Villa Zarja

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5


Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Hot Tub Parking Space

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Nestled within the lush green landscape of the stunning Karst region, Villa Zarja dates back to 1784, perfectly encapsulating the timeless magic and tranquil natural beauty Slovenia has to offer. With three separate buildings boasting luxury suites, custom-made design finishes, expansive flower gardens and an orchard, up to eight guests can enjoy a true feast for all the senses in this authentic countryside holiday home.

The sprawling exterior grounds of the villa are a private oasis, with herbs, fruit trees and almost two hundred varieties of fragrant roses growing in the gardens. A well-equipped outdoor kitchen includes a traditional wood-burning stove for a memorable meal in the open air at any of the secluded dining areas at your disposal. After dinner, the jacuzzi offers a unique spot to unwind and marvel at the starry night sky.

Inside the first of the villa’s three honey-coloured buildings, a charming suite with solid oak beams and beautiful exposed brickwork awaits. Here, you will find a majestic fireplace made from fossilised Karst shells, a cosy place for everyone to gather around a roaring fire with a glass of local wine at the end of the day. The whole of the ample, open-plan living space benefits from the warmth of the fireplace, including an elegant dining area framed by a window. This area flows seamlessly into a lovely, well-appointed kitchen.

Upstairs, an inviting bedroom makes for the perfect hideaway, with a king-size bed under a luxurious white canopy and an adjoining bathroom featuring a bath. The suite’s second bedroom is a twin room with a rustic feel. This suite also boasts a wellness room with a sauna and a wooden Kneipp barrel, ideal for a day of pampering when the weather turns cold. The villa’s second suite is affectionately known as ‘the observatory’ by the hosts, thanks to its beautiful long balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Spend a sunny morning here with a cup of coffee and a book, immersing yourself in the sounds of the garden below. This suite offers guests a king-size bed in a bright, modern bedroom with a walk-in dressing room. There is also a snug single bedroom available here. The suite’s bathroom is airy, with a walk-in shower and stunning Valentino tiles.

The villa’s third suite is the epitome of romance, with direct access to the garden through a rose-adorned arch around the doorframe. Here you will find a warm, relaxed bedroom with rustic interiors and another king-size bed. There is a small living area for a restful evening inside or comfortable outdoor furniture for a peaceful breakfast in the garden. This suite features a lovely bathroom with a walk-in shower.

While the elegant suites offer peace and privacy on your doorstep, Villa Zarja also provides guests with unique communal spaces for those special moments when everyone gathers together. These include an exceptional living and dining area with walnut wood tables and the warming glow of a crackling fire. A kitchen is on hand, where the best local produce can be prepared while everyone sits down to relax.

If you would prefer to treat yourself to a culinary experience in the villa’s extraordinary Karst wine cellar, which has been lovingly restored with breathtaking results, the hosts will be delighted to prepare some traditional dishes from the region for you to enjoy and remember for a long time to come. Of course, there is always the option to dine outside under the mulberry trees when the weather is warm, with a glass of wine and a simple meal prepared on the outdoor stove.

Villa Zarja offers guests unparalleled comfort and tranquillity in a uniquely delightful setting you will be sure to return time and time again.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Young children should not be left unattended near open fireplaces.
  • Guests will need to take care on the uneven steps leading to and from the gardens.
  • Biodynamic crops are grown in the gardens, where you will also find hens laying eggs. The villa is home to a friendly cat named Tarazbulba, as well as Queeny the big dog. Pets are welcome.
  • Hosts Suzana and André love welcoming guests to the villa. They are friendly and respectful of privacy but will also be more than happy to share their love of the land and its fabulous cuisine with those who wish to learn more. 

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

  • No plastic, no worries, Villa Zarja is made completely out of natural materials, there is a large garden for growing organic produce they have their own private natural spring water.

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hot Tub BBQ Hairdryer Sauna/Steam Parking Space

The Villa (750 sqm)

Villa Zarja is a beautiful 18th century villa featuring three separate unites for up to 8 guests.

Ground Floor
- Dining room
- Wine cellar
- WC
- Small apartment for 2 people

First Floor
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining room with fireplace   
- Apartment for 3 people and bathroom
- Wellness room with sauna and Kneipp barrel

Second Floor   
- Library
- Bedroom with a bathroom

Exterior Grounds    
- Well quipped summer kitchen
- Barbecue kitchen
- Jacuzzi
- Outdoor dining area

Additional Facilities
- Wi-fi in the house and in the park
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Ironing facilities
- Hairdryer


About the surrounding area of Villa Zarja
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The true beauty of the Karst lies in its incredible landscapes, which benefit from the warm Mediterranean breeze and the abundance of fresh mountain air. The idyllic nature of Villa Zarja's rural setting in the tiny village of Utovlje gives visitors a chance to witness a sustainable and nourishing way of life, where the land provides a rich link with the region's history.

The supreme air quality of the Karst is a source of pride for its local people, who attribute the freshness of the air and the clear blue skies of the region to the Bora wind. This is a northerly wind front named after the Greek god of the north wind, beginning along the Adriatic coastline and reaching its most northerly point at the Karst. Relaxing in the pure, crisp air of the region is restorative in every way, making you want to spend as much of your time as possible outdoors, wandering the villa's sun-drenched gardens. While you may not feel inclined to pull yourself away from your home away from home, where it is easy to spend all day basking in the birdsong, and the colourful flowers, the joys of this region are yours to be discovered.

With the natural beauty of both Slovenia and Italy on your doorstep, the Karst region offers visitors an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions. If you want to make the most of this unique location by doing something different, a day trip to the astonishing wonders of Postojna Cave is on the agenda. Here at Europe's most-visited cave, you can take in the breathtaking underground sights while travelling by train on the oldest cave railway in the world. A few kilometres from Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle is an imposing Rennaissance structure built into the mouth of a cave on a dramatic cliffside. The limestone system of the Škocjan Caves is another awe-inspiring attraction that includes one of the world's largest known underground river canyons, making it a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site.

After a visit to Slovenia's underworld caves, you may fancy soaking up the sun on the Italian coastline for a change of scenery. Pack a picnic and make your way to Sistiana Bay, where you can spend the day swimming on the beach of Castelreggio, overlooked by the beautiful Duino Cliffs. The beach is perfect for families, with activities such as boat tours, plenty of pizzerias, and cafes in case you decide to stay and watch the sun go down over the beautiful blue water.

Slovenia's beautiful green capital Ljubljana and the bustling Italian port of Trieste are both within driving distance, so city lovers can stroll along the streets and immerse themselves in two distinct cultural heritages. Even closer to home, you will find the amazing Lipica Stud Farm, a specially protected area of natural beauty home to over three hundred mesmerising Lipizzan horses.

The picturesque and well-known Bled is also well worth a visit and is only an hour and a half from the villa. Here you can marvel at the serene glacial Lake Bled or rent a rowboat and paddle out to Bled Island, the centrepiece of the lake. Although there is much more to the area than the lake itself, with attractions such as Lake Bled Castle, Mala Osojnica, and Straza Bled toboggan track, or you could simply indulge in some cream cake in the many cafes!

Read more about Karst & Mediterranean

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Ljubljana Airport


Nearest City Ljubljana


Nearest Town Štanjel


Nearest Beach Sistian Beach


Sightseeing Lake Bled


Sightseeing Trieste

(27km )


Slovenia, boasts a remarkable diversity of landscapes within its compact borders. The Karst and Mediterranean region is one of the country's most captivating and unique areas. Situated in the southwestern part of Slovenia, this region is a mesmerising blend of natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, historic buildings and a wide range of activities that cater to every traveller.

The Karst and Mediterranean region boasts a network of well-maintained cycling paths, making it an ideal destination for cycling. The Parenzana trail, an old railway route, offers stunning views of the countryside and is suitable for riders of all ages.

The region enjoys some spectacular caves to explore. Postojna Cave is a subterranean wonderland and a true testament to nature's architectural prowess. As one of the most extensive cave systems in Europe, it offers a mesmerising journey through its astonishing stalactites, stalagmites and underground chambers. Visitors can hop on a miniature train for a guided tour, making it easily accessible for everyone. The spellbinding, UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves are another incredible spectacle of the Karst region, known for their vast underground canyons and awe-inspiring chambers. The underground river Reka flows through the cave, enhancing the enchanting experience.

Perched high on a rocky cliff, the Predjama Castle is a medieval masterpiece that seems to defy gravity. This castle is both a remarkable architectural feat and a living history museum. It offers captivating insights into the life of a medieval knight and visitors can imagine themselves in an age of chivalry and mystery. Kids especially enjoy the interactive displays and tales of knights and princesses.

Home to the world-famous Lipizzaner horses, the Lipica Stud Farm is a unique attraction that appeals to animal lovers and equestrians. Visitors can tour the stables, witness horse shows and take carriage rides. Children are enchanted by the grace and beauty of these majestic animals.

The dreamy Sečovlje Salt Pans are where nature meets history and culture. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the traditional salt harvesting methods that have been used for centuries. Families can explore the saline fields, learn about the salt-making process and enjoy the serene surroundings. Birdwatching is also a popular activity in the adjacent Sečovlje Salina Nature Park.

The medieval town of Piran is encircled by well-preserved town walls that provide an exceptional view of the town's narrow, winding streets and red-roofed buildings. Walking along these walls, you will feel as if you've stepped into a storybook, making it an ideal outing.

Slovenia's Mediterranean coast offers various beaches, including the popular Portorož Beach and Strunjan Beach, where you can soak up the sun, swim and enjoy water sports. These beaches are safe, clean and perfect for relaxation and recreation. From paddleboarding and kayaking to windsurfing and sailing, the region provides numerous opportunities for water-based activities.

The region's culinary scene is a delightful blend of Mediterranean and Karst flavours. You will enjoy fresh seafood, olive oil, truffles and delicious local wines. Cooking classes or food tastings are engaging experiences.

The Karst and Mediterranean region of Slovenia is a hidden paradise, offering a diverse range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. From underground marvels and historical treasures to beachfront relaxation and outdoor adventures, this region provides a unique and enriching experience that will create lasting memories.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The villa’s magical gardens and friendly animals will be sure to capture the imaginations of younger visitors, encouraging them to spend lots of time outside in the wonderful fresh Karst air. With cosy nooks and crannies throughout the villa, there are plenty of spots for an afternoon spent reading in the shade or a quick nap before dinner outside in the garden. Should you wish to wander further afield, you will find a diverse range of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

The Lipica Stud Farm will delight visitors, young and old, with its beautiful green pastures and stunning white horses. The estate arranges special programmes for families, with educational activities and guided pony rides for children. Occasionally, children are taken out to the pastures to see the majestic Lipizzan horses and foals up close. Families also have the opportunity to see a show at the stud farm, where you can watch the horses train on the riding ground, accompanied by music. Everyone will truly appreciate the mastery of these graceful creatures after a day spent exploring the stud farm.

For children of all ages, a trip to the Postojna Cave Park is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Boarding the cave’s underground train will mark the beginning of an exciting adventure that the whole family will remember, with hidden passages and plenty of twists and turns. Learn about prehistoric animals at the park’s Vivarium and marvel at the cave’s never-ending stalactites and stalagmites, before making your way up to the surface to enter the land of medieval knights at Predjama Castle. Make sure to wear comfortable and warm clothing on your adventures below the ground!

Older children will enjoy a day out in Ljubljana, a fairytale city with outdoor markets and festivals to explore, as well as cultural highlights such as the National Museum of Slovenia and the Museum of Modern Art. The Italian city of Trieste also has plenty to offer the whole family, including the nearby beaches of Sistiana Bay, where you can spend the day swimming and relaxing by the water before treating everyone to some delicious gelato. From here, head back to your tranquil villa in time to watch the sunset, with everyone feeling relaxed and ready for dinner.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Laundry service available
  • Excursions available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following: 

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €2000 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 to 7.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Flexible
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Tax Tourist tax (2€ per person, per day) is not included in the rental price and will charged in cash on arrival.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £13,931
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £15,479
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £13,931
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 25th 2024 £12,383
Dec 25th 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 £15,479
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 £12,383
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 £13,931
May 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £15,479
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 £13,931

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €15,050
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €16,723
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €15,050
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 25th 2024 €13,378
Dec 25th 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 €16,723
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 €13,378
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 €15,050
May 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €16,723
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 €15,050

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $16,034
Jun 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $17,816
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $16,034
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 25th 2024 $14,253
Dec 25th 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 $17,816
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 $14,253
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 $16,034
May 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $17,816
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 $16,034

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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