Congratulations, you have found our secret page.. don't you just think every website should have a secret place?!
Now you have found this page, you will have a much better chance of also finding some of the many secrets at Lipizzaner Lodge! Indeedadoodledo, there are lots of things and places hidden away at the Lodge to entertain kids and big kids!
We put this next bit now, as teenagers are only likely to read the first few paragraphs of anything until they click off to You Tube!!
But hey teenagers, listen up.. if you are one of them irritable ones with super powers of grumpiness and tiredness, then these are totally defeated here at the Lodge by a much more powerful counter spell.. it is called GREEN NATURE and it is everywhere here.. waterfalls, mountains, vineyards, warm Mediterrranean sea, crystal clear freshwater lakes, dragons in caves.. yep we have got the lot!
We have seen even the most hardened teenagers actually smile after a few days and there is really so much to see and do here in little old Slovenia.. for real.. so have some hope that the holiday you thought you were being dragged on by your boring old parents could actually be really cool and totally ok with Greta!
And if that doesn't work, then we have 2 arcade machines to play on and plenty of hammocks hidden away in the garden where you can catch up on your beauty sleep!
Ok, relax, you can go click on a cute kitten or music video now.. or how about finding out what the Lodge is trying to do for the environment in our Go Green page?
now Back to the younger ones and the Big Kids..
Good deeds are always rewarded at Lipizzaner Lodge.. usually with a lollipop!
For example, kids can earn a lollipop for successfully completing our "Slovenia" jigsaw (puzzle) and pointing out "where we are" on the map, snuggled up next to Postonja cave and Predjama castle.. (two of the coolest places to see in Green Slovenia.. so this is very educational, mum & dad)!.. but the same reward applies for the "Where's Wally" and other jigsaw puzzles.
We also have some "birdholes" hidden around the lodge with little secrets held in them.. we never tell anyone where they are, but we are absolutely delighted when they get found! Some of them have secret Pirates' maps in or toys or puzzles, other birdholes hide little books with different micro Slovenian legends and stories for you to read..
Green Slovenia Little Legends..
For such a tiddly, little, wee country, Slovenia sure has a lot of legendary charcters and tales in our history.. more than enough to make Marvel or Disney actually think up a new original idea for their next film!!
Almost nobody visiting Slovenia gets to learn about these amazing Slovenian characters, but there is a boy who got super powers after protecting a beautiful fairy, a cheeky baron who hid for a year inside his castle, a Robin Hood character who saved the Emperor and a boy who killed an evil dragon..
As a general rule, you tend to get dragons hidden in the Slovenian caves and very naughty little sandwich stealing pixies down the many mines.. oh yes and there are lots of Devil's bridges here too!
So we decided to record these little stories and hide them around the Lodge.. even better, we wrote these tales inside little booklets we brought back from Thailand which are made from recycled elephant poop!!! How cool is that?
We also have an Owlery for Retired Owls & Aspiring Owlets..
Exclusive news.. We had such a large collection of owls from around the world that we just had to build them a tree house in the garden for them to hang out in!
The owls come in all shapes and sizes and there is a little post box too, where you can leave your postcard for Granny and choose which one of the owls will deliver it for you!!
Just one thing to note.. our owls are either retired or very young.. so the older owls are quite determined, but sometimes take a little longer to get your postcard home.. the younger ones can be a little excitable and sometimes get a bit lost.. don't worry, every postcard gets delivered in the end!!
There is a secret trap door and staircase into the Owlery.. don't forget to hoot 3 times when you go in, otherwise the owls can get startled and peck you..
On the photo at the top of the page you can see the chimney pot on top of the owlery where the owls fly in and out.. some can fly straight in through the top, but others kind of crash land onto the roof and then slide down through a special magic flap in the side of the chimney!
Other stuff inside the Lodge..
We have a library at the Lodge with lots of stuff for kids of all ages and we also have things there called "books".. These are ancient things made from paper that contain magical stories and pictures.. a bit like your phone, but so much better.. when you start reading a good book, every next turn of the page becomes exciting and the smell of each page is so much better than your pongy old plastic phone!!
There are several boxes of lego in our kids' section too and we are very often surprised at the imaginations of our younger guests as they create houses with swimming pools, spaceships and every kind of vehicle! (Of course, every new lego creation is rewarded with a lollipop)!
You can also get a lollipop if you beat the high score on one of our two Arcade Space Invaders / Pacman machines in the lobby.. we have had a few "older" kids try and mostly fail to get some of the more difficult records. But Dad, if you want to look cool and impress the kids with your kung fu skills or Galaxian prowess.. then our lobby is the place for you!
Some kids have gotten a lollipop for singing us a song, drawing a picture, demonstrating acrobatic excellence, piling 12 stones on top of each other and sometimes for just having a jolly good try or being nice!
We have lots and lots of kids books, comics and games as well and we also have magic tricks for you to learn and guess what you get if you show us a successful trick? Yes a white rabbit, ok, you really get a lollipop.
Important notice on Lollipops: Please eat your lollipop responsibly, they are really bad for your teeth, but hey, afterall, you are on holiday, so please just ask your parent or guardian before you eat your yummy lollipop.. and brush your teeth!
There are surprises outdoors at the Lodge as well. Do try to find our secret terrace with Giant's bench.. this is where local giant's like to rest in peace & quiet when they come down from Nanos mountain.
We also have an area hidden in our little forest where we have 2 swinging hammocks and older big kids will very probably like this place as it is nice & cool to chill out here on a hot summer's day. If you can find it, you are very welcome to chillax there.
And if you are lucky enough to come in the winter and there is snow then you can also play one of our favourite winter games.. Spot the Lipizzaner! Can you spot the Lipizzaner in the photo below left??
Each Guest Room is Different..
Every room at the Lodge is completely different to the others and most of the rooms are named after a country we travelled to.. there are little treasures decorating the room that we brought back from that particular country.. which room will you get?!
Perhaps our most ambitious project to date was to make an entire secret bedroom for the new Stable One apartment. Oh yesadoodledo, this apartment has a secret door next to the bathroom, where kids can go up a secret staircase to their own bedroom. If the kids can't find the secret door, then they just have to sleep on the kitchen floor!!
Lots of Baby Dragons..
And last but not least, did you know that Slovenia is the only place in Europe (apart from Wales, of course) where you can find real dragons? Boring old adults call them "human fish" or "proteus", but everyone knows they are really baby dragons.. but not so many other people know these little magical creatures can live for over 100 years and even fewer people know that every hundred years.. one.. yes one baby dragon.. turns into a real dragon!
And if you don't believe us then just visit some of the massive local caves and you will see baby dragons for yourself and then you can make your own mind up!
One thing is for sure, some of the caves you will see in Green Slovenia are big enough to hide a dragon..
You can also walk about 900 metres from the Lodge to the next village of Smihel (St Michael, see photo above right) to find a 3 metre high dragon and the local hero Jakob, who killed the last evil dragon from the Postojna cave.
More secrets.. At night you can see across the fields and hills to the local Nanos mountain and.. if you are lucky.. you will see the scary red eye of the Nanos dragon!
Whatever you do, don't let the cat out of the bag about all these secrets!!
Oh yes and one last thing.. did we mention already to be sure to ask the permission of the person who buys the toothpaste before you eat your lollipop!!!
And one more last thing! There is another page on this website designed especially for our younger guests, it's our FUN PAGE .. we hope you like it!