If you mix a luxury cabin with a camp site then you will have Big Berry! Situated in South-East Slovenia, and right on the Croatian border lies a resort with a twist. By staying here you get the full local experience with fresh produce delivered daily to your door, and a relaxing atmosphere to really enjoy your time in this fantastic country.
What is Big Berry?
So if you haven’t caught on already, it’s basically a luxury camp offering cabins and campsites for travellers who want to enjoy this peaceful location. They really pride themselves on supporting the local businesses, which is why everything on camp is locally made or produced, even down to the bathroom silverware! I have to say it’s more of an experience than just an accommodation solution as the location is really beautiful.
Our cabin was fairly large as it was for 6 people. Included was:
- Fully equipped kitchen with necessities like coffee, sugar etc.
- Free WiFi
- Deck area with private Jacuzzi
- Car parking
Our stay was very comfortable, it was great how you could fully open the doors and feel like you were one with nature.
Where is it situated?
Big Berry can be reached by car from Ljubljana airport in just under 2 hours. The camp is situated right on the river Kolpa, which is half owned by Slovenia and is half-owned by Croatia. You can literally jump in the river and swim to another country! It’s very quiet and is the perfect place to relax from the daily grind and enjoy some freedom and relaxation.
What can I do there?
There are some fun things to do in the camp such as:
- Canoeing down the Kolpa River
- Relaxing in the daybeds or swings
- Playing volleyball
- Swiming to Croatia
- Hiring the bikes and going cycling around the local area
- Picking fresh berries
- Joining the daily exercise class
From the camp you can also visit some of the following places (some can be organised by Big Berry):
Visit the Vizir’s brewery. A must-do in the region is to visit this lovely brewery. Originally their main product was wine, but once they started to experiment with beer the orders would not stop flowing in! Now they are one of the most popular brands of beer in Slovenia. I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I have to say that these were delicious, especially the banana flavoured one!
See where your daily Pogaca is made. Each morning with breakfast you will notice you will get bread that is traditional Slovenian welcome bread. It’s locally made by a lovely lady who runs the bakery Domače dobrote Mojca. It’s usually flavoured with salt and served warm. There’s one rule though, you must not use a knife when breaking the bread apart, only your hands! This bread was a highlight of Slovenian cuisine personally. If you visit the bakery, then you may get to try some of her hand baked goodies, her biscuits are to die for!
Local oil tasting. If you get a chance ask Big Berry to organise a trip to Pecaric Oil. They offer SO MANY different oils, most I have never heard of before. They all have their own health benefits, but in my opinion, the most delicious are the macadamia and the pumpkin seed oil.
Have a shot of Honey schnapps with the local beekeeper. It may have been only 10am in the morning, but it’s never too early for a shot of honey schnapps at Čebelarstvo Veselič. The beekeeper himself really makes the whole honey experience. Although he doesn’t speak English, he has a witty sense of humour (as translated by Google) and loves to show off his bees! Make sure you support his produce by purchasing some of his honey to take home with you – it’s divine!
Wine Tasting at Malnarič. Located in Semic, Slovenias wine region is a winery with character. Beautiful wines, mixed with the owners’ stories and character make a great (and hilarious) tasting. I couldn’t believe how affordable their wines were too! For €9 we got 3 bottles of quality wine right from the cellar door!
There is also some great local restaurants who have partnered up with Big Berry. Make sure you try:
- Gostišče Veselič
- Gostilna Müller (Pictured above)
- Gostinstvo Madronic
- Pri Starem Pildu (Great pizza and can deliver to the camp!)
How can I get there?
I highly recommend hiring a car as it’s quite remote so if you want to explore the local surroundings it can be hard to get to. You can do this when arriving into Ljubljana airport as there are many car hire offices just opposite. Big Berry is actually situated on the Croatia border, so it will be quicker if you arrive in Zagreb airport and drive from there!
If hiring a car is not possible, don’t worry, you can get a transfer with the likes of GoOpti who are Slovenia’s most trusted transfer company. There is also a carpooling service so you can catch a ride with commuters. It’s called Prevoz and is so cheap! It cost us only €6 for two of us to catch a ride with a friendly Slovenian man who was on his way to work in Ljubljana.
How much does it cost?
Cabins can accommodate 2-6 people are €200. This includes a fresh handmade breakfast brought to you in a basket and hand-delivered to your cabin doorstep. We found that there was plenty of food left over from breakfast for us to have for lunch and snacks. In the basket was:
- Homemade Pogaca
- Fresh fruit such as peaches, grapes and apples
- Fresh berry and lemon yoghurt
- Apple juice
- Fresh milk
Every day will vary depending on which products are available in the camp!
In conclusion, we had a great stay at Big Berry. It’s a great place to relax and rejuvenate. I must say that the people we met were some of the friendliest I have encountered, and it was a real pleasure to be able to test out Big Berry’s facilitates before they open next season (which is April-September 2017). Be sure to check out Big Berry’s website for more information.
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Disclosure: I was sponsored by Big Berry to come and stay, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and recommendations are my own.