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Traditional house near Apriltsi

Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Entire house hosted by Elena
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1 bath
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A whole timber framed stone roofed house. Its character has been lovingly preserved but it now has a modern bathroom.
The barn is a large open air dining room with excellent views.
The 1000squ m garden is surrounded by forest deeper into which are bears, wild boar etc
The walking is spectacular.
There is a nearby restaurant (Hotel Romantica) which is 6 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk. The hotel has indoor and outdoor and pools (small fee) and a childrens play area.
Note children under 3 free.

The space
The timber framed, stone roofed house and 1000sq m of land backing on to forest.
Help yourself to plumbs, apples, grapes and pears in season.

If not available on the dates you would like see also under Apriltsi, Bulgaria, (Select complete homes) The White House, 2 km away.

Guest access
The whole house and garden is is exclusively yours for your stay.

Other things to note
There is a beautiful view of hills and forest from the barn, the open air space for dining etc.
The garden is visited by many birds.

We are sorry that we cannot accept short visits in the winter months but the water has to be completely drained to avoid freezing and it is not economic to pay for the labour to reinstate and drain this for short stays.
A whole timber framed stone roofed house. Its character has been lovingly preserved but it now has a modern bathroom.
The barn is a large open air dining room with excellent views.
The 1000squ m garden is surrounded by forest deeper into which are bears, wild boar etc
The walking is spectacular.
There is a nearby restaurant (Hotel Romantica) which is 6 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk. The hotel…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

Amenities

Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
High chair
Heating
Smoke alarm
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Essentials
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Gabrovo, Bulgaria

It is a few kilometres from the town of Apriltsi which is a tourist centre for Bulgarians not yet well known to western tourists. (Try googling Apriltsi) Here there are many good restaurants and swimming pools. There is one just oposite the monument in Novo Celo. (Part of Apriltsi) The monument has a storks nest on top. The nearest restaurant and pool to the house (About 1 Euro per day) is 15min alk or 6min. in a car.. (Hotel Romantika which has a web site)
In Ostrets, the other village which is part of Apriltsi, there are 3 good restaurants which are well signposted. Try Hotel ТUХUЯТ КЪТ. (Straight on at the square and follow signs to the right turn.) It also has a pool. Straight on then left after the square are hotels МАРИГАЛАНТ АНД and Panorama. Both are good. The surrounding country is stunning with rivers (with swimming holes) waterfalls, mountains and forest in which there are deer, bears and wild boar. Much of it is national park. The walking is spectacular and with few people. Maps can be provided. The forest runs right up to the garden which is visited by many birds. Bears have been know to come to eat fallen fruit.
There are some maps of footpaths in a drawer in the house. (Please return them) There is also a compass.
Largely walking is a question of exploring. You can walk to Old Kravenik from the yellow house by going up the track uphill from the corner behind the villa for sale. There are many walks from there.
The main track from the corner near the house takes you to Hotel Romantica with its indoor pool. It also has a restaurant but if it is early in the season or they have few guests you may have to book 24hours in advance.
I recommend Ostrets (part of Apriltsi) for restaurants.
This can be reached by going left out of the gate then through Old Kravenik. After you have left the houses behind take the very sharp left turn and the follow signs.
In Ostrets go straight on at the square and left up hill. There are 3 restaurants all reasonable. Alternatively after the square follow signs for restaurant which involves a right turn. This one is good.
If after the square you keep going there is a river on your right. When the road is no longer drivable you can keep going in to the mountains.
See map of Apriltsi for walks to waterfalls.
Be careful that you don't get lost. Please use the compass with the maps. Bears have been seen in this part and I have seen wild boar several times. If you quietly about face but don't run they usually ignore you.
For a good swim in a river take the road towards Savlievo and turn right at Stokite after about 7 km. Follow the river and there is a cafe/bar on your right after about another 7km where there is good swimming. For more private locations keep going and there are many place for access some deep enough to swim. The photo of a swimming hole on our ad on the internet was taken in one of these.
Apriltsi region is a wonderland as beautiful as anywhere in the world and almost empty of tourists. Enjoy it. John
It is a few kilometres from the town of Apriltsi which is a tourist centre for Bulgarians not yet well known to western tourists. (Try googling Apriltsi) Here there are many good restaurants and swimming pools.…

Hosted by Elena

Joined in April 2017
  • 11 Reviews
I am a Bulgarian maths teacher married to a British retired airline pilot/school teacher. We have 2 bilingual children aged 11 and 14. Motto "Search for the rose"
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  • John
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I am a Bulgarian/British school teacher. my husband is a British/Jamaican retired Pilot, school teacher and writer. (Check out books by J R Charlton on Amazon.) We have 2 bilingual children.
We are always available to help, translate and offer advice.
Between us we speak English, French, Bulgarian and Russian.
I am a Bulgarian/British school teacher. my husband is a British/Jamaican retired Pilot, school teacher and writer. (Check out books by J R Charlton on Amazon.) We have 2 bilingual…
  • Languages: English, Français, Русский
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House rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $139
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