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What an introduction to Slovenia – to its scenic countryside, its friendly people and its cuisine! The Kendov Dvorec, a lovely old manor house steeped in history, is located in Spodnja Idrija, the smaller town located downriver from the very charming city of Idrija.  The house had its beginnings as far back as 1377, as a farmstead owned by the Kendov family who for centuries contributed to the economic and cultural development of the town.  It is a house where a great amount of “good energy” still flows - in the goodwill and hospitality of the present owners and the most incredible staff.


Kenda Manor was completely renovated and converted into a hotel in 1994.  Its appeal is in the intimacy of its interior and in the tastefully furnished rooms, 11 in all.  Antique furniture, refined fabrics and linens embellished with Idrija’s famous bobbin lace add to the pleasure of staying in an inn that feels more like a home.  We felt absolutely pampered!  From Tanja in reception, and Franc, the award-winning chef, and his assistant, Claude, to Bogdan and the two Gregors who saw to our every need, I can only say thank you and suggest that the management clone each individual member of this great team!


Dinners at the manor were more than just a meal; they were culinary journeys in a setting that would melt the most hardened heart. Each evening, Little Gregor created a floral masterpiece for each table, simple and elegant displays of flowers and autumn-tinged leaves sensuously arranged. The same attention to detail was being paid in the kitchen as dish after dish arrived at our table, prepared and plated to perfection.


The beautiful house and garden coupled with the courtesy and genuine affability of its staff make a stay here too short, no matter how long you stay.


October 2007

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Kendov Dvorec Manor

Na Gricu 2, 5281 Spodnja Idrija, Slovenia

View from Kendov Dvorec Garden ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson

This hotel is featured in my travel story: Savoring Slovenia