B and B | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Enchanted with the beauty and serenity of Slovenian Istria, the owners of Flegi B&B bought in 2006 two charming stone houses, rebuilt the guest house as a low energy building above the old cantina and erected a copy of the original second building as a passive house. All priceless original building materials of the old stone houses were preserved, reused and coupled with modern features – air ventilation with heat recuperation, heating via a joint air/water heat pump, as well as using rainwater for toilet flushing. As final touches, a swimming pool and two stonebuilt outdoor kitchens were added – then we opened our doors.
Flegi is ideally suited for closed parties - extended families or a group of friends, who rent all three rooms simultaneusly, thus ensuring relaxation in privacy and enjoying the sole use of cantina, kitchen and pool.
You will merge into the rhythm of the village life and might, come late autumn, even want to participate in olive harvesting. At night, you will hear only nightingales, owls and no cars or traffic noise. The sunny hot days of summer can be spent by the pool or you might prefer driving to the nearest beach, either in Slovenia or in Croatia, for we are located very close to both the Croatian as the Italian border. You might want to explore Venice by boat from Koper, enjoy a game of golf or ride thoroughbreds in Lipica. Autumn and spring are lovely as well sporting mild temperatures - a time to gather mushrooms and wild asparagus, or roam through Istria.
Hikers will love the hilly surroundings reminiscent of Tuscany and Provence. Families can enjoy bathing while escaping crowded public beaches. Bikers and cyclists will return in the evening from daily trips through Istria, cool down in the pool and start a barbeque, amenities fully provided. We will make your mornings enjoyable with generous breakfasts, and offer you our homegrown vegetables and fruits. We aim to make your holiday a real holiday!
Flegi is a low energy house. This means that it is endowed with extraordinary thick heat insulation and air ventilation which, through a heat exchanger, assures you of fresh air without the need to open windows, thus keeping a pleasant inside temperature without the use of conventional airconditioning units. We encourage guests to avoid overheating their premises by cooking in either of two outdoor kitchens, and by closing shutters during direct sunshine. At night, the temperatures drop considerably lower than on the coastline, allowing to cool your rooms by sleeping with windows open - the Istrian way of living.
A typical room temperature at the end of a 35 degrees Celsius very hot day might climb to 25 degrees Celsius, and will drop during the night to a pleasant 20 or 21. If you require a cooler room temperature, you might want to look for premises with AC.
The water temperature in the unheated outdoor pool keeps,due to the mediterranean climate, between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius, thus making heating redundant. On a summer night, mists rise from the pool as the air temperature is considerably lower, offering a romantic midnight swim in the colour illuminated pool. In spring or autumn, the pool temperature varies between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius, depending on sunshine and wind.
In winter, the premises are constantly heated with an energy saving heat pump, the floor heating keeping a wonderfully calm and warm room climate. Interested parties may enquire for a full tour through a low energy house technics and review our statistics on the performance and energy consumption of the neighbouring passive house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Koper 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Trieste - Ronchi dei legionari 80 km, Nearest railway: Koper 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 25|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The interior resembles the typical local Istrian style, reminiscent of Tuscany or Provence. Each room / apartment has a double bed and bathroom, a couchbed is available. As Flegi is a low - energy mansion, there are generous shower compartments in each bathroom but no bathtubs. All bathrooms are endowed with towels, hair drier and soap; bedlinen and dishtowels are provided. Our rooms do not have balconies, therefore you will find your favorite place in the garden, by the pool or in the yard. Internet is free, while there is no TV in the rooms, but it can be watched in the owners' house. You can choose books from our multilingual library or pick your game of cards or social games.
|Further details outdoors||
We are located in an inhabited village, and although buildings in Istrian villages typically tend to be crowded together to avoid the winds in winter, we do have a large yard, private parking, private garden, a swimming pool and even a small vegetable garden. Due to the mild climate, the unheated swimming pool can be used May through October.
While we like housebroken pets who do not disturb other guests or damage the facility, we accept them only on request for a surcharge of 10 EUR per day.
Smoking is permitted outdoors and, if all guests agree, in the cantina, but not in the rooms.
Guests are welcome to use produce from our organic vegetable garden free of charge. Quantities larger than for everyday family cooking can be bought in the village, just as extra virgin olive oil and domestic wine.
Two bicycles are available free of charge, please bring your own helmets.
Bikers welcome! There are three bikers in the family, small repairs or simple maintenance can be done on site, while there is a full service and bike rental in Koper. The roads in Istria are excellent, season starts in February and may last till December - no sand on the road - please follow the weather on our weather station Flegi and enquire by e-mail!
Flegi is built on three terraces - entry yard, kitchen and dining, swimming and sunbathing. While stone stairs from one terrace to another were endowed with ramps for strollers or bikes, wheelchair users might need assistance and will find the doorways definitely too narrow to pass through. Unfortunately, due to zoning regulations in the natural reservate, the rather cozy floorplans did not allow for a better solution.
We accept pets only on request - please do enquire for a surcharge of 10 EUR per day.
The Primorska region
The region, squeezed between Italy and Croatia, is divided into coast and picturesque inland, both blessed with a mild mediterranean climate but cursed in wintertime with the Bora wind, whose positive consequences are excellent prosciuttos and hams, procured by drying in this wind.
In the north, the inland with carstian features like underground caves cuts along the valley of the Soca river deep into the heart of the Julian Alps, and in the south it continues into the Istrian peninsula of neighbouring Croatia. It is possible to enjoy both skiing in the Alps and swimming in the sea all in one day.
Historically, the area was influenced by the Venetian republic, the Italians and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, emerging after World War II as part of Yugoslavia, to be divided between Slovenia and Croatia in the early 1990ies. Regardless of nationality, the inhabitants consider themselves Istrians, and speak or at least understand all three languages common to the area - Slovenian, Italian and Croatian.
Economically, the region survived on fishing and agriculture, selling local produce to the cities of Triest and Koper. Today, fishing and excellent wineries are less important to the wellbeing of inhabitants than local industries and tourism.
Places of interest are plenty in all three countries and range from natural gems - the cave of Postojna, the Soca valley, the Dragonja natural reservate to a heaven for golfers and horse lovers in Lipica, to Venice and further to the north the Italian Dolomites and lakes.
The area also enjoys great popularity among hikers, cyclists and bikers as snow is a rarity, short winters are mild, local roads are curvy yet transparent and the area offers innumerable vistas and panoramas as well as tasty and light local cuisine.
Župancici, locally known as Flegi, is a small village of 34 people, 5 dogs, a few chickens and a horse, overlooking the valley of the Rokava creek, part of the Dragonja natural reservate. The area is much reminiscent of Tuscany or Provence, featuring olive tree and fruits orchards as well as vineyards and the famous salt fields of Secovlje, one of several must-sees.
While remote when considering the nightly silence and the narrow, partly unpaved road (a reminder of a storm in 2010 during which the humble creek Rokava flooded the valley and tore off parts of the pavement), it is only 15 drive minutes away from the shopping centres of Koper and a little more from the other tourist beach centres – Izola, Portorož, Strunjan and Piran.
A lot of natural beauty to explore, excellent inns to visit and plenty of good local wine and olive oil will appeal to all who would like to switch off in excellent living standards with a swimming pool while merging into a typical Istrian village, yet wishing to be close to all amenities of a city.