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Cowboy Eco Retreat

Accommodations for Cowboy Eco Retreat

This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be spent at the Ranch.

Accommodations feature the best of ranch living with finely appointed amenities to help guests relax after a day of horse riding and other activities. Different types of accommodation facilities offered at the Ranch include rooms, suites, chalet, lodges, river tents and Native American tipis. They all feature beds dressed with soft linens, private baths (river tents have detached bathrooms), porches and mountain views. 

Saloon, movie theatre, library, badminton and volleyball court, swimming pool (only available from May 1st to September 30th), archery range, Japanese ofuro hot tub, and wood-burning Swedish sauna (available year-round).

WIFI onsite lets you connect to loved ones and share photos of your trip!
Laundry is available for an additional fee.

Buffalo Lodge
Built in 1924, this mountain cabin offers laid back and relax country style luxury. Old-fashioned charm and the rustic flavor of frontier living all superbly blended with casual elegance. Restoration followed traditional construction techniques. On the first floor sits bedroom, rustic bathroom with a two-meter long soaking tub, living room, balcony overlooking the Square, private terrace with mountain views and kitchen. On the second floor, the Lodge is appointed with a luxury suite that includes a sitting area and separate bathroom. Designed to be reminiscent of Scandinavian wooden houses, its minimalistic clean lines will appeal to those seeking finer things in life. The Lodge can accommodate up to 8 people. Self-catering and personal chef service are available in the lodge.

Casita Stella and Luna represent finest in the luxury outback living. In shape they are reminiscent of African mud huts to evoke the times of great expeditions. Inside, finely appointed with handwoven middle-eastern wool rugs, handmade furniture, extra large duvets (to ensure you stay snug and warm at night), fine linens, embroidered ultra-fluffy towels and plush robes, slippers, hair dryer and natural amenities (shampoo, lotion, conditioner, cotton balls, q-tips). Each of them consists of master bedroom, working and reading area with cast iron wood stove for cozying up in front with a good book on a chilly evening. In building Stella and Luna, we took a great care and consideration for the people with special physical needs. Therefore, both exterior and interior are designed on a single level which enables unobstructed movement. With private gardens outside and swimming pool and Japanese hot tub only meters away, you can consider them a private retreat in their own right.

En-suite Rooms

Four en-suite rooms will give you maximum comfort with their distinctively arranged interior in which every piece of furniture tells its own story. Two double rooms (Bear Cave, Sweet Grass) and two single rooms (Ponderosa, Wrangler) will cradle you with their carefully appointed furniture, featherbeds, massage showers, uncluttered simplicity and above all nurturing silence as a result of natural, sheep’s wool insulation that is sourced from sheepherders in the valley. Wood for building doors, windows and furniture was sourced at the ranch as part of sustainable forestry program and it was built in collaboration with a local carpenter. This way local people benefit from your stay in these small but beautiful dwellings. They come with private porches where you can wash down trail dust and enjoy a cold beer, while watching evening settle over the valley.

Lakota Tipis

On the property, there are genuine American Indian tipis made by Nomadics Tipi in North America that made tipis for Kevin Costner’s movie “Dances With Wolves”. Being inside a tipi is living a step closer to nature. During the day, a tipi has a mellow even illumination that has never been equaled in a house. When it rains, it is cozy and dry inside while the drumming of the raindrops overhead soothes the soul. At night, especially during the full moon, shadows of surrounding trees are painted on the cover of the wall and with clear skies, stars shine down between the poles. Guests staying in tipis have their own detached private bathrooms conveniently located within meters from the tipi. Bathrooms are fully equipped with hot-water showers, toilets, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries.

River Tents
The newest addition to the distinctive array of guest ranch accommodations includes River tents—safari tents on the river bank. They feature twin bed accommodation and enough room under the beds four your luggage, top-grade cot beds dressed with the finest linens, amenities, private baths, and front porch rocking chairs to relax after a day in the saddle. Bathrooms are detached and are 50 yards away. Each bathroom is fully equipped with hot water showers, wash basins, toilet and a full array of toiletries, including plush bathrobes and slippers to keep you cozy. We call this a bush experience with a dash of luxury. Another name for it is glamping. Whichever way you call it, we are confident you will have a deep rest and real connection with nature.

All meals and select drinks are included in this trip.

Every morning as a wisp of smoke escapes through the chimney, aroma of freshly brewed oriental coffee greets guests to our dining room. Inside, country charm meets eco-friendly chic, where locally made wooden tables and hand-hewn beams add to the ambiance. We believe your vacation at our ranch is more than just a vacation, it is a culinary getaway of the high order.
Our food has been called “soul food” and designated as “cooked with love.” It is best described as a Croatian mosaic of world flavors – a sensational fusion of Mediterranean dishes plated with an international flare. Everything we serve is prepared fresh from scratch the same day in our open country kitchen, using the very best ingredients. Eating food grown on-site or foraged from the nearby meadows and forest is at the heart of every menu. Respect for the sustainable production, harvest and preparation of these ingredients is always at the forefront of our mind.
Our commitment to balanced and restorative cuisine has been recognized by Michelin guide editors who honored us in two consecutive editions, both in 2016 and 2018, by listing the Ranch in their little big book!

Ingredients that we source hold the principles of bio-dynamic and organic farming methods. Not all are certified, however, we always make sure we know our suppliers.
A vegetable and herb gardens on the property provide fresh greens, vegetables, carrots, onions, edible flowers and garnishes helping reduce the carbon footprint.
We enrich your dining experience with leaves, plants, mushrooms and berries foraged from the woods. In fact, foraging has become a daily routine for our chef and his sous-chefs. It’s our goal to have something foraged on your plate at every meal. In this way we bring Nature into the dining room.
River and seas caught fish and wild venison from the forests nearby are ranch specialties. Our dairy, poultry and beef all come from community-based cooperatives and are 100% organic and free-range.
Our bread is baked from three types of locally grown grains (rye, barley, wheat) and slowly fermented. It is baked inside a big wood-fired bread oven and is suitable even for gluten sensitive people, due to antique grain varieties.

Your package includes all non-alcoholic drinks as well as a selection of wines and beers.
Wines from our reserve wine list are to be paid extra.

Microbiome & Nutrition
At the Ranch, we think that there is a way to rebalance your body through food and science. Together with our partner Luxia Scientific, a French biotech company, we bring our guests an opportunity to sequence their microbiome.
If you are willing to give this a try, before you arrive at the Ranch, we organize for sample collection. When you arrive at the Ranch, the 10-page report awaits you with a fully customized diet plan that reflects your microbiome needs. The ranch on-staff nutritionist will explain the report to you and present a daily diet plan, laying out the science behind it. In addition, you will receive long-term dietary guidelines needed to maintain a healthy microbiome. The changes in dietary habits will lead
toward improved overall health, stronger immune response of the body toward pathogens, less sensitivity toward allergies and food intolerances.
This service is available for an extra fee for daily menu and consultations.

Dietary Restrictions
It is helpful for us to know in advance of any restrictions, allergies, or special medical conditions, so that we can best serve you.

This trip can accommodate special dietary requests.

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Cowboy Eco Retreat
Tour Code: IT-CROA02
4 days / 3 nights ~$4,945.00
Dates : May-Dec

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Exceptional
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2023 05/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2023 05/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
Day to Day Itinerary
Rates | Dates
Tack: Western only
Horses: Quarter horses, Arabians, Lipizzaners,...
Pace: Anywhere between 2-4 hours on most day...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
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