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Converted farmhouse near mountain resort, skiing, summer activities, sightseeing

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Semi-rustic setting, sleeps 8, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wood-fired heating, BBQ


Located in Raduil, a village in the foothills of the Rila Mountains south of Sofia, the house is well placed for winter and summer trips. The Borovets ski resort is only a 15 minute drive away where you can enjoy some of the cheapest skiing in Europe! In the summer, Borovets becomes a base for summer activities. Depending on the time of the year, activity holidays such as skiing, mountain biking, horse riding, walking and guided mountain hiking are possible. The house is also well placed for sightseeing, bird watching, photography or just getting away from it all.

The nearest shop is less than a minute away. More shops are in the village centre where bars are located too. There is a restaurant but it may not operating at the moment.

With car hire, many areas of interest can easily be reached or transport can be arranged from the village. To the west, the amazing Rila Monastery, the Seven Lakes and the hot spa baths of Sapareva Banya with Sofia towards the north and Plovdiv to the east. All are easy day trips. By incorporating an overnight stay you can venture a little further to reach more great places and this is something you may want to consider if you are staying longer time.

This is a versatile location, whether you are looking for an adventure holiday, a family holiday, a quiet, get away from it all break or a lively one incorporating the nightlife of Borovets.


The house is a short distance along a grass lane. The lane is maintained, so is passable at all times. Both doors to the property are only navigable via steps so are not suitable for wheelchair access. The spiral staircase between the ground and first floors might not be suitable for people with mobility issues but there are standard external stairs as an alternative.

Layout and Facilities:

The house accommodates up to 8 people in 3 bedrooms comprising 2 twin rooms on the middle floor and a pine clad loft with 4 single beds, which may be configured as twin or singles. The ground floor features two bathroom/wet rooms with toilets, showers and the jacuzzi in the large bathroom is ideal for relaxing. The lounge /dining room has an L-shaped cushioned bench, a dining table and chairs, a two seater sofa, a TV, DVD and CD player and a reading library. The kitchen is equipped for self catering and features rustic beams and a glass-fronted log-burning fire. The house is fully alarmed and has off-road parking, giving you peace of mind. It is well insulated, making it cool in the summer and easier to heat in the winter. The covered porch makes a lovely terrace to sit out on.

Heating and Hot Water:

During winter months, the fire operates a boiler which runs the central heating and hot water. This is normal for rural Bulgaria and instruction will be given on how to operate it. Depending on heating and hot water requirements, the system can be boosted by a second log-burner and ultimately an electric immersion heater. Fires can be lit for you if required and this is especially useful if are out and about and want to come home to a warm house. For many, log fires can be a joy to maintain and we've experienced friends competing with each other! They do require some physical activity though, so they may not be suitable for the elderly or people with mobility problems. During the summer, hot water is provided by solar panels on the roof of the house, in conjunction with the electric immersion heater.

Outbuildings and Garden:

The house has a large informal garden with fruit trees and rock features bordering a gravelled area for off-road parking suitable for several cars.

Several restored rustic timber-framed and daubed outbuildings enclose an area suitable for outdoor eating, There is also a ‘summer kitchen,’ a covered area with clay oven that has been adapted for barbecue use and may be used all year round. Garden furniture is provided and covered seating is available in the outbuildings.The traditional barn houses an additional wood-fired boiler to boost the house heating and hot water supply and a secure ski locker for guests using their own skis.


Skiing Facilities: An 8km/15 minute drive from Mavrud Lodge, is one of Bulgaria’s prime ski resorts, Borovets. Featured in the UK press as top value European resort (Metro & Observer). It offers a range of winter sports and has a world-class biathlon track. It also has several ski schools, all with English-speaking instructors. Borovets is ideal for beginners and intermediates to hone their skills but also has plenty to offer the more experienced skier. Night time skiing is also provided.

Borovets key facts - highest skiing area: 2560m; total length of runs: 58km; longest run: 12km; cross country tracks: 35km.

Non-skiers can also take the gondola to enjoy the mountain views.

Borovets is also a base for summer pursuits, offering day walks, mountain biking and guided mountain hiking with overnight stays in mountain huts.

There are plenty of après-ski activities at the many clubs, restaurants and bars, all at manageable prices. There are clubs to suit most tastes and the night-life attracts all ages.

Cash points and internet access are also available.

Reasonably priced transport to and from Borovets may be arranged locally, at times to suit you, whether skiing or partying into the night!

Water Activities:

Lakeside beaches and watersports are available at Lake Iskar, about 50 minutes by car. Water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are possible. Or you can relax and enjoy a drink and a meal at one the lakeside restaurants.

More Details

Mike Laurence
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Mike Laurence

We are two brothers who both live in the UK. We both like Eastern Europe and we both enjoy things which are slighty off the beaten track.

While travelling in Bulgaria in 2005, we fell in love with the slightly quirky Borovets ski resort and the nearby rural village of Raduil, with its quaint houses, fertile, well tended vegetable and fruit gardens and its tank and fighter jet on display on the main road. Before this trip we had seen a TV programme about buying holiday properties in Bulgaria. We contacted an estate agent and had a fascinating two days seeing many properties and getting the chance to meet the people who lived in them. We enjoy walking, bird watching and sightseeing and the Raduil area and Bulgaria generally, offers plenty of that. One of us enjoys reading and quiet time, the other, photography and skiing. We've visited the house at different times of the year so we've been able to appreciate the different seasons and they all have something to offer.

Mike Laurence purchased this house in 2005

Why Mike Laurence chose Europe

Upon seeing the house, we knew this was the place for us. We had the house restored and upgraded and this was completed by 2008. Raduil is surrounded by beautiful countryside - the foothills of the Rila mountains. We like Raduil because you get a real taste of Bulgaria. You are not far from Borovets but you can get away from things here and escape the higher prices of holiday resorts. That said, Borovets is reasonably priced compared with many other European ski resorts.

Plenty of birds come into the garden or fly overhead so if bird watching is your thing, you can start around the house and easily walk into the surrounding hills. We've had plenty of good sightings.

There are plenty of outdoor activities from skiing at Borovets, to golf at Dolna Banya or Ihtiman or horse riding, mountain biking, the list goes on...

But when you want nightlife, Borovets and other options are not far away. If you have a hire car, Sofia is not hard to get to for a day trip, or perhaps Plovdiv or the wonderful Rila Monastery.

What makes this house unique

Mavrud Lodge is on a quiet track towards the top of the village, with a large garden and barns which we have restored and put to use. With easy access to the main road and local amenities, its the perfect place. There's a terrace to sit on by the front door in the summer, and a 'summer kitchen' which is a covered BBQ area and can be used all year round. A barn with two floors and an open-sided barn were fascinating to restore and add character to the place. The bespoke and slightly quirky but very practical spiral oak staircase adds character as do the oak beams in the kitchen.

In winter, the log fires require a little effort to keep going but we always enjoy this aspect of our holidays here, as do our friends. We've even had friends getting competitive over who should tend the fire!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Europe around the

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The shower is not in an enclosure as it is a wet room
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , The bath /jacuzzi is the same unit
  • Two bathroom / wet rooms with washbasin, shower and toilet. The large bathroom (Bathroom 1) has a jacuzzi which can accommodate two people and is great to relax in after a long day's skiing or hiking! It does take time to heat water for the Jacuzzi so if a large group are staying it may necessary limit its use. 8 people showering should not be a problem.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Loft - 4 Single Bed
  • Two twin rooms on the middle floor with wardrobes and bedside tables. One additionally has a dressing table. The open plan pine-clad loft offers four single beds, or two singles and a twin if preferred. There are two chests of drawers and two hanging racks.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
The stone tiled ground floor may be accessed from the rear of the house. The first floor landing offers drying and ironing facilities. A spiral staircase leads to this utility area and the twin bedrooms. Access may also be gained to the house via the external steps and terrace. Stairs from the reception area lead to the light and airy loft bedroom.


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Converted farmhouse near mountain resort, skiing, summer activities, sightseeing
average rating of 3.5 based on 2 reviews

Excellent, as described.

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed for our stay. There was a friendly welcome with a complementary basket full of essentials.

It was easy to start the fire each evening and it never got too cold. The stairs are narrow but we did expect this and was no issue. Perhaps an elderly guest would consider this.

Overall it was as described and the communication and assistance from the host and property management was excellent.

The previous reviewer must have been grumpy as I cannot see why they would give it such a bad review.

I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to my friends.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased our guests found our house ideal for their stay and enjoyed the friendly welcome they received. Good and suitable accommodation is a key part of a successful trip. We attach importance to this and do our best to convey and facilitate everything we offer. Communication from our guests was very good and everything went smoothly. We look forward to having them stay again and we welcome their friends too!
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  • 2 of 5

Wir haben die Zeit von 28.12.15 bis 03.01.16 in Vila Mavrud in Raduil verbracht. Leider gab es einige Dinge, die uns während unseres Aufenthaltes negativ aufgefallen sind bzw. die wir bemängeln. In unseren Augen entsprachen die Gegebenheiten nicht ganz der Beschreibung im Internet.

1. Das Ess-/Wohnzimmer und die Küche befinden sich im ehemaligen Keller und sind als Gemeinschaftsraum für mehr als 4 Personen einfach zu eng.

2. Ein Kamin gab es nicht wirklich, vielmehr handelt es sich dabei um den Heizofen, der nachts mit Holz versorgt werden muss, damit die Heizung nicht ausgeht. Man kann nicht davor sitzen und das Miteinander genießen, dafür ist einfach kein Platz da.

3. Die Spülmaschine und der Heizkörper im großen Bad haben nicht funktioniert.

4. Es gibt Toiletten nur im Erdgeschoss. Das und die schmale, steile Treppe zwischen dem Erdgeschoss und 1. Ebene sind nicht altersgerecht. Mein 78- jähriger Vater und wir alle (zwischen 22 und 50 Jahre alt) haben damit mehr oder weniger Schwierigkeiten gehabt.

5. Die Betten sind für erwachsene Menschen zu klein.

6. Die Gesellschaftsspiele sind veraltet.

7. Auf dem kaputten Sofa kann man nicht nur nicht mehr schlafen, sondern auch nicht bequem sitzen.

8. Manche Töpfe sind in die Jahre gekommen, die beschichtete Pfanne und die Bleche ebenso (teilweise rostig), die Messer lassen sich nicht richtig schärfen, es gibt keine Salatschüssel.

9. Das warme Wasser ist schnell verbraucht, wenn z. B. die Badewanne 1x benutzt wird oder 2 Personen hintereinander geduscht haben.

Zusammenfassend stimmt das Preis- Leistungsverhältnis nicht.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been with HomeAway since 2008. This is our first negative feedback. We aim to attract guests who are happy to stay and who have an enjoyable holiday as a result. Our webpage gives sufficient information to make an informed decision and we will answer questions or provide advice before booking. We are a budget rental and our prices are set accordingly. Our agents help ensure everything at the house is satisfactory. They provide assistance and are responsible for resolving issues quickly. They were not contacted during this visit. It is the responsibility of guests to report any problems as soon as possible. Our responses: 1. The dining table accommodates 6 people with ease but can accommodate 8. There is sufficient seating. Groups of 8 people have stayed at the house and were happy with the facilities. 2. Wood-fired heating is common in rural Bulgaria. Our glass-fronted log burner is standard and offers improved safety, better efficiency and reduced smoke. We do not claim a large group can sit around the fire. Obviously the wood-fired boilers must be supplied with wood but when operated correctly, they are effective and should provide sufficient background heating overnight. 3. The dishwasher and the radiator should have been working but were not reported. We have since asked our agent to repair them. 4. The location of toilets is stated on our webpage. The spiral staircase is fit for purpose and is clearly shown in a photo. The stairs could present a problem for the elderly so we will update our information. Luggage is easily conveyed via the front door which is accessible by external steps. 5. The beds are not too small for adults - they are standard size. 6. Games and books are made available to our guests as a friendly gesture. Many people stay at the house and we cannot predict their tastes. 7. The sofa is not broken but our agents advise it could be upgraded. We will do this. 8. The kitchen utensils and dishes are appropriate for self catering holidays and are in good order. 9. The heating and hot water system works well if operated correctly. It is normal to allow some time for water to heat up between full baths. Showering should not be a problem. An electric water heater can be switched on to boost the system if required and we also have solar power. We hope this addresses concerns of anyone considering renting our property. Please feel free to ask any questions. We love going there and know other like-minded people do too.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Dolna Banya (intro by member) or Ihtiman, 20k
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
E80 via Kostanets
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
11 Kilometres
Borovets (15 minutes by car)
Car: recommended

The nearest towns are Samokov (20km), Kostenets (15km), Dolna Banya, a small spa town (7km). Two monasteries - Pokrov Bogorodichen and Rila. The stunning Rila Monastery is a comfortable day trip by car, accessed by a circuitous road route around the Rila Mountains. There are medieval castle ruins (30km) between Kostenets and the Sofia-Plovdiv E80 motorway. The well known Borovets ski resort (11km) is a 15 minute drive from the house.

Other Activities: Spa pool

Golf: Quality golf is available in Ihtiman, about a 45 minute drive from Raduil. A prestigious new golf development in neighbouring Dolna Banya, a 15 minute drive, will be available in the future.

Ski: An 8km/15 minute drive from Mavrud Lodge, is one of Bulgaria’s prime ski resorts, Borovets, where you can hire skis and snowboards, get reasonably priced lessons, ski lift passes, and make use of hotel facilites, including massage, gym, pools, shops, bars, restaurants, cash machines and internet access.


Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer Season
15 Apr 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas /New Year
16 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Ski Season
4 Jan 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Season
14 Apr 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Our prices are for renting the whole house and not per person. They based, in part, by the running costs of the house. During the colder months our running costs increase to cover heating and additional electricity, etc. The ski season is the most popular time to visit but there is plenty to do in the summer for those looking for a summer getaway. We are able to keep our summer rates low as an added incentive for this quieter period. Bulgaria has a lot to offer outside of the ski resorts and the climate in the foothills of the Rila mountains is very manageable in the warmer months making it a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Now the technical bits!

Where bookings cross price bands, the higher rate shall prevail.

A refundable cash deposit of GBP100, 150 Euros or BGN200 is payable on arrival, upon receiving the house keys. This will be returned at the end of the visit when the keys are handed in, subject to everything being in good order. Should this not be the case, the deposit will be returned less any reasonable deductions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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