Trnulja Country Estate

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Trnulja Country Estate

Ljubljana, Slovenia

‘With a passion for organic ingredients, wellness & nature. Discover a healthy living retreat surrounded by mountains carpeted in trees.’

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Overview

  • Highlights

    Starting from £85 per apartment per night 

    The Finnish sauna heated with wood and wellness delights 

    The organic, field to table restaurant with mountain views 

    The zero-waste breakfast, all organic & locally-produced

     Complimentary tea made of 15 different organic garden herbs

    Just 5 miles from the centre of the green city of Ljubljana 

  • Top Tip

    ‘Relax in the wood-fired wellness area – this isn’t your average spa experience.’

    Eco Activities

    Take a worthwhile trip to the green city of Ljubljana with the estate’s electric car. Named one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, celebrated for its pedestrian zones, architecture, and surrounding forests, it’s a shining example of what every city should look and feel like.

    For adventure seekers the path through the wild Pekel Gorge is a must-see. At the entrance, you’ll notice a wooden sculpture depicting the Devil (Pekel translates as ‘Hell’). Push onwards to the dramatic waterfalls and staircases.

    Hike up to the Church of Sveta Ana. At the top, sit back and enjoy the views across the Ljubljana Marshes.

  • Apartments

    Each of the 4 eco-apartments and studio comes with its own kitchen and bathroom, capturing the unique history of the area and made with upcycled, natural materials, such as ‘hemp’ walls. Expect a healthy living, cosy space that calms the body, mind, and soul.

    Upcycled floor tiles, made from the bricks of the original house.

    The natural feel of the apartments, with timber, clay and hemp.

    The incredibly spacious bathrooms, and relaxing showers.

    The complimentary organic hemp oil gifted on arrival.

  • Meet Your Hosts

    Meet Urša, your host, along with her trusty dog.

    Urša and her husband Miha are the founders of Trnulja Country Estate. Equally passionate about sustainable living, organic farming, and wellness, their warmth and welcoming nature are a delight.

    Urša initially trained as an economist in Vienna. Before starting Trnulja she worked in an office, and in her spare time with dressage horses.

    Her passion for organic, homegrown Slovenian dishes is inspiring and moving. A visit to her onsite, award-winning restaurant is a must-do experience. In fact, it’s Slovenia’s only 100% organic restaurant, across food and drink.

  • Bring the Taste of Slovenia to Your Home

    We believe Food is Travel. You don’t need to wait until you visit the destination to experience its wonders.

    From the golden Slovenian sun and mythical marshy lands in which it grows to the loving care with which it’s tended to, this certified organic food range from Trnulja is something special.

    “I cannot find a better organic hemp oil for my smoothies, soups, and salads! I sometimes even drizzle the oil onto my toast, it’s so tasty. Not to mention hemp is really good for you. Ursa’s passion for great food and healthy ingredients is inspiring. The corn and gluten-free biscuits are a tasty treat which makes me smile from ear to ear!”Rebecca, Founder of Kiwano

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  • Need to Know

    The estate’s electric car is a great mode of transport to get into the city, and to see the surrounding nature in the summer. However, in the cooler months, it would be best to rent a car from this local business.

    The on-site bio-restaurant is currently only open on a Sunday. Although this is likely to change in the near future, it’s worth checking. You’ll need to book in advance to get a table or if you’d like to try the organic breakfast. The zero-waste breakfast is served in your apartment and is one of the highlights here.

    It’s so easy to jump into a checklist of the top 5 things to do and see in the area. Taking the time to slow down, and reconnect with one’s self cannot be overlooked. The estate’s wellness ethos and eco-approach create the perfect place to unplug, find what feels good, and simply let time pass you by.

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  • Location

    Trnulja Estate is located in the small village of Crna Vas, just outside of Slovenia’s green city of Ljubljana. It’s located in the Nature Park Ljubljansko Barje, and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant that serves organic specialties.

    There are plenty of hikes and cycling routes right on your doorstep, with the option to rent a bike from the estate.

    How to get there

    From the city of Ljubljana, it’s a 20-minute bus, taxi, or car ride to the estate. There is plenty of parking available if you do choose to rent a car. For the best service, and to support a local business we recommend using Renty.

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  • Energy
    The hot water for the apartments is powered by clean, solar energy and the estate uses wood chips for heating.
  • Water
    The apartments and estate is fitted with water reducing systems. Collecting rainwater for irrigation also saves water...
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    The unique water filters here give "life water!"

  • Waste
    The zero-waste kitchen is very impressive, along with the zero-waste, organic breakfast delivered to your door which is a highlight.
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    The estate has an on-site compost system, for organic waste. You'll not find any plastic packaging or plastic bottles here, not even in the restaurant. Each apartment provides guests with instructions on how to separate waste ready for recycling and composting.

  • Rewilding & Biodiversity
    Being a sustainable place also means giving local flora and fauna a helping hand. The estate is exploring ways in which to do this - so, watch this space. They welcome your ideas...
  • Local Community
    The estate provides local people with employment. They're also part of a project which engages senior homes by...
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    organising cookery workshops focused on healthy, organic food. They also run team buildings days to inspire organic, sustainable food and zero-waste living.

  • Food
    An organic farm with 80 hectares of land, the estate is the first & (still the only) 100% organic certified restaurant in Slovenia...
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    Providing more than 50% of the food through the organic farm, the rest is bought locally and is all 100% organic certified. Offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lacto-free meals, the meat-free menu is intentionally more attractive in price and presentation. In recent years the raising and slaughter of animals on the farm has ended.

  • Engage Guests
    Guests can enjoy renting pollution-free electric bikes and cars to explore the area. At every step of the stay guests are guided towards eco-conscious living...
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    whether through the organic food, or simply by learning about the natural building materials used.

  • Architecture
    All the apartments and surrounding buildings are built of natural materials, most of which has been upcycled from the old house which once stood there...
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    All rooms have clay walls (electric smog minimizer), hemp fibre isolation, controlled air conditioning system. The floors' beautiful tiles are made from recycled bricks. There is a lot of local history told through the architecture (wood, stone and bricks, wooden piles like in Venice) and in the traditional pictures hanging up.

  • Housekeeping
    The eco-friendly mattresses are made of natural hemp, and the bed linens are organic cotton. The toiletries are organic and...
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    provided in dispensers to avoid unnecessary plastic waste. All cleaning products are organic certified.

Reviews

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    ""Incredible attention to detail""

    "The food is absolutely amazing (bio/organic ingredients from their farm). The sauna & wellness is a must-do for couples! We also loved wandering in the bird sanctuary which is a short walk away. The location is great: you get the peace and quiet from the "countryside" whilst being able to go to the centre of Ljubljana (and the rest of Slovenia) easily."

    Lionel, Google Reviews, April 2022

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    ""It feels like home!""

    "A beautiful chalet all in wood. A lot of little touches from the staff that make all the difference. It feels like home, in the middle of fields, farms and a nature reserve. All 5 min by car from the old town of Ljubljana. A dream!"

    Caroline Dherbey, Google reviews, 2020

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    ""Everything is eco quality""

    "First we noticed all the natural materials, which made sleeping better. We enjoyed the biggest apartment with two rooms and a huge bathroom. Location from Ljubljana downtown is easy to get to. We took the river package trip which includes full electrical carriage transport from hotel to dock. We had lunch in the restaurant and I can give only the highest score."

    Leon Prezelj, TripAdvisor, January 2019

  • Kiwano Hotels
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    ""Probably the best self-catering place I've ever stayed!""

    "Absolutely fantastic: beautiful, peaceful location (the farm itself is picturesque and it's just outside of the beautiful city of Ljubljana, and there's a very pretty little walk to a picture-perfect river straight out of an old-fashioned postcard directly opposite the site) with spotlessly clean and well-equipped apartments and friendly and accommodating hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for Urza - her English is excellent and she will go well out of her way to help you. Her staff member Katya is similarly brilliant, and both were fantastic with our little girl. Make sure you try the breakfast - it's expensive (organic and locally-produced) but it's well worth it for a treat."

    Sarah R, TripAdvisor, June 2016

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