Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch

Velika Plana, Croatia


In the heart of the Istrian countryside presides this stunning guest ranch hidden inside UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Velika Plana. Centring around the connection to the horses and the varied flora and fauna of the breath-taking open plains, Linden Tree is an off-grid hideout providing a one-of-a-kind transformative experience.

Key Features

  • Accommodation options include rooms, suite, chalets, lodges and Native American tipis
  • Private bathrooms for all accommodation types
  • Dining in the communal lounging areas
  • Private dining on request
  • Wellness activities such as yoga
  • Spa and treatments
  • Saloon for drinks and snacks
  • Restaurant

The accommodation is natural to the setting, whichever unique concept you choose to rest your head. There are suites and chalets if you want something a little sturdier, or if you’re up for really connecting to the environment and sleeping under the stars, choose to stay in either the river tents or the Native American tipis. Still with all the contemporary comforts, each option feature beds dressed with soft linens, private bathrooms and porches showcasing the extraordinary mountain views.


Linden Tree Ranch has a laid-back atmosphere with authentic details creating a homely space finished with modern luxuries. The ranch is sprawled across an open plain in a stunning wilderness setting and with a small number of guests at the ranch at one time, the ambience remains intimate and homely.

With many restful options to sleep, feel invigorated to make the most of the varied activities on offer at the ranch, whether you take to the saddle or choose to travel by your own two feet. Explore the myriad of hiking trails across the national park filled with winding valleys, slopes of wildflower meadows and crisscrossing streams. The expert guides are on hand to create a bespoke experience for you so that you can make the most of your time in this gorgeous landscape.


Once returned from your excursions, there are more difficult choices to be made in choosing how to unwind. Recline with a book in your tent, visit the saloon and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere chatting to fellow travellers, stretch out tired muscles with a yoga class or book in a for a treatment at the spa, these include acupuncture, massage and aromatherapy. Refuel with soul food from the organic kitchens, enriched with leaves, plants, mushrooms and berries foraged from the woods.


The food is home-grown, homemade as far as possible and locally sourced. A number of nature conservation projects and habitat restoration projects.

Why we love it

The freshly baked bread in the morning fills the whole ranch with its heavenly smell pulling you out on to your porch with the first cup of coffee as the mist rises over the mountains. Every detail at Linden Tree has been thought of to bring comfort, warmth and spectacular hospitality. These small details are what will become the highlights of your experience here.

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