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Beautiful holiday home In idyllic Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  • Villa
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

A spacious open-plan 3 bedroom house & private pool in large garden in Merdanya

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.


Karen Ginnane

Member Since 2012
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About Karen Ginnane

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!

Why Karen Ginnane chose Veliko Tarnovo

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.

What makes this Villa unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, French doors onto large balcony
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, French doors onto large balcony
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • The two double bedrooms have French doors with blinds that open out onto a large balcony terrace, which also doubles as a lovely sun deck, with beautiful views over the foothills. Early birds can watch sunrise from bed. The two double bedrooms are very large and while the bedrooms are currently set up to sleep 6 between them, we have two spare beds that comfortably fit into either double bedroom that could bring the total up to 8.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • The bathrooms are both modern. The upstairs bathroom has a very comfortable bath and an excellent shower. The downstairs bathroom has a very good shower.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Town
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      There is free wifi in the house.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is simply but well equipped for a holiday. There is a washing machine in the kitchen but please note there is no dishwasher.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Toys


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Child's Swing
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is a large terrace that opens out from the upstairs bedroom with a wooden table and seating for 4. There are also sun loungers. There are wonderful views from here.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              We built a beautiful tiled pool in summer 2015 and test drove it ourselves! It is fabulous.


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • ruins
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • groceries
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • We have a brand new pool - underground and elegantly tiled - which is in the perfect place to catch sun all day. Smoking is permitted in the outdoor areas but no smoking in the house please. We have an agent who lives nearby who can be contacted for all requests and queries. We have also just upgraded with free wifi in the house for our guests!

                                                                  1 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Idyllic country home in quiet village

                                                                  Judi G.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  What a pleasure to read your review! Thank you for your kind comments and I'm so very happy you enjoyed your stay. We have much affection for the house and village and it's always wonderful when we hear that guests have had the same enjoyment as we always have!



                                                                  Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  A 25% non refundable deposit is due upon booking and the balance payable one month before arrival

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                                                                  For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                  Property # 1034034