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The property is completely embraced by the intimate forested hills that form the unique region of Haloze. This small Slovenian gem is as yet undiscovered and virtually unspoilt. The hills are dotted with small vineyards and ancient forests giving it an intoxicating loveliness that you will find hard to forget. There is a gentle deception of complete isolation but no more than 10 minutes by car brings you to the village of Podlehnik and the main road for either Croatia, Austria, Hungary or the capital Ljubljana, Ptuj, Maribor, Koper and Trieste. Ideal for people who love walking cycling or hiking, Or perhaps you just want to relax and soak up the beautiful views and listen to the sound of nature. Lavender House Haloze is built into the hillside with two levels. The first floor; living room and kitchen are open plan. The living space has a sofa bed, two comfortable arm chairs, coffee table, radio/CD player and a DVD player with screen and selection of DVDs A fitted kitchen area with combined electric/gas cooker, hot and cold water, fridge, extractor, work surface, table and chairs. There is a shower room plus sink and beday all with hot and cold water. Separate WC. A small utility room with washing machine and clothes dryer.
In the lower floor there is two bedrooms. First bedroom has a double bed and a set of bunk bedside tables, lamps, chest of draws, wardrobe.. The second bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables and wardrobe. One bathroom with a shower, washbasin with WC. The bedrooms are on the lower level accessible via an external staircase We are pet friendly and we can supply pet beds, pet blankets, food and water bowl. Haloze is an endlessly green kingdom of serenity and beauty with a landscape of fairy tale castles, ancient woodlands, divine wines with special people, seemingly possessing a soul which never leave visitors indifferent. On foot or by bike. Whichever option you choose you cannot choose wrong. Haloze was made for wandering on her slopes, hills and valleys slowly on foot or slightly faster and with more effort by pedalling a bike. Many tourist farms and wine shops are located along these routes. Some of them offer tasting and enjoyment of home made specialities, from bread and meat, from tünka to wine, cheese and much, much more The hiking paths in the region offer ideal conditions for walking in the natural environment and among kind people. One of the most popular paths is undoubtedly the Haloze hiking path passing through communities of Zavr?, Cirkulane, Videm, Podlehnik and Majšperk and the castle of Borl all the way to Donacka mountain. The entire path is marked by red-and-white carnations and is divided into four stages; each stage requires 3 to 4 hours walk
Only 20 minutes from the house will bring you to the oldest town in Slovenia town, Ptuj. This lovely old town has 2000 years of history with its Romanesque and medieval architecture. Strolling through the old town it's easy to feel a connection with an age long past. But it's a town for people of all ages and tastes with many café/bars, restaurants and a large variety of shops and supermarkets. Ptuj also has the largest Terme (thermal spar and water park). The river Drava runs along the southern outskirts of the town and from Ptuj castle you will see the hills of Haloze in the distance.: Ptuj, wine cellar archives with the oldest Slovene wine from 1917, imposing castle above the city cultural and historical sights in the immediate vicinity: Mithraic temple, Dominican and Minorite monastery.
The Ptuj Lake is the largest artificial lake in Slovenia. In the summertime you can rent kayaks for rowing at Ranca, go sailing on the lake, or enter the sailing school. On city holidays you can compete in the traditional 'Ranca' boat competition on the Drava River. They also give lessons on the weekends to all ages As well as a good selection of local organised recreational activities, hiking and cycling are very popular throughout Slovenia with many choices of mapped routes( and we can supply you bikes). Guests at the thermal baths and wellness centre of Ptuj,(which is the largest in Slovenia) can enjoy themselves in four outdoor pools with a wave machine and a waterslide as well as two indoor pools with a whirlpool and hydrotherapy.
Horse Riding; Whether you are an experienced rider or riding for the first time, riding through beautiful clearings and around the hillsides of the town, riding on the bank of the river Drava or in a horse-drawn carriage, are activities that should not be missed. Horse-riding clubs and some tourist farms offer the opportunity to ride horses whether you are a professional or a beginner.
Boating/Water sports; Ptuj's lake is the largest artificial lake in Slovenia. Its surface measures 4,1km2. In summer you can rent a kayak or rowing boat by the lake in Ranca or even sail on the lake, either alone or by registering at the school of sailing. Just a short walk from the old town is the golf course, which is special for its diverse grounds and numerous water obstacles. The course extends over 50 hectares and is well known for its green plots and water features One of the best courses in Slovenia. The golf course has a lot to offer; from its demanding 18 holes to the beautiful surroundings, including a magnificent view of the townscape Tennis; Ptuj and its surroundings have a large selection of tennis courts, all in good condition and close by Ptuj's thermal baths.
Jurjev sejem (George’s Fair) opens the season for traditional fairs in Ptuj. It takes place on the streets and squares of the town on April 23. There are approximately 150 manufacturers and sellers from all over Slovenia that gather on this fair and offer a great variety of products. On this day a Medieval market is also organized.
Ožbaltov sejem (Oswald's Fair) takes place on the streets and squares of the town on August 5. This is also the day of the Ptuj Municipality, so there are many organized events all over the town.
Katarinin sejem (Catherine's Fair) takes place on the streets and squares of the town on November 25. There is the largest number of sellers offering the greatest variety of goods at this very fair. This is also the fair where second hand goods are mostly traded.
Cvetli?ni sejem (Floral Fair) In spring and in days before November 1 two floral fairs take place in Ptuj.
Pustni sejem (Carnival Fair takes place in days before the Carnival and during the Carnival. The date is determined according to day of Shrove Tuesday. Usually it comes after the Candlemas, which falls on February 2 every year. The goods offered are carnival accessories and decorations. In December there is also Christmas and New Year Fair. You can visit the stands with dried fruit, Christmas decorations and holiday gifts. There are numerous airports you can choose from to reach us. Graz 1hr 30mins, Ljubljana 1hrs 30mins, Klagenfurt 2hrs and Zagreb approx 50 mins.
Bedroom one has a double bed/
Egyptian cotton bedlinen,
chest of draws, and large wardrobe and bedside tables with lights, full length mirror.
Book shelves and books.
Bedroom two has a double bed. Egyptian cotton bedlinen, wardrobe, bedside tables with light, full length mirror.
Book shelves and books....moreless
Spring/Summer 2015 Apr 7 - Sep 30, 2015 1 night min stay
€95 Fri, Sat, Sun
Autumn 2015 Oct 1 - Dec 14, 2015 1 night min stay
€85 Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas 2015 Dec 15 - Jan 4, 2016 4 night min stay
€130 Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
Two people sharing get a special double-bed room rate - just €210 per person per week!
There tourist tax of 1.euro per person in Slovenia payable on arrival.
Deposit of 25% required to reserve all booking.
Payable at time of confirmation of booking.
And the other 75% paid in full six weeks before time of arrival.
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We think that when you arrive in Haloze you may not want to wander far, but in case you do we are ideally located for many possible day trips both in Slovenia and and to the nearby countries Hungary, Croatia and Austria.
Here are just a few examples.
Maribor is the second largest town in Slovenia - 30 minutes drive from the house.
Celje, in the Savinjske region - 40 minutes drive.
It was originally a celtic town built where two rivers meet and is a gateway to the heart of the Kamniške-Savinjske Alps,where can be found Logarska Dolina noted as one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the whole of Europe. Celje Old Castle is well worth a visit, especially during one of the many events held there during the year.
Ljubljana, the capital - 1hr 30mins drive.
Because of its architectural beauty, Ljubljana is still considered to be a hidden gem of Europe. Its has a picturesque castle with views and the river Ljubljanica, with attractive bridges and old embankments, passes through the centre. There are many bars and a Sunday market along the embankment. Like any capital there are many sites, activities and entertainments for all.
Note, that Slovenia has a reliable and economical rail network and all the above are easily accessed by train from Ptuj.
Croatia -Literally 10 minutes drive to the border - (you will need your passports).
Zagreb, the capital - about 45minutes drive, where you can explore virtually all of the main architectural and religious sites by foot plus a nice shopping centre. Very popular with tourists.
Varazdin - about 45 minutes. It's an attractive old town, noted for its baroque architecture and is a prestigious centre for baroque music with events organised through September, can't say we've experienced it but apparently the night-life in the city is something else.
Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park - around 2 hours and a half drive. Its jaw dropping and not to be missed! (We've been 3 times). Its aptly known as the 'fallen lakes', with seemingly endless cascading water falls. There are bordered walks and a pretty boat trip from one section to another. Take a picnic.
Graz is about 80 minutes drive. This is the second largest city in Austria with an architectural centre dating back to the 13th century and has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1999. With an extensive shopping area,many restaurants and an extensive events calender, it is well worth a trip. Also easily accessible by train.
Klagenfurt is about 2 and half hours drive. It is located on the eastern edge of Lake Wörthersee and is known as the 'Rose of Lake Wörthersee'. A very popular holiday destination for Austrians offering a huge number sporting and recreation activities as well as regional food and night entertainment.
Klagenfurt has an international airport (good prices) and it might be worth considering it as your entry point into Slovenia and as your first or final visit.
Hungary - about 1 hour to Lendava in Slovenia, just on the Hungarian border. Lenti is a small relaxed town just a little further inside Hungary with history dating back to medieval times. Its noted for its Thermal bath and St George Energy park and famous throughout Europe for its medicinal water used in treating skeletal disorders. Lenti is a gateway to Hungary should you want to explore further.
Most of our suggestions here are from our own experience of visits and of course you can find many websites with much more information on these places.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Chris and Una met some years ago in Cambridge UK, Chris being a school teacher with a love of drawing and painting, Una working in the care sector with a love of nature and a more traditional way of life. Both realizing that they shared the same dream of one day changing their lifestyle, trying something new, learning new skills and leaving the hustle and bustle of a demanding city life. Una touring around Slovenia on holiday with her sister stumbled upun Haloze, so taken with its unique natural beauty immediately fell in love, arriving home to tell Chris that she had not only found their new home but had purchased it in the lovely hills of Haloze. Chris and Una moved to Slovenia in 2007 and through all the trials and tribulations of a new life have not looked back since.
Why the Owner Chose Podlehnik: Haloze is one of driest regions of Slovenia topped with one of the lowest crime rates in Europe it is so easy to enjoy long sunny days, spectacular Autumn time, snowy white Winters followed by the beautiful blossom on the wild fruit trees growing freely around her hills and valleys.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Built into the hillside with spectacular views all around, offers an intimate experience of Haloze and its inhabitants. Sitting on the large covered veranda observing the wildlife in the forested hills, admiring the small local vineyards. Walking around the tops of the hills looking down into its valleys filled with flora and fauna is a delight. For more adventure, hiking into the ancient forests with the small streams and brooks is a magical experience for all to enjoy.