will prepare an accurate quote based on guest numbers and appropriate age-related Tourist Tax upon receipt of a Guest Details Form (which I will send to you) Payment by bank transfer is 25% to reserve with balance due a month before arrival. A 200 Euro damage deposit is left with our local agent (arranged on line) prior to your stay.
** This rate is subject to a per person/per night fee. The displayed price reflects one guest.