Joy jumps, wine is poured,

my darling, this is all your fault!

(Oton Župančič)

A guesthouse with 100 years of tradition.


»My first youth was nice and I’m still happy that I spent it in a village in Bela Krajina, among upbeat and smart people who kept singing, dancing and laughing even during hard times,” said Oton Župančič, a Slovenian poet, to pay tribute to his fellow countrymen and his native region. He is tightly connected to the house in Dragatuš, where the guesthouse Župančičev Hram is today.

In the past there was a straw-covered brick house here and in it, besides the residence, there was also a restaurant and a shop, run by Oton’s parents. The poet spent his childhood years in it.  In 1892 the homestead was bought by Marija and Jožef Štefanič, who had returned from America and continued the business with the restaurant and shop. Later it was taken over by their son Franc. In 1944 the war severed the ties of the family restaurant business.

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