Location and activities
Little Vista House is situated on a quiet street, with wonderful views over rolling hills, vineyards and orchards, on the outskirts of the historic hilltop village of Smartno (St Martin or San Martino in Italian) known for its fortified walls, charming cobbled streets and traditional stone buildings, not to mention fantastic views all the way to the Alps. The wonderful but relatively undiscovered region of Goriska Brda - also known as Slovenia's Tuscany - is dotted with charming tiny stone hilltop villages (of which Smartno is one of the most famous) and criss-crossed with some wonderful walking and biking trails, countless wineries and excellent restaurants.
The area is famous for its many wine & cherry themed festivals especially the "Brda & vino" festival held in Smartno itself each Spring - one of the largest wine and culinary events in Brda. Simply prepared dishes have been replaced by original and sophisticated cuisine that goes hand-in-hand with top quality Brda wines. One of the best spots to enjoy the breathtaking 360 °views of the region is the viewing tower in Gonjace (2 km from Smartno). The castle in Dobrovo, which is the region's administrative centre, is almost a perfect square with square turrets on each corner and well worth a visit.
The neighbouring Karst region offers amongst its highlights the spectacular Unesco protected Skocjanske Jame cave system, which features one of the worlds deepest underground canyons, the equally impressive Postojna Caves and the world famous Lipica stud - home of the Lippizaner breed made famous by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and also offering excellent golf. The Italian Adriatic coast and the fascinating and beautiful city of Trieste is just 20km away whilst Venice is 90 minutes by car and the lovely Italian Friuli wine producing region is just a short hop across the border, home to beautiful towns such as Cividale and Udine.
It is an hour's drive or so to the Slovenian Adriatic and its beautiful Venetian town of Piran. Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital is an 90 min drive away. Day trips into the Slovenian Alps and spectacular Soca Valley are also easily possible with the foothills of the Alps starting in the Kolovrat hills just a few KM north of the Goriska Brda. Let yourself be spoilt for choice with a stay in a wonderful house in an area that offers a vast array of things to see and do for groups of all ages and tastes.
Little Vista House is an appealing renovated holiday home, an authentic Goriska Brda country cottage with exposed beams, stone walls and many original features offering charming accommodation for up to 4 guests in two bedrooms. The entrance hall leads to a living room / dining room on the right with two sofas , woodburner and with access out to the terrace. Depending on the season you can enjoy your evening glass of quality local wine either by the fireplace or on the terrace enjoying the Summer breeze. On the left is the well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, kettle, toaster, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery, washing machine. Bathroom with bathtub and shower. The bedrooms ( 1 twin and 1 double ) are located on the first floor. The double bedroom has balcony doors overlooking the garden and wonderful views beyond. The garden is fenced off from the road and offers a lovely space for adults to relax, whilst soaking in the sun and views and a fantastic protected space for kids to play, complete with its own sandpit.
The house does not have central heating and in Winter guests need to use the wood burner combined with an electric radiator.
There is also no TV or internet in the house, but guests are welcome to use WIFI at nearby hotel.
Even though there is a baby gate installed on the top of the stairs please note the house has a steep staircase and may not be suitable for young children.