The Kolpa river runs along the border of Bela krajina for kilometres before it is joined by the Lahinja river. The estate Lovšin is a hideaway near the confluence of the two rivers. The estate rests on 4 hectares and stretches along 500 metres of the riverbank. It has a naturally sheltered and peaceful position since it is accessible by a single road, which terminates at the estate. It faces towards the south and the Kolpa river while being nested in an inaccessible rockface in the north. It takes a five minute drive on a paved road from Metlika town centre to reach the estate. The train station and the nearest store are even closer, a mere 15 minute walk away. Should you travel to Metlika by train, you will get a good, albeit brief view of the Lovšin estate from the elevated position of the railway tracks.
The campsite is situated on 5000 sq m of the estate and fitted with electricity, washing-up facility and a shower. It is surrounded by a fence and a hedge. There are 30 camping spaces at the campsite. The size of a camping space is approximately 70 sq m. There is lots of shade at the campsite, as well as a space for activities that involve a ball, badminton, and other physical activity. A lot of additional space for play is located outside of the campsite. There are additional spaces for tents and picnics beyond the actual campsite. Those who lack the necessary camping equipment, or are unwilling to hammer the stakes into the ground in the pouring rain, or could do without swearing at the snails in their shoes every morning can opt for staying at the barn. This hundred-year old spacious wooden outbuilding was converted into a summer residence. In its three storeys it can accommodate up to 15 people. Ground floor features a common space with a bar, couch, and a refrigerator, while the shared sleeping areas are situated above. No stakes, no snails. Just the wood and a firm roof over your head. And maybe a couple of local mosquitoes.
The campsite is located in the immediate vicinity of the Kolpa river, at an old mill farm. A hundred year-old Lovšin mill may no longer be operational, but it is nevertheless well preserved. A 220 metre-long dam, also in excellent condition, extends from the mill right up to the Croatian side. You can use it for fishing, or sit on it and let yourself be massaged by the current. The water upstream from the dam is very shallow and perfectly suited for the unskilled swimmers and small children. Downstream from the dam, the depth gradually increases from the initial 1.2 metres all the way up to 3 metres, plenty deep enough to dive into. The water surface area of the estate is approximately 5 sq m. This provides lovely opportunities for boating. It takes but five minutes to canoe to the Lahinja confluence where you can visit the nearby campsite Primostek. From there it is about an hour’s worth of rowing to the next campsite in Podzemelj. If you take the Lahinja river, you can get to Gradac in about 3 hours. Therefore, get boating!
The mixed company of campsite Lovšin’s guests is made up of young families, adults, and lively pensioners. We are proponents of the idea that the biggest benefit of the Kolpa river and its banks is tranquillity. This does not mean that it is not a lively place to be. Quite the contrary! We welcome local and foreign patrons with open arms, bohemians, musicians, and athletes; all those who want to return to nature, and turn their gazes towards the romantic sunsets and starry nights, and those captivated by the sound of crickets and the eternal murmuring of the water. It can all be found here.