Boutique villa from 1939

"Villa Triglav in Pokljuka"

Villa Triglav was built in 1939 in the famous Plečnik style and was owned by the Vrhunec family from Ljubljana. After the Second World War, the government of the time put the family under severe pressure until the 22nd World War. 5. 1946, when they were forced to sign a purchase contract at a forced price. The villa was used for many years by the “Presidency” and was known as Tito’s Villa, later as Kardelj’s Villa, still later as a protocol facility of the RS and finally as an open-air restaurant.

In 1999, after the property was denationalised, it was returned to the owners, who did not want to keep it because of its difficult history.

In 2007, Villa Triglav got a new owner, the Valjavec family, who restored it into a boutique villa, full of preserved details from 1939.

True Story

Tadej Valjavec is a former professional cyclist who became the first Slovenian to finish in the top 10 overall in both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

After his career, he and his young family took over the management of the boutique villa, whose rooms are named after family members: daughter Klara, son Erazem, wife Mateja and Tadej, and the “Chalet” is a renovated wooden “stable” offering complete privacy.

"Come as a guest ... leave as a friend."

Tadej Valjavec

Born 13.4.1977 in Kranj (Slovenia).

In 1999 he won the “Baby Giro di Italia“, then in 2000 he moved to Fassa Bortolo, where he started his professional career. During his professional career, he also competed for Phonak, Lampre and Ag2r La mondialle. He was a specialist in stage races, especially mountain stages. He was the first Slovenian to finish both of the world’s toughest stage races(Tour de France and Giro di Italia) in the top 10 of the general classification (9th place both times). He also wore the yellow jersey for five stages of the Tour of Switzerland. In addition to the results mentioned above, the greatest successes of his career include: Double national road driving championship, 2nd place in the royal stage of the Giro di Italia, 2nd place in the race Valencia, 2nd place stage in the race Vuelta Espana, 3rd place race Midi Libre, 4th place in the Tour de Romandie, 4th place Paris Nice, 5th place Tour de Suisse, and three-time Olympian (Sydney, Athens, Beijing).

After his professional career, he is involved in tourism (director and co-owner of Villa Triglav in Pokljuka), with guided cycling tours on both road and mountain bike.

Sport and family are his greatest loves and like his idol Bono (singer of U2), he says “…one love, one life…”