|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
This newly-renovated two storey house is perched on the edge of traditional Merdanya village in central Bulgaria (near Veliko Turnovo) with a brand new, large underground pool. Upstairs, it has two double bedrooms with French doors opening onto a large balcony with wonderful views across the Stara Planina foothills - perfect for morning coffee or that evening glass of wine - a bathroom and a twin room. Downstairs has a spacious open plan layout between the living room, dining room and kitchen with all modern amenities, plus a bathroom. This is the place to go if you want to get away from it all and re-charge in pristine countryside in a part of Europe where life is still slow and deeply traditional.
There is a large stone wall garden, cable TV, DVD player, washing machine, underground pool, wifi, badminton net and 4 racquets, some kids’ games and books, barbecue, fire pit and hammock.
In the heart of traditional rural Bulgaria, this is a true country idyll with herds of goats and friendly neighbours producing their own honey and wine. We have a local agent who looks after all our guests needs, also a friend in nearby Hotnitsa who runs local cultural tours, and a friendly taxi driver who will also double as a pizza delivery man. Merdanya is a small authentic Bulgarian village - expect to see wattle and daub houses, babushkas in head scarves, herds of goats and the odd horse-pulled cart. Nearly every villager grows their own food so the gardens are full of proudly tended corn, peppers and vines.
The house is an easy 10 minute walk to the centre of the village, where you can pick up daily essentials.There are two little grocery/general stores which are good for food basics including bread, cheese, salad, coffee, beer wine, local deli provisions, sweets etc. Other shops include an ironmonger, two café / bars,a pottery (where visits can be arranged) and a fish shop. Local supplies are just that – local – so whatever is in season is in the shops - and fantastically fresh and full of flavour. And the default method of food production is organic in small plots and gardens.
The historic city of Veliko Turnovo - which was the medieval capital of Bulgaria and an important cultural centre - is just 15 minutes drive away with its bars, cafés, restaurants, banks, shops etc. There are some stunning nature walks in the area, plus a beautiful monastery high on a hilltop nearby, plus horse riding, birdwatching, archery and fishing all nearby. We can help organise all of these.
Jon and I have been coming to Bulgaria, firstly on holiday and then to buy our own place, since our youngest child was a baby and our oldest was two - Gabriel's now eleven and our daughter is a teenager. We've had many fantastic family holidays since then - coming to Merdanya is a retreat from the world, where time idles more slowly and days are filled with walks, gathering fallen walnuts in September, swinging in a hammock or exploring nearby monasteries, towns, villages, swimming holes. And eating. Did I mention eating? The food is hearty, tasty, satisfying and incredibly fresh. Every knobbly cucumber and fat red tomato is locally grown and bursting with flavour. And the local wine - which doesn't make it to export - is superb. Mavrud at its best is like a good Bordeaux.
We live in Australia but make it over to our house in Merdanya every year or so. This year we have a fabulous new underground pool so our last visit in 2015 was even harder to leave than usual!
Merdanya is a wonderful, authentic working Bulgarian village. We're perched on the edge of the village with amazingly friendly neighbours, who keep bringing us tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, honey etc from their garden. We have beautiful views across the foothills from our balcony and bedroom and instead of traffic you hear birdsong and goat bells.
Merdanya is a lovely place to hang out but it's also very close to Veliko Turnovo, the old medieval capital which has some excellent restaurants and cafes, not to mention incredible history and a very impressive castle.
We had a wonderful week's stay in this simple but lovely country home. It was comfortable for us, a family of 5 (teenage children) and we made good use of the well equipped kitchen, veranda and garden patio. We did not use the pool, although it did look inviting, as we were there in April and the weather was not suitable. We loved the location, in a quiet very authentic Bulgarian village where the people were friendly and the two village stores were useful for everyday items that we needed (good pantomime skills are very helpful here). 20 minutes from the city of Veliko Turnova, we did not feel at all isolated in this country paradise. Sitting relaxing on the upstairs balcony looking out at the view was truly wonderful. Owner and local agent were extremely helpful and receptive to our needs and requests. Warmly recommend the house.
Merdanya is an authentic traditional rural working village in central Bulgaria. We are located at the top of Merdanya village. Walking through the village, expect some wattle and daub buildings, babushskas in head scarves, herds of goats and the odd horse-pulled cart. Nearly every villager grows their own food so the gardens are full of proudly tended corn, peppers and vines. On the town square, notable for its howitzer, there are two little grocery/general stores which are good for food basics including bread, cheese, salad, coffee, beer wine, local deli provisions, sweets etc. Other shops include an ironmonger, two café / bars, a pottery (where visits can be arranged) and a fish shop. Local supplies are just that – local – so whatever is in season is in the shops - misshapen tomatoes, knobbly cucumbers and the like, with incredible flavour and freshness. Our next door neighbour, Nico, has local wine to sell. We are have a beautiful brand new tiled pool in a sun trap corner of our garden, where you can while away hot days. Tourism is very slowly coming to this little village but it remains a rare slice of traditional Europe.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
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A 25% non refundable deposit is due upon booking and the balance payable one month before arrival