At Wild Thyme …’the owners have done up the houses with such feeling for rustic sensuality and spacious living that we don’t actually feel like going out’, Guardian Travel feature by author Kapka Kassabova, August 2013

Visit the Balkans and experience a taste of life in the slow lane.  Have an authentic eco friendly holiday on our organic farm in a peaceful village in north Bulgaria, voted TripAdvisor No 1 in Bulgaria in 2015.  Rent our homely eco holiday cottage and have freshly baked bread and homemade jam delivered every morning for breakfast.   We also provide bed and breakfast made from farm produce.  

Spend time feeding our pig, collecting eggs from the hens or taking the goats to pasture.  Guests help themselves to organic fruit and vegetables from the garden and there is a constant supply of fresh milk from our goats.

Also available are  reiki coursesarchaeological toursherbal/wildflower coursesBulgarian music courses and slow food workshops.

‘Such an amazing place with a huge sense of hospitality! Those 6 days offered us to discover a little place of heaven where people really live in harmony with what they believe in…this is proof that is possible, and so enjoyable!’  Camille, Aug 2012

A stay in Palamartsa is a step back in time, where horses and carts pass outside your window and you are woken by the sound of the village shepherd taking the flock out to pasture.  Surrounded by rolling hills and an ancient landscape you can relax among folk still using traditional farming methods.  There are also many interesting places to visit locally and activities to enjoy.

‘We arrived in the night to this hot village.  Then we discovered this amazing house.  It was so amazing to live during 6 days in Wild Thyme.  Thank you for welcoming us.  It inspired us to make our movies.  I hope to see you again in the future.’   Sebastien, Paris, Aug 2012

We have sympathetically renovated a traditional village house into an eco holiday cottage powered by solar panels.  Its stone and mud plaster interior give it a natural and unique atmosphere.  We have tried to make this a truly sustainable holiday.

”Wild Thyme!’ You make us have such a good time..!! I deeply appreciate your place and way of living….and making it a place to accomodate other people with such hospitality and generosity…it’s just wonderful! Merci.  With love’ Paul, France, Aug 2012



‘What a lovely week … picked walnuts and pears, made jam … it’s been fantastic and best of all to see Chris and Claire living the good life, Bulgarian style.  Thank you for all the lovely food and days out.  It’s been fab.’ Antonia, Orkney, Oct 2011

Learn about slow food in one of our workshops.

Or join one of our archaeological tours.

Events & holidays


April 2015

25 April Reiki Level 1 Course – Certified one day course in Usui Reiki level 1. Learn to self heal and treat family and friends in reiki level 1.  Cost 100 lev/ 50 euro.

May 2015

26-31 May Herbal healing Holiday Three day holiday learning to identify herbs and make them into tinctures, ointments, cough mixtures and infusions. Led by English herbalist, Frances Wright, from Green Lane Herbs.  350 lev/175 euro inc full board

June 2015

21-27 June Discovering Ancient Empires History/Archaeology Tour – 5 day/6 night holiday exploring the magnificent archaeology of north Bulgaria. 1200 lev/600 euro

July 2015

4 July Reiki Level 2 Course – Certified one day course in Usui Reiki level 2. Learn the reiki symbols and take the first step to practicing reiki professionally.  Cost 130 lev/ 65 euro.  Reiki level 2 & masters level also available on request.

26 July-1 Aug Balkan Beats Holiday – Week long course in Bulgarian music taught by local music teacher with over 30 years experience.  Finale is a performance in the village. 900 lev/450 euro

August 2015

1 Aug Sunset Walk – Join us for a bite to eat followed by a sunset walk to the ancient Thracian hill at the edge of the village on this the half way point between summer solstice and autumn equinox. Marking the old Celtic festival of Lughnasad & the Bulgarian Mackaveyan Days.  A time to acknowledge what we need to let go of in ourselves and to open to new energies in our lives. Free event & all welcome. Meet here at 18.00. Email us (  to let us know if you would like to come along.

15 Aug Exploring Spirituality through the Mandala – a one day workshop exploring the secrets of the mandala through painting, drawing, dance and meditation. Cost: 40 lev

September 2015

20-26 Sep Discovering Ancient Empires History/Archaeology Tour – 5 day/6 night holiday exploring the magnificent archaeology of north Bulgaria. 1200 lev/600 euro

Wild Thyme Organic Farm & Eco-holiday, Kliment Ohridski 9, Palamartsa 7850, Popovo, Bulgaria;; Ph: (00359) 0876562746 or (00359) 0877383790