Welcome to Barabrith’s website. This will be the portal from which we hope to inform and entertain you with the goings on and goonery that we get up to out here in the Croatian countryside. Click ‘Blog’ above to see what’s been going on here.
Barabrith is currently home to two ageing anarcho-punx Jon & Marko, one not so ageing anarcha punk who has strong hippy tendencies, Suncica, Ena the dog and Matchka the cat.
The long term goal is to be as self sustainable as possible. We have already had a good season of organic vegetables from our “garden”. We are currently planting new trees, fruit bushes and more vegetables in our ‘upper garden’ which used to be a corn field. There are about six hectares of woods and fields for us to play with, it is a long term project.
We now offer accommodation for paying visitors with vegan meals as an option. Please see our ‘Guests’ section for more inforamtion on staying here.
Barabrith? Yes it is the name of a Welsh tea cake (actually spelt Bara Brith). That cake is one of the few specialities of my Dad’s cuisine. He helped me buy this place. Suncica has become an expert in creating versions of vegan Barabrith cake and so we decided to name the house Barabrith in gratitude to my Dad.
Barabrith offers a “surrounded by nature” countryside experience in the Kordun region of Croatia. We are situated about a kilometer off the main road from Zagreb to Plitvice National Park, an hours drive from the park. We have three rooms each with a double bed (one room is accessible through one of the others). We offer facilities to shower and to use the outdoor barbecue. Our space is vegan and so non vegan foods are not welcome anywhere on site. All our buildings are no smoking zones. We are happy to share our own meals with guests, for no extra cost, if you are around at the right time!
We have three rooms in an old wooden house each with a double bed. The larger room is accessible through one of the other rooms but seeing as its bigger and has an extra sofa bed in it (useful for quarrelling couples!) we charge the same of each room.
There is a toilet with a washbasin in the wooden house. The shower is in the main house approx 20 meters away it is accessible 24 hours. We have a gazebo that overlooks our fields and woods and is also accessible to guests 24 hours. Barabrith is partially covered by approx two hectares of woods and guests are welcome to go and wander around in them. If you are fond of playing pool this may also be an option as we have a vintage 7ft pool table that doubles as our dining table.
We are open all year round, we live here! But the wooden house is only heated by electric heaters and whilst we can offer tow duvet’s or extra blankets we can not guarantee the rooms will be “warm” during the winter when temperatures in Croatia can dip to minus 15 or lower at times!
The basic cost is £25 (approx 28 euros) per night. That includes bedding, a towel, a mosquito net, use of shower, and the barbecue if you want to cook here.
For guests that stay two nights in a row we will charge £22.50 (25e) for the second night, and £20 (22e) for a third one. Prices for long stays are negotiable.
Guests are free to use the barbecue facilities but our kitchen facilities are private. Guests are required to only bring, cook and consume vegan food on our land. We can advise on places locally where you might find vegetarian/vegan food to eat. If you are around in the morning when we eat breakfast we will share it with you and the same for our main meal of the day which is usually between 2pm and 4pm but it we can are flexible about the time. There is no added cost to sharing our food. We eat a vegan diet and use fruit and vegetables we grow ourselves whenever possible. We also tend not to use sugar as a sweetener preferring alternatives like date syrup instead.
We ask for bookings to be emailed to us at least a week before the date. Your booking is not confirmed until we reply by email to say it is. For bookings to be fully confirmed we require at least half the payment in advance. You can pay either by bank transfer or by PayPal – our PayPal account uses the email firstname.lastname@example.org which is also our email for any other enquiries you may have – like our bank details. We can be paid to a UK account or a Croatian Euro account.
We ask that you clear your rooms by midday on your last day with us if we have new guests coming but you are welcome to stay for to share our meal that day if that has not already happened. We will provide new bed sheets every 3 days or for an extra charge of £5 when requested.
Local places of Interest;
We live close to a large area of woodland that accessible to the public on foot or off road bicycles. There are ruins of an old fort hidden in the woods about 2 km away.
The area we live in is dotted with monuments commemorating the Partizan struggle against the German and Croatian fascists of world war 2. There is also and old Partizan hospital and print works not far away also hidden and rotting away in a forest. Approximately 25km away is the famous Petrova Gora monument. Only 5km away is the river Korana with a “public beach” and bar. The Korana is a cool clean river good for swimming in. We will be happy to direct you to these places and hope to have a map (or an app!) of where they are available soon. There are also a few caves in the area that are unsupervised. We have an extensive knowledge of Zagreb and the places you can find cruelty free food there. We can also suggest some other places in Croatia that are vegan friendly.
Getting to Barabrith.
Type ‘Barabrith Croatia’ in to Google Maps and you’ll find us! If you are coming by road we are approx 17km south of Karlovac on route 1 road signposted for Split and Rieka. Straight on after you pass between the Dp petrol stations the signs announce you are in Donji Budački and you cross the small Radonja river you take the first left by the bus stop. Follow the main (!) road up the hill and we are on the right! Karlovac is easily reached by bus or train from Zagreb. The train costs 36kr which is about £4.50. The train times from Zagreb can be found here.There are buses from Karlovac to the bottom of our road (1km away) but if you don’t speak Croatian you should ask us about which bus to get.
If you are flying into Zagreb or Ljubljana airports you can take the bus from there to the Zagreb bus station which is a 10 minute walk from the train station. There are lots of buses from Zagreb to Karlovac and I found it easier to find them here .
From Ljubljana airport its easiest to take a Go Opti mini van (9e) to the Ljubljana Central station and then a train form there to Zagreb, there is normally no need to book in advance. The train ticket for an adult is about £8 (9e) and takes about 2hours 20mins – the times for trains to Zagreb from Ljubljana are here .
We have plenty of safe parking space for bicycles and cars.
We have recently spent a small fortune on a new car so feel able to now offer to pick guests up from Zagreb and bring you back to Barabrith. We would charge £25 for this service. If you want a pick up from Ljubjana airport we would ask £60. (The Slovenian road tax for a week is about £14!)
My favourite line as a couple of close friends have pointed out to explain why I moved out to this backward bureaucratic Balkan zone is that when I look out of my bedroom window I can see no other buildings. That is a significant difference to the view from my 19th floor Hackney flat. Today …