“Cluster of wooden cabins in the stunning Soca Valley - ideal for outdoor pursuits, adventure sports and unspoilt alpine scenery”
Scattered around the meadow, amid pine trees and huge boulders (which thankfully fell from the mountains many years ago!) are a handful of 2-3 bedroom chalets (Apartments A1, A2 or B), ideal for families or a group of friends. There are also some smaller adjoining apartment-rooms for couples (Rooms C or D). We opted for an upstairs room with its double bed cosily tucked in under the slanting wooden roof (Room C). However, for claustrophobics, we would recommend those on the ground floor (Room D), less charming but with their own seating area in the meadow. All are decorated in the same simple but charming style: wooden walls, traditional Trenta wood-burning stoves, and cosy and comfortable pine beds with thick duvets. They are basic and slightly old fashioned, but it is fitting with the feel of the place and you wouldn’t expect or want anything different. Bathrooms are small but very clean with hot showers (no bathtubs); hairdryers and basic toiletries are provided and towels are changed daily. Although each each room and apartment has a table, chairs, a small fridge/minibar, a sink and complimentary tea and coffee, they are not self-catering.
With all this activity you will need some hearty meals, and that is exactly what you get at Pristava Lepena. Before dinner, sit out on the terrace with a generous G&T, watch the sunset and admire the galloping Lipizzan horses. Slovenian cuisine is strongly influenced by Italian and Austrian cooking, so the relaxed candle-lit dining room serves good, honest fare - not epicurean, but tasty and wholesome. Memorable dishes included tagliatelle with local wild mushrooms, beef fillet with a goulash-style sauce, and Soca-river trout. Try the traditional strudel pastry pudding too; ours was filled with walnuts, raisins and cottage cheese. The weekly feast nights are also great fun; Milan usually barbecues dinner outdoors and everyone dines together with views of the mountains. The bar has local wines; the beer is decent and cheap, and the water is mountain pure. At breakfast, we found the ham, fruit, freshly baked bread and cooked eggs sufficient to keep us going through the day - but if not, the restaurant serves lunch. Want a change of scene? Bovec village has some simple eateries (a 15-minute drive) and one of Slovenia's top restaurants, Hisa Franko, is 35km away in Kobarid. However, we were too exhausted by the end of each day, and never got round to venturing out!
It doesn't get more perfect for active children - loads to do, with much of it included in the price - tennis, table tennis, archery, a small swimming pool, riding lessons, trail riding (ages 14+) and for little ones short pony rides and pet goats to pat. For the more adventurous, there's rafting, canoeing, canyoning and kayaking (courses available), or just mucking about on one of Europe's most beautiful rivers. Those under 2 go free (as long as you provide their meals), 2-6 years old get a 50% discount and 6-12 years old get a 20% discount.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The apartments are best for families as they have 2-3 bedrooms each (including twin rooms) and space for extra beds and baby cots. Note that there are no baths in the cabins, only showers.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Large breakfasts are available and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner - caters for kids of all ages. Cabins each have a small fridge/minibar, electric kettle, complimentary tea and coffee and a sink. For tinies, the hotel provides a hob to warm up milk or bottled baby food.
All the cabins have wood-burning stoves and there's no fencing around the pool. After flying to Trieste, you have a 2-hour car journey ahead of you - bring things to keep the kids occupied!