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Sub-Mediterranean Garden Estate, Panoramic Views, Pool, Art Courses, Sea 25km - Stylish Rural Apartment 2 - Penthouse

Bedrooms 2
Space 100 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Stylish Rural Apartment 2 - Penthouse

Mali raj pod kostanji 2: Penthouse-apartment with panoramic view on the Karst. 100 m2 of comfort for 5 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 3 single beds), 2 Bath/WC (shower, bidet, hair dryer), roofed and furnished patio (20 m2), sunloungers, gas barbecue. Central floor and wall heating, air-conditioning, Broadband LAN, WLAN, SAT-TV, DVD-Hifi-Tower. Joint use of our solar heated and roofed family swimming pool for free (April to October). Rent-a-bike and renting of our small Oriental wellness oasis with whirlpool and Turkish shower (December to 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, meeting room for art courses/group activities, solar heated and roofed saltwater pool (April through October), small Oriental wellness oasis with whirlpool and Turkish shower, 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 and includes the shared use of ICT equipment (laptop with internet connection, LCD projector, scanner, printer, WLAN). 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 April to October, 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 5 Personen, incl. MwSt., Kurtaxe, Bettwäsche, Handtücher, WLAN, Strom, Heizung, Endreinigung, Poolbenützung.

Rental fee is for up to 5 persons, incl. of VAT, tourist tax, bedding, towels, WLAN, electricity, heating, final cleaning, use of the pool.


Accommodation and facilities for Stylish Rural Apartment 2 - Penthouse in Sežana

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Badezimmer 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Badezimmer 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • Floor and wall heating, infrared heater and hair drier.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Schlafzimmer 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot
    Schlafzimmer 2 - 3 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
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 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 seminar room (33 m2) for art courses/group activities is equipped with two big extendable tables with 12 chairs and a big sliding panoramic door. Beside a projector, scanner, printer and laptop with internet access the guests can use upon request also a printing machine for printing of graphics and painting easels. 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 & tips about local attractions, restaurants, shopping facilities...


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Stylish Rural Apartment 2 - Penthouse
average rating of 4.875 based on 17 reviews

clean, cosy and friendly

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly and helpful people. The house is clean and cosy.

The garden is beautiful and the swimming pool is well-maintained.

The property is close to the coastline, the capital and the famous caves.

I would certainly recommend this to my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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ein kleines Pardies

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben wunderbare 3 Urlaubswochen im kleinen Paradies unter den Kastanien verbracht. Die Wohnung wurde vor ca. 5 Jahren im Karststil mit viel Liebe neu erbaut. Sie ist groß, sehr ansprechend eingerichtet und die Ausstattung bietet alles, was in einem Urlaub einmal benötigt werden könnte. Der Garten ist wunderschön und weitläufig, im Pool hatten wir an unseren „Ausruhtagen“ viel Spaß. Britta und Eric sind sehr nette und aufmerksame Gastgeber, die eine Menge guter Tipps für uns parat hatten. Auch unsere Kinder haben sich sehr wohl gefühlt und die beiden sofort ins Herz geschlossen. Slowenien selbst erhält von uns eine klare Reiseempfehlung. Die Lage der Wohnung ist ein optimaler Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge. Wir haben das Gestüt in Lipica, die Höhlen von Skocian und Postojna, die Höhlenburg Lueg, den Triglav Nationalpark, Ljubljana und die Weinregion Goriska Brda besucht. Selbst Ausflüge nach Piran und Portoroz an der Mittelmeerküste sowie nach Venedig waren an einem Tag machbar. Kulinarisch hat das Land auch einiges zu bieten. Die Küche ist einfach, fleischlastig und würzig aber nicht schwer. Die Zubereitung der Speisen sehr schmackhaft und die Bedienung in den Restaurants haben wir fast immer als äußerst freundlich und zuvorkommend erlebt. Mit nach Hause nehmen mussten wir den köstlichen Karstschinken. Es gibt außerdem sehr leckeren Rotwein (Teran) und Likör in der Karstregion, Britta und Eric können hier einen sehr guten Weinbauer im Ort empfehlen. Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt und möchten gern wiederkommen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Urlaub wie im Paradies

  • 5 of 5

Wir, eine Familie mit zwei Kindern und Hund, verbrachten herrliche Ferien in dieser wunderschönen Ferienwohnung.

Besonders gut gefallen hat uns

- die saubere, gut ausgestattete und schön eingerichtete Wohnung in ruhiger Lage mit der großen überdachten Terrasse mit Blick weit hinaus ins Tal;

- der wirklich einzigartige, parkähnliche Garten, in dem man wunderbar entspannen konnte, während die Kinder im 30 Grad warmen Pool planschten;

- die gute Lage - von Kobdilj ist man in einer Stunde an der Küste und in einer guten Stunde in der Hauptstadt ist - wenn man nicht ohnehin im Karst bleibt, der viel Schönes zu bieten hat;

- die netten Vermieter, die uns so manchen guten Tipp gegeben haben, sei es, was Adressen für gutes Essen oder tolle Wanderungen im Karst betrifft;

- die nahegelegenen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in Stanjel.

Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wunderschönes Anwesen, das zum Verweilen einlädt. Die Wohnung ist sehr geschmackvoll, großzügig und mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet und ausgestattet. Die Terrasse mit Blick auf den Garten und die schöne Landschaft ein Traum. Britta und Erik sind extrem nett und hilfsbereit. Wir haben uns bei Ihnen sehr wohl gefühlt und wollen wiederkommen. Eine Erinnerung haben wir in Form von Brittas schöner Kunst mitnehmen können. Das nächste Mal werden wir weniger Ausflüge machen, um einfach dieses paradiesische Ambiente zu genießen!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfekt ausgestattete Unterkunft mit traumhaften Blick und eigenem Gartenanteil

Alles sehr sauber und gepflegt

Vermieter sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und Weitergabe von guten Tipps und Ideen/Unterlagen

Wir empfehlen die Unterkunft- ohne wenn und aber- sehr gern weiter

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Wohnliche, sehr ansprechende Unterkunft

  • 5 of 5

Auch wenn Anfang April noch kein Frühling war, sondern Regen und eisiger Nordwind (Bora) vorherrschten, haben wir (2 Erw., 2 Jugendl.) uns in Kobdilj richtig wohlgefühlt. Das Haus ist mit Sorgfalt und Geschmack eingerichtet, es fehlt nichts. Die Betten sind bequem, die Bäder sauber und funktional, die Küche komplett ausgestattet, und die Fußbodenheizung sorgt auch bei kaltem Wetter für angenehmes Klima. Die warmen Farbtöne von Boden, Balkendecke und Möbeln, der Sinn für die lokale Tradition, das liebevoll ausgesuchte Geschirr und viele praktisch durchdachte Einzelheiten machen den Aufenthalt zu einem Vergnügen.

Aus den Fenstern blickt man auf den mit kunstreicher Hand angelegten Garten und über die weite Karstlandschaft. Das ganze Anwesen ist eine lebendige Verbindung von Natur und Kunst. Ruhe und Erholung stellen sich wie von selber ein.

Britta und Erik sind freundliche, kenntnisreiche und sehr hilfsbereite Gastgeber. Wir fühlten uns auch persönlich gut aufgehoben.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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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.


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