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Beautiful chalet with private sauna and mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful spot with uninterrupted views of the Pirin Mountains

Here you have the best of both worlds: the first class ski resort of Bansko and 18 hole Ian Woodsman golf course within easy reach, but with the option to retreat from the hoards to a more authentic experience of Bulgarian life in the protected village of Dobrinishte. The village is renowned for its pristine nature and seventeen hot mineral springs (with temps of 30-40oC) – a new spa is within walking distance of the chalet. Uninterrupted views stretch from the chalet towards the Pirin Mountains from a large balcony. The chalet is spacious yet cosy, and has everything you need to relax after a day of winter sports, golf or mountain walks, including a log burner, comfy sofas and a private sauna. Local restaurants serve up delicious Bulgarian and international cuisine and drink at very reasonable prices, or you can cook for yourself in the chalet’s kitchen. For larger groups, the neighbouring chalet can also be let.

Matt Fortnam
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian, polish
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2017

About Matt Fortnam

Our cute chalet in Dobrinshte is owned by my parents, Peter and Lynne, and me. I grew up in the seaside town of Lyme Regis in the southwest of UK, where my semi-retired parents still live today.

I live in London with my wife Florence and our baby, Thea. I work in the field of international development, and am currently studying for a PhD at University College London.

Florence and I are addicted to snowboarding and skiing, after doing a ski season in Chamonix, France, several years ago.

We warmly welcome you to stay in our chalet and get a taste of Bulgarian life while having fun in the mountains in winter or summer.

Matt Fortnam purchased this chalet in 2012

Why Matt Fortnam chose Sofia Area

We visited Bansko in the summer of 2006. We fell in love with the mountains, food, and blue skies. Bansko offers a much more affordable alternative to the alps, while still offering excellent skiing. We decided to buy in nearby Dobrinshte because we preferred not to be in the blocks of apartments offered in Bansko. Food and drink is better value in Dobrinishte and there are less tourists and more authenticity.

This chalet development was a unique design, with lots of comforts like the open fire, sauna and BBQ area. It offered a peaceful, unspoilt alternative to Bansko, with stunning uninterrupted views towards the mountains. Yet it's easy to get to the ski lifts and other amenities in Bansko itself.


Bansko Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, private balcony with views to Pirin Mountains Bedroom 2: Double bed, fully furnished with views to Pirin Mountains Both bedrooms have plenty of storage space.
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The chalet also has a private sauna. Outside: Landscaped gardens and private gated car park. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, and are changed weekly. Personal laundry service is available at a reasonable price. A maid service is available on request for an extra charge.


5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Beautiful chalet with private sauna and mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

The Beautiful Pirin Mountains

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend a trip to this beautiful corner of Europe

My girlfriend and I booked a trip to Bulgaria and the Pirin mountains at the last minute for a late summer holiday. We like to try and get off the beaten track and this place came recommended by a friend.

We spent our first day in Sofia and had seen all the sights by lunch time. There was not a lot to see in the city, just a few crumbing communist monuments and historic buildings

We were staying in a chalet in Dobrinishte, a small town 4 hours south of Sofia. We took the bus to Bansko, the biggest town in the area where we were met and transported the short car ride to our chalet.

The chalet was in a beautiful position, in the shadow of the mountains overlooking most of the town. It was clean and well stocked with everything needed for a self-catering holiday. There was even a sauna though as it was August and 30 degrees outside we didn't use it.

The town itself was lovely, rustic and ramshackled with excellent restaurants serving traditional Bulgarian food. There was a modern spa resort and and old bathing house as well as a few bars and shops. Anything we couldn't get in Dobrinishte we could go over to get in Bansko.

Getting around was sometimes a problem and I would recommend hiring a car (which can be done in both Dobrinishte and Bansko). To really explore the mountains, a car is very useful as the local bus service and be a little hit and miss.

There's a good travel and excursion agency in Dobrinishte which can help you with exploring the place. The chalet host was also extremely helpful and friendly as were the Bulgarian people in general.

Overall, we spent a very relaxing and peaceful few days exploring the local scenery and Bulgarian culture. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to host you again. Matt
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Nearest Airport
168 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Pirin Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Dobrinishte train station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Several in Dobrinishte centre
Nearest Ski
1 Kilometres
Dobrinishte ski lifts
Car: recommended


The chalet is approximately 2hr20 from Sofia airport.

Pick-up can be arranged from Sofia airport, and taxis can whisk you to and from Bansko and the surrounding attractions at any time of day. However, we recommend hiring a car to get the most out of our trip (car hire is very cheap, from £7/day). Highways take you all the way from Sofia airport to Dobrinishte.


The chalet is situated on the mountain-side edge of the village of Dobrinishte with all restaurants, shops and facilities within walking distance of the chalet.

Sofia airport - 100 miles

Bansko ski lifts - 3 miles

Mineral spa - walking distance

Pirin Golf Course - 6.3 miles


Rates & Availability

Bansko Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter season 2
Feb 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $38.67
Refundable damage deposit $193.33

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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