reviewer julie marchand
In our quest to find out if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, two friends and I decided to explore Slovenia. Before our departure, I was barely able to place it on a map, but I had heard from fellow travelers that the country was worth the trip. And, it is: the landscapes leave you breathless, as do the long walks up the hills and around the famous blue lakes.
We were hiking and camping for most of the trip and loving it. It’s not everybody's cup of tea, but there is something about eating food straight out of the campfire, waking up with the sun, and breathing unpolluted air that I found to be spectacular. For our last days, we decided to visit another friend who was staying and working (WOOFing) for a few months at the B&B Klavze 28. I had mixed feelings—I was more than happy to see my friend, but didn’t want to leave our little idyllic camp in the Slovenian countryside. When we finally got to the B&B after a sleepy train ride, we were instantly won over.
hotel name & website: Klavze 28
who: My two amazing friends, Cerise and Juliette, and me.
why: Another friend, Virginie, was working in the B&B with her boyfriend. She described it as a "hidden gem in the woods" and that piqued our interest.
when: July 2015
stay: The place is enchanting and has a wonderful view. As we arrived, Ben, the owner, was grilling our dinner's main course on the barbecue, and little exterior lights were on to illuminate the dark sky. Later, when the hosts were sitting outside at the table, merrily chatting and laughing, I joined them. I'll always remember looking up at the stars absentmindedly, feeling totally relaxed.
location: The B&B is located a few minutes away from a train station. All the other guests had a rental car and we didn’t; however, it was quite easy to hitchhike (tested and approved), as there is only one road to the bigger cities.
The surroundings will please adventurous minds as well as those in search of peace and quiet: cute villages, forests, lakes, streams, and mountains are all at a walk-able distance or a train/car ride away. Bohinj, which I strongly advise you to visit, is a couple of hours away and is worth the detour. Less touristic than Bled but as scenic, it’s the perfect outing.
rooms: There are only a few rooms in the main building and a couple more in the outbuilding that are all different and can host two to four people. The rooms are very comfy and elegantly decorated by Ben and his partner. There is a very creative and personal touch to the details; each decorative item in the B&B has been carefully selected and cleverly placed. Everything looks as if it had a long and fascinating history before it got on your room shelves or windowsills. If you stick around after dinner, you might even hear the little histories.
pool/gym/beach status: No pool/gym or beach, but I still managed to lose a few pounds and spend a lot of time in my bikini. More seriously, there is a lovely river across the garden to keep your beers cold and where you can freshen up after a long, hot day hiking in the stunning Slovenian landscapes.
food situation (mini bar, breakfast, restaurant): Breakfast is included and you will eat together with people coming from all across the world. Ben’s cooking is perfect for those who like to eat well without all the fuss. Everything is homemade and most of it is organic, coming from their veggie garden or chicken coop. Ben, as he explained it himself, cooks like his mom: with generosity. You won’t be disappointed—I know I wasn’t, and food is basically what I live for.
bar: No bar per se, but a very nice bottle of wine was waiting for us on the table when we arrived. We had orange Slovenian wine, something I didn’t even know existed.
data (wifi?): Of course, and accessible throughout.
vibes: Homey, cozy—you feel relaxed and pampered. A home away from home.
kiddie agreeable: None were seen on location during our stay but I don’t see why not.
specialty: The food definitely—perfectly cooked and full-flavored.
price scale: Affordable for the service and the atmosphere. The view alone is priceless.