Eco-friendly family house in southern Slovenia, near Adriatic sea, Alps, Italy

Eco-friendly family house in southern Slovenia, near Adriatic sea, Alps, Italy


Jun 2015

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Situated in a beautiful old village of Osek, our house offers great hiking, cycling, paragliding, fishing and other leisure options, including superb wine & gastronomy. Set amidst the Vipava valley, a picturesque wine region of Southern Slovenia, the 140m2 house comfortably sleeps 5 people, offering you a quiet, lush garden, including own organic vegetables and fruit -- and plenty of birdsong! Besides a healthy, children-friendly village atmosphere and easily accessible wild mountains, you can also explore dreamy villages or enjoy both old and modernist towns, as well as several sea and river beaches.

The 110-year old stone house has been completely rebuilt and refurbished in 2014 along our own "eco-minimalist neo-rural" style, using pure natural materials. The interior is mostly made of stone or larch and oak wood (oiled), however the house is fully equipped with modern amenities: all domestic appliances (except microwave), broadband wi-fi (incl TV), a vintage-style kitchen, set into a single-space 45m2 living room (incl. a toy-corner) with 5 south-facing windows and a big terrace door, all without too much furniture (natural wood only).

The house has 2 bathrooms, a 45 m2 children-room attic space, a big master bedroom, a studio (computer/reading) "office" space, a 60m2 private terrace (of untreated larch-wood) on 1st floor, 2 roofed parking lots, solar water heating, hi-tech insulation (windows and outward walls)... Most windows and terrace door are equipped with a quality mosquito net system for maximum summer comfort. Some minor aesthetic touches still need to be finalized on the house in the coming months, but its functionality and comfort are already complete!

Ground floor: Entrance hall, small bathroom (shower, toilet), kitchen with living room and toy/music corner (total 50m2);

1st floor: master bedroom 16m2, studio space/hall (2 office tables), big bathroom (bath tub, 2 sinks, bidet), exit to 10m2 balcony (unique traditional style), and further to 60m2 roofed wooden terrace (with connection down to garden/parking);

Top floor: 45m2 single-space children area -- attic with separate sleeping space (3 beds) and 25m2 play/study space (3 roof windows, 5 child-safe low-windows).

Our daughters would love to share some of their quality toys, musical instruments and children books (Slovenian, English..) and DVDs. Using one of our 2 cars (Peugeot 807 or 308-SW) and some of our bicycles is a negotiable option.

The village even has an art gallery, the nearest local shop and bar/tavern is 500m away, theatre and cinema options are available 10kms away in Nova Gorica (SLO) / Gorizia (ITA) twin-town, where there are also shopping malls, pharmacies, hospitals, public swimming pool, spas etc. (see links below). You may also want to enjoy high-quality_low-price wines and other local produce from our several friendly neigbours...

Nova Gorica town (10kms) tourist board

Gorizia town (Italy, 12kms)tourist board


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More about us

  1. We are a young family of 5 >> nature lovers, eco-aware, foreign culture interested, we love ethno/jazz/electronic music, film and fine (media, digital) arts, enjoy meeting new people, we consider ourselves new-media savvy and are surely good-food lovers (mostly fish-eating vegans), restless travelers and movers (hiking, cycling, skiing, swimming); permaculture wannabe-gardeners, slightly vintage oriented -- but have refurbished our house in "neo-rural eco-minimalist" (TM) style.

    So -- do you want to swap home with Peter and Eva (full-time employed parents, university professor and family doctor) and their 3 adorable girls? Two of the girls go to school already, one is in kindergarten. We just recently moved south from the capital of Slovenia (Ljubljana) to enjoy the adventures and advantages of "The Slovenian Provence" (region of Severna Primorska -- the Northern Littoral), the beautiful rural life here (but close to some charming towns of both Slovenia and Italy), and our eco-house project..

    ..check our rich picture gallery above & visit us to know more!

    BTW, we just had a beautiful experience with exchanging homes with a family in Grenoble, France -- looking forward for one in Croatia and one in Ireland in 2016!

    And just recently our family grew by two rabbits: Lisko and Liza are well-behaved (Liza likes to cuddle, Lisko prefers gymnastics), each in their own duplex-appartment-box in the garden. They can be taken care of by our neighbours during your stay -- or you perhaps.. :)

    You can visit or be visited by our friends, some of them speak good English and are open for inter-cultural encounters...

    Lepa Vida - -- where you can try and buy local wine of high quality -- but basically every farm around here produces their own wine...

    In Ajdov¨čina (10kms East from Osek) don't miss out our friends' gourmet shop (incl. tastings) of FALADUR , there you will get safely consulted by Matej and Ne¸a on the best wines and foods for the region!

    Oh and have we mentioned we are fleamarket-buffs? If you are one, too -- there's good fleamarkets almost every weekend in one or another cute town just along/across the boarder in Italy..

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Where is it?


The house is set in a secure and quiet neighbourhood, at the edge of the old core of a 500-year old village of Osek. The house is facing southwards, its garden continues into lush greens, fields and forests of the Osek surroundings... The village of Osek is bordering onto two other villages ¦empas and Vitovlje (walking distance), with good connections (5km) to the A4 (Venice-Ljubljana) motorway, and to the adjacent towns of Nova Gorica (SLO, 10kms) and Gorizia (ITA, 12kms), but also Triest (40 mins by car) and Ljubljana (50 mins by car). A direct bus between Nova Gorica and Ljubljana stops at Osek 10 times a day, the nearest train station is in Dornberk (5km), the Gorizia (Itay, 12km) train station opens options for travel in the TrenItalia ( network...

The house is perfectly located to explore both Slovenian, NE-Italian and also NW-Croatian coastlands, with direct trajectories into the Slovenian Alps and Italian Dolomites (several world-famous ski centres within 2-hours ride), including the famous Soča (Isonzo) river valley (20mins), the Gori¨ka Brda region ("Slovenian Tuscany", 20mins), Triest (45 mins car/train), Venice (90 mins by car, 2 hours by train) and the modernist town of Nova Gorica (15 mins), a twin-town partner of the Italian-Austro-Hungarian charming old town of Gorizia (20mins). It is a perfect departure point for both main-road and dirt-road cycling, as well as radical mountain-biking freaks.

From the sunny Vipava valley (300 sunny days a year!) you can easily reach Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, just 50 mins by car; also the Croatian coast of Istria is reachable within 70 mins, the Croatia islands of Krk, Cres and Lo¨inj are within 90 mins reach), Slovenian coast with tourist towns of Koper, Piran, Izola and Portoro¸ are mere 40+ mins away. The famous paragliding spot of "Lijak" is only 5 km from the house!

Google StreetView of Osek village:

The village of Osek (130-170m above sea level) and its adjoining two villages of ¦empas and Vitovlje are set in the south-western half of the viniferous and scenic Vipava valley, at the foot of the majestic, untouched Trnovski gozd (forest) plateau (800-1300m) that lavishes them, with fresh air and spring-clean water. They overlook the Carst plateau (400-600m), at the other end of which the Adriatic coastline keeps sending in Mediterranean climate, and inviting beach options... Directly from the house one can enjoy several flat or steep hiking and cycling routes, along roads, streams, ponds and lakes, vineyards, including an energy-trail system devised by the famous local geomancy expert and renowned artist Marko Pogačnik (according to his geomancy, the Osek village holds the heart-chakra of the whole region), who was elected UNESCO Artist for Peace 2016-2018.

Gori¨ka Brda ("The Slovenian Tuscany", 20kms)

The "Emerald" (hiking) trail:
+ some other hiking trails:

Lijak paragliding (5kms):

River Soca (Isonzo) valley (15kms):

The Slovenian Carst and Littoral region (10-30kms):

Energy trails, litopuncture etc. (touch Osek!):

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