The SpaceHemingway House Holiday Apartments is a 19th century townhouse right in the centre of Kobarid which has been converted into 5 unique self-catering apartments for the budget yet style conscious traveller.
There is a very large free car parking place directly across the street from the house and another 4 free parking areas within a minutes walk of the house. I have left my own car there for years without any problems.
The Apartments have all been named after Ernest Hemingway's wives and this spacious studio apartment (35sqm) has been named after his first wife Hadley.
This apartment (35sqm) has double bed, which sits under the original doorway to the house, which I have partially bricked up. It features granite ledges for the window and bathroom sills and a ceiling with the original wooden beams exposed.
There is also a single bed and an antique wardrobe and chester drawers for storing of clothes.
The kitchen is larger than average and has tons of storage space. It has a 4 ring electric stove, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, Bodum French press and Bialetti coffee makers and cooking equipment and crockery for three people. There is also a set of plastic tableware for children or picnics.
The dining room table seats three people and there is a wood burning stove.
The room has an en-suite bathroom, which has plenty of storage space and mirrors and an electric towel rail.
The apartment is located in the front of the house on the main floor and is access via the front door of the house. It has its own private and lockable door.
Please note that the apartment is right on the road. The windows are double glazed and at night there is little traffic on the road. So, it isn't that noisy, particularly if you have the ceiling fan switched on.
Small dogs are welcome in this apartment, for an additional €10 cleaning fee.
Guests staying for more than 3 days can do laundry at a cost of €2/load.
Breakfast is also available upon request at an added cost of €6/per person / per night. It consists of tea, coffee, hot milk, juice, fresh fruits, museli and corn flakes, yogurt, breads, meats, cheeses and a boiled egg. The breakfast can also be adapted to suit your (URL HIDDEN) apple juice vs. orange juice etc.
I have tried to make this apartment a home away from home for guests and I wish you a very happy stay here in the Soca Valley. Guest AccessHemingway House has two terraces from which to admire the stunning mountain views visible from them.
There is a large garden which has a BBQ and 2 picnic tables, as well as 3 sun loungers for you to relax on. And I've planted a herb garden and so guests can cook with fresh herbs.
To the rear of the property is a large secure barn where you can store larger sports equipment, kayaks, paragliders, bicycles etc. On the top floor, I would be more than happy to dry out wet clothes (and even tents) on your behalf.
Interaction with GuestsI live at the house and I've been told on more than one occassion that I'm a fount of knowledge about the local area and what can be done here.
I have thoroughly explored my new homeland and the surrounding countries, particularly Italy, and I'm very happy to share my ideas of where to go etc with my guests.
The NeighborhoodSightseeing around Kobarid
Kobarid is ideally situated for exploring the Upper Part of the Soca Valley. There are endless possibilities of things to do if you enjoy nature and outdoor activities. There are also a number of local museums and World War I sites, which one can visit.
Hiking - Triglav National Park borders the village on two sides and there are a number of hikes, ranging from easy to difficult which can be done right from town. The Walk of Peace also runs through the village and from this trail you can walk up to Bovec or down to Tolmin. The tourist office has complete list of the hundreds of walks possible in the area.
Swimming - locals like to head to the "beach" on the Najda River which is warmed by natural hot springs with supposed healing qualities. Its 5km outside of town on the road to Italy and there is a great bar serving food and drinks. For the brave, its possible to swim in the Soca just past the Napoleon Bridge. A bit furher a field, the best swimming spot on the Soca can be found down valley in the pretty village of Kanal. The River is very shallow on the banks here so it is a suitable place to take children. There is also an excellent bakery/cafe here. For proper swimming there is an aqua park in Bovec and another one in Lake Bohinj.
Rafting/Kayaking - The Soca River is one of two rivers in Slovenia where rafting is permitted. This river has played host to the kayaking world championship several times. There are numerous companies offering guided trips on the river. Some rafting tours are suitable for small children.
Fishing - The Soca River is world renowned for its fly fishing. But, permits are expensive and guides are recommended to find the best locations for the fish.
Paragliding - The Soca Valley has idyllic weather conditions for this sport and there are a number of take-off points in the valley, including Stol which overlooks Kobarid. There is a regular taxi service available to take you to the sites.
Canyoning - For the adventurous canyoning trips can be taken. But, they are not for the faint hearted as there are lots of jumping into rivers from high ledges.
Horseback Riding - there are several stables in the area to rent horses with a guide.
Mountain Biking - many of the trails are open to mountain bikes and range from the gentle to the extreme.
Museums in Town
Kobarid Museum - is dedicated to the history of World War I in the Soca Valley. I found it fascinating and its a good way to spend a rainy day. Next door is a free exhibition on the Walk of Peace.
Planika Cheese Factory - this is a popular tour for families and the free cheese at the end of the tour is a nice bonus.
In the nearby province of Fruili in Italy there are a hundreds of vineyards one can visit.
But, I would recommend a trip to Goriza Brda to sample the local Slovenian wines, which are surprisingly good from here. The area is also spectacularly beautiful, with many quaint fortress villages. There are also many good restaurants.
Gambling is legal in Slovenia. The Aurora Casino is located just outside of town and there are cabarets in the evening for those not interested gambling.
Lake Bohinj / Bled - There is a car train from Most na Soci which takes 30 minutes to arrive at the scenic Lake Bohinj which is suitable for swimming. Bled is a further 20 minutes on the train and is considered the most beautiful spot in Slovenia. This makes for a wonderful day out.
Trieste - the city itself is a matter of personal taste but there are some great beaches up the coast if you wish to go for a swim in the sea.
Cividale de Fruili - is a charming medieval town a twenty minute drive from Kobarid. There is a fantastic flea market here on the 4th Sunday of the month. And there is a pastry shop in San Pietro de Navistone which is well worth visiting.
Koper/Piran - it takes about 2 hours to drive down to the Slovenian coast on the motorway and it can often be crowded down there in the summer. But, Koper and Piran are beautiful places to visit.
Skojan Caves / Lipica Horse Farm - On the way to the coast you can visit the Unesco World Heritage site, the Skojan Caves. The caves are amazing and there is a huge river that runs below them. Nearby is the Lipica Horse farm where the famous Lippazzaner Horses are bred. There ia good restaurant here and its possible to see the horses without entering the farm as many brood mares are in the paddocks just outside. Just don't forget to bring a bag of carrots or apples.
Postonja Caves and Castle - These are the most famous caves in Slovenia and there is a train which takes you deep in the cave network. The caves are bigger than those at Skojan but I think less dramatic. They do music performances in the main cave in the summer. Nearby is the castle which has a museum.
Ljubljana - the capital is well worth a visit. The river Sava runs through its small city centre and its banks are lined with cafes and restaurants. There is a castle on top of a hill which gives amazing views of the city and there are a number of interesting museums which one can visit. During the summer there are numerous free musical festivals taking place.
Tourist Information on Slovenia
For a more comprehensive information about what to see and do in Slovenia I can recommend an excellent site which has reviews and pictures of places to visit and things to do all over the country.
Getting AroundThere are regular buses running up and down the Soca Valley daily as well as to the capital Ljubljana 3 times a day. However, to make the most of the area I would recommend visiting with a car. Unless, you like hiking...then its not necessary as there are no ends of beautiful hikes which can be done right from Kobarid. Other Things to NoteThe prices do not include the local tourist tax which costs €1.27 per adult and €0.63 per child (3 to 18).
If you are planning to come for 7 nights or longer it is always worth it to write to me...I like to make special offers for my longer term guests.