Reviews from my guests
HERBAL ROOMS HOMESTAY
Dear Vesna, thank you so much for all the tips and knowledge before and during my stay. I am so happy I came accross your Herbal Rooms Homestay (by chance ;)) online. Your parents are so lovely, as are you. I wish you the best and I hope to return soon! Jessica (August 2017)
Dear Vesna and Robert, thank you for having us at your house in Plave. We loved our visit and made us feel so welcome. It was so nice to talk with you about Slovenia and the differences and similarities between our countries. We really love Slovenia, you have helped us falling in love and we will surely come back. Thanks for all the herbal surprises, especially the pillows! Paul and Berthilde (August 2017)
Dear Vesna, Karmen and Ivan. We loved sleeping on herbal pillows. Thank you! Lisette and Mikkjal (August 2017)
Dear Vesna and family, we have had a very nice stay here. Thank you for everything. See you another time. Herbal greetings. Hugh, Virginie ( August 2017)
Thank you for the stay! Beautiful region, love the Soča river :). Delphine, Louis (July 2017)
Dear Vesna and family, our stay at your wonderful home was nothing less than amazing. We felt very welcome at all times and had a very comfortable and good night’s sleep. Everything was very clean and the herbs, herbal tea and selfmanufactures food brought joy to our senses 🙂 We will recommend your accommodation back home and hope to return in the future. By the way, thanks again for all useful tips concerning our itinerary! Warm regards, Christopher, Kristof (July 2017)
Dear Vesna, Robi, Karmen and Ivan, thank you so much for your warm hospitality. We have had a wonderful stay at your home – you made it feel like it was our home. Thanks for passing on your knowledge, your tasty herbal teas and your excellent company. We wish you all the best for your future. Sue, Mark, Gemma (July 2017)
Dear Vesna and your lovely parents, thank you for having opened your house to me – I felt like at home in Switzerland! I had a divine sleep on the herbal pillow – just what I needed after many days of hiking. Thank you for sharing the talks about herbs, garden and Slovenia. Everything at Herbal Rooms feels to be made with love and dedication to every single detail – and now in July the whole house is filled with the pleasent, relaxing smell of lavander. I am very happy to have found you through my random google on research for a Slovenian herb – which ended with a spontan stay at Herbal Rooms. All the best and wish you one day make it to the bivak on Kanin! Sarah (July 2017)
To Vesna and her wonderful family, thank you for your wonderful hospitality and making us feel so comfortable even though on short trip but we had a great stay at your house. Thanks for giving us the freshly grown herbal tea will always remember “crazy Karmen” while sipping the herbal tea back home. We had super stay with you and your family and will love to come back to 5* accommodation. Deeksha and Sid (July 2017)
To Vesna and her wonderful family, Jerry and JoAnn would like to thank you for your warm and generous hospitality. Your gardens are truly a work of art and inspiration. Vesna is a wonderful guide and provided us with a truly memorable experience of the WW1 battle in the Julian Alps before we came to Slovenia. Karmen and Ivan are wonderful hosts as well. Thank you for a truly wonderful visit. Jerry, JoAnn (June 2017)
Dear Vesna, Robi, Karmen and Ivan, thank you all lovely family. I stayed here 6 days with super special lovely memories. We had lots of talking, laughing … You taught many things not only natures. Especially about herbs and gardening are really good experience and very helpful for me. I was the first guest from Japan. I hope I will be able to let to know other Japanese how wonderful here is. I will come back when I am stressed with too much work. Thank you so much for everything, especially about my missing luggage. Natsuko (May 2017)
Dear Vesna, Robert and family, our 2 days’ stay at your house was aromatic and beautiful. We loved it so much, so many sweet, warm and fragrant memories at Herbal Rooms to take back home. I am glad that I chose to stay here than staying in any hotel. I wouldn’t have got to be with lovely family like yours in any hotel. I got to know so much about your country and culture. I appreciate your passion for your nature. I wish you and Robert a very good health and happiness in your life. Wish to see you soon in India. Lots of love to Vesna, Robert, Karmen and Ivan. Meet, Akshaya, Ameera (April 2017)
The Herbal Room was a very nice warm place to get to after a long day on the road. I wish we could stay longer. Ben (April 2017)
We have had a wonderful time staying at the Herbal Room. We exchanged a lot of information. Vesna shared with us Slovenian culture and a way of living. We enjoyed the conversation a lot. Ivan and Karmen are also very warm and kind. We felt that they really took care of us like we were family. It made our stay ever more memorable! Overall, it was a splendid time. Thanks a lot. We will never forget this short stay at Plave! Pong and Emmy (April 2017)
Dear Vesna, Robert and family, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality during our stay. We have thoraughly enjoyed spending a couple of days experiencing Slovenian culture. Please pass on our thanks to your parents. We enjoyed our quick tour around Nova Gorica and feel inspired to learn more about Slovenian history. We wish you all the best in the future and continued success for Robert’s cuban salsa classes. We hope to see you again soon. Sam and Tom (April 2017)
Dear Vesna, Ivan and Karmen, thank you for your warmth hospitality. We loved seeing your beautiful garden, drinking tea and staying in your lovely home. We loved the experience and and will definitely recommend it to everyone who asks. Thank you again for welcoming us into your life and home. Rachael and Peter (April 2017)
Dear Vesna, Karmen and Ivan, hiking from Faak (near Villach) to Trieste is big fun, but also a little demanding for the legs. So your nice and relaxing place with the smell of 1001 herbs and fully dedicated hosts is just the perfect medicine to our body and soul. We wish you all the best. Johanes and Marlene (April 2017)
Thank you so much for hosting me on my 1st trip to Slovenia. You welcome me most open arms, warmth and kindness and I feel like a member of your family. I love the herbal pillows in my herbal room. The smell of scented herbs. All the woodwork in the house. The garden and nature around here. The house is very well maintained throughout. Not to mention homemade herbal tea. I will certainly come back again. I am so happy that you liked laughter yoga. With loved gratitude. Kim (March 2017)
Thank you for a beautidul stay, such beautiful people. You made my first trip to Slovenia wonderful. Michelle (December 2016)
Dear Vesna and family,
thank you so much for a lovely night in your wonderful home. You have helped us appreciate the beauty and culture of Slovenia even more. We felt the love and pride you have for your home and country in every corner. Thank you for the inspiration and revitalization and thank you for our first night with herbal pillows!
Amy and Eric (November 2016)
To Vesna and family,
thanks for your hospitality and your genuine openness. The house is full of warmth and love. It is full of hundreds of beautiful smells. And the careful manicured garden is opulent and lusm. Thanks for sharing travel stories with us.
Sebastien and Audrey (October 2016)
Dear Vesna, Karmen and Ivan,
even though I could not stay very long, it was wonderful to have a home and a family-feeling away from home for a little while. I really enjoyed your kindness and warm personalities. And for sure, I will miss the refreshing tea. You are a very inspiring and creative family with an openess and happiness that is exceptional and very charming. I will be happy to recommend you to anyone that is planning or visiting Slovenia. Let me know if you would ever wish to visit Belgium. Hvala. Iris (September 2016)
Dear Vesna, Karmen, Ivan,
thank you so much for the lovely stay in your Herbal Rooms Homestay. We learned a lot from your wonderful local traditions and cuisine. Your garden is just amazing, and we admire what you do with all the herbs and other products. Thomas also learned a new skill: how to mix your own herbal tea! We can’t wait to taste it back home while thinking of our stay here in Plave. All the best for you! Hvala! Kiitos!
Eeva and Thomas (September 2016)
Draga Vesna! Ob letu obsorej … Ponovno smo uživali v zeliščnih blazinah in gostoljubju. Imeli smo se čudovito.
Nataša, Marko, Dorjan (Avgust 2016)
Dear Vesna and family,
thank you for making us feel at home in your lovely home. You are wonderful hosts. Please thank your mum for the homemade cake and thank you also for the herby cough medicine. I think it has worked!!! We have loved seeing your garden, watching the jam making and getting a glimpse into this peaceful lifestyle you live.
All the best.
Nicola and Miriam (August 2016)
Thank you so much for a beautiful time here at Herbal House. Your generosity, kindness and humour made such a highlight in my time in Slovenia. Hvala!
Katie (July 2016)
Thank you so much for the stay at the awesome Herbal Rooms. Your parents are the sweetest people I met! The boys (6 and 8 years) loved making a lavender pouch. Herbal Rooms are a unique experience for the whole family. Thanks again for having us! Herbal Rooms is approved to be suitable for kids.
Lineke, Boris, Bram (July 2016)
Dear Vesna, Ivana and Karmen,
thank you so much for this wonderful stay in Herbal Rooms. You have made me feel so welcome, right from the moment I slipped those slippers on, to our last meal together this evening. I loveed learning how to make lavender garlands in your beautiful garden. Vesna, you were the most amazing guide (so knowledgable + patient with my millions of questions). Ivan, I love all your woodwork in the bedroom (and I hope your thumb gets better soon). Karmen, your herbal pillows and fern pillows were fantastic ( I slept like a baby and I am going to try and make one in England). I will miss Herbal House (and its lovely smell of lavdender) and you, my Slovenian family. Please visit me in England. Thank you.
Ellie (July 2016)
Dober dan Vesna! Hvala, hvala, hvala … or thanks a million as we frequently say in Ireland, for such a full and fullfilling experience of Slovenia life and the natural beauty of the Soca valley. I will never forget my best solo adventure- made all the more easier and enjoyable thanks to your hospitality and your parents. From the midnight feast on the night of my arrival of herbal tea and cottage cheese pastry and tasting local cuisine at the tourist farm this holiday was a real gastro affair! My experience in Herbal House has had a very calming and relaxing affect on me- yet was not for one second boring as we did so much during our short few days. I loved the chill out time in reka Soca, pit stop at Boka for great pictures of the waterfall and watching kayakees (from safety of bridge!) and onto Kozjak for nice stroll.
I have learned so much during my time here so thanks for the great chats and all the best for the future. Dobro sem after Herbal House my prijatelj
Sabrina (July 2016)
Thank you very much! We really enjoyed our stay and the tea was the best tea we ever had! Thank you for this night of great sleep.
Jasmin and Susanna (July 2016)
Es sind die Begegnungen mit Menschen, die das Leben lebenswert machen. Herzlichen Dank fuer Ihre Gastfreundschaft!
Auf unserem Weg nach Rom fuehrte uns der heutige Weg zu Ihrer unterkunft schon eher als uns Ihr Vater bei Starkregen abholen wollte. Aber wir laufen alles! Deshalb und der gesperrten Bruecke geschmiedet, wurde es etwas spaeter.
Bleiben Sie behütet!
Ihre Christiane und Martina aus Sachsen (June 2016)
We really enjoyed our stay at the Herbal House. The rooms were very comfortable. And you made us feel at home. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality.
Rebecca and Robert (May 2016)
Mmm. this roomssmells so good … Too bad our cameras don’t have an option to add this wonderful herbal aroma to our photos!
All the best from Leni and Nejc
ps.: Thank you for interesting local infos! Herbal soaps … just love it! (April 2016)
Dear Vesna and family,
Thank you so much for welcoming us both into your lovely home and giving us such a great introduction to Slovenia, its history, culture oh and the tasty food too! It has been great to learn so much about Slovenia and about plants and herbs too. We will definitely keep our eyes open for wild garlic on our walks back home and try to make a herbal omelette as tasty as your father’s were!
Thank you also for showing us a part of Slovenia that many people miss, we will definitely recommend Soca valley to our friends and Herbal Rooms, of course!
Good luck with all your plans and tours in the future! I am sure we will both be back to explore Slovenia more soon. Best wishes.
Hannah and Thom, UK (April 2016)
Dear Vesna and family,
Both of us would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your wonderful kindness and hospitality during our stay here. It was wonderful to get such an insight into your wondeful country and culture. We also enjoyed working on our fitness during our walks. Keep up the good work Vesna and all the best for the future.
p.s. It was such an honour to be the first Irishman to stay at Herbal Rooms
David and Cilla from Ireland and Australia (April 2016)
To Vesna and family,
Thank you so much for inviting me to stay at Herbal House! My introduction to Slovenia thus far has been incredible. I really wish others could understand just how amazing your little country is!!!
Hugo, USA (October 2015)
Draga Vesna and family Velišček,
Bivanje pri vas je bilo kot vedno odlično in toplo. Zeliščne sobe so prekrasna ideja. Komaj čakam, da dožimi še »zeleno« sobo. Veliko uspehov še naprej!
Draga Vesna and family Velišček,
Staying at your place was great as always and your welcome warm and nice. Herbal Rooms are a great idea. I am looking forward to experience your future »green« room as well. Keep up the good work.
Alenka, Slovenia (October 2015)
To Vesna and family,
Thank you so much for opening your home and your hearts to us. Your personal attention to our needs was much appreciated. To see an experience the kobarid battle site was an unforgetable experience. Thank you also for the herbal tea-tasty!
We wish you well! Jim and Carolyn USA (October 2015)
Thank you Vesna, Ivan and Karmen for this very nice stay. This place is very pure and this was what we needed after a week of running around beautiful Slovenia. Bianca and Jamy, the Netherlands (September 2015)
I see and I forget.
I hear and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Dear Vesna, dear Karmen, dear Ivan!
Thank you for making this not a journey but welcome. I am still amazed how quickly we passed from being visitors to friends, even family! Another miracle, and what a beautiful one! We slept so well in the herbal rooms and now our experience is completed by making herbal pillow. Lucky us! I already know I will be back here, already your language sounds like music to my ears and your warmth and hospitality has shifted my world travel horizont to include … Slovenia. Best of luck for everything and we look forward to welcoming you in Austria one day. Look out for the beauty of Herbal Rooms being reflected on my travel blog: www.creativelena.com. Big hugs to my Slovenian family.
Elena, Austria (September 2015)
Words cannot express what my heart is feeling. Coming here was like coming home. So many impressions I am thankful and I take home now: the power of nature, the power of family, so many beautiful memories of places you have shown us. Thank you so much for sharing your home and your passion. All the best for you and your family and your projects! Can not wait for my return! Big hugs and love and power to follow your dreams.
Irmie, Austria (September 2015)
Draga Vesna in preostala družina!
Bivanje v zeliščni sobi prebudi vse čute. Še nikoli nismo spali na tako finih blazinah. Tudi najmlajši član (Dorjan, 2 leti) je užival in zaznaval prijetne vonje. Imeli smo krasen vikend. Hvala za tako prijetno bivanje. Želim ti še veliko prijetnih gostov, ki bodo uživali v vaši bogati, drugačni ponudbi.
Marko, Nataša, Dorjan, Slovenija (August 2015)
I am so lucky to be the first guest from Hong Hong. Herbal Rooms are awesome and I am glad that I came. Thank you for preparing the herbal tea on the first night. It was so nice. I enjoyed the garden, balcony view, soap, Soca valley, the nature … I am in love with Slovenia day by day. It is a new experience for me who come from a big city and it was a good one. When I return home, I would definitly bake my own bread, have my own garden if possible. I will gonna miss you + the herbal room. See you in Hong Hong/Plave again.
Stephanie Hong Hong (August 2015)
It is very nice to experience this Herbal Rooms and your parents warmth. The nature itself is also lovely. Unfortunatelly I have to go before you return. Maybe next time.
See you again. I mean till we meet in another time.
Christina, Indonesia (August 2015)
Dear Vesna, dear Karmen and Ivan,
Thank you for the very unique stay at your Herbal Rooms. We had great fun getting to know you and your lovely family and experiencing a part of your everyday life! Everything smells sooo nice and we haven’t slept so good in a quite a while. In addition, the food and especially teas taste amazing. It was very relaxing to have a quite afternoon making »butara«. Well, not all of us are as crafty with the hands as you are.
We wish you and your family many sunny, smiley days full of joy and laughter! Keep on doing the great work. Kind regards and hope our part cross again.
Sonja and Jerry, Slovenia-Switzerland (July 2015)
I am so fortunate to have found the Herbal Rooms. I have to admit I was not sure what kind of experience I would have but something about it sounded intriguing and inspiring and I decided to give a try. Thank godness I did! From herb tea to the homemade soap, to the herb liquor, to the time salsa dancing with Robert, I have had an amazing time. Robert and Vesna truly inspiring people and go the extra distance to make your stay one of a kind. I will always remember the Herbal Rooms and the time I spent with an incredible Slovenian family! I hope to be back some day. Thank you.
Katie, USA (June 2015)
Thank you for the warm stay at your house. We were attracted to your offer and have enjoyed the short stay with you and your parents. We hope your business will flourish in the way you want it to. We will happily come back and stay longer to explore and learn more from your family. Thank you for the good conversations and the delicious food and teas. We hope to see you again soon. Much love,
Lisa, Daniil, Naoma (June 2015)
Vesna Herbal Rooms delivered far more than promised. I enjoyed the herbs, the nature, the garden, the Soca valley. But most of all I enjoyed the warmth of Karmen, Ivan and Vesna and their genuine desire to understand the world I come from as much as their desire to share their world with me. Thank you. I will never forget all of you.
Durriyah (June 2015)
Dear Vesna and family,
Thank you all for the wonderful unique experience you offered. It was a perfect break from our busy travel schedule. We so enjoyed the Soca valley traditions. Keep up the good work. Warm thoughts from your Canadian friends.
Marilyn and Sheldon (June 2015)
What an amazing time in Herbal Rooms! Vesna truly puts an effort into making sure guests get an authentic village life experience and you really feel that you are part of the family. From picking wild garlic to cooking fritaja to making calendula balm to having wine and pomegranate liquor not to mention to shared stories and cultural exchange. This will be an experience I never forget. Next time I am in Slovenia, my first stop will be Herbal Rooms!
Jessica, USA (March 2015)
Dear Vesna, Karmen, Robi and Ivan!
Thank you all for taking us having a look into your daily life, sharing your local food and taking us to your favourite place: the Korada hill with lovely peaceful meadows which turned into natural pharmacy. Your concept of local experience is inspiring and hopefully you will have many chances to involve other travellers who visit Slovenia into the life and tradition of Soca valley. All the best for all of you. Ivana and Gianni (September 2014)
Dear Vesna and family,
We had a wonderful time staying at your Herbal Room. It smells so good! The pillows filed with herbs are really unique. We have never seen this before and the room is also nice with a beautiful view. Picking herbs together was a perfect local experience. We had two full hands of blackberries, yum! We will definetely recommend you to others and hope we can visit you again some time. Thank you so much for letting us into your home and eating wonderfull food with your family. Really special!
Bart and Manon (September 2014)
Glowing review on Herbal Rooms,
I have the utmost pleasure of staying at Herbal Rooms from 3rd June to 3rd July 2014. Herbal Rooms were an excellent base for me to enjoy good restful nights and to explore the surrounding areas. Good night sleeps were ensured by the herbal pillow and matress and the peaceful atmosphere of the room and the house. Ivan and Karmen made sure I was always comfortable. They were attentive to my requests about tourist areas, trains and deriving the utmost from my stay at Herbal Rooms. The room, the bathroom and the house were immaculately maintained. I really enjoyed the surrounding garden full of growing vegetables and colorful flowers. Everywhere I looked it was a pleasure for all of my senses. I explored with ease the Soca river and towns near by food and also by hitch-hiking. For further destinations I was assisted by Vesna or took a local train to lake Bled for example. I believe the most that anyone desires from an accommodation is comfort, peaceful atmosphere, a good night’s sleep and a place to »hang your hat«. I woke up each day ready to explore with renewed energy, vim and vigor. From Herbal Rooms there is a lovely view on Soca river. So lovely to stand there in the balcony, sips of herbal tea and gaze at the Soca river. Really a pleasure. Please consider going to Kanal as it is close by Herbal Rooms. The Soca river is there plus park Pečno.
I recommend a stay here as Herbal Rooms are ideal for singles as well as for families. I will certainly stay here again.
With love, Rosemary USA (July 2014)
SLOVENIA LOCAL EXPERIENCES
Our day with Vesna in the Soca Valley was by far our favorite part of our trip to Slovenia. Vesna showed us breathtaking rivers, beautiful gorges, icy peaks, and a stunning waterfall (and we also had amazing food at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant we never would’ve found ourselves). My favorite part of our perfect winter day was talking to Vesna herself. We talked about everything–history, art, work, politics, nature–and it seemed like we were talking with an old friend. Down-to-earth, knowledgable, passionate about what she does and where she’s from, and utterly generous with her time, you won’t find a better guide, and you won’t have a better experience in Slovenia than with Slocally. Hvala, Vesna! This doesn’t really express what a wonderful time we had, though! It was so amazing to get to know the Soca Valley with you! Also, your potica . . . SO GOOD! Thank you!
Melissa and Austin, United States
It was a serendipity to meet you two and I can’t express how fortunately I am to meet two knowledgeable experts who care about the nature so much. You two made me rethink the food that I am eating everyday and the lifestyle of going green. If I could choose again, I would stay in Slovenia for three weeks instead of three days. It is a place to discover natural wonders with the know-it-all locals. Slovenia was the sixth country in my two-month long Europe trip. Arriving at this country only with the knowledge that I will spend two and a half days with a local couple met on couchsurfing website, I left my itinerary blank and let my host decide what will come. Things turned out to be unexpectedly good. In these four days, I had dinners by Master chef Robert, I gardened with a sweet couple who cares a lot about what they eat, I chatted with the know-it-all Slovenian cutie Vesna. The highlight was definitely an excursion to Solčavsko valley where I experienced the hospitality of tourist farm owner apart from what nature offers. The excursion began with an early morning drive that took two hours to the valley. Time flew quickly with cheers on the road and the purely beautiful scenery on the way. We had to stop a few times to capture the picturesque view in Slovenia with our cameras along the snaky roads leading to the valley. There are a number of hiking trails for tourists to choose according to their physical ability and time. Some can even climb up to 2000 m or above. We parked our car mid-way in the hills and began our walk to a pasture. Though the altitude was not as high as other trails, listening to the splashes of water in the river, appreciating the snowy hill tops in the vicinity and the greenery made the trip an enjoyable one. As a city dweller for over 20 years, I found all the cows, horses and sheep so fascinating that I would not hesitate to give them a little pamper provided that they are safe to touch. The hiking trail was an easy one that can be finished in one hour time for single way. At the end point, we found a pasture house that opens in summer time to milk the cow. I believed things would be marvelous if I have the chance to taste the milking exercise in summer seasons. I hope they won’t hurt too much. Then, the experience in tourist farm was another marvelous one that I felt connected with this country. We were greeted and served by a hospitable farm owner who brought us a plate of local delicacies including salami, cow cheese, cottage cheese, a sausage prepared in a local way called Zgornjesavinjski želodec (aka Upper Savinja stomach ). To me, these food were so new to me. Yet, I enjoyed them a lot together with bread and juice. Just when my stomach was about to surrender, the host walked towards us with a hot clay pot that raised my curiosity. Is it the Cheese fondue from Switzerland? Looking at the white semi-liquid egg white-like substance puzzledly, the host explained it was called masovnik, which was flour cooked in cream. I could only say yummy after the first spoon. However, please don’t care the calories for the day if you are to try. That day, I had the same amount of dairy product I would eat in a month. After a fruitful talk with the host, we began a slow and lazy drive away from this natural wonder back to modern Ljubljana. On the second day, we just relaxed ourselves in city centre of Ljubljana by bike. The bike lane has a total of 35 km of which around 10 km were covered by us. It was a pleasant journey cycling under the shades of the trees, especially under the blazing sun in such a sunny day. When tired, what would be better than having a burek and kebab next to the Ljubljanica, the river flowing through the city centre? We indulged ourselves in the food and the scenic view of the river and half a day passed so quickly. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Ljubljana must be the Ljubljana Castle. After lunch, a short uphill stroll from the centre ended up in a panoramic view of the whole city that was definitely worth climbing. Ljubljana is also a place filled with parks and open space, as in other countries. People chilled, picnicked, and worked out in the greenery all day round. Ljubljanian made me learnt about the definition of work-life balance. How about the dinner for the night? As usual, we had our master Chef Robert to cook the meal for us. Vesna and Robert are very mindful when choosing what to put into their mouth. They care about the quality of the food, but not in the way that counts the number of Michelin star. Instead, they would like to have the food from the local, the food that are clean, the food that retains the flavor it should have. As a result, I tried home-made yogurt, oil, vegetable, syrup, juice for the first time in my life. I truly pay tribute to their eating attitude which has become rare in recent years. Honestly, Slovenia may not house a beautiful city centre as Prague or Budapest, but it certainly provided me with loads of natural beauty that made me feel so close with our mother nature. And above all, the hospitality of people certainly made Slovenia my favorite in this Europe trip.
Sunny, Hong Kong
I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to experience Slovenia with Vesna. She was the first person to welcome us to the country and it was such a warm welcome! Vesna took us to a local family winery in Goriška Brda. Most of the time, wineries require large parties to do private tastings, but Vesna was able to take just two of us to the winery in Šmartno. At the winery, we got to tour the wine making process, taste the first cherries of the season, and of course, wine taste. I highly recommend Vesna to anyone looking to experience Slovenia with a local. On our way back it was clear to see that Vesna is very passionate about all the wonderful experiences that Slovenia has to offer and after visiting the country, I agree with her and share her enthusiasm. My only regret is that I wish I had more time to spend in Slovenia with Vesna. I was so disappointed that I did not have enough time to take her herbal salve class. I definitely would like to return to Slovenia and when I do, I will be reaching out to Vesna.
Vesna at Slocally offers in-depth learning experiences of the age old Slovene way of life. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about preparing foods and preserving traditions. I had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful countryside of Slovenia visiting a tourist farm, olive oil tasting, and meeting many wonderful people. I also chose making an all natural calendula balm that is better than any hand cream I could buy. Vesna’s love for the art of living life naturally is truly contagious. Slocally is a “must do” when visiting this beautiful country!”
I first encountered Vesna via emails. From the very beginning, her emails were professionally friendly and truly interested in my desires and intentions with my trip to Slovenia December, a 5 week stay. She offered great suggestions with the caveat that it was winter and also holiday time. Since she has developed many worthy contacts, I was so intrigued with her many and varied suggestions. I informed her that I love nature hikes and especially interested in nutrient-rich foods. Being a Chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, I was avid to see cheese-making, bee-keeping, charcuterie, raw milk vending machines, vineyards, farms and places beyond the usual tourist menu. I was most interested in naturally prepared foods and in artisanal foods. Vesna was able to offer me all of the above and more. I was so impressed with her unique services and how she kept my requests uppermost in mind. I met Vesna in person in Ljubljana and all welcoming smiles and warmth of presence. I felt I was in the best hands ever to introduce me to the best Slovenia had to offer at the time of year. Then we went off to the countryside! Our first destination was to a beekeeper’s shop where I desired bee pollen, royal jelly, raw honeys and honey elixirs to assist me to stay well for my entire visit. Then we went on to more adventures that I named PURE SERENDIPITY. Vesna always arrived on time and with a plan for the day along with a curiosity and openness to opportune moments and experiences that gave me the most incredible memories and insights into what is the REAL Slovenia. We took hikes through vineyards and enjoyed a picnic among the vines of an omelet with herbs from her garden. The omelet, the sunshine and the setting was divine. We went to medieval towns, country side taverns including a trout restaurant that served the best trout I have ever tasted. I made a calendula salve that assisted me to heal a dermatitis on my chest. The calendula and lavender she had personally picked as Vesna has a great knowledge of local herbs, mushrooms, natural curative plants and edible wild plants. I truly enjoyed Vesna’s cheerful nature and her historical anecdotes of the towns and villages we visited. Her vast knowledge and ability to teach and share and impart this knowledge with clarity and with passion for her beautiful country so rich in history, beauty and nourishing foods was impressive. The whole time I spent with her was beyond worthwhile as she has an instinct for serendipity and the ability to be open to the magic of the moment. If you desire to see and experience the very best of Slovenia including the fine cuisine, and have the privilege of Vesna’s knowledge and passion and attentiveness to what interests YOU the most, I recommend her unique services highly. I intend to return to Slovenia one day to experience the summer season, cherry blossoms and harvest and more serendipitous days with Vesna.
On a recent visit to Slovenia I was fortunate enough to spend a tour with Vesna, who not only took my husband and me to a bread-baking course with Pavla at an eco-farm in Robidišče but also showed us hidden gems of Slovenia that we would not otherwise have seen. Just a few days before we set off for Slovenia I was searching the internet to see if we could combine our holiday with bread baking when luckily I stumbled upon Vesna’s website. I discovered that Vesna arranges various hands-on activities and courses and was happy to organize our visit to Robidišče. We had a great time at the farm with Pavla, who was delightful, and enjoyed not only the baking but also looking around the village and picking herbs. Vesna is a fount of knowledge about many aspects of Slovenian life and was an excellent companion for the day.
I spent a great day with Vesna in her home village Plave. She showed me her lovely garden where we picked herbs for frtalja. Vesna has a lot of knowledge about herbs, their aromas and its effects. I learnt her secret recipe how to make the best frtalja ever! It is so simple and delicious (egg, flour, milk, salt, herbs). Frtalja was so big that I could’t eat it all so I took some to go. Moreover, she prepared home made herbal tea. The herbs that she put in the tea cup are coming from her garden and nearbly hills. Everything what she and her family is doing is locally produced and home made. I would highly recommend to attend this culinary workshop that Vesna is running. Vesna has a good sense of humour, she is very talkative and a bible for home made products. Dare to join her and take part in her hands-on workshops! You won’t regret it.
We had a wonderful time and the expectations for our holiday were exceeded. From the initial reception you provided at Most na Soči as we got of the train, it was evident that you were very committed to providing a good experience. The smiles and the warm greeting that both of you provided made us feel at ease from the outset. The activities that you arranged in Kobarid and Robidišče eco farm were very informative and enjoyable. The food we shared at the eco farm was excellent; we still comment on the cheese with fresh herbs as well as the soup and fresh dumplings. Visiting the cheese making facility operated by Drago was a truly unique local experience. Our only regret is that we were unable to bring some of the cheese back to Canada, but we do have the memories! The time spent in the historic town of Šmartno with Aleks as our guide was also very good as it gave us a much better appreciation of the history of the region. The surrounding villages as seen from the top of the “viewing tower” were a beautiful sight. The degustation at the family winery, including the “frtalja”, was one of the highlights of our trip. Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to walk some of the Cherry Blossom trails, but perhaps that can happen at a future date. We have many wonderful photographs that were taken during the time we spent with you. Some of the more memorable pictures include the Napoleonic era bridge as well as the long span of the railway bridge over the Soca River with its emerald coloured water near Nova Gorica. We are truly thankful for your efforts as the information you provided, ranging from points of interest to transportation schedules, allowed us to anticipate more fully what we would encounter in Slovenia and it also contributed to more efficient organization of our travels. We were very fortunate to have made contact with you. Without your input, our trip would not have been as enjoyable as it was. Thank you for contributing to our wonderful Slovenian holiday; our personal interaction with both of you will be part of our positive, lasting memory of Slovenia. We wish you every success with your business venture.
Sincerely, Leonard&Judy, Canada
I have recently returned home after a wonderful holiday in Slovenia and one of the highlights for me was time spent with Vesna. She is a very thoughtful, caring person who listens to your special interests and then develops and modifies her plans to suit you. How fantastic! Vesna describes herself on her website Slocally as a “gipsy queen who is addicted to home made products’. The description is true but it doesn’t prepare you for her passion for life in general nor the wonderful conversations we had ranging from herbs and food to history and politics. She has established a sound business based on her principles of treading lightly on the earth. When I was staying in the Goriška Brda region, we spent one day slowly traveling around the Soca Valley with a leisurely walk to the Kozjak waterfall. The whole area would be beautiful to any traveller but the experience was enhanced by seeing the land through the eyes of a local with her intimate knowledge of the area. We also visited a honey maker in the Karst region and cheese maker in the Soca Valley – experiences I would never have had otherwise. Yes, I had seen other local produce providers in the open markets in Maribor and Ljubljana but it was great to meet these producers in their own homes. I strongly recommend that you fit in at least one activity with Vesna when you are visiting Soca valley, Slovenia. Your travel experience can only benefit from her gentle, professional approach and passion for the country.
What a warm welcome to Slovenia this was! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and lively spirits. It felt like we were visiting good friends – talking about life in Slovenia and beyond. Vesna and Robert are wonderful free spirits and we enjoyed our evening immensely! Meeting you both and sharing culinary experience with you made our visit to Slovenia extra special.
Daisy and Brett, USA
I had a great day with Vesna! Her knowledge about herbs is huge and she masters the art of telling and showing at the same time. The healing meadows are wonderful and peaceful – you walk, talk, pick, smell, watch learn and enjoy. You also get to see her herb collection and get an understanding of the whole proces. At the house she made me the most tasty omelette stuffed with herbs, not to mention her homemade cherry juice- yummy. To end the perfect day of with, she made me a personal tea – a real treat! Go for a herbal walk with Vesna – you will come back enriched and relaxed after a day in really good and pleseant company. And did I mention – she speaks really good English. I can highly recommend this! PS: If you can’t make it on a Saturday, call her anyway, she might be able to do it another day – as was the case for me.