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Kromidovo, Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria

Host: sara F.
Published July 14, 2021

Listing closed for this period

General description

  • Main home
We run a small eco guest house and campsite in the far south west of Bulgaria close to the famous town of Melnik and the spa town Sandanski.. We also rent out rooms through AirBNB. We are usually closed between October and the start of April and want this time to be able to travel a bit knowing that the house and animals are being well looked after by house sitters

The house is a typical Bulgarian rural country house. It is heated by wood burners so you will need to be able to light a fire! There is hot water and good showers as well as everything else you might need . It is a comfortable house, we believe in the 4 R's- reduce, reclaim, reuse, recycle and have many quirky things as well as traditional style furniture. But we also have a modern well equipped kitchen and bathroom. Upstairs we have a self contained 2 bedroom apartment or two guest rooms with shared facilities depending on how we rent it out when open. You would be able to use this space whilst the dogs will continue to live downstairs. Depending on the time of year you could even try out our traditional tipi or glamping caravan. If you are interested in a longer term sit we would also be interested in hearing from you.

Needs and Animals

  • My pets
  • 5 dogs
  • 8 cats
We currently have 5 dogs as we are fostering an extra 2 for now: Mira is a rescue dog- she is a Bulgarian Scent hound or Gonche and had been shot in the leg and abandoned. We agreed to foster her after she was caught starving and in pain by the local dog rescue. She has been with us since May and will probably be staying! Tubby is a youngster- he came to us in a small tub when only a few weeks old. he is a Bulgarian cross breed with some sort of hunting dog in him. Scrappy is a small corgi type who adopted us a couple of years ago when she came into the garden and had 3 pups. Fortunately we found homes for these! The two latest additions are Ria and Nilla. Ria is the youngest, she only has one eye as she was badly treated as a pup. She is very loving and keen to play. Vanilla or Nilla for short was named by my granddaughter who is hopefully going to adopt her once we can get back to the UK. The dogs need feeding and walking twice a day although they only require one long walk and in bad weather we will just let them run around our camping field.
I usually walk them all in the morning for up to an hour and then a ten minute walk early evening.
All the dogs except Mira now sleep in the house but usually spend the day outside unless it is very cold or hot. Mira is still too scared to come inside so she sleeps in the barn
Our 8 cats also adopted us- 4 from the same litter They are all outside cats who get fed twice a day. They are all very friendly when they know you but are very independent and sometimes we don't see one or other for a few days. Only the youngest two come inside but they don't usually sleep inside. .It is very difficult to turn animals away when you are an animal lover and Bulgaria is a difficult place for local cats and dogs! We are hoping no more waifs and strays arrive!
You will need to be practical and capable of lighting a fire. Ideally you will drive so be able to use our car since the village is quite isolated.

Practical life

  • Village
  • 50 - 150 m² (530 - 1590 sq. ft.)
  • More than 1000 m² (1060 sq. ft.)
  • Bus stop
  • Small shop / Minimarket
  • Internet
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Deep freeze
  • Enclosed garden
  • Ground floor
  • No disabled access
Kromidovo is a peaceful village with about 150 mostly elderly residents. On the edge of the Pirin National park and surrounded by vineyards there is plenty of space for walking or cycling- we have bikes you can use. There is a small shop in the village for basics and the nearby towns of Sandanski and Petrich both have large supermarkets and everything else you might need.The village also has a couple of bars and a mineral water swimming pool but this is only open June- September. We also have a car that will be available for use if you have a clean licence and buses run past the village quite frequently.

Comfort and Luxury

  • 2 floors
  • 2 rooms of which 4 bedrooms
  • Traditional
  • Terrace / Balcony
  • Car parking available
  • Veranda
  • Television / DVD library
  • Book library
  • Fitted kitchen
We have a book exchange as well as many reference books for you to read.
The internet is quite good and it is possible to stream or download films
We also have a TV but we ourselves rarely watch it.

Tourism and Leisure

  • Mountain
  • Countryside
  • Museum
Melnik is Bulgaria's smallest town and famous for its unusual sand stone rock pyramids as well as its traditional buildings and many excellent restaurants. Also close by Sandanski is a popular spa town with a wonderful park and museums. The region is famous for its wine and there are numerous winery's offering wine tours and tastings. There are also excellent mineral baths in the region with the great one at Rupite being only a 15 minute drive away. The Greek coast is only 2 hours drive away and Thessaloniki, Greece's second city is even closer.

Kromidovo, Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria

Kromidovo, Bulgaria

Available

From Monday 2021

To Sunday 2022

flexible dates

All our dates are provisional and flexible depending on whether we can find suitable house sitters. We would like sitters to arrive at least 2 days before we leave so they familiarize themselves with everything

Other dates available

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sara F.

Registered since 19/05/2018

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