“A seriously hip hotel, a tranquil rural setting and 5 stunning rooms”
The 5 Luxury Rooms are all fabulous: sleek, contemporary and minimalist, but with plenty of fun detail. Parquet flooring runs throughout, the soundproofing is very good and big windows keep them light and sunny.
We stayed in Natura. Decorated in shades of chocolate, cream and bronze, it was a cool room with lots of lovely detail: miniature plants in brass pots, fat candles on a copper bowl, an orchid in a gold vase, a beautifully presented fruit plate. The focal point was the kingsize bed, with a graphic art wall behind which featured dashes of olive and brown, bringing to mind a birch forest. Low down and comfy, we slept very well.
A plump chocolate sofa was great for lounging on and watching the plasma satellite TV; there were also chrome and cream plastic seats should you prefer to sit upright. Dark-wood furniture provided heaps of storage space and French doors led to a mini balcony with views over the open fields (and the car park if you looked down).
The bathroom was around the corner; double sinks and a long mirror on one side, a shower and toilet the other, each enclosed in a glass cubicle. The walls were mosaicked - bronze, purple and mother of pearl; the shower floor pebbled. Again, the little details were great (swanky toiletries, towelling robes and slippers, a hairdryer) but some people won't like the fact that the long mirror reflects all the action into the bedroom, or that if you forget to put the blinds down, you can be seen from the carpark!
The other rooms are similar in layout, but very distinct in detail. The most popular is Limegrass, which is über trendy with gleaming white walls and fittings, and a funky green spray of grass on the graphic wall. Stork is decked out for families with sunny orange décor, lots of thoughtful details (changing mat, nappy bin, toys, a cot, baby monitors etc) and an adorable mural on the wall.
Manhattan was designed by the architect and is very Noo Yawk, with a mural of the skyline, a loft-style design, cream and chrome fittings, and graceful arched lamps. This room looks over the cornfield at the back, as does Sea Memories. This final room is a medley of reds, bringing sea corals and urchins to mind.
Served in a sunny, glass-walled dining room, we were delighted to find a big breakfast buffet spread, with options ranging from super healthy (cereals, nuts, organic fresh fruit salad) to the decadent (cheeses, salamis, pasta salads and desserts). Fruit juice was freshly squeezed and a coffee machine piped out delicious fresh brews.
If you're staying put for the day, there are various snacks on offer from the bar - Caprese, Caesar or buckwheat salads and a more hearty spread of tuna, sausages, minced lard, cucumbers and homemade breads (yes, all together!). If you're going biking or walking, you might want to take a picnic lunch - ask in advance.
Cold dinners can be arranged on request, but usually guests dine out. The hotel can book you a table at a local restaurant; Zorko, Tramšek and Rajh are all within an easy drive (or taxi ride). We visited the latter and dined heartily on a shared ham and mushroom plate, beef goulash and buckwheat pancakes with raspberry jam. Our waitress was charming, and the restaurant itself lovely - big leather booths, smart white table linens and a vast array of glasswear (we went with the suggested wines to accompany each course; all excellent).
Children are welcome and there's a sweet toddlers' area in the garden with a blackboard and chalks, toys and plastic chairs. The staff are keen to help you and your children feel at home (feel free to contact them in advance if you have any requirements - they'll bend over backwards to help) and their personal attention turns a trip into a holiday to remember.
We'd say it's best suited to 0-6 year olds.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Stork is kitted out for little ones with a cot, play mat and various toys and baby equipment and you can add a cot or use the sofa bed (for kids aged 4-12). Other rooms can fit a cot and rollaway bed; Manhattan can fit 2 rollaway beds
There's no formal babysitting available, but English-speaking staff will look after your kids when you need.
Baby listening/monitors are available on request. They work everywhere in the hotel.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Breakfast is the only meal served here, though bar snacks are available through the day from the bar. You can order takeaways and picnic lunches and dine out nearby - ask the staff to recommend the best eateries for kids. If you need to make/heat up baby food, you can use their microwave and blender.
You can buy specialist baby items in the nearest town (10 miles away) and staff can help shop for you in advance if necessary.