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Timber framed house near Apriltsi beautifull conserved with modern bathroom.

Bedrooms 3
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

A timber framed, stone roofed house with a large open dining area and garden.

The traditional character of the house has been lovingly preserved but with a modern bathroom.

The large barn is now an open air dining room with excellent views of the mountains.

The garden is 1000sq m of grass and fruit trees. It is a great playground for children. Help yourself to plumbs, apples, grapes and pears in season.

It is a few kilometers from the town of Apriltsi which is a tourist center for Bulgarians not yet well known to western tourists. (Try googling Apriltsi) Here there are many good restaurants and swimming pools. The nearest restaurant and pool (About 1 Euro per day) is 15 min. walk or 3 min. in a car. (Hotel Romantika which has a web site)

The surrounding country is stunning with rivers (with swimming holes) 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. The forest runs right up to the garden and bears have been know to come to eat fallen fruit.

The garden is visited by many birds.

There is good road access without road noise. It is a very quiet, beautiful, secluded and private location close to the village of Kravenik which has a bar and well stocked grocery shops. Regular buses run to Apriltsi and Savlievo from Sofia and most major Bulgarian cities. There is public transport from Savlievo or we can arrange pick up in Savlievo or Apriltsi.

We can also arrange transport from Bucharest Airport with a stop over in Ruse for £90 each way.

If the dates you require are not available return to the map and check out "The White House" which is 2km away. It is exceptionally quiet.

In winter 5 days is the minimum due to the cost of draining and reinstating the water supply to avoid freezing, sorry.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Russian, Bulgarian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2018

About The Owner

I am a Bulgarian maths teacher married to a retired British pilot/school teacher/writer. We have 2 bilingual children.

We are available by telephone to help, translate and make suggestions. Between us we speak English, French, Bulgarian and Russian. We have a housekeeper and gardener/handyman living in nearby Kravenik who can usually be at the house in 10 minutes if there is a problem.

The Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why The Owner chose Gabrovo

We fell in love with this house just after we married and have spent many summers restoring and improving but always keeping it's character as we find it charming and beautiful..

The picture of me is at hotel Romantika.

What makes this house unique

The whole house and garden is yours for your stay. There is a log fire and wood burning stoves. Try your hand at cooking on one.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Gabrovo around the Bulgaria

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Permanent hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , The single bed can be removed. A cot can be provided.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Single bed optional, a traditional moses basket is available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 2 Single beds or none if prefered in other bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

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Timber framed house near Apriltsi beautifull conserved with modern bathroom.
average rating of 4.285714 based on 7 reviews

Authentic, rustic and cosy

  • 5 of 5

Elena and John's cottage is in a beautiful and tranquil location. Perfect to get away from the noise and business of city life. It was quite cold but there is an endless supply of wood to warm the place by fire. It's great value for money and set in the stunning mountains only a few hours from Sofia. Elena and John were always on hand to help as well, which was very useful given that I was on my own.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gideon, I hope you will coome again when you have more time. Our other house "The white house" is now available with lots of new photos. See ad. No. 6843616. John
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A very special house set in stunning unspoiled countryside.

  • 5 of 5

This is a rare opportunity to stay in a beautifully restored traditional Bulgarian house. We had a wonderful week here, walking in the beech woods, swimming in mountain streams, and cooling off under waterfalls! The barn is a delightful spot, set in an orchard, with glimpses of the distant mountains through the trees. We spent many happy hours here eating leisurely breakfasts, reading and snoozing in the hammock. Our sons were a little put out that there was no wifi, but had lots of fun jumping off rocks into waterfall pools, and fishing for tiny silvery fish with maggots donated by a friendly local. The house is delightfully peaceful - just the sound of crickets (or cicadas?) and goat bells to lull you to sleep. John and Elena were very helpful with advice about where to swim, and which restaurants to try. I would definitely recommend this house as a really special place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Traditional, rural home

  • 5 of 5

Lovingly restored traditional house. Living accommodation is excellent. Located on the upper floor only. Compact two bedroomed accommodation supplemented by a wonderful restored barn area (with hammock) for eating, relaxing and watching the birds. We travelled by public transport which was fine with support of lift from the village on arrival. There are shops down the hill in the village for supplies and a walk through the woods to the local hotel for meals. The walk back up from the village is thirty minutes uphill so you need to be a bit fit if you aren’t bringing a car. With a car it makes an ideal base for exploring the area. Lovely walks along quiet roads, paths and up in to the pine forest. Received great support from the owners and their local representatives. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit experiencing rural life.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you like the house as much as we do. We are always happy to help guests who arrive by public transport.
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  • 1 of 5

The house is rustic and authentic, but not nescesarily in the good way. It is a small and old renovated house, with dust and cobwebs in the corners. There are authentic wooden furnishing (and a slight naphthlene odor), unbalanced wooden floor, a very basic kitchen and a mixture of bedding and towels. Some people will find it graceful..

The yard is actually a declined old fruit orchard, and certainly not a playing yard. The trees are not treated and most of the fruits that ripe are wormy.

It is mentioned in the website that it is suitable for 6 people. We declared that we are 5 and came 6 at last. Apparantly, the price mentioned in the website is for 4 people, so we had to add 50% more! In return, we got 2 lousy folding beds that occupied the little space that house has to offer.

But.. all these is nothing comparing the fact that we were not alone! The attic is teeming with rats!!! During daytime they are quiet but at night they are twinkling and scratching and moving over, and the woodwn ceiling accelerates the accoustics. The owners left a nice note asking not to be scared of them, but somehow, they omitted the rats presence from the website..

We reserved the house for a week, but the inconvience of the beds and the unstoppable rats' noise at night made us leave after 3 nights.

Dear John & Elena- you were kind enough to respond our small requests at arrival. Please Don't offer the house for more than 4 people and please (!) get rid of your permanant guests..

Shahar Eyal

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Аctually you booked 4 and turned up with 6. We did our best to accomodate you but will keep the folding beds for children only in future. The house had been thoroughly cleaned 2 days before you arived. Sorry if a spider arived before you. It would take a second to brush away a web. There will aleays be a little dust around wood burning stoves. There are no rats. The animals in the loft are cute and harmless fruit eating Doremice. We even supply pictures in the house and often enjoy thier antics on the veranda. Please book 5* accomodation for yourself in future where you can find everything we lack (Ttelevision, noisey air conditioning, lights inadequate for reading, windows which don't open, Vacuum cleaners in the corredor and staff who couldn't care less.)
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Erholung pur!!!

  • 5 of 5

Liebevoll renoviertes Haus! Gemütliche große Terasse mit Steindach! Es ist unglaublich ruhig und erholsam mit schönem Bergpanorama. Wir hatten es mit guten Freunden sogar zu 7. sehr gemütlich! Die Houskeeper waren super nett und sofort zur Stelle bei jedem kleinsten Problem.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Gundi and her friends as guests. Comunication was excellent. We were a little concerned about squeezing in so many people and don't normally do this so we are pleased that this was not a problem. We try to respond to whatever our guests request and are proud of our quick responses and flexibility. Elena
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Take a break from busy 21th century

  • 4 of 5

It was our first time in Bulgaria and having two small girls (4 and a half years and 21 months), we decided that renting a house for a few days was the best option to visit (and feel) the country. We were really surprised when we finally found the house: it was smaller than what we thought it would be and the terrace wasn't adjacent to the house (this was a annoying as we had to watch after the girls all the time). We had no hot water but Elena and John helped us from England to solve it quickly. Finally, we loved staying in this house: we had everything we needed, the mattresses were really good (except for the camp bed) and the nature around is gorgeous. The pool of the Romantica hotel had a lot of succes with our kids (10 minutes by car). Nights on the terrace were nice too... We could hear wild boars eating apples in the forest nearby and we even saw a badger in the garden. We would definitly recommend this house but suggest that Elena and John find a way to communicate directly with a local person since international calls (Belgium- Bulgaria-England) have cost us a lot.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We had someone at the house ten minutes after being told that the boiler was not working and it was fixed on the spot. International calls were only necessary because this rental period coincided with our holiday in England. We live in Bulgaria. In fact calls within the EU are not expensive. Britain has not left yet! Room size is clearly shown on the photos in relation to the size of a bed and barns are not usually conected to houses as the photos show. The camp bed is not for guests.
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Nearest Airport
185 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kravenik center
Nearest Train
41 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Hotel Romantika
Car: recommended

Directions: Left up hill after the Kravenik shops past the church. Ignore the right turn to Hotel Romantica and bear left over the bridge. Continue up hill for about a kilometer. The house is on the left just before a sharp left turn. House number 214 (On house wall)

Also check out our other house.

See ad. No. 6843616

GPS co-ordinates N42.85542 E024.99797

See also my other ad no.6843616


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Gabrovo,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Nov 2018 - 15 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
High summer
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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