In the evening you are put to sleep by quiet… and peace. In the morning you are awakened by the singing of the birds and the crowing of the rooster that can be heard from the window. You will hear no car horns, nor the ringing of a cell phone because cell phone can’t get a signal in the Eco-ethno village Stara Kapela. That is the story about Stara Kapela, a small Slavonian village settled in the embrace of the Požega mountain, about forty kilometres away from both Slavonski Brod and Nova Gradiška.

The village has a long tradition and its historic roots reach far in the year 1275 when the Grad Potok fortress, owned by the Gorjanski nobles, existed here. In the surroundings of the fortress, arose a village scattered across the nearby hills. The Turks broke through into these lands in the 15th and the 16th century and enslaved most of the people. With Fr Luka Ibrišimović’s uprising in the second half of the 17th century, the Turks were banished and the village became a part of the Millitary Froniter.

The Turks continued to break through from time to time, and in 1758 they destroyed St. Mark's Chapel. The Old Chapel attained its present appearance in 1760 when, according to the orders of empress Maria Theresa, the village was repositioned into a valley. The current chapel, dedicated to the Lord's Ascension, was built in 1860.

The village began to go extinct in the second half of the 20th century. The largest number of residents (170) was recorded in 1931, only to be reduced to just 15 residents in 2011.

Until a few years ago, the village had fallen asleep in time, but now it has become a unique tourist destination in the Slavonia region, returned to life through the Eco-Ethno Village project.

We have collected rich ethnological material: old chests, wardrobes, beds, tables, chairs, couches, jars, old fabrics, folk costumes - items that were in use in the daily life of our grandparents.

20 kilometres of hiking and cycling trails were built at the surrounding hills, all with neatly arranged resting spots with tables and benches, and chardaks that serves as gazebos and which remind us the the famous history of the frontier, when the place was a part of the military frontier towards the Ottoman Empire.

Rich educational content marking 120 sorts of plants, showcasing their names both in Croatian and Latin, can be found at the trail. Certain resting spots include interpreting boards with the pictures and names of the birds and the wildlife of the area, as well as photographs of edible and inedible mushrooms that can be found here.

A unique public lighting system is a truly special attraction – a combination of old Slavonian beams with electronics hidden on top of them, which carry petroleum fuelled lanterns which were the traditional lighting in our villages. Those same pillars carry flower baskets and sitting benches, as well as bits of the anthology of Croatian poetry dealing with the themes of the village and Slavionia (authors like Dobriša Cesarić, Dragutin Tadijanović, etc.)

During the recent years, with the help of various donors and handymen, 14 existing houses have had their facades rebuilt in the traditional style, with decorations and stucco around the windows, all based on the templates of the old facades.

What does the beauty of the Eco-etno village Stara Kapela look like? See for yourself…


Konakt : Marija Staklarević
Tel: ++385 35 361299 ; ++385 91 8911756; ++385 91 5075265
Konakt : Antun Tucić
Tel: ++385 35 384363; ++385 98 467878; ++385 98 337757
Konakt : Josip Borozni
Tel: ++385 35 451 171; ++385 35 381 092; ++385 98 946 98 81
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Return to the life of our grandparents, the life of old Slavonia. Spend your free moments in the peace of the Old Chapel at the "Tuca's House" estate, which is open for visit for individuals, families and tourist groups.

The property "Tuca's house" consists of an old country house, furnished in an autochthonous Slavonian style with furniture from the time of our grandparents, which was turned into a double apartment, and a barn - a yard farm building. The barn was once used to accommodate cattle and hay, and to store wagons, agricultural equipment and other tools. The barn’s hayloft is decorated as a four-bed apartment and is also equipped with original old-style furniture. In the area of ​​the former barn there is a tavern with an open fireplace, massive oak tables and benches, a bar of old oak beams and boards and a floor made from old bricks.

Along with the dimmed lighting and the crackling of fire in the fireplace, the ideal setting for relaxation and enjoyment in the rural environment was created. The tavern is connected to an upgraded 50-seat restaurant area, which is also fenced and decorated in an old-fashioned style – made from old bricks, old oak beams and tiles – and it is also furnished with massive oak tables and benches. This part of the homestead is given a special atmosphere by the large glass windows found on all three sides of the restaurant, giving and impression of open space.

In the barn, attached to the restaurant section, there is kitchen with modern equipment which allows you to independently prepare your own meals.

The homestead "Tuca’s House" has a large yard with other commercial buildings, a gazebo for a pleasant afternoon break or a conversation with coffee or tea, an external oven and a rotisserie, an orchard with tables and benches and a bricked barbecue which allows guests to prepare barbecue for themselves. Guests can use ecologically grown vegetables for the garden, at they can use double bicycles to see the beauty of this area in pair.


Close your eyes and imagine... awakening in an old and wooden, but comfortable bed. Hot tea and tasty grandma’s cookies. A plaid tablecloth. The chirping of birds. The gurgle of the stream. The smell of freshly-cut grass. Stillness. And peace... All of this is offered at the farmhouse owned by the Staklarević family in the Eco-ethno village of Stara Kapela.

In order to restore the old " grandpa’s fireplace" to life, they have renewed their old family house in an authentic style that can presently comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests. The house is equipped with two bathrooms. With the fire from the fireplace and a glass of wine you can rest and relax in this idyllic farm. The richness of the ethnological heritage, the interior furnishing of the ancient beds, the hand-made linen, the wardrobes, the jars and a lots of items that our ancestors used in their daily lives will enable every guest to feel the charm of old times.

In addition, there is a tasting room for 50 guests, as well as an 80-seat hall where you will enjoy Slavonian gourmet specialties with Slavonian tambourines and enjoy some fine refreshments. Here you can enjoy a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a wedding and other family celebrations, but you can also hold a relaxed business meeting or a seminar.

In the beautiful natural surroundings, there are kilometers of combined pedestrian-cycling paths (with free bicycles) at your disposal, all surrounded by hillsides with well-kept resting spots and gazebos with views of the village and the surrounding area. But if you thought that was all – you are mistaken. In the vincinity of the village, there is also a pond for all those who are tired of the everyday rush and desire to do some fishing in a green oasist „disturbed“ only by the chirping of birds.



Experience the way in which Slavonians used to live in the hilly parts of Slavonia at the slopes of the Požega mountain and spend your vacation in a house that was originally built at the beginning of the century (before about a 100 years ago). The house was built in an authentic Slavonian style and today it is thoroughly renovated, furnished with old-fashioned furniture and equipment for our contemporary needs. Today, this is a house that inherits the tradition of renowned domestic masons, carpenters and joiners which makes it entirely decorated and renovated, and ready to offer premium comfort to our guests. Here you will experience the unique atmosphere by the creek and a wonderful view at the hiking, cycling and bee-keeping trails, gazebos and Stations of the Cross. The spacious yard with a garden barbeque, an oven and a rotisserie by an orchard will fulfil your unique experience in this green oasis of peace and quiet in an authentic location hidden from the commotion and rush of the contemporary civilization. On the ground floor of the house, which can comfortably accommodate four people, there is a large peasant room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom (all furnished with antique furniture and contemporary kitchen appliances). In the attic of “Ethno for the young” there is a comfortable living room, a bedroom and a bathroom, also furnished with antique furniture and contemporary appliances. Another four people can be accommodated there, and an additional bunk can be added.


If you want to spend peaceful and idyllic moments in languid Slavonia and feel the charm of the past, Pavo’s house is the right place. The property consists of a traditionally furnished hunting lodge with a kitchen, a bathroom, bedrooms, a large yard and farm buildings. There are four beds available. The whole property is dedicated to the hunting tradition of our area, with a rich collection of hunting souvenirs, and if you are passionate about hunting, our hosts can arrange it so you can hunt in the rich hunting ground of the Slavonian region. With the breadth of the Slavonian soul and an excellent traditional cuisine, the pleasant hosts will enrich the unforgettable moments of your vacation.