Villa Mavrud in Raduil, Bulgaria, is ideal for skiing and accommodates 6/10 people in 3 bedrooms comprising 2 twin rooms and a pine clad loft with 4 single beds, 2 of which may be twin or singles. The lounge /dining room has a double sofa bed if required. The ground floor features two bathroom/wet rooms with toilets, a lounge /dining room and a well equipped kitchen with rustic beams and a wood-burning stove, which also fires the central heating and hot water. The jacuzzi in the larger bathroom is ideal for relaxing after a day's skiing or hiking. The large garden has several timber framed outbuildings. One houses an additional wood burning boiler which boosts the central heating and hot water. Another provides a covered BBQ area. Off-road parking is provided. Villa Mavrud is located in the foothills of the Rila Mountains, south of Sofia. Ideal for a quiet, get away from it all break, a family holiday or a lively stag or hen week by incorporating Borovets.
Inside: Villa Mavrud is fully alarmed, giving you peace of mind. It is well insulated, making it cool in the summer and easy to heat in the winter. Radiators are located on all floors including the loft bedroom. An electric boiler provides hot water.
During winter months, the wood burning stove in the kitchen is great to come home to after a hard day's skiing or hiking. It also fires the central heating. This is normal for rural Bulgaria and you will be given instruction on how to operate it, so don't worry!
The house is located a short distance along a grass lane. The lane is maintained, so is passable at all times. Both doors to the property are only navigable via steps.
Lakeside beaches and water sports are available at Lake Iskar, about 50 minutes by car. Water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are possible. Or you can relax and enjoy a drink and a meal at one the lakeside restaurants.
Outbuildings and Garden: The house boasts a large garden with a variety of fruit trees and features a large rockery, informal areas and gravelled, off-road parking suitable for several cars.
Several restored rustic timber-framed and daubed outbuildings enclose an area suitable eating al fresco, serviced by a ‘summer kitchen,’ a covered clay oven adapted for barbecue use. Garden furniture is provided and covered seating is provided in the outbuildings.The traditional barn houses an additional wood-fired boiler to boost the house heating and hot water supply and a secure ski locker for guests using their own skis.
Skiing Facilities: An 8km/15 minute drive from Villa Mavrud, is one of Bulgaria’s prime ski resorts, Borovets. Recently featured in the UK press as top value European resort (Metro & Observer). It offers a range of winter sports and has a world-class biathlon track. It also has several ski schools, all with English-speaking instructors. Borovets is ideal for beginners and intermediates to hone their skills but also has plenty to offer the more experienced skier.
Borovets key facts - highest skiing area: 2560m; total length of runs: 58km; longest run: 12km; cross country tracks: 35km.
At the end of the day, avail yourselves of the great après-ski activities at one of the many clubs, restaurants and bars, all at manageable prices. There are clubs to suit most tastes and the night-life appeals to a young crowd.
Cash points and internet access are available.
Reasonably priced transport to and from Borovets may be arranged locally, at times to suit you, whether skiing, or partying into the night!
The nearest towns are Samokov (20km), Kostenets (15km), Dolna Banya, a small spa town (7km). Two monasteries - Pokrov Bogorodichen and Rila. The stunning Rila Monastery is a comfortable day trip by car, accessed by a circuitous road route around the Rila Mountains. There are medieval castle ruins (35km) between Kostenets and the Sofia-Plovdiv motorway. The well known Borovets ski resort (9km) is a 15 minute drive from the house.
Other Activities: Spa pool
Golf: Quality golf is available in Ihtiman, about a 45 minute drive from Raduil. A prestigious new golf development in neighbouring Dolna Banya, a 15 minute drive, will be available in the future.
Ski: An 8km/15 minute drive from Villa Mavrud, is one of Bulgaria’s prime ski resorts, Borovets, where you can hire skis and snowboards, get reasonably priced lessons, ski lift passes, and make use of hotel facilites, including massage, gym, pools, shops, bars, restaurants, cash machines and internet access.