Our house, which is intended to be our second home, is situated in the old part of Gabrovica, a small village near Črni Kal in the Slovenian Istria. We wanted to give a new function to our old farmhouse, which has belonged to our family for generations, while at the same time preserving its homeliness and original form. As we ourselves like to travel, cycle, hike and discover the particularities of different places we visit, our wish was to create a holiday homestead that would offer everyone a welcoming environment.
The house (approx. 140 square meter), which is intended to be used exclusively by our guests, features two units. Both of them have a living area with a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor, and two bedrooms on the first floor. The guests are welcome to use the shaded terrace and the yard with barbecue, both facing south with a view of the Osapska Dolina valley, as well as the private parking lot. You can find more information about the house and surroundings on the web page https://en.hisabarut.si
The cities worth visiting at the seaside are Koper and Piran with their beautiful city centres, which have been well preserved for centuries from the times of the Venetian Republic, not to mention the many museums and galleries, as well as the city of Trieste in Italy, which is only a 10-minute drive from Gabrovica. Venice (Venezia) is just about an hour and a half of drive away and another top destination - Ljubljana is reachable in 50 minutes. Closest international airports are located near Trieste (60 km), Ljubljana (110 km) and Venezia – Venice (150 km).
Istria is not only interesting for its rich natural and cultural heritage and mixture of cultures, there is also its cuisine, which is equally interesting and rich as well. Olive oil, wine, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, air-dried ham and sea salt from the salt pans are the typical local products that form the basis for the excellent traditional dishes both in local trattorias and fancy restaurants, and in the traditional Osmicas.
As it appears, Slovenia is becoming an important culinary and winegrowing destination. The now world famous Hiša Franko (Franko House) with the chef Ana Roš is only 150 km away from Gabrovica, whereas the equally renowned trattoria Pri Lojzetu with Tomaž Kavčič is located only 60 km away. Slovenia is the only European country that connects the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain. Diverse gastronomy is therefore part of its culture and that's one of the reason for nominating Slovenia for the title European Gastronomic Region in 2021. Together with that we should mention that Koper – the most important city on the Slovenian coast – was selected as one of the finest Top 100 Green destinations based on jury-reviewed sustainability for the year 2019. But quality is not measured only by the number of stars and references on online evaluation sites, and we can confirm that the quality of some local suppliers and winemakers is definitely on a par with the Michelin Star winners. As there is no disputing about tastes we can recommend you our choices of excellent restaurants and winemakers in the surroundings which are, of course, completely subjective and based on our own taste.
The Osapska Dolina (the Osp Valley) and Kraški Rob (the Karst Edge) above Črni Kal are mostly associated with free climbing, while the surrounding area also offers several other options to actively spend your free time in nature. Besides the world-famous Postojna Cave and Škocjan Caves (Unesco Heritage), you can also choose to visit some other caves which can be visited without any additional caving equipment and are occasionally open to the visitors for guided tours.
The favourable location enables quick access to the most important cycling and hiking paths and the seaside with various kind of beaches can be reached in a 10-minute drive, so everyone can find an activity that most matches their wishes. The most popular cycling path is the 120 km long and well signed Parenzana, which follows the path of the former railway between Trieste (Italy) and Poreč (Croatia).
In the case of simoultaneos exchange there is a possibility to swap also the car. In the house there is a Wi-Fi available and can be used free of charge. There are no stores in Gabrovica itself, yet large shopping malls can be reached in a 10-minute drive in the direction of Koper or Trieste.
The off-limit period for exchange is from 1. July till the end of September. In the remaining period it’s always possible non-simultaneous and simultaneous exchange.