Skalitsa's Bulgarian Gite is no longer up for sale.
The Bulgarian Gite is located high up on the edge of the village a pleasant ten-minute walk to the village centre and about the same to the healing stones. There's the bar/general grocery store which sells everything you would need which is only some 300 metres from the farmhouse. Of course the main towns of Yambol, Elhovo and Radnovo are only 30 minutes drive have a variety of big supermarkets where you can stock up with provisions if you wish.
Halfway up the side of a quiet tarmac road away from the main road, (which is quiet as well) you will find it nestling naturally. It has purposely been made to blend in complete harmony with character of other farmhouses that are scattered around the village.
The views form the farmhouse grounds are extensive over the countryside and from the garden and most days you can have stunning views of the hills and even the skiing mountains to the north.
Inside the Farmhouse
Once you enter the farmhouse this is where the Bulgarian style mixes and compliments with the western European comforts and modern lifestyle. The renovation was made to a high standard with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom now providing a very comfortable living with double glazed units throughout. Throughout the farmhouse it still keeps very much to Bulgarian traditional style is decoration and taste. In a nutshell, everything is to modern western standards but with Bulgarian character written all over it.
This carpeted internal entrance of the house is a separate room leading to the other three rooms. Fitted with a Skalitsa made white aluminium door with a secondary netted fly screen door. This provides draught free winters with ventilation options during the warm springs, hot summer and autumn months. It has a clothing rack with ample space for outdoor shoes to be kept. Also there is a cabinet, drawer and some shelving for storing keys, purses, hand luggage, etc.
The kitchen has all white goods provided, fridge, freezer, washing machine, modern electric oven and grill, gas hob, extractor fan and a microwave oven. The kitchen is big enough to cater as a dining area with a dining table and four chairs to fitting comfortably. All crockery and kitchen accessories are provided.
The Living Room
The luxurious and homely living room is cosy furnished with good quality imported furniture. There is a new wooden floor and ceiling with a traditional Bulgarian patterned carpet. Placed within are two sofas, one which will convert into a confortable double bed. so if yo want your own guests to stay overnight this is no problem
There is internet connection so you can communicate back home if you wish. You will find a high quality Sony music system with CD, cassette and radio facilities. A colour television is also provided for terrestrial viewing with a DVD system.
As part of the fittings there is also a freestanding traditional wood-burning stove with a well-stocked supply of local wood in the garage retaining the Bulgarian atmosphere, although probably not needed from May to October. On the bookcases you will find a good variety of books in English to browse through including my own book 'Simple Treasures In Bulgaria', much of it actually written about Skalitsa.
The comfortable carpeted bedroom has one double king-sized bed with headboard and bedside drawer. The view from the window gives a glorious sight of the vines, garden and uninterrupted views of the wonderful Bulgarian countryside beyond. It is fully furnished with dressing table with full mirror and quality wooden wardrobe. Also provided is an electric hair dryer and convector heater if needed.
The modern bathroom suite is a brand new extension of the farmhouse. It is a fully tiled with a large bath and fixed wall shower unit with shower curtain surround. There is a wide bathroom ceramic basin and low flush toilet with a convector heater if needed. A wall cabinet with mirror doors is fixed above the basin.
As you enter the farmhouse along the white concrete path you will be entering a garden purposely retaining very much the Bulgarian style with the farmyard and cart tucked away under the outhouses shelter. Looking beyond the garden through the vineyard trellis with uninterrupted view of the undulating Bulgarian countryside.
It is full of practical but beautiful plants and shrubs and of course the wine and rakia producing vines that cover the main area above you.
Underneath the vines is the patio area, well protected from the direct heat of the strong Bulgarian summer sun and a perfect place to relax with a cool refreshing drink accompanied by the wonderful nature surrounding you.
*Food and daily supplies of all provision from shoes to bread provided can be bought from the local shop only 300 metres away.
*Milk, (from cow, goat or sheep - your choice) eggs and sirene (traditional white Bulgarian cheese) can be bought (actually, more often given) from neighbours at below shop prices.
*Electric, water and bottled gas for heating/cooking are provided for in the price for guests staying less than 28 days.
*All bedding and towels are provided
*A laundry and cleaning service is provided if required (a fee of €15 is charged for this)
*There is a regular garden maintenance from the owners and food from the garden is offered free from the extensive grounds during the growing season.
*As with most homes in Bulgaria, toilet paper and other disposables are not to be flushed away but placed in a secured container and disposed of by other means.
*All waste and rubbish should be disposed of on the municipal tip at the top of the hill. This is accessible by foot or vehicle.