Staying with Jo & Ralph at Katricnek (apartment 2) was a wonderful experience and we can't wait to return. We stayed in December & the apartment was wonderful, charming, clean and well heated. We were delighted with the location, it is a 5 minute drive to Lake Bled (if that) and you have a much more local/authentic village experience, by which I mean there is less traffic/noise and a lack of tourist restaurants. There's a wonderful, local restaurant down the road called 'Batist' which serves fresh, homely meals (order one between two - portions are massive!)
More about the apartment: - I was initially reluctant to book as I did not realise that some reviews for apartment 2 are actually posted on the Katricnek page (rather than 'Katricnek 2' as it is called on the website). When I realised the Trip Advisor reviews are split across both pages I found glowing review after review and I can see why. It's fantastic.
Ralph & Jo are generous with their knowledge and time, making excellent suggestions for site-seeing and organising activities on our behalf (private snow-shoe guide, ski lessons etc). In addition to being hugely helpful and hospitable, they have created a welcoming home-away-from-home from which to explore this beautiful country. We are especially grateful to them for looking after me on the day I was feeling unwell.
The apartment has beautiful views from the lounge and bedroom and is an ideal location from which to explore the Triglav national park, or Italy, or Austria.. or whatever you fancy really! The bed is extremely comfortable and it was nice to have the option to cook some nights (even though eating out is cheap in Slovenia). We really did feel at home in this apartment and I would highly recommend it.
If you are tossing up whether to stay in Bled or Bohinjska Bela, it's not such a big decision. They are very close (minutes drive) and frankly, there is no free parking in Bled so you usually have to walk from wherever you stay or pay parking.
Lastly, I would say that apartment looks even more lovely than it appears in the photos which don't do it justice. I thought it would be really small but it's a very comfortable size.
Thanks Ralph & Jo! We had a great time and a lovely stay in Farmhouse Katricnek.
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