Five chic, unique, forest suites in a spectacular mountain setting with stunning river views and a top rated restaurant”
The vibe is very much about appreciating nature, a philosophy that continues in the suites – four beautifully designed, polished wooden houses plus a chic, converted hayrack – as well as in the fresh, homegrown fare served in the top-notch restaurant. Co-owner Martina is the chef behind the award-winning food, following in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother before her. Some book a stay just so they can experience the tasting menu. The main house, where you'll dine, was built in 1875 and extended a century later; the largest suites also date from this time, with an upper layer added a decade ago. You're a little out in the sticks here but you’ll want for nothing. There are hiking trails galore from the doorstep plus kayaking, fly fishing and epic cycle routes through the mountains nearby. Or simply spend your days in your private hot tub, and breathe in the lush riverine views from your terrace. Seriously good for the soul.
- Smart, unique architectural design in such a beautiful, natural setting makes for an unforgettable experience
- By all accounts, the food served at the famed onsite restaurant is outstanding
- The hands-on owners are super-friendly and helpful
- The fly-fishing in the Savinja river is world-class
- There are activities aplenty nearby, both in and out of the water; this is an excellent base for cyclists and hikers to explore the Savinja Alps from
- The suites are positioned quite closely together so don’t expect total isolation
- The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and remember to book ahead
- The Hayrack has a bedroom on a loft platform with low sloping ceilings: not great for taller or less agile folk
- With low ceiling heights and lack of views in second bedrooms, the owners only rent the larger suites (which sleep 2-4 in two double beds) to one family, rather than two couples
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Mountain Retreat
- 5 suites for 2-4
- Restaurant (closed Tue-Wed)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
The five separate suites are housed in converted barns which date from the 19th century, but are now beautifully eco-chic inside. Think smooth wooden floors, sheepskin throws, dessigner furnishings, fluffy bathrobes and organic toiletries. All have comfy double beds, private bathrooms and terraces, and a hot tub.
The two Treehouse Suites (sleeping 2 each) overlook the river and are perfect for couples, with glorious riparian views. A glass wall at the foot of the bed means you wake up to the soothing sight of nature every morning.
The Old Stalls (sleeping 2-4 each) each have a lower half dating to 1875, and an upper half cleverly added ten years ago. The cosy open-plan living area is downstairs, the two double bedrooms are on the upper and mezzanine floors.
The Hayrack (sleeps 2-4) is the quirkiest; it originally stood in a nearby village before being dismantled and rebuilt here. There's a semi-open-air living area at ground level with its own meditation nest; above, a glass-walled sitting room lets in spectacular river views, with ladders up to cosy sleeping lofts (one double, one single or twin). These have restricted headroom and are reached by ladders, so not suitable for taller or less agile folk.
Note that the larger suites are not suitable for two couples travelling together; the owners, from their experience, request that all guests in each suite are from the same family.
By all accounts, the food served at the restaurant here is incredible and an experience in itself. The chef (and co-owner) Martina Breznik creates fresh and beautiful dishes, inspired by nature and by the three generations of cooks in her family before her. Ingredients are freshly picked from the restaurant garden, or sourced from local suppliers; the epitome of the Slow Food ethos.
At dinner, a tasting menu is available as well as a four-course menu that changes daily. Expect perfectly cooked and lovingly presented plates without any over-the-top haute cuisinery; even the simplest of dishes, guests tell us, brim with flavour. Meats include venison, pork and chicken, there's often trout from the river. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist with wine pairing advice. Expect lots of fresh fruit in season for breakfast.
For lunch you can pre-order a lunch box, or walk to the other restaurant in Luce. You can also head to nearby villages (5-10km) for additional lunch and dinner options.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- A day could easily be spent here swinging in a hammock with a book, the gentle sound of the river as your soundtrack
- Try fly-fishing in the stunning crystal clear (and chilly!) Savinja river, or explore its bubbling streams
- Epic kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting and rock climbing for all ages can be arranged at nearby Adventure Valley (7 min walk)
- The spectacular, glacial Logarska Dolina (Logar Valley) and regional park is a superb spot for hiking, horse riding and cycling. It’s a 20-minute drive, or borrow a bike and cycle there
- The Kamnik-Savinja Alps abound with jaw-dropping views of peaks and valleys. Whether you’re a hardcore hiker or a beginner, there’s a trail for everyone
- More adventurous folk should visit The Snow Cave (45 mins), a 12 million-year-old underground cave over 1km long. Expect impressive, 20m high stalagmites. Don’t forget your thermals
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Plantlife / flora
All children are welcome and extra beds and cots are available, however we’d suggest Hiša Raduha is better suited to the over 12s. There’s a lot of fun to be had in (and out of) the water here, with all of the activities on offer nearby. After a day of kayaking or tackling mountain bike tracks, followed by an evening wind down in the hot tub, they’ll sleep like babies.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Hayrack and the Old Stall are the best options for families. Both can accommodate up to 4 in 2 double beds (Old Stall) or 1 double and 2 singles (Hayrack). Cots and extra beds can be provided for little ones too. It’s worth noting there are no kitchen facilities in any of the suites, apart from a small fridge/minibar.
- Baby cots
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- The fairytale forest in Logar Valley
- Water sports including kayaking and rafting on the Savinja River
- Canyoning in Cuc Waterfall
- Easy walking paths at Velika planina, Logar valley, Robanov kot
- Funpark in Menina
Families Should Know:
Parents take note - there isn’t a children's menu, however portion sizes can be adapted. Keep an eye on small ones near the river.
- Airport: 1hr15m (Ljubljana)
- Hospital: 60 minutes (Celje)
- Shops: 4 minutes
Hiša Raduha is in the village of Luče in the Savinja Valley, in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and near the Austrian border.
The nearest airport is Ljubljana Airport (70 mins). We’d suggest hiring a car from the airport, or hail a taxi from outside.
You'll most likely have a car to explore this spectacular region, especially as the public transport options aren't great. If you want to hire a car, see our recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
- Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport 47.0 km LJU
- Trieste Airport 158.0 km TRS
- Beach 150.0 km
- Shops 0.3 km
- Restaurant 0.3 km