This country inn was conveniently located on a secondary road between Postojna and Škofja Loka. Although originally built in the 1700's, the inn has 3 newly constructed large rooms at the back, with excellent ensuite and balcony. The room rate was very reasonable and included a copious breakfast.
The inn is run by the Zelenc family; both the mother and father run the kitchen and the daughters help out with service. We enjoyed one of our most memorable dinners the night we stopped in -- the kind that the four of us (2 couples) will keep talking about for a long time! We were hungry when we arrived and got the sense that this was indeed a special place when we walked in. Although there are 2 other spaces with dining tables inside, we chose one of the tables next to the fine old ceramic stove, close to the bar. This is a typical village inn and the bar was full of local people. The owner's daughter was delightful, spoke very good English and did an excellent job of integrating us into the convivial atmosphere with the other patrons.
Once we quickly ordered the house red wine (very good and inexpensive), choosing what to eat from the regional and seasonal dishes on offer was not so easy... so we asked the daughter to choose for us was she thought would reflect the kitchen's best dishes. All we can say is: WOW!
We started with a plateful of local wild mushrooms, then enjoyed žlikrofi with boletus mushrooms, buckwheat struklji, and a platter of all kinds of other delicious vegetables, patés and meats. For dessert, we enjoyed one of the best apple strudels we had ever tasted! When we thought that we had eaten and drunk far, far too much, papa offered us his own homemade grappa, made with herbs. It was *wicked* good and it was very lucky that we only had to walk a few steps to our rooms... Neither our wallets, nor our heads the next morning, suffered at all from the experience. <grin>
The Gostilna Turk Inn was well worth the detour to get to, as was the lovely scenery of the secondary road that it's located on, on the way to Škofja Loka. Our brief stop here remains one of our most cherished memories of our trip to Slovenia in the Fall of 2008. That night, we opened a door into a typical, untouristy, and very hospitable Slovenian experience.
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