Hisa Kostanja (Chestnut cott.)
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The cottage has 2 double and 1 twin bedrooms with ample space in the master bedroom for a travel cot. Gorenja Vas is typically Slovenian, friendly and quiet but bustling with the activity of a traditional rural village. In the historic town of Kanal, a 5 minute walk away you will find a choice of grocery shops, a highly recommended pizzeria and a scrumptious ice cream and cake parlour!
During Summer months the beach of the River Soca in the centre of town is a very inviting bathing area and becomes a hub of activity for both locals and visitors. Explore the many footpaths which permeate the surrounding hills and discover neighbouring hill top villages.
The central location of Kanal on the Italian border of Slovenia allows great opportunity for sightseeing and activity. The River Soca is famous amongst white water adrenalin seekers. The mountains of Kanin, Cerkno and the Triglav national park are all within one hours drive providing hiking and skiing opportunities amongst stunning and unspoilt scenery. Nova Gorica, a 20 minute drive South is a modern University city where there are shopping centres to suit all budgets. There are numerous other attractions within 1 to 2 hours driving in any direction from Kanal.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kanal (River Soca) 400 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Trieste 60 km, Nearest railway: Kanal 300 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Fully redecorated and fitted with new bathroom and kitchen in 2008.
There is a selection of DVDs for all the family.
A selection of children`s toys, family games and reading material is also available.
The log fire is a wood burner and logs are available from our neighbour as an extra.
There are Sofa beds available in the lounge on request but our recommended maximum occupancy is 6.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a perimeter fence and an entrance gate allowing complete enclosure which may be useful for families with children.
The front area of garden is patioed and there is a selection of outdoor toys for children to play with including a paddling pool.
At the rear there is a young terraced orchard overlooked by a large rustic sun deck from which a child's swing hangs. Below the garden is a stream which provides a relaxing back drop for a lazy BBQ. There are 6 reclining outdoor chairs and a dining table.
There is a parking area inside the gates but negotiation of the entrance can be tricky!
We have a very helpful and friendly neighbour who can speak good English and will be available should you need any help.
Cars must be parked within the entrance gates as the ground outside belongs to another neighbour. Alternative parking will be suggested on request.
Although we have recommended this property for children there is as yet no stair gate.
The Goriska region
Slovenia was the Northern part of former Yugoslavia and was first to gain a relatively peaceful independence in 1991. Kanal is in the Soca valley of Goriska only a few kms from the italian border. Between the Wars, Kanal was in fact annexed to Italy.
The Soca Valley formed the Isonzo Front during WW1 and there are many museums and historical sites relating to this period. The charming italian like town of Kanal is surrounded by wooded hills and pretty hill top villages.The crystal clear and stuningly turquoise river Soca is teaming with fish including a unique species of trout.
Half way between the mountains and the Adriatic, this region of Slovenia is where the Alpine and Mediterranean weather systems converge to give Hot Summers and Cold Winters. There is a lot of sunshine all year and plenty of rain but this typically falls in quick and heavy thunder storm. These conditions allow the orchards, gardens and vinyards to flourish and it is easy to see why the region has been nick named "the market garden of Europe!"
In April this year we went skiing at Bovec during the morning and were soaking up the sun on the river beach in the afternoon!
Slovenia is only the size of Wales so most parts of the country are accessable from Kanal for sight seeing. Primorska, the greater region (1 of 8 in Slovenia) makes up the west border of Slovenia and is described as "Europe in miniature". There are mountains, rivers, beaches, forests and flat Karst plains, vinyards and ancient towns and villages
Within walking distance there are numerous foot paths in the surrounding hills, fishing and swimming (season depending!) in the River, and train trips from the local train station which allow a relaxed day out away from the steering wheel! There is an excellent Pizzeria and Ice-cream parlour in the town and also a basic hotel where you can eat a good traditional meal at exceptional value.
Explore further a field by car, possibly via the auto-train which is the quickest way into the Triglav National park, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. (And is a real experience in itself!) This is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Alternatively visit the famous underground caves of Postojna and Skocjan, both about 80 km from Kanal. Near Postojna there is also the Lipizzaner Stud farm , the home of the "dancing white horses" of the Vienna riding school.
Goriska Brda, the centre of which is 15km from Kanal is one of the country's prime wine areas and the rolling hills are covered in vines and orchard fruits. There are many vineyards and tourist farms where you can sample the local fair.
From the mountain resorts of Bovec and Cerkno you can ski, hike, paraglide and participate in white water sports. If you feel like a swim in the sea then the coast of the Adriatic can be reached in 1hr and Piran a traditional and picturesque fishing town is 110km from Kanal. Ljubljana the vibrant capital is only a 2 hours drive (115km)
The various tourist information offices in the region all offer detailed historical and scenic walks and ambles particularly around the Kobarid area where there is an excellent WW1 museum about the Isonzo Front.
There are many annual festivals in the area. Details of what is on can be found at theTIC (Tourist information) in the centre of Kanal.
World Cup Bridge Diving, August. The diving platform is built 8 meters above the 10 meter bridge of Kanal!
Chestnut festival, Lig, October (hill top village, 9km away.)
Cherry festival in Goriska Brda, May ( Orchard and Wine region, 15km away)
Various music and poetry festivals in the old square, Kanal (Kontrada)
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11 Sep 2012
"Amazing Amazing Amazing!"
Amazing just isn't a good enough word, What a beautiful place!When we arrived in Kanal the sat nav took us directly to Chestnut Cottage, such a lovely cottage, clean and fresh inside and outside … More
21 Jun 2012
"Good base for exploration"
Comfortable & spacious house in a quiet location, with friendly neighbours - you certainly feel part of village life here. We found the choice of outside sitting area very useful, depending on the weather and time of day. We particularly appreciated the comfortable beds - nice and firm.
The house is a few minutes' walk from Kanal with it's small but very well-stocked supermarket, deservedly popular pizzaria and cafe/bar selling excellent ice cream.
This is a good base to explore the eastern side of this beautiful country; we visited several of the places mentioned in the review by "alvsmith" and would endorse his views. This was our first visit to Slovenia and Hisa Kostanja, but won't be our last!
22 Nov 2011
"Beautiful countryside location"
Comfortable well equiped cottage in beautiful location - great walking area and we found it a great base to explore the nearby Julian Alps and the wine growing region.
21 Nov 2011
"Wonderful cottage made our trip a great success"
I have already recommended Hisa Kostanja to several friends. The house was comfortable, the neighbourhood safe, the village was charming and within easy reach. In ten minutes (walking :) we were a part of Slovene life - cosy village store, great pizza place, charming tea shop, local church - we really felt like locals :)
21 Jul 2011
"Lovely home from home in an ideal setting."
I did a lot of internet research to find the perfect place to stay in Slovenia and I think I found it in Hisa Kostanja. If, like me, you value being within striking distance of a totally different exp… More
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