This is a cottage located in the most beautiful Rhodope Mountains, near the Tsigov Chark dam up. Look forward to beautiful views, horseback riding, yachting and surfing, many walking and mountain-bike trips and cosy nights in front of the wood stove.
“This is a great little place in the Rhodope Mountains, just where they roll up out of the Plain of Thrace. The cottage sits at the end of a valley that feels beyond the reach or even the knowledge of the rest of mankind, tucked away beneath low, brooding hills densely forested with oak, beech and birch trees. There are a few other houses scattered about the valley, including, inconveniently, next door. But during my winter stay the place was deserted except for a single neighbour – a fellow who lives with his wife a little way down the track and goes looking for Roman relics armed with a metal detector, a pair of fearsome-looking hunting knives, a fully-loaded six-shooter and a bottle of rakija. As a result the valley was gloriously lonely at this time of year, especially at night when the only sounds were the odd gust of wind in the trees and owls calling to each other across the hills. Stars filled the sky (so long as it wasn’t snowing or raining) and I saw some wonderful moons during my stay. At times the stillness was so intense it felt uncanny. The cottage itself is a pleasantly ramshackle affair, well lived in and far from modern. Everything you need is here, but it’s all a bit worn. To me this was a virtue; others might find it less to their liking. The beds are a mixed lot and largely on the soft side. Size-wise the cottage is ideal for couples with maybe a child or two – larger groups might struggle for space. The highlight for me was the wood-burning stove, which looks like a relic of the Balkan wars but is actually quite modern. This heats the cottage beautifully and, with its large hotplate and handy little oven, is the only option for cooking apart from a gas burner. As I was the first Airbnb visitor in the cottage, my tenure often felt like a work in progress. Power was supplied by a twelve-volt battery charged by a single solar panel. This was adequate so long as the sun shone, but in the dark days of winter the lights often dimmed and it was impossible to charge my computer. Radoslav has plans to upgrade the system at some point, and in any case in sunnier months it shouldn’t be a problem. Refrigeration is another issue. I kept my perishables in a foam box outside the front door – perfectly adequate in winter, but unsatisfactory, I should think, during warmer weather. Winter stays are probably only for the hard-core, die-hard wanderers and demented solitaries fond of icy night skies and lonely walks in the forest. Each time the temperature plunged the water froze in the pipes. Minus fifteen was the record. As there is currently no internet in the cottage (and I don’t own a phone), my only contact with the outside world was the Wi-Fi at Dobra Voda, an atmospheric trekkers’ lodge located some twenty minutes’ walk away back down the mountain. The name means ‘good water’ and the spring there saved my arse on numerous occasions. They also serve decent rakija and provide electricity for devices like phones and computers. Some days, though, when the weather closed in and mist restricted visibility to less than twenty metres, it was a challenge to get there. Trudging through the snow I often felt like a character out of Tolstoy. Obviously, given the remote location, a car would be handy. But this option is for soft cocks. If you’re serious, you’ll put on your boots and start walking. The nearest shop is at Debrashtitsa, a haunted village lying several kilometres away and six hundred metres back down the mountain. A good footpath through the forest circumvents the road for part of the way. But for the round walk allow at least two and a half hours and be prepared for a stiff climb back. For a supermarket experience, I recommend the Billa at Peshtera, which is a four-hour round walk on a lovely footpath providing you can find it. Finally, the landlord, Radoslav, is friendly and accommodating and eager to please. His mother also makes very good yogurt. All in all I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cottage, on the proviso that you don’t come seeking luxury and are open to a genuine mountain experience.”
Bright and cozy apartment in a new, modern building in may 2018 with supermarket, park across the street, Hospital, Lidl, cafe, petrol station.
“Great place and great host :) We came back to Bulgaria for first time in 14 years and it was a great feeling to be welcomed with such warm hospitality. Apartment is at very good location, quiet and not far from the center of town. Sparkling clean, well furnished, nice kitchen and bathroom. Highly recommended. Thanks Any for the warm welcoming. All the best! Rado & Mariana Auckland New Zealand”
The property is located in Tsigov Chark, 100 meters from the shore of Batak dam. It is open all year round and is suitable for guests of all ages who seek calmness and coziness during their vacation. A modern guest house with a restaurant offering traditional Bulgarian cuisine, mountain and dam views, eco and historical tourism, as well as fishing tourism. The guests can also enjoy a terrace, Wi-Fi, children’s playground and free parking.
“We had a very nice stay in the hotel. It has a beautiful location, it's located next to the lake. Also the room had a wonderful view to the lake. The apartman was cristall clear and comfortable, perfect for relaxing. Our host was very kind and helpful, she told us interesting stories about Bulgarian history and recommended us nice historical places to see. We are very glad that we stayed there.”