“Bajtica”, a chalet built 1905, offers the classical “Vienna style” vacation in its surroundings of the 19th Century summer villas built once with the aim to provide families a secluded summer retreat. Situated in a center of Bled but in a most peacefull area, fully equiped and very comfortable.
Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED.
On the island in the middle of the lake, the ancient Slavs worshipped Živa, goddess of love and fertility. Pilgrims later came to the church of St Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on 10 April 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time when the Holy German emperor, Henry II, gifted it to the Bishop of Brixen. At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood at the top of the cliff rising vertically 100 m above the lake, and it still forms part of the mighty castle that now houses a museum collection. The town flourished in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims, and these were replaced in the 19th century by the first tourists. The Swiss hydropathist, Arnold Rikli, discovered that the gentle climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of good health and well-being. The local people supplemented the health spa offer with guest houses and hotels.
The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world’s most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades already, the pilgrims of the new age have been discovering this town.
Bajtica was a lovely house within a few minutes walk of the lake side, shops and town centre. In spite of being so central it was wonderfully quiet. It was well equipped and we enjoyed being able to eat outside overlooking the garden.
AnaMarija was a charming and friendly host, very helpful with good advice on things to do and places to visit.
We really enjoyed being able to explore the Julian Alps, and also rowing on Lake Bled.
This charming cottage was not only what we have expected, but far more on the top of that:
- quiet place
- well distributed rooms and amenities
- traditional and well preserved building fully equipped for a romantic stay
- near the lake, within a lovely area
- exceptional & well educated owner, who truely 'have read our wishes from our lips' and supported us immediately (far more expected, many thanks for this!
- after 3 times visiting Bled: the best place we have been there so far!
Once again, many thanks Ana Marija for hosting us - we will come back again.
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