“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)”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
A baby cot and a highchair are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking