|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Beautiful, modern 4 bedroom villa with breathtaking views over Balchik Bay and the Kaliakra Peninsula. Enjoy the glorious sunsets from our spectacular viewing terrace on the first floor. Just 1km from the romantic Balchik marina and beach with great restaurants, bars and shops for all tastes. Situated on the edge of the Villa area this is a very peaceful location away from the bustling nightlife. This is an ideal family Villa with private pool and all modern conveniences. A self contained apartment allows for extra privacy and a family room is furnished with double bunk beds. The famous Botanical gardens are a short walk away and the old town of Balchik has character and charm as well as great places to eat and drink. Bulgaria's summer city of Varna is just 45 minutes away and offers an international shopping experience along with a fantastic city beach scene. Villa Iona offers you the very best way to experience the delights of Balchik and the northern Black Sea coast.
Hi, we are the Wilkinson family from South Wales. There's Fraser, Julianne, Conor, Finn and Iona. Obviously we had to name the Villa after someone! We both work full time so enjoy the time off to relax. The first year we spent 3 weeks at the villa and ended up very much into the local pace of life. The kids really improved their swimming that year as they used the pool all the time.
We had the villa built by a local architect who is now also our agent in Balchik. The villa is an investment but it's a long term thing for us and we've got another two to build at some point. Once you've seen the area you can see the potential and why we've fallen in love with it. It's still got a way to go but much of the older period stuff is really interesting to see. Catch it while you can.
Fraser Wilkinson purchased this villa in 2006
This area of Bulgaria is great if you want to avoid the big holiday resorts and the constant hustle and bustle. Balchik gets quite lively in the summer with plenty of nightlife and excellent resturaunts and bars but it's a much more relaxed atmosphere than the resorts. You can chill out with the locals down by the boardwalk and get cheap beer from the stalls or go upmarket to one of the seafront establishments. The seafront is a strollers paradise with a town beach and about 1km of bars & resturaunts, entertainment leading out to the historic Palace which has a fantastic old style Bulgarian eatery and wine dealer.
The old town has many less expensive places to shop and relax and you can get great local food from the stalls if you like to cook for yourselves.
The location of the villa allows you to easily retreat up the hill to the edge of town and enjoy some secluded private time. It also has fabulous view and we like nothing better than morning coffee and evening drinks on the viewing terrace. The kids love the pool and it's an easy house to relax at since there's nobody overlooking you but you have neighbours for a bit of local interest.
The walk up from town will keep you fit but hire a car and there are many other great beaches to go and visit and Albena has to be a destination for kids at least once. It's an old style resort with a great beach. The best bit is right at the Balchik end so head there first. Check out the access to the 3 world-class golf courses nearby, Black Sea Rama, Thracian Cliffs and Lighthouse.
"We really enjoyed our stay in Balchick, described by one of our cab drivers as a "real" town. Villa Iona was a delight to stay in, having everything we needed to make our stay as comfortable as possible. As the villa is positioned so high up, the views and scent from the herbs and grasses are lovely and a real treat to wake up to every morning." Helena Morris
"We thought we should write and let you know how great a time we had both in Bulgaria and staying in your lovely villa.
My wife is desperately missing waking up to looking out over the sea in the mornings." Michael Parnel
Super nice view and a great house for holiday. The pool is amazing and we had super great time here. Elena is also super nice and polite.
Enjoyed a really relaxing stay in Villa Iona, on our first trip to Bulgaria. The villa is really comfortable, well maintained and in a quiet area. The pool is great, and the terrace areas around it very private, and we spent many happy hours relaxing and listening to Golden Orioles and Cuckoos calling. It was lovely to be able to jump straight into the pool after the walk back up the hill from Balchik, where we enjoyed several wonderful meals on the seafront. The bedrooms and bathrooms are spread out over several floors meaning there is plenty of space for guests to have some space if there are a number of people staying. There are great views from the roof terrace and top floor rooms - we had a lovely time!
Property is 1km away from the beach, harbour and Marina at Balchik.
It is entirely downhill on the way down into town, which means that it is entirely uphill on the way back, taxis are readily available in town.
There are numerous beaches along this coastline, within easy car access, including Albena, Sunny beach, and Varna city beaches, in the other direction there are many beautiful beaches on the Kaliakra peninsula.
Nearest airport is Varna airport, which is 60km away. Bourgas airport is 100km away. Car hire is recommended, as it enables exploration of this beautiful coastline. Once you have arrived at the property use of a car is not essential.
1km to Balchik.
Balchik is predominately a harbour town, with a beautiful harbour boardwalk. It also sports a new modern Marina and has modern banks, restaurants, and shops as well as access to an old, historic town. It is home to Bulgaria's national Botanical Gardens and Summer Palace. There is an art gallery and museum. Balchick comes alive in the summer, with a lots of local festivities and a summer nightlife scene.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A deposit is required.
Saturday is normal changeover day. But we can accommodate other days at certain times to fit in with your flights