When designing Lipizzaner Lodge, it was very important for us to create spacious comfy rooms, but also to include lots of other places for our guests to spend time relaxing both inside and particularly outside..
So there are spaces where you can really relax, hide away and feel comfortable here in your holiday downtime.. you can enjoy the sunshine or seek the shade, your choice..
We used some of the ideas we got from our own year long trip around the world, when we stayed in so many different kinds of accommodation in lots of different countries.
We have plenty of spaces & places to relax and enjoy the Green paradise that surrounds Lipizzaner Lodge..
There is a special guest balcony on the first floor, where you can sit outside, high up and in the shade. From here you have a fantastic view over 40km away to Slovenia's highest non Alpine mountain Sneznik 1,796m..
The first terrace you will meet when arriving at the Lodge is our Cafe terrace, which is our biggest outdoor seating space and used for breakfast and evening meals, planning trips and is our "outside" cafe space.
It is so lovely to see this terrace bubbling with guests from all over the world chatting away to each other.. and the most common subject is usually Green Slovenia.. what did you do today and what is the plan for tomorrow's adventures!
We have more outdoor terraces than rooms!
We have been busy creating lots of different types of terraces in our large garden, which faces Slovenia's last mountain, Nanos.
Most have fantastic views of Nanos, the old Roman track out to St Georges church and our Lipizzaner horses in their paddock or in the fields.
Some terraces are in the shade, some covered with a roof or in the full sunshine, depending where you want to sit!
We also have hammocks hidden away in quiet green places for you to take a nap on or just swing around a bit!
There are loungers, easy chairs and wooden tables to make you feel at home.. every year we add new things and places to help you enjoy this lovely little Green place in the world..
And if you are not eating at the Lodge or in one of our 19 highly recommended local restaurants, we also have a picnic table under a huge Yew tree in the shade for guests to use.
Owlery for Retired Owls & Aspiring Owlets..
A 5 sided treehouse. Each wall, the floor and roof are made from different local woods, so kids can see, touch and smell different natural materials and maybe use the Owl Post to send a postcard home!
We built this place to house our huge collection of owls from all over the world.. see more when you get here!
E CARS and E BIKES..
We already have 2 overnight E Car rechargers for guests to use and a new E Bike hut, where guests can rent an E bike for the day!
It is very important to us that we actively encourage guests to either bring their own E Car or to rent one here.. or even better to explore without a car on foot, on bike or with an E Bike.
To that extent we now ONLY allow one night stays for guests arriving with their own Green power.
E Cars are a perfect fit for Green Slovenia as it is just so tiddly small, but absolutely packed full of amazing natural Green wonders to see AND the really cool thing is ALL of these are reachable from the Lodge in short or longer daytrips, MOST of them possible with your overnight recharge, so no need to even recharge during the day!
So Lipizzaner Lodge is really set up for you to stay here for most or all of your Slovenian holiday and to plan your adventures from here.. More and more visitors are realising this every year!
Great news.. the electricity your car is recharging here on is collected by solar panels on our Stables roof from the lovely Slovenian sunshine!
Please do dump the car for a few days and due to our fantastic location, we have route after route that you can do on an E Bike, so you don't have to be an Olympic cyclist to get around and have fun!
With our new wooden E Bike hut, we hope to encourage guests and other visitors to Green Slovenia to rent these top of the range machines, fully juiced up on Slovenian sunshine of course and capable of over a 60km round trip!
So whether you want to see Predjama castle and Postojna cave in the same day or bike out to the biggest Disappearing lake in Europe or discover other local wonders, we have the bike for you, but ALSO all the back up and bike kit you need too!
We teamed up with local Vipava Valley outfit Rockvelo for our bikes to ensure you get the very best bikes and service on offer in Green Slovenia!
And of course this is just the start of it.. we want to do a lot more for the environment in the Greenest country in Europe and hope that you do too!
Lovely Big Car Park..
Having rented many different cars on trips here in the past, we have seen some of the very scary spaces you are expected to squeeze your rental car into here in Green Slovenia.. easy for the locals.. sometimes terryifying for foreign rental drivers!!
So we made sure our car park spaces are big, wide, flat and easy to park in, so you don't have to worry about your excess charge for dinging your hire car and even the larger family vehicles have plenty of space here!
We have more parking spaces than rooms here and Stable One apartment even has it's own space!
Cafe / Reception..
Downstairs we have a café with "seating for eating" & coffee bar.. This is the heart and soul of Lipizzaner Lodge. There is also a cosy wood burner for crisp evenings and comfy chairs to relax next to the fire after a great day out.
We offer an all day café service with freshly roasted coffee supplied by our Slovenian friends the Escobars, English tea of course and a huge choice of unique Slovenian wine and lots of other stuff.
We have separate Ladies/Wheelchair access & Gents toilet facilities next to the café.
By the café we have a cinema room that is very handy for breakfast in the mornings and we have also found that guests like using this room as an indoor space to play cards or read and so we are delighted about this.
We have a big TV set up here on the wall for important Football & Rugby matches and also display part of our collection of chess sets (gathered on our travels) from around the world here.. guests are invited to have a game with your choice of chess set and country!
In the Lobby..
For kids and "big kids" we have 2 retro space invaders machines playing classic arcade games from the 1980's, including Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Galaxian! This machine is a firm favourite with Lodge guests, particularly the smaller noisy ones.. who go surprisingly quiet for a bit when they sit down here to play!
These machines have also been known to bring a tear of nostalga into the eyes of a few big kids!
If you built a dream house in a dream country, wouldn't you try to fit a little library in too?! So we did.. On the first floor we have our handmade wooden library!
The bookcases are stuffed with books you might like to read on holiday. We have crime, fiction, classics, sports and collections of Clive Cusslers, Jo Nesbo, James Patterson, Game of Thrones and many, many horse books.
We also have lots of books you can borrow about nature to help you identify the birds, trees, plants and even night time stars you might see in this very special part of the world with very little light pollution indeed!
We have kids books, Star Wars magazines, all the Harry Potters, lego and other games to keep the little ones entertained. Most of our stuff is in English, but we have some of the other languages covered in our growing collection.
Our traditional Finnish sauna has a private changing room and a luxury shower room attached.
This means you can have a real Finnish experience.. by steaming in the sauna, then sit on a wooden bench drinking cold beer, after which you take as cold a shower as you can and then repeat the whole process several times over!
Now that really gets your blood pumping, just like a real Finn!
To be sure of having access to the Sauna, you need to book the RelaxRoof Suite as your room option..
Enjoy a traditional holistic (Swedish) massage or soothe that ache or pain away with a sports massage. You are in good hands, we are both ITEC qualified massage therapists.