The Vila Mravljevi, in a small village in western Slovenia, consists of two houses: a typical regional stone farmhouse and a new modern building. During the renovation of the farmhouse, which dates back to 1880, its walls were torn out to create spacious rooms. But the rustic character of the building has been retained nonetheless. What has been added are a steel spiral staircase and a 4-meter high window, which floods the staircase with light. The walls are plastered with clay. The old building features a kitchen, a dining and living area (with a fireplace and wine stock) as well as three bedrooms.
Across the courtyard with its large terrace, you reach the new building, which replaced the former dilapidated outbuilding. It consists of a concrete structure with large glazed areas and a façade of fiber cement. Its walls of old stone create a visual link to the old stone house. The new building includes a sauna and relaxation room as well as a living room with a kitchen and sleeping loft. The highlight of this room is the floating fireplace in front of the fully glazed front side, which offers beautiful views of the karst plateau.
What to do
The area is known for its wineries and culinary delights, beautiful landscapes and sporting activities (hiking, fishing, biking, skydiving and rafting). The Adriatic coast and Brda, one of the best wine regions in Slovenia, are about 30 minutes away by car.
Why we like this house
The villa is a harmonious union of a lovingly renovated old stone house and its modern counterpart.
This house is great for
Great for wine lovers
Details of the property
Region/Town: SI – Slovenia, Vipava Valley, Branik
Name: Vila Mravljevi
Scenery: small village in a mountain landscape
Number of guests: 4 bedrooms, total 4-8 people
Architecture: Old & new
Design: A Biro, Vodusek & Dolecek
Published: thespaces.com 9/2016