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Kevin Gallagher

Member since: 2007
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Speaks English, French, Bulgarian

Luxury 3 bed villa (sleeps 6-8), own pool, a/c, garden, village location, by sea

23 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Bulgaria - Villa Korona

Self catering, 3 bedrooms plus sofa bed in lounge, family freindly, village shop

Constructed and renovated (2007) substantial detached villa. Set in secluded, well stocked, walled gardens with outstanding summer kitchen, extensive terraced areas and 8m x 4m lit swimming pool. Fully self catering and well equipped. This is a quiet getaway but only a few minutes drive from a marina development and beach (Balchik), 2 golf courses, the extensive beach resort of Albena, the city buzz of Varna or natural headland (Cape Kaliakra). This is a luxury getaway, refurbished to a modern, high and comfortable standard. Ideal for families, friends or that romantic break.

The property is located in a quiet, quaint farming village with 2 shops . It has no immediate neighbour and is not overlooked. The house has a very large garden area with lots of terraces, areas and space.

This is a rural retreat, only a short drive from activities and attractions of the Black Sea coast and a good base to explore from. The Danube and Istanbul are both within 1/2 a days drive for excursions

Balchik and Albena: Balchik (15 minutes) - marina resort and small beach, great friendly restaurants, boat trips, small museum, shopping, Queen Maries Summer Palace and Gardens (a must!). There is a new Marina development and this lovely town, set into the side of the cliffs, is set to tastefully expand. There are 2 golf courses located on the edge of the town (approximately 10/15 minutes from the villa).

Albena (25 minutes) - full beach resort, fantastic beach, watersports, restaurants, horse riding, football, go karts, bowling, cinema, spa(s), massage and shopping. Albena is a purpose built resort with excellent clean and maintained beaches. Albena offers a busy bar/ restaurant scene but it is not overdone. The Bulgarians have been careful to control building and expansion to protect the feel of the area. There is also access to a small nature reserve. All this northern coastline has safe sandy beaches, clean sea waters and plenty to see and do.

Varna: Varna (40 minutes) - Bulgaria's 3rd city, vibrant cafe society, lots of shopping, beach, aquarium, dolphin show, parks, fantastic museums and art galleries. This is a great city to visit, it has a fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage. There are attractions and interests for all ages and you could visit for a whole week and still not see everything! Not as 'pretty' as other European cities but the Bulgarians have a friendly and youthful outlook which makes it a safe and comfortable place to explore (and get lost!)

Natural and Historic Attractions: Cape Kaliakra (35 mins)- historic headland and park. Roman ruins and defences, dolphin and whale viewings, outstanding natural beauty. This is one of many natural or historic attractions within 45 minutes drive of the villa. Other attractions to look out in the region for are the 'stone forest', roman museums, ancient cave monastery. There are also nature reserves with protected bird species and a wide mix of flora and fauna.

Bulgaria is famous for its roses and its honey.....the Valley of the Roses is 1/2 a days drive from the house and is a really good trip in the summer you get to see some amazing scenery and old villages. It is also famous for its sunflowers, grown on a vast scale for the oil . You will see massive fields full of flowers.

Pottery, wood carvings, wool and leather goods are also very popular.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Kevin Gallagher (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks English, French, Bulgarian

About Kevin Gallagher

Social worker, born in Birmingham living in Manchester.

Bought and renovated this house as an adventure in a foreign land!

I usually have a couple of holidays at the house myself each year and then rent out to family and wider guests

It has been a fantastic base from which to explore Bulgariand slightly further afield (Romania and Istanbul so far)

Kevin Gallagher purchased this villa in 2007

Why Kevin Gallagher chose Bulgaria

The house is very private and in a rural setting if you want to chill out' but there are loads of things to do within easy access. You need a car - but getting about is easy. I've developed good relationships with some of the neighbours who provide a taxi service for guests and love to look after visitors

What makes this villa unique

This is a comfortable house to stay in and I've tried to cater for all interests

Katya is my local agent who looks after guests and arranges gardening, pool and other maintenance - she is a delight to deal with and gets great feedback from guests

Reviews

4.8
based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury 3 bed villa (sleeps 6-8), own pool, a/c, garden, village location, by sea
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
5

Perfect family hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful week at Villa Corona, our first time of flying with 3 young children. Prior our arrival, the owner, Kevin, had sent us a detailed route plan from Varna airport and we had text contact from Katya to confirm our arrival time. Despite a late chnage to our flights we arrived to a lovely welcome back which kept us fed until lunchtime the follwoing day incluing a decent bottle of wine and local beer. Our eldest son has learning disabilities and the Villa proved to be a safe haven for him. Totally self contained and well equipped we were able to relax by the pool knowing that he was safe and happy. The rural location also allows even very young children to experience independent trips to the shops for ice-cream. Villa Corona is well connected to historic habours such as Balchik, wide and vibrant beaches, Albana and interesting bustling towns such as Dobrich where we really enjoyed watching the world go by in the pedestrian zone and had some great food. Kevin has an eye for detail and seems to have thought of everything even down to books, DVDs and toys for the children. Very quickly it felt like a home from home and we have already booked again for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Thomson Family Thank you so much for this kind review and I am delighted that the house and location worked well for you all - including the little ones. I will pass on your thanks to Katya and the team for looking after you. Best wishes and hope to see you again Kevin
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4

Lovely quiet rural retreat

  • 4 of 5

Very nice villa with everything we needed for a lovely holiday. Pool was fantastic and the outdoor space including a summer kitchen made eating outside very easy and enjoyable. Very peaceful and relaxing environment. The villa is located in quite a remote location so you definitely will need a car to explore. If you like to escape from it all in a very well equipped, comfortable villa, this is the perfect place. We had a great time, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this positive feedback - glad you enjoyed your holiday
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5

Stunning Villa Korona 👑

  • 5 of 5

Villa Korona is an amazing place where you will be able to relax and enjoy not only hot Bulgarian weather but culture too, as the house is situated in a pictures village called Popgrigorovo.

The house has been supplied with everything that you need while being there-starting from wi-fi, dishwasher, great luxury furnitures, outdoor BBQ area with dinning table and chairs, and even lots of games for kids.

Overall the villa and it's surrounding area is perfect not only for couples or friends but families too.

Everyone will be able to enjoy it. While kids can play in the swimming and mum is sunbathing, dad can prepare a fresh BBQ lunch.

There is lots of beaches not far away from the house and they are familly friendly and lots of restaurants with stunning views.

You won't be dissapointed, and KEVIN-the owner will always make sure that your time in Villa Korona will be without any difficulties.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write this review - glad you had a great time!
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5

Peace and Tranquillity in Bulgarian countryside

  • 5 of 5

Charming villa out in the countryside of Bulgaria situated in a small village, you will need a car to get there and back however roads are quite good and directions easy to follow.

The house is maintained within it's own grounds, although rural there is Sky TV and Internet to keep you connected to the outside world. We never used the indoor kitchen preferring the spacious BBQ in the covered summer kitchen. Around a 20 minute drive and you can be down at the coast in Balchick where you'll find a range of restaurants all serving good food and sensibly priced. Do try the local wines, they are a fraction of the imported wine prices and very drinkable.

All the rooms are air-conditioned however the evenings were just cool enough that leaving a window open was sufficient and pleasant. During the day you can lie by the pool with an occasional dip to cool off or sit in one of the shaded areas and read.

Easy to jump in the car and take day trips out, or just laze away at home!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great holiday

  • 4 of 5

We loved this place. The villa was spacious and the pool and barbeque area were fab. There was a much needed welcome pack upon our arrival and once you realise that you are within a 20minute drive to an excellent beach (Balchik) and 15mins to the nearest 'Penny market' supermarket, you appreciate the tranquillity and seclusion of this villa. Kevin (owner) and Katya (based locally) were both very helpful and more than prepared to answer/resolve any queries we had. The locals were friendly and the wildlife, sunflower fields and copious amounts of watermelon sellers, all made for a very memorable holiday. We would recommended this villa and Bulgaria without hesitation. The great weather, cheap cost of living and beautiful countryside enabled us to fall in love with this country. If it helps, my son recorded a video on youtube... Lewiscuff Bulgaria 2014.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests Thanks for your kind comments and I am delighted that you had a great trip.
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5

Lovely villa with gorgeous gardens & pool

  • 5 of 5

Cannot vault this villa - lovely and clean with excellent customer service. Villagers were very friendly and the two local shops in the village sold everything you would need until you were able to get to a supermarket. Pool was wonderful and was maintained on a regular basis by an extremely friendly gardener/maintenance man. You would definitely need a car whilst holidaying at this villa but the two nearby towns of Dobrich and Balchich had everything you would need such as parking, good restaurants, markets and supermarkets. Would definitely recommend this villa for someone looking for a lovely relaxing holiday in the sunshine and to also experience the real Bulgaria rather than just the tourist areas.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Many thanks for this kind feedback on your stay at Villa Korona. My team and I look forward to welcoming you back int he future. Kind regards
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Location

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Varna Airport
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Balchik
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Dobrich
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Varna
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Balchik or Kavarna
Car: necessary

Pop Grigorovo is a quiet rural village situated only 45 mins transfer from Varna Airport. The Marina town of Balchick with its small beach is only 15 minutes away. This seaside town offers everything you need for a quiet getaway and is very popular with the Bulgarians themselves. A further 10 minutes down the coast is the beach resort of Albena with a busy nightlife and extensive family friendly sandy beaches. Moving inland about 10 minutes will take you to the large town of Dobrich, a bustling municipal centre.Varna city centre offers a vibrant cafe society, good shopping and cultural attractions. There is something for all ages and tastes on this northern Black Sea coast region. Within 45 minutes in any direction you will find all sorts of attractions, natural, cultural, nightlife, shopping, spa treatments, historic sights, trips and excursions, gardens, kids activities the list goes on.

Golf: There are 3 new golf courses within 30 minutes drive of the house:

Blacksearama Thracian Cliffs and Lighthouse.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Varna, Bulgaria

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High
1 Jul 2016 - 4 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Mid
5 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£625
for 7 nights
£625
 
 
Low
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Mid
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
High
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£775
for 7 nights
£775
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£625
for 7 nights
£625
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £50

1. A returnable security deposit of £250 is payable prior to travel. This is paid directly to the owner
2. On arrival you will be met at the airport or the house by my agent who will settle you in, ensure you have
keys and let you have their contact number in case of any queries during your stay.
3. The agent advises on the condition on check out for deposit return by online transfer

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bulgaria in Europe

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wet room style
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wet room style
  • The house was only completed for the 2008 season so all fixtures and fittings are of a high quality and finish. Each bathroom is complete with storage and vanity lighting. The bathrooms are fully tiled with wet room style enclosures and power showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , bunk or singles
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Large sprung sofabed in lounge
  • All Bedrooms come with full furnishings/ storage, clean bedding and towels for your use during your holiday. The Twin bedroom is located on the ground floor and has its own en suite offering flexible accommodation. Additional sleeping arrangements are provided via a large fully sprung sofa bed in the lounge. All bedrooms are air conditioned and well appointed including satellite TV and music facilities. The upstairs bedrooms both have access to a spacious balcony/ terrace area. An electronic safe is provided for guest use. 2 hair dryers are also provided. A welcome Pack of teas, coffee, milk, bread etc is provided for all bookings and is included in the rental price.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
If any guests have particular requirements I would be happy to accommodate these. We have established contacts in the area and can respond to most requests - local taxis, restaurant bookings, catering at the house etc. Please contact me to discuss your needs. Suggestions of resources that guests would like to have available are greatly appreciated. In this way the house can be developed even further over time.

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