price from €30,00/night
Villa Gjecaj. Owners Petrit & Aida Gjecaj, run by Petrit’s parents Ndoc & Lule. It is just a coincidence, but our favorite house happens to be the first one off the path from Valbona. Why do we like it? Be-cause: The house is beautiful with a nice private garden which is lush and green and is slightly uphill and thus overlooks the slightly dustier open stretch next to the actual river itself. Izzy was wowed that each room, with from 3-4 beds (as I recall) had its own bathroom, AND since I was there they’ve opened new fancy rooms with double beds and private bathrooms and that sort of thing. AND because Lule is, as far as I could tell, the best and most generous cook in Theth (YUM!) an opinion confirmed by other cousin-guides who’ve eaten in every house in Theth and who tell me that other, more jaded guesthouse owners can be a bit stingy with the food but that Lule is ooh-la-la! Also Petrit, although actually a public prosecutor by profession, is really passionate about tourism in Theth so you get the best of both worlds, which means real time help and fast answers to emails with genuine, er, Theth-ian enthusiasm. Aida worked organizing women’s handicraft collectives and things like that on a national level before the recent arrival of little Agnes to distract her, which shows in the attention to detail of the furnishings. Villa Gjecaj is listed in booking.com and things like that, but I am always telling people to email them directly and save them the 20% or whatever it is that booking websites whack out of the fee: email@example.com.