When I was in Slovenia, I was hosted by the very lovely Vesna Veliscek, the owner and founder of Herbal House in Plave, Slovenia. Vesna promotes Herbal House through her own travel company called “Slocally.” (Slovenia with the locals, named rightly so!!) “The Herbal House” as the name suggests is a relaxing herbal experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Adjacent to the clear blue Soca river, it borders North Eastern Italy and Western Slovenia.
The Herbal House in Slovenia
Vesna drove me to the Herbal House in the morning from Ljubljana. I instantly found myself breathing the fresh air of the mountains around. We reached the Herbal House in an hour or so. The quaint mountain cottage is open 365 days of the year.
The Concept of Herbal Rooms
Vesna’s concept of running this homestay is to meet new people from across the globe and show them her land and make them meet her lovely parents- Ivan and Karmen. Vesna works year round to make stay in the Herbal rooms comfortable for her guests.
Her parents welcomed me with Slovenian cake and herbal tea and were super warm and friendly. I could tell they liked knowing about different cultures and Indian culture was just one on the top! The three of them were a great team and took a lot of pride in showing the place. After some chit chatting and photography, Vesna took me to the Herbal rooms which were on the First Floor.
There were two rooms- one with a queen sized bed that accommodates a single person and one with a king size bed accommodating a family of four. The rooms had a common balcony that overlooked the Kurada and Kuk mountains. As soon as I lay my head on the mattress, I fell in a deep sleep in no time. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Staying here was one of the distinctive experiences I had in Slovenia!
The rooms in the Herbal home are rightly called so because of the uniqueness of the mattresses and pillows that are stuffed with hand picked herbs. Vesna and her family add these herbs in the pillows themselves. Not only that, they plant their own food and share it with you!
Thank you dear Vesna for this friendship and a treasure of experience. The Herbal House is the perfect retreat one can get to unwind in Slovenia. Check it out!
If you are looking for a fancy hotel, this is not the place for you. But if in fact you too want a jar of beautiful pot pouri, a rack full of books and a comfortable bed, this is just the place for you!
How to Reach:
From Ljubljana take a bus or train till Nova Goricia from where Plave is only 15 minutes. You can either hitch hike or rent a bike/car to reach Plave. Another option is to car pool directly from Ljubljana itself.
Disclaimer: This post was made possible by Slocally, however views expressed are entirely my own.
For more information directly contact Herbal House.