The Strmol Mansion, a castle dating back to the 13th century which was completely renovated in 2012 to become a luxury hotel, has received the prestigious award for Unique Castle of the Year 2018, conferred by the London tourism magazine Travel and Hospitality on the 20th of July 2018.
The mansion’s last owners before the estate was nationalized after World War II were Rado and Ksenija Hribar, wealthy industrialists, who regularly invited the Slovenian elite for social events. The Hribars were accused of collaborating with the occupying forces in WWII, even though Hribar was known to have financed the Partisan resistance movement throughout the war. The pair was executed by the then security intelligence forces in January 1944.
Their story inspired the award-winning novel “To noč sem jo videl” (I Saw Her That Night) by acclaimed Slovenian author Drago Jančar.