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Gina's Retreat, spacious villa with private pool, beautiful sea and forest views

Varna, Bulgaria
  • Villa2690 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 - 14 nights

Large Villa in Shkorpilovtsi, Varna area, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria - Relaxing Location, 15 Minutes Walk to the Stunning Beach

A recently built spacious 240sq.m. villa, fully equipped for your holiday needs. It sits in a large enclosed 1400sqm corner plot at the edge of Shkorpilovtsi Village, with private parking for 3+ cars. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views looking out to The Black Sea and countryside. The villa has a private 9m x 4m south facing pool, with a very spacious tiled sun terrace area around it, supplied with sun loungers. Leading up to a large covered breakfast/dining terrace with a stone BBQ area off it. Offering you sunshine with breakfast and gentle shade for alfresco lunches. Rest on the south facing balcony and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the Shepherd bringing in his flock. The village is an easy 5 minutes walk, offering cafes, bar, church, post office and well stocked mini-markets. Shkorpilovtsi Beach is only a 15 minutes walk away, one of the best beaches in Bulgaria with over 12km of sot golden sand, offering in season many more choices of restaurants, bars, cafes, live music and an open air cinema.


Gina Stacey

Member Since 2008
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Feb 11, 2018
About Gina Stacey

Hello, we live in Surrey with our 3 children. One of our favourite things is going on holiday. Whichever country we are in we love trying new foods, exploring and experiencing the culture. It is something that we look forward to for most of the year. About 10 years ago we decided that we would love to own a place abroad of our own. We looked at all of our usual favourite places; The Greek Islands, the Canary Islands, Spain, France and Italy. All are beautiful but we just couldn't find 'The right spot'. Bulgaria was a relative new discovery to us. It is a country that has been preserved in many ways, as it had been under socialist rule up until 1989. Here we discovered a country that had not merged into the Euro blend, as sadly so many other countries have. We were hooked.

Gina Stacey purchased this Villa in 2008

Why Gina Stacey chose Varna Province

Here we found 'The spot' in 2006. A piece of land that had stunning panoramic views across fields, looking towards the Black Sea and an ancient oak forest. It is on the edge of a pretty village that is big enough to have a choice of cafes and shops but small enough to be welcoming. From here we can walk to the stunning beach with fine pure white sand and enjoy views that take me back 30 years. We discovered that in the summer the beach springs to life with lots of cafes, bars, shops, restaurants and even an outdoor cinema. It positively buzzes! We decided that here we could build our perfect villa, including all the things that we liked when staying at other villas in the past. In 2008 it was completed and it became 'Gina's Retreat' a place to rest and relax.

What makes this Villa unique

The villa is an easy 40 minutes drive from Varna airport. The spacious villa sits in a large enclosed plot with south facing pool and stone BBQ. Everything you need to enjoy your holiday is within easy walking distance. Eating out in Bulgaria is a pleasant experience. Many of the restaurants and cafes offer an English menu. The food is fresh and the fish and salads fantastic. Prices are very reasonable, with a meal for 5 including drinks, costing about £20. Out of the summer season; the village and beach resort become peaceful, the area rural. Relax as the animals graze in the fields around the villa. Enjoy great fishing and walks. There is a bus linking the village to Varna City but car hire is also a cheap option too. The cafes and restaurants are open all year but you can also use the BBQ and dine whilst watching shooting stars.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with double bed, furniture, en-suite shower room and door onto the large balcony. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, furniture, door onto the balcony. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and furniture. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and furniture on the ground floor.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Shower room 1
        toilet, shower
      • Shower room 2
        toilet, shower
      • Tiled en-suite bathroom to main bedroom with shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin. Large tiled family bathroom on 1st floor with corner bath, toilet, wash basin and washing machine. Ground floor tiled bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Fireplace
                    • Linens Provided
                      For rentals between 8-12 nights an extra linen laundry fee is required. The cost is : 8 nights £50, 9 nights £40, 10 nights £30, 11 nights £20, 12 nights £10.
                    • Living Room
                      Large airy L-shaped room with bay windowed dining area, seating for 8. Traditional stone Bulgarian wood burning fire. The lounging area has 2 large sofas, television, DVD, CD player and small games table. French doors leading out to the pool and terraces.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                      Not for beach use.
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully fitted and equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Table and 4 chairs, access to a large covered al fresco dining area, with seating for 8. Views to the sea and surrounding countryside. Steps leading to BBQ area.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining for 8 people situated in a large bay window to enjoy the views.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  The villa has numerous books for guests to use whilst at the villa.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Games
                                  A games table is provided with table football, ice hockey, snooker and table tennis.
                                • Television


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Porch / Veranda

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Private Pool


                                            • churches
                                            • forests
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • groceries

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • fishing
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is non-smoking. The villa is spacious and would suit families, groups or couples. It has been built and furnished with most holiday needs in mind. The garden is large and private. It has a generous grassed area around the pool terrace for games. A 9x4m pool that is 1.3m - 1.5m deep, with non slip tiles around it. Quiet ceiling fans are in all of the rooms, to guarantee coolness. All windows have fitted integrated fly-screens and shutters, which give you the choice of having the doors and windows open whenever you wish. The house has a full central heating system for out of season rentals (please enquire for more details). Outside: The villa is situated in a large enclosed corner plot, laid with lawn and shrubbery. There is a spacious elevated south facing terrace around the 4 x 9m private pool, exclusive to the villa. Available for guests use around the pool area are 8 sun loungers. Steps from this terrace lead up to another large covered terrace equipped for alfresco dining, with furniture for seating 8 people comfortably and a large stone built BBQ area. The views from the elevated terraces and garden are of the surrounding countryside, forest and coast. Utility Room: Our utility/boiler room houses a small safe, iron and ironing board, BBQ equipment and clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Amenities included in the rental price per week: change of bathroom towels and bedding. For rentals between 8-12 nights an extra linen laundry fee is required. The cost is : 8 nights £50, 9 nights £40, 10 nights £30, 11 nights £20, 12 nights £10.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              A lovely, spacious villa ...perfect family holiday

                                                              Kirsty D.

                                                              We had a wonderful holiday in the Retreat. It is very spacious, with a twin bedroom downstairs, opposite a big shower room and 3 bedrooms upstairs. the master has a shower room and the two twin rooms share a bathroom with a bath. The water pressure is lovely, especially in the downstairs shower!. The villa was clean and tidy on our arrival and we were met by George, who was very helpful. George left his number should we have needed it during our stay. We had one interruption with the internet connection, which George got fixed straight away. We hired a car so didn't require any excursions or taxis, but the visitors book shoes that this can be arranged. The kitchen was well equipped. The lounge/diner is huge! We ate in local restaurants or cooked on the BBQ in the garden. The balcony/terrace area is a perfect size. The children (12.10 and 8) loved the pool. A perfect size and well maintained. The only addition i'd add is a parasol or two for around the pool, and some cushions for the loungers. I have fair skin, so like to stay out of the sun most of the time, but enjoy being with the children around the pool. We bought some inflatables and left them in the storage room for others to enjoy. The pool isn't overlooked and the views across the fields towards the hills is beautiful. We spotted a pair of eagles circling the fields most days. Housemartins and swallows are regular visitors to the pool, swooping down for a drink throughout the day.

                                                              The beach is a 5 minute drive. It is possible to walk, and we saw people doing this from the village, but in the heat and with young children, a car is recommended.

                                                              The beach has a few lovely restaurants and bars and there is one large hotel. There are sun-loungers and parasols to rent and there was never any trouble getting one. The beach is visited by locals and the hotel users so it was never overcrowded. A short walk along the beach and you could avoid people quite easily.

                                                              For a relaxing holiday, away from the noisy Brits, then this is perfect. Plenty to visit by car too. We went to water park , visited Varna and drove south to explore Nessebar.

                                                              Gina was very helpful and provided plenty of information before the holiday to make the journey and stay easy.

                                                              We will be going back!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              To Kirsty, Andrew and the family,

                                                              Thank you for your review and valued comments. Our hope is for our guests to go home as rested and relaxed as we feel, it is our piece of tranquillity. We are so happy to hear that you all enjoyed your stay and discovering Bulgaria. We look forward to welcoming you all back again in the future. I will pass on your compliments to George as he tries very hard to help where ever he can.

                                                              Kindest regards Gina & Dale

                                                              Laid back heaven!

                                                              Kelly H.

                                                              Gina's retreat is perfect for families who want a quiet holiday. A large villa with all the mod cons and a nice sized pool, with amazing views in a sleepy Bulgarian village. Those with very small children or elderly guests may want to hire a car to go to the beach, as it is a bit of a trek along a busy-ish road (which for the most part has no path). This is our second visit, and it gets better every time!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi Kelly and Mike,

                                                              Thank you again for your review. It has been lovely welcoming you and your family back to Gina's Retreat. We hope to welcome you all again in the future. Kindest regards, Gina & Dale

                                                              Relaxing and scenic

                                                              Jane S.

                                                              The villa lived up to all of our expectations and more. The location is excellent with no need for a car. We walked for miles exploring the local area, enjoyed very reasonably priced meals at the beach bars, cooked some excellent meals on the villas barbecue and made full use of the lovely pool. It is definitely on our list of places to revisit.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi Jane,

                                                              Thank you for your lovely review.

                                                              We are looking forward to exploring the hot springs that you found.

                                                              It is great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

                                                              Kindest regards,

                                                              Gina & Dale

                                                              The most peaceful holiday ever

                                                              Anne S.

                                                              This has to be one of the best holidays ever! The villa is fantastic, spacious and very well equipped. The surroundings are fantastic, we were very lucky to see the surrounding fields of sunflowers bloom during our stay, absolutely a sight to behold. We loved the simplicity of the village life, the local villagers made us feel very welcome. The beach is absolutely lovely, very friendly bars and restaurants. I have no hesitation recommending this holiday.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Welcome home Anne, Les, Margaret and David, thank you for your lovely review. We are really glad that you all enjoyed your stay at Gina's Retreat. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Kindest regards Gina and Dale.

                                                              A beautiful villa, with fantastic views

                                                              Rita V.

                                                              This villa is lovely and affords lovely views of lush farmland, the sea and nearby hills. In the heat of day, you can cool down in the pool, or sit in the shade of the terrace. The local village has a really nice restaurant with a good menu and friendly staff. The beaches are lovely and unspoilt, with a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from. The local food and drink was very good and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to others, as it is clean, well-maintained, with a home away from home feel.

                                                              Fantastic location for a family retreat

                                                              Jonathan K.

                                                              8 of us stayed for two weeks from 17/7/15 and none of us would fault a single thing. The location is perfect, everything ridiculously cheap and days and evening can be enjoyed just as much either in and around the villa and it's lovely pool or down at the near by beach resort.

                                                              Tips for future travellers:

                                                              Visit the metro superstore in Varna early in your stay to do a big shop - Koko from the maintainence team will take you! We spent around £260 and never needed to return for the rest of our stay. Great selection of food and drink, make sure you take passport to get a day membership!

                                                              Evening meals out you need to walk down to the beach, this takes about 25 mins with children but is a nice walk. A meal for 4 with drinks costs about £25 and the food is great. When returning from the beach at night there is a horse and carriage which will bring you back to the villa for 10 lev!

                                                              On the road from the villa to the beach there is a drinks warehouse selling alcoholic and soft drinks in bulk, great for when you want to have days and evenings in the villa!

                                                              We will 100% be returning and I've no doubt the area will continue to grow. The locals are very friendly although very few speak English but pointing generally gets you by. The best holiday we've had and also the cheapest compared to stays in all inclusive resorts so a win all round, thanks Gina!


                                                              Varna, Bulgaria

                                                              Coast/Beach: A 15 minutes walk brings you to the fine sandy beach of Shkorpilovtsi. It is over 12km long, 100m wide and stretches from Kamchia down to Byala. The beach is a big hit with most children, including mine. With soft white sand, perfect for sand-castles and the coastal water warmer and less salty than the Mediterranean seas. It is popular with Bulgarian families but more unknown to other nationalities. It retains its serene natural beauty without too many tourist trappings even in the high season. Travel: The local airport is Varna with UK flights served by Wizz Air (Luton), Bulgarian Air (Gatwick) & Balkan Holidays (from many regional airports). Shkorpilovtsi is 38km south of Varna, a 45 minutes drive. An alternative airport is Burgas (98km), served by Thomas Cook & Thompson. The villa is walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping, but hiring a car will allow you to explore the many beautiful places further afield. Our property manager now offers airport transfers, please ask. Distances: Shkorpilovtsi Village center - 200m Shkorpilovtsi Beach - 1km Novo Oryahovo - 4.5km Staro Oryahovo - 7km Dolni chiflik - 13km Kamchia - 15km Byala -25km Varna City- 35km Further Details: Shkorpilovtsi and it's beach is a hidden gem. Being 11km off the main highway, it has been buffered from the mass development of Bulgaria in the last 5 years. The resort is low key, ideal if you want to enjoy life at a relaxed pace. The pleasures of eating out here are very reasonable on the family purse. An average meal for 5 including drinks, is around £20. You have many choices where to eat; the village has cafes, a bar and 3 mini-markets. Nearer to the beach there are numerous restaurants, cafes and snack bars. In high season you can enjoy the open air cinema for £1.50 per person or enjoy the live singers whilst dining at the restaurants.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              A 30% non-refundable deposit will confirm your booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before your rental dates. A £100 fully refundable security deposit* is required 8 weeks before your rental dates. *Refunded by cheque/ bank transfer after property managers inspection. An optional welcome pack can be provided for 25 euros. An optional mid stay villa clean can be provided for 60 euros (14 nights +). For rentals between 8-12 nights an extra linen laundry fee is required as follows: For 8 nights £50, 9 nights £40, 10 nights £30, 11 nights £20, 12 nights £10. Changeover Day: The changeover day is flexible. Arrival at the villa after 3pm, departure by 10am. We can sometimes adjust these times to suit, depending on cleaning and preparation of the villa for the next arriving guests. Notes on prices: The prices above are for the whole property per week in UK Pounds. For days or part weeks the cost is pro rata.

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