You can’t travel now, early May 2020, but you can still dream about it, and make plans. So why not take a look at a large, luxurious vacation rental in the discreet and well-connected central Ljubljana neighbourhood of Prule. The area’s home to embassies, architects and artists, charming cafés, restaurants and bars, with the peace of the riverside and just a few minutes’ walk – or faster cycle – to the Old Town and then Castle, with it’s commanding views of the city and off into the mountains.
Inside the apartment you can enjoy all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury rental, with everything you need to feel at home – in clean, stylish and bright surroundings, with an eye for design that makes the most of the space and it’s light.
Along with the location, size and design, one of the most striking aspects of the apartment is the atrium and terrace, which at 137m2 is larger than many apartments in the city – the ideal spot to relax in privacy before or after your adventures outside.
The three bedrooms include a master with en suite bathroom and its own doors to the terrace. A second room has a king-size bed, and a third two single beds that can be joined together.
In addition to the en suite bathroom there’s a large family bathroom
A full kitchen means it’s easy to make the most of your stay in Ljubljana by visiting the central market, or a nearby supermarket, and stocking up on local specialities and vacation essentials. You’ll be able to get everything you need to enjoy a relaxed meal or drink in the garden, or inside at a dining table that seats six.
If you’re passing through Ljubljana for a few days between other locations, then the washing machine and dryer make this rental a great place to sort out your luggage and stay clean and refreshed on your trip. The apartment also has plenty of storage space, so if you’re staying longer – and Villa Prule is available as a short- and mid-term rental – you can keep your things organised while the housekeeping service keeps it clean.
The apartment is currently on available for from €125 a night. If you’d like to see more of Villa Prule, or other fine apartments in Ljubljana, then visit Fine Ljubljana Apartments and you’ll soon find your ideal home in the city.
If you want to stay downtown in the heart of Ljubljana’s cultural quarter, by the Opera and Ballet, National Gallery, Modern Gallery, National Museum, and Tivoli Park, just one block over from Slovenska cesta and a short walk to the Old Town, then take a look at this short-term rental that sleeps four, comes with a sauna and starts at just €115 a night. It's onthe 4th floor of Beethovnova Street 14, as shown on the map below.
Enjoy the luxury of your own fully independent apartment, with a stylish interior and everything you need to feel at home and make your stay in Ljubljana as relaxing and pleasurable as possible.
High ceilings, big windows and good light give the comfort of a top hotel with the convenience and privacy of your own apartment.
It’s a one-bedroom place that with the use of the sofabed can easily sleep four, and comes with all the usual amenities, like free Wi-Fi, smart TV, cable TV, microwave, cooker, oven, toaster, fridge, hair dryer and so on. What’s more, a washer and dryer make this a great stop freshen up your wardrobe when traveling, and while your clothes are getting clean you can get inside the Finnish sauna and destress, detox and dehydrate.
The Finnish sauna in the stunning bathroom
A kitchen with a view, and plenty of stores nearby to pick up supplies
Enjoy breakfast at your own pace or take the party back to your place
Stylish design throughout
While there are no shortage of restaurants in the area the apartment isn’t far from the Maximarket Supermarket, which sees a lot of custom from the nearby Parliament, ministries and embassies, or even Ljubljana’s central market. You can thus stock up on cheese, wine, coffee and other essentials and chill out in the kitchen and living room, enjoying the view from the large windows. Better yet, go out on one of the two private balconies and look out over the city before or after going out to explore.
Get some air and enjoy exclusive views from the two private balconies
The apartment is being handled by Fine Ljubljana Apartments, and you can see and read more about it here, or go straight to the homepage and see more of the many interesting, luxurious, exclusive and surprisingly affordable places on offer to provide your ideal base in the city.
When it was built in 1933 Nebotičnik – the name means skyscraper in Slovene – was the tallest building in the Balkans, and remained the tallest in downtown Ljubljana until 2017. That said, the appeal of Nebotičnik is based on more than its size, which at just 70m was never awe-inspiring.
Right in the centre of town. Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments
It remains a central landmark and in the hearts of locals for other reasons. Both for the stunning views of the Castle and city it still offers, with the terrace being a must-visit site, and the clean lines and art deco flourishes which give it a solid elegance that anchors this part of town and makes it a such a valued address.
Nebotičnik under construction, with more pictures here. Photo: Wikimedia CC-by-0.
The building was constructed from 1930-1933, with the lead architect on the project being Vladimir Šubic, who also designed the two neighbouring buildings. It was intended to have shops on the ground floor, then offices and apartments, with a cafe and terrace on the top, a plan that's still followed to this day.
The view from one window. Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments.
Nebotičnik is located on Slovenska cesta, by Hotel Slon and a very short walk to the Triple Bridge and Old Town in one direction, the museums and galleries by Tivoli Park in the other. It’s thus the ideal location for a stay in the city, with everything of interest nearby, as well as well stores, restaurants, cafés and clubs.
But can you stay in Nebotičnik? Yes, you can. The example shown below is a two-bedroom apartment that can sleep five and has all the usual amenities. It’s owned by an architect and has an open layout that makes good use of the large windows, filling the space with light and views. It’s now available for booking from May till October, with the price starting at €99 a night.
Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments.
Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments.
Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments.
Photo: Fine Ljubljana Apartments.
You see more of this apartment at Fine Ljubljana Apartments, where you can also see many other properties for rental (in the capital and outside), with serviced apartments and corporate rentals available.
This place costs €25,000, has three bedrooms, amazing views, and a need for some major renovations. You’ll be sleeping somewhere else the first night you own it, and you’ll learn a lot more about both the property and yourself before you move in and starting living in the village of Labinje full time.
So it’s the promise of relatively blank canvas that will draw the new owners to this four-bedroom, four-floor place, one that comes with a large garden (1374 m2 outdoor space) and the opportunity to remake it in line with your own understanding of your needs, wants, strengths and limitations.
As noted at the top, the property is currently on the market for €25,000, and is being handled by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows.
Spacious traditional farmhouse in the picturesque village of Labinje in the hills above Cerkno. The house is priced to take account of a significant damp issue and is in need of major renovations or possible demolition and rebuilding.
The existing house occupies four floors with a cellar area in the basement, kitchen, living room with traditional ceramic wood stove and bedrooms on the ground and first floors. There is a woodshed next to the house and large garden behind the house.
The elevated hillside position offers fantastic open views over the valley and surrounding hills. The village of Labinje is only a 5 minute’s drive from the town of Cerkno, known for its excellent family ski resort.
The surrounding hills are great for hiking and mountain biking, the river Idrijca great for swimming in the summer cca 15 minutes’ drive whilst the Soča Valley and Bohinj Lake are easy day trips from the property.
You can see more of this, and other properties for sale or rent around the country, at Think Slovenia
This week’s property takes us to Vipava, a name that’s synonymous with wine in Slovenia. It’s a beautiful part of the country that attracts many visitors with an offer of great food and drink coupled with picture perfect views. It’s also not far from Ljubljana, the airport, or the coast.
The home in question a three-bedroom building on the edge of the town that gives the region its name, with the oldest part of it dating back some 500 years. The interior has 280 m2 of space to enjoy, while the outside is 4070 m2. One special feature is an outdoor bar in the garden, opening up the possibility of further commercial development, or a great setting for parties.
The property is currently on the market for €395,000 and is being handled by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows:
Charming traditional stone house, a historic mill dating back over 500 years, on the edge of the small town of Vipava in the very heart of the highly rated and beautiful Vipava wine growing region. A recently added feature to the property is beautiful summer bar in the large walled garden behind the house in between the shade of surrounding trees and which has developed a reputation throughout the Vipava Valley in the short time it has been open.
Note: The view above may not be the exact one from the property, but it could well be
The house itself occupies two floors with a large hallway, bathroom, kitchen with dining and living area and a workshop on the ground floor. In the kitchen you will find a traditional farmhouse stove and a large fireplace in the dining area. The stairs take you up to the first floor, which consists of two bedrooms and another living room with fireplace. There is also another room on the first floor for additional bathroom with installations already prepared. Attached to the main house is another 180 m2 building that offer scope for additional development.
The property is situated next to the regional road Vipava – Kras that gives opportunity for further tourism development. The area offers a plethora of activities such as hiking, biking, exploring the culinary attractions of this gastronomic wine region, numerous spectacular caves, castles and beautiful traditional stone villages — as well as great access to Ljubljana and the Adriatic coast, both within 40 minutes’ drive.
A beautiful house with huge potential for use as a fabulous country residence in the heart of a lovely wine-growing region, as a holiday home or as a tourist rental property in a wonderful and fascinating part of Slovenia.
You can see more of this and other properties for sale or rent around the country at Think Slovenia.
As recently noted in a story on second homes in Slovenia, Bovec is the fourth most popular place for such properties in the country. It’s the first town that comes to mind if you think of the great outdoors, adventure sports and more sedate pursuits in an environment characterised by mountains, valleys, gorges and clear running rivers and waterfalls. (See our brief introduction to the place here.) It’s where people go to hike, bike, kayak, canyon, paraglide, climb, paint, photograph, follow history and eat, among other things, with skiing nearby in the winter and the Italian border not far away.
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It’s the site of this week’s property, a two-bedroom house a short walk from the centre of Bovec, on sale at the moment for €90,000 and being handled by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows:
Renovated end of terrace house with views over the surrounding Bovec mountains, only a couple of minutes’ walk from the centre, and in walking distance to all of the amenities of this attractive resort town.
The house spreads over three floors and comprises an entry room, an open plan kitchen/dining/living area with a wood burning stove linked to the heating system and guest toilet on the ground floor, two bedrooms, one with balcony access offering views over the mountains, small office and a bathroom on second floor. The attic represents an open space which could be turned into additional living space. There is allocated parking in front of the house.
The town of Bovec is known for the breath-taking Soča river, which offers numerous water sports and the ski resort of Kanin, which is connected to the Italian resort of Sella Nevea. The surrounding mountains of the Julian Alps offer fantastic hiking, cycling and a plethora of other activities in pristine nature. An excellent purchase for holiday usage or permanent residence with good rental potential.
You can see more of this, and other properties for sale or rent around the country, at Think Slovenia
This week’s property is one you can view from two angles – as a buyer or renter – since it’s on the market as both a rental property and one you can own outright,
Located in Bohinj, the third most popular place for a holiday home in Slovenia (with more details on that data here), the Villa Belica is a three-bedroom chalet that sleeps up to six, and can be rented at from €140 a night. There’s a spacious enclosed garden enclosed by a forest on one side of the chalet, while on the other side there’s a panoramic view of the Julian Alps, including Mount Triglav. Anyone who knows Slovenia knows the appeal of this part of the country, but if you haven’t visited then it’s right in the middle of all the most picturesque and active parts the country for those who enjoy mountain views, clear lakes, turquoise rivers, and the fresh air of the great outdoors, with a full range of seasonal sports, activities and adventures on offer. It really is the place to be if you like that kind of thing, and even if you wouldn’t want to live there full time it’s somewhere you have to visit if you want to know what makes this country special.
And if you fall in love with the area, and Villa Belica in particular, you can also buy it for €330,000, with both options being handed by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows online.
Beautifully renovated three- bedroom Bohinj chalet in the village of Bohinj Polje, just a few minutes’ drive from Lake Bohin,j one of Slovenia's most stunning natural treasures and in close proximity to quality skiing at Vogel and a huge range of river, lake and mountain activities in summer. The chalet consists of an entry room, WC, double bedroom with en suite shower room, kitchen, large living / dining room with access onto the beautiful terrace on the ground floor.
On the first floor are one double bedroom with lovely balcony, one twin bedroom and bathroom. In the basement is the second living room, plus laundry room and the boiler room. The terrace continues into a spacious enclosed garden on the edge of the forest with views over Triglav. On the edge of the plot is also a small shed, used as a storage.
The tranquil village of Bohinj Polje lies just a few minutes’ drive or a short walk (2.5 km) via a scenic forest path to Lake Bohinj. In summer the lake offers the opportunity for kayaking, sailing and rowing, as well as fly-fishing, swimming or just relaxing on the lake shore. The mountains of Lake Bohinj are fantastic for walking and also offer scope for great mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding as well as skiing. The ski resort Vogel above Lake Bohinj is one of Slovenia’s best with good lift infrastructure and snow record. It is 5-10 minutes’ drive from the house to the Vogel cable car, which is also open in the summer giving easy access to high altitude walking and mountain biking.
Five minutes’ drive away is Bohinjska Bistrica offering a modern water park with ample pool / spa facilities and other amenities including shops, bars, restaurants and bank. There are a wide range of other ski areas in Slovenia / Italy / Austria within day-trip distance from the property. Twenty minutes’ drive from the house is the world famous Lake Bled. An excellent holiday chalet in a sought after location and with great tourist rental potential and a solid rental history over recent years.
You can see more of this property at Think Slovenia, with it’s presentation as a rental or a sale.
We’ve had a run of expensive properties, but this week’s is something more affordable. It’s a three-bedroom place near Kobarid, which along with Tolmin and Bovec is one the three main towns in the Soča Valley scenic area, as well making the international press as the home of Ana Roš’ Hiša Franko – one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
It’s thus ideally positioned as a holiday home, rental property or primary residence for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with the area providing the perfect setting for hiking, cycling, kayaking, canyoning, fly-fishing, sky-diving and more, plus the more sedate walking, photography, painting and so on. It also has a garden, if you want to enjoy your own piece of heaven on earth, and as the map above shows it’s not far from the border with Italy and the up-and-coming region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
It’s currently on the market for €85,000, and is being handled by beeverywhere.com, who describe it as follows:
This detached house with enclosed gated garden offers village life in a peaceful location. With Mount Stol and the River Soča close by. The house has living accommodation on first floor with three bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen/dining area.
It has a large living room with a balcony and price includes a lot of furniture, so a ready to move in holiday home. Downstairs are other storage rooms and boiler room for heating by wood or oil linked to a central heating system. The house also has an integral garage.
You can see more of this property, and others around Slovenia and across the border in Italy, at beeverywhere.com
Judging by the photograph of this week’s house it’s on Lončarska steza, a quiet lane coming off Streliška ulica that goes up to Ljubljana Castle, just behind the Waldorf School. It’s a nice place, and when I lived in the city I walked up of down that lane almost every weekend, wondering about the homes that I saw there.
This one is a four-bedroom property that provides not only seclusion from the main street, a very quiet route to the Castle, a short walk to the Old Town and fresh market, but also ready access to the ring road and getting out of the city for work, pleasure or real shopping. It would thus provide excellent service as a family home, or a long- or short-term rental property.
It’s currently on the market for €988,000 and is being handled by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows:
Spacious terraced house with a large garden located in a sought-after location under Ljubljana Castle, only a few minutes’ walk from the very centre of the Old Town. It consists of three floors and includes an entry room, guest room, utility, bathroom and a garage for two cars on the ground floor.
Stairs lead to the first floor where you will find a large living area with fireplace, dining area and kitchen. High ceilings (285 cm) combined with large windows gives an abundance of natural light and a real sense of spaciousness. The terrace can be accessed through the living area and is positioned right next to the forest leading up Castle Hill, which is an unusual and desirable feature for a house located in the heart of the Old Town. The terrace is currently planted with only decorative flowers, but can also support a vegetable garden.
On the first floor of the building there are three further bedrooms, dressing room and a bathroom. The bathroom was recently completely renovated with high quality materials and includes a hot tub for two and a shower.
Great location close to the city centre offers a wide range of activities everything from exploring the old city centre to dining in numerous excellent restaurants in the area. Great opportunity to purchase a spacious family home with excellent rental potential or for a permanent residence right in the heart of Ljubljana.
You can see more of this property, and many others all over the country at various price points, for sale and rental, at Think Slovenia.
I’ll state up front that I just moved out of a rented place on Ljubljana’s Trubarjeva cesta and bought one in the country, because property in the capital is too expensive and after years of cramped living I needed space more than ready access to falafel. Which is to say I know €535,000 is a lot to pay for anything, but also that location is important when it comes to property, and the centre of Portorož, on the sparkling jewel that is Slovenia’s Venetian Adriatic Coast, is a more attractive proposition to many that the centre of Logatec (albeit soon to be rebranded as “the gateway to the heart of Slovenia”).
The location shown is approximate only, for a more accurate look visit Think Slovenia using the link at the end of this post
It’s a two-bedroom property with 95 m2 of indoor space and 47 m2 of terrace, south-facing for maximum sunlight. And if you know the area then you’ll be aware that it’s got great short- and long-term rental potential, as well as serving as a pied-à-terre in one of the nicest parts of the country, with ready access to Italy, Croatia and so on, with all the delights that entails. It’s being handled by Think Slovenia, who describe it as follows:
Well-positioned two-bedroom apartment in the centre of Portorož on the Adriatic Coast, in walking distance to beaches and plenty of local amenities and restaurants. The south-facing apartment consists of a hallway, bathroom, two large bedrooms and living area with kitchen and dining area. There is a storage room in the basement and a private secure parking area.
A large terrace can be accessed from the living area and offers wonderful panoramic views towards the sea. The apartment is positioned on the south side of the building with abundance of natural light. The area offers numerous activities from enjoying the beach to walking the numerous coastal paths or visiting nearby historic town of Piran. A great opportunity to buy a holiday home or permanent residence with good rental potential.
You can see more this property, and others for sale or rent all over Slovenia and for all budgets, at Think Slovenia.
This week’s property is a renovated, three-bedroom home from the 17th century, located in the small town of Sodražica in Dolenjska, or Lower Carniola, just 45 minutes from Ljubljana. Here you’ll find beautiful landscapes with meadows and forests, streams and hills, with many interesting places to explore.
It’s a two-floor house that the current owners have been using as a year-round rental property to bring in extra income, but is now on sale for €120,000. With an open plan design and three bedrooms it can sleep up to eight, and is set in an ideal location for hiking, cycling and general exploration of the delights of rural Slovenia, with swimming possible in the warmer months at the nearby Bloke Lake, while in winter the Izver slope is just two minutes away from “Aurora House”. It’s also not far from the Croatian border and that country’s long and justly famous coastline