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Villa Dihovo, Bitola

Located in Dihovo, a relaxing village in the foothills of National Park Pelister, Villa Dihovo is a friendly, family-run guesthouse serving homemade traditional food and drink, and offering plenty of outdoor activities for those wishing to explore the forested mountains, lakes, and river immediately accessible from the village. The guest house is complemented by a spacious enclosed lawn and vegetable gardens just outside. The villa is a restored traditional house, built in 1928, in the typical Macedonian stone-and-wood style. The six guest rooms are all built of natural wood, with traditional carpets and décor. There are two types of rooms available. Three rooms have a double bed, and two additional single beds, cupboards, and a wardrobe. The other three have one double or two single beds. All rooms have their own private bathrooms constantly supplied with hot water. The villa’s downstairs living room serves as a common area equipped with a kitchen and refrigerator that can be freely used by guests. Being made of stone, and also furnished in traditional style, it has a relaxing, rustic feel, staying cool in summer and kept warm by a working fireplace in winter. Outside, above the villa’s garden, guests can enjoy a home-cooked meal or drinks under the covered patio’s lengthy wooden table. The lawn, which offers sunbeds and a hammock, is also equipped with a summer kitchen and an inbuilt oven. Guests may also enjoy having their meals on private tables on the lawn in summer. Being surrounded by forests, Dihovo is perfect for hiking and river walks, on your own or with a professional guide and dog, if desired. Dihovo’s outdoor, spring-water pool is very popular with people of all ages and good for a dip on a hot summer’s day. There are also nearby natural rock pools for swimming in the River Sapungica, which runs through the village. Visitors can also enjoy an exhilarating 700-meter river walk, and leapfrogging boulders along the way. In addition, organized hiking trips to Mount Pelister, and the crystal-clear lakes (‘Pelisterki Oci’) near its summit, can be arranged; the 8km-long trek takes about 4 hours. Mountain biking is also possible here. In winter, guests can enjoy skiing on Mount Pelister. Villa Dihovo staff can provide all necessary equipment and gladly offer ski instruction for beginners. Finally, Villa Dihovo can assist guests keen to make cultural excursions, such as to nearby Bitola (known as the ‘City of the Consuls’ in Ottoman times), which offers good shopping, cafés, and nightlife. Other attractions include nearby monasteries and the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Herakleia, only 2km south of the city.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
Villa Dihovo offers a variety of home-cooked Macedonian specialties, made with fruits and vegetables coming from our own private gardens. We also serve domestic brandy and wine in wooden barrels, as well as a range of homebrewed beers. The villa also offers free wireless internet to its guests and provides 24-hour reception desk service. Within the villa’s grounds, guests can enjoy morning aerobics, field hockey, and other fun games on our spacious lawn, or simply relax with a book or sunbathe.

Credits

Author of the creative story
Pece Cvetkovski

Client
Pece Cvetkovski

Year of completion
2009

Location
Village Dihovo, Bitola, North Macedonia

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