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.  Rent our homely cottage on a nightly basis and we can prepare a food hamper for your arrival.   Or we can provide bed and breakfast.   Also available are  reiki coursesarchaeological tours, art retreats, Bulgarian music courses and slow food weeks.

‘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.

‘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 a self-catering eco-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

Slow Food


‘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 farming and slow food in one of our workshops.


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Discover the amazing archaeology of north Bulgaria on one of our small group archeological tours, led by Dr Chris Fenton Thomas, an archaeologist with over 20 years professional experience.

Palamartsa is ideally situated for visiting a host of spectacular monuments and three UNESCO World Heritage sites which lie within easy reach, including Madara and Pliska.  Click below to learn more about visits to these wonderful cultural heritage sites:

Archaeological Tours

One day excursions



Join a reiki course.   Claire is trained in Usui and Seichim reiki and can provide relaxing treatments or training to do reiki for yourself or professionally.

Click below for more info:

Reiki treatments

Reiki Training

Bulgarian Music

Bulgarian Music Course

Bulgarian traditional music maestro, Dimitar Trifonov, will be running a 5 day course in Bulgarian music from 26th July to 1st August, 2015.  The week ends with a great night’s fun and an impromptu concert with all the students playing together. Click here to find out more.

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