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Hiša Marica - Goriška Brda


Hiša Marica (or in English the House of Marica) is a charming small hotel in the wonderful medieval hilltop village of Šmartno in the heart of the enchanting Goriška Brda wine growing region. The house has been fully renovated and offers four exceptionally taseful and attractive rooms / suites sleeping 2-4 people, as well as a vinoteca and shop offering local wines and specialities of the region. The house is named after the grandmother of the current owners - Marica who was known for her fantastic local cooking, and whose memory is done proud by this superb small hotel.



The Goriska Brda wine growing region tucked into a hilly enclave overlooking Italian Friuli is one of Slovenia's best kept secrets. Hiša Marica (or Marica's House) is located in one of the region's most attractive villages - Šmartno (or St Martin) - a charming walled medieval hilltop settement much of which has been beautifully restored. The views of the surrounding countryside from Šmartno are wonderful and just a few kilometres away is the "capital" of the Brda - Dobrovo, with is imposing castle. From the Goriska Brda it is an easy day trip to Alps or Adriatic with the Italian Adriatic and the Slovenian Julian Alps each just 40km. The Soca River Valley and Karst wine growing region are two other major attractions in easy reach. Daytrips to Ljubljana, world famous caves at Postiojna and Venice are all easily possible. Specific local attractions also include Sveta gora (15 km) / Franciscan monastery and famous pilgrimage centre. Kostanjevica(14 km) / Tomb of the last descendants of the French royal family of the Bourbons. Štanjel (45 km) / Picturesque Karst village. Vipavski Križ (44 km) / Village which is one of the most beautiful historical cultural monuments in Slovenia. Postojnska cave (50 km) / The most

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visited tourist cave complex in Europe. Lipica (88 km; 50 km on the motorway) / world-famous recreation centre and cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world. Kobarid (46 km) / Museum of the First World War and a wide range of sporting activities. Bovec (67 km) and the valley of Šoca / Centre of sports tourism in the valley of the Soca. Cormons (17 km) / Lovely little town under the “Monte Quarin” hill , the centre of the Italian part of Collio (italian name for Brda). Gorizia(15 km) / Lovely town with Austrian character, which has grown between the Slav and the Latin world with majestic castle of counts of Gorizia which reins over the city. Cividale (32 km) / An important historical, artistic and cultural monument of Lombard civilisation. Aquileia (44 km) / The famous city of Rome with preserved traces of the patriarchal Basilica and  early Christian floor mosaics, one of the best preserved in the Western world. Palmanova (40 km) / One of the finest examples of Renaissance star-shaped fortress with nine legs, which the Venetian Republic built for defense against the Turks. Vila Manin (65 km) / One of the most important artistic monuments in the Friuli Venezia Giulia, a symbol of tourism and culture of this area. Grado (52 km) / It is well known seaside resort on an island connected by a bridge, with a beautiful town marina, interesting narrow streets in the old town and a nice long walking path along the coast. Trieste (69 km) / An old, romantic costal town with an Austrian character, heritage from the times it used to be the main Austrian port. Castle Miramare (40 km) / Near the town of Trieste. Built for Austrian Archduke Maximilian and his Belgian wife Charlotte of Belgium. Devin and Rilke path (25 km) / Small port and Duino Castle, where Rilke started writing his famous work Elegies. The panoramic path along the coastal limestone cliffs was named after him. For more area info click here.


Distance to the nearest…
Sights The stunning medieval village of Šmartno is on your doorstep as are some of Slovenia's best wineries. Dobrovo castle - 3km. Italian Adriatic - 40km. Slovenian Julian Alps - 40km. Soca Valley - 20km.
Restaurants Outstanding vinoteca on site serving local wines, cheeses and hams. Hot meals can be provided to order. Various other restaurnats in Šmartno or beyond in Dobrovo.
Bars There are some great places to have a drink in Šmartno and every other house in the Brda has a open wine cellar to come and sample the wonderful wines of the region.
Distance to the nearest airport(s)

120km to Ljubljana Airport

30km to Trieste airport (Italy)

Other useful local transport connections

There are local buses, but overall fairly limited local public transport options.



No. of bedrooms

4 rooms:

Prunela: 45m2, duplex apartment-room with two double beds, living area with kitchenette & refrigerator. Sleeps 2-4 people.

Nešpula: 23m2, one double bed and possibility of adding an extra bed for families with kids

Karabana: 18m2, double bed with one extra single bed, so sleeps up to 3 people.

Izabela: 20m2, double bed with one extra single bed, so sleeps up to 3 people.


All rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Restaurant / bar

There is a restaurant and wine bar serving up fine wnes and locally produced delicacies.

Garden / outside space / balcony

Each of the 4 rooms has balcony access, 3 of them shared and 1 with its own.


Of the charming surrounding medieval village.
Entertainment & telecoms

Cable TV in every room

Internet access



Other facilities

All rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a mini bar






Prices for accommodation at the Hiša Marica Goriška Brda. Prices last updated July 2013. Please contact us for current quote.





Apartment Prunela (2+2*)** 100 60
Room Nešpula (2+2*) 80 50
Room Karabana (2+1*) 80 50

Room Izabela (2+1*)

80 50
  • * Extra bed per person is €20 aditional per person (breakfast included)
  • ** With its own balcony
  • Children under 7 years free of charge
  • Prices do not include tourist tax (€1.01 / adult / night & 0.50 EUR / child aged 7-18 / night)
  • "Check in" from 2pm onwards
  • On the day of departure you are expected to vacate the room by 11am unless otherwise organised
  • All prices subject to agreement in writing at the time of booking

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The Village of Šmrtno, home to the House of Marica

The Village of Šmartno, home to the Hiša Marica

The House of Marica

Hiša Marica

Main square of Šmrtno

Main square of Šmartno

iew from Goriska Brda towards the Vipava Valley

View from Goriska Brda towards the Vipava Valley

Inside the village of Šmrtno

Inside the village of Šmartno

The Izabela Bedroom

Izabela Bedroom

Inside the Izabela Room

Inside the Izabela Room

The Izabela Bathroom

The Izabela Bathroom

House of Marica Restaurant

Hiša Marica Restaurant

House of Marica Restaurant

Hiša Marica Restaurant

A sample of local produce

A sample of local produce served at Hiša Marica

Locallly produced specialties

Locally produced specialities in the vinoteca

Brda region

Goriška Brda region

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Village cultural event

Inside the Village at night

Inside Šmartno Village at night

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