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Holiday in Slovenia – alpine lakes to snow dusted mountains….

Mountain Retreat in Slovenia

Mountain Retreat in Slovenia

When you’re running through a list in your head of places to visit, a holiday in Slovenia probably doesn’t even feature. But it should! This tiny little country (the population is just 2 million), has a lot more to offer than its size would suggest. Boasting everything from Alpine lakes and snow-dusted mountains to beautiful beaches and lush forests, a holiday in Slovenia really should be on your radar. There are probably a lot of people who don’t even know where it is? The country is bordered by Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary and this is what makes it so special – it combines the Alps with the Mediterranean. So, it doesn’t really matter what sort of holiday you’re looking for, because it’s all here!

Alpine Chalet in Slovenia

Alpine Chalet in Slovenia

Certainly in terms of natural beauty, a holiday in Slovenia is unbeatable.  It is known as an incredibly green country because so much of it is covered in verdant forest, and this makes it the perfect destination for a variety of outdoor pursuits from hiking and cycling to climbing and horse riding. There are also some truly picture-perfect lakes where you can bathe and go boating while you’re on holiday in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj is one of the most idyllic, Lake Bled is 14,000 years old and has an island in the middle with a church on it, and Lake Velenje is the deepest, going down to an almost terrifying depth of 54 metres. The banks of these lakes provide sensational views and abundant picnic spots. The rivers and waterfalls are no less impressive – you could raft down the Soca River or follow the streams to the incredible Karstic caves, of which there are more than 8,000 in total. If you’re looking for natural phenomena, a holiday in Slovenia is the way to experience them.

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled

It would be easy to write pages and pages about the wonderful landscape of this little republic. There are dozens of natural parks to visit, the snow-capped mountains are criss-crossed with walking trails, and the wildlife is extraordinarily varied, from deer and brown bears to the rarer sights of wolves and wildcats. But a holiday in Slovenia offers so much more. Why not start in the capital town of Ljubljana? Take the funicular up to the castle, visit the National Gallery, or just enjoy strolling around the picturesque streets and sitting in the buzzing cafes. Another town worth a visit while on holiday in Slovenia is Ptuj, which has a wealth of medieval history including a castle, monasteries and churches. On the whole, if you’re interested in history and architecture, a holiday in Slovenia is heaven! Sempeter, a Roman-era necropolis is a must-visit and Predjama Castle is one of the most impressive fortresses you are ever likely to see.

Cottage in a vineyard in Slovenia

Cottage in a vineyard in Slovenia

From the mountains of Triglav National Park and the therapeutic thermal springs to the Skocjan Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the palace in Koper, a holiday in Slovenia is full of diverse surprises. You never know quite what you might discover next but whatever it is, it will take your breath away.

Chalet in the Kamnik Alps

Chalet in the Kamnik Alps

Have a look at our One Off Places in Slovenia to be able to experience all of the above!

Treehouses on the shores of Lake Bled, click here.

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled, click here.

Alpine chalet on the edge of the Kalmik Alps, click here.

Luxury mountain retreat in the Soca Valley, click here.

Alpine chalet in the Soca Valley, click here.

Chalet in the Julian Alps, click here.

Vineyard cottage in Goricko National Park, click here.

To see all our One Off Places, click here.

Beautiful Slovenia

Beautiful Slovenia

 

A few juicy little deals for a rainy afternoon….

If you’re someone who doesn’t have to book your summer holiday during school holidays, then read on!  I have three fabulous deals for people wanting to holiday either with pre school children, or without children at all.  If you want to get a group of friends and / or family together, then go in June or September, rather than July & August, and you will save yourself a fortune!

Villa La Lavande is a four bedroom retreat in the Cote D’Azur.  It has huge gardens, several terraces, a private heated pool, sea and mountain views.  The accommodation is spacious and stylish, and the setting is peaceful, yet you are just 20 minutes from the bars and beaches of Cannes.

Villa in Provence

Villa in Provence

It is available from 21st – 28th June at a 30% discount.  Was £3499 per week, now £2449.30 per week.  It sleeps 8 people so at the discounted price it’s under £50 per person per night.

Or consider this exquisite four bedroom villa on the Greek island of Corfu.  Again, panoramic sea and mountain views, a private pool, several terraces, nestled in the olive groves under Mount Pantokrator.  It sleeps up to 8 people in four spacious bedrooms, and is just a couple of miles from the gorgeous coastline.

Villa on Corfu

Villa on Corfu

If you can go last minute, then this is one serious deal!  Available from 6th – 16th June, the owners are offering it at a 50% discount!  Was £3400 for 10 nights, now £1700 for 10 nights.

Alternatively, if you think you might save your holiday until after the summer holidays, then how about heading for this beautifully renovated cottage on a private wine estate in the gastronomic heart of France.  Here, aside from stunning hilltop views, and the opportunity to stroll through vineyards, there is also a pool and a tennis court for the more active guests!

Cottage in the Dordogne

Cottage in the Dordogne

In September / October a week at this lovely house costs just £750.  Go in July and August and you’ll pay £1500!

If you like the look of these, but want to see a greater range of properties, then just visit our website, www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.  You’ll find over 1000 properties ranging from treehouses and glampsites, to luxury villas and manor houses.  All over the world, to suit any size and budget.

A little bit of everything from One Off Places

Happy Friday everyone.  I thought today might be an appropriate day to present you with a fabulous gallery of images.  Not too many words for those of you with tired Friday afternoon brains, just some (very) pretty pictures depicting the scope and variety of properties which we have on offer here at One Off Places.  So without further ado:

So if you’ve lost every inch of motivation you ever had, and are longing for the weekend, then I can guarantee it will come sooner if you spend a little time browsing the One Off Places website……

Happy Weekend!

Converted train carriage on the Sussex seafront

Ever fancied staying in a converted train carriage?  This pair of lovingly restored Stroudley railway carriages date back to the 10th century and were originally used on the London – Brighton line.  Now they are positioned on the seafront in the seaside town of Selsey and have been turned into luxurious accommodation for 8 people.

view-over-selsey hallway

This railway carriage conversion is charming and eccentric, whilst offering some luxurious features, and direct access onto a superb beach and a beautiful part of the British coastline.  Each of the coaches have been thoughtfully adapted and combines original features with cosy and quirky living spaces.  And as for the setting?  You don’t get closer to the beach than this.  You want beachfront?  You’ve got beachfront!

terrace double-room

Inside are four bedrooms – 2 doubles and 2 twins (with bunk beds).  The sitting room has a comfy sofa and TV, there is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, and an eating and sitting area with a log burner and panoramic views.  There is a collection of DVD’s, books, games and toys.  Outside you will find a fenced beach style garden with decking and garden furniture.  The beach itself is unspoilt, and you will often have it all to yourself, even in high season.

kitchen bunk-room

Selsey is six miles south of Chichester and offers a wide range of activities for all ages and interests, from golfing and cycling, to fishing and diving, and all points in between!

door dining-and-views

From £375 – £1000 per week depending on time of year.

To see our collection of train carriages and train stations, click here.