Things to do

First off you take a chair under our gazebo or out in the sun and relax. Soak in the atmosphere, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Second you can ask and see if any of our year round mental and physical improvement courses are available. 

During August and September there is the wood chopping course, very good at building upper body strength and improving hand eye coordination.

 In October there is always a beginners art course that involves learning the basics of external house redecoration and for the more advanced there is our  “How to Improve Residential Ambience and Ultimate Tranquility whilst ridding us of  woodworm” This course requires gloves and a face mask. 

November and December ……..

Places to visit near Barabrith

The Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija (simply known as the Petrova Gora Monument) is a World War II monument built on Veliki Petrovac, the highest peak of Petrova Gora (Peter’s Mountain), a mountain range about half an hour’s drive from Barabrith.

The monument celebrates the uprising and resistance movement of the people of Kordun and Banija against nazi-fascism and commemorates the victims of nazi-fascism, both civilian victims and fallen resistance fighters.

After the founding of the first partisan units in Kordun and Banija regions in the early summer of 1941, ethnic Serbs and ethnic Croats fought together against nazi-fascism and occupation. This region was also a founding site of the Main headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army of Croatia, the Partisan Hospital was active during the whole war and in 1944 the 3rd session of ZAVNOH was held in Topusko.

The creator or sculptor of the monument is a renowned Croatian sculptor Vojin Bakić. Construction of the monument was completed in 1981. Unfortunately things got a bit fucked up in the area not long after (aka the Yugoslavian Civil War of the 1990’s) and the result was that this magnificent building was abandoned, looted and almost ruined.

There is a magnificent 360degree view from the top of the building which can be accessed and climbed through various unofficial entrances. 

In the surrounding woods there are apple and chestnut trees. There is a bird watching trail and an old monastery. A short distance from the monument is the old Partisan Hospital hidden in the woods. This was where the Partizans built and maintained a hospital during the war managing to avoid detection by the fascists throughout. The hospital was rebuilt as a museum but after the break up of Yugoslavia it has been largely forgotten. It is now a fascinating testament to the stupidity of war and politics both in the past and present.