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Lake Bled may be Slovenia’s chief attraction but the range of accommodation on offer leaves something be desired, which is why we were delighted when Garden Village opened. This glamping eco-resort is set back a little from the lake but beside a lovely wooded valley and with such a fun array of places to stay we think this is the best place to stay in Bled.
The accommodation is split between tree houses, pier tents, glamping tents and even a couple of apartments for the less intrepid. The treehouses are ideal for families, with each big enough for four, and children will adore the adventure of sleeping in the tree tops or relaxing in the internal hammock. The canvas pier tents, by contrast, are dotted along the course of a stream or by the fishpond and on their own individual wooden platforms. The only downside is that the bathrooms are a short walk away, but this is camping, after all. For the perfect balance try the glamping tents, which can accommodate four but are probably best for couples and which have ensuite bathrooms and small overwater terraces. For full creature comfort accommodation, best to plump for the studio apartments which have their own private Jacuzzis. Waterbabies should note that there is also a main hotel pool.
In keeping with the Garden Village's admirable eco-stance, drinking water comes from the resort's own borehole, and much of the produce in the charming restaurant is grown on site as well, in the herb and vegetable gardens.
Activities on offer include kneipp hydrotherapy and reflexology, fishing in the pond or mucking around in the small playground for children. Exploring the spectacular natural scenery of Lake Bled and the surrounding hills will no doubt be on the agenda as well.
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Harriet and Kate L are our 'Garden Village' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.