Welcome to the Dormouse House!
Have you ever dreamt of waking up in a charming historic house which feels like you have travelled two centuries back in time? In May 2019 we have finished the renovation of an old historic farmhouse in the Slovenian countryside. The Dormouse House is now ready to host up to 5 guests who are searching for a quiet countryside retreat.
The Dormouse House is situated in a small village of Goričice, only 60 kilometres from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The village is nestled on a hill with a spectacular view over Lake Cerknica, the largest Slovenian wetland. When you open windows on a summer evening, you will hear a concert of birds, frogs and insects from the valley. There are no street lights in the village and on clear nights you can see thousands of stars above the house.
The house which dates back from the 18th century is maintaining many original features. It is one of the last houses in the wide region with a thatched roof. With carefully selected old furniture it still retains the charm of an old house but is equipped to provide all modern conveniences. The house is entirely built of stone, and the thick stone walls give it a special, quiet atmosphere.
Form the Dormouse House you can enjoy lovely walks to Lake Cerknica, nearby forests or visit some of the karst caves. Southern Slovenia also offers a great base for day-trips to any part of Slovenia. From our holiday house, you can reach both the Slovenian seaside and the famous Lake Bled in a bit more than an hour drive.
Property managers of the Dormouse House Jana and Paul are running a non-profit company which is working on nature conservation and ecotourism. The profits we create through ecotourism are invested in conservation activities and maintenance of the house. We are both naturalist guides and offer various day-trips to nature areas (see www.natureincolour.eu for more information). If you rather go on your own, we can, of course, give you some useful tips.
The history of the Dormouse House
About 60 years ago, Jana's grandparents, who had sentiment for old things, bought an abandoned house. After some initial restoration, the house was for some time a museum of the tradition of dormice hunting. Later, this collection was moved to another place, and the house was for several decades used as a family cottage. The love for old things was carried on to the next generation. Jana's parents took great care to maintain the house in the last decades, and in 2019 we decided to offer it as a holiday house. The name Dormouse House does not have so much to do with the former use of the house. It was proposed by our oldest son Lars, who adores dormice. And, as we are convinced that you will sleep like a dormouse in this house, the name seemed more than appropriate.
We support sustainable travel
Property managers of the Dormouse House Jana and Paul are running a non-profit company which is working on nature conservation and ecotourism. The profits we create through ecotourism are invested in nature conservation activities and maintenance of the house. We are both naturalist guides and offer various day-trips to nature areas (see www.natureincolour.eu for more information). If you rather go on your own, we can, of course, give you some useful tips.
We are proud to announce that our holiday house was accepted among the Ecobnb sustainable accommodations. In April 2019, our company has received Pro-Biodiversity Business Award by the Notranjska Regional Park.