The Pule Estate

Hacks on Lipizzaners through unspoilt farmland. Ride & Relax. Combine with a visit to Ljubljana, Europe's smallest and most charming capital city. Lovely spa. Perfect for country walks. Delicious regional food and extensive wine cellar.

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The Pule Estate has an almost spiritual peacefulness about it. This 4* hotel is a collection of beautifully restored farm buildings which stand isolated on a hilltop plateau surrounded by beech and oak woodlands. Accommodation is in one of seven extremely luxurious chalets, built with local stone and wood using traditional methods. The gourmet restaurant prides itself on its exquisite use of fresh, mostly organic, local produce. The Hayloft restaurant shares a converted barn with the 5 Lipizzaners which can be seen through a glass panel from the dining room. Riding highlights include a hack to a nearby medieval castle and another to a local historical town. The Pule is perfect for adults wanting to get away from it all and immerse themselves in an atmosphere of peace and pampering at the highest level. Guided nature walks. Full spa facilities will be available from the autumn.

There is an excellent wine cellar beneath the restaurant which is stocked with the best wine from the region and beyond. A tour of some of Slovenia's top vineyards makes a very enjoyable day trip and is highly recommended. Al fresco dining is offered during the warm summer months beneath the magnificent 100 year old walnut tree. Beautiful wicker picnic baskets are available for romantic strolls into the countryside. Bikes available to borrow at the hotel.

A day trip to the Lipizzaner stud farm is also highly recommended; the small village of Lipicer, in the heart of the unique Karst landscape, is home to the oldest stud farm of lipizzaners in the world. It was founded in 1580, initially to supply military horses for the Hapsburg Emperors and then for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Lipizzaner stud farm outing

The day trip includes a tour of the stud farm and stables, a ride in a carriage and pair through the elegant park and a presentation with music in the arena of the Classical Riding School (the latter is available from April to October). It is also possible to ride out on a short hack on a Lipizzaner bred at the stud.

Wine tasting outing

The wine tasting experience starts with your first dinner at the Pule. The charismatic Sommelier will take you on a sedentary tour of the wine regions by offering you a different glass of wine with each course from a different part of the country. The 'tour' ends in the hotel's elegant wine cellar where you can prepare for your day visiting the vineyards in the beautiful wine regions of Slovenia.

Accommodation

The five light chalets are divided into seven suites which have been built with natural local materials and with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each has an open fireplace stocked with fragrant beech wood, flat screen SAT T.V, beautiful slate bathrooms with L'Occitane products and a lovely terrace with patio furniture.

Suites: Marija and Kristina are both 68 sq m chalets with 2 separate double bedrooms (sleeps 2 + 2) on 2 floors with a large sitting room with kitchen area and huge glass patio doors. Both Maria and Kristina have sunny terraces with patio furniture but Kristina commands beautiful views across the Estate. Junior suites Ana, Jera, Neza, Franciska and Barbara are all 45 sq m with one bedroom (2 people), separate drawing room with sunny terraces on one floor except Franciska and Barbara which are both duplex.

Guest testimonial:

Just thought you might like some feedback from our recent stay at Posestvo Pule, in Slovenia. We had a wonderful time, and will definitely go there again. The accommodation was in beautiful new individual cottages, top quality in every way.

The staff were virtually falling over themselves to make us comfortable, the restaurant was definitely top class with a great wine cellar of local and overseas wines, the chef was top class and all meals were excellent.

On one of the days there was a concert organised with an international quartet playing classical music, whilst we sat in the beautiful terrace restaurant eating a specially prepared meal and wines.

There was a spa there to be used free of charge for guests, new, modern and very relaxing. I had a couple of beauty treatments there (with discount because we were guests) which I found to be as good as I had had any where in the world.

Now to the riding component ....my husband was the rider ( I went along for the holiday and the walking in the beautiful Slovenian countryside. )

The people who actually ran the riding component for the holiday came from a nearby village. They were experienced horse people - used to running trail rides. The horses were" school " horses, and my husband found the horse he used well suited to his

level of experience, and his needs. They took him first for a ride in the menege to check his abilities before setting off on any trail riding.

He was VERY impressed with the couple who took the riding, they were capable, very friendly and tried their utmost to make his riding experience happy (they even provided a Slovenian "picnic" for us, complete with Australian beer (which they had gone to some trouble to acquire) and

Slovenian sausage etc! The only drawback was the limited amount of trails available for riding.

We would like to go there again, and think it is good value for money.

Getting there is no problem IF you arrange pick up in Ljubljana or preferably the airport with the Posestvo Pule estate, We would be happy to correspond with any future guests if they have questions,

Elizabeth and Ken (Australia)

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Getting there

The Slovenian capital Ljubljana is served by the national airline Adria Airways from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester. Easyjet flies there and to Rjeka from London Stansted. In the summer, Easyjet also flies to Ljubljana from Manchester. The Estate is about 1 hour drive from the airport.

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

Riding ability

Beginners to advanced riders welcome.

What to bring

Riding trousers or jeans, chaps or mini chaps, sun cream, rain wear, riding hat and sturdy boots. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.

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