Describe paradise and Big Berry, Slovenia may be it. Since it sits on the border of both Slovenia and Croatia, Big Berry is a sweet choice for travellers and holiday-makers visiting either of these beautiful countries. Big Berry glamping is located in Primostek, is modern, stylish and I can reassure you – there is not a tent pole in sight! Many travellers who visit Slovenia will prioritise visiting the capital city, Ljubljana and the fairytale town of, Bled however camping in Slovenia has never been so appealing now that Big Berry, Primostek is on the scene.
Location: Big Berry, Slovenia
Big Berry is a new glampsite which sits in the south of Slovenia at the Kolpa River in the Bela Krajina region. The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a 1 hour 30 mins car ride away (Slovenia is not very big!) The Bela Krajina area has supermarkets, bakers, bars, and restaurants. This is ideal because each of Big Berry’s houses have a well equipped kitchen for those who like to cook but a variety of culinary options (local and international) only a short car ride away, all meals are included in the overall price – hence the tagline ‘Luxury of Freedom’.
Croatia is but a river away!
Why choose Big Berry? Luxury of Freedom
As soon as you step inside the Big Berry house, you know that a lot of thought has been put into these stylish holiday homes. Our house was decorated with the colours yellow (my fave) and baby blue, very fresh and cute. The bedroom was comfortable, a nice sized wardrobe which lights up, comfy double bed and – hallelujah, a full length mirror (why is this vital amenity often missing from vacation accommodation?!) There was lots of storage space too, it was refreshing to unpack our backpacks and have space to put the 80l monstrosities away out of sight, and relax! My only gripe is that the Wi-Fi did not reach the house (#5), hopefully this teething problem will be resolved for the future. The kitchen / living space had a fridge, microwave, hob, kettle, juicer, crockery, and nice glasses for all the delicious Slovenian wine! There was a welcome pack with said wine, food, and bath products – all from local companies.
Comfortable yet cool
Local Produce – Bela Krajina Farms to Fork
I really admire Big Berry’s ethos of keeping it in the Bela Krajina family! In the morning we dined on a hamper of bread, apple juice, meat, fruit, yoghurt, and milk – all products from local farmers, it’s nice to know where your food is coming from. Oh ghee whiz, how could I forget? Big Berry also gave us lots of different types of ghee, who knew that it was used out with curry? News to us, tasty! It was very relaxing brunching on the decking, watching the river flow by, hypnotic! The out of bounds hot tub was a tease though, I’d like to go back when it is fully functioning! A glass of vino, bubbles, and that view – yes please.
Put some south in your mouth
The river is not the only liquid that you can delve into, Big Berry also took us on trips in the local area to meet the producers of what we were putting into our bodies. We spent an afternoon with in Pivovarna Vizir learning about the beer making process and tasting their craft beer. Over the past six years there has been a craft beer revolution in Slovenia and this award winning brewery have been there from the start. We sampled six beers from pale ale to stout, as Maja, the director of this family run business, shared the story behind each beer. My favourite was Gringo (a mix of Slovenian and Americans hops) while Craig enjoyed… all of them! Beer lovers! Ljubljana hosts a beer festival, this year it is in June. Wine lovers! Pivovarna Vizir also produces wine, if you’ve made your own, Maja can test it for you in her laboratory! Like beer? Slovenia’s Žalec has a beer fountain, read about it in this guide of the best beer cities to visit.
Hey good looking, what’s cooking? Barley and hops!
We played a sensory wine tasting game at the Gostišče Veselič restaurant, with local wine, the red was my weapon of choice. This place was one of the dining options. We tried an unusual local eggy bread style pudding with meat which was lovely. The soups were delicious too.
Semiska Penina also introduced us to their Penina wine (Slovenia’s champagne) on the Big Berry glampsite, a sparkling end to our four days at Big Berry, Slovenia.
Pecaric Oil showed us to his large collection of oils. Also an award winner, we tasted each oil and both agreed that the pumpkin oil was our favourite. Did you know that certain oils have specific healing properties? For example, sesame oil for arthritis. I need to get me some thistle oil to flush out my liver!
Big Berry Camp: The Package
The price of a stay at the Big Berry, Slovenia houses includes three meals per day – an organic and locally sourced breakfast basket, freedom to choose from partner restaurants (currently three, with the hope to increase the Big Berry family in the future) for lunch and dinner. Meals typically include a choice from two soups (with bread) and two mains, hot and cold beverages including beer and wine. The cost also covers use of a communal car (where available) and trips to local companies as mentioned above. There is also the possibility of tours further afield such as trips to Postojna Caves, Ljubjlana or Bled but unfortunately we didn’t experience in this in our short time there.
Check out this post on Slovenia accommodation for other stops too!
This new Slovenian glampsite is now open to the public, we had a ‘berry good’ time during our four night stay and would love to return in the future to see Big Berry, Slovenia in season!
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Planning a trip to Slovenia? Check out our glowing review of Europe’s cutest city, Ljubljana, and best kept tourist secret, Bled!
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Many thanks to the Big Berry family for hosting us, an honest review as always!