CEGLO, BRDA, SLOVENIA
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Be amazed, by the landscape, vineyards, hospitality, spacious rooms, delicious food, and spectacularly designed vinothèque.
Region of Goriška Brda is famous for its wines, but knowing wines alone is not enough. It is necessary to visit the rolling hills and experience everything they offer. And this time we are not just talking about gastronomy and times of harvest, but about a perfect vacation at any time of the year, in an environment blessed by gentle climate, where the air smells of the sea, and the ridges of the Alps line the horizon. Well-being fits the region like a glove.
Here, one rests their soul and body. This is a location where a week can be too short. Here, time stops and one can realize that “Dolce far niente” does not apply solely to Italy. In Goriška Brda we discovered Gredič, which meets our criteria that define a mindful journey. At first glance, Gredič stands out with its appearance that resembles a fortress (hence the name) and promises an unforgettable experience. The building itself is 400 years old and it was completely renovated and transformed into a boutique hotel in 2012, with the renovation perfectly preserving its castle identity.
This place is not only unique because of the food and the wine, but also because of the picturesque landscape, just perfect for cycling trips.
The region of Brda is renowned for its serenity and captivating sceneries in cheerful shades of green, dominated by endless vineyards that adorn the slopes. The winding roads of Brda are also very popular among cycling enthusiasts. Miles can be accumulated along numerous roads that climb and descend through vineyards, offering enchanting views of the surrounding countryside and even leading to the sea.
The location of Gredič is perfect for relaxing with pleasant sports activities, good food, and tranquil evenings which can be enjoyed in a private garden with a swimming pool. Golfers will be happy to know that the renovated Castelo di Speza Golf Course is just five minutes away.
Minimal and classy.
The interior design offers a modern and relaxed royal experience.
One of the key factors on our evaluation scale is a well-designed interior, as we believe that the interior contributes significantly to how one will feel and what one will experience on vacation. Gredič offers total relaxation and ultimate comfort, provided by the spacious rooms and just the right furniture in the style of a modern castle. Empty at first sight, it still manages to leave a very harmonious first impression. The furniture is comfortable, modern, solid and with the appropriate details to be able to sense a special experience of the space, with a genuine castle atmosphere very present.
Gredič offers 7 rooms, one of which is an exclusive Master Suite with its own entrance and unforgettable views of the surrounding vineyards that surround the hotel. The location of the Gredič castle can be described as intimate, as the surrounding villages are planted on the tops of the surrounding hills, and Gredič stands alone on a small hill at the foot of the vineyards. During the summer it is surrounded by fragrant lavender; the warm sun pleasantly warms the surroundings, and the interior of the castle hotel provides a naturally cool temperature, due to the thick stone walls.
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When food is art and
wine is unique like the region itself.
And then there's the cuisine, recipient of awarded a Michelin star in the last year. The chef’s philosophy is to cook with love using first-class ingredients. The love for details has yielded great results. The plates are a work of art and an explosion of flavors, enhanced by wines made in the castle and a selection of local wines.
Gredič has its own vinothèque and one of the most beautiful wine cellars in the region. The staff surprises not only with the display of gastronomic spectacles, but also with carefully thought-out details that continue the visual impression of the architecture along the entire building. Gredič is definitely a unique experience that relaxes the body, soothes the mind, nourishes the soul and pampers the taste buds.