Idrija

Turistična Kmetija Pr' Jureč

  Ledine 19, Spodnja Idrija      +386 (0)5 37 79 096     more than a year ago
Set in the hills high above Idrija on the Ledine Plateau, Pr' Jureč is a tourist farm unlike any of the many others we've had the pleasure of visiting in Slovenia. While they serve up delectable homemade cuisine and offer seemingly limitless glasses of excellent Slovene wine, what really sets the place apart is what they have hidden in the barn. Calling it simply an ethnological museum would be a grave disservice, as the numerous items on display are not only meant to be viewed, but are also put to their intended uses by the eager curator, tour guide and owner of the farm Dušan Bogataj.

An excitable fellow, Mr Bogataj leads groups through a comprehensive collection of tools, equipment and personal possessions that had been passed down from previous generations, and in some cases stored for nearly two centuries before being dusted off and put back into service. Every facet of rural life is on display here from shoe repair and cooking utensils to large horse-drawn ploughs and more modern 20th-century tractors. Perhaps the most interesting - and sometimes interactive - part of the tour is an educational demonstration of how one of humanities most basic ingredients, flour, is produced, which begins with a pile of wheat and ends with a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven of Mrs Bogataj. Of course as with many things in Slovenia, the tour is not finished until you've sampled a few glasses of homemade schnapps. A highly informative, entertaining and tasty place to visit indeed.

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