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Sub-Mediterranean Garden Estate, Panoramic Views, Pool, Art Courses, Sea 25km - Stylish Rural Apartment 1 - Semi-detached House

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 75 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights



Stylish Rural Apartment 1 - Semi-detached House

Mali raj pod kostanji 1: Semi-detached house with panoramic view on the medieval village of Stanjel. 75 m2 of comfort for 4 persons. Big living-dining room with chimney stove, stone wall and sofa, fully equipped kitchen (washing machine, disher, microwave, oven, cooker, fridge and freezer, toaster, electric kettle, coffee-machine), 2 bedrooms with wooden floors (double bed and 2single beds), WC and Bath/WC (shower, bidet, hair dryer), roofed and furnished patio (10 m2), sunloungers, gas barbecue. Central and floor heating, air-conditioning, Broadband LAN, WLAN, SAT-TV, DVD-Hifi-Tower. Joint use of our solar heated and roofed family swimming pool for free (May through September). Rent-a-bike (6 trekking bikes) and renting of our small Oriental wellness oasis with whirlpool and Turkish shower (December through February). Individual art courses.

About the property


MALI RAJ POD KOSTANJI: 'Little Paradise under the Chestnut Trees': Karst estate on a sunny terrace with two generous holiday apartments separated by a distance of 50 m, for 4 resp. 5 persons each, rambling Sub-Mediterranean garden estate with old stock of trees, panoramic view on the medieval village of Stanjel and the Karst, art gallery, indivdual art courses for guests, meeting room for art courses/group activities, solar heated and roofed saltwater pool (May through September), small Oriental wellness oasis with whirlpool and Turkish shower (December through February), Rent-a-bikes, broadband WLAN/LAN.

Both holiday apartments can be rented together or separately. For lovers of nature, art and gardens, who seek relaxation and creativity. Great for extended families, friends sharing, art courses/group activities. All year round perfect for hiking, bicycling, experiencing art and nature, tasting of Karst wines and specialties (air-dried ham). Only 25 km from the Adriatic coast (Trieste, Sistiana). Pets on request.


The Karst is a sparsely populated plateau (300 - 400 m above sea level) at the northeast edge of the Gulf of Trieste at the border between Slovenia and Italy. Pristine nature and a characteristic stone architecture with narrow old towns and paths lined with stone walls are the main features of the Karst. Famous are his wines, specially his dark red wine Teran (Terrano) and his old varieties of white wine like Malvazija (Malvasia) and Vitovska. A special feature is also the Karst ham dried in open air, the so-called Kraski prsut (Prosciutto), as also other types of dried meat.

The Karst is the sunniest area in Slovenia during November through March with even more sunshine hours than in Portoroz (Adriatic coast). The annual sunshine duration is 2250 h, between 100 h in December and almost 300 h in July.


The entire garden of sub-Mediterranean plants extends on several sun terraces directly below the former estate of Max Fabiani (mulberry) in upper Kobdilj. The cultivated ornamental plants garden (5,000 m2) with over 100 different varieties of roses, oleanders and many other ornamental plants, features its rich trees (chestnuts, walnuts, laurels, palms, figs, cypress trees, olive trees). The mostly fenced ornamental garden is adjacent to another non-scale natural forest and natural grassland plot (17,000 m2). The garden offers numerous panoramic views on the sparsely populated Karst with its vineyards, dry meadows and mixed forests, as well as on the opposite hill with the medieval village Stanjel. Painting and photography in the garden are possible.

The ornamental plants and also the art gallery have been introduced in several magazines and media in Slovenian and English language. In 2008 the first programme of the Slovene national television filmed a 20-minute programme about the garden and the art gallery which has been aired several times since.

Our heated and roofed famliy swimming pool can be shared by guests from the midth of April to the midth of October daily from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. (use at their own risk!) - no chlorine odour as it is run by saltwater, poolsize 8 m x 3.5 m, depth 1.6 m, roman stairs, pool roof made of polycarbonate.


We offer individual art courses for small groups for up to 4 people - exclusively for our resident guests. Compose your art course individually by comprising up to four different half-day and one-day course modules (renewable as you wish):

• Acrylic

• Collages with various materials

• Graphics - aluminum engraving

• Graphics - Linocut

The rate for one-day courses (2 x 3 hours) is: € 60 for a single person, € 100 for 2 p., € 140 for 3 p., € 180 for 4 p.

The rate for afternoon courses (1 x 3 hours) is: € 30 for a single person, € 50 for 2 p., € 70 for 3 p., € 90 for 4 p.

In addition, we also offer half-day art and craft courses for our youngest guests aged 6-12 years (parents are also welcome!).

The rate for afternoon courses (1 x 3 hours) for children is: € 30 for a single child, € 50 for 2 p., € 70 for 3 p., € 90 for 4 p.

We supply course tools for free and course material at cost.

For detailed information on our range of art courses please contact us on our homepage.


The Karst is a true cycling paradise - and that almost the whole year through. A dense and well-preserved local road network with little traffic invites you to explore the rich cultural landscape and nature by bike.

Kobdilj is a good starting point for a variety of family-friendly routes, which run on the Karst plateau, with its gentle hills and only small differences in altitude. They are ideal for cyclists who want to explore the countryside at their own pace and without too much effort. For more sporting cyclists there are both shorter and longer round trips from Kobdilj to the hills at the northern Karst edge with stunning views on the Alps and the Adriatic with differences in height of 500 m (1h-4h return). If this is still too little you may drive from Kobdilj on scenic back roads to the pre-Alps and ride up straight 1,000 meters (5h-6h return) or perhaps you would prefer to ride just to the nearest Adriatic beach at Sistiana mare (I ) (3 hours return).

For resident guests we rent bicycles with helmets for 5.00 EUR/day. Altogether there are available six trekking bikes with 21 gears (3 men's bikes, 2 ladie's bikes and 1 youngster bike).


Resident guests who wish to fill up with heat in the cool season and to fully relax, can on a exclusive basis rent our little oriental spa oasis. On slightly more than 20 m2 the oriental flair of the wellness area with Andalusian tiles, Venetian plaster and Arabic ornaments will enchant you in a different world. The hot spa with 28 massage jets, a starry sky with 200 twinkling 'stars' and the large open Turkish shower for two people will help to revive your spirits.

The Oriental Wellness Oasis with the associated dressing room is at disposal of our resident guests from December to February daily between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.. The rent for 90 minutes of exclusive use of the wellness oasis for an occupancy of up to 4 persons is 25.00 €.


The meeting room we rent also to our resident guests for various group activities (seminars and various courses). The daily rate is € 30. In the meeting room are two large pull-out tables with 12 chairs.


We organise also a visit to a local wine cellar with wine and sparkling wine tasting (also dark red Teran sparkling wine). Tasting of homemade air-dried meat specialties is included.

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Britta Höschele
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, german, slovenian
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About Britta Höschele

Britta Höschele was born in Stuttgart in 1965. After graduating from secondary school she studied horticulture. Until 1990 she worked in a number of nurseries in the Stuttgart and Munich areas, gaining a wealth of experience in designing and landscaping ornamental gardens.

In 1990 she moved to Ljubljana with her husband-to-be. In Ljubljana she led several creative workshops for children and published a book and a calendar of children's crafts.

In 1997 she moved with her family to the village of Kobdilj (Stanjel) in the Slovene Karst region. At first she devoted herself primarily to the challenging task of restoring an old farmhouse and old furniture, and putting in a submediterranean-style garden. More recently, she has worked as a self-taught artist, in painting and printmaking as well as children's illustrating. For that purpose she likes to collect a variety of natural materials.

To date she has had five solo exhibitions in Slovenia and Sweden.

IN the last years she has been guiding weekly arts and crafts workshops for pupils from the 1st to the 6th class at the elementary schools of Stanjel.

2004 she and her husband opened up an art exhibition and sales gallery and ornamental garden.

Since 2007 resp. 2010 she has been running two stylish rural apartments and guiding individual art courses for holiday guests.

She is the mother of a twenty-three-year-old son and sixteen-year-old daughter.

Britta Höschele purchased this apartment in 1997

Why Britta Höschele chose Slovenia

It is one of the very rare old estates in the sub-Mediterranean south-western part of Slovenia with sunny, open location, mature trees and surrounded by a large plot (over 2 ha). Therefore, it was possible to restore the farmhouse completely (house and art gallery) and to build two new outbuildings in ancient karst-style, in which since 2006 (Apartment 1) and 2010 (Apartment 2) two very spacious rural holiday apartments are accommodated, each with its own private part of the garden and panoramic terrace. Therefore it was also quite easily to integrate a heated outdoor swimming pool with sliding roof within the large ornamental garden (3000 m2) in 2006, which is at disposal of the accommodated holiday guests.

What makes this apartment unique

Fully equipped rural holiday apartments in a Mediterranean style with modern equipment (air conditioning, floor heating, wireless broadband), large garden paradise with many hidden corners, numerous benches, extensive rose bloom in May and June (over 100 different varieties of roses, mostly old roses), panoramic views, several sunny garden terraces, heated outdoor pool from May through September, wellness oasis with whirlpool from December to February, small seminar room and atelier for holiday guests, art gallery, individual painting and art courses for holiday guests and tourist support of holiday guests with many sightseeing and excursions advices, including organized wine tastings (and sparkling wine tastings) ...

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Der Mietpreis gilt bis 4 Personen, incl. MwSt., Kurtaxe, Bettwäsche, Handtücher, WLAN, Strom, Heizung, Endreinigung, Poolbenützung.

Rental fee is for up to 4 persons, incl. of VAT, tourist tax, bedding, towels, WLAN, electricity, heating, final cleaning, use of the pool.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Sežana

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    WC - toilet
  • 1 WC on the groundfllor (kitchen, dining room, living room, terrace) 1 Bath/WC with shower, bidet, sink on the first floor (2 bedrooms, balcony) with floor heating, towel heating and infrared lamp.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
  • Broadband internet access by LAN und WLAN in the apartment and WLAN in the garden.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
The common room (33 m2) for art courses/group activities is equipped with two big extendable tables with 12 chairs and a big sliding panoramic door. All information about the equipment of the apartment, instructions for various devices and important phone numbers is stored in a file. There are also information and tips about local attractions, restaurants, shopping facilities..



Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Trieste (TRS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Vipava, Senozece
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Crni vrh nad Idrijo
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Sistiana mare (I)
Car: recommended

The garden estate is situated on a sunny terrace in upper Kobdilj at the end of a cul de sac. It takes a 15 minutes pleasant walk by foot to medieval Stanjel on the Fabiani trail. The nearest Adriatic beach is at Sistiana mare (I) - 30 minutes away. It takes 30 minutes to the famous caves of Skocjan (UNESCO WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE) and Postojna, to the Stud farm of Lipizzan horses in Lipica, to the old town of Trieste & Miramare Castle, the Rilke path at the Duino Castle, 1 h to Ljubljana, Piran, Aquileia or Grado, less than 2 hours to Venice, the Soca Valley or the Lakes of Bled and Bohinj (Julian Alps).

In the village you can buy local wines, sparkling wines (also dark red Teran sparkling wine), honey and other local products. We organise also wine degustations incl. tasting of air-dried meat products (air-dried Karst ham). In neighbouring Stanjel there is a food store and butcher (fresh bread/rolls daily, fresh meat from local farms). Nearby there is also a farm where you can buy organic vegetables directly. In the surrounding villages there are numerous inns and and farms with catering, offering local dishes and wines.

Other Activities: Exploring of the flora and fauna of dry meadows

Golf: The next golf course is at the Stud farm in Lipica reachable in 25 minutes by car.

Ski: The nearest smaller ski resorts Crni vrh nad Idrijo and Kalic (near Postojna) are 45 minutes away, the main ski resorts Krvavec, Kanin-Sella Nevea, Vogel and Kobla are 90-120 minutes away. It takes 2 hours to Piancavallo.