Wild Thyme Farmstay

‘Endearing and delightful…you really have something special here.’  James, Canada October 2010

Wild Thyme eco-cottage is solar powered and has a solar thermal water system.  It sleeps 7 people (plus additional 2 on a sofabed).  It is a traditional Bulgarian house built using age old methods in stone and mudbrick with a timber roof.  The front and back have 1920’s art deco plasterwork now fully restored and painted in the original colour scheme.  The house was used as a tailor’s shop for many years with the family living on the first floor.

Garden at Wild Thyme Bulgaria

‘I stayed with Chris & Claire for two weeks in May 2011. They are wonderful people with a great farm…The food is fresh and fantastic and the small village they live in is beautiful. During the day you can walk into the village, atop a hill with a great view and sometimes make a trip into the town of Popovo. It’s been really fun.  I highly recommend Chris & Claire …. You are sure to have a wonderful experience if you’re looking for a laid back holiday.’ Ben Millar, USA May 2011


Living room Wild Thyme Farmstay

Downstairs, the old shop and barn now comprise an open plan kitchen, dining area and living room.  The modern kitchen includes all necessary equipment including a low energy fridge run from solar panels.

Dining/Kitchen, Ivanov Kushta Eco-cottageThe exposed beams and mud plaster give this space an organic rustic feel. It is a comfortable place to unwind and share meals.

Verandah, Wild Thyme Farm, Palamartsa

Family bathroom

Family bathroom

Upstairs is the traditional wooden balcony providing the perfect place to take cover from the heat of the summer sun.  Enjoy a cool lazy afternoon read while looking over the garden.   Two airy and light double bedrooms,  a small single bedroom, the library and the family bathroom lead off from the balcony.

There is an additional double bedroom with its own bathroom in a separate annexe in the garden.  (Please note that this bathroom is not open in the winter months.)

Compost Toilet Wild Thyme

Compost toilet

As an eco-retreat, we offer  our guests the experience of living a low impact low energy lifestyle.  This means not only drawing energy from the sun, but also having the choice of  using an odourless no- flush compost toilet. Ours has been built into a hay loft next to the house.

Here you can reflect on the goats and sheep who used to live there as you sit on the throne.  You may also like to dwell on the future and the good fertiliser you are producing!  The walk back to the house takes you beside the box hedge with a sneak view of the hill and its ancient ruins overlooking the village.

Barn space Wild Thyme



One of the barns has been converted into an outside living space.  Here you can shelter from the midday sun shaded by an old walnut tree or use the bbq to cook your own organic vegetables and meat from the farm.  Enjoy the sound of cicadas and the view over the Thracian hillfort.





Double bedroom, Wild Thyme


One of our double rooms is located on the first floor and leads onto a wooden balcony overlooking the garden.  It is a beautiful spacious room with a farmhouse bedroom feel, large windows and exposed beams.

Twin room Wild Thyme

Our large Twin room is located on the first floor and leads onto the wooden balcony with a view over the garden.  It has a large window overlooking the park.

Garden Room, Wild Thyme Farmstay, Bulgaria

Like most Bulgarian traditional houses, Wild Thyme had a summer kitchen located in the garden.

Summer Kitchen, Wild Thyme Organic farm and eco-holiday

Ours is a good example with a fine open oven built into the fabric of the wall. We have restored the Summer Kitchen to make a double bedroom.

It is now a beautiful shady room with walls finished in mud plaster and local clay paint and an entrance to the garden.

bathroom ecocottage

The Garden room has its own bathroom(not available in winter)  located in converted grain store which gives it a distinctive feel that has been compared to a Japanese wooden building.  Washing here is a beautiful thing. The water is heated with solar panels and there is no shortage of sunshine in the summer when cloudless blue skies are the norm.


Back of Wild Thyme Eco Cottage


  • Includes 2 large double bedrooms, 1 small single, a large twin room, a chill-out space with day-bed, 1 large living room, modern kitchen, dining area, library/reading room, modern solar showers, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor odourless compost toilet
  • Solar power and solar showers
  • Wood fired central heating system & woodburner
  • Bedding and towels provided (we also have towels for use at the local pool)
  • Cot, high chair & potty available
  • Large entertainment area, including open barn space, under leafy walnut tree with view over Thracian hillfort
  • BBQ
  • Short walk to village centre
  • Located at edge of village with easy access to hills and open countryside
  • Selection of boardgames and books
  • Internet connection (bring your own laptop)
  • No television
  • Non smoking


Bed configuration:

  • 1 double room
  • 1  twin room
  • 1 double room with own bathroom
  • 1 single room
  • Double sofabed in living room
  • A cot


fresh peas

There are supermarkets and a daily market in Popovo, 8km away.  There are also 3 shops and a bakery in the village for basic supplies, excluding fresh fruit and vegetables.  It is possible to purchase organic vegetables, meat, pickles, chutneys and other delights from our farm.





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Please email us at hello@wildthymefarm.org for availability.


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