Soca Villa

Most na Soci, Soca Valley, Slovenia Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
Large character-filled old farmhouse with a pool and all mod cons, plus stunning panoramas of the Soca river and Julian Alps (sleeps 8-11)
As self-catering properties go, Soca Villa (formerly known as Hisa Nad Soco) is really rather swish: a baby grand piano, Jazuzzi baths, a generous smattering of antique furniture and a telescope to drink in the glorious views. In fact, when we popped by, the ambassador of Poland was arriving for a family holiday! From the outside it's majestic if rustic - a huge old building with tiny windows and big wooden doors. Inside it's been lovingly restored and we liked what we saw.

Set over 3 floors, this 5-bedroom house oddly becomes more contemporary the higher up you go. Ceilings are wood beamed, floors are stone flagged, bathrooms are beautifully mosaicked and there's a cool conical fireplace on the top floor. Step outside and you'll see a kidney-shaped pool fringed with loungers and a lush green garden staggered down the hillside. Friends will love the seclusion - your nearest neighbours are over on the next hill - and families will love the freedom that all the open space brings. There are good restaurants nearby plus a lake for canoeing and boating, and the stunning Soca Valley is on your doorstep.


  • Beautifully furnished with a mix of old and new: antique dressers, comfy new beds, satellite TV, WiFi (top floor only), slick bathrooms
  • The owners can arrange a host of activities, from kayaking to horse riding to paragliding
  • It's very well equipped for self-catering (there's even a stocked wine cellar)
  • Excellent value considering the level of service, the facilities and the flexible start days
  • It's secluded yet only a 5-minute drive from Most na Soci, a lively small town
  • Amazing mountain and valley views


    • Recent guest feedback cites a few maintenance issues
    • The ground floor and some bedrooms are pretty dark: it’s built to keep cool in summer rather than light all year
    • Two of the double beds are in one room
    • It’s a 15-minute walk to the town if you don’t want to drive - and uphill on the way back
    • The lounge and dining spaces aren't big enough for 11 adults - we'd say the place is suitable for 8 adults and a couple of kids
    • The bedrooms aren’t huge and you’ll need to watch your head on the eaved ceilings

Best time to go

The climate here is continental, with warm summers (average temperatures of 75-80F) and cold winters (some of Slovenia's alpine resorts are ski destinations in winter). The heaviest rainfall is in June and September/October, though sudden rainstorms can occur throughout the year, especially up here.

Our top tips

There's a 4-night minimum stay but we'd suggest spending a week here. The area has loads to offer in terms of activities, and this is a lovely tranquil spot to unwind.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villa
  • 5
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen


It's the small things that fill this place with character: the copper taps, the winding oak staircase, the antique furniture, the small brass carvings of creatures straight from Homer’s Iliad. The 5 bedrooms are quite old-fashioned, the bathrooms design-mag worthy, and the communal rooms somewhere between the two.

You enter into the small hallway, which is rather dark, but your eyes soon adjust and take in warm terracotta walls, flagstone floors, a grandfather clock and oil paintings. On the right is the kitchen-dining room; straight ahead of you a shower room and WC, and a laundry room. To your left is a twin bedroom with a sofabed - the only bedroom without its own bathroom, and ideal for children.

The first floor houses 3 bedrooms (a double, a twin and a second twin with 2 double beds), and although they’re not that spacious, they're nicely decked out with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture: long beds with leather headboards and pretty sprigged linen or oyster silk bedspreads, dark-wood chairs, oak tallboys and oil paintings. In juxtaposition, their ensuite bathrooms are very modern, each decorated in different coloured mosaic tiles: reds, purples, greens or blues. Double bowl sinks, walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs give the whole house a contemporary edge.

The top floor is lovely and light, with French doors leading onto a small balcony and an open-plan lounge and kitchenette. There are awesome views over the snow-topped Julian Alps and a telescope to make the most of them. In one corner is the baby grand piano; in the centre, a conical-shaped fireplace for the winter months. A plump suede sofa festooned with bronze, copper and gold silk cushions takes up most of the room, and opposite is a plasma TV and a DVD player (a cupboard is filled with 130 DVDs, ranging from the latest releases to old classics). There's also another ensuite double bedroom on this floor, but we think it would be quite noisy when people are in the living room.

Features include:

  • Barbeque
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Thanks to the large kitchen and dining room (seating 8) on the ground floor, and the small kitchenette on the top floor, the villa is more than equipped for self-catering. There are 2 fridges (one for wine!), an oven, kettles, toasters, a dishwasher, cupboard-fulls of pans, utensils and crockery (including a wok, a smoothie maker, graters and a food processor), and a whole shelf of herbs, spices, vinegars and other basic ingredients. Plus the owners will give i-escape guests a welcome basket containing bread, cereals, fresh milk, juice and fruit.

Outside there's a stone barbecue oven with a small grill and a large stone seat to relax on with a beer while your meat or fish cooks. There's also a herb and vegetable garden where you can pick your own produce, as well as kiwi, walnut, apple and pear trees. The nearest supermarket is in Most na Soci, a 5-minute drive away, and there are also a few grocery shops nearby, including a bakery.

If you don't fancy cooking there are some good restaurants in the nearest town, including Penzion Sterk, which overlooks the lake and serves fresh seafood. Or you can go further afield to Kobarid and experience gourmet cuisine at Hisa Franko or something more laid-back at Camp Lazar. The owners can arrange taxis to and from Most na Soci or Kobarid.

Features include:

  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Welcome hamper


  • The Soca Valley offers loads of activities such as walking, fly-fishing (for the unique marbled trout), kayaking, white-water rafting, horse riding, cycling, golf, wine-tasting and paragliding. The owners can arrange all of these for you

  • There's an artificial lake 5km from the villa which offers canoeing and short boat rides. It's the same turquoise blue as the Soca river

  • Historians will be pleased: the local town Most na Soci has had some excellent archaeological finds, including the remains of a Roman house and a museum with artefacts from the Bronze Age

  • Get your hiking boots on and set off on one of the many trails in the region, to see waterfalls and get a bird's eye view of the Soca. The loop walk in Kobarid (a 20-minute drive away) is challenging but lovely

  • Visit the excellent Kobarid Museum, which presents the events of WWI that took place on the surrounding Isonzo Front. Harrowing photos and first-person accounts by the Italians chart how the Central Powers defeated their army over a 2-year period, resulting in over a million deaths

  • After the museum, you may want to do the historic walk of the area, which encompasses the sobering Italian Charnel House (containing the bones of 7,000 soldiers), Tonocov Grad (an archeological site with the remains of 5th-century churches and houses), the remains of the Italian defence line and the famous Napolean bridge

  • Back at the villa, bask by the pool and read a book

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


Children are very welcome and will love the open space and pool. Toddlers will need to be watched as the garden is staggered down a steep hillside and stone steps lead to the pool. There are a couple of inflatables for kids to play with in the pool, plus various games and DVDs. A cot and highchair can be provided, and babysitting is available on request.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

A baby cot and a highchair are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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