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Umoljani Dragon Hut
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is a place that is not normally reviewed on tripadvisor; it is the house of an elderly couple who are happy to rent it out to the few travellers who dare to venture to this paradise in the mountains of Bosnia. What do you get? a wooden house with 8 beds at your disposal, an unforgettable view and starred sky at night, a real rustic and filling dinner followed by a fantastic breakfast (topped by a grappa to shave off the morning cold), and two hosts who, despite not speaking a word of english, make you feel at home. We loved it, it was probably the highlight of our trip to Bosnia; do not forget to organise a trip to the sorrounding and even more remote vilages with Green Visions for the following day.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sobolev
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

For those looking for a truly unforgettable rural stay in Bosnia then look no further than the Umoljani Dragon Hut. The Dragon Hut is located in the peaceful village of Umoljani, one of the oldest villages on Bjelasnica Mountain. The journey to the Dragon Hut takes you on some of the remotest, winding roads in Bosnia but blesses you with some of the most beautiful views in the world. I would recommend hiring a car to get here due to the remoteness.

With the look of it, the owners wanted to make an environmentally friendly house so they built it using natural stone and wood. In respect to the old fashion architecture, and in order to fit in with the authentic ambience of the Bjelasnica Mountain, they followed the traditional way of building their house by hand. The Dragon Hut has six rooms; a living room, the kitchen, WC/shower room and three bedrooms. The hut is very comfortable and is like home from home with fresh running water, satellite TV, DVD player, radio and a selection of board games to keep you entertained. There is also a large backyard with beehives, guard dog – which is very friendly, outside WC, handmade wooden swings and a mountain view to die for. One thing I would recommend is to wait until nightfall and take a look at the night sky; you will not regret it in the slightest.

The owners of the Dragon Hut, Sema & Hasife, have a small local “restaurant, bar, shop, home” just a minutes’ walk from the Dragon Hut. Sema is a wonderful cook who blessed us with a traditional evening meal of homemade soup and burek, a cheese savoury pastry, washed down by beer or two served by Hasife. Breakfast; again was cooked fresh which consisted of a donut like dumpling and cream cheese served with green tea. At first it looked questionable but after giving it ago it was perfect and very filling.

Overall, this was a truly remarkable stay, one that I will remember forever. I would recommend staying at the Dragon Hut to anyone who is venturing into the Bosnian countryside. It was a true gift to stay here.

NB: Here are the co-ordinates (43.672093,18.227605) so you can take a look at just how remote this place is on Google earth.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bacbuk
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Where to start!

Four of us braved the drive to Umoljani Village not really knowing what to expect, to stay at the Dragon Hut, and we certainly didn't regret it.

We booked online paying a small deposit, and were given very basic instructions how to find the accommodation. This made the trip even more adventurous as we pulled up to a rural farm, located in the same village, dodging the chickens trying to find the right way to go.

2 farmers, a couple of the beers, a man on a bike and a local using all of their phone credit later, we did eventually find the Dragon Hut and boy was it worth it.

The accommodation is a good sized wooden house that has everything that anyone could need to live a comfortable living, but at the same time does not lose touch with where it is situated. That being in one of the most beautiful valleys you are likely to find anywhere in the World. The Dragon Hut has a huge space of land around it that houses the owner’s dog, some honey bee hives, a couple of chicken houses complete with chickens, and views of the surrounding mountains from every angle.

The owners of the house are very local, who it seemed lived in the very property when it wasn't being rented out, not that I think it gets rented that often due to its uniqueness and remote location. When it is being rented they stay in a neighbouring house a short walk away, which coincidently, is also a restaurant and pub.

So, the accommodation:

Pros: Satellite TV, clean and comfortable, amazing location, unique holiday/trip, multiple bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, rural feel and very authentic, very quiet and peaceful.

Cons: None - directions to the property need to be better refined, so it is a little easier to find, but getting lost is definitely part of the fun.

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Amazing views all the way into the valley, lush green hills and forests as far as the eye can see and breath-taking views of mountains. A very Bosnian rural feel to it, a great experience if that's what you're looking for.

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Breakfast is cooked fresh for you and served at the 'restaurant'. This consisted of a typical Bosnian dish, fluffy donut type balls, with a creamy yogurt/cheese. Evening meal was also cooked for us and again was typically Bosnian. A pastry and spinach wrap type roll, with a hearty soup to start with. With beer costing next to nothing by the bottle (Around £1.30 for half ltr bottles) and the smell of fresh food being prepared, you simply cannot go wrong. Local amenities consist of a local bar/restaurant close by and a gentleman who owns a jeep who will take you to a village close by that is regarded as one of the oldest indigenous populations in Europe (He offered us the trip for 25 Euros - which given the time, we would have gladly gone along but sadly we didn't due to time restrictions) You are able to walk around the village if you wish, taking in the local smells and sounds. You are in the heart of the Bosnian mountains, enjoy them!

This place will open your eyes - a truly magnificent journey, stay and experience. I would recommend to anyone. The cost is minimal, around 13 euros per person per night but the memories are priceless.

You will need a rental car of you own to get there, unless you can persuade a taxi/tour company to take you - but if you do, you will love it!

The owners were very accommodating, polite and took care of our needs. They didn’t speak a word of English, but that didn’t matter at all.

A night or 2 here would be suffice, but you may want to stay longer and enjoy the tranquillity of Bosnian Hillside living. Either way, you will have a great time.

Room Tip: They have a slection of single or double rooms.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank javab29
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