by Stefanie Acworth

Garden Village

A hidden glamping oasis among the trees…

Absolute Highlight

Sleeping in a luxurious, yet fully sustainable glamping tent, complete with private hot tub, television, heating/air conditioning and overlooking a private stream…

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
10 tents; 6 apartments; 6 tree houses
The design aesthetic is...
rustic treehouse luxe
The typical guest is...
European or English young families, wedding groups, couples or friends on vacay looking for something a little bit different and to get back to nature.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
their ethos is “friends with nature” and the entire hotel endeavours to be fully sustainable and have a zero carbon footprint.
The location is...
at the foothills of the Slovenian Alps, about five minutes-walk from Lake Bled – a popular summer destination for naturalists.
Interaction is encouraged by....
the Garden Restaurant, where farm-to-table lunch and dinner is served daily. The communal fire pit, housed under giant vines, where introductions are had and many a story been told over roasting marshmallows.
You should stay here because
everybody needs to unwind and appreciate nature once in a while.
What took you there?

A friend and I wanted to visit Lake Bled during the summer months for some fresh air and . We are glampers at heart and had heard great things about the Slovenian alpine region during summer and how amazingly eco-conscious it was.

What was your room like?

I can’t rave enough about the glamping tent we stayed in; it was the perfect cross-section of rustic and eco-luxury. We had all the essentials – like heating and air conditioning, free WiFi, private, solar-heated hot tub, functional bathroom, comfy beds, great outlook… and yet the best bit was the fact it was all environmentally conscious. There were other forms of accommodation, like treehouses set closer to the village’s private beach (read: stream), and they were every bit as cute as one can imagine.

What about the venue

This retreat truly is one of my favourite slices of natural heaven. There’s a greenhouse, shop, restaurant, beautiful Slovenian hospitality, a Finnish sauna (separate to the private glamping tent ones) and even fishing equipment for the guests staying in the tents above the stream… trout anyone? The ‘live pool’ is shared with water plants and animals and the tables in the restaurant literally have real grass and edibles in place as the table-top! Oh, and don’t get me started on the food… OMG, the FOOD! Garden Village grows their own fruit and veggies and sources local fish from the lake. You can literally taste the freshness!

Tell us about the destination

Most people visit beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia to relax and get back to nature – to savour the peacefulness of a place in the Julian Alps usually covered in snow. An easy 45-minute drive from Ljubljana, the nation’s historic capital, will get you to the lake. There’s a number of outdoor activities to do while there – from leisurely rowing and exploring the lake to horse-riding in the mountains and even white-water rafting – so you can be as busy or subdued as you like.

Who did you meet there?

We met a lot of couples and young families from around the world while seated around thecommunal campfire in the evenings. We’d all share travel stories over a yummy glass of vino.

Have you stayed here? Let us know your thoughts!
Lake Bled, Slovenia
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Surrounding Activities

Row, row, row your boat around Lake Bled

You can hire rowboats from vendors around the lake for 5 EURO per hour. Why not paddle to the tiny island in the middle of the lake where the gorgeous Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church is.

Horse riding in the mountains

We booked a two-hour tour of the lush Bled countryside through 3Glav Adventures for 50EUR per person. The ride commenced at their stables a mere 10-minutes from Bled village and took us through some quiet streets on route to hidden Zayrsnica Valley, where we got ample galloping time!

White Water Rafting in the Alps

Two words beginning with ‘F’: ‘freezing’ but ‘fun’.