Serene Haven Farm Stay – Montenegro
If there is a forager’s forager, Milun and Nada Bozovic would very possibly be the Montenegrin candidates. They have subsisted for many years gathering herbs and mushrooms for use and for sale. On the early wave of rural tourism in Montenegro, they are offering their charmingly modest Serene Haven Farm Stay, knowledge of so many skills and traditions, mountain hospitality, and vast experience in the great outdoors collecting the earth’s ever-renewing goodness.
Glavaca Village lies on the majestic Bjelasica Mountain. In the most bio-diverse country in Europe, this is one of the key spots known throughout the country as a special place in nature.
Their cottage is a two-story with two in-line bedrooms and four beds total. Downstairs in the living room are two couches that can also be used for sleeping. While you will find a number of antique-type relics in the home, these are actually items still in use for the Bozovic family.
In addition to superb foraging possibilities, hiking and mountain biking options spread all over Bjelasica and other adventure options lie nearby.
Features of Serene Haven
- Two-story cottage located in Glavaca Village in Lubnice Opstina near two of the most scenic roads in Montenegro (R24, BT-TT3; E65) (access only by dirt road – usually in good condition)
- 2 in-line bedrooms upstairs with 4 single beds (3 / 1) and 2 couches in living area sleeping 6 total [stairs are steep and small]
- Mushroom drying facilities
- Full bathroom
- Full Kitchen
- Organic, traditional meals available
- Foraging experts that are happy to share their knowledge with others
- Free parking available on the farm
- Hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the area
Serenity defines this place
The name “Serene Haven,” really defined my experience here from the minute I walked in the door. I loved the quaint cabin and the rustic furniture. Nada took me and my family foraging, and as an herb lover, I was absolutely amazed at the diversity of herbs that exist in Montenegro. For lunch, Nada served us some delicious mountain cheese, nettle pie, fresh wild strawberries, and pickled peppers (a Montenegrin delicacy) along with her homemade teas and juices. The thing I loved most about Serene Haven was how everything was so fresh and organic. I also enjoyed Serene Haven’s uniqueness in that it offered a more nomadic experience with so much emphasis on foraging in the wild as opposed to a more traditional type of mountain farm environment. I would recommend this place to anyone who wishes to fully immerse themselves in nature as well as a refreshing getaway.
I spent 1 day and night at the Serene Haven Farm Stay and I loved it! The house was near a hike to forage, and the family was kind enough to take us to teach us about the types of plants. We picked ourselves some tea plants and later made some delicious tea with plants. Overall, this is a 5/5 stay, and if you go ask for pancakes (they’re great)!
Amazing view, hiking, and people
I stayed here for one night with four other guys and we had an absolute blast! Nada cooked us an amazing meal and was quick to serve us that evening. After dinner we hung out with Nada and Milun in their homemade hillside porch and drank delicious mountain tea. The view is amazing and the hiking around is magnificent! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a real Montenegrin village experience!
I spent the night at this place, and it was amazing! We stayed in a cozy cottage and has an amazing dinner. The land is beautiful, and the host family was very kind and hospitable. I would absolutely come again if given the opportunity!
One of the best dinners I have ever had!
Milun and Nada Bozovic are possibly two of the most hospitable people I have ever met in my life. Although we did not have the ability to speak to them directly, their daughter Jelena helped translate a few things for us. They cooked us one of the best dinners I have ever had in my life, stuffed peppers, with bread, tomatoes, and juice! The small cottage they host slept six very comfortably. Nada is a forager so she knows all about tea plants and mushrooms, and boy do they know how to make a great cup of tea. She even gave us some complementary tea for staying with her for the evening. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun mountain adventure in Montenegro! You better believe if I ever get the opportunity, I will be back.
Great hospitality and setting
I stayed one night at Serene Haven. Nada and Milun were excellent in providing great hospitality. The lunch was “super”. The fall setting was was picturesque. It was truly serene. I did not care going down the ladder from the loft. Everything else was great.
Like a movie!
I had the opportunity on a recent girlfriend trip to the Balkans to visit this beautiful place! We were greeted in the morning to a delicious farm to table breakfast in a setting that was like something out of a movie! We then were escorted by Nada and Milun to forage for mushrooms and mountain tea. Of all the places on the planet, this is one I would return to over and over again.
Like a dream...well worth it!
This was the second stop on our girlfriend adventure. Walking the mountain with Nada and Milun was like a dream. The scenery was breathtaking and learning about foraging was incredible. Nada taught us what flowers she uses to dry for mountain tea and how each one is used for different natural healing. This farm stay may be a bit harder to get to, but well worth it!
My favorite excursion in Montenegro!
I so enjoyed meeting Nada, hiking up the gorgeous mountain, and trying some of her teas and herbal lotions. This was my favorite excursion in Montenegro! The picnic on the mountain topped it all off perfectly!
Absolutely loved this experience!
The day spent with Milun and Nada–eating, foraging in the mountain, enjoying a scenic picnic–felt like a scene straight out of the Sound of Music! WHAT a wonderful time our group enjoyed with them! Bonus: was able to purchase products made by Nada from resources found on the mountain, great gifts to bring back for those at home! Loved this experience, would go back again and again.
I am thankful for this sweet family and village
Hospitable. Generous. Wise. Fun. Patient.
This was such a valuable cultural experience. I went to Glavaca with the desire to learn the language and see more of what life is like in the villages of Montenegro– and staying with Nada and Miljun was a 10/10 success for that. Nada let me work side-by-side with her in the kitchen, she showed me around the village, took me on coffees with her friends, and shared stories with me about their life. The whole village was so kind, giving gifts + encouraging me in my language learning endeavors. Even when my language was not up to par, Nada was patient and understanding. I am thankful for this sweet family and village that was so quick to love me and accept me as their own. I am looking forward to going back to visit!
Oh also!! Nada makes so many wonderful products all naturally from resources off their land. She gave many to me as a gift, but also they are for sale. She knows her stuff, and they are quality products.
Montenegrin beauty and kindness at its most
We had the greatest time with Milun and Nada. They are a welcoming, warm and lovely couple who made us feel comfortable at all times and make sure we were enjoying the beauty of the spot and their amazing meals. The mushroom foraging was an incredible experience and we are forever thankful to them. We totally recommend this little adventure to anyone who wants to feel the true character of Montenegro!
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