at Wild Thyme,

‘the owners have done up the houses

with such feeling for rustic sensuality and spacious living,

we didn’t actually feel like going out …….’

author Kapka Kassabovo, The Guardian




Have an authentic eco friendly holiday on our farmstay in rural Bulgaria, voted Tripadvisor number 1 in Bulgaria. 

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 his flock to pasture.

We have tried to make this a truly sustainable holiday.

Kids love to feed our pig, collect eggs from the hens and take the goats to pasture.  Guests help themselves to organic fruit and vegetables from the garden and there is fresh milk from our goats.  You can pre-order a hamper full of home-made goodies.

Stay in our solar powered traditional village house with its stone and mud plaster interior. It has a unique and peaceful atmosphere.  


Of all the Green Lodges we’ve seen, Wild Thyme is the most ecologically committed and spiritually inspired: it’s truly a labour of love and ingenuity. The activities book downstairs offers every conceivable small-scale farming activity. August: picking aubergines and peppers for chutneys, making plum jam. September: making wine and the plum brandy rakia.


In the afternoon, I have an eye-opening reiki session with Claire, and take a ride in a donkey cart with one of their neighbours.

The next morning, we make creamy goat’s cheese by adding rennet and a hint of chives to a bowl of strained yogurt. 

Distilling rakia

The perfect Bloody Mary

Our Journey

…people often ask how we came to be here …