The green hills of the Posavje wine region are dotted with cottages where the inhabitants of the region come to relax and enjoy themselves with friends. Now some of these vineyard cottages are available for hire, offering you an opportunity to rest and relax or enjoy an active break in peaceful natural surroundings. You can enjoy wonderful views and sample local food and drink, including Cviček, one of Slovenia's most distinctive wines.
Vineyard cottages are a feature of the Dolenjska, Bela Krajina and Bizeljsko-Sremič wine districts. They stand on the edge of vineyards, on the sunny sides of hills, and offer wonderful views over the surrounding landscape. Built and maintained with care and love by the local people, for many they represent a second home. Traditionally, only friends are invited to a vineyard cottage, but now their owners wish to share them with you. If you are seeking authenticity, tranquillity and relaxation in the countryside, you are sure to fall in love with them.
A homely environment
The vineyard cottages that are available for hire have modern fixtures and fittings and offer everything you need for a comfortable stay (kitchen, living/dining area, bedroom, bathroom, WC, TV, balcony or terrace). The cellars of vineyard cottages are used to store barrels of wine, which the hospitable owner will invite you to taste when you arrive. You can also sample the local wine in the area's wineries and wine shops, while a vineyard cottage holiday is also an opportunity to discover the culinary specialities of this part of Slovenia, available at local restaurants and agritourism farms. A vineyard cottage is also an excellent choice of accommodation for those who want to spend an active break in the countryside.
Hikers, cyclists, horse riders, anglers…
The area around the vineyard cottages is crisscrossed by a variety of themed trails for hiking or cycling. Horse riding trails are also available. The region has a total of 1,400 kilometres of paths and trails.
If you are a hunter or angler, local hunting and fishing clubs will help you make all the necessary arrangements for your hunting or fishing trip. Vineyard cottages are also an attractive option for golfers, with the Otočec and Mokrice golf courses both within easy reach. Or you may prefer spa and wellness programmes at Terme Krka's natural health resorts in Šmarješke Toplice and Dolenjske Toplice and at the Terme Čatež spa. Other sports and recreation activities include tennis and flying (light aircraft, paraglider or balloon).
For lovers of heritage and traditional events
Staying in a vineyard cottage for a long weekend or even a little longer offers an ideal opportunity to see the beautiful natural sights of this wine region, including forests, rivers, plains and karst caves, and also to discover the area's rich cultural heritage (the castles of Otočec, Mokrice and Kostanjevica na Krki, Pleterje Charterhouse and its museum, the Božidar Jakac Gallery and Dolenjska Museum in Novo Mesto, with its rich archaeological collection, and so on).
The area is also known for numerous traditional events which are very well organised and attract large numbers of visitors (the Wine Spring event in Metlika, Cviček Week in Novo Mesto, the Feast of St George in Črnomelj, St Bartholomew's Day in Šentjernej, etc.).
Time for yourself and your family
A stay in a vineyard cottage surrounded by beautiful green countryside, in peace and tranquillity, enjoying local food and drink, allows you to slow the frantic pace of modern life, at least for a few days, and forget about your everyday cares for a while.