Not for us
Submitted: July 28, 2009
Stayed: July 2009
The pool was great and the peace and quiet was fine for a few days.
The recommended local restaurant was closed, will it ever open again? This meant a 15 minute drive to the nearest restaurant, where the menu was seemingly from the communist days. There are only so many pork chop and chips you can eat.
The road to anywhere is a nightmare drive, where the local drivers play "chicken".
We had superb weather, but found the villa to be spartan, and the sun loungers were as hard as bricks to rest on. The villa needs a fly screen, otherwise you spend lots of your time chasing/killing flies.
We had our power go off once, and the noise of the plumbing, well!
The nearest supermarket was in Varna, 25 or so minutes away via a motorway link.
Bulgaria is still very cheap, so if holiday spends are key, then it may be for you, but we save all year to have a great night out every night, so for us to come home with money, reflects our holiday joy.
The next door neighbour, was a very friendly and kind man.
A welcome pack would be an enhancement, as we arrived, via British Airways at 22.00.
The price for our week had also seemingly increased by 20% on 2008 prices, who knows why?
We saw the cleaner/pool man/gardener once in two weeks.
There were no local attractions.
If you can make the airport in 20 minutes, then you must drive a very fast car.
We would receommend Bulgaria, but stay in a main resort hotel, and as such, we will not be recommending this villa to our friends.
Owner's Response: Its a shame that the renter found his holidaying experience slightly under par. I find it a little confusing. We always clearly explain the set up and location of the villa to all potential renters.
They are correct in saying it is in a very quiet spot without many facilities immediately on hand. If you are looking for an abundence of doorstep attractions and facilities then orange tree villa does not tick the boxes. Its quiet, private and would suit holidaymakers looking to unwind with the option to pop into Varna for that more hustle and bustle feel.
The recommended restaurant is open but you have to make a booking. If they have no bookings they wont open. It is not the only restaurant in the village. I went to a new one last summer which i found to be very good and had a very extensive menu. They obviously did'nt find it or ask for directions however its located on the main road!
I disagree regarding the villa being sparcly fitted out. It is serviced to accommodate 10 guests. There is everything you would need to have an enjoyable self catering holiday. I have stayed there with another family (4 adults and 3 kids) and we found it more than adequate.
There is a local supermarket in the village. Again on the main road. The renters are correct in saying your larger supermarkets can be found in Varna and this would have been explained to him, but the local one serves all the day to day necessities that you would require - bread/milk/meat/toiletries etc.
Regarding the lack of a welcome pack at the villa on their arrival - this is something that can be arranged, which again would have been told to them, but obviously decided not to arrange.
I believe the rental prices for the villa remains exceptional value for money and is competitive with other similar properties located within the area.
I hope this review does not hinder anyone considering renting our villa. If you have any questions then you simply have to ask. It is not in our interest for anyone to have a bad experience and therefore a unhappy holiday and i simply think that the renters in this situation did not book the right property for their holidaying needs. Their final comment confirms this.
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