Hotels in Slovenia
Kendov Dvorec, Idrija
The best hotel in Slovenia? Probably.
Each of the eleven rooms is individually styled and furnished with authentic Idrijan furniture. All have excellent bathrooms and views around the valley. Currently, Kendov Dvorec is only one of two Relais & Chateaux hotels in Slovenia.
One of the great Slovene restaurants - we would happily compare this to (almost) anywhere in Europe. The chef, Franci Pivk, specialises in Slovene cuisine, but instead of 'modernising' it, the approach here is to apply finesse to the finest ingredients.
Note that, like some of our other top restaurants (e.g. Hiša Franko, Zemono, Posestvo Pule, Pri Danilu), it's worth pushing the boat out: ask for the best of the day and go with it.
Oh, and the breakfasts are quite literally superb. You'll see a buffet table groaning under a pile of some of the finest fare... but make sure you ask for a cooked breaky too. And take your time - you're on holiday remember!
"As with everywhere else we'd stayed, the food was wonderful too. There is very little choice and no written menu: instead, your waiter explains to you what the chef has prepared. In our case this was a sort of sashimi of trout on a salad of fennel; the local ravioli they call žlikrofi, stuffed unpromisingly with bacon, potato and herbs (the Slovenian way with herbs is a revelation) but a lot less stodgy than they sound; the slivers of veal with rosemary and olive oil; and finally, an exemplary ice cream with tiny wild billberries"
- Condé Nast Traveller, 2007
Wine tastings at various vineyards in the Vipava Valley - one of Slovenia's most prestigeious wine regions. The valley is around 30 minutes away, and transport can be arranged... so you don't have to have a designated driver (or victim, as we call them). May well include Grace (for their excellent Rebulla), and/or Tilia (one of Slovenia's very best wine makers).
Cooking classes. Learn how to make local delicacies under the guidance of one of Slovenia's great chefs, Franci Pivk, plus a little wine tasting in relation to the dishes. 50 euros/person.
A guided tour around Idrija, including the local lace shop and the mercury mine - or perhaps further afield to the Franja Partizan Hospital (not to be missed).
Just ask when you arrive, and you'll get the most out of your stay in Idrija.
|We guarantee the best rates offered by the hotel, at any time of the year.|
|Price includes||Continental breakfast, daily cleaning, daily linen/towel change.|
|Price excludes||Tourist tax: Adults, 0.92; Children, 0.45|
|Extra Bed||30 euros (Kenda and Rozka rooms only)|
|Full Kenda breakfast||15 euros|
|Minimum Stay||Two nights|
|Payment and Deposit||We require no deposit, and the full balance for your stay will be payable on departure from your hotel.
However, please note:
|Cancellation||You will be notified of the hotel's cancellation policy when you confirm your booking.|
Price/night per: Room
Euros: 180 - 300
Minimum stay: 2
Fine wine cellar
Guided tours for wine tasting in Vipava Valley
Central heating & AC
Ljubljana: 50 min
Trieste: 50 min
Klagenfurt: 100 min
Venice: 110 min
Zagreb: 90 min
Lake Bled: 50 min
Postojna: 30 min
River Soča: 40 min
Ljubljana: 40 min
Late spring, summer, early autumn: shorts, T-shirts, sturdy shoes or boots, something warm for the evenings and something waterproof in case it rains, for daytime adventures.
Late autumn, winter, early spring: warmer clothing - especially during January and February.
Something nicer for the evenings in the restaurant.
More than welcome: the two best rooms have a little additional children's room.
Kendov Dvorec is open throughout the year. Go for as long as you can - but an excellent alternative for three or four nights if you want to split a week with another location.
As Idrija is what you might call a semi-mountainous area, you can expect almost anything. Summer temperatures average around 22C, while winters can get down to around minus 15C at night. Although Kendov Dvorec is beautiful in the summer, we reckon that the best times are in spring and autumn - just so that you can really experience the comfort, peace and warmth of the place when the weather is less than clement.
Kendov Dvorec was defintely the highlight of all the hotels we stayed on our trip through Italy and Slovenia. Highly recommendable from A-Z.
At Kendov Dvorec the service and food were first rate. All extremely relaxing.
Hi Bob, I just wanted to let you know that we thought that Kendov Dvorec was terrific. The lady who welcomed us [Eva] was really lovely and incredibly helpful - as was Bogdan, who helped ud with our cases, the menu... and directions! Thank you so much for your recommendations - we would never have thought of staying in Idrija: now we have something special to tell our friends about. Thanks again.
Such was the warmth of the welcome, I soon fell for the period charm and the proud sense of place. Idrija is famous for its lace, so there was lace in abundance in our antique-filled room: mats by the bedside, under a little decanter of port-like cherry wine left our for us, under the pewter platter of cherries that lay next to it, and inset into the gorgeous bed linen.