Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is an award-winning, high-end guest ranch situated inside the UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Croatia. This unique ranch and "restorative retreat" is small and privately owned, with a focus on horsemanship alongside a high level of comfort, service and guest wellness. They are committed to becoming 100% disposable plastic-free by the year 2023, are creating a nature conservation area and they also offer guests the chance to have a fully-customised diet plan to reflect their microbiomic needs (under the supervision of an on-staff nutritionist, see 'Food & Accommodation' tab for more info). They offer a range of daily activities and also have a special riding programme available a few times a year, the 'Ultimate Cowboy Adventure', for those who want to explore this beautiful region from the saddle in more depth. The ranch is run with a focus on sustainable development and in accordance with their own concept known as CIDER: Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution and Responsibility. The ranch team works closely with the park authorities and the local community, providing unprecedented access to the Velebit Mountain. This is a responsible tourism destination with everything needed to provide the perfect adventure holiday. Welcome to the Croatian wilderness!
The ranch was founded by Bruce Yerkovich who dreamed of creating a sustainable wilderness retreat whilst respecting the land, people and wildlife of Croatia. The resulting ranch is 'eco-safari-style' with a high level of attention to detail in all aspects, from the spectacular food and drink to the variety of charming accommodation options. You can ride, hike, swim, cycle, canoe, geocache or even take a jeep safari or try archery or cowboy games. The Little Bears kids club will keep the young members of your family entertained. Whilst there is plenty to do here when not on a horse, riding is definitely the star of the show - riding lessons, pony rides, trail rides, multi-day trips and wagon rides are all available with all levels of rider welcome.
Accommodation at the ranch is varied and there is something for everyone - comfortable en-suite rooms, unique casitas or even their spacious Buffalo Lodge which is ideal for a larger family. Wellness facilities include an outdoor pool hot tub, treatment room, yoga room and tranquil lounges and guests have plenty of space to relax and unwind. Dinner is served in the western saloon or in the square outside where you can eat family-style before sharing stories around a traditional campfire.
2022: This year the ranch will be operating at 50% capacity to allow your hosts to focus on the needs and wellbeing of clients during the pandemic.